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Do you have a favorite fragrance? A few days before my oldest daughter went to college, she surprised me with a Bath & Body Works® set in my new favorite scent ~ Paris Amore. When you use a certain scent, it not only pleases your own senses and makes you feel clean and refreshed, but others near you also become the recipients of the fragrant scent.

Recently, I awoke with a heart burdened with cares. I got the coffee ready to add to my creamer. (smile!) My Bible and pen were placed together with intentions of spending time in God's Word first thing. Regretfully, I became distracted with other chores. I corresponded with another (with my weighty heart). I finally got around to my Bible when quiet occurred again. After I read for a good while, I realized that the weighty heart pulling me down wasn't too heavy for the Lord to carry, yet I had already corresponded with my own undesirable scent. Had I met with God first, I could have shared a pleasant scent in my communication. Thankfully, this older and wiser Godly woman gently rebuked my doubts and fears stemming from not trusting God, and her words pointed me to hope in Him.

What aromatherapy do we use daily for ourselves? Do we only rely on scented bath products or do we open God's Word and linger there?

What aroma are we providing for others? Is it merely a bottle of scented spray or is it coupled with the fragrance emitted from being with Jesus?

In the Garden -by Charles A. Miles, 1913

I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses, And the voice I hear falling on my ear The Son of God discloses.

Refrain: And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own; And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing, And the melody that He gave to me Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him, Though the night around me be falling, But He bids me go; through the voice of woe His voice to me is calling.

The Lord confirmed this Truth again to me through our pastor's message at church last night: "Let Us Have Grace" which you can listen to here.

"The Bible will give you the right view." -Pastor Tim Cruse

"Speak the Truth in love – with grace – seasoned with salt." -Pastor Tim Cruse

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