More and more people today
are going back to homemade naturals.
I have a friend who is making
her own soaps, detergents and body creams.
The scents are made with essential oils.
They smell delicious!
I love the sweet smell of lavender.
Research is finding healing in the natural.
When I worked in the nursing home,
I used lavender to calm an agitated resident.
My sister makes her own body scrubs
with sugar, while some use salt.
The soy candles that she makes
She calls her line, Sweet Aroma.
We were trying to think of a name
and we remembered the verse,
"For we are to God the aroma of Christ among
those who are being saved and those who are perishing."
2 Corinthians 2:15
The Message Paraphrase says,
"Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance.
Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God,
which is recognized by those on the way of salvation."
2 Corinthians 2:15
You can't put the sweet aroma of Christ
in a jar.
We must smell sweet in a world that is rotting.
I love soy candles.
Unlike regular candles, they continually
fill the house with lasting fragrance.
The Message goes on to say,
"But those on the way to destruction
treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse."
So we must offer LIFE and not death
that others may desire the sweet aroma of Christ
leading others to salvation.
"This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on?
No, but at least we don't take God's Word, water it down, and
then take it to the streets to sell it cheap.
We stand in Christ's presence when we speak."
My sister's candles have not sold well.
The large candles are $8 and the small ones are $5.
The owner of the shop says she is selling them too cheap.
People want to know that we are selling something
that is real and that lasts.
I pray that I am
leaving a sweet fragrance to all I pass by-
not a cheap imitation of what is real.
Are you smelling sweet today?