Looking for Abundant Life — 14 Comments

  1. Oh my!!! This is beautiful!! The hope and new life is essential in our Christian walk!! Thank you Janis, for expressing it so beautifully!! Love you!!!

  2. How yummy this sounds!! Living in the Midwest has not given me the joy of smelling orange blossoms, but your metaphor is a great one….for me seeing daffodils coming to life is the first hint of the promise of spring and then summer. Beyond that will be my dogwood and then star magnolia and lilac. They signal the clear movement from winter. Thanks for this reminder! Happy to be your neighbor at the Linkup of Word of God Speak.

    • Hi Pam,
      Nice to meet you here. My husband is from the Midwest, too–Minnesota. So when he moved to California, the heavenly aroma was new to him as well.
      The smell is yummy and the taste is out of this world! We have a special variety of orange that makes the sweetest orange juice. Everyone around waits for our harvest so they can have some oranges to squeeze as well.
      In addition, I traditionally make my mother’s yummy orange loaf cake–like a pound cake. Sooo good. I’ll have to pass the recipe out here sometime.
      Blessings to you during this Holy season!

  3. I am so glad you are feeling better, Janis. I loved this post as I have a bunch of oranges right now on my counter that smell wonderful. I cannot imagine the beauty and aroma of your trees! A beautiful reminder to soak in the aroma of God so that we may be the aroma to others too. May you & yours have a blessed Easter!

    • Yes, Joanne. Soaking in the aroma of God is life-giving to our souls. Then we can be poured out for others.
      A Blessed Easter to you as well.

  4. “So, where will I dwell? Muddling through on my own efforts and ignoring His promises or resting in His refreshment and hope?” I want to choose His refreshment and hope! May God give us grace and help us to do that! Blessings to you! I’m visiting from #TestimonyTuesday.

    • Thank you Gayl for stopping by. Too often we do try to make it through on our own efforts. I hope I learn to rest in His refreshment and hope.
      Blessings to you,

  5. My lemon tree has those lovely sweet smelling blossoms, that bless me each time I walk by it. Sorry you were ill, but glad you could get outdoors and enjoy your orange blossoms. I think about heaven and all the sights and SMELLS that await us there. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

    • Hi Hazel,
      Thank you for the reminder that these wonderful aromas are just a foretaste of the heavenly aromas and glorious sights that await us.

  6. I am so fond of the smell of orange blossoms. Way back in the day, there used to be this cologne that came in a little orange bottle. I googled and tried to find it, but it’s no longer around. I did, however, find a face toner that smells very much like it! Something so refreshing and invigorating about it!

    Yes, the Word is our source of blessed refreshment, invigorating us once again with the words of Life!!


    • My dear friend, Sharon,
      How it fills my heart with joy to see you here and be able to share with you again. We need another IRL (In Real Life) experience.
      I love your story about the cologne in the orange bottle. Those memories that affect our senses seem to last with us a lifetime.
      May your Easter be Blessed,

    • Elizabeth, thank you for visiting. I have found that walking in God’s creation or sitting still draws me closer to Him.
      Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday,