Scattered Seeds

Today’s Devotional – An Ever Present Help in Trouble

As long as we’re on this earth, we’ll have trials. As long as we’re here, we’ll have pain. We know that, we’ve seen it, we’ve experienced it. But do we know where to run when we’re lonely, dejected, and down?

The Bible tells us,

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1, NIV)

Do you see the words “ever-present” there? The word “present” is translated as “find” over 350 times in the Bible. It means to find and secure. And so, we see a picture of God coming to our rescue in times of trouble. Meeting you right where you are, He offers you hope, direction, and strength.

He’s The Rock we stand on when the bottom falls out. He’s the Wisdom that leads us to green pastures. He’s the hope of salvation that reminds me there’s more to this world than what’s here and what’s now.

In 1 Kings Chapter 19 we see Elijah running from Jezebel afraid for his life. The Bible tells us that he sat down under a Juniper tree hoping to die, and in fact, he prayed asking that God would take his life.

As you read 1 Kings Chapter 19, notice how the Angel of God came to Elijah, and how He came back yet again to tenderly care for his needs. Like a good shepherd Who leads His sheep to green pastures, God nurtured and strengthened Elijah.

He gave him food, He gave him rest, and then in a still small voice, He gave him direction and hope.

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Tilling the Soil

Read 1 King’s 19 where The Angel of the Lord appears to Elijah.

Planting Hope

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1, 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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