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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. Amen! Too often I’m so focused on the problem and let it consume me that I don’t even look for the miracle.

  2. I love this: “Don’t leave before the miracle.” Jesus is The Miracle.

    My heart goes out to you, Mary. This has been a hard season for me too. I lost my dad to a 16 battle with Parkinson’s and dementia and buried his remains on Jan 19th. Then contracted COVID but God…saw this time of isolation and quarantine as a time of intimacy and quiet just for me and Him. That’s the Miracle. His presence brings peace and healing.

    • Lisa,

      I’ve been praying for you last night (01/27/24) and this morning. So sorry for what you’ve been through. Asking Abba Father to comfort you & bring you peace during these trying times. May you feel Him hugging you tightly.

      Blessings 🙂

  3. Thank you for the encouragement! I needed it! This past year and a half have been the hardest of my life! I am 77 and have experienced a broken hip and femur, plus depression and anxiety. But the Lord has strengthened and brought me through again. I am trusting Him and believing that He will again. The Lord is faithful always!!!

  4. Thank you, Mary! I have a friend who watches Hallmark movies a lot. Now I understand why she gravitates toward them. It is the very predictability that attracts! Thank you for this great analogy!

  5. Mary <3 <3 <3 ~

    This may be my favorite thing you've ever written. You and I both had a hard, sad year, and THIS right here is gold...such an encouragement.

    "Sometimes the miracle looks like actual healing, a literal rescue, a physical change in circumstances. Sometimes the miracle is a friend to walk with you, a message to remind you of Truth, the memory of all the times God has been there for you in the past.

    And sometimes the miracle is simply knowing that the Lord is with you — whether you’re standing strong, lying on your face, or running away from it all. He is the miracle, and He is here."

    So...so good. Don't leave before the Miracle. Yes and amen!

  6. AMEN \0/ Thank you Mary. I thank ALL in-courage writers and followers. Sisters you have all been amazing! The daily sharing and has been so uplifting and helpful. The reminders “never give up”, “keep praying”, God is with you”, “I am praying for you” and just the right scripture at just the right day and time…OHMYGOODNESS! Thank you. I am so filled \0/

    “Because there will be a miracle”

  7. Thank you so much for writing this and sharing it with the world. Sia has a song called ‘Miracle’ and one of the main verses repeats the words “ I don’t wanna quit, beforе the miracle”. It’s a song that is personal to me because I faced a breast cancer diagnosis in 2021 and treatments in 2022. Despite everything that was happening in my life I knew my miracle was coming, and I couldn’t give up until God healed me. And He did!

  8. Thank you for allowing God to minister through you by sharing these words of encouragement! There’s a miracle in the making ! Praise the Lord!

  9. Mary,

    This “Don’t leave before the miracle.” Yes and Amen!! Back in 2021 my unit (hospital) was closed down. I was transferred to an ICU Covid unit (clerical part time). At the time I was praying for a full time position. December 2021 they posted a job just.for.me. I knew it was from God!!! I cried tears all the way home. Fast forward to fall of 2022. The other clerical quit one night. My duties went from clerical to simply stocking 28 ICU rooms. Depression came about quickly. It was a hard time for me. Tried to find other jobs to no avail. I decided this must be where God wants me. Fast Forward to Jan. 2024. We permanently opened another unit. They had a rapid response (patient not doing well) & I saw that they could use a clerical. Talked to an assistant manager & the manager mentioning that I would love the position. They called me on a Friday (I’m off every Friday) & gave me the job. That was God’s miracle. He knew all along that’s where He wanted me. Never leave before the miracle!!

    Blessings 🙂

  10. Love your podcasts! They are so inspiring and fill of such beautiful messages of God’s faithfulness, His infinite love for us, His peace and hope. We just need to believe and trust Him and His timing.
    Thank you for your sharing these beautiful messages!
    Much love and appreciation. God’s bounteous blessings on this amazing ministry you are doing for Him and others. God bless.

  11. Thank you so much for writing this Mary! So timely too! “Don’t leave before the miracle!” Thank you for letting the Holy Spirit guide you through this hard, hard time. Hugs and prayers ❤