To the one who feels like you can’t get back up.

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Dear sweet sister, first of all I want you to know you’re not alone.

You’ve fallen, and you’ve fallen hard. Maybe you’ve fallen so many times there’s just no hope anymore. You try to pick yourself up but it’s exhausting.

I know you're tired. I know you're weary. The days seem long. The nights seem longer. There's no air and your suffocating. The hole that you've gotten yourself in to is too deep. It's too deep and no matter how hard you try to climb out, you just can't make your way to the top. I'm not sure what it is that has caused your fall. Maybe you've given way to an addiction. Maybe you've said some extremely hurtful words to a friend. You've found yourself lying to your spouse. Maybe you yelled at your toddler 5 times yesterday.

I know you’re tired. I know you’re weary. The days seem long. The nights seem longer. There’s no air and your suffocating. The hole that you’ve gotten yourself in to is too deep. It’s too deep and no matter how hard you try to climb out, you just can’t make your way to the top.

I’m not sure what it is that has caused your fall. Maybe you’ve given way to an addiction. Maybe you’ve said some extremely hurtful words to a friend. You’ve found yourself lying to your spouse. Maybe you yelled at your toddler 5 times yesterday.

And you’re on the verge of giving up.

{Lean in}

Can I tell you something?

Don’t.

Don’t give up.

It doesn’t matter how you have fallen. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. It does not define you. And you will prevail. So pick yourself up. 

We’ve all been there.

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again… Proverbs 24:16 

No one is immune to failure. Every one has fallen down. So shake it off. You’ll probably fall again. What are you going to do about it? You have two choices. You can stay down, which is exactly where Satan wants you; or you can get up and choose to accept the grace of God.

Jesus is there, holding your hand.

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.Psalm 37:23-24 

So you fell.  Jesus is right there! Not only is He there, He’s holding your hand! No matter what you did, Jesus has not left you. Don’t let shame keep you from thinking that He has left you!

You are forgiven.

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Psalm 32:5

Do you believe the bible? No, I’m being serious. Do you? I’m assuming your answer is yes. So, it’s done then. Gone. Erased. You fell. You repented. Then get up. There’s work to be done my sweet friend.

The Lord is your strength

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. Psalm 73:26

Oh friend- you may fall, and you may be weak…BUT GOD! He is your strength. He is the strength of YOUR HEART. All those little emotions that run amuck and you’re not sure how to weed through, know that HE is the strength of that sweet heart of yours!

Your future is bright.

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

This might just be the best part. That fall? God can use it because his power works best in weakness. Humble yourself before Him, friend. Let Him use you because He desperately wants too. He’s got BIG plans for you.

So get up!

I’ve fallen many times. All of us have. But there was a time.. there was a time I fell hard.  I mean hard. Like I was walking along and didn’t even see the big hole in front of me. And I just kept walking and fell right down face first. I fell deep. The hole I fell in to was dark and lonely. I thought there was no way out. I had gone too far and there was no way out.

BUT.GOD.

BUT GOD!! 

I had to fight my way up. I made it harder than it needed to be. And Jesus was there the whole time, probably rolling His eyes occasionally saying to me, “Shannon- I’m right here, can’t you see me? Don’t you feel me?” The grace and mercy He has for us I will never be able to fully comprehend.

He loves you so much.

We’re not perfect. Not one of us is. So, we fall.

Sometimes we fall because there's something down there that we're supposed to find

What if falling was in the plan? I know it’s a stretch. Do you think  perhaps that maybe sometimes we fall down because there is something down there that we’re supposed to find?

I’ll leave you with that, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Carly says:

    This is beautifully written and such a great reminder that we can never fall so far that we’re beyond God’s reach. He always wants to pick us up and get us back on our feet. So true that Satan wants us to give in to condemnation but we need to allow God’s grace to lift us up. And I think we can learn a lot through falling- the depth of God’s mercy and grace and compassion to help others when they fall.

    • Shannon says:

      You are so right- God wants us to GET UP. Even when it’s hard. Believe me, there are many times in my life when it’s taken me a long time to get up, but when I did I couldn’t figure out why I wanted to stay down for so long! I’m so thankful for his grace and mercy!

  2. Hi Shannon,

    Thank you for your very timely encouragement that we can get back up, again. You have such a gift for pointing the hurt back to Christ and the truth of the Bible. God bless you, my sister!

  3. Hello Shannon,

    First of I would like to say huge thanks for this an amazing article post. We should never give up and fall down. Satan always try to break you down but always trust in God. With God’s grace we can handle all the situations in our life whether they are good or bad.

    ~Dr. Diana

  4. Inspiring and thought provoking post Shannon! I know from my experience sometimes I have fallen flat on my face because God knows that is when I see Him best. I am improving at seeking Him daily to hopefully limit my falls. I am thankful for God’s grace and mercy as He works to mold me each day. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, such a blessing to read today. Have a wonderful week and God bless you and yours!

  5. ~ linda says:

    I, too, am so grateful that God is always so near. The falls may be frequent during various seasons of my life, but God’s arms, His hands have caught me, held me, loved me through each one WHEN I depend upon Him. Thanks for a beautiful post.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  6. This is awesome! I love when a scripture tells about someone’s failure and then says ‘but God…’ Gives me chills! Thanks for sharing at Life is Lovely!

  7. Hey sweet friend, I think this is one of my absolute favorite posts of yours! There is so much hope here. Just when we feel like laying down and giving up … But God! Amen!

    Love you to pieces and thank you so much for coming alongside me and sharing hope at Moments of Hope!

    Hugs,
    Lori

  8. Jodee says:

    Hi Shannon,

    I love this post for the way you show Our Father’s infinite love and tender mercy for us no matter where we are. Once His, always His, whether we’re high on a mountain top or in the deepest, darkest valley. NOTHING can snatch us from His hand! No, NOTHING!

    Thank You, Father, for loving me right where I am today — but too much to leave me here!

    And thank you, Shannon, for this loving reminder that no matter how far away we may feel we are from Him, He will always be the loving Father waiting with open arms for His prodigal child.

    Much love — in Christ,
    Jodee

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Jodee! Thank you so much!His love for us never leaves us, that gives us so much hope! I hope you have a wonderful week!

  9. Rosie Lapp says:

    Thank you, Shannon. Thank you for listening to God and writing this post.

    Right now I’m weary because I’m the mother of an almost 5 month old, and he is having trouble sleeping. There have been so many long nights recently. I needed to read this. Thank you once more. <3

    • Shannon says:

      Hi dear Rosie! I’m so glad you stopped by! I just want to encourage you to hang in there and know that you aren’t alone! I remember being so weary when I had my first baby. She didn’t hardly sleep at all! It was exhausting for this young mama…but you will get through it, I promise! Just hang in there! 🙂

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