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Life on the Altar

Finally, I can sit down in the old white wicker chair and enjoy the work of my hands.  Cut grass surrenders is sweet fragrance causing me to inhale and relax.

 The wind blows the pungent aroma of freshly dug earth and newly planted lavender across the porch.

The rhythmic sound of the sprinklers begin to lull me into a conscience stream of thoughts.

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gvae Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”  Ephesians 5:1,2

So this is how it is with God.  He works with us, tilling and planting; He works with us pruning and cutting back to bear much fruit, and when we give thanks to Him for all He has done it becomes this fragrant offering of love.

We remind ourselves so often of how much God loves us – so much that He sent Christ to die for us.

But how do I love the beloved?

On a life of altars.  An altar of thankfulness.  Sacrificing back to him a little of our time to recall the joy of this life.

Pruning back is painful, but the fruit to come, and the fruit that is, are the way we count it all joy.

Digging up roots and rocks from our soul to plant the peace of lavender – Joy!

How can I thank Him?  Is there anything to good for my God?  I wake up each morning, and if I can remember who I am, I begin a day of altars.

It will look like, going to the grocery store and listening for who He is pointing out for me to speak to.

It is holding the door and smiling.

It is praying for the one tailgating because my speed interferes with theirs.

It is sacrificing a part of yourself to give to others, to honor God, and to imitate, to walk in love…to be led by the Spirit.

This is life on the Altar, and a fragrant offering that is pleasing to the Lord.

How are you living an Altar Life?

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Posted by Diane W. Bailey on May 23, 2012
8 Comments Post a comment
  1. 05/23/2012

    So thankful for the aroma my friends today. Thanks for the reminder to be on the lookout for altars and ways to serve!
    Hugs from VA

    • 05/23/2012

      Thank you Susan, you are always an encouragement to me and a mention of thankfulness in my prayers.

  2. 05/24/2012

    Gorgeous pictures and post. Thank you for the blessing.

    • 05/24/2012

      Thank you for coming by and adding to my blessings as well!

  3. 05/24/2012

    Much of what you described is exactly what I walk through on a daily basis, especially when dealing with the Bhutanese refugees who have become part of my life. And others. Exactly what you described as shopping, door-opening, etc. [not so good at the tailgating part; OOPS!].

    The photos are lovely… and the lavender description is exactly “me”. Love it so much.

    Filled with good reminders and good encouragers and beautiful examples

    • 05/24/2012

      Joanne, Tell me about the Bhutanese refugees! That sounds very interesting!

      Thank you Joanne, You are such an encouragement to me!

  4. 05/25/2012

    You take GREAT photos. Looking at these, I’m rather partial to the last one. I have a thing about Y-sightings — Y for Yahweh — and I see a Y in the sky!

    • 05/25/2012

      Thank you Jennifer! Wow,I not see the Y. I was trying to see a cross…Let’s go with the Y! It was a God moment either way.


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