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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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If you’ve been around here for any length of time you know my heart for prayer. I have experienced the power of prayer first hand. One of the many wonderful aspects of prayer is that you can do it anywhere at anytime. Prayer comes in many forms from personal (silent one on one prayer with God), with one person, small group or corporate body. So many times throughout my day I stop and pray for a friend who shares a struggle. And as the Holy Spirit brings a need to mind I will pray over that need.

In the morning, before the crazy of the day hits, may be the single most important time to pray. I know on those mornings when I jump out of bed and start my day without taking a few minutes to pray over my day, the day never quite flows like it should.

One of the ways I like to pray first thing in the morning is through scripture. Praying scripture helps move me through the brain fog of the early hours. It focuses my attention on God’s Word and grounds me in His Scripture for the day.

A few weeks ago during my quiet time a scripture touched me so much I wanted to share it with my friends on Instagram and Facebook. This simple act led to something I now do every morning on social media and today I am inviting you to join me.

Each morning on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter I post a scripture and prayer following a weekly focus. I am now in my third week of morning prayers and would love for you to join me. My desire is to form a community of women starting their day in prayer. Through social media we can hold each other accountable to begin our day in the Presence of God through prayer. Will you join me? Hop over to follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

If you are not on any of those Social Media sites I will post the prayers here once a week. So as not to overwhelm you with too many posts at once we will be about 2 weeks behind here on the blog. Would you like to make sure you keep up with all the scripture and prayer posts? Then sign up to receive the blog posts directly into your email inbox by clicking on the green sign up form at the top right of the page.

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Week 1 Morning Prayers – Prayer for Teachers

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Dear Lord as teachers prepare for going back to school help them stay focused on you. Give them hearts that are pleasing in your sight and words that show your love to the children they come in contact with each day. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #morningprayer #inhiscalm #backtoschool #prayerforteachers

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Dear Lord I pray for my teacher friends who are busy setting up their rooms in preparation for kids returning to school over the next few weeks. May their rooms be a place of solace and peace. Let the words they speak to their students be encouraging and uplifting. May their students see you in them. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #morningprayer #inhiscalm #backtoschool #prayerforteachers

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Dear Lord I pray my teacher friends will set good examples for their students this year. Give them strong integrity and sound words so that no one will have anything bad to say about them. May their actions & words always point back to you. In Your Name I Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #morningprayer #prayerforteachers #backtoschool

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Dear Lord I pray that as my teacher friends go back to work that they will LOVE you with ALL their HEART, MIND, SOUL and STRENGTH. As they focus on loving you give them the strength to love the kids, coworkers, administrators and parents they come in contact with each day. May they shine the light of your love to everyone around them. In Your Name I Pray, Amen. #morningprayer #prayerforteachers #backtoschool #inhiscalm

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Dear Lord we pray as teachers head back into the classrooms you will give them words that will bring healing to their students. May the words they speak and actions they show bring encouragement to each child in their classroom. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #backtoschool #prayerforteachers #morningprayer

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Dear Lord I pray as my teacher friends deal with frustrations from students (because we know they will happen) they will have calming words and a gentle spirit with their response. May their classrooms be places of encouragement. In Your Name I Pray, Amen. #backtoschool #morningprayer #prayerforteachers #inhiscalm

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Dear Lord thank you for a wonderful summer. As the kids and teachers go back to school help them take pride in their work. May they work & study for an audience of one -you Lord- seeking your approval & your guidance. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #prayerforteachers #morningprayer #backtoschool #prayerforstudents

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

Hi there friends,

Where in the world did summer go??? Please tell me I’m not the only one sitting here at the beginning of school wondering how in the world summer flew by so quickly! For us, summer was a world wind of vacations, camps, visiting with family and pool days. For me personally – somewhere in the margins of our days – I prepared a book proposal and met with an agent and publisher at She Speaks (a conference for writers and speakers).

To say God took me out of my comfort zone and stretched me is an understatement. While She Speaks was almost a month ago I am still processing all I learned through the breakout sessions and keynote speakers. The meetings with the agent and publisher went very well and while they did not take my proposal the insights they gave me were extremely helpful and ones I will definitely be putting into practice.

As the school year and new routines begin for my kids a new routine begins for me. Soon I will be sharing with you some fun and exciting opportunities that will be available to you here. I don’t want you to miss out on anything! If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, twitter, or facebook hop on over and follow along. I have been posting morning prayers on each of those Social Media sights and would love for you to join me. I will be starting a brand new email newsletter for friends who want to go a little deeper in finding God’s Calming Presence in their busy everyday. Click on the green “Sign up!” button on the top right of this page to sign up for the newsletter. I will send out the first one very soon and don’t want you to miss out so hurry and sign up today!

What can you do today that will take you out of your comfort zone? - www.thecalmofhispresence.com

As you go through your day today I want to give you this challenge…find something that is out of your comfort zone…do it and see what God teaches you through taking that step out of your comfort zone.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

 

Hi there friends,

I have a couple of questions for you… Are you struggling with your quiet time? Have you been going through the same routine each time you sit down to study God’s Word for so long that you are at a loss as to what you can do differently? Do you desperately want a fresh word from God but don’t know what to do to receive it? Do you cringe at the thought that just maybe your quiet time has become stale?

Well my friend, don’t be discouraged or feel guilty at the thought that your quiet time isn’t exciting & filled with feeling the Presence of God! Please know…YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! I’ve been there and I know many others have been there too and I promise you it doesn’t have to stay that way! It just takes a little bit of thinking outside the box of your normal routine to freshen things up a bit.

As we enter the summer season where kids will be home, embrace the fact that your “normal” routine may be disrupted a bit. Take the change in routine of normal daily life as a chance to shake up your quiet time. If you do, I promise you your time with God will be reignited with a new excitement. As I prepare for a change in  my routine now that the kids are home here are a few ways I will reignite excitement in my quiet time.

9 Ways to Reignite Excitement into your Quiet Time

9 Ways to Reignite Excitement into your Quiet Time

  1. Find a different place to have your quiet time – I normally like to sit in my den with a cup of coffee and have my quiet time but with the kids home it won’t be very quiet. Starting Friday morning I will take my coffee, bible & journal out to the deck for some early morning moments in God’s Word.
  2. Play praise & worship music or instrumental music –  I love to listen to instrumental music like David Nevue on Pandora while reading my Bible or writing in my journal. There are also some days when I just don’t have the time to sit and read or study God’s Word but I have a dog who must get a walk each day :-). On those days when time is tight, I will listen to Christy Nockles, Hillsong or Passion Radio while on my walk.
  3. Look up verses on a specific topic – Is there a specific topic you have been struggling with? Look it up in a concordance and read and study the passages that go with that particular subject.
  4. Pick a person in the Bible and study their life – I am always amazed at how much I learn about myself and God when I do a life study of someone in the Bible. Don’t know where to begin? Hebrews 11 has a great list of Heros of the Faith.
  5. Study a specific book of the Bible – I personally love the books of Ruth, Ephesians and James.
  6. Make a list of ways you have seen God work in your life – I’m going to be totally honest here and tell you there are days when I’m just not feeling it. I am stressed and frustrated and don’t understand why God feels so far away. It’s in those times, when my mind and attitude are not where they need to be, that I have to stop and remind myself of all the ways God has worked in my life. Boy is that an attitude adjustment!
  7. Make a list of thanksgiving – This is yet another way to have a big attitude adjustment! God gives us so much each and everyday. When we stop and thank Him for His gifts our minds and attitudes are reset.
  8. Journal your prayer – Some days I don’t have room for one more thing in my brain. It’s on those days when I feel overwhelmed that I sit down and write out a prayer sharing the concerns with God.
  9. Word Art scripture – Let me start by saying I am not creative or artistic but I have enjoyed dabbling in word art a little over the last year. The great thing about writing out scripture this way is that it helps me memorize God’s Word. I will also take a picture of it with my phone and use it as my screen saver. I love seeing God’s Word each time I pick up my phone.

List of 9 Ways to Reignite Excitement into your Quiet Time

Do you have something you like to do to reignite excitement in your quiet time when it becomes stale? I would love to hear your ideas. You can share them here in the comment section or share on our facebook page.

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In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

Hi there my friend,

Are you struggling today with the calling God placed on your life? Are you a mom who had the epic of mommy fits while trying to get your kids out the door this morning and now your beating yourself up over the words you used? Are you a teacher who finds herself at the end of the school year tired and frustrated. You love the kids you teach but the headaches that go along with all the paperwork and administrative stuff has you questioning if it’s all worth it. Are you a business owner who loves providing a service but the hassle of dealing with clients who are never fully satisfied is beginning to take its toll. Are you a writer who loves to create and encourage others through the words on a page, but you find yourself comparing yourself to those who have a bigger platform and are further along than you are and you wonder if you’re good enough to make a difference.

My friend, I know where you are. I have been discouraged, tired, frustrated & questioned if it’s all worth it. On those days – after my own little pity part of course – I have taken the discouragement, frustration, questions and exhaustion to God and placed it at His feet. As I’ve surrendered the concerns to Him He has given me the encouragement I needed.

Ephesians 2:10 says,

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God has a purpose for you. He called YOU to an area of ministry only you can do. You are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to be…

  • the mother to your children –  to love them, feed them, wipe their tears and kiss their booboos and to raise them to be Godly men and women
  • the teacher to the child who doesn’t have a mom at home to love them and tell them how special they truly are
  • the business owner who stands on Godly principles and models to her employees and clients how to graciously respond to conflict resolution
  • the writer who’s words encourage the specific reader who needed to hear God’s Words through you at the specific time she read them.

God prepared YOU for the calling He placed on your life. Trust Him when you feel discouraged, inadequate, unqualified, unworthy and incapable to make you courageous, sufficient, able, qualified, and capable to carry out the calling He has placed on your life. For God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”, Ephesians 3:20.

When you feel discouraged, inadequate, unqualified, unworthy, incapable trust God to make you courageous, sufficient, able, qualified, capable. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

Today I want to leave you with this prayer as you lay your discouragement at the feet of Christ.

A Prayer for when You

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In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

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