Coffee for Your Heart- Date Night

Summer Camp Day One Watercolor Crab -Assignment one-2

Date Night

By Susie Teramura


Date night,

Our favorite restaurant,

A dive of a place,

With weathered linoleum floor,

Tiles peeling up in spots,

TV’s playing in every corner

ESPN talking sports news.


Tables covered with

Brown butcher paper

And piled high with

Mounds of steaming crabs,

Coated in old bay seasoning.

Husband and I grab one

By the claws,

And begin,

The hunt for chunks

Of tender meat

To dip in

Hot melted butter,


Our conversations slows

As we set to

The task at hand,

Enjoying the quiet,

And the food,

And company

With each other,

Where much is exchanged

In the experience of it all.


With bellies full

And hearts happy,

We take our leave

And head to

Our next favorite place,

Worship night,

At church.


As we walk into

The sanctuary

We recognize that

We are being noticed,

And not in the nicest way,

Noses wrinkled,

And faces contorted,

People turn away,

We look at each other,


And then it hits us-

The smell of crabs,

Has permeated our clothes,

And skin,

It has sunk so deep

Into our fingernails,

That three hand washings later

The smell remains.


Deciding to put

Our church family

Out of their misery,

We take the high road,

And head for home,

Laughing all the while,


But that night,

As I scrub deep,

I begin to think

About fragrance,

And smells

And me

And You.


And I am wondering

What smell it is

I carry,

What do I sit with

Long enough,

What I do I consume?

Because it will become me,

And will be my fragrance.


And I am thinking of You,

And how beautiful You are,

The aroma of Your presence

Is life and love,

And something so perfect,

Words cannot find their way,


But I want it,

That fragrance, of You,

Like a priceless perfume,

A one of a kind,

A sent from heaven kind,


I want.

To be so familiar,

And so consumed,

With You,

To have spent so much time,

In Your presence

That when people get near,

They are left wondering

And wanting more

Of You.

To leave the scent

Of kindness,

And fullness of Joy,

Of grace and mercy

Unconditional love.


The thing is

When I am with You,

The fragrance is

New and beautiful,

And at the same time

Comfortable and known,

I feel like I am finally home,

That I am safe, accepted,

And deeply loved,

And that there is nothing to hide

Your presence changes me.


So that is where I want to stay,

In that place

With You

To steep,

And soak,

Until I am consumed,

And permeated,

All the way through,

With all of You.

The fragrance of Christ in me

The hope of Eternity.



2 Corinthians 2: 14

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.


2 Corinthians 2: 14

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.


Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.


Psalm 21:6

Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.


Psalm 36:8-9

They feast on the abundance of your house;

You give them drink from your river of delights.

For with you is the fountain of life;

in your light we see light.

11 thoughts on “Coffee for Your Heart- Date Night

  1. I simply loved what you shared here. It is a little bit of worship exuding from your soul. This is the 2nd time I tried to leave a comment and the first was full of poetic expressions that you inspired me to respond with. My computer decided to have a mind of its own and lose the page and I don’t remember what I wrote! 🙂
    I do know that I loved the way you pulled out a desire, a longing, to be so absorbed, deep in the presence of God, that His aroma permeates the atmosphere where i exist.
    Beautiful words and what a blessing to have that memory with your husband.

    1. Hi Dawn- Thanks so much for visiting me today! It blessed me greatly! Thank you for your lovely comment and for writing even with computer issues- Praying you have a good evening and that you know how loved you are tonight! 🙂 hugs

  2. I love the red crab — he grabs all the attention of this painting! What a great way to remember your date night with that particular artwork (as if you would forget it after your aroma surrounded those around you! ) I love the thought that the fragrance of Christ is new and beautiful — it always is, isn’t it? I hadn’t thought of it like that, but he’s always showing us something new and it leaves such a beautiful imprint on our hearts, with scents that linger on . . . holding onto that thought today!

    1. Valerie- I am glad you like the crab-I think crabs are kind of cute?! (and delicious ;)) I was thinking how nice new things are- they just smell good usually and are so clean and untouched- I like that -and I like to think that Jesus is into making things new- and making me new – Its a good thought! – Anyway love connecting with you and am thankful for you! Praying you will be blessed tonight with the peace and loveliness of His presence! xox

  3. I so liked this one — spoke to me — also love the picture and I would love to have prints made on note cards of this –

  4. Wonderful post. May we marinate in Him until we are permeated with His aroma. Grateful for your words which I will be thinking on today. I think this is my 1st time here so may I say, Nice to “meet” you! Blessings!

    1. So nice to meet you today!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 You have blessed me this morning- 🙂 Marinate is a perfect word! Thanks for sharing- I will think on that today too since I am marinating pork loin for dinner tonight!- 🙂 sending hugs

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