Because we’re human, we might experience a failure at some point. Whether in our personal life, career, ministries or

hobbies . . . it happens. It might even happen to someone we love. In my last blog, I mentioned the wise woman in Proverbs 14:1, the woman who “builds her house.” I didn’t include the last half of the verse, which says, “But the foolish [woman] tears it down with her own hands.” When I read this, I thought of my husband immediately, not because he’s failed or had a setback, but because when I think of my house, I think of him. And the thought of tearing him down brought tears to my eyes. Right then I prayed, “Lord, help me to never tear my husband down, but always point him toward rising again ‘because the Lord is the one who holds his hand.’”


“Woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NASB) How wonderful it would be, if instead of reacting to the “falls” of others in ways that tear them down, we commit to being the kind of person who helps them up. To being the one who reminds them, “though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16 NIV)


At my bridal shower, several married women wrote me little notes filled with advice for the epic adventure of marriage I was about to embark upon. One of the women gave me Proverbs 14:1, about the wise woman who builds her house. Since then I’ve wanted to be like her . . . I hope you do too.



“When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong;

because the Lord is the one who holds his hand.”

Psalm 37:24 NASB




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