Smell the Coffee

smelling coffee releases antioxidants, smelling coffee good for us, proverbs 4:23
Do you like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee? Experts have discovered that the pleasure of smelling coffee may release powerful antioxidants in our body to protect nerve cells from stress-related damage even if we don't drink it! (Source)

God created us multifaceted, and we are sensitive to things even when we aren't conscious of their influence—like the smell of coffee! 

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (NLT)

Television, movies, books and music are powerful influences. When they have violent or immoral themes, they affect our attitudes and emotions. These “strong smells” alter our "spiritual chemistry.” Only as we smell the good things of God can we guard our hearts. 

Are there things that badly influence your life? Ask God to take away your desire for these "aromas."
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011 


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17 comments:

  1. We do need to guard our hearts. One hurt feeling, on bitter root etc can take hold.

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  2. Hmm, I do love the smell of coffee but I do not like to drink it. Thank you for the inspiration.
    New follower from the Sunday Funday hop. Hope you stop over for a visit. http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/

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  3. If God's good things are anything like the smell of coffee, they are for me. Good thoughts.

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  4. Great reminder... I let my kids watch shows on netflix that once a week aren't a big deal, but watching an afternoon of episodes is definitly going to start shaping their views on the world and life in ways I don't want. Gonna have to reign that in...

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  5. Your post reminds me of the child bible song..."Be Careful". Do you know it? One line goes "be careful little eyes what you see?" The next line is "be careful little ears what you hear?" And so on with feet and hands...ending with "The Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see." Each verse ends with the new starting sentence. Its a great way to begin teaching discernment to children. And we adults need to practice that as well so that we protect our hearts from worldly influences. Great post today Gail and thank you for sharing at WJIM.

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  6. I love the smell of coffee. Hate the taste though. It's easy to let sins in through our senses, but purposeful living will bring those checks in our heart when the Spirit tells us we're getting careless in our reading or viewing. Great challenge for this Tuesday morning!

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  7. Wow! Great info and a timely post for me. Thanks for linking it up with me :)

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  8. Too true - and just as important for our children and grandchildren as for us. Thank you for an important reminder.

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  9. I love the smell of coffee but I sure don't like it!! This is a very special analogy. I have removed (we have) those things like TV, movies, and such from our lives years ago but we have to guard our hearts and homes because satan has a deceptive way of creeping back into our lives if we are not vigilant.

    Following you around tonight from Michele DeRusha's linkup.

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  10. Very interesting, Gail! I love the smell of coffee. The power of it hits me when I'm not even thinking of it and walk down the coffee aisle at the grocery store. Wow! It can really transform me. But I agree that there are so many subtle influences on us that we may not even recognize. I'm taking your warning and guarding my heart today!

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  11. I love this analogy. It is true that the things we allow to waft into our atmosphere can influence us--whether we realize it or not. Good reminder, Gail. Thank you.

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  12. I was happy to hear something good about coffee, Gail! Wow! How true that we need to guard our heart and what influences us. Thank you Gail for so faithfully posting your beautiful posts on my Wednesday blog. You have been an encouragement to me, Love, Juana

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  13. Great perspective...Thanks so much for linking up with my Homemaking Party. Hope you have a great week!

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  14. Yes! I completely agree with you; movies and tv shows are powerful influences, but it is up to the viewer to determine whether that influence is a good one or a bad one. That's why I think that literary analysis needs to make a larger appearance in education today. We need to know how to find the themes in everything we see, and we need to teach our children to do the same.

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    1. I agree with you that the viewer can determine whether a movie is artistically good or bad. That's a matter of personal preference.
      My point is not about literary analysis or themes but about moral themes. While society at large can decide what they consider moral or immoral, the Christian gets their guidance from Scripture because every principle of God is true and given for our best good.
      Thanks for your comment,
      Gail

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  15. I love coffee and its smell. I prefer to have coffee in the morning and evening. For health benefit, coffee should be taken in limited amount.

    Regard

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