For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes”

Proverbs 24:16-18


Several weeks ago my two youngest children had their last track meet. My baby girl, came in 4th place for the season and she was heartbroken. After she calmed down, I asked her to re-evaluate her performance. She admitted to not starting off good, she wasn’t focused and she didn’t give her best. I then had her reflect on the track season as a whole. She concluded that she did a very good for her 1st year and had something to be proud of.

Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down

and got back up again.

Nelson Mandela

Sometimes we can be very hard on ourselves when we feel we’ve missed the mark, made a mistake or failed in some way. We forget about our accomplishments as well as others which at times will keep us from trying again. It is not, however, how many times you fall, it’s how you get back up from the fall that will determine where you go next.

It takes a lot of courage to get back up and to keep going, but that’s what overcomer’s do. Though the weight seems heavy at times and the crowd dies down, there is someone that is depending on your survival. Your survival gives instructions or is used as a guide for someone else to win.

Quitters never win and winners never quit. Get back up and keep going.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for not judging me when I haven’t always gotten things just right. I am grateful that you have never given up on me. When I stumble and fall, I am grateful for your grace and mercy that allows me to get back up again.


Where have you fallen in life? How might God be encouraging you to rise again?

Song List:

Appeal by Kirk Franklin – Hero

Beloved Women Daily Devotions

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