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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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I know I haven’t been around for a while. I thought when God gave me the word Thrive for this year that meant he would be growing my writing ministry here but it turns out He wanted me to Thrive at home with my family. So that’s where I have been taking care of my family, spending more time focused on the ministry he has called me to at home. I promise when God leads me, I will be back here.  Today I wanted to share with you part of a guest post I am sharing on Jessica Hoover’s blog. I would love for you to visit her to read more.


I’m the mom who sits in the stands cheering while my son plays ball with your son.

I’m the mom who quietly sits on the top row of bleachers watching my daughter in a gym full of girls practicing their gymnastics routine.

I’m the mom who tucks a stray strand of hair in my daughter’s bun before her dance routine.

I’m the mom who beams with pride when my son finally breaks out of the batting slump he’s battled.

I’m the mom who has to give my daughter pep talks to get her to go to gymnastics each day.

I’m the mom who tells my daughter, “if you forget the steps don’t worry just keep smiling and you will do great”.

I’m the mom who has to be the biggest encourager and cheerleader for my kids because…

to read more visit Jess at her site Jessica Leigh Hoover

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

Every summer my husband & I spend time at the beach with our kids. We spend many hours watching the kids build sandcastles, skim board & body surf the waves.

My favorite “activity” is sitting in a beach chair at the edge of the surf watching the waves roll in. I love the sound of the waves breaking & the feel of the sand as it shifts beneath my feet when the tide ebbs back into the ocean. I’m at peace and all is well.

But there are times when my kids & husband beckon me to join them out among the breaking waves. When they do I slowly make my way out through the surf. With each step I take, the water is deeper and the waves break a little harder. I brace myself and turn my head to keep the wave from splashing in my face. Before long I begin to jump over each wave, treading water as I ride the wave out. (I’m not a very tall person & my vertical is certainly not basketball worthy) so there are times I don’t jump quite high enough and I find myself overtaken by the wave. Once I’m overtaken by one wave I have a hard time regaining my footing and wave after wave breaks over my head. Once I recover from the flailing I’m ready to make my way in to the safety of the surf where the waves aren’t crashing over me and I can rest comfortably.

This past week I was reminded of this scene as life and issues began to overtake me just as the waves in the ocean sometimes do. I could feel the waves of issues begin to batter me around and knew I didn’t have much more strength to jump high enough to ride them out. In that moment all I wanted to do was turn around and run back to shore. The only problem was there was no shore to run back to. I was caught in the raging ocean of life flailing under the waves breaking over me.

And in that moment God reached His hand down to me and pulled me up over the waves. His hand…it wasn’t a physical hand… it was the Word of God. As I flailed and gasped for breath under the stress and strain of life I clung tightly to His Word and in it He reminded me that He was right there with me like Jesus was with Peter when Peter began sinking in the water.

In Matthew 14:22-34 Jesus walks out on water to the disciples who were on a boat in the middle of the water. The disciples were afraid because they new it wasn’t possible for someone to walk on water so in their mind it had to be a ghost. Jesus said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter responded with, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water” and Jesus said, “Come”. So Peter stepped out of the boat and walked out to Jesus.

But it wasn’t long before Peter was distracted and began paying attention to the wind & waves. When he took his eyes off Jesus he began to sink & the waves began to break around him. Then Peter looked up at Jesus and cried out, “Lord, save me”.

(Oh boy do I love this next part!!) Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt.”

Peter became distracted by the waves and wind around him and when he took his eyes off Jesus, what happened? He began to sink. But Jesus in His loving, protecting way reached down, caught him and pulled Peter out of the water.

Oh how I love that!! This week as life and issues began to overtake me I became distracted by the wave after wave of stress to the point I felt as if I was drowning in the waves. But I remembered where my focus needed to be so I opened God’s Word and spent time in prayer crying out for the Lord to save me from the waves.

I would be lying if I told you the waves stopped coming but what I will tell you is that although life is still hard, I am holding tight to God’s hand and His Word. And as my focus is on Him he is holding me above the waves.

So my sweet friends, are the waves of life tossing you around? Have you lost the strength to jump over the waves? Take time today to cry out to God and reach for His hand. Spend time in His Word and focus on Him and He will give you the strength to stand up to the waves.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

 I wanted to share a verse with you God gave me this week.

Fall Color at South Carolina State Parks and golf courses

This weekend the gray days of cold wet rain broke for a brief moment to give us a beautiful warm sunny Saturday. Despite being a little under-the-weather I took my daughter up on her invitation to go for a walk. We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day walking with our dog Greta to the park and a nearby duck pond. By the time we reached the duck pond I was tired and ready to go home and lay down but Caroline was intent on touching the ducks. So she sat on the back of her bike and waited for the ducks to make their way slowly through the water to the edge of the pond.


While watching her, memories of earlier days standing on the edge of the pond flooded my mind – afternoon play dates with little friends, toddlers pushing themselves along the path on their riding toys, sharing breadcrumbs with the ducks while eating picnic lunches, scooter & bike with training wheels races – and then as quickly as the memories came I was reminded about some of the very real “talks” we’ve had with the kids lately. These are “talks” I knew we would eventually need to have with them but I knew I would never be totally ready for them.

I have heard it said, “enjoy the days when your kids are young because they grow up faster than you think”. Oh how true that statement is!! As a mom I worry about and want so much for my kids.

I want them to grow up to be successful, happy, joy-filled, loving, honest, courageous adults. This world has its view of Thriving but I don’t want them to Thrive in the world’s eyes, I want them to Thrive in God’s eyes.

In order for them to Thrive in God’s eyes I must be intentional in how I raise them both in action and in words. I must live out a life that they will want to follow.

I can live a life that shows them the right choices to make and give them advice to help them but I can’t make them make the right choices. It is through the power of prayer where God will work in their hearts to be confident, courageous, walk in God’s Truth, and make the right choice of friends.

Last year I shared several posts with verses to pray over your children. Today I am excited to share with you a printable with many of those verses. My sister, Ruth who is my website guru made this printable for me to share with you. You may follow this link to the printable Prayer for our Children or click on the Resources tab at the top of the page and then click on Freebies. I would love for you to print it and slip it in your Bible to use as you pray for your children.

Is there a specific prayer for your child you would like me to join you in praying for? You can email me by clicking on the contact link at the top or leave a comment in the section below or on The Calm Of His Presence facebook page. I would be honored to join you in praying for your child.


In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

For well over a month now I have walked past my computer wanting to sit down and type out the words God was laying on my heart but when faced with computer issues, flu, pneumonia & adding 1 more to my taxi service because of a wreck the luxury of sitting and writing just wasn’t there, because yes, in this season of life sitting down and writing is a luxury for me.

After a busy day of cleaning, cooking, laundry, running errands, playing taxi, leading bible study, volunteering & many other things I recharge by filling a blank page with the words God is laying on my heart.

Sometimes the blank page is a white computer screen with a black cursor waiting to move along while other times it’s my “Thanks Giving” journal, my Bible study journal or my Prayer journal.

But over the last month the computer screen, and most of my journals have been left blank. I’ve learned that there are seasons of life when my conversations with God become heart conversations meant only for the two of us.

I’ve slipped quiet prayers to God in the middle of the night as I’ve prayed for healing for my family as they battled flu & pneumonia. I’ve rejoiced spontaneously when I saw my husband standing, only bruised, next to his wrecked car. I’ve spoken morning prayers over my kids as I drove them to school. And I’ve whispered words of “Lord, help me patiently wait until you give me the time to write again”.

This time of heart conversations with God has been frustrating at times, as I’ve had to learn to patiently wait on Him. It’s also been hard, as He has revealed some things I’ve had to work on.

When God gave me the word THRIVE for this year I imagined a year of active progress in His plans for my life. But, that was my agenda-not His. I realized that sometimes in order for me to Thrive as God wants me to He has to pull me back to a conversation only between the two of us and unfortunately it took keeping me in the road to take my focus off of my agenda.

Fall Color at South Carolina State Parks and golf courses

It is in those quiet heart conversations where He is teaching me to Thrive.

So my friends, while God is still teaching me to Thrive; my computer issues are fixed, my kids & husband are well and life is opening up again to give me a chance to write.

I hope you will join me next week as I share something with you that I have wanted to give you for a while.

Until then, does God want to have a heart conversation with you? What does He have to do to get your attention?

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

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