Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

New Beginnings After Necessary Endings

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Today is a new beginning after a necessary ending because even though I have been blogging for over two years, I am writing my first blog as Mary McLeary.

The necessary ending refers to my previous blog, and its author, Ann Cocktale.

On her last Christmas before going to heaven, Mother gifted me something very special –her prayer journals.  Because she was a tried and true prayer warrior, these journals were testimonies of her faith in Him.

As I read through them, especially after she passed, I was inspired to somehow share her wisdom.  I prayed about how to do this, and He answered my prayers by leading me, step by step.  The name for the blog, along with the entries and later the domain, came through His guidance.

Since I was a timid writer, I used the name of my imaginary friend from childhood as the author.  I really don’t remember her, but Mother said I would play for hours with Ann Cocktale. Apparently I really enjoyed her company and I’m glad I invited her back to write the blog.

It became a place for me (as Ann) to tell our family’s faith stories and then add an entry from Mother’s journals.  Last year I decided to compile some of the blog posts into a book.

Again He guided and In My Mother’s Words is now available on Amazon.  I would love for you to read it.

After the book was published, I felt it might be time to for an ending.  I think I got an affirmation last week when there was a glitch in the renewal process for aquaangst. I didn’t renew and now Ann Cocktale’s writing career has ended.

I learned so much while writing aquaangst and made so many blogger friends whose blogs shine with a love for the Savior.  Cheryl Smith at, Frank at and Maria Morgan are three (among thousands) of His children who are witnessing online.

The book @stickyJesus came along with just the right message at just the right time and reminded me to pray up before I log on.

Today is a new beginning for me.  I have no idea where or how He will use this blog, but it is my prayer that He will.

In her journal Mother wrote, “He still speaks clearly and accurately through the Bible, and He also speaks through preachers, teachers and concerned friends.”

She would be pleased, I think, to know He might use her words on this blog too.


Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

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