Thursday, 7 February 2013


The prompt for Word Art Wednesday this week is Proverbs 27:9.  While I was mediating on this I did what I often do to help understanding, I looked up the various translations, and they do differ.  The first part is the same in most translations – the sweetness of perfume and how it gladdens the heart and soul.  The second part varies from the above which is the King James Version to - Perfume and fragrant oils make you feel happier, but trouble shatters your peace of mind. Good News Bible.  My favourite is from God’s Word - Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the sweetness of a friend is a fragrant forest.

Close friendship is so important to us, I once heard someone say, “Your friends are the family that you would have chosen.”  True friends understand and accept you for what you are. They know you at your worst, they are stay your friend even when you act like a 10 year old, when your house is in a mess, and when you are in a mess.  In a sense they are revealing God’s grace to us, and wherever God is, there is a sweet fragrance. An unconditional friendship is like the unconditional love of our Father, God.  Their love surrounds us, protects us and feeds us. Indeed a fragrant forest!

The oil painting above, I did towards the end of last year, I have been waiting for an opportunity to use it with scripture and I feel that this scripture was made for it.


  1. Thanks for sharing this, Sharon. It's always a blessing to have you join in the challenges with us.
    Hope you're having a great week, and that you enjoy our fellowship.
    Word Art Wednesday

  2. I love, love, love your impressionistic painting, Sharon, and agree that is perfect for this piece of scripture. Blessings!

  3. I love your painting and the scriptures. Very nice. Thank you.

  4. Sharon, the scripture and the painting certainly make a fantastic, beautiful piece. I like to look up various versions too. Each interpretation is a tiny bit different.

  5. beautiful words and painting. I like your interpretation of 'friend'...lucky we are if we have friends like that!

  6. Sharon, I was in Giant Tiger this morning before the storm got too bad. The breadman was busily working. He had on the sweetest aftershave. It honestly cheered me up.
    Your picture is a piece of art anyone would be pleased to have on display. Its BEAUTIFUL.
    Thank you for joining us at Word Art Wednesday; we love seeing your wonderful art work and we really appreciate you taking time to join our challenge.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    The Blessing of the LORD be Upon You!