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  1. I have seen great mercy through my coworkers. My extended family has had a lot of trauma lately (mental health breaks, big medical dx for someone who is only 23, and more) but when I shared with my coworkers at the school I work in we were covered in prayer and love. I have had numerous coworkers check in, ask for updates, and promises of prayer and words of encouragement. ❤️

  2. My daughter just got married. I am blind, and when Rebecca was getting ready for the wedding, I sat in and listened to all the ladies helping her with her dress and her makeup and her hair. Just a group of happy ladies talking and laughing and listening to happy music. After they’d spent an hour helping Rebecca with her hair and makeup, she came to me, plopped down on the floor in front of me, and asked if I wanted to check out her hair. I love her.

  3. Thank you for the opportunity to win this study! I receive mercy each day from my family and coworkers who are patient with me in all I do. Mostly though I receive mercy from God, who doesn’t give me what I deserve, but each day extends His tender mercies to me, new and fresh.

  4. I have a neighbor who is old enough to be my mother. Ever since I lost my husband she has called and checked on me and fed me and just made me feel very cared for.

  5. I have to add another example of God’s great mercy. As I looked out the window at the green grass, I am so grateful for the several inches of rain that we have received recently. We live in an area that has been in a severe drought, and those 3 inches of nice slow rain have been lifesaving to our pastureland. God is so good!

  6. It took me a long time to forgive a family member that molested me. I sent him a text telling him I forgave him and didn’t understand why he did this but I couldn’t keep holding this hurt and pain any longer. I prayed about this for a long time. Then I recently went to my church’s women’s retreat and the theme was Press On. We need to focus on what’s ahead and leave the past in the past. The enemy wants us to look back and dwell on it. I’m pressing on my friends! Leaning into Jesus when it gets hard. Pressing on to good things. God let me have mercy on this person because it’s a process I needed to work on.

  7. I see God’s mercy every day on my journey of single parenting! Mercy when I am mentally exhausted, mercy when I blow it, mercy when I am at my wits end. I need God’s mercy every minute of my day!

  8. I saw great mercy from family, friends, my mom’s friends, & so many others after my mom passed in February of 2022. The last couple months of my life were very tough & painful for her; it was hard for me to watch her in so much pain & anguish. I was devastated after my mom’s passing & couldn’t imagine a life without her in it. Daily, I received cards from so many people with loving, encouraging words about my mom’s impact on so many lives over the years. I was able to learn new things about my mom from others that was very comforting to me.

    Dear friends showed up with food so that I didn’t have to think about that as I was wallowing in my loss & anguish. They also shared their losses with me to remind me they understood what I was going through & let me share stories about my mom.

    Also, my Bible Study group sent me loving text messages of love, support, & prayers reminding me that things would get better. All of the love & mercy I received helped me get up each day & keep going. I will never forget the mercy from others because there were many days I didn’t necessarily deserve it because I was angry & hurting. My people kept showing up no matter what; that’s love in action! I am so blessed.

  9. Showing others love and sharing with them what you have, your home, food, conversation, time etc.. these are ways that we can extend love and show others the kindness of Jesus. His grace, love, mercy forgiveness as He works in and through us to win hearts for The Kingdom! love this!

  10. We are looking for mercy each day as we struggle with my husband’s stroke recovery. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest to win books.

  11. I never thought of it as mercy but when I was in college a Christian couple rented me a room in their home for a very low amount and provided meals and a family environment. Other people from the church often invited me for meals in their homes and to Bible studies and other gatherings. There was always food and caring discipleship. Coming from a difficult family situation, this really helped me see what a healthy family is. I will always be grateful to them and to the Lord for this mercy and tender care!

  12. Recently, I found Mercy in a very unlikely place… At the dentist office. I’ve never had great teeth. Within weeks of getting my new front tooth as a child, I slipped on the brick patio and chipped it. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I had a decent front cap. Many of my teeth are crowned. Recently, a crown came loose on the back molar… I was so grateful that I didn’t break it by biting down on it or swallow it rather, I took it to the dentist office and he was able to glue it back on. The original tooth underneath looked discolored horribly. I was fearful that it was decay and elated. When the dentist said darkening under cap was normal. I praise God for his mercy that my tooth wouldn’t need to be totally removed. And I praise God for dentist. It’s amazing what they can do!

  13. The Lord extends his mercy to me through my family, friends, and my mother’s extended church family. I am my mother’s primary caregiver, and it’s a lot. I am blessed to be able to do it, and I feel bad when I am a bit cranky or longing for my own time. My people seem to know when I need something uplifting and are always here to deliver.

  14. Mercy is such a complex issue, so I’m excited to delve into it more with this Bible study. My life group at church is a great example of mercy. Most of us are in the middle of life – sick and dying parents, wayward kids, our own health problems, and so much more. I so appreciate that whether I have a big need (just had major surgery) or a small one (pray for my daughter’s cat to be found), these ladies surround me with prayer and encouragement and even practical things like meals and rides. This is in the middle of their own needs and crises. That’s true mercy and love right there!

  15. I’ve witnessed great mercy in the eyes of Sophia, our 10 month old grandchild this past weekend as she laughed and baby babbled to our enjoyment as we played with her. In memory of Big brother Jaxson born asleep and in the arms of Jesus 2 years ago… we have been given comfort , assurance and reborn mercy through It all . THANK YOU Lord!!

    • I witnessed mercy today at the grocery. A single mom and her son were checking out. The cashier let the little boy enter some of the numbers into the register for the produce to be added. The little boy was so excited. As the mom and little boy left he told the cashier that he was so nice! No one in line minded that ringing up the mom’s groceries took longer because the little boy was helping. Everyone smiled and was amazed at the kindness of the cashier.

  16. Hooray! I’m so glad this book baby is finally here!

    I’m seeing God’s mercy in how He’s redeeming some difficult years for a loved one. God has brought her into a season of abundance we couldn’t have imagined after a season of heartbreaking loss. Thank You, Father of Mercy!

  17. Hmm, where to start?! I have seen mercy in the Lord granting me the opportunity to write again. I am very wobbly and unsure of myself but it has been my dream to get back to it after a lot of different life happenings. Thank you for another opportunity to win!

  18. I have seen mercy in the way my children and husband are able to join each other right where they are without any conditions. To appreciate the moments they get to spend together and take nothing for granted.

  19. My older kids’ cards this Mother’s Day. They wrote from their heart and it blessed me tremendously. God’s mercy in a time of another pregnancy loss.

  20. Thank you for the opportunity to win this “create in me a clean heart” gift bundle! 2022 was a very difficult year healthwise for me. I am truly receiving mercy from the Lord in 2023 as He is healing my body & making me new each and every day! HIS mercies ate new every morning! GREAT IS His faithfulness!

  21. God has shown his mercy on me and through me. After my sister got sepsis for the second time in a year my husband and I moved her into our house to take care of her. It’s been a struggle and a blessing. It’s been over two years now and she has been ok. God has been good to us.

  22. I’ve seen God’s mercy, over my life. He is so gracious and keeps pursuing us! He is greater than my mistakes.

  23. I have seen mercy in the fact that God provides, even when my husband was really sick in the hospital and we have been able to pay our bills.

  24. I have see God’s mercy many times in life, from allowing all my brothers and sister to be present when my Dad was dying, and when when my Mom was sick and dying to when we adopted children. He has given us so much!

  25. I have been a recipient of God’s mercy through a dear woman who has offered to enter my small living space on a weekly basis to walk with me through a season of emotional turmoil. She has mercifully been a sounding board as well as sharing wisdom from her own experience and training as well as from the Word of God. Her presence in my life has been a source of spiritual and emotional blooming and resulting life!!!

  26. God mercy in my life is never ending. Whether it’s in my marriage, parenting, friendships, work. He’s always there pulling me through the deep & dark to the brighter & better! This would be a great study for summer!

  27. I have seen mercy in my health, in the health of my family members, in our finances, and in my relationships! God has been so merciful to me.

  28. I have seen God’s mercy and the mercy of countless others as I mourn the loss of my mom. I was her primary caregiver and the days seem so empty without her. But I know God is with me and He will guide me through this valley. I hope to one day be the mercy to someone else in need.

  29. Recently I have been feeling a gentle tug at my heart to show not only more mercy, but in ways I am unaccustomed to, which is a stretch for me. However, when I think about the abundant mercy Jesus has shown me, I can’t help but say, “Yes, Lord, please show me how.” Perhaps this study is what I need to get me started.

  30. Mercy in some terrible health challenges for my oldest daughter in finally having a doctor that is able to do the tricky brain surgery she will need to get better.

  31. Last week a coworker sent me an unkind and aggressive email. I’ve spent the last 5 days praying about how I should respond. While sitting at my desk today, I read this email about showing kindness to my neighbor. It’s easy to be ugly in return; it’s harder to act with God’s love and grace. I am happy to say that I responded with kindness and did as He would want by treating my neighbor with respect even though I did not feel respected.

  32. Thanks for sharing Dorina how food and hospitality are ways we can show God’s mercy to others. I am thankful for an international student who showed me mercy and surprised me with flowers on Mother’s Day. She expressed how my kindness towards her meant a lot because she doesn’t have family here in the U.S. I didn’t think I did that much, but perhaps even those small acts of mercy, like inviting people into your home, can have a greater impact than we think.

  33. I have been extended mercy through my co-workers. My dad was recently diagnosed with rectal cancer and they have filled in for me allowing me to be at his doctors’ appointments! It’s been such a blessing to me!

  34. I have experienced mercy in my marriage. The first 9 years of marriage my husband was living a double life, but 12 years ago he came clean and never looked back to his old life, only by the grace of God he was able to come clean and I was able to forgive. This year we will be celebrating 21 years married. All the glory to God

  35. I recently asked a favor of a friend, which turned out to be an inconvenience to her. She graciously did not let me know how my request affected her. When I apologized she still didn’t explain some of the details of her side of the issue. Later I realized how uncomfortable she was. What a kindness toward me!

  36. Hymn : “At Calvary” Years I spent in vanity and pride,

    Caring not my Lord was crucified,

    Knowing not it was for me He died

    On Calvary.

    Mercy there was great, and grace was free;

    Pardon there was multiplied to me;

    There my burdened soul found liberty,

    At Calvary.
    Roman Road to Salvation Romans 3:23
    “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 5:8
    “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 6:23
    “For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:1
    “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ…” Romans 10:9
    “…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…”

    In a world looking for solutions to the brokenness of human sin, the gospel declares that Jesus is the answer.

  37. The Lord shows me mercy every single day! I struggle with fibromyalgia and He sees me through moment by moment, and gives me hope!

  38. Dorina,

    Sounds like a great study. Mercy is something we don’t often think about. Jesus gave us mercy when He died our deaths on the cross. He took our sins on Himself, suffered & died a horrible death. Now we can extend mercy to others. Simply praying their sufferings, delivering meals, lending a hand in any project, or simply taking time to converse with them. That is what mercy looks like. This country needs more of it!

    Blessings 🙂

  39. I lost brother Jun 2021, Sister Aug 2021, my mom Jan 2022. Overwhelmed does not come close. The love/mercy God sent me through others has been so encouraging, strengthening as I walk this journey out. I have been shown what we are called to show/be and that I will do!
    Love (in) courage. That is what having to do every day right now!