About Fragrant Grace

Welcome!

This place you’ve found is uniquely precious to me. I’m glad you’re here. Its purpose in this little corner of the blogosphere is to be a refuge to weary travelers who walk through their days with very real struggles, burdens, and weights. From the moment the seed of this place was planted, I imagined a safe haven to rest from the “everyday-ness” of life with its hurts and harrowing experiences—to trade drudgery for something thought-provoking, refreshing, and promising. At least, that’s what I hope it is and always will be.

If no one ever finds it in the middle of the overwhelming, information-overloaded Internet, I know I need this space. This is a journey I’m on, and you’re welcome to join me. Simply, I want more than what I think I know. More than the lingering, dull pain from my past; the hurtling, breakneck speed of my present; or a lethargic perspective of my future. Does any of that sound familiar to anyone else? No, it’s not every moment of every day that is so negative, but even some of that is not going to satisfy me anymore.

My dream for this blog? Rich, deep thought, soul-ish rest, and beautiful blessing. I hope the Lord creates a space that draws women from all walks who need a resting place and are willing to contribute sweet serenity in the exchanges here. (I even welcome the guest blogger who has something to share. Please ask!)

It’s not about this place per se, this minuscule speck in the ridiculously blog-rich cyberspace (little unknown space it is). It’s about something more. Much more.

It’s about this:

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.”  Matthew 11:28-29 HCS

Please don’t come to this place thinking the words qualify for some kind of “Life Drudgery Panacea.” That’s simply impossible, but if any wisdom manages to fall to the page, it is from the One who gives wisdom and grants peace and rest. We come to Jesus, the one who spoke these very words to us through the generation that recorded them. Come to him and learn from him, and you will find “rest for your souls” (NAS). Our souls need the tending! If anything other than Christ is offered as a balm to your deepest heart wounds or troubles, it is mere snake oil. Nothing provides authentic peace and rest that isn’t from and of God, if I try to nutshell it.

It’s also about this:

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

Do you see what I see in that Scripture? He, Jesus, surrendered his life for us all as “an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” We will constantly explore the fragrant offering as an act of grace here. The sacrifice that was made for us was out of passionate love. More than anything I want to increasingly know the precious, grace-filled exchange that took place on my behalf, the fragrant aroma wafting through the throne room before Almighty God.

Fragrant grace changed everything. For all time. For me. For every one of us.

I choose to embrace that grace, but not flagrantly. I wish to embrace it wholeheartedly—with growing knowledge and appreciation for the very holy thing that changes everything, the sweet aroma of grace that really is the healing balm for my soul!

If you care to join me, let’s take the journey together.

~Jennifer

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6 comments

  1. Congratulations: Jennifer

    You are the winner of the book Black Coat with a Silver Lining. I hope this story will warm your heart as you share in Nick’s journey from hopelessness to the redemptive grace of God.

    Due to an unexpected delay we were unable to announce the winner until now. Please forgive us for any inconvenience.

    Be sure to share your thoughts once you read the book with Booklovers1!!

    Please email pricelesssparrow@gmail.com with instructions on where you would like the book sent to.

    Thank you and many blessings,

    Elizabeth Yalian

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