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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. Thank you
    God meets us exactly where we are. Sometimes God wouldn’t be able to caught our attention if we were to be in a different spot!

  2. Mary,

    God’s church isn’t a building but the people in the building. We must remember God made us for community. We were meant to be with others & share life with them. Sure it’s alright to do church via Facebook or TV, but God wants us to stay connected with our fellow people. They can pray for us during trials & cheer us on. Life is much sweeter with your tribe & friends. Even if you can’t be with your tribe yet, you can text or email them to check in & show your love for them. Remember this God is with you no matter what!!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Amen, Beth! We are made for community and, thankfully, that comes in all shapes and sizes. And yesssss, God is with us no matter what that looks like!

  3. Amen and again I say Amen!!!!!!
    Just a couple of days ago one of my “daughters” (a dear friend much closer to my own daughters age) has gone to be with Jesus. I too am grateful for the technology that has allowed me to say til we meet again and stay in touch with her girls. I think of times when I was a child and we got word of family events through the mail and eventually by phone. I’m old it isn’t the technology that is bad but how or why it is used. From the dawn of time it has been our hearts and souls that God and his son Jesus have desired. I’m so grateful He never gives up on that.

    • Loretta, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad you were able to use technology during this difficult time and praying God’s comfort for you.

  4. Oh how I love this ❤ Places were and ARE important to God. You’ve pointed us to His word for cues, it’s beautifully written. It’s something we don’t talk about enough. Thanks for this today-

  5. Mary what you say is so true the Church is not the building. We are the Church the Hands and Feet of Jesus. You got it so right. We can worship Jesus any were. We are to be the people Jesus wanted us to be Mary. Just like he was when he walked on earth. Helping people of all walks of life loving people of all walks of life. No matter what skin colour they have or what age the are. Doing the Lord work while on earth. No Our focus on the big fancy building. How many people we can get into that building. No it about going the extra mile if you can and are able to help that person in need. It doesn’t have to any thing fancy you do for them. May just stopping to listen to that person no one else wants any thing to do with. I done that. I made a difference in this person life. As she this person feels no one likes her because she has learning disabilities. But she is saved and a Daughter of the king and that king is Jesus. I have told her that. Who see beyond her disabilities. Jesus see her also as a beautiful person. Just like me and you are. So me doing that I am being the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. Taking time to listen her and tell her I will pray for her. Doing that has made a world of difference in this person life. That is the type of Church Jesus wants us to be. That type of Church person that goes the extra mile for people like this and shows the Love of Jesus to people like this. To many of us contrate on the big fancy building. We can belong too and be seen going to it. To make a show of ourselves. By say to people I go that big fancy church called. We all dress in nice fancy dresses men in suits kids are nicely dress to. What would happen in that Church if a poor person came in with dirty clothing on. Would they expect them.? Remember Jesus looks at are heart not the fancy building or the way we are dressed. That means nothing to Jesus. He far rather see you be the hands and feet of him to the world out there if you can. Helping even one person. Making a difference in their lives. That is the true Church. Mary thank you for what you shared and for being honest. I say Amen to what you wrote. You shared your heart. I do agree with all you said. Love you all incourage. I keep you all in prayer. Dawn Ferguson-Little Northern Ireland xx

  6. This touches my heart so deeply. Thank you for helping me get a better understanding of place. God’s Holy Spirit abides in me! God made us to fellowship with each other. Praise God! Praise his holy name. God is so good.

  7. This! My family’s church closed 6 years ago and we have struggled to find a new church community. We still don’t know where we will end up, where God is calling us, but I do know that we miss it. A lot. And I do know that God has a community for even us.
    Thank you for this …and for ending with my favorite Bible verse… God’s got us.

    • Yes, absolutely – God’s got us. But also, being without a church home can be really difficult. Praying God leads you to a new church family soon!

  8. My husband and I have dinner once a month with three other couples. We rotate homes, each taking a turn to host. We didn’t meet for over a year due to COVID and last night was the first time it was our turn to host again. Sitting around our dining room table sharing a meal… moving to the patio for coffee and cookies and laughter — definitely felt sacred and like a gift not to be taken for granted!

  9. My daughter is a senior in high school. She has been in theater since 4th grade. Her school was the last school in our area to put on a full musical before everything shut down last year. Fast forward to this year and our hometown musical theater opened back up with 42nd Street and she saw it last week and she cried through the whole thing. From the producer welcoming everyone back through the standing ovation. It’s amazing how some things affect us in such different and beautiful ways.