A Sweet Savour

Like a Scented Geranium

   My dad loved to grow plants and flowers of all kinds, but one of his favorites was a type of geranium. Unlike the regular geraniums, this variety isn’t known for it’s flowers. They’re called scented geraniums, and the many different scents are what gives these plants their appeal. 

  If you saw a scented geranium in a nursery, you would probably pass it by, seeing nothing special about it. But if you were to brush your hand across it, or pinch one of it’s leaves, you would soon notice an aroma emanating from within the plant. The fragrances are many and varied, ranging from coconut to lemon, even nutmeg, almond and many, many more.

  How similar we are to these plants. There is really nothing special about us until we are touched by the hand of God. Like the scented geranium, we too have our own unique scent that is pleasing to the Lord; one that grows stronger when we walk in obedience to His will. Sometimes God sends a soft breeze wafting across our ‘leaves,’ just enough to gently bend us in the direction He is blowing. Other times He sends a strong blast, bruising leaves and breaking stems, causing those fragrant spices to flow out.

  Walking through that nursery, people can’t miss the aroma of those scented geraniums when someone has brushed against them. The fragrance is powerful and causes a reaction. While some are drawn to it, others will turn away. Our lives should have a similar effect on those around us, if we are bending and moving with the power of God’s hand. Some may not like the fragrance, but they can’t deny it’s existence.

Song of Solomon 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. 

Song of Solomon 6:2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

In the Power Of God, 1 Corinthians 2:5

The Christian Ladies Network recently started a Bible Memory Challenge, Through The Word. Each month we will study a new portion of scripture, and make a post about what we have learned. This month's verse is:

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5

Through the Word Bible Memory Challenge

Whom Shall I Fear? Psalm 27:1

 The Christian Ladies Network recently started a Bible Memory Challenge, Through The Word. Each month we will study a new portion of scripture, and make a post about what we have learned. This is our first verse:

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

A Bible study and song

My first thoughts when I read this verse were:
The Lord is my light....No matter how dark the night, No matter how dark my circumstance, No matter how dark the path ahead, No matter how dark my thoughts....the Lord is my light.
And He IS my salvation...No matter what comes, No matter how often I fail, I am secure IN HIM...The Lord is my salvation.
He is the strength of my life...No matter how small my strength; No matter what obstacles I face, No matter how difficult the way, he has all the strength I need....He is the strength of my life.
Whom shall I fear?....No matter what lies ahead, No matter what decisions I must make, No matter what other people may do, No matter what trial I face....Of whom shall I be afraid?