Friday 23rd April 2021

Daily Devotion – Happy are the people whose God is the LORD

April 21, 2020 by Darlene Schacht
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Scattered Seeds

Reading Matthew chapter 5, I come to the word, “blessed.” In fact, I see it mentioned 9 times in that chapter, and I wonder what it really means to be blessed. In the English language, it can mean several things: consecrated and holy, favored and fortunate, or blissfully happy.

So which one is it, or is it all three? Looking at the original Greek, we see the word there is “makarios,” which means to be happy.

In Psalm 144 David wrote, “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!” Does that mean that God’s people aren’t afflicted with trials? Does it mean that we aren’t facing the same disappointments and uncertainty that our neighbors are? Does it mean that our relationships are easier than everyone else’s? Or could it be that while we’re facing the same struggles we’re learning to be content and to trust in the wisdom of God?

Most people look at happiness as a constant rollercoaster of emotions. When life is good–they’re up, and when it’s down they’re down. How can we expect to find joy in a world that is constantly changing? We can’t. But we can find joy when we lean on an unchanging, sovereign power of God.


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Tilling the Soil

Practice trusting and leaning on God during uncertain times. Make a little note for yourself that simply says, “His wisdom is greater than mine.” Put it up on your fridge or a prominent place in your home as a reminder to lean and to trust.

Planting Hope

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12-13, NIV)


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

4 thoughts on “Daily Devotion – Happy are the people whose God is the LORD

  1. Although it’s only day two, I feel these daily’s will be life changing. In these unsettling times, we need to stay grounded in who we are and who’s we are. Thank you Darlene for helping us daily to remember this. 😊😷

  2. Gm☀️🌞❤️Darlene thank you so much 😊 u have blessed me in so many ways, that Joseph Bible Study was excellent and I learned so much especially about Forgiveness and Patience love you 😍 please continue to do what’s God u to do, I learn so much from you because You make it simple and easy, God Bless 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿❤️❤️❤️🩸🩸🩸

  3. Thank you for this. I am finding right now that I’m trying to absorb all I can about God and His word. Thank you Thank you Thank you for what you do!!!

  4. So… my marriage for the last 5-7 years has been in complete shambles… when i say this i cannot express enough the degree of complete shambles i am talking about. Ive been resentful and bitter and allowed it to penetrate my whole entire being, knowing all the while that puts a barrier in my relationship with God.. Ive craved intimacy with God for many years but theres always been some kind of invisible wall that doesnt alllow me to be vulnerable to him…There are so many contributing factors throughout my life way too many to mention but God has always, for some reason had favor on me and has continued to restore my life over and over again. This time i thought for sure this marrigae was not going to be one of those things he had in mind for restoration. There was no way… just last week i was to the point of no return and told my husband we need to separate. I dont know what has happened in the last couple days but i literally felt a small (though significant) change in my heart. Ive been a Christian all my life, ive fallen away into deep, sinful. Bad situations more than once and each time God somehow pulls me back in.. i really cant explain it… My husband and i have not been intimate for years… im talking about sex maybe twicd a year..and that’s a big MAYBE.. and for most of the years it wasnt because of me.. he had back surgery back in 2013 and got addicted to his pain meds so that was probably the main reason for his lack of sex drive… and so ive continually gotten more bitter and resentful over the years… he actually has a whole separate room in the house. Which was mostly my doing by the way… because what was the point anyways right?…Well i had made up my mind a while back that i was done, (even though he,in the past couple months got off all the pains meds and seemed to be trying to make small efforts and turn this thing around) I didnt care anymore, it was too late for me and I got the courage to speak those words to him last week. So as he was planning his move and i was ready to start a new life and find the one that would love me as christ loved the church and finally find someone to adore and appreciate me. Ive raised our 6 kids and currently our grandson now… basically by myself…he was physically present but not emotionally, financially or in any other way. So anyway … i don’t know what happened to me yesterday.. it was like my heart shifted.. i looked at him and instead of feeling disgusted.. i thought wow he is really cute and pretty sexy.. i wanted to feel his affection… i wanted him to come close to me and thats something i hadnt felt in YEARS… im talking about Id gotten to the point that i would cover myself if he walked in while i was changing my clothes or getting out of the shower.. i didnt want him to touch me or even look at me… but yesterday something changed inside of me. The only explanation i have for it is.. its God… telling me to wait for his miracle.. to not give up before the miracle happens..which i had quit even praying for a long ago. I dont know what God is doing or where all this will even go but i do know for sure he is doing something.. He is on the move working behind the scenes not only in me but in this whole country and world. I do believe we are closer than ever to him coming for us, his bride! And maybe, just maybe hes gonna allow me to experience, in this wolrd, his love through my marriage for just a moment before he comes. And maybe he will use us to give hope to others who, like me, have given up. I really dont know whats going on to tell you the truth. But i know my God is good and he has good plans for abundant life and i know he still works miracles. So for today Ill allow him to make this shift in me.. Ill give him my resentment and bitterness and pray and beleive his miracle is in the works. We are planning a date for this weekend and to spend time alone… i truly believe sex is something God created for marriage…to connect or souls and bring us closer, not only to eachtoher but to him. I cant even believe im excited for this weekend. With all the craziness with the virus i dont even know what we’ll be able to do as far as a date but I do know Gods already got it all planned out for us! Just wanted to share bcuz as i have continued to receive your emails for years.. i usually just delete them because, well for me my marriage was over… But Maybe God has other plans ❤

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