Exude Peace

From the book “Gardens in Heaven” …

As contemplative prayer becomes a routine, you will exude peace. The fragrance of Christ that you will diffuse will be offensive to those around you who are perishing. But, it will be sweet to those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. You will be the scent of heaven everywhere you go. Who is sufficient for these things? It is not in our self-effort. It is spending time with Jesus that makes us sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

As you picture yourself in your heavenly garden, picture Jesus being with you. Picture yourself handing your burdens to Him. He wants to take them! Thank Him for all that He has done. Speak forth the things for which you are thankful. In this way, you will develop a thankful heart. Then learn to be quiet to allow the Lord to speak into your current situation. Seek and consider His heavenly perspective on the events and circumstances that are occupying your mind.

The beloved bridegroom continues …

Song of Solomon 5:1:
I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!

In the Bible a garden is symbolic of a person’s soul.

When the Lord enters the garden of a person’s soul, when He enters the garden of a person’s thoughts, it is definitely cause for celebration! The bridegroom comes to his garden with the heavy aroma of spices. He is intoxicated with his love for his bride.

Naphtali – Aquamarine

From the book ‘Jewels in Heaven’ …

Let me tell you a little secret. God does not expect you to be strong. You don’t win battles by being strong. You win them by acknowledging that you are weak and only God is strong enough to win the victory.

The Apostle Paul wrote that “when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) King David, known for being a great warrior, when describing how God gave him victories wrote:

Psalm 18:31-34:
For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

Verse 33 in the King James version reads “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.” A hind is a female red deer. (The male is called a stag.) God gave the red deer the ability to quickly ascend a steep rocky slope to avoid danger. When attacked, a deer will seek higher ground for protection. It has an ability that it’s enemy does not.


Therein lies the secret. As children of God, we have an ability that our enemy does not have. We can go to a place that he cannot go. We can enter the gates of the third heaven. (2 Corinthians 12:2) We can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)