Aug 2

I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again

Have y’all ever heard that song?  It’s from a few years back, a one-hit wonder by Chumbawumba. The chorus shouts the lyrics, “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down. I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’ve never going to keep me down.”  If you’ve ever heard it on the radio, it gets stuck in your head…kind of like the “Call me maybe” song of today.  The overall song lyrics aren’t good, but I love the chorus.  And on those days I feel knocked down, I’ll sing it. Tuesday was such a day. So was Wednesday. So is today.

First, I was on the road traveling, which isn’t my favorite anyway, and the events of the day were disheartening, disappointing, and could have really had me down. In fact, for a moment, I was down. Three of my kids were with me and that was such a blessing.  At one of my lowest points, my son Hayden looked at me and said, “Mom, I’m really glad we were with you today. I think you needed us. We are hear to pick you up.”   Awwww, now doesn’t that just whisper sweet blessings to a mama’s heart?  He was right, I did need them.  They were a healthy distraction from the mess of life.  They represented what is good in the world and how awesome that they were right there with me at the time of a “knock down.”

Then there were some words. You know the kind that are said about you but not to you. The kind that have the potential to knock you down because they hurt. And wouldn’t you know it. Again God provided. Two good friends, both who happened to be named Lisa, sent to speak truth into my life and affirm me, encourage me and love me. Again, they represented what is good in the world and how awesome they were there right at the time of “knock down.”

And now, just a moment ago, I found out I needed to go to the doctor today. Yes today. Not tomorrow, but today. For some tests, which are probably nothing, but as a precaution…I’m going in. Fear was the first emotion to set in. I was knocked down, but only for a moment, because within seconds I had my office gals with their hands on me praying. Once again representing what is good in the world and how awesome they were right at the time of “knock down.”  (I must follow this by explaining that I scare easily and I firmly believe I am fine. I also firmly believe in not waiting for something to disappear and ignore it. So, I’m being wise and seeking a professional’s expertise.)

Notice I was never knocked out, just knocked down. When you are knocked out, you can’t get up right away. When you are knocked down, you can. So I am. With help.

I believe with Jesus, we don’t ever have to experience knock outs. He tells us very clearly that there will be trouble (knock downs) but He also gives us a solution, how we can keep getting up~ a few times.  ”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33 NIV 1984)    ”The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  (John 10:10 NIV)

So basically, we get knocked down, but we get up again.   Jesus did it.  From the grave.  You can’t keep Him down and He lives in me. So you can’t keep me down either.

But just in case I’m tempted to worry and should my peace begin to leak out, Paul reminds me of what to do in Philippians 4:6-7, NIV~ “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The Word of God, how powerful it is. I believe it and I stand on it.

And therefore my sweet friends, I am filled with overwhelming peace.

Are you worried today?  Have you recently been knocked down?  Well, girls, let me tell you right now~ You can get up!  You can have peace!  You don’t need to carry anxiety or worries!  If I sound like I’m preaching, it’s because I am!  To myself and you :)

Seriously, it is my prayer that my knock downs will encourage you somehow to get up, because getting up is possible.

“I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.”

And all us Jesus girls said, “Amen.”

 

*Today’s assignment:   Read Chapter 19~Closets and Storage Spaces

*Friday’s assignment:  Visit Glynnis Whitwer’s blog.

*Winners of Unglued from yesterday’s give-away:  Rebecca Portteus and DebbieK   Congrats ladies!  And a super big THANK YOU to all who posted a recipe!!!  What a fabulous resource for cooking delicious yummy dishes we all have now.

*A great devotion for your reading pleasure:   When I Want to Be Mean by Lysa TerKeurst

 

Melissa

Comments

  1. I LOVE this Melissa! What an awesome reminder! No matter how many times I get knocked down I remind myself that I am on the winning team, I know who is going to win this battle so I try not to let the times I get knocked down keep me out of the fight. Now I have a song to go with that thought (and yes, I do remember that song and yes, the chorus is now stuck in my head!). Praying for the test results to show that everything is fine. Blessings to you and yours!

  2. God,

    I praise you and I thank you for my incredible friend and Jesus Sista, Melissa. I thank you for how you had planned out Melissa’s day with her kids and now with this doctor’s appointment. I thank you for the message that you have provided through Melissa and her testimony. God, you are so worthy of our entire being, even in the knock down times, because we know that you are there to pick us back up. Thank you for picking Melissa back up and standing her upright and for using her knock down to pick us up! I thank you for how you used Hayden to pick Melissa up. I thank you for how you are her “FILLER” … how you fill her up with you and how you are her “PICKER-UP-ER”! God, I praise you for our sister’s in Christ and how you have called us to come alongside and stand in the gap for each other … during the knock down’s and the get-ups. I thank you for the P31 sister that came alongside Melissa and raised her up to your throne. God, we give you all the glory and all the honor. Thank you for going before Melissa, for filling her with your peace and your comfort and for wrapping your arms around her and holding her tightly in your grip. FILL HER UP and POUR HER OUT …. for in her weakness, she will sense your strength! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

    • Amen in agreement with Donna and other sisters in Christ here!! Praising God for His peace and His comfort for you, Melissa!!

  3. Angela Bartleman says:

    You know God has really been working on me. I am someone who feels deeply. As a result I struggle with emotional management. Satan knows it and will often find refuge there. Even your message today speaks to my heart and reminds me. In the world when we feel unsafe or situationally afraid we surround ourselves with friends. So should we also when we feel unsafe in our mind we should seek out those closest to us. Those that love us and will keep us safe from the enemy.

    I so.appreciate you!

    God Bless!

    Angela

  4. I have been knocked down lately… and have really struggled to ‘get back up again’ (I know the song… annoying and inspiring at the same time…. like Call Me Maybe… well, that one isn’t inspiring, just a little annoying :) Last week I was able to get back up. God used the leaders of this bible study to lead me back to a verse that had been placed in my path several weeks earlier. This led to a blog post writen seveal years ago and prompted the writing of a new one (neither of them by me). I was, and still am, in awe of how God works! That verse is similar to one of the ones you quoted. It is 1 Chronicles 28:20 “Be strong and courageous and DO THE WORK. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.’ (emphasis mine) Ladies, this verse has picked me back up. I am motivated… I have been making lists and scheduling things and giving my worries about the future over to God. He has been faithful before, He will be faithful again. And I will be faithful, too. I will do the work. He will not fail me or forsake me. What an awesome promise that is!! I struggle with ‘doing the work’ and I am sure Satan will use this to his advantage sometime soon, but for now, I am doing the work and when he does attack me again…. I will be strong, courageous and NOT discouraged!

    Melissa, you are an amazing woman of God and I am praising God that you ARE fine. Great verse to use, by the way. During my breast biopsy 2 years ago, I just kept repeating it and repeating it. I didn’t have the outcome I would have liked, but He got me through and I am here to tell about it! Love you girl!

    • Kristi Seat says:

      I’m so glad that God brought you to this community of sisters. You are such a blessing to me Kandace and I praise God for your friendship. And, thank you for sharing how God used that verse in your life. I feel quite the same way. The devil knows how to attack us, huh? I’m so blessed that we can trust in His Word and each other to help us when we are knocked down and feel defeated. Love you!

  5. Kristi Seat says:

    Dear Melissa,
    The devil clearly is trying to work on you and many of us at all angles. Thank you for being transparent with all of us. Toxic words from others as well as the health of myself and my family often threaten to discourage and defeat me. However, thankfully, God never leaves us and will come alongside us in so many forms. Love you so much Melissa!

    Dear Lord,
    I want to thank you for Melissa today. Continue to give her strength and peace as she walks through each day. I pray that you will sustain her in every situation and continue to provide everything she needs. Allow her to feel Your presence and love in a mighty way. She has comforted so many with her words and spirit. I love Melissa dearly and pray that you keep her and her family well and in Your protection. Heal her spirit and her body. Continue to shower her with Your blessings and love so that her light might continue to shine in the darkness for all to see. I thank You, dear Lord, for all that You have done, are doing and will do in Melissa’s life. You are the one true Healer, Protector and Comforter. I ask all of these things in Your sweet name. Amen.

  6. Melissa, God bless you. It has been a hard week for so many of us and right now I am feeling a little defeated. Some of it is my own fault and some isn’t but your post today really spoke to my heart and I appreciate it!! May God continue to use you mightily to speak truth to women’s hearts and to lift us all up even when you aren’t feeling your best. You will be in my prayers and may you only get good results on your tests!!!!

    • Kristi Seat says:

      Praying for you as well Teresa. Thank you for sharing how the devil is trying to attack you. Remember God is there when we feel weak, ashamed, guilty, frustrated, hurt… We are imperfect and God knows that. The Devil is the one who condemns so throw those thoughts away. God accepts you just as you are and so do we. Hugs!

  7. Big hugs to you, Melissa! I love that you are so transparent with so many people. It’s easy for us out here to think our Bible Study leaders employed by big ministries live perfect trouble-free lives, but deep down, we know that’s not true. All of your used-to-be- starting-to-be and going-to-be-organized sisters are lifting you up today!

  8. Dear Melissa,
    I pray that your tests turn out to be great news,and God does promise He will never leave us nor forsake us….
    We are human but praise God I have a few friends that stand by me. I have had several falls in the past year one that required rotor surgery on my left arm and almost 7 months of PT..Found out my right elbow is going to need a total replacement in September,then a couple weeks ago I fell and injured my right shoulder after and MRI found I have completely torn my tendons on the back side of my shoulder,partly torn on the front,and the bone that lies near the rotor is not where it belongs….I might add all of the falls were face first to concrete…..My first thought was what is God trying to tell me, because all the times I have hit my face. So now I ask you what is truly my problem. The people at church now say “what next with you girl” Iam getting almost afraid to ask for prayer because well you and I both know they might get tired of hearing it. But God always gives me the energy to pick myself up and start all over again. I also understand about people being unkind,to me that is so hard to understand with Christians. Well,just wanted to let you know I am praying for you. I so enjoy your writings and bible studies.. Keep on Keepin On!! Love you!!!

    • Sheila,
      Thank you for your prayers and I just prayed for you too! You have had a lot~and don’t worry about people getting tired of hearing about it..they can see you are also probably tired of it too! I hope relief is on the way for you sister and thanks so much for your kind words.

  9. Lisa Byrd says:

    Melissa, what an encouraging post today. It is always encouraging to remember that we all have our scary and painful moments, but we can get up. And good to know I am not the only person who scares easily! Thank you for sharing your heart and the Word of God! My prayers are with you.

  10. Debbie Williams says:

    Dear Melissa
    Praying for peace and good tests results and that you will feel God’s mighty presence in the coming hours and days. Please know that all of us that are part of your studies share in your pain, because when one of us hurts – we all hurt. Praying for some good news for you so that we can all share in that joy.

  11. Funny that you mentioned that song, Melissa. Whenever I used to hear that song on the radio it reminded me of the passage in 2 Corinthians 4:8&9
    -We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. (The Living Bible) Amen! What a great encouragement from God’s word!

  12. Thank you for your faithfulness here even on the days you feel knocked down. You are an encourager and inspiration to many. I pray that you will be encouraged and know that we are all walking with you on whatever your journey requires of you. Believing for a good report from the doctor and peace to your spirit.

    After an unfavorable biopsy almost eight years ago, it seems every two years the devil tries to knock me down and bring fear again and again by reminding me of the past. I have had some lump or spot or issue requiring a biopsy every couple of years since that first diagnosis and anxiety always barges in like an unwelcome visitor. I get knocked down, but I get back up again! :) The last few months were challenging, but today I am standing. Thankful to be here and celebrating every day as a gift. Praying for you tonight, knowing that God has you in the palm of His hands.

  13. I cannot properly articulate how timely your words of encouragement were for me today. Just know that He used your words to lift me up today at a very crucial time.

  14. Lynda in South Carolina says:

    I have needed this recently!! Thank you Melissa… Definitely got knocked down a bit this week. It almost seems that it comes in cycles for me. Yet as you said, I am NOT Knocked out.. God always pulls me through… I am amazed sometimes how too b/c if my heart was just in the right place all along w/ the Lord those issues wouldn’t have knocked me down so deeply…
    My prayers are with you during your Dr visits.. I, too get scared easily but 99% of the time it is unwarranted & nothing to worry about..I think a good percentage of women are wired this way.
    My Daily prayer & for all the ladies>>
    Dear Lord~ Thank you for this day. Help me surrender all my anxieties & worries to You. Fill me with Your peace so I may be truly content in Your blessings. Help me to sincerely release the desire to try & control what is in front of me because ONLY You are in control. Guide me today & show me your way.. In Jesus’ name Amen

  15. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Praying for you, your family, your ministry, and your health.

  16. ah Melissa! Sounds like it’s been a tough week for you my sweet sister and I’m so sorry. But I’ll tell you what , what you experienced allowed you to bless us with an incredible testimony – the testimony that we CAN be knocked down without being knocked out! Even when we don’t have our sweet friends, or office staff, or our beautiful children with us – Our Heavenly Father is there and teaches us strength and power through Him. AND, you certainly were blessed by that power through the vessels he perfectly placed in your life on the trying days this past week. I love you my friend and thank you for being such a huge blessing!

  17. Jennifer Sider says:

    Oh Melissa thank you for reminding Me of these things. My heart needed it very badly

  18. Melissa S says:

    Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I so needed to read this today. God Bless You!

  19. I love everyone in this Bible study, even though we might not have met. Thank you so much for your prayers and cyber hugs! I personally prayed by name for every one of you who left your name here. I know we all have our struggles and mine are no worse that anyone else’s. I asked God to bless you and heal you, to take care of you emotionally, physically, in your heart, in your mind, in your relationships and for you to know that He is present with you always. May He use your life for His purposes. In Jesus’ Name.

  20. Amen! Way to go! Getting back up is a Decision of Strength in knowing WHOSE you are – God’s Princess, a Jesus Girl! HIS Grace is sufficient and Oh, how I need the reminder Do not Worry – I tend to worry in advance! Then when I remember He only gives us 24 hour increments, I rest in the fact that He is with me, and sends others (your children that day) to comfort us physically when we need it. Every morning is a new adventure!

  21. Melissa, by leading this study, you have taken territory that the enemy had captured and returned it to our God and Savior. You have participated in unveiling the lies of the enemy in the lives of many, of which I am one. You have an advisory. He is furious about seeing God’s own daughters have victory over his strongholds in the minds and hearts of all of us. Christian ladies normally do not succumb to the snares he sets for the world so he gets to us through fear, doubt, creating a sense of hopelessness that things will never change. He wants us to believe we can’t offer hospitality to God’s people and our neighbors who need Jesus because our homes are a wreck. He deceives us into being busy outside the home to the detriment of our families and ourselves, no clean clothes, no meals together, no peace in our hearts. He keeps our mind cluttered with the latest /greatest so that we forget the Forever and Best! The costs of serving our Forever and Best and Only God is that we get attacked by the enemy. But you have thousands of like-minded sisters fighting back on your behalf today…hooray for you Melissa, hooray for the territory we have recaptured for the Glory of God and the good of our families and ourselves through this Bible Study. May He keep you in perfect peace…knowing we love you…Someday I will meet you and all the others and we will rejoice together in body as well as spirit! :-)

    • Suzi,
      I read your comment first over on Glynnis’ blog and I was just blown away. So true and thank you so much for your sweet words. They speak to my heart.

  22. Billie Schuttpelz says:

    Thanks for being a great leader and being transparent! Needed to hear and be reminded to get back up again. Loved the part about Jesus getting back up again from the grave and now nothing and no one can keep us down. Praise God!

    • That’s right Billie! No one or nothing can keep us down. Praying for you to get back up :) because you can and you are worth it! Thank you for doing this study with me!

  23. Veronica Brown says:

    Thank you for sharing. I think it’s too easy to get discouraged and give up sometimes. Get up, get up, GET UP! Yes! When I feel like giving up, I focus on what God has done in my life and through the many dark times. He is an amazing God that can give us peace in the mist of trouble or fear. How does He do that?! I’m not sure but I do know that he won’t ever, ever stop.

  24. I just LOVE this post Melissa! I have to laugh because I was singing this song yesterday because Lisa, one of my amazing adult leaders, kept falling in the creek, but she kept getting up again and kept climbing up the beautiful falls. Your words are soooo true! We may be knocked down, but never knocked out. It’s like what Paul reminds us too…

    We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
    II Corinthians 4:8 NIV84

    The song Trading My Sorrows fits this perfectly too. Thank you for your unifying message and your heart for this ministry!

    Trading my Sorrows:

  25. Oh Melissa….you are such a blessing to all of us. I understand your fears. I have had my own. Remember that Jesus is our Healer as well as our Comforter and He WILL carry you thru this uncertain time. I feel so blessed to have met you thru this Bible study and I am looking forward to more studies with you. :)
    My prayers are with you. Hugs!

  26. Shelley Jackson says:

    Lisa, thank you for being such an inspiration through your studies. I am looking forward to the Unglued study.

  27. I needed this today. My 8 month old grandson is facing some serious health challenges. I need to cast all my cares on JESUS…so easy when the cares are small, so hard when they are this big. I need the peace of God that transcends all understanding. I need it badly right now.

  28. Looks like an awesome study, thanks.

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