Getting What We Don’t Deserve vs. Not Getting What We Do Deserve – June 20 Inspiration

Happy First Day of Summer!  Our weather today was certainly indicative of summer. It was quite humid and hit 80 degrees.


Do you know the difference between GRACE and MERCY? I’ve always been taught the difference is this:

GRACE = Getting what we don’t deserve

God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense


MERCY = Not getting what we do deserve


Here’s your first day of summer inspiration…

“You can have a brand new start today.

Allow God’s mercy to strengthen and heal you

before starting your routine activities.

Receive His healing power,

and let its grace work in you.

Today can be effortless

as you depend on God’s grace

to do what He has called you to do.”

–Joyce Meyer

My reflections:

I have this quote printed out and tacked to the wall above my desk, so I read it every day–sometimes multiple times a day. There’s definitely some  truth to the part about days being effortless (or at least considerably less effort) when I depend on God’s grace and plan for the day, than when I try to go it alone and spend the day struggling and discouraged.

So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you pondered the difference between grace and mercy?

Does an early morning time of prayer or meditation make your day easier?

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. I do blogging in the morning, before I start my preparations for going to work. It’s not quite prayer or meditation, but it helps to center me, I believe.

  2. Early mornings in the Word help me immensely especially if I journal about it!

  3. I cannot believe it’s the first day of summer already! It will be over before we know it. The heat definitely lets us know what season we’re in 🙂

  4. Happy First Day of Summer – I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by! I hope the Summer treats us all well 🙂 x

  5. Every day I am thankful for grace and mercy. Prayer is important to me.

  6. Hi! meditation and prayer help me a lot. Before I get busy with my kids & work, I need at least 5 mins to pray, meditate and be grateful for everything I have. 🙂

  7. I’ve never started my day like that, but my mom does. I know it has helped her a lot over the years.

  8. I really don’t have a clue what grace really is. I have heard the word many times in talk. But not sure what it means.

    I know what mercy is. Not grace.

  9. What a beautiful inspiring quote! This is so true. We must put God first and let Him guide you to fulfill His plans for you. Many times I get to the end of the day frustrated with tasks left half done. I found out that when I pray and give thanks to Him at the first moments when I get up in the morning, I am more energized and able to accomplish more.

  10. Very inspirational and thoughtful words. Thanks a lot for sharing them 🙂

  11. God’s grace is always sufficient. There may be times that our prayers are not answered but we never know what’s really good for us until it happened to us.

  12. I love that quote! It’s definitely a great way to remind yourself that it’s all up to God. I love reflecting in the morning, it makes me feel more prepared for the day ahead.

  13. Yay! Happy #SummerSolstice 🙂 Awesome post. I do affirmation cards every morning and a gratitude list atleast twice a week to remain humble and teachable

  14. I like the meaning of grace. Our salvation is God’s grace- we get it if we are not the ones who paid for it.

  15. We can’t measure how big God’s grace and God’s mercy are. They are both endless to all of us.

  16. That’s a great way to explain mercy and grace. It truly sums it up in such an easy to understand way and makes it easy to apply to real life stuff for anyone.

  17. I love to start my mornings off early so that I have some personal reflection time before my kids get up. It’s a great start to my day.

  18. I have not really thought about the difference between mercy and grace but you spell it out so nicely here. I think I need to take time and slow down some and reflect more during the day. Maybe I will be less stressed.

  19. I can not believe that it is summer already. It feels like it was just the start of the new year. I love this post because it pushed me to think in ways that I hadn’t in a while.

  20. 80s are not that bad compared to ours here in Texas…we have nearly hit 3 digits this week!

    A morning prayer is a great way to start a day! Thanks for sharing!

  21. If I miss my time with God, or even a service on Sunday something feels off. So.. I try not to. 🙂

  22. God is truly wonderful. He gives us grace and mercy without hesitation.

  23. I believe that we always get what we deserve in life. We may not like it or have asked for it but we get what we need to at all times.

  24. What a great way to start the day. I wish I am more organized to meditate daily.

  25. This is so true! We love a God that is filled with so much grace. I am so thankful for that grace as that has helped me through life’s storms.

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