Transitional Spring Outfit

My outfit today is a transitional one that could be worn Spring or Fall.  Most every piece was purchased at Elder-Beerman which is a department store here in the Midwest.

Though it has been cold enough for a heavy coat this week, this is a great jacket to wear on cooler days.  You can also see how I styled it back in the Fall in this post.  I added this cute infinity scarf for some extra warmth on a really cool day.  The scarf and the long sleeve tee I’m wearing have a pink tone to them.  I am really bad about getting stuck on a favorite color and buying all my pieces of new clothing in that color.  This year it is pink or blush.  Here it is minus the scarf.

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When I Have No Words

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.  Romans 8:26

There have been many times when I simply do not know what to pray.  I have not had the words to pray to God.  I know this sounds a little crazy given the fact that I write on a regular basis, but there are certain situations where I just don’t know what to say.  I want to pray always expressing the right thoughts and speaking honorably to God.  I want to be wise in what I ask for and say, but sometimes I just come up blank.

There are three types of situations where I have felt like this.  The first one is where I am so overwhelmed by heartache or the emotional stress of a situation.  I tend to be an emotional person.  Sometimes, I can’t express the proper words for crying, shock, or the inability to speak under emotional pain.  The second one is where I just don’t know what I should be asking of God.  I am so dumbfounded by the situation or problem at hand that I don’t know what the best thing to request of God is.  The third one is when I don’t know anything about the person that needs prayer or even what the need is.

In all situations, we should not neglect to pray.  God should always be who we turn to first.  So when times like these arise, I think of these verses.  It is so comforting to me to know the Holy Spirit is praying the most perfect prayer for you and with you.  After all, God knows our needs before we even speak them.  I just lift up the situation to God.  I know he has this.  I ask him to work out what he knows is best for all involved and that his will be done.  I ask for comfort and peace for all involved.  I ask that all may fully know him through whatever they are facing or experiencing.

When I was dealing with breast cancer, I was in awe of how many people were praying for me.  People who hardly knew me or didn’t know me at all were lifting up prayers.  There were times before that when I neglected to pray first or at all in some situations – especially if I didn’t know the person or the need.  God taught me to take more time to pray for others whether I know them or not, and whether I know their needs or not.  I encourage you each today to pray for others you know and don’t know.  You don’t have to have the most elegant or perfect words.  Just lift the person or situation up to One who does.

 

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