Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – Turn Up the Heat and Our True Character Shines

When I was a young bride, I adopted the clever idea of hiding my bowls and my pots in the oven. It was a great way to clean up fast when company was at the door. As it turns out, one day I invited a couple over for dinner, and while I was busy preparing the food, I shoved the dishes into the oven just as I always had done. The thing is, I forgot they were in the oven that day, and I turned up the heat.

Let’s just say, plastic bowls do not hold up at 350 degrees. The smell was unbearable. So bad in fact that my guests had to wait in the back yard while Michael tossed out the melted bowls one by one.

What’s my point in all this? Trials have a way of testing our boiling point. It’s not hard to speak kindly when the going is good but turn up the heat and our true character shines. Even a soft-spoken person may cuss when his hammer misses the nail. Anger, frustration, disappointment, pain, and pride are just a few of the things that bring our true character out. An ugly heart stinks to high heaven, but a pure heart is a sweet aroma to God. And so, it’s important that we’re working from the inside out.  

Not sure you believe me? Try sticking to a diet when you’re depressed or overtired. The struggle is real. We’re fighting a losing battle if we’re not strong from within.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45, KJV)

It starts with prayer, dedication, and meditation on the Word. These are the things that feed our soul and strengthen our faith.



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A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45, KJV)


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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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