Thursday, August 1, 2013

Scriptures of Encouragement ~ Been Diffusing Lately?

The "Warm Sugar Cookie" fragrance wafted through my study, ascending from the candle on my desk. Its sweet aroma diffused the musty, stagnant air created from way too much rain in our beloved mountains. I closed my eyes and drifted to a happier place away from the stress.

It's amazing what a sweet aroma can do for a heavy spirit.

I thought of the hospice nurse caring for my dad in the latter stages of leukemia. Her presence brought peace to my dad. That's because she brought Jesus to my dad.

I thought of my friend whose smile lights up the room. No matter how dark her surroundings are, the Light of Christ shines bright. Her joy is a magnet to the down and out.

My laugh therapy partner came to mind. Regardless of what's going on in her world, she can always point me back to Jesus--with abundant laughter.

I have a friend who is quiet, reserved and spends enormous amounts of time on her knees. She is clothed with the Spirit of God. It's undeniable. When I'm in her presence, I know I've been with Jesus.

 "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." ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14

Imagine that! I knew that our praise was a sweet aroma to the Lord, but just think...WE are a sweet aroma. We are the candle in the dark, stagnant air diffusing the fragrance of Jesus to those we encounter. 

I think I figured out why. Our lives are to be a living sacrifice to God. Throughout the Word, a sacrifice was described as a sweet aroma, holy and acceptable to the Lord. So, when we live in complete surrender to the Father, when we live our lives for Him and Him alone, the candle of His Light burns within us emitting a beautiful fragrance to the world.

The fragrance is the fragrance of love.

My first book, "The Perils of a Pastor's Wife", will be launched this fall by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I'm looking for influencers, especially pastors' wives, who would like to read a presale copy and then post a review. We're looking a few months down the road, but I'm compiling my list. I would love to have you on board.
If you received Morning Glory via email, please visit the Morning Glory  page to be inspired by a great song, "By Our Love", sung by Christy Nockels. Hope to see you there...


  1. Hi Nan! How fun to think of some of the people and things that represent that 'sweet aroma' for the Lord. You are blessed indeed. It was funny though, I thought at the beginning of the post, that someone was baking cookies :) Shows where my mind is!

    You surely diffuse the aroma of the Lord. Great post!

  2. Thanks Ceil. You're so precious :)

  3. Ceil, I couldn't agree more with your comment, "You surely diffuse the aroma of the Lord." A very wonderful way of describing Nan. Thank you Nan for the gift of your words. :-) ~M