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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 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? -

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.

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.


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.


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. (


Many blessings to you friend,


Jacqueline Heider





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