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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 and the (in)courage crew,
    Even my dogs are moping that it’s Monday and back to the usual-ness of life. Thank you for this reminder of God’s unwavering love and care – He never takes vacations or long weekends. Let us praise Him today and every day!

  2. Bev,haha the dogs too?! That’s funny…anywho I had a blast with family this July 4th weekend as well! My family is so blessed. I will share this post with them. Thank you Mary!

    • I agree – Tuesdays are so much friendlier than Mondays. 🙂 Here’s to a great week…even if it begins “for real” tomorrow!

  3. Hi Mary,

    Just these simple phrases were exactly what I need today. Especially the Lord will fight for me today.



  4. We started vacation with my mom and sister the Friday before the 4th of July. We spent a week together. Re-entry from all of us being together paired with my kids being gone to their cousins’ overnight last night has left me a little confused and lost. Thanks for the beautiful words and photos!

  5. After a nice played back week end with fun people….then comes Monday. Take me back to the week end and prepare me Lord for Monday….

  6. Thank you Mayr for pulling together these oh-so-perfect reminders for a new week. Each one helped my soul take a deep breath! 🙂

  7. I truly enjoyed the long 4th of July weekend. I was not ready for Monday and the yucky that it brings. This encouragement helps a lot! Thanks everyone!

    My hubby and I can use all the encouragement we can get now a days with our changing job situations!