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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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We are just a little over 3 months away from Christmas! Can you believe it. Where I live fall hasn’t even shown up yet.

I must confess I have this really big problem. It’s called procrastination and it’s especially bad at Christmas. Every year I vow to do a better job of getting my Christmas shopping done early but every year I am scrambling at the last minute to find gifts for teachers, family & friends. This year I WILL do better!

Today I will  cross the first purchases off my list with the help of DaySpring. Their Christmas preview is going on now. Who can you cross of your Christmas list? Take a look at the links below to find some great deals.

Gift Sets- Starting at $8.99!

Do you have a friend, daughter, sister, niece or granddaughter who needs to know she is not alone in Motherhood? Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker is the perfect book to let her know she is not alone. Surprised by Motherhood is on sale for $20.99.

 

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Christmas Preview 2014!

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For today only this Love Came Down mug is on a flash sale on the Christmas Preview 2014! for just $5.oo!! This would be perfect for anyone on your Christmas list from teachers, friends, co-workers, neighbors. Stock up today and save.

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Take a look at some of the other great items on the Christmas Preview 2014! .

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Do you need new stockings? I LOVE these chevron patterned stockings! I wouldn’t wait because these great items might not last long. Go to the Christmas Preview 2014! to get yours today.

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In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

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David said unto him:

“I saw the Lord always before me.

Because he is at my right hand,

I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

my body also will live in hope,

because you will not abandon me to the grave,

nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence.”

Acts 2: 25-28

Sweet Sister do you find yourself discouraged, depressed & alone? Are you struggling with feeling God’s Presence? Is your pathway unclear?

Please know that you are never alone. God is always with you, in His Presence you will be filled with joy.

And when you are unsure of the path to take … put one foot in front of the other and take one more step. God will reveal his path for your life in His time.

How may I pray for you today?

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

  • CindySeptember 16, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    I needed this God Word today! Blessings!ReplyCancel

    • Mary@thecalmofhispresenceSeptember 16, 2014 - 3:13 pm

      Cindy I am so glad God gave you what you needed today!ReplyCancel

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I sit in tears as I listen to the bell ring for a moment of silence in honor of Flight 175 that ran into the second World Trade Center tower.

A daughter…

A sister…

A son…

A husband…

A wife…

A mother…

A father…

all read names of loved ones lost in an act of hatred, anger, evil and terror.

I remember where I was on that morning 13 years ago and I remember the fear that ran through my soul as I watched the events unfold on the screen before me.

I worked as a critical care nurse and was in the middle of a procedure to help save the life of the patient laying before me.

In that moment I was keenly aware of how precious life is. My heart cried out for each mom, dad, son, daughter, and friend whose life was lost.

In the moment they died did they meet a loving savior with arms wide open ready to welcome them for all eternity or did they pass into an eternity of the darkness of hell?

When faced with life and death each day it is very easy to remember our lives are short and can be taken away at any moment. But God has moved me out of critical care nursing to stay home and raise my children and now that I am no longer faced with the reality of death each day I forget how short life is.

I quickly become focused on the immediate tasks before me – laundry, cleaning, cooking, getting the kids to school on time, homework, and after-school activities. I have my comfort zone and as long as I am in my comfort zone life is good. When someone messes with my comfort zone I become unhappy. I fuss. I argue. I complain.

It is on a day like today when I am reminded LIFE IS NOT ABOUT ME and sweet sisters LIFE ISN’T ABOUT YOU EITHER. LIFE IS ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE TO THE SAVING GRACE OF GOD.

My comfort zone, your comfort zone our comfort zones are not what’s important. Allowing God to move us out of our comfort zones to share His Love and His Grace is what’s important.

You and I may not work in critical care but each and everyday we are faced with life and death. There are people around us who are lost. They don’t know the Saving Grace of God and we have the opportunity to share God’s love with them.

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As I listen to the names read at the 9/11 Ceremony my prayer is that God will move me out of my comfort zone to reach the lost for Him. I pray that as I go about my day-to-day activities I will allow Him to change my to-do list so that I can reach the lost for Him.

There is a mother, daughter, father, son, and friend who need to be saved today. What will you do today to move out of your comfort zone to save a life for Christ today?

Lord help us to remember life isn’t about our comfort zones but life is about reaching the lost all around us. Help us see where you are at work around us and join you in that work. And Lord when we become overwhelmed and frustrated with an interrupted to-do list help us to Stop, Breathe & Pray for your strength to move us out of our comfort zones. In Your Name I Pray, Amen.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

This post is part of the Revell Reads blog tour for What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days by Holley Gerth. I received a copy of the book to review. All opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links may be present in this post.

Have you ever felt like you’re not enough or that it’s not ok to cry or that what you’re doing or going through has no purpose? Are you in a difficult season, wondering how in the world you are going to make it through? Do you wonder if anyone really cares or understands the hard days?

Well my friend, rest assured God knows and He understands and is with you every step of the way.

In her newest devotion book What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To“>, Holley Gerth takes a walk through the book of Psalms where she tackles some of the difficult issues we face in devotions like, “God Doesn’t Want You to Try So Hard”, “God Notices When You Cry” and “God is Preparing You”.

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“In this uplifting book, Holley Gerth invites you to be filled with the strength, peace, and joy that come from God’s promises. Each of the 52 devotions based on the Psalms will help you remember that God is good and we’re all in this together.”

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To“>is perfect to read during your quiet time each morning or give to a friend who is going through hard days. You can purchase What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To“> from Amazon, Dayspring and many other retailers.


Starting Monday Sept 8 Holley will be leading a study through What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days on facebook. Go to Holley’s website to find out more about her book and the study.

Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You’re Already AmazingYou’re Made for a God-Sized Dream,Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream, and You’re Going to Be Okay. She’s also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Learn more atwww.holleygerth.com.

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