Good morning my friends. How has your week been? Have you had a fun & exciting week filled with answered prayer and God moments or have you struggled with unanswered questions and wondering when you will hear from God?
My sweet sisters do you know I pray for you? I may not know each of your names or have a chance to sit with you talking over coffee while eating a sugary dessert (shhh don’t tell my doctor I’m cheating on my low carb diet) but I do pray for you. My heart and passion is for women of all ages & stages to grow closer in their walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. And my friends, I pray that you will do just that.
The community here at The Calm of His Presence is made up of ladies in so many different stages of life. There are those of you who are:
- college students studying as hard as you can to make it through the next test
- young wives who are trying to figure out this amazing, hard & beautiful thing called marriage
- moms of young children walking around with spit-up on your shoulder, tripping over toys, escaping to the bathroom just to find a few quite moments
- working moms who struggle to keep up with the housework while helping to provide for your family
- moms with older kids who find yourselves in the middle of the road all afternoon and evening as you shuttle your kids from one activity to the other
- empty nesters or ladies without children who work & serve in your church & in your community.
I hope each of you know you are right where God wants you to be at this very moment. He is doing an amazing work in you in whatever stage of life you are in.
My prayer is that while you are serving where God has you, you will also find time to sit in His Calming Presence. Whether it is 15 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour I hope you make time each day to pray & study God’s Word. As you study His Word you will grow closer to Him.
You each may have different quiet time and study needs so today I want to share with you 3 different types of studies I have just finished.
Hellomornings – This is a great study for those of you who like to study & interact on social media. Hellomornings offers discussion groups on twitter, facebook & instagram. You determine the time that works best for you to have your personal quiet time but still have the accountability of a small group.
This Christmas season Hellomornings will be doing a 4 week Advent Study, Then Came Jesus by Lara Williams. You can go to the Hellomornings website to register for the free study guide. You can also use this study as a family Advent time. Purchase an optional Advent Power Pack for just $5 dollars and you will receive the study, a printable companion journal, the Christmas Song “God With Us” by Shaun Groves and suggestions for Advent time with your family. During the Advent Study there is no official small group discussion by I would like to invite you to join me and my co-AC for discussion by using #newmercies on twiiter.
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demandsby Lysa TerKeurst is a great book that can be thrown into your purse or downloaded on your Kindle to be read while your sitting in carline or snuggled in front of the fire on cold winter days. In The Best Yes Lysa helps us determine what God’s best yes is for each of us. This fall I participated in the study with Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies.
Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies offers several studies through out the year. You can be as involved as your time will allow you. Their options range from interacting on blog posts, facebook small groups to conference calls. Visit the P31 website for more details.
Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians.
So my friends I pray you will find a Bible Study option that works for you and your needs. Whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour my prayer is that each day you will enter God’s Presence through His Word. When we enter His Presence He will calm our souls to serve in the place He has us.
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In His Calm,