When Practicality Becomes Powerful

Springer Mountain Farms Organic Chicken + Ziploc freezer bags = A perfect duo

Frozen chicken. 

What could poultry possibly have in common with the fragrance of Christ? I wondered too until I considered this:

As a renewed member of Weight Watchers, one of my favorite go-to meals has become organic greens topped with chicken, carrots, broccoli, a few almonds and a pinch of Craisins.

Not so long ago, I purchased ready-to-go rotisserie chickens from Bi-lo. One chicken equaled three salads, max. However, once the broccoli boosted my brain power, I realized I’d be better off (as would my cash envelopes) if I purchased the six-pack bag of Springer Mountain Farms organic chicken

Now, I broil all six pieces of chicken at once, cut them into bite-size chunks, weigh out 2.5 points worth, and freeze them in individual bags. In the morning, I transfer the single bag to the fridge and voila! The chicken is thawed and ready to be devoured for lunch.

There are a multitude of reasons why making savvy food (and money) choices contributes to a life lived more wisely for the Lord. Yes, I want to be around to dote on our grandchildren for many years to come but ultimately, the main purpose is to serve and glorify Christ for as long as He sees fit. Basically, a healthy body produces a healthy servant.

Weight Watchers Electronic Food Scale

Only God could take organic chicken, a few veggies, a Weight Watchers food scale and zip-lock freezer bags and use it for His ultimate glory. 

I never tire of watching Him peel back the practicality of life revealing the underlying power of the moment.

So, how about you? How have you recently seen God transform the practical into something powerful? 

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded,
set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the
revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to
the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is
holy, you also be holy in all your conduct…”  1 Peter 1:13-15

Welcome to Fragrant Ink!

For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…  2 Corinthians 2:15 NASB

If you’ve read my blog over the years you know my Grandmother Knighton and I shared a love for heirloom plants, such as the early 1900’s jonquil above. According to her, heirloom flowers have a stronger scent than some of the more modern varieties. I suppose that could be debated but one thing is for certain:

No one had to tell
the jonquil treading water in my vintage glassware to release its
primitive perfume. It couldn’t do otherwise!

I think of Jesus and how the fragrance of heaven’s glory exuded from everything He said and did, drawing men, women, and children near to His Father.

When I lowered the polka dotted glassware to my two-year-old granddaughter’s level, she drew closer. A smile erupted as she inhaled deeply,
which led to a hearty, “Mmmmm!” Before I could lift the glass back
to its place on the windowsill she reached out, wanting one more whiff of loveliness. 

When the living Spirit indwells, one can’t help but release His sweet aroma as it knows no bounds, emitting the character of Christ through every pore of our being—pleasing the Father, and ushering the presence of His love to mankind.

Though I falter, my greatest desire is the fragrance of Christ’s presence to be released through every aspect of my life. As ink flows to pen, I pray He will be glorified in every blog post, article, journal entry, poem, etc.
I’d love for you to join me on this NEW journey as we discover fresh and creative ways to become more intentional in seeing Jesus in the details of our ordinary days. Each week, posts will highlight specific ways to stir the sweet aroma of Christ through prayer, Scripture-based tea gatherings, hospitality ideas, and serendipitous moments. At times, you’ll also meet guest bloggers whose presence is like a breath of something beautiful for God. 

“The apostle wished that his life might be a sweet perfume, floating on
the air, reminding me, and above all reminding God, of Christ.” (Meyer)  

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