Thursday, August 2, 2007

"Be Thankful in All Circumstances"

Wednesday evening we came in from church and noticed a fishy odor in our hallway leading to our bedroom. Different ones sniffed the air in the kitchen, hallway, dining room and utility room looking for the culprit with no success. We lit candles to battle the smell.

The next day when Daryl came in we once again began to look for the fishy odor that was becoming stronger. We searched the utility room, moved things around in the hallway, and checked the onion, cantaloupe, potatoes and trashcan in the kitchen. We sprayed Fabreeze to battle the smell.

Friday we awoke to the possibility of moving to a new home. Ok, maybe it was a bit radical, but the fishy smell was growing at an alarming rate and we were losing the battle of the odor. Daryl even went so far as to check in the attic. We lit candles, sprayed Fabreeze and Lysol.

Friday evening I began to slowly check out everything in the utility room, dining room, hall and kitchen. Once again I poked and sniffed the onions, potatoes and cantaloupe. This time the cantaloupe poked back. As I lifted the bag of cantaloupe, I saw juices covering 4 feet of kitchen tile. The odor that wafted up from the floor was both nauseating and repulsive and I said, “Thank you God!”

“Thank you God for the running water to clean this mess up with; thank you God for the towels, mop, the good smelling cleaner; and thank you God that we found the stench.”

That night as I turned off the lights, set the air conditioner, let the dog out and got ready to go to bed I took a long deep smell….God is wonderful!

I Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”


Neva said...

Glad you are back, missed ya so much.


Uncle Stan said...

It's great to have you back. I always enjoy your upbeat and humourous slant on life, as well as your ability to see God's wonder in the little things of life...even a rotten cantaloupe. Love to you and yours.

lisa said...

Welcome back, Monalea! I've missed you! I have a strong sense of smell. My mother was always teasing me about my "sensitive nose" when I was smelling things that others didn't. Having something stink in my house would drive me nuts!! :)

preacherman said...

I really enjoyed reading your blog. Great post. I know it is so hard for many to be thankful in all circumstances. Again, I really enjoyed your blog and look forwardd to reading more posts. God bless.

NB said...

It's great to have you back!


"Strong Sense of Smell" is a woman thing. I don't know how many times Lea has asked me, "Do you smell that?" 9 times out of 10 I smell nothing.

As for Uncle Stan ... you stink buddy. Hang out and make a comment at Monalea's blog and never mine. I know now who you like best. (teasing)

David Kirk said...

Thank you for a sweet perspective on a stinky problem, and thanks for putting me in your link list.

The Preacher's Household: said...

I'm glad you're back my www (wonderful, weird &wacky) (ha ha!) Sista frum anutha mutha!

Fun post. I hate it when you can't find the culprit. I agree with you on the 'Thank you God!"

Anonymous said...

That's funny. I had my 15 year old help me clean out the pantry because we too had a terrible stench. Come to find out it was an onion only a few inches inside the door that had been there since Y2K. :)


Anonymous said...

Hey there RC friend I'm so glad you are back I have missed reading your stories. Hope you have had a good time being away and hope you get back into the swing of things. Thanks for the prayers on behalf of me and my kids with me not having a job in a week. Keep praying that I find one soon. Love ya lots, RC

Monalea said...

Wow, the fan mail was inspiring. It's nice to be missed.

aka Sista frum anutha mutha!

Monalea said...

Stan, I'm your biggest fan.

Trey - quit dogging my commenters.

RC - I'm sorry satan is beating you over the head. Keep looking up and not out for 'peace'. I love you and continue to pray for you.