Today’s Scattered Seeds
I love Sage, and if you drove past my last house, you would have seen just how much. Over the years I’ve been blessed with a healthy crop. Every fall they’d drop their seeds, and every spring I’d have several new plants to give to my family and friends.
By mid-July, the purple plants are gorgeous–waist-high, in full bloom. I absolutely loved my little garden and was sorry to see it taper off in the Fall.
I learned something about plants over the years–pruning adds life and promotes growth. And so, with pruners in hand, I made it a habit each Summer to dead-head my Sage by cutting them back.
There’s a parallel here as we see the benefits that pruning can add to one’s life. We see how cutting back promotes spiritual growth. We see a gentle gardener who cares enough for our lives to step in and to trim off those things that are holding us back from bearing fruit that is meet for the Master.
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Read the parable of the vine and the branches found in John 15:1-11.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (John 15:2, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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