I can still smell the smell of my grandmother’s home.

As soon as you walked in the back door the sweetest smell was there. The best way to describe the smell to someone who never had the opportunity to meet her or visit her home would be that of a “zest” soap bar.

I can see in my mind her white kitchen sink. It was a porcelain enamel coated double sink that had porcelain drain boards attached to both sides. I ‘d be tempted to buy one if I spotted one in an antique store just because of the memories I have standing beside this one in my grandmother’s home.

She often stood there in her apron washing dishes or drying them by hand.

The funny thing is that once she passed on (and I’m not kidding here) that same smell could be smelled in my mother’s home.

My children know the smell. If I mention the smell of Grandma’s house they know exactly what I mean. My mom sold our family home about two years ago and my daughter was most pleased when she visited her apartment that the “smell” followed.   What makes that smell? I don’t know.

My mother doesn’t use “zest” soap, but the clean smell and memories linger.


The women from my church and I are about to embark on our annual women’s retreat. The theme is The Fragrance of Christ.

It’s got me thinking already.

When I’m with people that know me or complete strangers that do not know me, do they see something different in me? Do I allow Christ to shine through me to others? It is how I should be living as a follower and believer of Jesus.

Does a fragrance linger once I’ve been part of something…do I leave joy in my wake? Peace? Kindness? Goodness? Gentleness?

Are my words life giving or life sucking?   Do they bring hope or hopelessness?

Do my actions bring health and healing to the soul or do they rob and tear down?


I’m looking forward to our retreat together and am excited to hear what our speaker has to share. Meanwhile, my prayer is that I too can touch those around me and they would know that Jesus lives within me.


Proverbs 16:24

“Gracious Words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Proverbs 27:9

“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.”


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