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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,
    Good question…there’s so many things that need changing, but I suppose I tend to say, “I yam what I yam”, about being overly sensitive. Sensitive is one thing, but being overly sensitive can take away from my believing just who I am in Christ. A little thicker skin, I believe, would help me deflect the comments and criticisms of the world and focus more on who God says that I am. I would certainly spend less time questioning why so-and-so said such-and-such to me. It’s a fine line we walk between feeling convicted to change (that is always in a gentle nudge) and condemnation (which is guilt from the enemy). My challenge has been to learn to discern the difference and then move forward in the changes God would have me make. Great post, Mary, and certainly thought provoking!
    ps. I LOVE your sense of humor…don’t change that 😉

    • Thank you, Bev. I’ll try to stay funny. 😉 I love your point about knowing the difference between conviction and condemnation – that’s a biggie!

  2. Thanks Mary! I wrote half of that post in my journal today to remember. What song is that? I like it. As for your question I do relate to thinking of telling God this IS who I am but then I remember who I was & how far He has taken me thus far. Have a great weekend! Be Well, Lina

  3. Mary,
    Such a great thought provoking post! I have often said I am what I am–this is who God made me to be and if you don’t like me then tough on you! My biggest change came when I was in church on a Wednesday night. I grew up Methodist-so I thought that since I was sprinkled baptized years ago that was all I needed. God used my pastor to convince me otherwise and right there I stood up and declared “dunk” baptize me now! Since that time God has used Christian music, small nudges, and other tools to get my attention. Thankful He loves us too much to leave us in our sin!!
    Blessings 🙂