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Calling Mercy

Have you ever played the game “Mercy,” on the playground? I’m sure it’s not allowed on school playgrounds anymore, due to the true brutality of the game. It’s a game of enduring pain where both participants grasp hands and try to bend the other one’s back until the weaker one yells Mercy!! I remember playing against the boys on the playground, trying to prove that girls were just as tough as boys. Sometimes I would win, but other times I wouldn’t. I really didn’t like to lose, but sometimes you just had to give in because you didn’t want a broken finger, hand, or wrist.
Thinking back to the game, it made me think about the word mercy and how much mercy God has shown me. I know there have been times in my life when I was close to snapping or breaking and I’d end up calling out for help, for mercy. It was in those times that I would admit that I was not as strong or as independent as I wanted to be. God in his wonderful nature immediately extends mercy to a mere human crying out and giving up. Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. God has the upper hand and He could quickly destroy me or you, but he doesn’t. He has compassion on us, a compassion that we can try to understand but never be able to achieve within the true character of who He is. But, in order to receive the fullness of mercy, I think you have to see the depth of it and accept the need for it with total surrender.

Mercy comes when you come to the end of yourself.

“Give thanks to The Lord, for his mercy endures forever.” Psalm 118:1

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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections


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Keep on keeping on

Do you ever just feeling like hanging it up?  I often feel like I’m stuck on a treadmill, working myself to death but not getting anywhere.  This is one of the joys of being a business owner, constantly trying to come up with new plans and ideas, trying to get things in motion, but it seems something always gets stuck in the wheel.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for what I have, for getting the bills paid here and at home.  But, being in my and my husbands position is very wearing on you physically and mentally.  You have to be ready for whatever comes your way, you have to solve problems quickly, and  you have to decide what to cut or not cut. You have to motivate yourself and others who work alongside you.  You have to grin and bear it although deep down you want to lash out at anything and everyone. 

On days like this, I just have to remind myself of the scripture, “All these many people who have had faith in God are around us like a cloud. Let us put every thing out of our lives that keeps us from doing what we should. Let us keep running in the race that God has planned for us. Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him and He is the One Who makes it perfect. He did not give up when He had to suffer shame and die on a cross. He knew of the joy that would be His later. Now He is sitting at the right side of God.”  (Hebrews 12:1-3 NLV) 

I must keep on keeping on until everything is over or until I’m supposed to do something else.

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Writing


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