Hey, y’all! First, I have a confession: I’ve had time to write a blog post, so I’m not gonna fake that I didn’t, but I hope this post makes up for the months of nothing. 🙂 And to be honest, this month has been really, really crazy busy and really, really hard. But don’t worry that I’m going to dump a bunch of stuff on you, but I don’t want you to think that everything is okay. And I know that at least one of my readers is going to be like, “Hey girl, same.” And just to throw it out please, please, please: Head over to the Contact MG page and send me a quick prayer request cause I know that you have something that I can pray for you and/or your friend(s) and family. This is something that is really important to me as a writer. I know that I don’t have a large reader audience and like half of it is my grammi and mother (so hi to those two!), but I want to be able to really connect with you and the other readers. And most of all, I want this blog to be a place that is God-glorifying and somewhere where you can feel safe and encouraged. ❤

Now, enough rambling! Let’s get to the blog post………..

how to love God with all of your heart

That seems easy, right? When I was thinking up blog posts, I thought so too, but it really isn’t. Loving God is hard, because we live in a broken world, and in a broken culture that tells us not to love a God that we can’t see or touch. And on top of that, our world doesn’t even know truly what the word love means. This is the definition of love that Google comes up with:

It doesn’t seem that weird, but if you look in the bible at the amazing love that God has for us: It’s more than “an intense feeling of deep affection“. It’s an amazing love that contradicts what this nation, what this world sees as “love”. Jesus’s love doesn’t expect something back, Jesus’s love loves because he cares for you, Jesus’s love will never go away. This world yearns to see this love, but they fill their heads with the notion that love is a Disney Princess ordeal. When you love, you love because you expect something back from someone else. If you want to an amazing love that loves because it simply loves with the truest love, you have to look to Jesus. Because were our love lies, our life lies. We rely on love to live. We can’t let our love rely on another sinful human because if that person fails us then our life falls apart. I need to love God. You need to love God. We need to love God.

Our world is emotionally falling apart because it isn’t rooted in Christ’s love. We are murdering babies, telling teens and young adults that if they don’t like how their life is going they can just end it, and every year more teens falls into depression and anxiety. We can’t stand by and watch this go on.

How do we love Jesus then, if we are stuck in this broken world?! We love Him like He loves us. I know that might seem impossible, but we can strive, and strive, I’m going to. God gives us three things that we can love Him with.

And now, these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

God wants us to love Him with all of these, but most of all, He wants us to LOVE Him and yearn to be with Him. What I want you to take away is this,

God loves you and you NEED to love Him.

a dare for you (because sometimes we forget to love):

  • find 1-4 young people to mentor. You could save their life by being a light and prayer warrior for them.
  • Do something so that more people know that our world is falling into this darkness. Start a blog, if you’re a pastor preach a sermon on it, post this on social media or write something on your own. You can do something about this.
  • Volunteer! https://www.volunteermatch.org/ If you click on the link, it will take you to a website where it has 100s of opportunities for you to volunteer in your area.
  • Love Jesus like nobody’s business. He deserves it far beyond you can even imagine.
  • And LOVE like Jesus, not the world. No matter how beat up and tired you are, strive to love like Jesus. ❤

I love y’all so much.

❤ 𝓂𝒶𝓇𝓎 𝑔𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒

Dear Rebekah: Day Thirteen

Dear Rebekah,

It must have taken a lot to lay down your family, land, and life to follow Issac into the unknown. You remind me of Ruth, she followed her mother-in-law into a strange land, blind to the future.

It’s hard to put everything down and devote your life to Jesus. I recently read a book called Anything, by Jennie Allen. It seriously changed my life when I read about Ms. Jennie’s decision to let God use her for anything and everything. Since she prayed that prayer, she’s devoted her life to encouraging and inspiring women to let go of their fears and say,

“Jesus, use me.”

Isn’t that so powerful? And God used an average lady to change lives and direct love to Him.

When Issac toke you away to a foreign land, was it hard? I bet. And did you ever want to go home? I would, for sure. But you became a faithful, devoted wife to Issac and that totally changed your life. You have done great things, friend.

Your sister in Christ,

𝑀𝒶𝓇𝓎 𝒢𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒

alone

where do i run?

when my heart is heavy

and i need more than,

i’m sorry.

who should i turn to

when i crumple to the floor.

where is my God when life fails

and leaves me sobbing?

where is my sister

when i need a hug?

what happened to my broken family?

it cracked in two.

happy. loving.

alone. hurting.

God, are you there?

do you see me?

where is your love,

grace,

hope

when i need it?

is it with the homeless?

or the persecuted?

where is your love?

i need a love, unconditional.

i need a grace, full of mercy.

i need a hope, never ending.

Jesus, where are you?

why do i need to break

into two,

joy and hurt.

a heartache.

am i worthless?

a speck of nothing?

where do i run?

my heart is heavy.


Dear friends,

This has been me recently…. hurting. I want to thank you for praying. It means beyond words to me and my family. I love each and every one of you dear readers!!! Y’all mean so much to me!!

Love,

Mary Grace ❤

Dear Ruth: Day Twelve

Dear Ruth,

I will go where you go.

That must of taken a lot of courage to get those powerful words out. I mean, it’s not every day that you have the choice to commit to following your Mother-in-law to a strange country. Your words have inspired me to follow God where ever He leads me.

Who knows? He might lead me to become a missionary in Timbuktu. Right now, I know that the Lord is leading me through writing on my blog and writing a bible study on Job. (I love the book Job!!)

(Oh!! And Ruth!!) 😜

Sometimes, it’s hard to see what God is doing in my life. When Brandi died, the world span with questions.

Why?

Why God?

We love Brandi!! You love Brandi.

Why did you take her away?

Why are you doing this?

Jesus, bring her back!!

My Aunt Allie reminded me recently that those questions about life are big things, but God will provide the answers when I need them.

God is going to lead me. Naomi led you into a land that was foreign to you, but you encoureged her and came with her all the way.

Your words,

I will go where you go.

have inspired me and thousands of other Christian women, girls, and teens.

Your sister in Christ,

𝑀𝒶𝓇𝓎 𝒢𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒

Dear Hagar: Day Eleven

Dear Hagar,

It sometimes seems like your wake up call to Christ is when life gets rough. I know what that feels like. It’s really hard. One day, the world’s (seemingly) rainbows and unicorns… and then there’s the wave, that seems to take out your life in one fellow swoop. You’ve had it happened. And it hurts.

But when, we hurt…. we turn to God. And we find that God is the only one who can take a broken, bleeding heart and patch it into a heart of gold.

A few weeks ago, my older sister Brandi, passed away. And that just broke my heart. I hadn’t truly realized how much I had loved her, until a few days before she passed. Brandi had become the sunshine of our lives and I miss her until I missed her.

When God gives us something, I think it’s really hard for us not to embrace it as our own… but His. And it’s really hard, not to get mad at Him when He does take it back. And, that’s what I’m going through right now. It’s hard for me to not see God as taking Brandi back, but bringing her to a better place. And it hurts like crazy.

I know that life is rough for us. It’s hard to be a human. It’s hard to hurt.

But we Princess Warriors gotta stick together.

-Kathleen Ober (https://onesmallstar4him.wordpress.com/)

Yup, she said it. We have the stength to get through this hard time….but we can’t do it ourselves. We need other Princess Warriors to cheer us on, and most importantly, we need God. And He is the One who will heal our broken hearts.

Your sister in Christ,

𝑀𝒶𝓇𝓎 𝒢𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒

For More On Hagar: Genesis 16 (ESV)

For My Dear Readers Who Are Hurting….

How to Cope When Life Is Hard:

  • First, I seek God. You aren’t going to find anyone else, who will stick with you whatever you do. And you won’t find more refuge in anyone else. God is a rock on which you can stand. He is unshakable. No one else will ever give you more hope or love then God.
  • Second, I read God’s Word like I’ve never read it before. These last few days, I’ve pored over Job. I really encourage you to read a bit today, whether you are hurting or not. If the day’s just starting for you, open your Bible and read a verse or two. (If you don’t have a bible around: Job) I can tell you that it will put a little bounce to your step.. for me, it’s got me so excited that I’ve written five pages of notes from one verse. You know me, I’m always the rambler. 😉
  • Third, I have mentors and friends who lift me up. So many people have given me a note, and few encouraging words, or let me know that they are praying for me and my family. Two friends even wrote me a poem!!! And I think that it’s really important that if you are hurting, you need a Christian friend. My friends that are super dedicated to Christ, are a lot more encouraging then my friends who aren’t Christians/aren’t strong Christians. Once you have friends who are there for you when you need to rant, cry, or laugh…. you want to be that person for someone else. So, find a friend to rant to, cry with, and laugh together. You will find that the world feels a whole lot lighter when you have God, His Word and friends or mentors.
  • Look for encouraging articles and books!! Here are some resources that I think you’ll enjoy:
  • How to Use Scripture to Encourage Grieving Kids (By Allie Boman) I found this article very encouraging, because it contained uplifting scripture and it let me realize that adults are trying to be encouraging, even when sometimes (as a kid) … I don’t see it.
  • https://onesmallstar4him.wordpress.com/ (Kathleen Ober’s blog) I have found a lot of encouragement and hope from reading this blog. Kathleen is a great friend, and has been there for me while I struggle. Thanks girl!!!!!!!
  • Remember that God always has your back, through the good and the bad. He loves you so much!!!

Even if you aren’t hurting, I can guarantee that one of your family or friends is going through a hard time. If you think this post might help that person then please feel free to text her/him a link or copy and paste. And, if you want a large group of friends to read this, then click on one of the buttons below to share on Facebook. (For my bloggy friends, I won’t mind if you re-blog, just post a link to the original post so your readers know where it came from.) Remember that you can make a difference in someone else’s life by offering a few encouraging words!!!

The Liebster Award

Hello, dear friends!!! Yesterday I was tagged (!!!!!) for the Liebster Award, which is super AMAZING!!!!! Thank you so much Maya J. T. for tagging me!!! I have enjoyed reading your blog and I’m so excited that you tagged me!!

So, if you’re thinking,

“What in the world is The Liebster Award?!”

These are the rules:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who gave it to you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
  • Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nominations.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.

So let’s get started!!! 🙂

Maya’s Questions:

What does your name mean?

My first name, Mary, means beloved. My middle name, Grace, means God’s favor. People call me Mary Grace, so I guess I’m beloved one with God’s favor. 😉

What do you write (blog)?

I blog mainly Non-Fiction and right now I am working (very slowly, I’ll warn you!!) on two books- a Non-Fiction book and a Fiction book. I also write for a (AMAZING!!) magazine called Oh Beloved One!!!

What is your favorite kind of cheese?

I mainly don’t eat cheese, mainly because I’m on a diet and partly because my siblings are allergic to dairy. But, I guess my favorite is Pepper Jack.

What is the most important thing to you?

I’m guessing that Maya meant a thing (in other words, not a person/animal) so I’m going to answer that my Bible is my most important possession that I own because it gives me so much hope and encouragement.

Who is your favorite character (not one of yours) of all time?

Hmm… I’d have to go with Sophie from Keeper of the Lost Cities (who is, by the way AMAZING!). I am so envious that someone else created this character. Sophie is brave, beautiful, gracefully fierce, and a fighter. I love this girl!!!

Which Ilvermorny (North American wizarding school) house are you? (Take the test here: https://my-pottermore.wizardingworld.com/ilvermorny-sorting; or read the quote below and pick the one you think you’d fit in.)

It is sometimes said of the Ilvermorny houses that they represent the whole witch or wizard: the mind is represented by Horned Serpent; the body, Wampus; the heart, Pukwudgie and the soul, Thunderbird. Others say that Horned Serpent favours scholars, Wampus, warriors, Pukwudgie, healers and Thunderbird, adventurers.

J.K. Rowling

I am apparently not old enough to take the test, but from the qoute I would say… most likely… Thunderbird. 🙂 I have soul, people. XD

How many books do you want to read in 2019?

My goal is 500 Likely? Maybe. Fun? OH, YES!!!!

How many books have you read so far in 2019?

Probably about 80-100. I don’t really count the books… I read them so fast!!!

What is your favorite word?

Broken. It means so much to me and gives me so much hope. Jesus saved the broken me. He restores the broken heart. He broke himself for me.

Have you ever been to another country, and if so, which one(s)?

No, but my dream is to tour Europe and Africa, helping all sorts of people.

What do you tell people when they ask you what you want to be?

A writer and someone who uses the gifts that the Lord has given me to impact the world. My Mission: To use writing to change people’s lives.

11 Random Thoughts About Me

  1. I never match my socks. And it isn’t on purpose….. it just happens.
  2. I love Fight Song (By Rachel Platten). I workout to it, dance to it, and get my morning started with it.
  3. I have never written a book, but really hope to!
  4. I am going to start working in the preschool section at my church.
  5. I share my bedroom with my 4 siblings. (I know, it’s squished.)
  6. I am on a diet, GAPS.
  7. I have a cat named Leah.
  8. I like/write more on Google Docs than Word.
  9. My closest friend is a college student. (By the way, this girl is an amazing writer ( https://onesmallstar4him.wordpress.com/)!!! Love ya Kathleen!!!
  10. Somebody rents out the top of our house and we live in the basement.
  11. I just read Anything (By Jennie Allen) and I love it soooo much. (You have to read it!!!)

Yayyy!!!

*whispers* That was probably a little boring, so let’s move on!!

Who I Am Gonna Tag

The moment all my fellow writers were waiting for…. who I’m going to tag!!!

Feel no pressure to do this!! (Remember, it’s supposed to be fun!!) And feel free to do this without me tagging you!!!!

Kathleen@One Small Star

Eliana@Eliana The Writer

Katie@Girl Of Joy

Emily@Growing Into Friends

Liana@Tomorrow

KirstenandMarit@The Write Way

Julia@Julia Nelson

Hannah@Generation Lights

Sara@Romans 5:3-5

Anita@Anita Seavey

My Questions For You

I forgot this when I posted the original blog post…thanks Eliana!!!

  1. What’s your favorite flower?
  2. Have you ever written a novel (or are in the process of writing one)?
  3. If you could time travel, when would you go?
  4. What personality trait has gotten you into the worst trouble?
  5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  6. If you had to pick a new name for yourself, what would you pick?
  7. Do you feel like a leader or a follower?
  8. Which movie sequel do you wish you could erase from history.
  9. What’s your favorite book?
  10. What fictional character do you wish you could meet?
  11. If your life was a move, what songs would be on the soundtrack?

That was very fun!! Thank you Maya!!! I hope y’all had a great time reading this!!

Adios,

Mary Grace

Prayers Please!! :)

Dear Friends,

These last few weeks have been very hectic and unexpected. It’s really been a hard week for my family and myself…. let me explain.

4 years ago, my family adopted Brandi from an orphanage in Bulgaria. Brandi has had CP and several disabilities since birth, and it is such a joy to have her as part of my family. She is our sunshine and we love her to pieces!

Last week, we found out that she had pneumonia in one of her lungs and was most likely to die shortly. And then a few days ago, we were informed that we had (at most) a week left with her.

It has been a very hard week for our family and we would appreciate your prayers.

Love,

Mary Grace

We Are Beautifully Broken

We are beautifully broken.

Those words make me happy..and sad. They signal to me two things-love and hurt.

We are broken.

We mess up all the time. Yet, we have a all-forgiving Daddy who picks us up and calls us his beloved children.

He calls us beautiful.

He calls us precious.

He calls us beautifully broken.

We are beautifully broken. The pain and healing in those words are breathtaking and so true.

It Hurts:

It hurts to know that we are broken people. It hurts to know it, it hurts to confess it. It will hurt. It does hurt. Why? Because we, as humans, want to be perfect. We don’t want to fail. We don’t want to be known as a broken and hurting person. But we are broken, and even if you deny it, we are. We are broken and it hurts.

It Heals:

It hurts to be broken. But we are healed/can be healed. God is the ultimate healer and encourager, I mean it!!!!! He takes a broken you and replaces it with a healed you.

Jesus Christ, died for you and loves you. He took his heart, which was perfect, and broke it….

FOR YOU!!!!

He loved you so much, he was willing to give you the choice to heal the broken you and become new. What better kind of love can you get?

You are beautifully broken because Christ did a beautiful thing to heal your broken heart.

Dear Huldah: Day Ten

Dear Huldah,

I am very happy that your men found the scroll containing instructions from the Lord! I don’t know what would have happened if you hadn’t found it… or maybe I do. 😉 But anyway, I think that what your country is doing is great!! Though turning to the Lord and obeying his laws can be very hard at times. Especially when there is temptation. It seems to eat away at you, telling you..

“This would be really good.”

And a lot of times we follow the temptation and so opposite of what the Lord wants us to do. But the Lord can heal our temptation through teaching us His ways and giving us the Holy Spirit. It is easy to sin, but even harder to be sorry for what you did or thought. But the Lord will forgive you for what you did with the snap of a finger. And you’ll probably be seeing that every day now!!! It must be exciting to see people turn to God!!

Your sister in Christ,

𝑀𝒶𝓇𝓎 𝒢𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒

Dear Michal: Day Nine

Dear Michal,

Girl!! You are for sure a princess warrior!!! Your story is super, I mean, saving the future King for one! It’s really inspiring for us girlies and the oldies (but the goodies) ;)!!!! Wow, I was shocked when I finally heard of what you had done!!! I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard of what you did until yesterday!!

  1. Saul, your Dad, wants to kill David. Your servant quickly brings word to you.
  2. You alert David and he leaves.
  3. You set up a dummy in bed instead of David.
  4. You trick the King’s soldiers and save David’s life.

But I think it’s sad how David treats you later in life, by getting Abigail and Bath-Sheba as his wives. But, you need to know that God has worked great things in your life and used you for something great. I’m sure he has more for you in store!!

Your sister in Christ,

𝑀𝒶𝓇𝓎 𝒢𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒