Monday, April 5, 2010

wisteria lane

wisteria is blooming around our fair city like a glorious floral fashion
show.  each stem is heavy with clusters of lavender grapes, whose
intoxicating scent is turning the heads of busy bees . . .  both species.

hans knows a man who divorced his wife because he couldn't stand
her scent.  i had never thought of such a humiliation!  what did he put
on the divorce papers?  irreconcilable smells?

there is no disguising one's breath after eating raw onions or the awful
aroma in the kitchen after cooking broccoli.  a pumpkin pie baking in
the oven, on the other hand, is heavenly.

my girls smell like cotton candy, but my boys are more like wet puppies.

i suspect my individual scent is influenced by many things, but my hope
is that, "i will be the aroma of Christ."  2 corinthians 2:15

love,
lea

40 comments:

Farm Girl said...

I find that is my prayer more often than not, the aroma of Christ as well as John the Baptist says, " I must decrease so He can increase. Smells... interesting...holding my granddaughter smells like pink and my grandsons smell like outside and earth. Thanks Lea

christy rose said...

oh Lea! I love how you ended this post!! We are a sweet smelling aroma to God because of what Jesus has accomplished for us! How beautiful is that!!!!! :)

Terra said...

That is a sweetly scented Scripture quote from Corinthians.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I too hope that I'm always the sweet fragrance of Christ to those around me.

Happy Spring,
Debi

Kathy said...

Amen to that girlfriend!
That we should all have the sweet aroma of Christ in our lives!
I have always wanted to grow wysreria...
Not happy in our climate!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Moprnings...

Mountain Mama said...

Oh the sweet aroma of Jesus!!

How did the singing go yesterday. I'll bet it was amazing!
blessings,
ashley

Sewn With Grace said...

My Grandmother had a wisteria tree in her yard. I have never seen anything like that in Michigan since. Thank you for the memory. Oh how I pray for the sweet aroma of Christ in my life!

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

My sister and I, who have 5 boys between the two of us, have always said that boys smell like little, wet puppies! I LOVE it.

Great reminder that we are to a sweet fragrance for Him.
Joyce

Shawna said...

This is so true for me - I was adopted by birth and always had a strange smell from my family (many a time I was told my room smelled funny). It wasn't until I had Keelin that I smelled a familiar scent. I KNEW he was mine. I hope I always have a scent that lets my Father know I'm his!

koralee said...

Oh how I love your post today...I adore that ...."aroma of Christ"...hugs for a blessed week.xoxo

myletterstoemily said...

shawna! what a unique perspective
and sweet story about keelin. i
think you smell just like Him!

Southern Lady said...

I want to give off the aroma of Jesus to everyone I come in contact with each day. Thanks for the reminder. Carla

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh my, will you please send lots of the aroma of wysteria blooming, up my way?!? I'd welcome it, with open arms.

As to the man who divorced his wife, because he couldn't stand
her scent... Mmmmm, didn't she *smell* the same, before the marriage? How come he married her, in the first place, then? -shakes head- Methinks that was just an excuse, for divorce. But then, I'm suspicious that way. -grin-

After reading Vee's post today [concerning not giving our opinions in comments, on other's blogs], I wonder... -giggles- Does my last paragraph constitute "Breaking That New Blogging Rule"???????? Eeeeek! >,-))))

Ohhh Ohhhhh! I just Broke another Blogging Rule! That of going Off Topic, in comments. -double Eeeek- I'm just the little ol' Rule breaker today, am I not?

Heh, heh, heh...

Jackie said...

Oh Lea...I love this! I've never read that scripture before...thank you!

Hugs,
Jackie

Jemm said...

Your blog is lovely. I saw you over at Darcie's blog and your bird picture caught my eye. I'll be back...

Packrat said...

This is wonderful. Thanks.

sonja said...

Wisteria... brings back a lot of memories. My 'other' princess story. In high school in Southern California, we had a wisteria vine that covered 7 acres, with lattice roof that it grew over wildly. Youth for Christ had an event there every Easter, and one year I was one of the princesses, complete with chiffon dresses and plastic heels that still make my kids howl with laughter!!

Alicia said...

This was a great post!!

I pray for the same aroma, my friend!

Stella said...

What a wonderful post. Each time I draw a sweet breathe of air I will think of this post.

Single and Sane said...

Lovely post but I have to confess that I was left wondering the same thing as Aunt Amelia - did the woman develop a different scent after the marriage? I'm guessing not...

Janna Qualman said...

Lovely, Lea, just lovely.

Cinnamon said...

I loved your comment about boys smelling like wet puppies. Today I told my husband that our 10yo smelled like a unshowered hobo! :-)

Sweet memories and sweet smells (febreeze goes a long way :-)

~Cinnamon

Joan Elizabeth said...

Lea, the aroma of Christ is exactly what I was thinking about my Easter guests. It is so attractive to those similarly inclined.

myletterstoemily said...

i am away from my computer
and on my husband's. wanted
to thank all my sweet friends
for being too nice to correct
my spelling!

so embarrassing!!! it's
WISTERIA, not wysteria. oh
well.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

God's sweet aromas are all around us. I love wysteria, too. Lilacs are also a favorite of mine.

Sweet post, Lea. Love the ending.

xoxo
becky

Rene W. said...

That is very sweet!!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Prefer the sweet fragrance... hope your week is a great one so far. Sending many sunbeams your way, Lea! xo

Andrea said...

Oh to be the aroma of Christ. That would be such a lovely scent!

WhisperingWriter said...

I know I always smell like chocolate and diet coke.

Deborah Ann said...

Lea, you are quite the package! Your writing style is humorous, witty, interesting, and quite enjoyable! I hope there is a book in the making...I'll be your first customer!

tattytiara said...

I never noticed the kitchen smelling bad after cooking broccoli, maybe because it's my favorite!

Auntie Cake said...

I love that! And I hope that is my scent too!

Have a wonderful weekend with all that wisteria!
Kate

Lynn said...

:) Sweet.

Staci Danford said...

I must say I have NEVER in my life heard of such a thing... Little CRAZY to me.. I know there have been many many days in my life where "my smell" may not have been the most fabulous.. But thank goodness I have someone who I hope hasn't minded tooooooo much..
Staci

Barbara said...

Beautiful,The aroma of Christ.

What a great man to know Mr Z.

Jenners said...

Boy .. divorcing someone because of how they smell? Talk about traumatizing!!!

I would love to smell like cotton candy!

Michelle said...

Hello!
You write deliciously! Glad I dropped by :)
Great post

Rita said...

Oh Lea,
marvelous and truly inspiring post. Visiting your blog and reading your letters to emily brings out the very best of me. thank you very much my dear friend.
Adore the smell of wisteria. we do not have so many wisteria trees around here and whenever i come across one it's pure ectasys. I'm so lucky to have a wisteria vine in my neighbourhood.
hugs
rita

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Love this...I hope that when I walk by someone...they too can smell the scent of Christ coming from my every pore.

Karen said...

This was a wonderful post...so well written...I could almost smell the scents you described...

My hope is to always exude the aroma of Christ....