Mary Coleman

Mary and tree

I am opinionated.

I love to write.

I was born to talk.

These three things converge here on my blog where I share from the heart on faith, family, justice, and current events.

I don’t know everything, but I do know this: Jesus Christ and the scriptures have been my strength, guide, and comfort for over 36 years, especially as I raised my children. The idea of being a studious mom may seem academic, but it’s really about searching the Bible for answers and perspective. We all need a compass to help us navigate life’s burdens and questions. So I hope you’ll find wisdom here as you also walk with God, build your family, and love your neighbors.

My Bio

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, with my parents and three brothers. I became a Christian in 1981 while a student at Princeton University. In 1983 I married my husband Joe and we have been privileged to raise seven children: six girls and a boy who range in age from 33 to 21.


We have also suffered the loss of seven children through miscarriage and the death of a newborn. We home schooled for 13 years and cared for our aging parents who have now passed on. We live at a boarding school in rural Virginia where my husband is assistant head of school and dean of students. I am development director for a non-profit in Charlottesville that serves low-income children.

Our family continues to grow and we have two grandchildren so far. We thank God for his mercies and blessings.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol Kurlowich says:

    I’m so thankful I found you! I also have a heart for race relations, but as a middle class white woman I need direction. Looking forward to following your blog. Prayerfully, Carol


    1. Mary Coleman says:

      Thank you Carol. I hope the things I share bring insights and hope to your heart.



  2. Mary, oh I am so happy I found this.. THANK YOU .. and sharing this with our family.. and friends too. .
    love to you and Joe and all your family.. love Mae Mae Gabbert…. Douglas’ mom 🙂


    1. Mary Coleman says:

      Hi Mae Mae! How did you find my blog? I love how the connection between us continues! 🙂


      1. Mae Mae Gabbert says:

        Mary …can’t believe I’m just replying !!! Joe told me about your blog a few years ago ..I am sharing it with our girls & others …all my love to you & your family ..would love to see you in person .. ..How you & Joe bless others is just amazing to me …thank you more than I can express
        love Mae Mae


  3. you have inspired, challenged, and taught me, I had forgotten some of the “About Mary” details — like about the 7 losses. But recalling them occasioned the other thing that you do, and that is to remind me the isteadfast love of the Most High God!


  4. Teri Davies says:

    Hi Mary,
    I am a therapist at Emmaus Counseling Center in Richland WA and I just learned you will be speaking at our Celebration Event in January 2019! I’m excited to “find” you and look forward to getting to know you and your work as well as meeting you in January!
    Teri Davies


    1. Mary Coleman says:

      I am honored to share my testimony in January. I look forward to meeting your team and hearing more about your ministry.


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