Scattered Seeds

Today’s Devotional – The Value of Teamwork

Every year without fail my kids were assigned group projects at school. And, every year without fail they complained about them. Either someone wasn’t pulling their weight or they disagreed with each other’s ideas.

I wasn’t a fan of group projects at first. Not when I felt that my child was teamed up with someone who could potentially bring down their grade.  It didn’t seem fair. 

Over the years, however, I’ve come to see that teamwork is an essential part of the growing process. As difficult as it might be at times, it teaches us to be patient and kind.

It reminds us that life isn’t fair. Sometimes we carry the load, and in doing so we learn grace. Other times, we’re the ones in need of that grace.

In much the same way, my husband and I have been tested time and again. Living together, making decisions about our home and our house, raising children in the best way we know how.

Sometimes it’s a difficult road. But as we look to God’s Word, we discover that there’s power in unity, and that a strand of three is not quickly broken.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV)

We don’t always agree on things. Some days it takes a whole lot of prayer, and sometimes a few tears… But as we talk and we love and we listen, we learn what it means to come together as one.

And so, I’m thankful for the lessons we’ve had. Trials that have taught us the value of teamwork. Reminders that we find strength in each other. Assignments that continue to teach us how to love and be loved, while we’re growing together in grace.

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Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12, 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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