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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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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

It is my joy and my pleasure to welcome my friend, Jacqueline Heider, author of Remind Me to The Calm of His Presence. I met Jacqueline a few years ago as we served together on a team to bring Anne Graham Lotz revival, Just Give Me Jesus to our local area. She describes herself as a “… wife, mom, daughter, friend, women’s ministry leader, writer, speaker, lover of all kinds of food and mmmm … dark chocolate! Piano player, singer (well, sort of), lover of God and His Word, an only child (not spoiled, just loved a lot!), homework helper, cook, baker, sewer (okay, once I sewed something), letter writer, shopper, chauffeur, horseback rider (yes, I really can!), coffee drinker, lover of the ocean, Dancer in the Rain …”. Please welcome my friend Jacqueline Heider.

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Before I tell you a bit about my new Bible study, Remind Me … A guide to remembering HIS attributes in your daily life, I want to say thank you to Mary for welcoming me as a guest post writer on her website. I am honored to write for The Calm of His Presence.

 

It’s quite fitting that I write about Remind Me on a venue that distinguishes itself by the name, The Calm of His Presence, because that is exactly why I am passionate about the character of God. For years studying, praying, and snuggling up with God’s attributes has been a refuge of calm for me. Just thinking about who God is fills me with a peace I can barely describe and always, always when His names and character roll from my tongue, I sense His presence.

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In a nutshell, that is why I wrote Remind Me. For nearly 20 years God has used His character to mold my mind and fortify my soul. I’ll never forget the first time I stepped into a Bible Study Fellowship class and heard our leader, Diane, pray. The way she confidently voiced the attributes of God during her time of praise quickened my heart and immediately I knew that I must learn to pray that way. What assurance, what power, what peace I felt as she prayed.

 

Several years after that first day of BSF, I found myself in a leader’s meeting for the first time. In a reverent, yet familiar, fashion 30 women went to their knees. And then it began—the time of praise.

“Lord, You are holy. You are worthy of all of our worship and praise. You are King of kings and Lord of lords. You are Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You are great and greatly to be praised.”

 

On and on praises rang out, one by one, followed by a time of thanksgiving. I spent the better part of four years on Tuesday mornings at the feet of Jesus like that. And I will tell you with every ounce of truth, that our BSF prayer time was the best part of my Tuesdays.

 

Little did I know that many years later those attributes that I, along with others, prayed would be as a lifeline to me. I found myself in a season when all I could do was hang on to who I knew God to be.

 

My baby girl laid stock-still on the floor, barely able to breath on her own, and I—I could do nothing—nothing but call out to God. So out came the names, the attributes, and the promises. They came out because that was all that would come out. Hearing the sirens in the background, the commotion around her, all I could manage was, “God help my baby. You are … all Powerful. You are her Healer. You are her Strength. You are a Rock, a Refuge, a Fortress for the weak. Help my baby.”

 

God and all the power of Heaven did help my baby that day and I found myself grateful—grateful for all those years of learning, praying, and praising. Grateful that God would, by His matchless power, intervene on her behalf.

 

That’s not the only time God’s attributes have been a lifeline for me. Every time I pray in desperation, His names, His character, and the calm of His presence are there in the midst of my remembrance of who He is. Praying His character honors God and reminds me. Praying His character reminds me of who He is and what He can do. And every time, I gain a glimpse of God’s glory and feel His presence envelope me.

 

As you look to God and His unfailing character, my hope is that you will catch the same glimpse of His glory that I do every time I think about who God is and that in doing so, you are ushered into the calm of His presence.

His name is a strong tower.

 

His name is a refuge for the weary.

 

His name is a shelter in the storm.

 

His name is peace in turmoil.

 

His name is joy in grief.

 

His name calms my weary soul and ushers me into His presence.

 

There is no other name under heaven and earth so great as our God!

 

If you’d like to catch a glimpse of God’s glory and explore His attributes along with me, I encourage you to order your copy of Remind Me, here. (jacquelineheider.com/shop)

 

Many blessings to you friend,

 

Jacqueline Heider

 

 

 

 

Hi there friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday. I’m super excited to share with you 4 ways today’s Friday Favorite has changed my home.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

Do you set the mood in your home by lighting a candle? Do you battle the dingy, sweaty odor of sports loving boys or the smell of your beloved family pet by spraying or plugging in an air freshener? Do you forget to move the laundry from the washing machine to the dryer and end up with musty, foul smelling laundry?

If you answered yes to one or all of these I have the perfect thing for you to try today.

I love candles. I love the warmth and scent they add to a room. Most days used to find me lighting a candle in the morning and burning it all day. But I ran into a problem when I needed to trim the budget a bit. It was then that I realized how much I was spending on candles. Ouch…I never paid attention to how quickly I spent my shopping budget on candles.

My son loves playing baseball, but oh boy – the odor of his cleats, sweaty uniform and equipment bag – make his room smell something awful. And our loveable dog that doesn’t know she’s a dog…definitely smells like a dog. The air fresheners couldn’t get rid of the odor and would compete with the candles.

I can honestly say, I’m embarrassed at how many times I forget to change out my laundry because I’m busy doing other things on my to-do list. The odor of my clothes means I have to wash them again but often times the musty odor doesn’t go away.

All of these things frustrated me until my sister shared with me how Young Living Essential Oils could help me. I honestly turned my nose up at Essential Oils. But one day when I was visiting her, I noticed the clean fresh scent of her home. I asked her what candle she was burning and she told me it wasn’t a candle but some essential oils she was diffusing.

At that point I knew I had to try oils and I’ve been hooked ever since. Diffusing Essential Oils has saved me money and given me so many more options for scents in my home. What started out as a way to set the mood in my home with Essential Oils has led to me finding other uses around the home for oils.

4 Ways to use Essential Oils in the Home

  1. Place a few drops of Purification on wool balls while drying to help laundry smell clean and fresh.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

 

2. Need a pick-me-up for a lighthearted & energetic morning workout or a calm & relaxing mood while paying bills? Change up the oils in the diffuser.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

3. Thieves Cleaner can be used for cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, & windows.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

4. Diffuse Purification with another oil like lemon to help get rid of the odor from sweaty sports equipment or a beloved family.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

I love finding new ways to use Essential Oils in my home. Do you have good tips for using Essential Oils in the home? Share them with us in the comments below. If you would like to know how you can begin using Essential Oils click on this link to know more about them or contact me by clicking on the contact link above.

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.Please read the full disclaimer here.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

 

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Are you stressed wondering what to get the special Mom in your life for her special day? Well stay calm and don’t stress! I have the perfect idea for you. This gift will have her thinking you are a Rock Star or at the very least she’ll be ready to take you along with her for a little summer fun at the pool or beach. Who doesn’t love a day at the pool or beach?

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Mother’s Day Gifts that will make her summer ~ www.thecalmofhispresence.com

Follow these simple ideas and Mother’s Day Gift shopping will be a breeze.

  1. Start with a beach tote. I love this one from Amazon. Find one that you know she would love and start there.

2. Find her a good book to read by the pool or while she has her feet in the sand. I have read all of these books and highly recommend each one of them.

Brazen~ The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding by Leeana Tankersley

Brazen is the first book I’ve read by Leeana Tankersley and I loved it. It is the perfect book for a woman or young lady who wants to unashamedly be the woman God created her to be. In Brazen, Leeana shares her journey of finding herself and becoming comfortable in her own skin. “Who you are is a human – loved, worthy, and becoming. Who you are is a woman created by God to be and to do something unique. Who you are, deep down, is brazen.” Leeanna Tankersley

The Mother Letters ~ Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope by Amber C Haines and Seth Haines

The Mother Letters is the perfect gift of encouragement to give a mother near and dear to your heart. Seth Haines put this collection of letters together for his wife Amber to encourage her in her journey. The Mother Letters is filled with letters of encouragement from mothers all over the world who share the laughter, joy, struggle and hope of their motherhood journey. Mother’s contributing words of wisdom include Jessica Turner, Kristen Welch, Lisa-Jo Baker, Mary Carver, Robin Dance and Sarah Bessey. If the mom in your life needs encouragement this is the perfect book to give her for Mother’s Day.

Curious Faith ~ Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility by Logan Wolfram

I shared my review of Curious Faith in an earlier blog post. You can read more about it here but I have to tell you again, I absolutely loved this book! I slowly inhaled it as I found my curiosity in my journey with God all over again. This will be a book I will pick up often and read back through.

3. Pick up a journal or notepad for her to capture summer memories or quick grocery lists. DaySpring has some wonderful journals & notecards. Use the code 25SAVE now through June 30th to receive $25 off any $75 order + free shipping.

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And oh my goodness this tumbler from Yeti is on my list for summer! My sister, Ruth at By Oily Design, has one of these and she says she takes it EVERYWHERE! This will be perfect to take to the pool or beach! Any mom would love to have a tumbler like this one from Yeti as she sits poolside or toes in the sand this summer.

4. And while you are getting the special Mom in your life ready for summer, you can’t have summer without t-shirts, flip-flops, beach towels. Simply Southern shirts are perfect for any summer day. There are so many to choose from but I LOVE  this one.

And these flip-flops from Kate Spade are adorable.

Here are a few other ideas that Mom would love.

For the outdoor lover:

  • Garden string lights to add ambiance
  • Potted blooming flowers
  • Pretty cushions for her deck chairs
  • Fire pit to enjoy the spring evenings with friends and family

For the movie lover:

  • Find a neat container and fill it with…
  • A copy of her favorite movie
  • Popcorn or her favorite candy or chocolate
  • Favorite beverage

For the coffee lover:

  • Find a neat container and fill it with…
  • Her favorite coffee
  • A pretty mug
  • Special creamer

So if you’re at a loss of what to get the special mom in your life; a beach tote filled with a good book, journal, tumbler, t-shirt & flip-flops would be perfect.

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In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

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