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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. Oh Mary, such beautiful truths! Thanks for your transparency. May we encourage one another to be good listeners & not neglect our own tendencies to close our own ears. How awesome is our God that He doesn’t weary at my/our selective hearing! Blessings! (((0)))

  2. Good morning . How so very true, Mary. We, not unlike our children , can at times react behave and yet need – they us their parents and us God our father . And even when we may be choosing to not see or hear, at least in my experiences , God shows up He is there always even in the most subtle way , and you may even look back and say God was that you? Thank you for always being there just like the poem Footprints . Thank you . Have a lovely day

  3. Thank you for this Mary! I definitely needed this today. I’ve been lost and longing for his arms around me for quite a while now. I’ll try more listening and less stomping. Blessings!

  4. I have been struggling to hear him lately and your honesty has shined a light on my struggle. I have been putting my hands over my ears so I could go on about my life doing what I needed to do without “interference”. I joke that sometimes God whispers to me and other times He needs to hit me over the head with a 2×4. Thank you so much for this 2×4 moment.

  5. Well said. I am so with you, sister. I, too, need to stop and listen. I constantly feel he is not there, but when I look back, I see he was there all along. May your day be filled with many blessings. I truly enjoy your posts. Thank you.

  6. Thank you for your transparency and authenticity. I have kept my ears clogged because of my stubbornness to yield. Reckon it’s a control issue. Great is His Faithfulness, that grace, mercy, forgiveness & compassion are new every morning.

    When I do get quiet before the Lord, the Holy Spirit does speak. I treasure those moments He warms my heart & ears.

    Speak Lord for your daughters are listening. I want to get better about practicing being quiet in the Presence of the Lord. It’s there we are delighted with the fullness of His Joy. I’m going to try harder to carve out specific time to be still instead of just going through the motions.

    I praise God for your testimony & spurring us on.

  7. Such a good message!! Why do we sometimes act like sullen teenagers with our Heavenly Father? I don’t know either, but I’m so grateful He perseveres with us.

  8. Thank you for an important message. I get it, I really do. Now for the other side. I once prayed that the Holy Spirit show me the areas of my life that I needed to work on. I was overwhelmed by my revealed shortcomings; I quickly prayed that my shortcomings would be revealed at a pace I could handle and have lived with this pace ever since. God is gracious to me.

  9. Mary,

    Often times we don’t want to hear from God. We may be afraid that we’ve done something bad or He will tell us to do something we don’t want to. We are stubborn humans down here on planet Earth. Yet when we/I listen closely I can hear him speak lovingly to me. It may be through scripture , music or some other form. Chris Tomlin’s song “Thank You Lord” is a perfect example. The third & fourth verses really hit me.
    Thank You Lord for the hard times For lighting the way in the dark times For pulling me in,
    forgiving again the times that I took it too far, I Gotta thank You for keeping me humble For picking me up when I stumble
    And although I change, You stay the same And I don’t say thank You enough.

    Blessings 🙂