God’s Conversation Hearts to YOU

The next time you pick up a box of Conversation Hearts, or GIVE a box of Conversation Hearts, will you let it be a reminder of God, the All Mighty One, who loves you so? SmellingCoffee.com

Hello friends!  I’ve been working on something, which led to a series of thoughts… which led me to hop on here and quickly share something with you. 🙂  Lately I’ve been making “spirit buttons” to sell locally in one of our town’s gift shops.

The next time you pick up a box of Conversation Hearts, or GIVE a box of Conversation Hearts, will you let it be a reminder of God, the All Mighty One, who loves you so? SmellingCoffee.com

As I was making this batch of Valentine buttons, the Lord kept bringing to mind verses in His Word where He pours His love over us.  As much as we enjoy sharing our love to others, especially on holidays like Valentine’s Day, God IS love, and pours His infinite love over us every day.

In Conversation Heart style, this is how God expresses His love to us:

BE MINE –   God wants us to accept His love.

 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.    John 3:16 (NLT)

ALL MINE –   God loves us and will keep us.

 My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.    John 10:27-30 (MSG)

TRUE LOVE –   God loves us with true love as only He can.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.    Jeremiah 31:3 (AMP)

HUG ME – God offers you His protective embrace.

The Eternal God is your shelter;  He holds you up in His everlasting arms.
Deut. 33:27 (The Voice)

I’M SURE –   God is sure of His love for us and wants us to know we can be sure of a future with Him.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. 
 John 14:1-3 (CEV)


SWEET TALK –   God’s Word is His love letter to us.

How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.   Psalm 119:103 (NLT)


LOVE ME –   God tells us how to love Him back.

If you love me, obey my commandments… Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.   John 14:15 & 21 (NLT)

CALL ME –   God loves us so much He wants to communicate with us.

Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known.   Jeremiah 33:3 (The Voice)

The next time you pick up a box of Conversation Hearts, or GIVE a box of Conversation Hearts, will you let it be a reminder of God, the All Mighty One, who loves you so?

The next time you pick up a box of Conversation Hearts, or GIVE a box of Conversation Hearts, will you let it be a reminder of God, the All Mighty One, who loves you so? SmellingCoffee.com



It’s the 12th Day of Christmas! Do you know what that means?

Happy New Year, my friends, and a blessed Epiphany Day to you.

I didn’t grow up celebrating Epiphany, but each year I am learning more about this special observance. Though we didn’t plan it on purpose, we kept our Christmas decorations up later this year, and in light of what I’m learning about Epiphany and the Twelve Days of Christmas, the presence of our decorated and lighted tree has been a sweet and comforting blessing.  I almost hated to see it packed away…. Then again, it’s kind of nice to enjoy that “clean” look to our living spaces. 😉

I’m certainly no expert, but I did want to pass along some of what I’ve learned so far about Epiphany.

Did you know that the traditional 12 days of Christmas are not the 12 days leading up to Christmas, but the 12 days afterward?  In most of the Western church culture, the 12 days of Christmas begin either on Christmas night (Dec. 25) or the next morning (Dec. 26) and extend through January 6th, which is known as Epiphany.  January 6th is also known as the Twelfth Day, and many families have an additional gathering of family, friends, and gifts on this occasion.  

Epiphany means “to show,” “to make known,” or “to reveal.”  It is a part of the Christmas season where we are to reflect on how the wise men sought out the Christ-Child, brought Him gifts, and revealed Jesus to the on-looking world as the Real Lord and King.

It is to be a time where we focus on the truth that those who seek Jesus will find Him, just as the Wise Men did.  When the Wise Men bowed down to Jesus and presented Him their valuable gifts, they acknowledged Him as King of all Kings… not just King of the religious people, but King of everyone, of you and of me.  PTL!

Some homes celebrate a “Season of Epiphany”  which begins today, January 6, and will last through Ash Wednesday.  During this time, observers will reflect upon the life of Jesus, the Gift of Jesus, and the mission of Jesus and His church body in light of the Nativity…what it means to belong to Him, to be filled by Him, and to be poured out for His glory.  I want to live in observance of this season of Epiphany.  How about you?

Epiphany trumpets the call for all of us to become wise men (and women) who seek Jesus, searching for Him with all of our hearts (Jer. 29:13) as we present ourselves to Him as gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

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“When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy. And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts – gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11 (Amp)


Gold This was a standard gift to a king. It represented kingship and power.

My gift of Gold would be my submission to God/Jesus as my KING. It would be my pledge and willful gift of obedience as His servant in every way. Without delay. Without question. Without pouting. Without arguement. Without bargaining. Without demanding a gift in return… Presenting Jesus with Gold means bowing before Him with a “Yes, Lord… I am Your handmaiden… Let it be to me as You have said…” kind of answer to any request/command His Word makes of us.

Like gold is the standard other monetary values are based upon, Obedience and Submission are the standards that our lives in Christ are to be based upon. Our lives are to be willfully and joyfully marked by these traits. Obedience and Submission are more valuable and everlasting than gold.

– This was a special incense used for worship.

My gift of Frankincense is my worship, praise, prayers, and passionate desire for personal intimate fellowship with God my King, Father, Creator; Jesus Christ my Savior, Friend, Lover; and The Holy Spirit my Counselor, Convictor, and Teacher.

Praise, worship, gratitude, and intimacy with Jesus is especially a gift when life isn’t going as we would like it. When times are hard, and we wonder why God is allowing certain things to cross our lives, yet we choose to praise, worship, thank, and walk with Him… This is the sacrificial Frankincense that blesses His heart.

Myrrh – This was used to embalm bodies of the dead.

My gift of Myrrh is the dying of self in my physical body, so that the Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit can embalm me, stiffen me to the sway of this world, and preserve me to live for and through my God and King.

For me, this Myrrh is probably the hardest gift to give. I don’t mind saying I “want” to give this gift to Jesus, but actually doing it will be a minute by minute battle: Who will I give in to? The flesh or the spirit? The wolf or the dove?

We give Myrrh to Jesus as we choose to act and react in ways that are pleasing to Him instead of gratifying to our flesh. It will be a gift we give in every choice that we make – in every area of our lives – alone, with God, with family, at home, in public… and it will span the physical and emotional and spiritual.

Giving Myrrh means dying to self so we can live to Jesus.

The question before us on this Epiphany Day is: Will you and I choose to bow before Him each day and present Jesus with these gifts of submission / obedience, worship, and death to self?


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As we move ahead into 2018, let’s do it with a mindset of Epiphany…of seeking Jesus, and presenting Him with our own gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.  

Epiphany - When Wise Men (and Women) Still Seek Jesus. SmellingCoffee.com

It is a wise man and a wise woman who will seek the Lord, because:

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;”
Lamentations 3:25

Happy New Year, and a blessed Season of Epiphany to you all ~

If you’d like to learn more about Epiphany, this is an excellent web article.  Also, This is a wonderful website about all of the Christian observances during the church year. I highly encourage you to visit and study through this site, link by link.  I promise, you’ll be blessed! 🙂






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God Blesses Those Who Mourn ~ A Word for the Grieving Soul

Hello, friends!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Three months, I believe, since my last blog post.  I began the Fall with a renewed determination to delve back into blogging and to edit and re-publish my Christmas book, Keeping Christ AS Christmas.   But in His wisdom and perfect timing, God had other and more precious plans for my time.

My sweet mom needed our help (and a hip replacement) so she moved in with us in early October.  Though she was in tremendous pain, we have spent days on end visiting, laughing, watching Christmas movies, drinking coffee, and just being together… and these days have been the greatest treasure.  After what seemed like insurmountable delays, she finally had her surgery in December and was released from Rehab on Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas.  We praise Jesus that she is doing wonderfully!!!  (I’m so grateful that the Lord allowed me a schedule to be able to serve her in this way. More than that… I’m doubly grateful that she and my husband love each other like Mother and Son!)

We are counting our blessings this Christmas season as Mom is with us in our home.  But this day, December 27, is also a bittersweet date for our family.  It’s the day our Daddy went to live with Jesus 21 years ago.  We adults remember it like it was just a few years ago – yet our son, Nathan, was just a newborn.  He has lived a lifetime without this wonderful man in his life.  Seems like we all have.  None of my dad’s grandchildren even know him.  He only laid eyes on Nathan for 10 short weeks.  But God has been so present in our lives and ever so faithful…faithful to my Mom as her Husband… and to us as our Father… and to our children in providing other grandfathers or grandfather-figures in their lives.  None of us were left alone, and that has been such a blessing from God!

We miss Daddy so much.  But we no longer grieve for him, nor do we long for him to live here on this earth with us.  And that… that is peace and contentment, which is also a blessing from God, enabled by His good grace.

On Christmas Eve, I noticed on my Facebook feed that four of my friends had lost someone in their immediate family this year on December 23!  That’s just a small sampling of the loss and pain many are walking through during this “festive” season.  My family has been there, too.  It colors every holiday memory for years to come.  But today, on this day we will never forget, I wanted to share that there is also hope and joy on the other side.

Are you grieving during this

I found this post from December 2011 and felt led to share it again. If you are heavy with grief over any kind of loss today, I pray that the Lord will use His Words to strengthen and soothe your heart.

I am praying for you ~

December 2011. God Blesses Those Who Mourn

My heart is heavy this morning for so many who are missing loved ones this month… My own precious Daddy died two days after Christmas (fifteen years ago, and we still miss his presence in our lives). Our blogging friend, Bella Mella – Melanie Dorsey and her family are grieving the loss of their 12 year old son, Andrew, who moved to Heaven two years ago on the 15th. The news is full of tragedy, made especially difficult during this season where love and family and memories are so cherished. I’m praying for many who are mourning this month.

As I drank my coffee and opened God’s Word this morning to see what He had to say from my study through Matthew, as God often does, He had a beautiful Word about those who mourn. I knew immediately that He gave it to me, as well as to many of you… to any of you who mourn.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn,for they will be comforted.” (NIV)

That’s the verse most of us know. The second of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. But read it in these other translations and versions:

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” (Mt. 5:4 The Message)

“Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!” (Mt. 5:4 Amplified)

“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mt. 5:4 New Living Translation)

I’m using the New Living Translation as I study verse by verse through Matthew, and the different wording of a familiar verse was a blessing to my heart.  Between the NLT and the AMP, this is what I wrote in my journal this morning, and what I want to pass along to you:

“God blesses those who mourn with His comfort and matchless grace. Thank you, O Lord! You bless each need with a deeper revelation of yourself. In that way, we are blessed with the happiness only produced by the experience of Your favor conditioned by the revelation of your Matchless Grace.

Conditioned = restored, nourished, hydrated, refreshed. When we look back on the loss we are mourning, we will see what you have done for, in, and through us as we walk each step with You and in Your strength alone. Your grace conditions, restores, nourishes, hydrates, and refreshes each dry and weary heart. In this… In you… is the blessing… when we are in the midst of deep sorrow and grief.

Thank you, O Lord, for the blessing of Your Strength, Your Help, Your Carriage, Your Nourishing, Your Conditioning, Your Mercy, Your Love, and Your Presence as we walk the days of mourning. Thank you that weeping will last but a night, and that joy WILL come in the ‘mourning‘.”

My sweet friends, if you are mourning – especially during this supposedly “festive” season, I am praying for you. Rest assured of this: God knows. God understands. God will not leave you nor will He forsake you, Assuredly not! (Heb. 13:5)

With love, from the deepest part of my soul~


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