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Mercy for a Broken Spirit

Mercy for a Broken Spirit

I gossip.
I lie.
I am prideful.

When I see the face of my sins, it nearly breaks my spirit. It burdens.

But, broken pieces draw us to the original crafter –
the one who puts all things back together again.

And in his light I can see:

I did everything wrong, but Christ did everything right.
I did nothing of worth, but he is entirely worthy.
I dropped the ball, but he holds it – the entire earth is in his hands.
I am destined to death, but he took death on the cross so I wouldn’t have to.

I come to him a broken daughter
and he leaves me as a beautiful bride.

Mercy. Mercy after mercy, time after time, minute after minute, offense after offense the Lord never stops extending, keeps offering and keeps keeping on – after a broken heart that continually draws wayward from him.

What I don’t deserve, he gives. What I am not, he is.

Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (La. 3:23)

He never stops giving. 24-hours later, new mercies arrive.
His ways are greater than our days.

His mercy makes us worthy and his grace keeps us blessed.

Mercy definition (Google):
compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

Grace definition (Google):  
the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Mercy brings us into the goodness of God; grace is the extension of it.
Mercy saves us from punish; grace brings us into joy.
Mercy takes what was ours (punishment); grace gives us what isn’t.

What we don’t deserve we get. What we deserve was taken from us. In this, all offenses are seen through a new light, the light of Jesus sitting in glory on high.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

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Kelly, a fun-loving, active and spunky mom of two rambunctious toddlers, spends her days pushing swings, changing diapers and pursuing the Lord with all her heart. Called a "Cheerleader of Faith", Kelly's greatest desire is to help women live passionately, purposefully and unencumbered for the Lord.

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24 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Removing the spots, stains, and wrinkles as bridal preparation is something I don’t often hear about in the world, but it’s near to my heart. I believe many of us have been going through some very hard times, but like you say, it’s for a purpose… our suffering has meaning. True words:

    I come to him a broken daughter
    and he leaves me as a beautiful bride.

  • I think the thought that is coming through in all of these #livefreeThursday conversation is this: we receive it so we can offer it.

    That’s transforming for me. I need His mercy. I treasure it. I covet it. And then I can give it — out of what is inside of me. That’s life and faith changing.

  • Loved this post, Kelly! It is such a reminder that grace is not just that saving power. It’s the power that continues to work in our lives to give us that blessing after blessing.

  • I recently went through a time when our beloved daughter was broken and did all sorts of hurtful things. but I didn’t love her less. Now I understand just a little bit more God’s grace and mercy for us. He will never love us less. But his heart hurts when we sin.

    • I am sorry you went through that with your daughter. It is so interesting how God teaches us so much about grace and love through relationships. I cheer your heart Anita.

  • “What I don’t deserve, he gives. What I am not, he is…He never stops giving. 24-hours later, new mercies arrive. His ways are greater than our days.” <–POWERFUL

    Kelly, this beautifully ministered to my heart, and spoke peace silencing the internal chaos derived from my shortcomings that I had been battling. Thank you Kelly for the reminder that it's not by my works or because of my works, but my His grace and mercy that He loves, blesses and empowers me! May His grace & mercy richly abound in your life!

  • Great post, Kel. Simple but profound at the same time. Thanks for the reminders of how we need a Savior and how He goes above and beyond what we could ever imagine!

  • Kelly, I have been encourage with this post. Amazes me how the mercy of God is new every morning. Even when I feel broken I know He’s there to do any necessary healing. I needed this today. I loved it!!!

    Thanks for sharing and let your words encourage others with the love of God every time.

    Tayrina from TGAWrites

    PD: Always during the week I read a lot of posts and then Saturday I choose one post to be featured in my blog on “Posts that Encourage and Words of Comfort Link-Up. I have been blessed with your post and I will be more than happy to feature this post today! Check out the blog later. Be Blessed!

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