It’s incredibly refreshing to be in the habit of going to church each Sunday. There are seasons of my life where work or other commitments take precedence, but hearing a series message from beginning to end really helps me grow spiritually. As I mentioned last week on the blog, at Saddleback Church we are diving deeper into the practice of prayer. This Sunday we learned about ‘prayers that work.’ (Watch the full message HERE.) Tom Holladay shared that when we pray frequently, pray earnestly, and pray specifically, we are asking in boldness for God to ACT! I know that my weakness is praying frequently and earnestly, but I have always prayed specifically, but almost too narrow mindedly.
We should ALWAYS being praying for God’s greatest will, but it’s absolutely okay to pray for the greatest thing he could do in your life.
What do you want God to do most?
Pause… I encourage you to pray for that right now.
Maybe it’s for a friend or family member to have a deeper relationship with Jesus. Maybe it’s for more financial stability to support yourself and loved ones. Maybe it’s the healing of a relationship or physical or emotional hardship. We depend too much on ourselves. Whatever your prayer may be, give it to God.
If you don’t know what to ask God for, you can always pray for him to increase love in your life and pray to change your heart to be more like His.
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. – 1 Thessalonians 3: 13
Here is what I’m praying for right now, I may have an opportunity to move to New York City in 2019 for work, which has been a dream of mine for almost my entire life, and I want that dream to become reality, if it’s God’s will. I’ve visited NYC many, many times, even in the dead of winter, and I have always felt at home. However, my family, friends, church I grew up in, and bible study, are all here in beautiful Southern California. Picking up the life I’ve had for 25 years and moving across the country is life changing to say the least. I want it, if that’s the path God has for me. I need to keep that conversation alive, daily from now until then! If this job opportunity comes to fruition, I need to be praying daily for direction. While 2 years from now feels far away, I have a wedding to plan in the intervening time! Lots of amazing blessings to look forward to!
From East Coast talk to West Coast vibes…
I have a confession to make… After I wrote a recent blog post about embroidery, I made a bold statement that the dress worn here, would be the only embroidery purchase I would make this season! I was wrong. Zara lured me to the dark side by hanging this incredible tulle midi-skirt in a place too obvious to miss, near the cash register. Believe it or not, I tried to use self control. I walked out of Zara without making the purchase. However, I couldn’t stop thinking about it (reverse buyer’s remorse), and I went back the next day and bit the bullet. Now, it may be my favorite skirt I own! I said maybe.
The colors of the threads from the embroidery are what instantly caught my eye, striking cobalt blue, muted olive green, mighty mustard, and fierce fuchsia because these are ALL the colors of the season. Naturally, it would be easy to match with things already hanging in my closet. However, I need an ‘excuse’ to buy this waffle knit, bell-sleeve Free People top from Nordstrom that I had my eye on. The hues of the blues were like sisters separated at birth, dying to reconnect! (I’m thinking the ‘Parent Trap’ kind of separation and I could be the one to bring this top and bottom back together!) So, here you have it! The perfect fall look combining bold colors, embroidery, and mixed textures all in one ensemble! I wore this outfit during my day in LA visiting the new Nordstrom Local and Alfred Coffee on Melrose Place. PS. You have to order the iced-vanilla latte next time you visit. It’s a game changer.
Shop the look here!