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    I am a wife, mom of 2 beautiful children and daughter of my Heavenly Father. God has taken me through some amazing journeys. With each challenge I have learned more about His amazing Love and Grace. Take some time out of your busy, hectic day and join me as we sit in the Calm of God's Presence.

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Hey there friend,

Does this sound like you? You know you need to spend some time in God’s Word, learning and experiencing God’s presence, but you don’t know where to begin. You’re frustrated because you’re quiet time has been the same for years but things are feeling stale and uninspiring. You want to make a change but you don’t know how or where to begin.

My friend I’ve been there done that, I understand your struggles. Several years ago my personal quiet time with God was lack luster. I struggled because I desperately wanted to feel God’s Presence but the same ole thing I had been doing for years wasn’t working.  I wanted to hear from him and follow his leading in my life but the problem I faced was the inability to focus on one type of study and stick to it. There were so many wonderful options I had a hard time narrowing down to one.

That’s when I finally said enough is enough I had to make the decision. So, one day I sat down and made a list of my options of when, where, how and what. Once I broke things down I was able to see my options more clearly and make the best decision on how to have my quiet time. It was a game changer for me and now I want to help you.

I want to help you breakdown your options so you can begin having the quiet time you desire. In order to help you I have put together a free download called 5 Steps to a Successful Quiet Time. 5 Steps to a Successful Quiet Time will help you look at the specifics of your day and your needs in order to experience God’s presence and learn how to follow His leading.

In 5 Steps to a Successful Quiet Time you will:

  • Determine a dedicated time to study.
  • Decide a special place for your quiet time.
  • Determine what mode of study is best for you.
  • Determine your current need of what to study.

Are you ready to get started? I know I’m excited to help you begin or renew your quiet time. Sign up by filling out the form below to receive your 5 Steps to a Successful Quiet Time. Once you have filled out the form be sure to check your inbox for your confirmation email.

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After you download the 5 Steps to a Successful Quiet Time I will continue helping you by sharing with you a few of the things I put in my Bible Study Tool Basket.  So don’t wait, get started today by downloading your 5 Steps now.

In His Calm,

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When you were a little girl did you dream of what your life would look like as an adult?

Did you envision a life married to the man of your dreams filled with diaper changes, midnight feedings, and tripping over toys as you carried a hamper load of clothing? Growing up did you see yourself as a successful business woman gaining the highest education you could achieve then climbing the corporate ladder? As a little girl did you play school with your friends knowing that one day you would be teaching youngsters to read in a classroom of your own?

But now as an adult you are living a life much different than the one you thought God had planned for you.

Instead of waking up next to the man of your dreams your left comforting your children alone when they wake in the middle of the night. Or the rooms you and your husband dream of being filled with toys and dirty clothes sit empty, only filled when guests arrive. The position you once worked so hard to obtain is now filled by someone else while you are home cleaning spilt milk. Instead of teaching little kids how to read you find yourself halfway around the world serving and loving on young women rescued from a life of slavery.

When life finds us in a completely different place than we ever thought we would be, it’s very easy to question and doubt the importance of where we are currently. We quickly compare ourselves and our lives to those who have what we thought we would have. Once the comparison and doubt begin we spiral into questioning our self worth, value and importance.

It’s at that point where we need to nip those thoughts and questions in the bud. We need to remember that God has a plan for our lives and in that plan there are different seasons and pastures.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

It’s what we do in the life God gives us that matters. Life may change, circumstances may change but God’s love for us never changes. God has seasons and pastures for us. Instead of questioning God’s plan for our lives or looking at ourselves as failures or less than we must take a step back and ask ourselves some questions.

  • In my former season and pasture did my work and life glorify God?
  • Did I seek God and His direction for my life?
  • As God moved me into a new pasture did I prayerfully and faithfully follow Him?
  • In my current pasture am I allowing God to use me to bring others to Him?
  • Am I faithfully serving God right where He has me in this moment?

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we are not good enough or unimportant, when we take the time to step back and refocus our thoughts we see the bigger picture. There is a time for everything and a season and pasture in which God wants us to serve Him. The season were are in and the pasture we are serving in will look different from others but that doesn’t make it any less important. It also doesn’t make us any less successful.

God has called each one of us to a purpose and a pasture. As we begin to see the season and pasture we are in through God’s eyes let’s pray this prayer from Colossians 1:9-12

Dear Lord fill us with the knowledge of your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Help us live a life worthy of you and may we please you in every way. Help us bear fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of you. Strengthen us with all power according to your glorious might that we may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to you who has qualified us. In your name we pray, Amen.

In His Calm,

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The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25

 

I stood in the middle of my den – my heart breaking under the excruciating pain of watching two people I love more than life itself struggle through extreme darkness. For weeks I attempted – with all the strength and ability I could muster – to fix the situation they both found themselves facing. I wanted to make things better, easier for them.

On that night I had nothing left – no strength, no power, and no answer.

Join me today over on Deeper Waters Ministry for the rest of this guest post. 

In His Calm,

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As we’ve looked at serving in our Pastures we’ve talked about what it means when God gives us a pasture. We then discussed what it looks like to serve right where our two feet are planted – where we are on a daily basis – and where God takes us outside our four walls.

Now we are going to take it on a broader scale outside of our comfort zone.

In Acts 1:8 we read,

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Every time I’ve heard someone give a message on this passage the focus has been on missions and where God calls us to serve and spread His Gospel.

  • Jerusalem – the city we live in, local
  • Judea – our region or the country we live in, states side missions
  • Samaria – another country, international missions

I’m going to be very honest with you and tell you that although I have family and friends who have served as missionaries this passage as always made me uncomfortable. My immediate response has been to curl up into the security of my comfort zone and shy away from any mention of foreign missions.

But I’d like for us to look at this passage from a different angle. Instead of viewing it from the foreign missions perspective let’s discuss this perspective… the Pasture God has given us where he wants us to serve.

  • Jerusalem – where our 2 feet are planted at home
  • Judea – outside our immediate 4 walls
  • Samaria – outside of our comfort zone

In that light I want to ask you some questions…

How is God calling you to step out of the comfort zone of your small, intimate pasture? How is He calling you to move beyond caring for the sheep you are comfortable around?

Are you settled into a routine at work that is repeated day after day with the same people doing the same thing so much so that you could do it with your eyes closed? You like that place but recently your boss asked you to take on a project that will push you into a new arena.

You’ve worked for the same company for decades. You and your family are comfortable where you work and live but you are becoming a little unsettled.

In both of these situations is God saying, “I have something/someplace else where I need you to serve.”?

You’ve enjoyed woodworking, painting, baking, gardening, decorating, singing for years as a way to relax and unwind. You’ve had people ask you if you take private commissions but the thought of moving beyond the personal, it’s just for me, to the unknown of doing it for someone has you nervous.

Here’s my question for you…

Could God be asking you to move out of that comfort zone so He can use you on a larger scale outside of your pasture?

You won’t know until you reach the point where you are able to take that step outside of your comfort zone. When you do, you allow God to use you in more ways than you can imagine.

As we wind up our series on serving in the Pasture God has given us, how has He worked in your life? Is there a specific area he is asking you to focus?

Are there areas of your home you need to be more intentional in your service? Are there ways you can love on your husband and children specifically?

How about those places or people outside of your four walls that you visit or see frequently? Are there kids or friends who could use a word of encouragement? Is there a way within your community where you can help someone grow deeper in their walk with Christ?

And finally is God asking you to step outside of your comfort zone so He can use you in a different area all together?

Spend sometime with Him this week and ask Him to show you where your pasture is and who is in your pasture. As you listen to where He wants you to serve make the commitment to say yes and follow Him.

In His Calm,

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