Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – The Sweet Smelling Aroma of a Sacrifice Life

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Today’s Scattered Seeds

One of the things I liked most about growing up were late afternoons. Walking through the door after the 4 o’clock bell and smelling the goodness of home. Sometimes it was bread and sometimes it was buns–buns so good I’d eat them straight from the oven, no butter necessary. And then there was the big pot rumbling on the stove. Curious kids had to know what was cooking inside, and it all smelled so good.

If there was one thing that mom could do well, it was cook. The sweet aroma of her sacrifice was a sign of her love to each one that lived in our home. Dad would walk in at 5:00 and be greeted with the same sweet smell of her love and devotion. A smell that told us we were welcome, we were loved, and that belonged. 

In a similar way, the Bible compares our sacrificial love to a sweet aroma that is pleasing to God. The sacrifice of our lips, the sacrifice of our love, and the sacrifice of our life all pointing to the One Who gave Himself up as a sacrifice–a sweet-smelling aroma to God.

And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2, NIV)


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Tilling the Soil

Read Genesis chapter 8. Notice the first thing that Noah does when he finally steps off of the ark. He makes an altar and offers a sweet sacrifice to the Lord.

Planting Hope

And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2, 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 FitnessReshaping 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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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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