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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. What a great article. I can totally relate in so many ways. Sometimes we need to free ourselves to find that balance. Like you I like putting elegant pieces around my house that display our love for Christ.

  2. As for me and my house, we will…
    have matching and coordinating and clean everything. That used to be my goal, anyway, (and I had the energy and wherewithal to get somewhat close to it. Not anymore.) But, the desire that my home will be the Lord’s tool of blessing has taken precedence in my heart.

    Someone told me when my children were very young that what they saw on the walls of our home would stay with them, and make a deep impact on them. Scripture and Biblical truths, and photos or pictures of beauty and family subjects are my choices in every room of our home. I pray it helps us, as well as all who visit, to think on things that are pure, lovely, virtuous and true. (Phil. 4:8)

    Thanks for the wonderful reminder!