How Do You Smell Today??

 

It’s another beautiful morning on my porch! All of the gardenia buds seem to have popped open since yesterday morning and the fragrance is amazing! It reminds me of how, as Christians, we are called to be the aroma of Christ. (2 Cor. 2:15) Sometimes I wonder what my “aroma” is to those around me. Is it sweet and inviting, full of the scents of love, kindness, acceptance, gentleness, joy, peace, contentment, patience and humility? Or is it offensive and repelling, reeking of hatred, anger, bitterness, judgement, arrogance, discontentment and hypocrisy?

Oh, how I want it to be that sweet fragrance that attracts others and points them to Jesus! Much like the smell of smoke that permeates and follows you as you leave a bonfire, I want to spend time with Jesus every day so that, when I walk away from our meeting, I carry with me the sweet fragrance that will be noticed by anyone that I come in contact with that day. The aroma of Christ.

How do you smell today???

“Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life.”  2 Cor 2:15 (the Message)

 

Book Review: My Heart by Julie Manning

I’m getting closer to meeting my reading goal for 2017! My goal is to read 40 books this year, and so far I’ve read 14! Now that summer is almost here, I’m hoping to be able to spend even more time reading.

I just finished this book and enjoyed it so much! Julie lives with a heart condition that could cause her life to end at any time. Yet she doesn’t live in anger, bitterness, depression, fear or sadness. Instead she lives each day, recognizing that the Lord is in control of her future and she trusts Him in this. She has three young boys and she spends each day loving them and discipling them. She uses her days to make Jesus known to those around her, encouraging others to spend their time on the things that really matter…relationships.

This book was an encouragement to me and yet another reminder that every person has a story. When we tell our story, it encourages others and reminds us that we are not the only ones having to deal with hard things.

What are you reading these days??

Trusting His Plan,
Sandra

(I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for my review.)

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