Born to Bloom

Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. – (2 Corinthians 2:15, NLT)

As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and unsaved all around us. – (2 Corinthians 2:15, TLB)

We have become the unmistakable aroma of the victory of the Anointed One to God – a perfume of life to those being saved and the odor of death to those who are perishing. – (2 Corinthians 2:15, TPT)

 

As I sat here pondering this verse, the image that came to mind for me is that of beautiful, fragrant flowers. The gardener who tends to the plants to trim, water, fertilize and assure proper light, yields healthy plants that produce sweet scents. Contrarily, those who do not provide that which plants need, discover the scent of death and decay soon emit from the perishing perennials. People are comparable when it comes to our faith. If we invest time in our relationship with our Redeemer, we learn and grow and become more like Him. As we do, the love, grace and kindness we extend, become a sweet scent to our Savior, as well as to those who are seeking something more. However, when we neglect the need for investing time with the very One who created us, we begin to wither and rot, stuck with a stench of angst and impatience, anger and a serious lack of love. May we ever seek the nourishment of our Maker, as He provides the soil, water and light that we need to bloom and become the sweet scent of life to all those around us.

 

The sweet scent of life, born-to-bloom.jpg

Through hope and His grace;

Are what we offer,

As we seek God’s face.

A life invested,

In loving the Lord;

Is grown to produce,

Sweet scent that’s adored.

For loving kindness,

Goodness and His light;

Are grown within us,

As we choose delight.

With all that we are,

May we seek His face;

So, our lives smell sweet,

And extend His grace.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that a life invested in knowing and following You grows and develops us to give off the sweet scent of hope in You. Thank You that You cultivate this within us as we choose to seek You. Forgive us for neglecting time with You, as You are the One who removes the weeds and provides the water and sunlight. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would allow You room to come in and cultivate our lives into the fragrant offering You intended. Show us how to love those around us in a way that helps them breathe deeply from Your goodness and grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we delight in You, and allow You room to grow us so that we can bloom. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth (Moreno) Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

Thankful for Perfect Promises

Within each of us, just waiting to bloom, is the wonderful promise of all we can be.

 

God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. – (Psalm 18:30, NLT)

 

Today, as we gather and give thanks, among a plethora of praises, I am thankful for God’s perfection, His faithfulness to His promises, and His ongoing protection. We never “arrive”, yet we are transformed more and more into His likeness as we invest time in our relationship with Him. What He promises, He is faithful to fulfill, despite our frustration with His timing, rather than our own. Additionally, His protection is present in both tangible ways – of which we are well aware, and those times that we cannot even fathom what He is doing on our behalf. Christ is ever present, and always loving. All that He does is for our ultimate good. That which He allows us to walk through may at times be rough, but His presence remains and when we choose to remain in Him, we always come out the other side, changed and stronger in Him.

 

Let us be planted,When My Soul Waits

deep down in Your soil;

where we may take root,

at rest and in toil.

Hope of Your promise,

Trust in what is true;

Perfect protection,

All thanks unto You.

Keep growing us Lord,

So we may break through;

Bud, bloom and become,

All You want us to.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your way is perfect and that Your promises are true. Thank You that You are our shield of protection. Forgive us for not believing what You have promised because we cannot see evidence of forward momentum. Teach us to trust You and Your promises, no matter what we see, as You are faithful and Your promises are always yes and amen. Lead us to love others in a way that demonstrates our gratitude for who You have made them to be. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be exalted O God, as we trust in Your perfect promises and protection, and continue to give You thanks in all things.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21