Our 8 year old daughter, Alivia E'Lise has some very thick and curly hair. Sometimes I have to assist her with the shampoo and conditioning of it and a few days ago she asked for my help. Finally, we got all the conditioner out of it and I told her, "Okay, honey, hurry up and wash your body with soap, rinse off and then get out".
Gene has made himself the water monitor of our home and starts yelling "Turn off the water" in his loud authoritative voice if he thinks we are taking too long. Believing him when he says he will shut off the water himself we are quick to wrap our water time up at the sound of his voice. So to avoid that, I encouraged her to hurry. That is when she said this, "Oh I never use soap, so I'm done".
Thinking I misunderstood her, I asked, "What???"
"I never use soap, I just go like this" and she demonstrated twirling underneath the running water.
"Ummm, you don't ever use soap Liv? That's disgusting."
She started giggling, "Nope, just water".
Oh. My. Goodness!!!!
What the heck?
When I released her to begin taking baths and showers by herself going off of her claim of being a "Big Girl", how did she miss the whole purpose of taking a shower?
I took a deep breath and had to go back to Shower 101 and re-teach the child how important it is to use body wash to cleanse so the body doesn't smell.
"No B.O." has become our new motto.
The picture above is from Easter of Alivia in her smellier days.
I should have noticed that our soap was lasting so long as the girls have a separate shower than the boys do so we're the only ones using it. Or I was the only one using it. Now that I'm aware though, this little girl better be smelling like a mixture of Rosewood and Cocoa Butter a mile away! I don't even know what Rosewood is, but by golly she better reek of it!
Don't we do that with God sometimes though?
We want change in our lives, but we just "rinse" off and by just rinsing off with the minimal to make ourselves feel better, we still stink of our sin.
We have to allow Christ to take our sin and cleanse us as white as snow.
We have to be in His Word daily and allow Him to live through us so that the scent we are left with is the sweet aroma of Christ Himself.
2 Corinthians 2:15 (NIV)
For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
I'm doing this 40 day devotional right now, "A Call to Die" by David Nasser and this is what I read this morning...
"When our sins are exposed in the light of God's presence, we feel ruined; but when we experience forgiveness in the depth of our souls, we become fresh, clean and new."
I don't know about you, but I want to smell just like Jesus.
And Rosewood and Cocoa Butter.
Those of you who expressed your sorrow over little Logan in my last post, we now know what took his life so suddenly. Unaware to his Mom, he accidentally took too much of the medicine he was prescribed. He must have thought if he took more, he'd do better.
Bless his little heart.
Thank you for your prayers for his family left behind.