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Grace, Mercy, and Strength – March 17 Inspiration


Grace, mercy, and strength.  Qualities that would be nice to have consistently. I’ve always been taught the difference between grace and mercy 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 St. Patrick’s Day 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 gace

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?


  1. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    Sometimes I find it such a struggle to have those 3. Taking the high road feels at times like I’m just letting others walk all over me.
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    17 . Mar . 2016
  2. Heather

    I do need to meditate again every morning, thanks for the inspiration!

    17 . Mar . 2016
  3. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    I haven’t thought about the difference between grace and mercy.
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    17 . Mar . 2016
  4. Maya

    I’ve never thought of it this way!

    18 . Mar . 2016
  5. tara pittman

    I love the way the word grace is broken down. I love Gods riches and thank Him every day for the cross.
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    18 . Mar . 2016
  6. michelle

    i have not pondered the difference between grace and mercy before. i have never thought about mercy being not getting what you deserve. definitely gives me something to think about

    18 . Mar . 2016
  7. Amy Jones

    I cant start a day without mediating about the path ill take this day.
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    18 . Mar . 2016
  8. Elizabeth O.

    This is like an awakening for me. I must say, this is the first time I’ve thought about the difference between the two. I never even thought they went hand in hand. Thank you for teaching me something new.

    18 . Mar . 2016
  9. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    To me grace and mercy mean basically the same thing.

    18 . Mar . 2016
  10. Jeannette

    I had never really thought about the difference between grace and mercy but it’s interesting. I’m glad that we can have both!
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    18 . Mar . 2016
  11. Dana

    Meditation is my best friend! If I skip a day, it reflects on my calmness and wellbeing!
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    18 . Mar . 2016
  12. Jonathan Key

    I’m so thankful for God’s grace and mercy. While the two are different both are so important to understand. I’m thankful for my family and friends this St. Patrick’s week.
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    18 . Mar . 2016
  13. Natasha Mairs

    I have never really thought about this before, but now you have got me thinking
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    19 . Mar . 2016
  14. Jenjen

    Never thought nor looked at it that way between grace and mercy. Interesting!

    19 . Mar . 2016
  15. Eugenia

    I am so grateful to God for His grace and mercy which wakes me up each morning! The daily meditation helps me in life!
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    19 . Mar . 2016
  16. Rosey

    I like these definitions of grace and mercy. I like Joyce Meyer too.

    19 . Mar . 2016
  17. Anosa

    I have never taken the time to think about the difference. Thanks for for the budge

    19 . Mar . 2016
  18. Alana

    I should take quiet time out in the morning – but usually I am running around at top speed (or trying to blog!) getting ready for work. To my surprise, I discovered that my mother in law (who is religious) meditates every morning upon wakening. It’s something I should adopt, too.
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    19 . Mar . 2016
  19. nicole

    I should meditate before going to work. Serving the public is very stressful, I enjoy helping others but sometimes its overwhelming.

    19 . Mar . 2016
  20. Yona Williams

    I haven’t stopped to think about the difference between grace and mercy, but your post definitely enlightened me a bit. My Mom keeps telling me about the power of meditation, but I haven’t been able to get into it much.
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    20 . Mar . 2016
  21. Shannon Peterson

    I’ve never thought about the differences, but you have opened my eyes! Beautiful sentiments!
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    20 . Mar . 2016

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