Don’t Just Survive – Thrive!

Don’t Just Survive – Thrive!

I’m intrigued by stories of survivors. Is it possible to survive a free-fall from the Sears Tower in Chicago? The answer is yes. Or what if you fulfill a lifelong dream of skydiving and your parachute fails, could you survive the fall? The answer is still yes. The Wiki How-To manual says, “Hundreds maybe thousands of people have fallen from such heights and lived to tell the tale.”

You and I can increase our chances of survival by putting to use a few helpful skills. We literally trip and fall as we walk through life, like toddlers who move from cruising the couch to the first wobbly steps on their own. Or consider the woman whose arms are loaded with must-have sale items - the leather soles of her boots hit the freshly waxed floor and, as if she’s stepped on a skateboard, her feet slip out from under her. Accidental falls happen when we least expect them and leave us surrounded by a mess.

            Beyond the literal, physical ways we trip, teeter or collapse, life brings change and challenges that can move us out of our comfort zones. Facing emotional, spiritual or physical challenges can plunge us into aimless descent. Ever feel like you’ve been tripped up by an addiction, tormented by shame? Slipped up by doubt? Or fallen headlong into depression? God is near and waits for us to ask Him for help to get back up when life knocks us into a downward spiral.

God wants us to reach out to Him in times of difficulty, doubt, despair, depression, disappointment, disease, destruction, divorce, discouragement, domestic violence or death. God’s hand is extended to us. His will for us when we are down and out is for us to turn to Him and ask for a hand up. He asks us to lace our fingers with His. God’s will for us is completeness and wholeness. God wants us not just to survive, but thrive! Psalm 145:14 in the Message Bible says, “God gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.”

Let’s pray: Dear Lord, thank you for reaching out to help me get back up. I choose to hold on to you. Thank you for giving me a hand, for giving me a fresh start and for allowing me a second chance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 “God's various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit.  God's various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all.”  1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (MSG)

Want to read more about survivors, overcomers and how God reaches out to you? Check out my book, Get Back Up:Trusting God When Life Knocks You Down. If you have a survivor story, I’d love to hear about it.

All my love and prayers, Sheryl

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries ( and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).