Word of the Week: For When I Struggle to Get Up Again


Many years ago, a prospective employer required an online assessment to determine my suitability for a position with their company. I matched enough of what they were looking for to be offered the job, and during orientation, I had the opportunity to review the results.

I remember nothing of the highest scoring elements. My eyes, instead, focused only on the last one on the list. My biggest weakness as scored by science.

Emotional Resilience. The bounce-back factor.

I couldn’t deny its accuracy.

I tend to give up easily. I throw in the towel when it gets even a little bit hard. I hold on to previous outcomes too long and let it keep me from trying again. I embody my failures. I take things personally.

I’m not as bouncy as I wish I were.

And I find myself in that season again. Facing choices regarding my resilience.

I spent weeks feasting on healthy foods only to throw it away in an instant. Will I recoil? Or rebound?

I’d been in a good pattern of reading and writing and respecting my spiritual needs. But it’s hard with a summer schedule. Will I blame? Or bounce?

The Godly man may trip seven times, but will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. (Proverbs 24:16)

So I’m working on my bounciness. My get-up again. My weather-the-storminess. My endurance — on repeat. This is resilience.


I return each Sabbath for a fresh Word of the Week. For the God-breathed pages to come alive in a phrase or two on which to spend a 7-day feast. To meditate upon. To use as a jumping off point for whatever other words God would have me hear during the week. I would love for you to join the Word of the Week (WOW) discussion by adding your selected verse to the comments … or reflections on any scripture reading. 

Linking with Unforced Rhythms — a wonderful community of writers who gather each Monday to share with you HERE.


7 thoughts on “Word of the Week: For When I Struggle to Get Up Again

  1. This weekly post you do has really been on my mind as something I’d like to consider doing. It’s good stuff. And now that I’ve read this post I appreciate what you shared in the one you shared with TWW even more. Thought provoking in terms of considering my own bounciness. Love you, friend. xoxo

    • Doing a Scripture each week just evolved for me, Beth. But it’s become a really sweet experience, not the least of which is the time with God each Sunday as I ask, “What do you want me to think about this week.” Sometimes the topic comes first and then I go hunting for a verse, and I LOVE really learning that the Bible speaks to EVERYTHING we need.

  2. I like the way you challenge our bounciness factor. What a great way of looking a patience and persistence. I want to be bouncy too. That word works with my Sanguine personality so much better than the Choleric word – determination. 🙂

    • You are right, Deb. Determination feels like too much work! : ) Bouncy is a more fun, easier to grab hold of word. I’m glad this post spoke to you.

  3. I appreciate the encouragement Kelli. I didn’t mean to make it sound like I focus only on my weaknesses. But this “bounciness” is a bigger part of something I feel God nudging me with. I think it’s probably mostly about grace for myself. : )

  4. Dear friend, you support so many with your heart-felt encouragement and empowering words of affirmation. I think it is high time you know that, in case I’ve never mentioned it. It can be so easy to focus on the one thing you lack when you are a GIFT TO THE WORLD in so many other ways. I honor the work of God in your life and the way you garnish your seasons with praise. Thank you for sharing the gift of yourself with us always, Beth. I am blessed to know you.

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