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Mary is a writer and speaker who lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons – but lives because of God’s grace. She writes about giving up on perfect and finding truth in unexpected places at MaryCarver.com. Mary and her husband live in Kansas City with their two daughters.

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  1. Mary,
    Yes, with God, be careful what you ask for…He listens. I remember calling out to God for purpose as I couldn’t walk for a month as I recuperated from surgery. I felt utterly useless and ineffective. Boy, did God answer. That’s when my blog was born and I fell in love with writing again which then led to starting a ministry for orphans in the Middle East which gave them scripture and the love of Jesus vs. bombs and hatred. Just goes to show you that God answers in ways that are immeasurably greater than all we can ask or imagine. Thank you for sharing how God showed up big time in answering your prayers and how growth and change can be bittersweet…especially if we’re listening to His call.

  2. Perfect timing for me.
    We’re in the process of looking for a new pastor, figuring out who we are as a church, and asking all the hard questions about mission and purpose and ministry.
    Thanks for putting your words out there for me today.

  3. Mary,
    Be super careful what you ask God to give. I prayed for a while that I could become a local missionary. He answered that prayer quickly. He allowed me to quit my job-to care for my aging dad. In the almost one year since I have been a part of several “missionary” activities. They mostly involve baking cupcakes, giving clothes away, and cooking meals. He has also allowed me to get more involved in my local church. I am grateful for this time and want to use it for His purposes!
    Blessings 🙂

  4. I’m so glad you posted something here, Mary, because I tried to message you via your blog, but it kept failing. I wanted to thank you for your encouraging interview for Hope Writers. There’s something so beautiful about your open and compassionate heart. I was also SO encouraged when you chose to visit my brand new blog in October last year, commenting on a post I had found so hard to share because of its vulnerability.

    I’m so sorry for all the pain of these goodbyes. I have had many in my life too…lots in my childhood with missionary parents (14 houses, 7 cities, 2 countries before I turned 18)….and yes, it hurts, SO much. Keep bringing that hurt to God, both the painful goodbyes and all the other hards…I stopped when I was a teenager and missed twenty long years of God’s strong, comforting embrace. Hugs to you from afar and thank you again: you are such a treasure from God.