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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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    • Hi, Heidi! I was talking about The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You by Shannan Martin. It’s really good! 🙂

  1. This was so powerful! It’s something that I intellectually know but need to work harder to accept.

  2. Love this! What is the name of the book you refer to? I’m interested in reading it. Thank you!

  3. I noticed that you did not mention the title of your friends book. Could you tell me what it is? I would like to read it.

  4. I’m raising my hand over here that I, too, understand Jane’s feelings. Being overwhelmed is no fun and what’s worse is when I believe I can fix it on my own. I am thanking God right now that He never says I need to figure it out by myself. Instead, I can walk to the cross with Jesus because at the end, he promises new life in Him.

    • If I just had a nickel for every time I am overwhelmed, largely because I think I can fix things on my own! Thank God He never tires of giving us grace and new mercies!

  5. I think I need to read this book too, if you would be so kind as to share it’s title. I’m am in the midst of a relative’s visit which actually threw me into a panic the morning of the arrival (even though I had long before scheduled an event that gave me escape for the first 24 hours). Sitting in my recliner early in the morning, I picked up my Bible to read and was hit square one in my mind with the replay of mere seconds that were the last time we were face-to-face. The words flooded my brain. We were a few short hours from being square in the same physical location, position as that “last straw” moment, and I panicked. I have prayed, had others pray for us; we are both at fault for decades of uneasiness between us. A few days in now, I have been very careful not to position myself to be alone with this person, but I know that won’t last. God has given me a renewed compassion—where I had declared I was done, I have committed to give it another go. As very much as I desire to turn tail and run I am struggling to stand firm on God’s promise to be with me and see it through, one day at a time. I am reminding myself even now for God’s love for the both of us as that one-on-one is inevitably approaching. Praying for His grace.

    • Oh, Mary, what an uncomfortable situation for you! Praying peace and gentleness for you and your relative as you navigate forgiveness and healing. And the book I was talking about is The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You by Shannan Martin. It’s been a great read, and I hope it blesses you as well!

  6. Beautiful Counselor, Savior & Friend! Remembering is God’s word for me this past month. When God takes me back to remember, it is to bring healing & wholeness. When the devil brings the past up, it is to steal my peace, kill my joy & tell me I am not a godly person. I need to be reminded that Jesus took, takes & will take my sins away for His purpose for me is towards righteousness & holiness. What the devil planned for evil, God intends for good! Mary, your words are reminding me once again to let go of the past & run into this day with a new fierceness to be more than a conquer in Christ Jesus! I will choose, this day, to remember work of the cross & the joy of the resurrection! Blessings.

    • Remembering what the Lord has done and who He is and who He says we are – what a beautiful, wise perspective for this month and every month, Connie! Thank you for sharing what He’s been showing you and for reading today!

  7. This is such a powerful devotional. Thank you so much for sharing! What book was it that you were reading?

  8. We are all human we all do things we want no one else to know. We can have our sin forgiven. We can leave it at the foot of the cross. Pray about it with Jesus leave it there. But sometimes we need a trusted Christian Councilor to help us throug it really let go of the sin. Or past hurts. When we do with Jesus help we can because bran new Christian in Gods eyes. Hold our heads up high. Knowing Jesus has forgiven us and the hurt it never to be remembered again. If a hurt from a person we can find the strength to forgive that person as God would want us to do that as his word tell us too. Then the weight will of all this fall of our shoulders. I say Amen that. Not easy at the time. But the healing worth it. Love Dawn God Bless xx

  9. Mary,

    What a poignant & timely post!! Many people in this world feel guilty about their past. The evil one wants us down & feeling like God doesn’t love you anymore. Nothing could be further from the truth. All one has to do is come to Jesus in a repentant attitude & ask for forgiveness. It’s that simple. God knows & sees our hearts. He will forgive & forget our transgressions as far as East is from West. There is no better time than now in Easter Week to come to Jesus & claim your forgiveness. Take time this week & ponder all that Jesus did for us during this time. He rode into Jerusalem with shouts of praise & Hosannas. Palm branches & cloaks lined the street. Then you have Maunday Thursday commemorating the Last Supper. Good Friday-when he bore our pain & anguish. He took nothing to dull the pain. Saturday he lies in hell. Then wonderful Easter Sunday He rises to live again!! He did ALL that so we could have eternal life with Him. All he asks is for us to come to Him & bring our pasts with baggage to Him. He will take it & forgive us. Why not do it now?

    Blessings 🙂

  10. I have definitely had a few Jane moments. Hubs and I began watching that show but it quickly got to be “too much.” I love the way you wove Jane into this piece.

    • Thanks, Susan. It’s a crazy, over-the-top show for sure, but I’ve been blown away by the themes of this season. I couldn’t help but share it here! 🙂