Scattered Seeds

Today’s Devotional – Wake Up Sleeper

Anytime I walk into HomeSense I fall deeply in love. In love with the bedding, in love with the dishes, and crazy in love with their selection of wreaths. If I could fill my entire house with their stuff I probably would, but that wouldn’t go over so well with my husband. Nor would it be wise for our budget.

Yesterday, I felt pretty good walking out of the store empty handed. I could have walked out with a cart full of stuff, but I instead I chose to spend wisely, which meant not spending at all. At least not for now.

Moderation is key when it comes to our health, and our wealth. When we eat too much we suffer from weight gain, and when we spend too much we suffer the consequences of debt. When we sleep too much we don’t get anything done. When we’re focused too much on this world, we lose focus of God.

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, Paul writes,

All things are permitted for me, but not all things are of benefit. All things are permitted for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12, NAS)

That wisdom holds true when it comes to the everyday choices we make. Moderation is key, as the spirit rules over the flesh.

Do we spend our days wisely? Do we make our days count?

In Psalm 90, Moses reminds us that life is passing by quickly. Our lives are like grass that springs up in the morning but dries up and withers at night.

“Teach us to number our days,” He says, “that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

This reality of time is a wake-up call. A warning to those who have left God behind; a blessing to those who stand up and take note.

Are we storing up treasure in heaven? Or wasting our time on this earth?

This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:14-16, NIV)


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This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:14-16, NIV)


Darlene Schacht

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 TimeWarpWife.com.

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife