From Him. To Him. Through Him.

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Behind every pretty picture is a story. No one, and I mean NO ONE, has a polished life. But it can really feel like that as we scroll through Instagram and Facebook, can’t it? “Why can’t my life, my relationship, my family, my job, my health, my finances be flawless like their’s clearly is” we think. It’s discouraging to see everyone’s highlight reel and feel like we just cannot get it right! So here I am to show you what’s behind my pretty picture. Three years ago I was ready to give up in ICU after an emergency surgery that left me with an 8 inch scar, debilitating pain, intestines surgically pulled up and out through my abdomen, an ostomy bag, and the loss of my entire large intestine. My worst nightmare. My darkest darks. My 500 feet below rock bottom. I was grief stricken, heart broken, and absolutely furious with God. He saw it ALL. Not only did he see past my pretty pictures but He saw my HEART; bitter, broken, dark, confused, lost, and starting to harden towards Him and others. My absolute worst. And instead of giving up on me He pushed into my life even harder, showing me more grace and goodness than I thought possible! He took the blackness and fear and sickness from me. Over time He restored me to a closer version of what I believe He created me to be. Pretty pictures are great – dresses, bows, flowers, sparkles, smiles, pink things! – and my feminine spirit desires to bring beauty the world! But I’m never happy with my pretty pictures unless it represent my heart. And today it does! But I won’t forget to give God the glory and always be vulnerable enough to point back to what I used to be and say “Look! Just look at what my Awesome God did for me!”

Be young.

Be wild.

Be free.

With love,

❤ Mariah

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