If you’ve ever stood by a woman in labor, you might have guessed that she’d rather be doing anything else than pushing a 6 lb. human through a 4-inch hole. Perhaps you’ve even been there yourself.
The pain is unspeakable, and yet we do it again and again. Why? Because we know that the blessings of motherhood far outweigh the pain.
In Genesis Chapter 32 we come upon an interesting story. The Bible tells us that Jacob wrestled with God all night long. Even after Jacob’s hip was dislocated, he wouldn’t give up. I can’t even imagine the pain, and yet Jacob refused to let go until he received a blessing from God.
What if he would have given up? How many times have you given up? How many times do we miss out on a blessing because we give up too soon?
If we give up on hope, give up on others, give up on our marriage, or simply give up, we’re missing out on the blessings that come to those who finish the race.
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I write this to encourage you, friend. To point you in the direction of God’s word and remind you that He is a faithful God Who rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Read Genesis 32:22-32 where you’ll find the story of Jacob wrestling with God.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4, 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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