Broken Is Beautiful

A Blog By Ruth Mercy


Hello and welcome to my blog,

My name is Ruth and this is a blog of some of my personal experiences, stories, poems and and things that I have learned throughout my travels and would like to share with you. 

We are all writers, poets, filling the pages of this book called, “Life” .  We can write whatever we choose, it is our story and no one else’s. Sometimes things happen we never thought would. Tragedy strikes, a mistake is made with serious consequences, or something causes us a pain that pierces deep in our soul. Now there is a chapter  written in our book of sorrow and pain, a chapter we wish was not there and can not seem to read past. But let me tell you something, no matter what has been written in the chapters of your past, no matter how tragic or painful, how you choose to write your present, can lead to the story of a beautiful future because “broken” can be beautiful.

Years ago  I was playing football with my brothers, when I fell and shattered my leg. I had to have 8 screws and a  titanium rod put in my leg. The doctor said I would never walk the same again. I was in a wheel chair for several long months and the pain was very severe. Nearly every night I would dream that I was falling some way or another and would move my injured leg to stop me from falling. This would cause severe pain to shoot through my leg since I moved it for real not just in my dream. It was hard to wrap my mind around the fact that in one moment I went from going on long distance runs early in the morning, to now laying on a bed in great pain.


I had nothing to say about this happening, but I did have a say in the attitude I would choose to deal with it. People go to different places to deal with suffering. Some choose self-pity and regret, some get bitter and blame God, and some respond in pride and a “I can handle it” attitude. But I learned that suffering can be something beautiful, a gift even, producing a depth of character. God chooses the broken, the lowly and the humble.  He can take something that was bad, and use it for our good if we choose to yield to Him, to surrender to Him and to believe in Him. He can only bring something beautiful out of that which has been broken. (Check out these scriptures: Ps.34:18/Prov.29:23/Is.57:15,66:2/Mat.23:10/1Cor.1:28/Jam.4:10/1Pet.5:5)

Even if I could, I would never take back my accident. It has changed my life, made me a bigger person and taught me so many things. I will never look at someone in a wheelchair the same way, I now see the immense amount of patience it takes and they deserve respect.

All though I still have pain in my leg, I have fully recovered from the accident, in fact I won a sprint triathlon and placed in a marathons the following years. I have learned Irish step dance (my families heritage is Irish), and perform it on the streets as we travel the world. We frequently visit and perform in prisons overseas (see my blog posts) and I do an Irish style tap dance purely with my feet. I share the story of my accident to show that no matter how bad a situation may seem, there is hope, and we can dance again. I never would have written a wheel chair into my book, but now as I look back and read that chapter, I would not take it back and that which was broken, has become beautiful.

I do not know the things you have gone through my friend, but I assure you, no matter what has been, God can redeem it, so that what will be, will be great. Remember, you may have not chosen to be in your current situation, but you CAN choose the attitude that will redeem your situation. There is a story that is waiting for a pen to write it. A story of hope and promise. A story that could change the lives of others and not just be another book on a shelf collecting dust. Dare to dream. Dare to live. Start to write. Start to dance.


Blog Posts:

  • September 9, 2014
    From Colombia South 2014 Blog
    Broken Is BeautifulA Blog By Ruth Mercy From Colombia South 2014 Blog Note to Reader: This got to be kind of a long post (sorry) but if you stick with it,...
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  • October 9, 2014
    The District Manager
    When I worked as a waitress at a large restaurant, everyone feared and dreaded the visit from the district manager. Of course most all restaurants do because it means...
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  • October 24, 2014
    The Man Who Won My Heart
    As I worked to create a picture of Jesus, I meditated on the fact that He really is a living person. He has eyes that see and ears that hear. He...
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  • April 24, 2015
    Seeing The Invisible
    I know that life can be difficult at times with so many things flying around our heads.  Sometimes you have so many problems to deal with you feel like...
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  • July 9, 2015
    Poems I have Written
    Poems I have Written   The Poet He writes a story , and gets no glory, then again he sits to write. He has not finished the song and the words are too long, so he works...
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  • July 21, 2015
    Who Am I?
    The problem is that you think you know me and so for that reason, before I can tell you who I am, I should tell you who I am...
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  • July 24, 2015
    Super Power
    Super Power When I was a kid, my brothers and sisters and I would sometimes pretend that we had super powers. We would decide who had which power, like super speed, the...
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  • September 10, 2015
    A collection of short stories I wrote.
    Dark Hour-   Greetings courageous one, So you are one of the few, brave enough to investigate the Dark Hour; One of those who sees a little deeper, hears a little...
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  • September 11, 2015
    Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Brazil - Blog 2015
    Maybe sometime you will find yourself stranded on an island with nothing but your computer and my blog saved in it and then you can get through all of it...
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  • October 1, 2015
    History was not written by men and women who thought good thoughts or spoke fine words, but rather by those that took thoughts and turned them into great actions....
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  • October 29, 2015
    Photo Gallery
    Throughout my travels I have seen so many things, both the bad and the good, the ugly and the beautiful, both sorrow and joy. I love photography and try...
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  • May 14, 2016
    South America - Brazil - Blog 2016
    - We may not be able to choose how we die, but we certainly can choose how we live. - Isn't hope a beautiful thing? It is as the dawn...
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  • November 14, 2016
    Touching Asia - 2017
    - Don't Ever Give Up -    No te rindas. Não desista. あきらめないでください. 포기 하지마. 不要放弃.  Huwag Susuko. Don't  Give Up As well as continuing our work in South America and the U.S, we also want...
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  • March 14, 2017
    2 Ov.R-Cm EV-RY Obst.CL
    My brothers and sisters and I got the chance to run an obstacle type race. We volunteered one day so we didn't have to pay to enter, it worked...
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  • July 15, 2017
    Something Good To Happen
    - Something Good - Sometimes the last thought at the end of the day, or the first thought in the morning to some extent, holds the words, "maybe something good...
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  • August 22, 2017
    The Line of Totality
    - Totality - Just a quick thought for you today:). It was really cool to see the solar eclipse. Did you get a chance to see it? My family and...
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  • October 15, 2017
    My Skeleton Sweatshirt
    - Dry bones - So the other day my dad got me this crazy sweat shirt with a glow in the dark skeleton on the front (because I mean, really,...
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  • October 15, 2017
    "What is essential is invisible to the eye"
    - "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly" - Have you ever by any chance seen the animated movie, "The Little Prince"? It is made after a...
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  • March 31, 2018
    Traveling in South America. - Brazil and Paraguay- Winter/Spring -  2018
    Traveling in South America. - Brazil and Paraguay. Sunset I caught out the window as we were driving to Paraguay.  "I WAS Dead..." The three most powerful words ever spoken, "I WAS Dead"....
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  • July 29, 2018
    Working in South America - Central Brazil / Summer 2018
    Working in South America - Central Brazil / Summer 2018 Fishing town in central Brazil.  My brother, working at the "bracelet making factory" .  For those of you who don't know, my family...
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  • August 6, 2018
    The Same Blood - A short story I wrote
    Paulo Gustavo,  The Judge:  - São Paulo, Brazil Paulo Gustavo was a respected judge, and a very renowned man in Sao Paulo Brazil. He always wore the same soft black...
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  • September 5, 2018
    Hope is for the Broken
    When pain and suffering touch our soul,  they leave behind an empty hole. Forcing us to exchange a precious dream, for an empty life and sad routine. Held captive by the question, “Why?” we...
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  • September 29, 2018
    The Untraveled Road.
    Like cars flying by on an expressway, our days pass by so quickly. Moments we thought we would never forget, can often fade in the rearview mirror as we...
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  • July 17, 2019
    Facing the Rapids
    When you can't go backward, and you can't go forward, look upward. One day in July I took a kayak trip down a river just outside of Glacier National...
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  • July 17, 2019
    My Paintings
    When I get a little time here and there, I like to mess round with painting. I am not very good but I enjoy it and it helps me...
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  • July 17, 2019
    A Tree House
    Did you ever have a tree house or cool hiding spot when you were growing up? When I was a kid my dad built my brothers and sisters and...
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  • July 22, 2019
    " I was in prison and you came to Me..."
    I travel the world working on the streets, in schools, orphanages and especially prisons. I know that some of you may not really understand the thinking in dedicating so much...
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