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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 so true so Good. Like it tell us all that in that Psalm 139. All you said is so true. Just like the Father’s Love Letter you get on YouTube. You can get the short version and the long version on YouTube. Both are excellent. They like Psalm 139. Tell us how much our Heavenly Father thinks of us. How much he knew us even before we where born. How amazing is that. God knows who we are as he made us in our mothers wombs. Amazing it even says that in Psalm 139 and all our days are recorded in God’s book before any of them ever began. That is another amazing fact. I could go on and on. You also I have to say this last thing. Did the best thing for all man kind to show your love for us all. That was sent your one and only son Jesus to die for us. No greater love was that. So as our sins would be forgiven we get to Glory with you. If we asked you to our Lord and Salvation and come to be our Heavenly Father. I thank you Lord for doing that all because you Love us all. Thank you. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh N.Ireland. xx Love today’s reading. ❤️

  2. Thank you Mary. I am struggling with my worth and value to God. Sometimes I feel like a little ant, roaming around, doing little things for a big God and asking God “Do you see me”? I know He is there in the everyday day life, but sometimes (maybe more) I feel irrelevant to God, to others and to myself. But, when I see the struggle and heartache of so many people, especially now, in this darkened world, I pray that these people feel God’s presence and love and they know they are worthy and valued. As I pray, that is when I feel God’s small voice saying” You matter, everyone matters and I sent my son to die for all because of my everlasting love for this world”! Thank you, Jesus, my Lord, God and Savior!

  3. This brought tears to my eyes this morning. I am going through a period in my life where I am wondering who I am. Am I the me I see in the mirror each morning, with family and job and life responsibilities, or is there still a trace of the old me, the one who danced in the rain and jumped in the car for a road trip at the drop of a hat, in there as well? Do I like the me of right now? And if not, what do I want ME to look like? But God, He knows. He knows the old me, the me of today and the me that’s coming tomorrow and the day after and the day after that. And the best part, He accepts and loves all of them. I thank you for this reminder of that. It’s just what I needed to hear this morning.

  4. Thank you for this encouragement today. I realized while reading that I’m the same age as you, sometimes experiencing that same question—who am I? And then, who is God calling me to be? And how do I get there?

  5. Mary,

    I’m in a season of funk. The past few years have brought many changes. First Covid hit & many left the hospitals. Then my unit got shut down & I was moved to an ICU Covid unit (working as a clerical). For a while I enjoyed it & prayed for a fulltime position. They offered me one & of course I accepted. Then one Tuesday night the other clerical just quit. Suddenly I was faced with stocking 28 ICU rooms & not doing much clerical work at all. Feel like a failure at times. Not using any of the training or knowledge I have. Tried applying for other jobs but always met with closed doors. God is the one who gave me this job & it comes with a 3-day weekend each week plus any overtime. In that respect I like it. Now I just need to find the old happy me & bring her back.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Thank you Mary. I’ve recently retired after 30 years in ministry – and I’m still trying to find a consistent new spiritual routine – where I feel I’m “recognizable”..

    • A change in career (maybe especially when it’s something so consuming and defining, like ministry) is hard on the identity! Praying you feel God walking with you through this transition!

  7. well, this was perfect and just what i needed today! in fact, i youtubed that scene to be reminded of your reference. (that was such a cute scene!) i’m a phase in life where i’m having to open up and see who i am in this season. i’m learning the actions, self-defeating thoughts, and perspectives that no longer serve me and the direction in which im going. as God said to jeremiah, i feel he is telling me in this moment. before you were formed in your mother’s womb, I knew you. all these years, He’s known me and knows who i am becoming. i may not always know, but God knows. and when i need it most, when i forget, or when i doubt, He will always remind me! i just have to trust and believe the Truth of His Word.

    thank you for this, mary! this is the second time in the last week, i’ve tried to read a post and didn’t do so for a couple of days. but for this and the other, i read them both at JUST the right time!