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!
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!
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 3:17
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!