I like candles. There are a couple that I buy each and every season. There are certain perfumes I love, and some not so much. There are sprays to eliminate foul odors in shoes, cars and carpets
Don’t you love walking through gardens smelling the delightful fragrances floating in the air? Right now honeysuckle is aloft and hits your senses with power when stepping out the door. I love peonies and saw a perfume in a magazine today of that very smell!
How about walking into your grandmother’s kitchen and smelling fresh apple pie? And who can forget freshly baked bread? And garlic….it smells great on breadsticks, well anything really.
Have you imagined a scent right now? Scents even have the ability to bring forth memories. Scents have amazing influence and impacts on our lives.
A sweet smelling fragrance has an even more permanent impact
A fragrance in this passage is something sweet-smelling, an odor of acquiescence, satisfaction; a sweet odor.
We are a fragrance….Christ through us! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think I stink. But in Christ, nope…I am a peonie!
Do you like to read? I must say it is one of my favorite past times…but usually it is late at night and I fall asleep before I get through three pages! But I still enjoy reading anything put in front of me.
There in lies the problem. When I turned 40 my arms simply were not long enough. As time went on, I transferred from just reading glasses to the tri focal version. And at 58, they are the first thing I grab in the morning. They certainly amplify the words, and quite frankly, everything else I lay eyes on! All these things appear larger than they really are…but they indeed are true in image and focus.
I am so grateful for the ability to actually see better. Looking through these glasses really gives me perspective of what I am looking at.
I contend that the Father gives us His eyes if we allow Him to do so. If we see personal problems and issues of this world through His eyes, somehow they become so much clearer. They don’t go away and we still might not understand. But I have found that I can deal with personal problems with much different “vision”.
Jesus gets it folks. When no one else understands, He does. He sees it with clarity, and although we may not really understand, we can always trust Him. I know from experience.
So I need my glasses. I am grateful with the “clarity” in which I now see…trust me, they help in many ways…..
Don’t tell anyone I have gotten in the shower and wondered why my eyes got cloudy!
The sail boat glides across the water as the red, orange and coral sun sets over the horizon. The pace is that of someone not worried about time, or what is in the future or past.The only concern is the present. They are not worried about solving someone else’s problems. Sailing off into the Sunset…literally it seems.
I believe a lesson for me right now is simple for my mental health.I cannot help everyone solve their problems.I cannot “mother” everyone I come in contact with….I can love them, but not take on those burdens as my own.
My “type A” personality has done that my whole life.As the eldest of three with divorced parents, I took charge. I was the one who had to make sure everyone was ok.
This past week the Lord has allowed me to rest, and learn.I can only do what I can do.And I hear this “the very thing you are gifted in is the thing that can destroy you.”My sweet friend told me that long ago.She was prophetic I think.
My compassion for others has come close to destroying me a few times.But the Lord in His wisdom helps me remember that I am not to be consumed with “fixing” everyone. He can take care of them…I just need to let Him and not try to do it myself! I often worry about situations that God has already worked out, I just need to step out of the way.
So in the sail boat I glide, watching the sunset.Breathing and living life in the moment….in the here and now.
Feel free to join me, just don’t expect me to do all the guiding!