Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – Unpacking Our Worry

Drawn from my archives

The other night I couldn’t sleep. Literally. Wide awake, I was fixing myself a snack at 5 am. The reason? I was worried. I’ve never really thought of myself as a worrier, but there I was tossing and turning and thinking about what I would do… what I would say… how bad I might look… if things turned out the way I imagined they would.

Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

I knew that too well after I wasted what could have been 8 hours of good sleep on something that turned out to be nothing.

Turning to Matthew chapter six, I find the antidote for worry–faith in both the provision and the sovereignty of God.

When we truly believe that He takes care of our needs, that He establishes our steps, and that He is powerful enough to change our situation at any given time, we can start to unpack our worry and hand it over to Him.

Worry doesn’t have to get the best of us, but it will as long as we’re nurturing those seeds of doubt. And so it’s important as Paul said to tear down arguments and take our thoughts captive. And how can we do that? By doing all that we can to focus on truth, by counting our blessings, and reminding ourselves that the same faithful God who proved Himself yesterday will be just as faithful tomorrow.

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Tilling the Soil

Read Mattew chapter six, writing down all of the reasons we’re told not to worry. Once you’re done, add a few more reasons of your own to that list.

Planting Hope

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV)

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Darlene Schacht

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.

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Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife