I’ve changed over time. It used to be that I bought new flowers each and every spring, until one day when I discovered the value perennials. What makes perennials different from seasonal plants is that their strength is in their roots.
The deeper the roots, the stronger the plant, which is why a mature garden is so nice to have. Here’s an interesting fact: a species of fig (Ficus, family Moraceae) from the Transvaal of South Africa was determined to have roots reaching at least 400 feet. (Encyclopedia.com) You won’t see that tree break and bend in the wind.
So it is with those who are grounded in Christ. They’re the ones strengthened by the winds of adversity. The ones with deep seated roots, who stand firm in the eye of the storm.
“Faith is like a tender plant, rooted in Christ alone, watered by the Spirit and the Word, strengthened by the winds of adversity and the sunshine of blessing.” – Anne Graham Lotz
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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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