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At (in)courage, we empower women to be like Jesus. Our writers share what’s going on in their life and how God’s right in the middle of it. They bring their joys & struggles so that you can feel less alone and be empowered by the hope Jesus gives.

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  1. Mary, thank you for speaking to my heart today. “He is intimately familiar with our challenges and our struggles” is so encouraging. It reminds me that God sees me and hears me in this season. Thanks again!

  2. It’s so frustrating to not be able to quiet my brain…..and to get sucked into the to-do’s. This makes me realize I’m not alone.

  3. I had to chuckle to myself. I live alone- I’m a widow- and I am consistently being distracted. I do a couple of short readings every morning and then I go to the (in)courage post as I always do. But this morning, when I went to my email to read it, I ended up checking other emails and forgot the reason I was on line. I am not happy to admit this is not the first time. Why is it so hard to focus on Jesus? I feel so much better after I do. So I appreciate your honesty.

  4. I think you just gave the best definition of quiet time in your closing words, quieting our mind and heart. When we quiet our mind and heart, then we can be still and know Him.

  5. Such a lovely and beautifully comforting post! My quiet time with God is an absolute must, but of course some days are so much busier and louder than others! Sometimes, I could and would just love to sit and talk, pray, and read my Bible all day long. But whatever the day holds for me, my heart and my thoughts are fixed on God above! I couldn’t make it through the day without Him with me!
    Psalm 57:7
    My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

  6. I struggle with focusing and giving in to distractions and temptations. I prayed about this today. Honestly I usually feel like a broken record when I jot down my prayer to God—I’m always asking for help from Him with my failure to focus, my brain being constantly distracted when I sit down to pray, reflect and do some Bible study. Thank you Mary for this writing today because now I realize I’m not the only one struggling with distractions and temptations when I sit down to quiet my mind and spend time focused on my relationship with God.

  7. This really helped me today. I experience everything you described and I think just knowing others are struggling for quiet time is helpful to know. Thanks