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


July 7, 2014 by Beth Hess


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. Simply Beth says:

    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


    • Beth Hess says:

      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. 🙂


  3. […] Earlier this week, I revealed my personal challenge with bounciness. Resilience. Endurance. Pressing on. Rising Up. […]


  4. Beth Hess says:

    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. : )


  5. 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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