Is it just me, or do we often try to fill the voids in our life with things? Too quiet, turn on the television or music. Feeling empty, eat some ice cream, go shopping. Neither television or ice cream help! In fact they can do the opposite! When we ask Jesus into our life to be our Savior, He comes into our heart. He lives in us. We are His dwelling place. When I have guests, I don’t always allow them full access to every part of my home. I have some drawers and closets that I would rather no one see…ever! Jesus doesn’t march into our lives and demand that we give Him our whole life. He waits patiently until we realize that giving Him control sets us free! Instead of filling in the voids with things, I want to give Jesus all the nooks and crannies in every part of me. It sounds simple, but it is a life long challenge! A challenge worth pursuing! I’m Your’s Lord Jesus!
Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I am pretty good at waiting, for the most part. Yesterday we were at the vet to have simple rabies vaccines for the doggies. Since they are so tiny and have reactions to shots, we space out their vaccines. They were busy at the clinic and it took a long time. That doesn’t bother me. Waiting in traffic is no problem either. Waiting for God to answer my prayers can be another thing all together. While praying for a friend this morning I was reminded of a story from Acts 3 . One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. Cool story isn’t it. There is a part I highlighted, “where he was put every day.” Why did I highlight that portion of the verses? Because Jesus had to have walked through that gate some time while he was on this earth. Yet Jesus didn’t choose to heal the man. He waited until Peter and John walked through the gate to allow them to heal the man. It was His plan and His timing. I need to be patient and wait on the Lord’s timing and plan for answers to prayer. Sometimes He gives deliverance, sometimes He gives Grace, but He always makes a difference. I lift my eyes to you Lord, and wait for your answers with Hope in my heart.
I wrote this piece in the early 80’s. I was trying to express what happened in my life when Jesus found me. I am sharing it today so you will understand why this blog is called Onion Blossom. If you don’t know the One who helped me leave the dirt and sin and bloom, I pray you find Him. By the way, onions do bloom! Isn’t that awesome!
I used to be an onion, I lived in the complete darkness of a sin filled life. I didn’t have even a concept of Light. All the dirt, rocks, and dampness made life unbearable. I was a sad empty onion, going nowhere. Jesus passed my way one day, and as He did, I caught a glimpse of Light and Peace, and I hungered for more. As I prayed in my darkness, He touched me, me an onion! I didn’t deserve His touch, but He cared about me. What a glorious day! I sent up a stem to the bright warm sun and the fresh air of a brand new day. From this stem a flower bloomed, and the flower was me! Jesus gave me a flower all my own. And now in Christ, I’m growing and blooming, but most of all I’m free. Thank you Jesus for dying for me when I was only an onion!
This blog is for all the onions that don’t see a way out of the darkness. Christ is alive and able to lift you out of your pit, and keep you out. He holds you in the palm of His Nailed scarred hand!
This is a drawing a friend drew for me when she read Onion Blossom. It is the cover of my devotional called Onion Blossom!
I wrote this little piece about joy over thirty years ago. This was me as a young mother trying to define the meaning of joy while living with two pre-school aged daughters in England, away from family and friends, and married to a pilot in the Air Force who seemed to be spending more time flying than at home. It was challenging for sure.
True joy for me comes when I submit to God’s will for my life. It is being faithful in the small everyday things, all the joys of being a wife and mother of two small blue eyed girls. Joy is wiping the spaghetti sauce off a battle scarred two year old’s face. (She bumped it on the tub while getting into the water for one of her tea parties!) Joy is even wiping up all the water she spilled in the process. Joy is hanging up the suit Jim plopped on the floor and remembering his strong hand in mine during prayer at church. Joy is knowing Jesus is guiding me, even when I try to set out on my own detours. He’s always there to lead me back, to refresh me in the knowledge that being a wife and mother are important to Him.
All these years later, I think the definition holds. The things that matter are the eternal things. The things done for Him with a joyful attitude. Do I always do this? Of course not, but that is still my goal and will continue to be until I see Him face to face. What I wouldn’t give to be able to go back just one day and play with my girls! I would have played a lot more! Thankfully I still get to hang up the clothes Jim plops on the floor. Somethings never change! JOY!
Thank you Jesus for making me a wife and mother. Thanks for showing me how to be content and allowing me the awareness of your precious Presence.
When our Yorkies were puppies we played a game to teach them to come when called. One of us would hide in the house and shout, “Come find me!” and the puppies would travel toward the sound of our voice and when they found us they were rewarded with clapping and praise and the words, “You found me!” They loved that game. I have often thought I found Jesus when I was in college. Last night I was listening to Christian music and the lyrics to Amazing Grace….”I once was lost, but now I’m found”…. put a different perspective on “finding Jesus”. You see He found me, like the lost sheep and the lost coin in the parable, He found me. I know I already knew this, but the reminder filled my heart with comfort and assurance that I really needed. You found me Jesus! I once was lost, but now I’m found! Thank you for looking for me!
My pastor Robert Emmitt of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, TX, is one of the wisest men I know. He makes hard things simple. The title to this blog is his advice for living the Christian life. When I read the Bible, his words ring in my ears, and I try my best to “do what it says”! It isn’t easy for sure. This is what I read today and I’m trying to do what it says:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
The Message (MSG)
Be cheerful no matter what;
pray all the time;
thank God no matter what happens.
I also read Psalm 42:11 and the last part of that passage says:
“He puts a smile on my face
He’s my God.”
How can I not be cheerful and thankful when I read something like that? Would you like to try it with me. Find a passage you think you should “do what it says” and then do what it says! Let me know in the comment section below this blog what verse challenges your heart to move closer to God. Remember….Trust God, Read the Bible, Do What it Says! Words from a wise man. Words that can strengthen our faith and walk with our Lord!
Jim told me today that most of the things I am end with –er. Here we go:
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