It’s been about a year now since I realized how much I love fiddle leaf trees. One day I was sitting there watching a home decor show, and there it was–the most incredible plant I’ve ever laid eyes on, sitting in a corner of the room. Fiddle leafs (also known as fig leafs) are lush green, tropical plants with over-sized leaves. Unfortunately, they also tend to come with over-sized prices. Sure I could afford a little desk-sized plant, but if I wanted anything larger I was looking at well over a hundred dollars at the garden centre.
After finally accepting the fact that this plant was a little too rich for my blood, I happened upon one at Walmart. She was affordable, she was medium-sized, and wouldn’t you know–she’s a beauty!
Here’s the thing, I’m not great with plants. I’ve tried and I’ve failed, and surely enough I failed yet again, but this time is different. This time I’ve made a decision to step up my game, take this job seriously, and give it the proper care that it needs. If I’m not committed to caring for it, I have no business buying it.
As I got to thinking about this today, I was reminded of faith, and with that I was reminded of grace. I thought about the years I failed to nurture my faith. The days I neglected the water. The days I neglected to walk in the light.
We’re not so different from a house plant you know, and we’re not so different from it’s owner. We need to take root. We need to nurture our faith, we need to drink in His Word, we need to walk in the light. And how do we grow? By the power of God working in us and through us. By His grace that surrounds us. By His Spirit that guides us.
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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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