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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 Mary! How scary for your daughter, yiu sbd your family. We are so blessed to have a God that wants to hear from us, all of us and gives love and comfort in times when needed.

  2. “I’m so grateful we are created & loved by a God who wants to hear our prayers.” AMEN!

  3. Thank you Mary. I wish I learned this long ago. But, thankfully, I now know that God is with me and for me and I am not alone. Some of us take longer to learn these things.

    • Madeline, I’m still learning too. As I mentioned over on Instagram today, this article was as much a reminder for myself as an encouragement for others. Thankfully, our God is patient!

  4. Mary, this is so spot on! The fact that God will never leave or forsake us makes all the difference when faced with hardship. My son had health issues for three years with no diagnosis. It was the most difficult thing to go through, but by fasting, praying and seeking God’s direction, my son received a diagnosis and treatment. Thanks so much for your godly wisdom.

  5. This is something I’ve been working on! I want to go to God first in every situation.
    Thank you Mary.

  6. Mary thank you for what you shared. It just goes to prove that no matter were we are. No matter what is going on when we are not there. God is there at all times. Like his word says “He will never leave us nor forsake us” We find this in his word in Deuteronomy 31:8 God doesn’t leave us. He is there and in times like this we can panic and say God why did this happen or why did you let it happen. No matter what it is we are going through. I believe in times like this God is also putting us through a test to see how strong our faith is in him. Are we going to really stop panicking stop and pray and put it all in God’s hands trust him for what ever we are going through. Then listen to God through his Holy Spirit speak to us to know what to do next. Especially if something like you went through Mary. You were not at home at the time to be there for your Daughter. But you did the right thing you prayed about until you could be there and next to your Daughter. Mum’s I not a mum because not brave enough to have kids. I do love them. But Mum’s think they are the one that can like a tricky plaster put on all will be ok. Kids sometimes think Mum’s will make it all better they will know what to do no matter what your are going through. But sometimes Mum’s don’t have the answer to make it all better. Just be there for you. If saved Pray for you and the situation hand it over to God. See what God saying to do through his Holy Spirit. I learnt that in my own life even though my late Mum was not saved. I was Childminder for years and years. I used treat the kids and still do my Niece’s and Nephews as if they were mine. If they had a problem I say what would God. I pray for them. Tell them in a way they understand how to deal with what ever they were going through. If needed to tell their Parents for them not to afraid to tell them. Even if was something they done wrong. See what lessons they could learn so as not to do it again. If needed to say sorry if hurt someone they could. Try make things right by telling the person they not do it again also. Tell God they were sorry to. But when you as Parent can’t be there for you kids until you can all you can do is pray ask God what you should do until you get home. God will give you a peace until you can be there and for the child you are worried about to help them. Plus give your child a peace until you get home to be with them. Then if you want you both when together can pray about it to know what to do next. I say Amen to this. In my pray incourge Love Dawn Ferguson-Little

  7. AMEN \0/ Mary.
    Prayer is SO powerful!
    I am glad to hear your daughter is okay oxox

  8. Thank goodness for the presence of mind, space to pray and ability to support your daughter during & after the events. It sounds as if lockdown brought out the best as well as sadly the worst in ppl. So glad your daughter is safe & well & has you to work thru the feelings. Flapping their wings is a way birds release trauma. Why not us? Shaking and dancing it out are forms of prayer to me.

  9. I can’t tell you how many situations I’m facing – or know that others are facing – where it feels like there’s nothing we can do except pray. And yet, that’s the most important!

  10. Yes, indeed, we must PRAY! When our kids grow up, we must pray God’s hedge of protection over them at all times. Our oldest son was a missionary in Africa & on a small vehicle like a motor scooter when he ran out of gas. He tipped it over & said: ” God, I know how you multiplied the loaves & fish so I ask you to multiply the gas”.. He turned it over & it started on what he said was fumes & headed for home when he saw a man with a table with bottles on it. He stopped and the bottles held GAS. He bought some and got home safely. He was in that mission field 15 years & other miracles happened. I can testify as a mom who could not be with my son 1000s of miles away that I knew God heard all my prayers. Praise God, He answers many prayers for missionaries! Keep praying friends!!

  11. Praise God he carried you and your daughter through a harrowing day, Mary! Prayer is such a precious gift, giving us a way to deal with our fears and worries, and the privilege of coming alongside our Almighty Father as he does his work!.

  12. Mary,

    Praising God He saw you both through that trial. There are many situations in this world that we can do nothing about except that is pray. Commune with God & seek His guidance & wisdom. Prayer should never be a last minute option but a first minute action.

    Blessings 🙂

  13. I experienced a stroke on 12/30/2020. My family is not near! Yet, as the Ambulance brought me to the hospital; I put my trust in Him. He would care for me. My church prayer team prayed for me! My friends supported me by phone to listen to the doctors. Two years later; my MRI showed the bleed had healed in comparison to an MRI in 2016! The Lord is always near through the Holy Spirit!