Note: I’ve had a lot of people emailing me to ask if we’re putting out an Inspirational Planner for 2021… Unfortunately, my husband and I owned a print shop that was permanently closed down this year due to Covid. And so, the answer is sadly no, we aren’t able to produce them anymore.
Today’s Scattered Seeds
What it Truly Means to Surrender – Life is chaotic at times, but I’ve come to learn that sacrifice is key to controlling the chaos.
The World Dictionary defines “sacrifice” this way: a surrender of something of value as a means of gaining something more desirable or of preventing some evil.
The truth is, if I only did what I wanted to do, my life would be upside down. I’d rather stay in bed than get up. I’d rather mess than clean up. I’d rather be surfing the net than folding my laundry. And I’d rather eat chocolate than salad.
Every day we make thousands of choices, some of them easy, and some not so much. Some of them force us to give up what feels good as we choose that which is good. Others move us to step out of our comfort zone to a place of sacrifice as we follow God’s will.
The Bible tells us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. What he’s telling us here is to surrender ourselves to the Lord. The word surrender is the same word we use in the transfer of property when ownership is transferred from one party to another.
Paul understood this transfer of ownership when in Galatians 2:20 he writes, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
When we surrender our lives, we give up ourselves minute-by-minute day-after-day. We give up our will. We give up our fears. We give up our comfort. And we give up control.
One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is life-long can only be surrendered in a lifetime. – Jim Elliot
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Tilling the Soil
Read Matthew 19:16-22 where we find the story of the Rich Young Ruler. Although he was willing to obey all of the commandments, he was not willing to surrender himself to the Lord.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.. (Galatians 2:20, 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 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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