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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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Let’s face it…life is sometimes down right hard…children break our heart, marriages fail, friendships end, coworkers back-stab, the bank statement says there’s only dollars left and the month still has a week to go and cars leave you stranded. Difficulties and heartbreak are all part of life but that doesn’t make it easier to deal with the hurt and pain. Often times we feel as if no one sees or understands the heartache and frustration we feel but my friends that’s where we are wrong.

You see, God loved us so much He sent His Son to die on the Cross for us so that we would know eternal life with Him in Heaven. Jesus’ death on the Cross meant He took ALL of our pain, hurt, anger, and sin upon His shoulders. Imagine with me how hard it was for God to watch His Beloved Son beaten and nailed to the Cross, innocent but willing to die for us? It breaks my heart to imagine the heartache God felt. But here’s the thing, it’s not just my sins Jesus took upon himself it was yours and everyone else.

Let’s think on that for a moment. Jesus took each one of our sins upon Himself which means He can handle anything we place on him now. When we think we are all alone in our frustrations, struggles, heartache, loneliness, and uncertainty Jesus’ actions tell us we are not alone. In Deuteronomy 31:6 God’s Word tells us we are not alone, “For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

But my friend I have to be completely honest with you. There was a time when I thought I was the exception to the truth that God had time for little ‘ole me. My mindset was if He has all these people to be concerned about there’s no way he cares about me or has time for my issues and concerns.

What it really boiled down to was the fact that while I “thought” He didn’t have time for me, the truth was, I didn’t make the time for Him. I had every excuse in the book…I’m too busy, my problems aren’t big enough compared to the other issues in the world, I’m just a stay at home mom I’m not important enough. All of those excuses were rubbish.

Those excuses covered up for the fact that I didn’t know how to go to God with my frustrations, struggles, heartache, loneliness, and uncertainty. While he went before me and sent His Son to the Cross I didn’t know how to take my struggles to the Cross of Christ. So the question is, “How do we take our issues and concerns to the Cross of Christ?” Well my friend that is what we are going to spend the next month talking about here on The Calm of His Presence. Through our series called At The Cross you will gain the tools you need to take your worries and heartache to the Cross of Christ. I promise it’s not hard. Sometimes it just takes a friend coming alongside you and giving you permission to take a few minutes to sit quietly with your Bible, pen and journal and handing those worries over to Him.

Will you join me for At The Cross? I hope you will! I will be back on Monday with more detail. Until then please know I am praying for you my friend. Have a blessed weekend.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

This series At The Cross is part of the Write 31 Days series. Write 31 Days is an online writing challenge hosted by Crystal Stine where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in October. Click here to see all the posts in the series At The Cross.

 

 

 

 

“For many months I sat down on Friday morning, took a deep breath and allowed myself the freedom to write for 5 minutes without the stress of editing. My Five Minute Friday times of writing were like breaths of fresh air, moments when I grew more than I could have imagined. I learned how to allow my thoughts to move out”For many months I sat down on Friday morning, took a deep breath and allowed myself the freedom to write for 5 minutes without the stress of editing. My Five Minute Friday times of writing were like breaths of fresh air, moments when I grew more than I could have imagined. I learned how to allow my thoughts to move out into the world without being absolutely perfect. When I stress over editing I begin to lose my voice, Five Minute Friday helped me find my voice. I will forever be grateful for those five minutes.” my words in Five Minute Friday


I suppose growing up there was always a writer deep within me. In quiet moments, alone in my room I penned words to a short story that was never completed. Never completed because of fear of imperfection, judgement and not being good enough. So instead, I wrote quietly in journals and diaries intended for my eyes only.

But a few years ago God called me away from the hospital bedside where I cared for critically ill patients to the home to care for my family. During that time at home He slowly developed a new path in Women’s Ministry. Part of the path He planned for me involved writing. As I began writing, the old fears of imperfection, judgement and not being good enough resurfaced. That fear paralyzed my writing. I struggled with insecurity, doubt and discouragement that God would be able to use me.

That’s when I stumbled upon Five Minute Friday and God slowly – 5 minutes at a time – began changing my thoughts from fear, doubt and insecurity to those of courage, faith and confidence. The small, quiet moments each Friday morning as I silenced my inner critic and wrote what God laid on my heart gave me the freedom to find the voice He knew I always had inside of me. I just needed to feel confident enough to share it.

Today I am beyond thrilled to share with you the Five Minute Friday book. “Every Friday for years, hundreds of people have joined an online writing flash mob called Five Minute Friday – a community of word lovers who throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right. These are their stories. One shared prompt. Five unedited minutes.”

In 2011 Lisa-Jo Baker began Five Minute Friday where writers sat for 5 minutes writing to a one word prompt. Today Kate Motaung hosts the “flash mob” of writers on her blog. And now Susan Shipe has collected 150 of those 5 minute blog posts into a book for everyone to enjoy.

In Five Minute Friday you will find my words from the prompt “Tree”. Even today – 3 years after writing them – these words bring tears to my eyes as I remember one of the most incredible moments of my life with my daughter. I would love for you to experience those words from me and 149 other writers who bare their souls. Click on the link below to purchase your copy of the Five Minute Friday book. When you purchase a copy of Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to The Vine School and Take Action in South Africa.

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At the time I was writing in those small, quiet moments God was quietly building a ministry deep within me. What is God doing in the seemingly quiet moments of your life?

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

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Hi there my friends,

In Luke 6:48,49 we read “He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was compete.”

When my husband and I first knew we were going to be married we made the commitment to build our marriage on a strong foundation. Neither one of us came from a home with strong marriages. While we didn’t have good examples modeled for us, we knew where to turn for the wisdom we needed to build our own strong marriage. We knew through God’s Word, prayer, open communication and unconditional love for each other we could build a marriage that was strong enough to withstand any storm that came our way.

After 18 years of marriage we are stronger now than we have ever been. Has it been an easy walk in the park? Not always, there have been days when we were extremely frustrated with each other, hurt and angry but through standing firm in God’s Word, faithfully praying for each other, keeping the lines of communication open and granting unconditional love we have made it through the dark storms of our life together.

This week we are focusing on praying for our marriage. Prayer builds a foundation nothing can destroy. When you pray the word of God over your marriage you cover it with the armor of God’s protection. This armor will give you the strength and stamina you need to make it through the attacks and storms that attempt to ravage your marriage.

Will you join me and pray God’s protection over your marriage?

Morning Prayers Week 3 ~ Prayer for Marriage

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Dear Lord this week as we focus on praying for our marriages may they be a place where the fruit of your Spirit is evident. May we remember that love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1Corinthians 13:7,8 Lord gives us eyes that stay focused on your Truth as we seek to love our spouse in the way you lead. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #morningprayer #fruitofthespirit #prayerformarriage #loveneverfails

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Lord you tell us one of the fruit of the Spirit is joy. As we seek to display the fruit of the Spirit within our marriages help us to foster joy in the heart of our spouse by speaking kind words, sharing a loving smile and gentle embrace. In Your Name We Pray, Amen! #inhiscalm #morningprayer #fruitofthespirit #prayerformarriage #countitalljoy

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Dear Lord as we seek to bear the fruit of your Spirit in our marriages give us unfailing love for our spouse. May truth reign in our relationships so that blessings and peace will be abundant. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #morningprayer #fruitofthespirit #prayerformarriage #unfailinglove

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Dear Lord give me a humble and gentle heart towards my husband today. When things don’t go as I want or think they should give me patience to take a step back and show him love. In Your Name I Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #morningprayer #fruitofthespirit #prayerformarriage #prayerformyhusband

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Dear Lord as I begin my day help me first clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness & patience. May my husband experience your gentleness & kindness in all that I do. In Your Name I Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #morningprayer #fruitofthespirit #prayerformarriage

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Dear Lord thank you for giving us the gift of love within the sanctity of marriage. I pray you will keep us forever mindful of our vows to love, honor and cherish each other as long as we both shall live. Keep us faithful to you and each other. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #morningprayer #fruitofthespirit #prayerformarriage #prayerformyhusband #sanctityofmarriage

Here on the blog I am posting the morning prayers a week or so later than I am on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to follow along each Monday – Friday join me on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. If you have missed the last 2 weeks of Morning Prayers and would like to join us in prayer for teachers and students click on the links below.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

Hi there my friends,

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In week 2 of Morning Prayers we are praying for our students. Each year as we prepare for the school year I am reminded all over again how incredibly important it is to pray for our children. I hope you will join me as you pray for your children.

Here on the blog I am posting the morning prayers a week or so later than I am on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to follow along each Monday – Friday join me on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter.

Have a blessed weekend my friends.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

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Dear Lord as our kids prepare for school today may they put on Your Armor…the belt of truth buckled around their waist, the breastplate of righteousness in place, feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit. Protect them, guide them, strengthen them throughout the day. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #morningprayer #backtoschool #prayerforstudents

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Dear Lord thank you that you know each one of us so intimately. When we are discouraged and left feeling unworthy and unloved remind us of your deep love for us from before the time we were born. Help us feel your love as we travel unknown paths today. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #backtoschool #morningprayer #prayerforstudents

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Dear Lord as our kids return to school, help them feel your presence. When they feel alone and discouraged-encourage them and show them they are never alone-because you are always with them, holding them every step of the way. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #prayerforstudents #inhiscalm #morningprayer #backtoschool

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Dear Lord when our children feel left out and alone may they know they are chosen and loved by You. May they know You called them out of darkness into Your glorious light. In Your Name We Pray, Amen. #inhiscalm #morningprayer #backtoschool #prayerforstudents

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