Dear Jesus, Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go, flood our souls with your Spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus. Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be ours. It will be your shining on others through us. Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. Let us preach you without preaching not by words, but by our example by the catching force the sympathetic influence of what we do the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you. Amen.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
What a world this would be if we just built bridges instead of walls.
I found this beautiful scene behind Normandale College while waiting for my son to take an entrance exam. It was so peaceful I just had to document the feeling with a photo.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
But don’t be afraid. If God’s by your side,
with big beasty things you’ll never collide.
(Dr. Seuss and more!)
Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park. They were sometimes scary.
A word of encouragement to those we meet, a cheerful smile in the supermarket, a card or letter to a friend, a readiness to witness when opportunity is given—all are practical ways in which we may let His light shine through us.
~Elizabeth B. Jones
Only God can transform a sin-stained soul into a masterpiece of grace.
The door greeter at Mystery Castle in Phoenix.
In comparison with this big world, the human heart is only a small thing. Though the world is so large, it is utterly unable to satisfy this tiny heart. Our ever-growing soul and its capacities can be satisfied only in the infinite God. As water is restless until it reaches its level, so the soul has no peace until it rests in God.
~ Sadhu Sundar Singh
There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of one small candle…. In moments of discouragement, defeat, or even despair, there are always certain things to cling to. Little things usually: remembered laughter, the face of a sleeping child, a tree in the wind—in fact, any reminder of something deeply felt or dearly loved. No man is so poor as not to have many of these small candles. When they are lighted, darkness goes away and a touch of wonder remains.
Purple Blooms on a tree in the Japanese Garden.
I am blessed.
I can bless.
So this is happiness….
I am a flame to light other flames.