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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. This is a good thing to remember, the Bible told us to encourage one another. God knew the battles we would have because so much in society comes against us in so many ways. We doubt our abilities because as the Word of God tells us the world hated Christ so it will hate us. I once read 90% of all communication is non-verbal. Meaning looks do hurt sometimes and say more than words do. So in fellowship it is so wonderful to know we can build each other up and encourage each other for a new day.

    • Eileen, that’s so true about nonverbal communication. And yes, in a world where even a glance can cut our hearts, it’s more important than ever to build each other up!

  2. Believe it or not an amazing woman who ha been encouraging me, yet I don’t know her face to face, is Beth Moore. I am doing my first from the heart bible study via her Seeking A Heart Like His, and I love it how God has used her to spread his message. I even love more that through everything one of her essential messages is “you ARE Amazing!”.

  3. My daughter’s 8th grade English teacher had each student write something positive about each person in the class. It was a very good exercise and my daughter came home with a list of at least 25 things that people see in her. She is kind, she is thoughtful, she is honest, she is athletic. It is nice to hear these positive thoughts that others have about you. She has saved the list, and I think what a great thing to look at when she is feeling down on herself.

  4. I loved this post! I constantly need to be reminded that I’m amazing–made in the image of God Almighty. It doesn’t matter what I do, how I act, or anything. I am truly loved by Him who made me!

  5. September 9,2010 my husband, 80 years had to taken to a nursing home. He had had liver cancer surgery and his needs were more than I could handle myself. IN about two week’s my neighbor started to bring me dinner, and it was enough for two dinner’s. she’d look for my car at night and the door bell would ring and there she was. MY husband died Nov.26,2011. She still brought me dinner. I told her I did not expect her to keep on doing that. With a smile I want to, fixing a meal for one more is nothing. What a blessing this has been. I am eating better than if I had to fix a meal just for me. I am so very grateful. Angel’s do walk among us.

  6. I so enjoy reading the email and devotionals here because I too feel unworthy and unlovable and to know that a lot of people suffer with this has really helped me. I have struggled with mild depression but debilitating for the last almost 3 years and reading the devotions and emails and posts have helped me tremendously and gradually I am able do more and be the person I was before.

    • Heather, I’m so glad you are part of the (in)courage family! I pray that God would use the words here – and the words and actions of those in your life at home – to encourage you and build your confidence in God’s love for you. He created you uniquely and wonderfully and looks at you, his creation, and says, “It is good.” YOU are good.

  7. It was such an absolute thrill and privilege to read and review Holley Gerth’s latest book! There were wonderful truths mixed with humor and vulnerability and it is already dog-eared from use! 🙂 Thanks for letting me link up my review here~