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When I was a child the onset of fall and spring were exciting times. Fall meant the onset of a new beginning in school. It meant new clothes, new shoes, pristine new book bags and the smells of new school supplies. Spring held the promise of sunny days, warm weather and the promise of slower summer days right around the corner. But the change in seasons in our house also meant it was time to do major cleaning of our home. In the name of spring cleaning closets were cleaned out, the garage was overhauled and the baseboards were washed. Spaces that were cluttered and messy became spots of order and beauty…We all have messy spaces from time to time….Whether it’s a messy garage, a messy closet, a messy drawer or a sink full of messy dishes. Sometimes our schedules get messy, sometimes relationships get messy and sometimes it’s our hearts that get messy. The difficult thing about the mess and the clutter, is that it can be overwhelming. Which can keep us from even knowing where to START to sort through the messy. Sometimes not knowing where to start… keeps us from ever beginning! Sometimes we have to just set aside time,” jump in “ and Start!

Romans 8:26 “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, or how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words.”

So even in looking for direction in how we can pray…the Holy Spirit is praying for us! And he is not just speaking passionless words. He is praying in a passionate, heart felt groan! So today…I partner with you today. Today I am joining you in seeking the Holy Spirit in knowing how to pray.

“Holy Spirit come right to where I am this morning; Come in to my mess; come in to my fog; come into my cluttered mind and heart. I know that even the praise comes from you. I admit that I don’t even know where to begin on this journey in being intentional about spending time with you. But I am not the guide. I am the follower. Come Holy Spirit. Thank you for compassionately praying for me so deep that it’s not a whisper, but a Groan! Help me know how and what to pray!”