Mari Mayborn -about pageSo many great teachers—friends, sisters, writers and speakers—have shared their stories with me. Stories of coming to know a God who lavishes His love on us and longs for each of us to seek Him wholeheartedly.  I write out of gratitude for each person’s influence and, even more so, from a heart that cannot help but tell of this incredible God.

My blog is a mix of marveling at this wondrous world, finding wisdom in the most ordinary places and sharing the hope and courage I’ve found in this God whose love never, ever fails.

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  1. Amy Stoller says:

    Hi Mari! Love your blog. I especially like the basement one. I can tell you are a writer who loves sentences. I think it was Ayn Rand who told an aspiring writer “If you want to write, you must first of all love sentences!”
    Talk to you soon,

    1. Amy~ ‘Happy to see your name here–I’m glad that you stopped by for a break from your own writing and adventures! I do love the intuitive winding and weaving of words, smoothing the way for others to slide right into the story with me. All the best to you!

  2. Mari,
    I read your comment over at Faith Barista and thought I’d share what helped me years ago before I entered the speaking world.

    Scared of not knowing or having anything to offer, I literally felt led to this passage of scripture.

    Haggai 1:13 I read “the Lord’s messenger with the Lord’s message.” Wow, this is gonna be great, I thought. The Lord’s messenger, that’s me. With the Lord’s message…let me hear it. “I am with you,” declares the LORD. Oh, hmmm, that’s it? I thought it would be a little longer than that.

    It continues. “So the LORD stirred up…”

    It’s not the message or the messenger so much as the Lord’s blessing on it. Not by power not by might but by My Spirit says the Lord.

    Prepare and most importantly preprayer.

    I pray you go forward with the Spirit of excellence

    “Haggai 1:13 Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: “I am with you,” declares the LORD. 14 So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the LORD Almighty, their God,”

    1. Doug, I appreciate you taking the time to post these verses. As I start the morning, I am thankful for your kindness–in your pointing me to God’s good words to set my heart aright. They’ll be good companions today and tomorrow: as with prayer I prepare. Thank you.

      1. Over a year’s passed since I first read Doug’s words…And tonight I revisit them and again I appreciate the wisdom as I’m preparing to share a new message this week. Once again, I’m invited to rest in the one who stirs the spirit and pray that He’ll use this little messenger. Thank you, Doug Spurling, for sharing your wisdom with me.

  3. Debby says:

    Hi Mari,

    I love the way you spell your name, I’ve never seen it like that before.
    You have a beautiful blog!

  4. jenny says:

    great story mari
    i finely figure out how to find this page

    1. Jenny! Yay! I’m glad you found the blog! *smile* Glad to see your name here. All the best to you, the sweet and silly “little sister” I always wished for! (Who would have guessed that you’d be born into a family a 1,000 miles away!)

  5. smilau says:

    I’m so thankful for the comment referring to Haggai 1:13! These words were very meaningful to me as I also prepare to speak and deal with the same questions about what I have to offer women. Can one ever be reminded too much that it is God working through me – not me being marvelous – and of the power of prayer?

    1. I need that reminder in everything I set my hand to.

      Father God, fill us with the fullness of Your Spirit. Guide us and use us as we empty ourselves of self and yield our desires and ambitions to the purposes You’ve wisely and lovingly prepared for us.

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