Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – Wisely Using Our God-Given Gifts

Hey friends, our new podcast “Killing Time With Canned Meat” is up! This podcast is a little personal for me as I talk about a few things I’ve never mentioned online before. Since I often write about walking in peace and joy, I thought it might be fair to also share a bit about my struggle with mental health and how it’s affected my life.

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My granddaughter is finally at the age where she can sit alone without falling. She’s crawling, she’s climbing, and finally, she’s playing with toys.

Once I saw that she was picking up toys and playing with them, it was Grandma’s cue to get started on the toy box. A few days ago, I picked up a little baby doll and a musical picnic basket filled with cups, plates, and plastic food items.

Last night she sat on the floor, examining each toy as she pulled them out of the box. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I’ll tell you that her interest in those gifts brought more joy to me than I ever thought possible.

I got to thinking about my own blessings today, and the abundance of gifts that I’m given. The talents, the opportunities, the family, the friends, the ministry, the home, and of course a God Who cares deeply.

I’m reminded of The Parable of the Talents, and I wonder, Am I using my God-given gifts? Am I investing them wisely? Am I a wise servant? Or am I like the foolish one who buried his gold in the sand?

I pray that I’m wise and that I’m using them well. I pray that when I stand before Him at the end of it all, I’ll hear those sweet words from the lips of my Father as He smiles and says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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Tilling the Soil

Read “The Parable of the Talents” found in Matthew 25:14-30.

Planting Hope

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10, 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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