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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,
    Your message here is one that God has placed on my heart so much. You remind me of a time when I left our brand-spankin’-new-super-fancy-first-non-click-and-shoot camera on an airplane. When my man picked me up from the airport and I told him about my oops, all he said was, “These things happen.” Would I have been so graceful if it had been the other way around? Probably (no).
    Thank you for “keepin’ it real” and for reminding us to “not sweat the small stuff.”

  2. “I want to be more like my husband when I grow up!” Oh – I just love that, Mary. Yes, to be inspired by one’s husband. That’s the good stuff!

  3. Speedy forgiveness is such a blessing. It not only releases the person who did the offense, but also the one who was offended.
    BTW–Our town and those around us, list peoples names in the once a week paper too.

  4. Story of my life.
    My husband is the most laid back person I have ever known. Sometimes, I even get irritated that he never gets irritated. I definitely want to be more like him when I grow up.
    Thanks for the reminder.

  5. your not gonna believe this, BUT i got my FIRST speeding ticket TODAY. I was in my mom;s car, she said it was fine. but I was SOOOOO MAD, that God let that happen. Was it because I needed to read this and HE was trying to make a point. I am thankful my mother forgave me, but C’mon I NEVER get speeding tickets, i was praying right before it happened HOPING God would answer about something else and my mom opened her mail. I am so upset.