Sending Big Hugs

Do you want justice?
Don't fawn on the judge
But, ask the Lord for it!
Prov 29:26

Praise God for His mercy and justice. We continue to thank Him for His faithfulness and provision. We know He is with us and He has lead us powerfully by His Holy Spirit. This past year has been an amazing one to learn how much the Lord Jesus loves us. I know that I am different because of it.

If I could have my way, I would hug you close, dear friends, in person for all the love and support you have shown to me and my family. I know that your greatest joy is simply serving the Lord, but let me share with you the amazing touch on our lives because of your powerful intercession:

  1. We have grown so close to God and have learned powerful spiritual lessons.
  2. Carrie received wisdom especially in her court case.
  3. Protection!
  4. Financial breakthrough!
  5. Carrie found a cute place to live while ordered to stay in San Diego for the next year. It will be a great place to heal and grow spiritually.
  6. The church Carrie attends, The Rock of San Diego, is amazing. The teachings and worship is powerful. The leaders have rallied around her and provided help in moving. Several leaders continue to call making sure she is okay and the ladies in the Women's Ministry have written to her inviting her for coffee and a listening ear.
  7. Many opportunities to share the gospel.

I could go on and on, my friends. You are His hands and feet and we feel the presence of the Lord all around us. Carrie and I love to pray for you and we ask God to shower you with blessings.

The spiritual warfare continues. I read this morning in Gal 5:11, "the fact that I am still being persecuted proves that I am still preaching salvation through faith in the cross of Christ alone!".

I am so glad to be on this journey with you. I send you my love! I will be in San Diego this week helping with getting settled in and hope to visit your blogs whenever I can get a few minutes.


  1. Praising the Lord with you. We do indeed serve an awesome God.

    Linda J

  2. I am SO GLAD to see you back and with that beautiful picture posted, and Casting Crowns singing in the background. What a blessing!

    I will continue to pray, for the whole situation, but I know as you do that God has His hand on them, day by day.

    Thanks for the good sharing! Lots os answered prayer!

    Hugs to all of you.


  3. Praise God from whom all our blessings flow, and praying for them to continue to flow all over your famiies life. I love you.

  4. I love the photo of Susanna; she's adorable! I continue to stand with you in prayer and praising God for how He is working in this situation.

    Much love,

  5. What a BEAUTIFUL baby girl!! Oh my goodness like sugar and spice and everything NICE!!! I see the light of JESUS in her face!

    I'm with you in prayer and your family dear sister. I love you and I'm trusting GOD for your entire family situation and for the comfort, strength, wisdom and FAVOR of GOD!!

    I love you.

  6. I am so glad things are getting better for you guys!! You have been in my prayers!!

    We are going to San Diego the beginning of August!! I have never been there, so excited!!

    Love and Blessings

  7. Praising God for all of this that we can see and all that we can't !!!! Thank you Lord!

    I am sooo glad you are able to be there with her and your sweet Susanna! What an awesome church and body the Lord has blessed Carrie with and you get to reap the benefits as well! Praise Be to God!

    Sending you big hugs Mary and soooo much love! Give Carrie the same all the way from OK and back!

  8. Soo glad to hear from you sister Mary. And thankful to the Lord for everything He does to all of us, but most especially for sister Carrie and your beautiful granddaughter at this trying times. Continuing to lift you up in prayers. And I'm glad I'm walking with you in this difficult trek we're in. The road is narrow but it's tolerable with every step knowing I have mighty friends/family in Christ walking side by side with me. I'm so blessed. God bless you all richly and to God be the glory! Love you sister Mary.

  9. Hi Mary! ....I completely "ditto" what everyone's already voiced, more poignantly than I would have! Just wanted to say "thanks" for making me smile when I spotted Susanna - and learning that you all are doing well.
    Don't worry 'bout getting back to us .... we'll be here waiting!

  10. Hello, Mary.
    You have an amazing post today! Thank you for sharing positively in the midst of all the negative that family had to deal with in this situation.

    So glad that you are with your daughter and helping her get settled in.

    Hugs to you and your daughter.

    That sweet granddaughter of yours is precious! Love the picture.

  11. I'm glad to hear from you, Dear, and that some things are going well. I pray for God's blessings for you. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. Hugs ~

  12. Oh, I'm so glad to hear of the Lord's great provision of grace and protection. I'm encouraged by the way the Holy Spirit provides peace and soothing to our mama hearts. Bless you, smiley friend.

  13. Hey Mary!

    Rejoicing with you.......We serve an Awesome God and He is ever Faithful!

    So glad Carrie and Susanna are getting settled. I know the hand of the Lord is leading, providing, shielding and protecting them in the seasons ahead.

    I continue to pray for you and your family.

    Luv, Hugs and Sweet Blessings!

  14. Hi Mary! Thanks for coming over and saying hi at Pom Pom's Ponderings. I am a dingy woman. I had JUST read your post when I began to write my latest post and I wanted to put Piles of Smiles in my blog story tribute. I added you in. Please forgive me for having such a darting around brain. You DO tell encouraging stories and your readers are blessed.

  15. Hi Mary! Okay, I fixed that crazy font on my last post and said some different stuff. Thanks for letting me know right away how messed up it was. It's taken me until now to try to fix it. It wasn't a crazy story, just wrong font that wouldn't show up right on a PC. Have a lovely weekend.

  16. God's hand is all over this, isn't it, Mary? It just blesses me mightily to witness how sturdy is Carrie's faith, and yours. And what's not to applaud in that little one's smile?

    I'm so glad you've been able to spend time in San Diego. It must be an immense blessing for Carrie, and a great comfort for you.

    Thanks for keeping us posted!


    P.S. I'm hoping we can have ONE more lunch in Prescott before I head out of AZ on July 24. God willing ...


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