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  1. We are never alone in any thing we go through. Jesus is with us at all times to help us get through it. If we ask him to help us and do whatever he asks us to do. But we have to remember we have Devil who go round like a roaring lion seeking whoom he will devour. By that getting us especially that are saved to trip and fall off the way said. Not to follow the way Jesus would have go. But go the wrong way. So we have to keep our eyes focused on Jesus the Arthur and Finisher of our Faith at all times. Not get that we wonder of our faith on to the wrong path. If we feel we are going down a wrong path and getting distracted. We can pray and ask Jesus to help us stay on the right path that he wants us to and not getting on wrong path that the Devil Satan would want us too. Jesus as in today story in today’s reading was had Satan the Devil try to tempt him go the wrong way. But he kept his eyes on the right path. The path his Heavenly Father wanted him on. He told the Satan the Devil where to go. Every time Satan went to try to tempt him. Like in Matthew 4v4 when Satan asked to turn the stones into bread. But Jesus said “It is written Man shall not live by Bread alone but by every word that process from the mouth of God” How true that is. There was other answers Jesus gave Satan when he tried to tempt him. When you read more of Matthew 4. So that shows me Jesus was on his hard again Satan. We as Saved people have to do the same be on our gard to against Satan like Jesus was. Remember we are no actually alone. We can pray to Jesus to help us. When we know Satan is tempting us to do wrong eg sin. Love today’s reading. Thank you for it. In my prayers Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland xx

  2. Mary – I remember those days with kids at home. How the snow days were a lovely interruption but an interruption no less to the flow of the week. Keep up the good fight! It does get easier in many ways as an empty nester yet I still fight the pull you described. Thank you for reminding me of Jesus’ time in the wilderness as I look to prepare my heart for his resurrection!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Thank you Mary Carver! You are real, raw, genuine, exceptionally in tune with hearts of men and God. God blessed you, an outstanding, writer, and true wordsmith. At 74 yrs old, living to be 100, you captured my heart this morning sitting at my table missing the sweet sound of my eight grandkids. You are a blessed. Blessed to be a blessing.

    2 Cor. 9:11—”You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way.”

  4. Thank you. I’m feeling better right now. There are moments when I feel overwhelmed by the decisions and choices of being a caregiver for two, my mom and my brother. They both live in separate facilities. They are both receiving good care. Why do I still worry? They are fine. God give me the increase in faith and decrease of worry and fear. Let me lean into you Lord.

    Thank you for your words that bring understanding and reminds me that I am not alone. I do not need to worry or fear. Thank you for your prayer. I thank God for you. God is my strength.

  5. Oh Mary, you are one of my favorite authors. I got “Journey to the Cross” last summer and I am going through the 40 day devotional this lent season. I am gaining many insights. I admire the way you wrote the prayers. They a so tender hearted. Thank you for your work. Bless you and your family.

  6. Mary,

    Jesus is well acquainted with our temptations/challenges. He was tempted, but He was able to refute those with scripture. We need to try our best to hide scripture in our hearts & minds. That way when the evil one comes we can quote it & rebuke him. I love Chris Tomlin’s song “Thank You Lord.” The second verse resonates with 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 🙂