"A Persian fable says: One day
A wanderer found a lump of clay
So sweetly scented of perfume
Its odors scented all the room.
'What are you?' was his quick demand,
'Are you some gem from Samarcand,
Or spikenard in this rude disguise,
Or other costly merchandise?'
'No, I am but a lump of clay.'


'Then why this scent of perfume here?'
'Friend, if the secret I disclose,
I must say I dwell with the Rose.'
Sweet parable! And will not those
Who love to live with Sharon's Rose,
Spread sweetest perfume all around,
Though low and mean themselves are found?
Dear Lord, abide with us that we
May draw our perfume fresh from Thee!"


"The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the bird for mirth,

One is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth!"





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Bible text...
"...and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer...place it in front of the Ark of the Covenant law in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you." (Exodus 30:35-36)




Bible text...
"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart..." (Proverbs 27:9)



Good Scents

”If Jesus bore the cross and died on it for me, ought I not to be willing to take it up for Him?” (D. L. Moody) Luke 14:27

“Contentment is natural wealth…luxury is artificial poverty. (Socrates) Phillippians 4:11

“They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.” (Josiah Bailey) Luke 6:37

“All things proclaim the existence of God.” (Napoleon Bonaparte) Psalm 19:1

“As you draw near to the poor, the Savior will come nearer to you.” (George Lorimer) Proverbs 14:21

“Work is God’s ordinance as truly as prayer.” (George Boardman) John 14:12

“Only once did God choose a completely sinless preacher.” (Alexander Whyte) 1 Peter 2:22

“Goodness is not tied to greatness, but greatness is tied to goodness.” (Thomas Moffett) Luke 9:48

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” (Francis de Sales) Psalm 68:28

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Devotionals

“It’s a GREAT thing to give thanks...”

Making Eyes That See!

Partake of His Presence

Consequences

God Shaped Foot-Prints

Changed for a Purpose

The SIGNIFICANT Detail!

The Sucker Festival

There’s No Place Like Home

We Become What We Behold

When you are anxious

When you feel under attack

God Hears

Store Up on Love

The Sound of Music!

Unique for a Purpose

“Blessed are all that Wait!”

The Greatest Miracle, the Greatest Gift!

The Best Beauty Treatment...this side of heaven!

A Measure of LOVE

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

God’s Front Liners!

Imagination under wraps

His Mercy is Great Towards Us

Love Always Wins!

Ready for a NEW Year?

Serendipity

Spiritual Toe-catchers

His Name is James

The Walking Stick

When You are Discouraged










Little Scents

Today
Today I’ll think of happiness,
Today I will be glad.
In every way I’ll make today the best
I’ve ever had!

Gladness will be my aim today. I will be happy, I will, I will.
I will rise above every handicap or obstacle that might hinder or retard my quest for happiness. I will see only the good in life and in others. I will smile deep down in my heart. I will be considerate of others and help all those with whom I come in contact. I will have unfailing patience today. Nothing can take from me my sense of joy and gladness. Yes, today I will be really and truly happy, poised, contented and optimistic.

HAPPINESS MAKERS:

· Sing a song of praise to the Lord!

· Read a Psalm out loud!

· Write down 10 things of which you are truly thankful!

· Make a phone call to one person and encourage them!

· Write a mission statement for your life!

· Think of three topics of conversation to begin with a stranger!

· Write a love note to your mate!

· Send a text message to three dear ones letting them know you are praying for them!

· Make a birthday card instead of buying one!

· Make a video recording of Grandma and Grandpa sharing memories!

· Plant a garden!

· Take a Spa day!

· Take your pet for a walk!

· Send a gift to Linda Shelton’s Ministry!

· Release your tension through a few stretching exercises!

· Skim pebbles across the water!

· Drink a fresh glass of juice!

· Snuggle with your favorite pillow or blanket!

· Explore an interesting side street!

· Establish a new goal!

· Start a journal!

· Write a thank-you note!

· Teach a cooking class in your kitchen!

· Make a new resolution that will improve yourself!

· Forgive someone!

· Offer to pet-sit for someone for a weekend!

· Volunteer at an animal shelter!

· Become a Big Brother or a Big Sister!

· Help a child develop a hobby!

· Donate some clothes and shoes to your favorite charity!

· Keep a promise!

· Spread happiness through email messages!

· Learn to love yourself!