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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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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.

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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 Demands

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– Do you like to read? 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

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by Beth Moore – Do you have a little more time to dig into God’s Word? Children of the Day takes you through 1 & 2 Thessalonians. In it you will find that “Your circumstances and conditions are not coincidental in your journey. God’s timing is impeccable. Join Beth Moore on the Thessalonian shores as you face real crises, real medical diagnoses, real afflictions, real relationships, real doubts, real concerns, and real fears.” I just finished leading this study with a women’s small group at Church and loved it. You can go through it on your own or lead your own small group through 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,

mary signaturenavy

Good morning I wanted to jump on today to let you know Day Spring has a 40% off sale on any single item today only use the code 40DAYS when you check out.

I want to share with you some of my favorite new items.

I love the Letter Press Blocks. You can create any word you want. I have gone to the site and played with so many words and am having a hard time deciding what word to purchase. Unfortunately my pocketbook won’t let me get all the ones I want. But this 40% off sale is the perfect time to make the decision! Click on the link below to create your Words Matter Letterpress Blocks- Build your Word! or you can chose from Letter Press Block sets.

 

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There are so many wonderful items to chose from at DaySpring. Hurry because today is the only day for 40% off a single item. It’s the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping!

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

Are you nervous and anxious over an issue with your son or daughter? Do your children face uncertain obstacles and you want nothing more than to overcome those obstacles for them? Are you struggling with how to teach them respect and obedience? Do you worry that no matter how hard you try to raise them to be God honoring and loving your going to mess them up?

There are days and moments when we as moms worry and fret over our children. We struggle with doubt, insecurity and worry over the day-to-day issues from birth to adulthood.

The worry begins the moment we find out we are pregnant with questions over what we can and cannot eat, concerns over development and growth, and hopes that delivery will go well. As soon as our children enter this world we begin to worry over how well they are eating, when they will crawl, walk & potty train. We quickly move onto concern over their friends, how well they are doing in school and the dreaded days of learning to drive. Before we know it they are leaving home ready to face the world on their own.

This morning I experienced an acute measure of worry and anxiety as my son prepared for oral surgery. Leading up to this morning I was calm and trusting that everything would go smoothly but, my son woke very nervous and anxious and after assuring him everything would be fine I began to struggle with worry and what-ifs.

As the what-ifs played out in my mind God’s Holy Spirit gently reminded my heart where these fears and worry were coming from. They were coming from the enemy -the enemy who wants to place anxiety, fear and worry in my mind, the enemy who wants to take my focus off the One who loves my children more than he loves the little birds that he provided for in Matthew 7.

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The Lord knows the number of individual strands of hair on the heads of our children. He cares for them and wants us to trust Him with them.

So my sweet friends, whatever you face with you kids whether its potty training, grades, driving or dating hand it over to God. He will take care of them, as you trust Him and He will give you the peace you need.

This morning as I prayed God brought these 5 verses to mind. I pray they will help you as you turn your worry over to God.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6,7

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Matthew 7:26,27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

John 14:1

5Verses to Pray When You

You can find more verses to pray over your children in the post 5 Verses to Pray as your kids start school.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

“As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible. Joy is always possible. Whenever, meaning – now; wherever, meaning – here. The holy grail of joy is not in some exotic location or some emotional mountain peak experience. The joy wonder could be here! Here, in the messy, piercing ache of now, joy might be – unbelievably – possible! The only place we need see before we die is this place of seeing God, here and now.”

Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

During this month of November we are reminded to give thanks all around us. It’s easy to give thanks for food, beautiful weather, and big answers to prayer – the obvious.

But how easy is it to give thanks for the hard days, the lonely nights, the broken dreams? Giving thanks for the hurt and not so good days is hard.

In 1 Thessalonians Paul writes “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. But oh, how hard it is to be thankful when life is hard.

My sweet friends, I know what it is like to have hard days. I haven’t always found it easy to be thankful on those difficult days but can I whisper something to you? While it may be difficult to be thankful for the hard things; we can be thankful for what God is going to do in our lives through those hard things.

In the hard days God will comfort us, strengthen us and give us a story to tell if we let Him. When we focus on finding something to be thankful for He will give us a joy that will strengthen and carry us through the hard days.

A few years ago I read  One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. I was amazed by how much Ann’s book changed my outlook on joy and thankfulness in all things.

This season of Thanksgiving may be a time filled with overwhelming joy for you or it may be a season of pain and hurt. Whatever you are going through I would love for you to share something you are thankful for. You can leave a comment here or you can join me over on The Calm of His Presence facebook page where this month we will be counting thanks together.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

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  • Julie@comehaveapeaceNovember 3, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    I have to think that our hearts and minds are flowing in the same current right now, friend :)ReplyCancel

    • Mary@thecalmofhispresenceNovember 4, 2014 - 6:18 am

      Isn’t it neat how God aligns the hearts of His people to share His message of hope & joy! Praying for you my friend!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary HillNovember 5, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    I recognize this area in Upstate SC. I am so thankful we live on such a beautiful area. I will be joining you on Facebook.ReplyCancel

    • Mary@thecalmofhispresenceNovember 6, 2014 - 6:39 am

      Isn’t it beautiful Mary! Looking forward to reading your thankful list!ReplyCancel