Not About Me

    Through the faithful and kind providence of God,

we meet for a few rare moments.

Welcome!  🙂

In our fast paced culture, it’s easy to lose sight of true value,

significance, and worth. 

If we’ll listen, the course of life shouts with a void of true identity,

that can sustain us.  

This void conveys lingering questions within our hearts that is similar to an echo,

that can wear out their welcome with a repetitive nature. 

*Yet, through the seasons be it of  joy,

struggles, surprises and questions,

God’s sees, hears, and knows our path. 

His grace is ever present in our scruples,

dreams, ambitions,

doubts,

and career plans;

often through a persistent whisper that wakes our dehydrated soul. 

God has placed eternity in our hearts and until we find our rest in Him,

we’re unable to rest.

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This is God’s story of His grace and mercy working all things for good in and through my life. 

Even from childhood memories in the beautiful,

northern state of Michigan with great waterskiing and delicious blueberries,

to living the desire, pursuit and favor of a professional model and career. 

Although God’s hand of favor was sought,

I’m grateful while in New York City our merciful God quietly,

yet strategically wooed, revealed, and challenged the focus of my heart. 

Questions echoed and surrounded the meaninglessness of life;

specifically within the American dream. 

With Gods reputation to hover over and be on the move,

He pulled me out of the world’s parade to breathe His eternal air. 

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“There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death”  ~ Proverbs 14:12.   

 

God’s grace eventually called me to a path beyond the American dream,

to risk it all at the

Cross of Jesus Christ. 

As a new creation in Christ,

it was a beautiful surprise and deep fulfillment to be, His ambassador,

with the message of grace and the ministry of reconciliation,

living right here in America. 

Life can be lived to its fullest in Christ, without selling all out to the American dream. 

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 “…whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” ~Mark 8: 35

 

The paradox is the path of finding true identity that sustains to live,

move and have our being. 

Our true identity and dignity is restored by believing in Jesus Christ through

His death, burial and resurrection.

Trusting alone in the work of Christ, will find us lingering

and Savoring His presence.

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“…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. 
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
~1  Samuel 16:7                       

My identity in Christ proclaims: 

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 
The life I live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ~Galatians 2: 20
 

God calls our hearts to an urgent faith in Christ. 

Often by His providential hand,

He whispers to us through questions that may seem to haunt the mind and soul during struggles,

set backs and difficulties of life. 

He sometimes, oftentimes calls us to wait in them,

to surrender and trust Him in uncomfortable or painful situations,

by His mercy and Mighty Right Hand in and through the life of Christ Jesus. 

He is our only victory; the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ! 

Amidst the shout in our culture, as it was then and still is now that I refute:

I don’t have to be great because He is!

“…Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.”  ~John 6:68

 

As a child of God, wife to my best friend, and mom to great young adults, 

life holds a variety of seasons to

press into our faithful,

Heavenly Father for His Presence alone.  

God is true to who He says He is: 

good, faithful, true, just, loving, tender,

humble, gentle, strong,

and so much more than we can grasp in this lifetime thankfully.

What a gift and joy to contemplate and dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord-
to seek him in his His temple.  ~Psalms 27:4

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As a novice writer,

scripture and contemplation show forth

through many struggles in long seasons.

I’ve pondered, wrestled through much prayer,

and by God’s grace learned to wait on the Lord.

It’s messy yet sincere in desire,

for the Spirit of God matures my understanding within His perspective,

kingdom and glory.

When I struggle with questions throughout life:

How to walk worthy of the kingdom?  How to suffer well?

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It’s humbling to bring writing from my journal out in the open,
especially without journalism experience in this knowledge saturated society. 
However it’s a humble and honest walk,
aiming to love God with my trust
Although it’s been a few moons since New York City,
I’m now in a season of our family life,
where I enjoy cherished moments of creative writing and all its vulnerabilities.
"It’s the possibility of writing on the eternal skies 
the record of a heroic life.” 
~Carlyle

 

To trust and savor daily His multitude of mercies,
especially the small happenings that are often insignificant and yet silent,
are treasured mercies.
Each resurrected day.

To remember,

to be continually amazed and humbled,

at His faithful presence that lives

within us!

It’s my hope, earnest prayer and life journey to

Savor His Presence

*Be encouraged:  03 All You’ll Ever Need by Tenth Avenue North

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My purpose and hope is for our God of all comfort and 
Father of compassion, 

will encourage your heart to 
*Savor His Presence* 
in whatever challenges you face, 

and trust His *Mighty Right Hand* at all times. 

It’s the only quiet place in a noisy world.  

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 “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;

with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. 

I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. 
O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? 
You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you. 
Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted. 
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you…
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your of your presence, O Lord. 
They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.”
~Psalms 89: 1, 2, 8, 13-16
To Live Is Christ
~Philippians 1:20,21

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kymberli February 24, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Mary, the scriptures you have chosen to share and your openness have been very encouraging to my heart!

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Pat March 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Mary, as I read your thoughts and scripture I find rest and peace. It will pull me back to visit your site often.

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Scott March 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Love the site, great photos

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