What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Some Things Are Simply Irresistible


I honestly don't know why I am so entranced with the thoughts of having clean sheets hanging on the clothesline to dry....

But here they are...

And then there is the marvelous sensation of the smell and feel of those sun-kissed, air-dried sheets when you take them off of the clothesline and fold them and put them in the basket...I literally stood there breathing in the joy of it and almost passed out from breathing so deeply and for so long...It was simply irresistible.

 Apparently the scent of clean linen is such a wonderful fragrance that many air freshener manufacturers have tried to duplicate it in a spray or other types of deodorizers for the home.  The canned artificial fragrances don't even come close in my opinion. There is nothing like the real thing.
I absolutely LOVE the delicate blue rose print on this old fashioned vintage cotton sheet. Actually...a friend of mine just gave me this sheet...she had purchased it at a church yard sale and decided she didn't need it after all, and I told her that if she truly did not want it I would LOVE to have it.

Why?  I'm not sure. It's a full size sheet and I don't even have a full-size bed!  Mine are all queen size! 










But something about this lovely little blue-flowered sheet was irresistible! It stirred up a nostalgic reaction in me that I cannot even begin to identify...and when she so sweetly gave it to me I almost broke out in tears.  (I must need a vacation or a shrink...not sure which...or both! Ha Ha!)




It's kind of like the GRACE of God...a gift that is simply irresistible...

Ephesians Chapter Two verses 1-10 describes this irresistible grace to us...I will just hit the highlights here:

1> "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins...
4>"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5>even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
8>For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it the the GIFT of GOD,
9>NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast."


God's Grace: It is an irresistible gift from God to us...that we have never fully understood how or why He would give it to us when we didn't even deserve it..but yet it is something that we needed so desperately and it would be foolish for us to resist His marvelous gift of grace.

And then...listen to THIS...WE actually become that sweet fragrance of Christ to God and the world...

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 says this:

"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.
For we are to God the FRAGRANCE of Christ 
among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, 
and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. 
And who is sufficient for these things?"

I'm not totally sure how I got from hanging sheets on the line to the gift of the Grace of God and becoming the Sweet Fragrance of Christ to the world...but perhaps that is why I couldn't resist that beautiful little blue flowered sheet.  It inspired a simply irresistible story that needed to be told.

Have a blessed day my friends...and perhaps today would be a good day to hang out some sheets on the line...and breathe in the real sweet fragrance...not something artificial from a can...and become a sweet fragrance of Christ (and again, not something canned and artificial)...to someone else along the way!


By the way: This isn't the first time I've talked about hanging clothes/sheets on the line here...check out these other posts written in the past few years: "What's My Line?", and "Fresh Southern-Country Living Scents and Scenes" ...and it also isn't the first time I've talked about being the Sweet Fragrance of Christ (click on links for these posts).  Some things really are "simply irresistible".



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    1. Thank you Shortybear! I am happy that you enjoyed this breath of fresh air with me today! Blessings, my friend!

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  2. I love that sheet too! In fact, I have a couple of pillowcases and a sheet that looks just like it! They came from Mom and Dad's--and I just had to have them! sniff, sniff!

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    1. Maybe that is why I was drawn to this sheet. I knew there was something special about it. Sniff sniff!!

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  3. Ahhhhh, how well I remember! Absolutely loved the wonderful smell of fresh lined dried sheets as a child. It just smelled of home. Thank you for the wonderful reminder, Pam, that the lovely fragrance and Presence of Christ indeed is our HOME!

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    1. Amen! Thank you for remembering and appreciating this wonderful memory with me...and also for acknowledging the lovely fragrance of Christ in our lives...something to savor, for certain!

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  4. Pam, I'm glad that you can enjoy sheets dried outside--with my allergies I'd be simply miserable. However, I am with you regarding God's grace. His grace is beyond measure and is hard to fathom. Enjoying the sweet fragrance of Christ is amazing!

    Blessings!

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    1. Oh Kim, I am sorry that you are unable to enjoy the wonderful fragrance of air-dried sheets...But the most important thing in life is being able enjoy the marvelous gift of God's amazing grace...and breathing in the fragrance of His love and Presence in our lives. Such a precious gift indeed.

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