Monday, October 12, 2015

With Groanings too Deep for Words

Do you ever not know what to pray?  Are you ever so overwhelmed with the hardships of life that your heart longs to reach out to the Lord but your brain doesn't know how to put your feelings into words?  I'm so thankful that God knows what that's like.  He promises us in Romans 8:26 that "the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words."

With Groanings too Deep for Words

In our times of need this promise is beyond belief.  Not to get into all the trinitarian stuff but it's absolutely awe inspiring that we have a God who intercedes for us and knows what we are praying when we can't even understand it ourselves.

When you don't know how to pray, remember this promise.  Reach out to the Lord, even if you can't put your prayers into words.  He is there for you and puts words to your prayers, hearing them and intercessing for you!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!

Simple Moments Stick

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

Last Week's Most Viewed Post:

Peace for a Lifetime

Susannah's Blog Post Pick:

Alyssa J Howard
Life, Love, and Dirty Diapers

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Where do you Find the Lord?

God is everywhere.  No matter what we're doing, where we are, or who we're with God is there.

I think that all of us have our special place where we meet with the Lord on a deeper, heart level.  For some it may be at your kitchen table.  For others it may be in your bed.  For others it may be in the middle of the city.  Every relationship with the Lord is different.

Where Do You Find God

One of the ways I feel closest to the Lord is in nature.  When I walk through the forest or dip my toes in the ocean I feel the presence of the Lord in a mighty way.

This past weekend Nate and I adventured at Mt St Helens.  We drove through the beautiful fall colors and saw the majestic mountain.  We hiked through the beginning of the regrowth from the explosion and saw an eagle fly across the sky.

The Lord touched my heart while we were out in nature.  He reminded me of His power and His might.  He is such an amazing God who created both huge mountains and tiny daisies.  He is in control!


“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds.” Psalm 148:7-10

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Creative Closet: A Dress for Fall

I'm a dress girl through and through.  If I had my choice I would wear a dress every day of the spring, summer, and fall.  (Sometimes in the winter too, when it's not too cold!)  Unfortunately, that's not very practical these days...

If I were to wear a dress every day it would make nursing ridiculously impossible.

If I were to wear a dress every day I would be flashing my undies all over the place trying to keep up with my rolly polly little man.

If I were to wear a dress every day I would actually have to get dressed every day.  We all know THAT'S not going to happen!


When I found THIS dress, though, my heart got so happy.  See those buttons?  Yep, I can totally feed a baby while wearing that dress.  See the length of the dress?  Long enough that I can goof off with my little man while not worrying too much about my undergarments hanging out.  What you DON'T see but I wish you could...  This dress is made of t-shirt material!  It's like wearing an oversized t-shirt or a nightgown.  I'm more than willing to get out of my pajamas to put on a dress like this!  Everyone should own one!


Cardigan: Target
Dress: Kohls
Boots: Payless

The Creative Closet

Monday, October 5, 2015

Consider it Joy!

The last 3.5 years have been filled with trials. Just when it seemed like we were in the depths of them, it continued to get worse.
We received results from doctors in 2012 with a devastating infertility diagnosis. A few months later my husband had to move to Georgia and we navigated a new normal of a long distance relationship. When he moved back our infertility journey resumed, but then the unimaginable happened and our world came crashing down in March of 2014 when my 2.5 year old nephew passed away.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

I have always loved this verse, but it took on a whole new meaning over the past 3.5 years. I know our trials are nothing compared to what some people have walked. But, our pain is real to us. As my husband and I pray and wait for the Lord to heal our bodies and expand our family with children we have grown desperately dependent on Him. He has continued to teach us so much, including having a new perspective on being thankful. We have always tried to stay positive, but we now have a true understanding of what it is to consider it pure joy when facing trials. He has created in us such a thankful heart. Not only realizing how blessed we are: healthy marriage, wonderful friends, good jobs, sweet family and the list goes on and on, but, how sweet He is while we are in the midst of a difficult time.

Consider it Joy

God has reminded us in this journey that He doesn't want us to praise Him when things are easy, but He wants us to praise Him when things are difficult too. He has a specific purpose for us in each day. He is with us while we wait. His heart is for us to be refined to be more like Him, but he leaves the choice up to us. Will you run to Him and praise Him in the storm or will you choose to let bitterness and anger rise up and run away? If you are in the middle of a storm I encourage you to praise Him. Declare praises out loud. Thank Him for what you have instead of focusing on what you want. Remember God's delays are not God's denials. Praise Him not for what He does, but for who He is and trust that He is good. Spend time in worship and praise and soon your focus will move from your problems to His faithfulness.


Meet The Author

I’m Caroline and I blog over at In Due Time, which I started back in April of 2012. In 2011 my life changed for the better when I got married to my sweet husband, Colby. Besides working as a financial analyst and blogging, I enjoy spending time with Colby, traveling, watching football, and attending various small groups and bible studies. I'm a health nut, who enjoys working out and eating healthy. I have a passion for those who are going through trials, especially those who feel like they are waiting on God to answer their prayers. Thank you Susannah for giving me the opportunity to share with your readers!

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