About the Author

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.

Related Resources & Gifts
Find more at DaySpring.com
Related
Resources
& Gifts
Find more at
DaySpring.com
Recent Posts

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Mary,
    Though I don’t have “Chunnelphobia”, I do have several memories of “I gotta get out of here.” One that comes readily to mind is going down into a submarine. As I walked through the narrow corridors with no windows, I wondered how on earth people live down here for months at a time? Before I could finish that thought, I had a panic attack and knew I had to get out of there, and in a hurry. I not so politely pushed people aside as I made my way to the narrow set of stairs that would lead me to sunshine, fresh air, and freedom. Needless to say, I have never gone down in any other submarines. I have been stuck in the muck and mire…the quicksand of life and when I have called upon the Lord, and waited (often not so patiently) on the Lord, He has heard my cry and lifted me out of the mud and mire. That’s why Psalm 40:1-3 has been my life verse. So thankful that Christ died so that we are able to walk in perfect freedom. With Him, there are no constraints binding us. He paid His life so that we could walk in freedom. Our job is to do so.
    Iwaited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
    2He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
    he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
    3He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
    Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Slipping into the summer routine can sometimes feel like a rut to me, triggering all the claustrophobic symptoms–and some attitude as well. Your words are a helpful push in the direction of celebration for all the things I “get to” do because I am free in Christ and he has blessed me with work to do and the strength to get it done.

    • I hadn’t thought of a season creating that trapped feeling, but what you said makes sense! So does your reminder about what we GET TO DO. Thanks for sharing, Michele!

  3. Hey friend,
    Despite being a Brit who’s been through the Chunnel on numerous occasions I hear you. Being trapped anywhere is no fun. Being trapped emotionally has its own set of fears and panics worthy moments.
    Freedom in Christ, like America’s freedom (from us Brits!) came at a huge price. The only difference was that Christ paid the price for us when it comes to our spiritual freedom!

    Such a great post. So good.
    Xx

    • Ahhhh, so much shade I threw at you Brits with this post – unintentionally, I promise! 🙂 Yes, though – freedom has a price, and I’m so grateful we don’t have to pay for ours.

  4. As I read this, I think of my baby sister who is trapped by progressive MS. Yesterday we visited her to celebrate her 72nd birthday. It is becoming more difficult for her to feed herself and at the end of the meal, I fed her the delicious carrot cake her daughter brought.
    There are no words to describe the pain I feel to see this beautiful, wonderful, kind, compassionate and health and exercise participant, slowly lose her ability to do all the daily functions that most of us take for granted.
    And yet, she handles it all with dignity and inner strength that only comes from the grace of God. Some months ago, she began reading the Scripture–beginning with Genesis. This has been the crowning glory of our relationship as we share and talk about God’s love letter to us.
    All of this to say that her spirit can never be trapped. She is free on Christ.

  5. Our spirit can never be trapped!

    As I read this, I think of my baby sister who is trapped by progressive MS. Yesterday we visited her to celebrate her 72nd birthday. It is becoming more difficult for her to feed herself and at the end of the meal, I fed her the delicious carrot cake her daughter brought.
    There are no words to describe the pain I feel to see this beautiful, wonderful, kind, compassionate and health and exercise participant, slowly lose her ability to do all the daily functions that most of us take for granted.
    And yet, she handles it all with dignity and inner strength that only comes from the grace of God. Some months ago, she began reading the Scripture–beginning with Genesis. This has been the crowning glory of our relationship as we share and talk about God’s love letter to us.
    All of this to say that her spirit can never be trapped. She is free in Christ.

  6. Mary,

    I’m right there with you on chunnelphobia-basically I have claustrophobia. Do not put me in closed in places like elevators & not have them move. I will scream & have panic attacks. We’ve all been in the muck & mire of daily living. There is no way to avoid it down here. Most of us wait on God impatiently, of course. His timing isn’t ours. Praise God He freed us from the slavery of sin & ordinary living. We need to saddle up our horses we’ve got trails to blaze with God. He has a great journey planned for each of us. We just need to get on board with Him. In Christ there is so much freedom. People think the Christian life is a bunch of rules & regulations we have to follow. Not so. It is freedom from sin & eternal death. It is a glorious life riddled with ups, downs & a few miracles sprinkled in. There’s no telling what’s right around the bend for each of us. Only God knows. Let’s daily celebrate our freedom from slavery of all kinds, worship & thank God for this abundant life!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, I love the way you describe the freedom God’s given us to go on an incredible adventure with Him! Such a great visual for the Truth we see in Scripture.

  7. I love the visual you provide, Mary, toward the end of your post: “the deep breath of fresh air we so desperately need, the overwhelming flood of cleansing water to wash away fear and worry and regret and shame, the loosening of chains of temptation and despair, loosening our arms and legs as we stand stronger in Him.” I’m dancing in my spirit, in the freedoms provided by my gracious Heavenly Father! Thank you, Mary!