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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. “Be careful . . .”
    I love the cautionary words this verse offers, and then the list of blessings. Thanks for persevering in teaching your tiny girl to give thanks, and for sharing that lesson here. We do forget.

  2. Thank you so much for this gentle reminder from God’s word. May there be a turning of our hearts and minds back to the living God whom we serve during this Thanksgiving season, through Advent and Christmas and well into the New Year 2018. To God be the Glory for all that He has done.

  3. I am thankful for (in)courage and the reads you send every day and for the way that or my daily Bible readings so often are exactly what I need to hear. I love Thanksgiving and the four day weekend! And for a precious sweet godly boss.

  4. We are thankful that my husband, our children’s Dad, and our grand children’s Papa will be with us at our Thanksgiving table. He will be carving the turkey having experienced 10 intense months of cardiac health events and three ablation procedures
    Today is his 72 birthday. He/we have trusted our Father Who is good at being God and is GOOD ALL the time. We have been able to share our faith with many ER and ICU staff who have prayed with us and cried with us. Our mashed potatoes may get cold as we praise God for the miraculous ways He has intervened.
    To God be the glory! Psalm 115:1

    • Annetta,

      Praise God your children & grand children will get to see Papa/dad. Tell him Happy Birthday! I pray God gives him better health & many more years to enjoy. Thank you for sharing your testimony with others. Maybe one of them heard & decided to ask Christ into their hearts!!

      Blessings to you as you celebrate a joyous holiday!! 🙂

    • Annetta,
      After all what you’ve been through, what a blessing for you all. Prayers that your husband stays well.

  5. Mary,

    I feel like you do. I want each holiday to have it’s own celebration-don’t rush it!! My pet peeve is in the middle of September you start seeing Halloween candy & costumes. Almost as soon as that day is over you start hearing about Black Friday & buy this that. We tend to skip over Veterans day. Thanksgiving is practically forgotten. Most don’t even know the real reason we celebrate Thanksgiving. The pilgrims were thankful for the bountiful harvest & the fact they remained alive during their trip over here. I am Thankful for all holidays. I just want them to come slowly one at a time. Don’t push Christmas on me before Thanksgiving.

    P.S. I just put our little tree up today. This Thanksgiving & the holiday season is different for me. My dad died this past March & I don’t have any parents left. Seems strange not to have to visit them or deal with any issues. Also I have worked part/time for 1 year at my current job. May that’s why I’m super excited about this season!!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth,
      I’m sorry, I understand how difficult it can be. I pray that all will be well, and that you will blessed with joyful new memories

  6. Thank-you Mary, I enjoyed this along with your little daughter’s rush of things. Although we had Thanksgiving in Oct. (in Canada), every day there is much to give thanks to the Lord for.
    Blessings to all,

  7. I’m thankful for the God of do-overs and crazy grace.
    I’m thankful for the way the sunlight illuminates the Autumn leaves that are still holding on until it’s their turn to let go.
    I’m thankful for my messy house and messy life and for the messy people who occupy both.