Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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Today’s Scattered Seeds

I’ve been friends with Sandra for as long as I can remember. We went to grade school together, bonded through Youth Group, celebrated each other’s weddings, and watched our babies crawl side by side.

She’s the kind of friend that I don’t see every week, but when I do it’s like we talk every day. There’s an ease to our friendship that’s more like family than anything else.

About three years ago, as Sandra was cleaning out her storage room she came across a few items of mine. The one thing that stood out to me the most was a small painting of a sailboat that I gave her in 1981. It really wasn’t that pretty, or well done. It’s kind of ugly in my opinion, but she treasured it dearly. So dearly in fact, that she’s held on to it over the years.

I was stunned. My own parents didn’t even hold on to my artwork, and yet, this little girl down the back lane had been collecting my things for over 25 years. She told me that she had kept it to pass down to one of my kids.

As I held her gift in my hands that day, I was reminded of the countless times that she’s stood in my corner cheering me on–the many words of encouragement and hundreds of phone calls.

I’m reminded of the Proverb which tells me that I have a Friend closer yet. He’s closer than a brother or sister could be. One Who collects all of my tears in a bottle. A Friend Who walks with me where ever I go and cares more deeply than I’ll ever know.

I only see in part right now, but someday I’ll see it in full, when I witness the astounding depth of His love—my incomparable Savior, my Lord, and my Friend.

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Tilling the Soil

Read John 15:1-17 where we see that friendship with Jesus is connected with obedience to His commandments. “And this is my commandment,” He says, “Love each other as I have loved you.”

Planting Hope

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24, 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

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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