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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Spiritual Sundays

Every once in a while I come across a devotional that is so simple in its writing, yet has a profound message in it. Such is the case with what I'm about to share with you.


Signature Scent

You can't see it, hear it, or touch it, but scent is powerful. The smell of things like crayons, petunias, and colognes evoke memories that transport me to the past and bring to mind people and places I might not otherwise recall.

Some celebrities have fragrances named after them. Fans can identify with an actress or singer by dabbing on the scent bearing her name. Along those lines, Ladies Home Journal published a quiz to help readers determine the perfect fragrance for them. The idea is that every woman, to be memorable, should have a specific scent associated with her.

The idea of a signature scent is not new. God introduced it as part of worship. In the tabernacle, a certain scent was to be associated with the Lord {Ex. 30:34-35}. The people were forbidden to use this fragrance for anything but worship {v.37-38}.

This idea continues under the new covenant, but with a stunning difference. Instead of using incense to make people think of Him, God uses Christians as His "signature scent" to the world {2 Cor. 2: 14-15}. The fact that God identifies Himself with us in such a powerful way is a truly humbling thought, and causes me to ask, "What do people think of God as a result of being around me?" - Julie Ackerman Link


When we've been alone with Jesus,
There's a difference others know;
And to them it's like a fragrance
That we leave where'er we go. - Hess


A LIFE LIVED FOR GOD IS A PLEASING AROMA


Thank you for stopping by today. Please take some time to visit Charlotte and Ginger and all the participants at Spiritual Sundays. Just click on the link to visit these wonderful folks and be encouraged. http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/
I pray each of us will leave a pleasing aroma and be a blessing for Him!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

25 comments:

Angela said...

Yes, 'a pleasing aroma'. I have prayed many times,,'OH Lord help me not be a stench to Your nostrils but a pleasing aroma'...

Beautiful devotional. Thank you so much for sharing.

Sherry from Alabama said...

I love your Easter candy dish. Wish I could have cute chocolates sitting around for more than one day. :)

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Whidbey Woman said...

Your blog page is so pretty. I love all the pink Easter things!
Your devotion on aroma was really nice, too. Have a great week!

Marilyn said...

I work at being a pleasing scent at school to all my children. To me, having this aroma is more important than working on the actual lessons. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and your family as we celebrate Palm Sunday tomorrow. ♥♫

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Sandi, what an excellent point. So many times I underestimate the influence I have on others and I'm so responsible for the "fragrance" I give.

sarah said...

this is really nice...I like all the pink and the trays that looks so good. Have a great week...

Clif said...

Excellent! Thank you.

Saleslady371 said...

What lovely words from a lovely lady who smells wonderful, I'm sure!

enchantingcottage said...

Sandi, I liked this. I'm so glad you shared this today.I wonder what the Lords signature sent would be.
God Bless,
Ginger

RCUBEs said...

I always carry a little vial of perfume in my lab coat pocket. To refresh or just dab some drops on my wrists when something doesn't smell right. The smell of sweat from many inmates can linger for a while but just a drop of perfume on my wrist helps to combat that. Thank you for this. May our lives offered to the Lord be a sweet-smelling sacrifice! Have a great week sister Sandi and God bless you.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You minister beautifully! Do I hear an "amen?" :) Your devotion to our Lord is a wonderful and beautiful thing!
Love and blessings to you...
Mona

Susan said...

Lovely thought and post.

Lynn said...

Sandi,
My first time visiting which is perfect since it's Palm Sunday. In the dictionary, fragrance, "suggests a odor of flowers or other growing things". I love this defination in terms of your devotional today. Growing closer to the Lord will give us a stronger fragrance. That is what I strive for. God Bless and thank you for such a beautiful devotional on this Palm Sunday, the start of the celebration of a RISENT LORD.
Lynn

Debbie said...

Loved this. Thanks so much for the precious thoughts.

Dayle said...

So true.

Lisa said...

Yes. I want my life to be a sweet smelling sacrifice to Him. Thanks for a lovely post.:)

Ann said...

I pray that I emit a pleasing aroma and that others will see Christ in me. Beautiful post.
Ann

Cathy said...

Amen, thanks for sharing those thoughts. Blessings ~

Charlotte said...

Beautiful post, Sandi. I love it.
Blessings,
Charlotte

GWENDOLYN said...

This is a really nice devotional... makes one think... what is my fragrance as a Christian... hmmmmm.. .when we sin , do we stink to God? When we repent and are close to him, do we smell like a rose? Thanks for the thoughts... I will do my best to smell fragrant for and to the Lord.
Blessings!
Gwen

SmilingSally said...

Thanks, Sandi. Happy Palm Sunday!

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

"What do people think of God as a result of being around me?" - Wow. That hits deep. Last night I was talking with a group of ladies about this very thing. Thanks for sharing this, it was very good!

Georgia said...

Mmmmm... and such a pleasing aroma! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. May God richly bless you today and every day!

Happy Palm Sunday!

Regina said...

May our praises be a sweet aroma to you O God.

Wonderful message Sandi. Thank you for sharing.

daylily777 said...

Amen! I pray to be so .Wonderful post !
Blessings,
~Myrna

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