A Sweet Aroma when you Delight in Serving Jesus!

I had the joy and privilege to attend culinary school several years ago but it does not take a professional chef to understand the importance of a sweet aroma.  I can remember the tantalizing smell of bacon being fried in a pan on Saturday morning as my mother prepared a satisfying pancake breakfast for us on a Saturday morning.

There is the warmth I feel when I get the scent of some roasted coffee beans percolating or fresh bread baking in the oven.  I still recall the soft and sweet vanilla scented perfume of my first love as she hopped into the car with me and the happiness she felt while smelling the scent of fresh cut flowers!Sweet Aroma to God in Serving Jesus

As I seek to know more about Jesus and His will for my life each day, it is my heart’s desire to please Him.  I want my life to be a sweet aroma for Him in Heaven.  It was suggested to me by my baby sister almost 20 months ago to use my desire to write and start a blog.

I was overwhelmed with excitement as I read the blogs of others trying to understand the process.    It seemed that people’s lives were truly impacted and helped as I read through the comments.  At times I myself was inspired and encouraged as I read the testimonies of faith of other Christian bloggers.

I was bursting at the seams to share my story of transformation and how God revealed me to me my purpose as a child of His in the midst of those dark days of stroke recovery.  I wanted to share with the world the need for salvation through Christ and encourage my fellow believers to not lose hope.  To remind them that God is with us through the rivers and the valleys. To inspire anyone who reads my posts that in those moments of uncertainty we are forced to trust GOD completely!

The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love.  He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy!” Zephaniah 3:17

My faith grows as God continues to reveal Himself to me each day. However, there have been moments of frustration at times in regards to all the noise in regards to blogging.  SEO- friendly, page views, social media strategies, and promotion.  It’s enough to make your head spin as a writer.  I just enjoy writing about Jesus and how He continues to influence and change my life.  I feel discouraged at times when my mind seems overrun with unexpected distractions and required duties of the day.

I long for those quiet moments of reflection and rejuvenation with God.  A while ago I was blessed by these verses as God revealed the essence of my Christianity. I have to share with you and I pray you are encouraged too!Your life is a fragrance to God through Jesus

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ to God…”  2 Corinthians 2:14-15.

A fragrance to God, a sweet aroma in EVERY place! Such inspiring words to read. We can be a sweet aroma to God in everything thing we do!   When we provide help for our loved ones, take care of our health, fulfill our responsibilities, including the mundane and the monotonous.  Jesus has empowered us to be a sweet aroma to God in everything.  We should feel blessed and honored to be a representative and an influence for Jesus!

Whatever you do in word or deed, do ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”  Colossians 3:17Sweet Aroma for God- Col 3 17

Every minute of each day may not go as we planned but remember God is the Master Planner.  He has us right where He wants us to glorify Him.   There was a saying I used to say to my mother before the stroke. I would tell her all the time, “God knows my heart”.  Unfortunately, it was my excuse for not attending church that week or spending time in God’s word.  In fact, I would usually cause an Oklahoma like dust storm when I pulled my bible out from under the bed.

The truth is God did know my heart and it was focused on serving myself and not Him at the time.  I  needed an “adjustment”.  Through the process of healing my heart has become fertile ground for His word.  I long to understand more about my Savior and to equip myself to share the “good news” of the gospel.  I want to be the salt and light that Jesus refers to in Matthew 5:13-16.

I write this to encourage you today as you care for your husband or wife, spend time with your children or grandchildren, help out at church, chat on the phone with a friend, or even run to the grocery store.  We have been assigned to be an influence for Jesus.

Embrace the plans God has laid out for us today and do whatever He asks for His glory.  Know that He is pleased and will bless us as we submit to doing His will.  Be encouraged today and remember we are making a sweet aroma to God through Christ when we delight to serve Jesus in everything!

Blessings to you and yours!

 

 

 

"Horace Williams, Jr.'s non-fiction Christian Worship and Prayer book, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life: A Power that Transforms Lives, briefly and eloquently explores the benefits of prayer and the richness of having a personal relationship with God. Williams answers many questions in his book, including what prayer is, when and how often should one pray and how forgiveness impacts one's relationship with God. Each chapter in his book addresses a power imparted through and by prayer, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life: A Power that Transforms Lives is most highly recommended." Now available on Amazon. Get your copy today.

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60 comments on “A Sweet Aroma when you Delight in Serving Jesus!

Love this, Horace. You have shared some terrific descriptions of aromas that are tied to special memories. How encouraging to remember we are the fragrance of Christ in this crazy world. I know what you mean about the “noise” of all the stuff that can come with blogging. I have to set boundaries to keep my sanity. I know my reach isn’t as strong as it could be, but I’m choosing to trust God to send His words through me to the hearts he chooses. Thanks for visiting last week. I was out of town and just now catching up. I value your blogging friendship. Beautiful graphics in this post:)

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Ginger for visiting and your comment. Always a blessing to hear from you. I am getting better with the side of blogging that involves anything but writing. Some parts I enjoy and others I may never but I do this to honor my Savior. You have become a valued blogging friend as well. Your writing inspires and your comments always encourage. I hope you have a fantastic week and continued blessings to you and yours!

I love this Horace! I have to admit, God called me into very specific service recently. I was terrified… not because I lacked qualification (because not only do I have the earthly qualification but God qualifies us) but rather was fearful of failure or letting God down.

I realized I couldn’t let that fear keep me from doing God’s work – so I moved into and towards His work. Your post almost confirmed for me how this service is important and loved by Jesus.

Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

Wishing you a lovely week.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Jennifer! It is amazing how God reveals things to us to confirm His will for our lives! May you make a sweet aroma for Him as you follow His will in providing this service for Him. I know that He will be glorified. Have a fantastic week and blessings to you and yours!

      MissJc

      By God’s good will I have found this site…..as I read yours I began to well up in my inner……for I always speak on this and you can sense the scents for or against the Lord.

        Horace Williams Jr Post author

        Welcome and thanks for visiting here today. I am am glad to read you were blessed and encouraged by this post. May we always make a sweet aroma for God with our lives. Have a fantastic Sunday and God bless

Horace, what a sweet and timely reminder your words were for me today. Yes, it is quite a privilege and honor to have the opportunity to be the sweet aroma of Christ to others. Thank you for linking with Grace and Truth last week. You are such a valued part of our community.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Dawn for the kind words of encouragement. I’m glad this post was so timely for you. It’s amazing how God knows just what we need and exactly when we need it! I enjoy being a part of Grace & Truth. I am inspired and blessed every time I visit. Have a fabulous weekend. Blessings to you and yours!

Hi, Horace! Love this post! I wrote a song a couple years ago about how God breathes in the fragrance of His church. It’s that pleasing scent of worship when our lives are not our own, but surrendered to Him. A sweet subject. 😉
I love the name of your site. Really. God bless you, and keep writing!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Hello and welcome Kelly! Thank you for visiting. I have seen your name on social media. I’m glad to read you loved this post and like the name of my site! It came to me after many weeks of prayer. Thank you again for visiting, you are welcome here anytime. As a lover of music keep on writing those glorifying songs. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God richly bless you and yours!

May the fragrance of my life as I live for Jesus be as pungent as the Plumeria, as lovely as the Lily of the Valley, as sweet as the old fashioned roses that my mother once grew in abundance!
Thank you, Horace for such an encouraging and fragrant post.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Linda! Thank you for visiting . I am blessed that you were encouraged. I have no doubt that God is pleased with the aroma from your life as you seek to live for Him. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

What a sweet, encouraging post, Horace. For real. It causes me to lift an arm in victory and voice, “We can do this!”. Gosh, He’s so worth it! The plumeria on your last graphic brought to mind our time in Hawaii. The plumeria were some of the most fragrant blossoms I’ve ever smelled. Nearly every time I’d hop off a plane at Honolulu International, a beautiful aroma from the blossoms filled the air. The beautiful aroma filled nostrils with ease. What a correlation to the walk in in Christ you mention above. So good. Oh, and the OK dust storms? Yeah, had a couple of those this week. Craziness! Please give your sister a big thanks from all us in the blogging world. It’s an honor to race this race of faith alongside you. #keepwriting

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Kristi…for real;) You have definitely experienced some very interesting aromas. I would prefer the tropical scents of Hawaii than a dust storm any day! Thank you for the kinds words of encouragement. Blessed to hear this post resonated with you. I am thankful for that email from my sister and her suggestion of blogging. It’s amazing how God guides us. I am humbled by the opportunity to share His truths. Always blessed to hear from you Kristi. Thank you again for stopping by. Have a fantastic weekend and may God richly bless you and yours!

You are so right about the blogging noise, Horace. It can make me crazy at times. Just keep telling your story. You have a wonderful testimony and are truly a gifted encourager. I’m leaving here tonight with some beautiful scents on my mind ;). Many blessings, friend.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Candace for your kind words of encouragement. I am getting better at all the things that come with blogging. I’ve realized balance is key. Learning how and when to do certain things makes me more efficient. I’m thankful that God has given me this opportunity to share about his transforming power and love! Thank you again for visiting tonight. I hope you have a wonderful week and may God richly bless you and yours!

Horace, I am thankful your sister suggested blogging. I’m even more thankful you followed through with it because I enjoy your writing every week. You are such an encouragement to me. Thank you! May the Lord bless you for sharing about Him. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    I am thankful for that too Lori! My baby sister has been such a blessing. In fact she is editing the book I am writing! Her insights have been invaluable. I am thankful for the opportunity to encourage others and I glad you have been encouraged as well. Thank you for the opportunity to share and also for your support and encouragement as we walk alongside in sharing God’s truths.

I am thankful you have followed your passion to share Jesus with the world! I so identify with your frustrations in writing, too. There is so much more involved in writing and blogging than simply the writing. I enjoy most of it, but, goodness, the time that it takes! You are a blessing, Horace! Thank you for being a part of Moments of Hope! I so look forward to your posts each week!
Blessings and smiles,
Lori

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Lori for the opportunity to share at Moments of Hope. Your encouragement has meant a lot to me. I am learning to appreciate some of the things that go along with blogging but I have to remind myself this is God’s blog and I am His instrument so I need to do my best in everything so that He is glorified. Thank you for visiting here today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

Tonight when we took a walk, we could smell the gardenias and they were so lovely and we marveled at the gift from God. Then I was reading your post about aroma – how appropriate. Lovely words and a wonderful journey. I always try to make sure that I give thanks to God each day.
I love my journey and growth with him.
Bev

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Beverly! Thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts. Yes, we should be thankful for each day the Lord blesses us with. As we seek understand Him in His word we will continue to grow in Christ and live our lives as a sweet aroma to God. Thanks again for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend

Hi, Horace! I love the pictures you’ve chosen with this post! They really add to the message. What software or app do you use to get the captions on the pics? I need to learn how to do that.
Looks like you’ve really done your homework and God is blessing the words He has given you to speak on His behalf. Keep up the good work! (aka keep smelling good for Jesus!) 🙂

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks Ruth I am blessed by the opportunity to serve Jesus. I am glad you enjoyed the post and I am trusting Jesus as I seek to live a sweet smelling life for God. Thanks again for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings to you and yours!

Horace, God has granted you the desire of your heart. You manifest the sweet aroma of Christ in your writing and encouragement. Loved the Scripture and encouragement you offered today. You reminded me of scents that bring up happy memories too. Continued blessings on you and your ministry!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Yes He has Debbie. Thank you for visiting and your sincerity. I’m “pleased” to read you found my post encouraging. I thank God He has brought you alongside to encourage me on this writing journey. I pray that my brothers and sisters in Christ are encouraged and the lost are helped to know Jesus as their Savior. Have a wonderful week and blessings to you and yours. To God be the glory!

What a beautiful, edifying, and so encouraging post! I am so grateful to meet you today and trust God will completely heal you and keep you working for Him. It is hard to understand why you had to go through a stroke, but God is surely using you here through your pain. May He bless you and comfort you and hold you ever close to Him. I am going to subscribe to your blog.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Donna for the visit and for sharing. I spend a lot of time truing to find the right images to drive home the theme for my posts. I am pleased how this turned out in honoring our Savior. Have a blessed week!

This is good stuff, Horace! I love these lines from your post, “Embrace the plans God has laid out for us today and do whatever He asks for His glory. Know that He is pleased and will bless us as we submit to doing His will.”
I’m sharing this one all over today.
Blessed by you and by your ministry. So glad God called you to blogging!
(Found your post on Sitting Among Friends.)

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Hello Melanie Redd. Always a blessing to hear from you! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for sharing. I too am thankful that God has shown me the path that He has for me. I loved writing from the time I took a poetry class in high school. Now that God is allowing me to do this I am humbled and amazed by His grace. Thank you again for visiting. Have a fabulous week and may God richly bless you and yours!

Great post! You’re making me hungry with all the talk of bacon and pancakes and fresh bread! Such amazing smells, but nothing compared to the aroma of Christ. It’s so true that in blogging it is easy to get caught up in stats and social media and it’s important to keep our focus on God and be looking to please him and glorify him in all we do.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Leslie for visiting and your comment. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the post and good smell those aromas I mentioned:) You are right nothing compares to the aroma of Christ living through us! I am getting better at not focusing on “the noise” and do my best in everything associate with this blog. Thank you again for visiting here today. I hope you have a fabulous week . Blessings to you and yours!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Crystal! Thank you for these words of encouragement. You are a blessing and I try to focus on “why” I do this…to give God Glory. It’s not supposed to be easy, right? I am humbled that He has chosen people like you and me to share God’s truths. What a privilege to be an influence for our Savior! I still feel the excitement every time God help me progress in my writing and for that I am encouraged to press on! Thanks for visiting here today and encouraging me along the way all these months. You have a fantastic week and may God richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors,friend.

Horace, I know what you mean about all the noise associated with blogging. I’m still trying to figure out how all that fits with what who I am as a blogger and writer, but I need to keep what you’ve written here at the forefront: pleasing and glorifying God, not myself. I’m glad you listened to your baby sister all those months ago!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Yes! I’m glad to know I’m not he only one Lois;) I know it is necessary and I want to do all I can to make this the best blog as I seek to glorify Him. So that includes more than just writing. I am getting more efficient at some things and others I’m still learning . I am blessed when it all comes together and He is glorified…sweet aroma to Him! Thrilled to read this resonated with you today. Thank you for visiting and the kind words. Have a fantastic week and blessings to you!

This was such a warm, encouraging post! These are some of my favorite verses that bring me so much comfort when I need it. Nice work! Thanks so much for sharing this!

I love beautiful aromas – thanks for this reminder of our opportunity to be an sweet aroma to our Father! I linked up over at Purposeful Faith right next to you and I’m glad I did! Thanks for the beautiful reminder of our influence for Jesus! #Raralinkup

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Hello Lorraine. Welcome and thank you for visiting today! It is easy sometimes to forget and even ignore our responsibility to Christ. I did for many years. Now I want my life to be a sweet aroma to Him going forward. He has given me a second chance and I pray many are blessed by the aroma as I seek to live for Jesus. Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope you have a wonderful week and God bless!

Such encouraging words, Horace! I’ve learned to embrace the parts of this writing journey that used to be such a challenge, as soon as I shifted my perspective and committed to the full process, everything changed. All that “unfun” stuff paves the way for the message God has laid on my heart. It’s still a bit of a chore, but my heart is happy to do it because I see how it fits into the larger picture. Blessings to you and yours.
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    Hey Sarah! Thank you for stopping by blogging buddy:) I glad to read you were encouraged as you read this post. I think I am growing as a blogger in this process. There are parts of this in addition to writing I enjoy more than others but knowing I am sharing God’s truth brings me the most joy! I pray that He is glorified in everything. I ask Him for knowledge to help with things I do not quite understand and He always comes through. I am blessed and humbled by the opportunity to serve Him. Thanks again for visiting friend. I hope you have a wonderful week and may God richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Cathy for the words of encouragement. I thank God for allowing me to share my testimony of transformation and faith. I pray it is an encouragement to people and gives hope to all who read. I hope you have a fantastic week. Blessings.

I love this focus on being an aroma of Christ. When I walk in a house that smells icky and stale, it makes me want to walk back out the door. And yet a house that smells good is very inviting. An aroma of Christ is a very powerful concept I don’t often think of much. Focusing on giving our best today gives a lovely aroma.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Ginger for visiting again. It is my desire to be a sweet aroma to God in everything I do. No icky or stale odors allowed:) Thanks again for the visit. Have a wonderful week and God bless you and yours!

Oh how aromas take us back don’t they? When I walk in the evenings and I smell people grilling meat on the pit, I often think about the aroma and sacrifice in the Old Testament. Our sacrifice today is no less costly, but it is a sacrificing of our time and self. For my service to Him (my written word) to be the aroma that makes His heart happy… beautiful!

I’m with you too on the “unfun part of writing” with SEO and all other tech stuff. Be courageous and keep serving Him. I appreciate your honesty, we all can relate to the “Oklahoma dust storm”. Thank you have moved beyond, “God knows my heart” to “God sees my actions!” Be blessed and keep writing!

*visiting from Moments of Hope

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Tammy for your insights and visiting today! I appreciate your encouragement to. It was a pleasure to visit your site. May we continue to be salt and light to as Jesus instructed. I hope you have a fantastic week and may God bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

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