Reading Luke Chapter 6, I come to verse 20. And just like the multitude that pressed close to see and to hear, I open my ears to God’s Word.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. (Luke 6:20-22, KJV)
With that I’m reminded of the days that brought me down to my knees. The days when I desperately sought Him for help. The weeks when I prayed without ceasing hoping for an end to our worry and pain. The months that we mourned. The years that we struggled just to get by.
We all have mountain-top days, but I I’ve come to find that the more time I spend in the valley, the more I’m reminded to lean. For it’s in those dark times of weakness that I learn to rely on His wisdom and strength.
Remember the thief on the cross? His weakest moment was the very thing that led him to Christ. And because he believed, he was strengthened by hope.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:43, KJV
You know what I love most about that? Those two little words, “with me.” We’re not in the valley alone, and we’re not going to heaven alone. He was with David when he was running from Saul. He was with Moses when he crossed the Red Sea. He was with Joseph in prison. He was with Esther in The Palace of Shushan. He was with Hagar in the wilderness. And He’ll be with us when we finally go home.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:1-4, KJV)
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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, 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 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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