As I’m sitting here writing today, the smell of turkey wafts through the air. I know, it’s a weird time of the year to have turkey, but up here in Canada we don’t like to wait. We celebrate an entire month ahead of y’all down in the South. And well, I’m actually a week late since my kids couldn’t make it last weekend. So here we are ready to celebrate the many things that we’re thankful for.
With that said, I’ve come to learn over the years that we don’t need a perfect life to live in abundance. The things that we’re most thankful for can’t be bought in a store or cashed in at the bank. The best gifts are the ones knit together in love–the family God gives us, our friends, and of course God Himself.
I’m reminded of growing up in a family of 8. With a grade three education, my dad didn’t make all that much money. Yet somehow they made enough to feed us and clothe us and take care of our needs.
I was too young to remember, but I’ve heard stories about the cardboard door with the hinges that Dad made to give Mom her privacy. The pot handle he fixed with a wooden spool from her sewing box. And the time a family in need camped out on our kitchen floor for a month.
We didn’t have a lot, but we had each other. We had laughter, we had love, we had couch snuggles and stories around the table… Most importantly we had a God working in us and through us to make our small house a home.
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. — Charles Spurgeon
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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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