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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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Today I want to begin telling you a story. As I’m telling you this story it’s snowing outside and I’m enjoying a steaming cup of coffee with a fire crackling and instrumental music playing in the background. I picture you with a cup of coffee or hot tea, curled up with a blanket enjoying your winter weather or maybe you are sitting in carline with your heater on trying to stay warm or you’re taking a quick break from work. Wherever you are I invite you to sit with me for a few minutes.

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Unlike today, the sun cast itself high in the noontime sky. The heat cast by the brilliant glow caused surfaces to be hot to the touch. While the dusty streets were deserted as the townspeople sought cool refuge in the shadows, there was one woman who dared brave the unbearable heat of the day. Yes, the sweat dripped from her brow and her dress began to stick a little from the drops of water trickling down her back, but she knew this was the only time she could go to the well to draw water. You see, she was an outcast of mixed race and the man she was currently involved with was not her husband. This was not acceptable behavior which meant she was not welcome at the well during the best times to draw water.

As she approached the well she saw a man and hoped she could quietly retrieve her water and be on her way like any ordinary day. But today was no ordinary day, for today she had a divine appointment that would change her life forever. What this man asked as she began drawing water startled her because he was a Jewish man and she was a Samaritan woman. The Jews despised the Samaritans and did whatever they could to avoid the Samaritans. However this man was no regular Jewish man, this man was Jesus and while He could have chosen to go around Samaria to Galilee he chose to go through Samaria because He had a divine appointment with the woman at the well. 

 

My friends we are going to continue our story next week but today as we sit together I want to ask you a question. Do you spend time with Jesus daily? Do you take a seat beside Him at the well studying His Word and talking with Him in prayer? Just like Jesus had a divine appointment with the Samaritan woman he also has a divine appointment to meet with you. No matter your background or how unworthy you believe you are He wants to have a relationship with you. The way to have this relationship is to spend time with Him in His Word and in prayer.

This week I want you to take a look at your schedule and find a time that you can set aside to meet with Jesus – morning, noon or night whatever works best for you.

Next week we will continue our story of the woman at the well but as we close today I want to leave with a prayer.

Dear Lord, Just as the woman at the well had a divine appointment with you, I also have a divine appointment with you. Lord help me set time aside with you as a priority. Give me a heart that seeks after you, ears to hear your Word and a mind to believe your truths.  In Your Name I Pray, Amen.

In His Calm,

Hi there friends,

I hope this post finds you settled into your routine for 2018. It may have taken my family a little while but we are now fully settled into our schedules. While things have been quiet here on the blog, it doesn’t mean God hasn’t been working in the background. I look forward to sharing with you the many ways God is at work as soon as details are nailed down. To make sure you are kept in the know make sure to click the “SIGN UP” button in the top right corner to subscribe to my email list.

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How many of you make New Year’s Resolutions, goals or choose a word or verse to focus on for the year? I have never been one to stick to a New Year’s Resolution but a number of years ago I began choosing a word or verse to focus on for the year. This helped me keep my eyes and mind focused on God’s direction for my life and what He wanted to do within me that particular year rather than what I wanted.

If you’ve been around The Calm of His Presence in the past year you know our focus has been on Tending our Pasture. We have discussed what it looks like to tend the pasture within our 4 walls, beyond our 4 walls and outside of our comfort zone. Towards the end of 2017 I shared at a couple of  ladies events what it looks like to Tend our Pastures. While praying for, and listening to God’s direction for 2018, I sensed God telling me He isn’t finished working through the Tending my Pasture theme in my life and here on the blog. So, my friends I hope you aren’t disappointed but you are going to be hearing & learning more about tending the pasture God has given you during 2018.

This year we are going to start by working through the question, “What does it look like to Tend my Personal Pasture?” through the discussion of Soul Care and Self Care.

Let me ask you a few questions…

How is your relationship with God? Do you spend time in His Word? How would you describe your prayer life? Are you actively seeking to follow God’s direction for your life or are you passively going about your life hoping you’re making the right choices? Do you have a time set aside where you meet with other believers for small group Bible Study or corporate Worship?

When it comes to taking care of yourself physically and emotionally, do you put everyone else in your life first? Do you take time to recharge your body through proper rest? Do you set aside time for exercise? What do you put in your body on a daily basis? Do you choose the quickest bag of chips you can grab out of the pantry or do you take a few extra minutes to find something health? What activity do you enjoy in your free time?

These are all questions we are going to discuss as we examine what it looks like to tend our personal pasture through Soul Care and Self Care. I hope you will join us next week as we begin looking at Tending our Pastures through Soul Care. I will be sharing more on Facebook over the next few weeks.  Before you go, “Like” The Calm of His Presence Facebook page to join the discussion. Until next week…

In His Calm,

I know God has a place for me to serve Him but I don’t know how to narrow down the many opportunities before me.

I’m overwhelmed with the personal responsibilities before me while trying to finding time to serve God.

I feel guilty taking time away from my family to serve God.

I don’t know how to prioritize the needs and expectations of others while being available to serve God.

Do any of the statements above describe you? If they do, I want you to know are not alone. Over the last several years I have felt them at some point in time or other. I often hear women express frustration over their struggles with balancing the responsibilities of being a mom and wife, caring for aging parents, working, and serving God.

Today I want to share with you 3 tips on how to determine where God wants you to serve and how to juggle your responsibilities and serving God.

Step 1 – Stop, Breathe and Pray

It’s very easy to fill your to-do list with so much you become overwhelmed and find your head spinning from trying to decided what to do next. My friend will you do something for me? When you find yourself and your mind reeling from overload I want you to stop right where you are and take a deep breath. As you take a deep breath ask God to settle your mind and help you focus on the most important item on your list. Taking this step will help you refocus your thoughts on what’s most important.

Step 2 – God has called you to tend a specific Pasture.

If you’ve been around The Calm of His Presence much this year you know I have written a lot on the subject of Tending the Pasture God gives us. Tending my Pasture came out of a need for me to focus on the areas where God wants me to serve. I struggled with knowing that God has called me into ministry and desperately wanting to follow God in that calling but also knowing I have a family I love and want/need to care for, friends I want to help and a local Church I want to serve in. I frequently found myself unable to act because I didn’t know where to start.

Now, when I find myself in this situation I ask 3 questions.

  1. What are my priorities within my 4 walls? Is there something I need to be doing right now to care for or bless my family?
  2. How can I serve/bless those I come in contact with on a daily basis?
  3. How is God asking me to serve outside of my comfort zone?

Step 3 – It’s ok to say NO

As women we don’t like to tell people no. Those of us who are people pleasers are more afraid of disappointing someone than maintaining a healthy balance which in turn ends up draining the life right out of us. Friends it’s time we give ourselves permission to say no to things that aren’t life giving to us. We can’t be all things to all people. I want you to promise me you will start working on saying no. It isn’t easy but if you keep in mind what gives you life and what drains life it will make it much easier to tell someone no. Saying no and creating margin in your life will give you the freedom to tend the pasture God has given you.

Today’s post was just a touch of how to focus on Tending the Pasture God gives us. If you would like more help in determining the Pasture God has given you fill out the form below and  the Tending my Pasture Checklist will be sent to you. This check list will help you determine your priorities in 4 areas – your personal pasture, within your 4 walls, outside your 4 walls and outside your comfort zone.

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 In His Calm,

 

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Hi there friends,

It’s that time of year again when we start preparing to send the kids back to school. We spend mornings jotting down back to school shopping lists. In the afternoons we navigate isles filled with notebooks, folders, paper and pencils and help our kids pick out the perfect pair of shoes to go with the first day of school outfit.  All while desperately holding on to the last few days of freedom from early morning alarms and schedules.

While you are helping your kids make the transition to new friends, new schedules and homework I want to give you a gift. This gift will help undergird them in the confidence they need to have a successful school year. I have created a printable with verses to pray over your children as they go back to school.

We mamas have the power to strengthen our kids through prayer. When we pray God’s powerful word over them His all-powerful hands of protection surround them.

As our kids return to school may we not only provide the needed school supplies but may we also provide them with the foundation of praying God’s Word over them.

Fill out the form below to download the verses to pray for our children.

 

 

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In His Calm,

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