Friday, July 29, 2011

A Sweet Fragrance

My favorite seasons of the year—spring and summer. The fragrance of the garden is wonderful. Don’t you love all the sweet-smelling blooms?

Of all the sweet-smelling flowers, my favorite are the sweet, honey-scented roses. There’s something about sitting in a rose garden on an early summer morning, sipping tea from a delicate china cup that fills all my senses. It lifts me right into a quiet time with God.

The same way we are drawn to the sweetness of a flower, others can be drawn to the sweetness of Christ in us.

I love the way Apostle Paul made this connection:

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2: 14-15 (NKJV)

Our thoughts, our words, and our actions matter. When we present ourselves as Christians—others watch our lives. We enjoy the variety of fragrance among the flowers in our gardens—what kind of bloom are we in God’s garden? What fragrance are we releasing to those around us?


  1. Oh, to be a sweet fragrance to our Lord! I desire it. Lovely post!

  2. What a perfect way to begin the day. No wonder your posts are always fill with the fragrances of love and kindness. God Bless.

  3. Love this post. Praying I am a sweet-smelling sacrifice to my Lord. Lovely, Rita!

  4. Oh, Dr. Rita...:) You know you grabbed me with this one!! :) AND...I was just thinking about that yesterday~how everything we do is being observed and recorded. I long to be a fragrant flower in God's garden, to be enjoyed by others as they give Glory to God!
    Love you, sweeta Rita!! *Grin*

  5. In the front of my yard is a rose bush (don't know the flavor) and in the rear is my lilac bush. I love sitting out there on a breezy spring night when those lilacs fill the yard with their scent. (aaaahhhhh).

    I have been made intensely aware of the watchers around me. For a while, I asked the Lord if anyone saw and if so, what? He answered by having several come to me and tell me what they see. I long to be sweet-smelling, especially in the midst of trial.

    Hugs, Karlene.

  6. Lovely, lovely post, Rita--and so soul-searching. Thank you!
    Pam at

  7. Petunias have to be some of the best, second only to bearded iris - ahhh, grape coolaid smelling and delicious!

  8. I remember the fragrance of lilacs in Rochester, New York. Sure don't have them here in Southern California that smell that wonderful! Beautiful post, Dr. Rita!

  9. Lovely post, Rita, just like your spirit. That has been my desire, too--to show the sweet fragrance of Christ to others.

  10. Thank you! Each of you have filled my heart with the sweetest of fragrances! Blessings, much love and hugs all around!

  11. Every spring I'm reminded of that verse when I smell the lilacs and honeysuckle. May we be a sweet scent that draws others to Christ.

    Thank you, Rita.

  12. To be the sweet smelling rose of the garden is a worthy goal indeed. Beautiful and inspiring thoughts, Rita :)



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