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Happy February 4th! Here’s another Bible verse that is dear to my heart:

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.  ~ Proverbs 24:16

As a teenager, I couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble. I was always doing something wrong. My brother was a pastor and well-known in the churches in our area. My sister was away at Bible college being voted “Miss Compassionate.” I, on the other hand, was at home talking non-stop and lacking discretion. I was guilty of back-talking to my mom and dad. I was even known to blatantly disobey them.

Every time I misspoke, rebelled or disobeyed, though, I was smitten in the heart. That was the Holy Spirit. I truly hated the wrong that I had done. At the same time, I could see no hope of ever doing right. I can’t tell you how many times I cried myself to sleep, asking God, “Why can’t I be good, like Melanie?”

The Lord heard my cry. A preacher read this verse during a church service and it was as if the Lord illuminated it just for me! I was encouraged that even though I’d failed, and fallen, seven times (or maybe 107) I could get up. I could keep going. I could seek forgiveness from my Lord and from my parents and (here’s the best part) I could BE forgiven! I could put it behind me and move on.

That did not mean that I didn’t pay the consequences. After all, Ron Courtney was my dad. He didn’t let things “slide”. But I knew that the punishment meant he loved me, and that I was restored.

“Miss Compassionate”? No, I was not.

Loved by my Heavenly Father? Yes, most certainly.


4 thoughts on “Verses I Love: Proverbs 24:16

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    I think you are too hard on yourself.
    I love you.


    1. No, Mother, I’m just being honest. I love you, too. Thanks for putting up with me!


  2. Tori says:

    Lovely thoughts Valerie. Sounds like the Lord has made a lovely work out of your life, despite who you think you were.


    1. Oh, Tori, I could only hope that God could use such a broken vessel as I am! Thanks for the kind words.


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