Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – What it Truly Means to Inspire

Inspiration is a curious thing.

It can happen when you least expect it and stick around longer than you ever imagined it would.

I’ve been inspired over the years in a number of ways. Half the time I don’t think the person even realized that they made a lasting impression on me. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t realize it myself until some time later.

Like the time I saw a wreath on my friend’s living room wall. For several years after that, I made beautiful wreaths, in fact, I still have a few of them hanging around.

Or the time that my sister walked into my parent’s house looking 10 years younger than she usually did. Her attention to exercise got me thinking. It also got me off of the couch and onto the treadmill.

When you inspire someone, you leave a positive impression on their mind and their soul.

Another definition of inspiration is the process of breathing in or inhaling. (dictionary.com)

I like to look at it this way. When we inspire someone we breathe life into them. When we discourage others, we drain them.

The Bible says,

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16, NIV)

What it’s telling us there is to inspire others. Breathe life into them. Be the magnet that draws them closer to Christ. Live in such a way that brings glory to God. Light a fire from your heart to theirs.



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In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16, 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 TimeWarpWife.com.

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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