Looking for Abundant Life

Orange Blossoms

After a little more than a week of being laid up from one of those old-age illnesses, I ventured into our backyard aching to get my first up-close glimpse of our orange blossoms. They did not disappoint. In abundant array, they crowned nearly every branch stretching its glory into the sky.

The closer I approached, the stronger the heady scent of citrus perfumed the air. What a welcome it offered to leaving behind sickness and stepping into health again. Just walking into fresh air and sunshine made me experience living again. Add the glory of citrus blossoms made my spirits soar.

How could something so simple as walking outside bring refreshment to my soul? The blossoms bring a promise–hope that in the fall we will once again see the harvest of oranges.

Doesn’t this remind you of the refreshment and hope we can find in God’s presence and His word? Yet, too often, I put off this life-giving experience and put other things before taking the quiet time with God that will drive out my soul sickness.

God’s promise brings a hope greater than a fall harvest. He offers us the promise of abundant life, rest when we are weary, the guarantee of His constant presence, forgiveness of our sins, new mercies every morning, and in the end–life forever in His presence.

So, where will I dwell? Muddling through on my own efforts and ignoring His promises or resting in His refreshment and hope?

Join me in pursuing the heady fragrance of God’s Spirit and His promises. They’re life-giving.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10b NIV

Linking with: Word of God Speak, The Beauty in His Grip, Monday Musings, Tell Me a True Story, Tell Me His Story, Testimony Tuesday, Woman to Woman, Three-Word Wednesday, Thought-Provoking Thursdays, Weekend Whispers, Give Me Grace, Faith-Filled Friday

From My Heart to Yours,

14 thoughts on “Looking for Abundant Life

    • 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,

  1. 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,

  2. 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.

  3. “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,

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!!

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