It is early morning and I am up sipping steamy energy from a cup, turning the pages in my Bible seeking the diapason of His word for my soul.


Our cat, Lil Girl, snuggles in beside me on the well-loved couch and begins her purring of contentment.

She rolls over in trusting submission, exposing her underside, for a belly rub.

Lil Girl, was a rescue from the Animal Shelter, and was hours away from being “put-down” when we brought her home.  Shelter animals seem to have such a grateful heart.  They know the horrors of not having a master to love, and care for them, and live each day in thankfulness.

After a few minutes she begins to rub her chin on my hands, on the pen and journal, then she jumps onto the back of the couch and rubs her chin on my face and hair and gown.

Laughing, I place her on the floor.

“Okay, already!  Enough!”  She lays herself down at my feet watching me.

I read where cats rub their oil, to leave their scent on the ones they love.  It marks something or someone who the cat considers “theirs”.

Petting Lil Girl, I read “Now, He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

To anoint – Chrio – To rub over with oil.  From this derives, Christos, the Anointed One, Christ. ( Lexical Aids to the New Testament, Greek 5548)

Looking down at Lil Girl I smile, to her I smell like “Lil Girl”, but to God, I have the fragrance of Christ as I journey through this world.


The sun is now broken through the darkness and I walk to the garden to pull weeds from around the lavender.  Gently, I break the over grown places to allow new growth and the plant’s oil seeps into my skin.

Even after washing my hands, the fragrance of Lavender fills my senses. This is what it is like for God to breath in the fragrance of Christ in us. It permeates every pore of our being.   To be anointed as Christ’s own, to be a fragrance that is everlasting, and the inhalation catches your attention as unmistakably Christ. 

Linking with The Wellspring, Soli Deo Gloria,

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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