Stuck in the Muck

Stuck in the Muck

April 7, 2015

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2 (NIV)

Rachel Randolph

After several cold rainy days in October, the clouds parted and the sun came out. Tired of being cooped up, we seized the moment and met up with a few friends at a small petting zoo. The sunny morning was exactly what my son Jackson and I needed.

When his naptime approached, we were having such a good time that I decided to linger a little longer. Then the rain reappeared and poured on our playdate.

I said my goodbyes and marched across the now freshly soggy farm to where Jackson was playing. “It’s time to go, buddy,” I said, reaching out for his hand.

“I don’t waaaaaant to goooooo!” he whined, walking backwards out of my reach.

“I know,” I empathized. “It’s hard to leave fun places.”

“Nooooooo! I STAYYY!” my now overly tired toddler yelled, turning to run from me. I quickly scooped him up and carried him across the petting zoo as he screamed and kicked his muddy shoes all over me.

“Stand right there,” I firmly ordered, setting him next to the car and reaching inside for the baby wipes. When I turned around to clean him off, he was running like an escaped convict through the parking lot.

My sharp-eyed, fast-footed 2-year-old was running toward a back entrance to the zoo. In hot pursuit, I followed. But by the time I made it through the gate, he’d positioned himself on the opposite side of an empty, muddy horse pen.

Across the rusty red bars, he was staring me down with the iron will of a … well, of a defiant, exhausted toddler.

I darted to the right to grab him. He matched my steps. I slowly paced to the left. Across the pen, keeping steady eye contact with me, and like a cowboy ready for a draw, he paced with me. After a few rounds of this, I realized: checkmate. He had me. I could not get to him. Unless …

I could make him fall.

I walked to the left, and he followed my lead straight into a muddy patch. His pace slowed as his boots sunk down into the muck. I quickly moved to the right. He did too, but his boots didn’t follow, and he fell right into my muddy trap. His strong-willed defiance quickly turned to a whimpering plea for his mommy.

I wonder how often God feels like this with us. He simply wants to get us on the road to a safe place for nourishment and rest, while we jet off in our own direction, sure of something better.

Does He, in His love, let us fall into a muddy puddle so we can feel the discomfort of life without Him?

Isn’t it true that when we find ourselves stuck in the muck of life, we long more deeply for God’s loving arms to come and take our hands and lead us out? We cry out, “Daddy, I need You. Please pull me out of this mess!”

I imagine He gives the same knowing smile I did when my son, laying face up in the mud, finally cried out for me. He kneels down and as we see in Psalm 40:2, lifts us out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire — our muddy boots dangling from our safe perch in His arms — and whispers, “I’m here love, been here all along. I’ve just been waiting for you to ask. Now let’s get you cleaned up.” Then He sets us on solid ground, giving us a firm place to stand.

Heavenly Father, I pray that I would trust and obey Your lead in the good times and in the times when I feel like I’m sinking into the mud and mire of life. I truly believe God, that Your way is better, Your way leads to a fuller, deeper, more nourishing life. Help me to stop running from You and instead run toward Your loving embrace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:

Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:

Feeling drained, discontent, or discouraged? Join a couple of understanding, entertaining companions on the journey from overwhelmed to nourished in Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph’s latest book, Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep.

Read more from Rachel and Becky on their blogs The Nourished Mama and Laugh Cry Cook.

Enter to WIN a copy of Nourished by Becky Johnson & Rachel Randolph. In celebration of this book, Becky and Rachel’s publisher is giving away 10 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 10 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, April 13.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:

If you’re wondering where God is in your muddy mess, ask yourself if you’ve stopped running in your own direction yet and then cry out for God to show you His way.

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Comments

  1. Kristen Bulger says:

    I would like to win this book for a friend of mine who is at an extremely difficult spot in life right now. She is a single mom with two boys and she desperately needs to be “Nourished.” She does not know the Lord but he has put me in her life at this time and she has been seeking my counsel and support. I would love to gift this to her.

    • Before fully giving my life over to Christ, I was running in my own direction. I was merely attempting to please people , meeting the standards that they had set for me instead of discovering that God thought completely different of me. God’s way of seeing me is completely different of how others see me. Others see me as flawed, as not being smart because of my disabilities.
      Ultimately, God sees my inner beauty for who He has created me to be underneath what you see on the outside. Why can’t society fully realize that you need to look beyond what we look like on the outside of our bodies? “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2 (NIV) Incredibly amazing! Amen! What a powerful thing to realize this morning! Jesus has placed us firmly on solid ground. When we come to Him in prayer, He helps out of the muckiness that we may be dealing with throughout our lifetime.
      “MAYBE GOD LETS US fall into muddy puddles SO WE CAN FEEL the discomfort of life WITHOUT HIM.”
      Amen! How so true! Sometimes, God lets us try doing things our own way to see how we feel when we don’t allow Him to help us overcome whatever obstacles and challenges life may be passing our way periodically. God gives us these trials as a way to test how much we are really willing to fully trust Him.
      “Heavenly Father, I pray that I would trust and obey Your lead in the good times and in the times when I feel like I’m sinking into the mud and mire of life. I truly believe God, that Your way is better, Your way leads to a fuller, deeper, more nourishing life. Help me to stop running from You and instead run toward Your loving embrace. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. “~Rachel Randolph
      Wow! What a wonderful prayer! When we come to the Lord, He can help us overcome the challenging times we often go through. He can help us draw closer to Him, even when we feel like we’re in muckiness. Unfortunately, this mess isn’t something we can get rid of without allowing God to do a work in and through our lives.
      Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (NIV) Wonderful! What a powerful prayer! No matter what we may be going through, God can teach us His wondrous ways in everything we do. We can trust in Him , o matter what challenges we’re enduring.

  2. Miranda Miller says:

    As a struggling newly single mom of my six and three yr old. I could definitely use some nurturing. I would love to win this book.

  3. Stephanie Frazier says:

    I am a stay at home mom of a four year old. I lost 3 babies before my current daughter. I live with grief and guilt every day. I would love to have this book.

    • Tina Butts says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      I have a 7 yr old daughter, almost 8! Time sure flies! Anyway, I had three miscarriages before we were blessed with her. God is Awesome! What a joy. We tried again when she was two to have another, and I had an ectopic that ruptured and almost cost me my life. Extremely terrifying, not only for myself, but my husband and daughter too. I’ve often wondered why me? I look around and all of my friends have 2-4 kids each, no problems and even some have been surprised with a pregnancy. I guess with each loss, a part of me was left behind too. I know God is Good and ALL things work together for His Glory. I look at my daughter now and praise Him for such a gift. The gift of being her mom. The gift of having at least one of my own children. I have a tremendous heart for kids and know there are children in need of a loving home. My husband and I have opened our hearts to adoption, but haven’t really felt led in that direction yet. I was able to let go of my grief, in knowing that God is always in control and knows what is best for me and my body. I don’t understand the “why” but, I don’t have to, as long as I am trusting God with my life. As for the guilt, I feel that comes from Satan, trying to steal your joy. Stealing the complete happiness you should be feeling with your daughter now. Don’t let Satan determine your daily outlook. Every morning pray for God to take the guilt and grief before you start your day. Find a scripture that really speaks to you and helps you look at your situation in a different light. I hope this helps some. I know it’s not easy. I stayed home with my daughter for several years before returning to work. I had to get out several times during the week, just to socialize with other adults. Instead of focusing on the children I didn’t have, I chose to focus on the one blessing in front of me. I hope you are able to do the same. Big hugs to you!

  4. I would really love to win a copy of this book. In six months I have gone through a couple of major upheavals and have often wanted to just give up. I have been trying to find my way back to rest, to God.

  5. Kristal says:

    It would be such a joy to win a copy. I’ve been going through a lot of stressor in my life these past couple of months. I just began my relationship with God and all I can say is its been a blessing and wonderful experience so far.

  6. I don’t know where to start. All I can say is that I needed this today. I feel like I was led to this, and I would love to read the book.

  7. Teresa Green says:

    I understand what you are saying I’m not running prayed for yrs for my children my heart is broken for them I feel it’s not mud it’s like quick sand pulling them under I don’t understand when I’ve heard & seen them cry out daily I don’t know what more to do prayers please

  8. I find myself at this time wondering where have I gone, the one who had this pure relationship with my heavenly father to where I am now. I want more I believe this book might meet the need for my spirit this season.

  9. I find myself at this time wondering where I have gone? How’d I get here. The one who had this pure relationship with my heavenly father to where I am now. I am ready to be lifted out of this mud and mire. I believe this book will meet the need for my spirit this season.Thanks!

  10. nora wiebe says:

    i have been stuck in the mud and mire a very long time,came out of an abusive marriage of 25yrs and just need some help to get me back on the path of life , i so needed this tonight ,i need to find my way back,thank you !!

    • Nora, my heart goes out to you. I will be married 28 years on Saturday. I am also in an abusive marriage and trying to find the courage to end it. It makes me sick to think about giving up after 28 years, and it makes me sick to think about still being stuck here after 30, 40, or 50 years. I feel like my husband has forced his way into God’s place in my life. Lord, please lift us up out of the muck and mire and set our feet on solid ground.

  11. Becky gittings says:

    As I read the description of Nourished, I was thinking “yes! They get it!” So many books make me feel like I need to DO more and this sounds like a friend coming alongside to encourage! I would LOVE to to win this book!!

  12. Kristin Perez says:

    I so related with needing to be pulled out of the muck. I have been stuck & floundering for a long time. our marriage has barely pulled through due to husband’s addiction & my codependency & all our various health problems when will it end? I feel like we need God to reach down & pull us up out of the mire. I would love the chance to win your book.

  13. i have so been feeling that I’m stuck. I know Tha jesus is there but it seems I’m going ther other direction

  14. Laurie T says:

    This looks like a fantastic book for devotions !

  15. “Does He, in His love, let us fall into a muddy puddle so we can feel the discomfort of life without Him?” Yes He does and I have lived this out! I just came out of a depression b/c I ran from God instead of to God. But now I am learning to depend on Him and I would love a copy of this book to help me along my journey!

  16. Karina Taufi says:

    I often times feel stuck in my profession and would really like the courage & nourishment to expand beyond my safety net to follow what I’m called to do. This would be a great book to read

  17. The Lord has rescued me from the limiting choices of the natural mind & lifestyle. He shows me His better way. Trusting Him has not come easy for me, but God is patient with me…preferring to wait until I “got it” than to move on without me!

  18. I would love to read your book! (email correction)

  19. I am simply overwhelmed and tired. I can’t seem to find anything that speaks to where I am. I would like to be NOURISHED..

  20. Sandra j says:

    WOW! While watching my daily frustrations,my seventeen year old daughter said to me yesterday “I read this passage every morning. It’s by two older ladies (she’s only 17) but I thinks it’s for everyone. Going through a life changing surgery a few months ago I’m absolutely stuck in a muck. The book will absolutely be for me. But even if I’m selected I trust God is going to lift me out of this slimy, muddy sometimes seemingly bottomless muck, clean me up, wipe my daily tears away and place my feet on solid ground where I can continue to grow and prosper. Thank you Jesus for these 2 young women of God. Thank you for leading me to this life and moment changing passage.

  21. Katie Jean-Louis says:

    I would like this book for a friend with two small children who is losing her house. She surely needs some encouragement and words from the Lord.

  22. Kristen says:

    I feel like every which direction I turn is the wrong one (even with prayer,) I never feel like I am doing what God is calling me to do. So many times I try to sit in the quiet after reading His word and listen for His voice, only to hear nothing.
    I am currently going through 2 situations where I need God to pick me up and set me on solid ground with assurance that I am His child and I have nothing to fear.

  23. Marianne says:

    Oh my how fitting is this. I have been stuck in the mud for months , trying to fully trust GOD. Your words resonated how I feel. I believe your book will do the same. Thank You with God’s blessings.

  24. Summer Norris says:

    Good morning!

    I am a 25 year old single mom, juggling college, and a full time job. In the midst of my overwhelming and exhausting day I often feel malnourished spiritually and sometimes lost, wondering if I am really seeking God’s purpose and path for my life. I just want to be a good example to my family and my son by fully trusting in God and following in his ways! I believe that God can use this book to help me!

  25. marlena says:

    God has blessed me with a best friend of 17 years. We talk daily sharing our struggles, worries, and blessings, but it’s been years since we have made the time to really study together. Though we have very different lives (she is married, I’m divorced, she is a stay at home mom, and I’m a full time working woman with a dog) this book is something we both could relate to.

    If I was to win a copy shareing it with my best friend would be a blessing by having us both take turns reading a chapter & then that weekend meet & talk about it together. Once we had read it she would pass it on to her daughter, her mother, and then give it to someone she knew in need.

  26. This is honestly what I needed to hear this morning… It’s as if God himself once again, used a seemingly innoculaous story to remind me that’s He’s right here (and always has been…) I find myself relating to the defiant ways of a toddler- always wanting to do it my way and then running to the comforting arms of my Heavenly Father, seeking His reassurance. I would love to win a copy of the book, but should that not be the case, I will most certainly try to budget this one in. The past few months have been very overwhelming and I continually struggle with finding myself stuck; a spiritually immature 46 year old woman- desperately reaching out for God, yet failing miserably to let go of my selfish desires to do it on my terms…
    Thank you for the great devotion- it brought both tears and a smile. Blessings!

  27. I would love to win a copy of this book! About every 3 months, I revert back to this stuck feeling…this has been going on for YEARS! I am ready to break the cycle and really trust God!

  28. Sharon Kay says:

    Thank you for this post that’s speaking right to where I’m at.

  29. Paige E says:

    Oh how I’m stuck in the muck right now. We lost both my grandparents in four months. One in a house fire. She was our family prayer warrior. What a gaping hole she has left. I am depleted. Exhausted. I feel like I can’t get my feet back under me. Schedules have gotten crazy and I find no time for exercise. Escaping with over indulgence of food and drink has left me with some extra weight and feelings of just being out on control with life. Daddy please come get me out of here. I don’t want to be this frustrated easily irritated mess. My family deserves better. Help me catch my breath.

  30. Brandie says:

    Thank you for these posts, they help me so much. I would a copy of the book.

  31. Sabine Brennan says:

    It sounds like the exact book I have been waiting and looking for. The devotion today really hit home, and I am looking forward to getting more guidance by reading the book!!!

  32. Donna Ackerman says:

    My son is doing the same thing today as in your devotion, and he is 8 years old. I am a single mom and life is getting very hard. His meltdowns are becoming too much for me. He is in therapy and they just started medication a couple weeks ago. I am feeling so lost and helpless as a mom.

  33. Kimberly says:

    I would love to have this book to read for myself as a mom of 2 young toddlers and a teenager and a wife of a husband suffering from depression. Plus I facilitate a mom’s bible study group and could pass it on to others in our group.

  34. Marcia snyder says:

    Avid reader. Like to pass on to daughter.

  35. This was what I needed this morning, just last night I was feeling like I wanted to give up! This spoke volumes to me. The day day does drag you through the mud. I know my Heavenly Father wants to pull me out. I feel so discouraged and tired which leads to being overwhelmed. I would enjoy this book, anyway God may speak to me is a wonderful thing!

  36. I would like a copy of this book in hopes that it will help with my struggling belief that I don’t have to do anything to earn God’s love except love and believe in him. Over the years I have suffered abuse and that turned into my belief that I have to do something in order to be accepted or loved. I’ m always encouraging others and realized even lately that I don’t really feel the same hope for myself. I am a growing Christian in my early 30s. Looking forward to being refreshed and experiencing God’s best for me.

  37. I loved your story and especially the prayer.
    God has saved me from myself more times than I could count.
    Lord, please keep me on Your path for my life. I don’t want to be stuck in the muck anymore. I need You, Jesus! Don’t allow me to ruin Your good and perfect plan for me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen! ♡

  38. Brenda Gupton says:

    I am getting ready to go into empty nest phase – my husband is retiring, I am still working – having too much of a pity party for myself and searching to feel purpose in my life. Could use this book greatly.

  39. Linda Glusenkamp says:

    I would like this book for my two daughters. One is pregnant and the other is walking through the adoption process…both waiting in expectation for what is to come. Thank you for a ministry specifically for women and helping us through our journey!

  40. I feel like I have been stuck in the muck lately. Would absolutely love to read this book and then share with my two sisters!! Thanks so much for the devotional today!

  41. I would love this book. I’m tired of doing life on my own, and have lost my joy. Feeling like this is just what the doctor ordered.

  42. I feel like I have been stuck in the muck lately. Would absolutely love to read this book and then share with my two sisters. Thank so much for today’s devotional!

  43. I would love this book for my long-time friend and and me to read and discuss. We are both experiencing difficulties with our older children, feeling stuck and enduring many sleepless nights. While we have been there to lift one another up, we could use some of God’s nourishment to allow us to see that the challenges we are going through are temporary. We know in our hearts that God has great plans for us and our families. if we will keep our eyes on Him.

  44. Very encouraging! I definitely feel like I’m stuck in the muck some days while parenting but am comforted by God’s grace.

  45. This is great! I don’t have children, but I’ve seen (and heard) enough of them in the midst of a terrible toddler tantrum at the grocery store when mom won’t get “that thing” the child is just going to die without. I can totally picture myself in that role with God! Wow – maybe I need to be put in time out so I can think about what I’ve done

  46. I just came across this site yesterdaywhile I was looking for a daily devotion to read early in the morning before anyone else is up. This post describes exactly what I’ve been going though lately. I’m a very emotional person anyway, but I teared up reading this seeing just how true it all is. I would love a free copy of the book to read myself and then pass around to the ladies in my office.

  47. I would love a copy of this book, I feel drained and would love to read about god nourishing me! I really appreciated your devotion this morning, seeing things for how God plans them. Great reminder, thanks!

  48. Jen Marion says:

    I would like to win a copy for my friend. She is a wonderful, loving person who deals with issues from older kids daily. I know there are times she wants to give up but she knows God put her in their life for a reason.

  49. i would read it and then share it with a young friend who is in need of encouragement.

  50. Wonderful book idea! I am raising a granddaughter and am walking alongside an ill parent…this sounds like the perfect nourishment for my soul. God bless you!

  51. Terri-Ann says:

    Stuck in the mud myself, this was eye opening. Can’t wait to read this book. Thanks!

  52. Lindsay Ethridge says:

    I loved this devotional. What a great imagery of where we often find ourselves when our focus is off of God. Please enter my name for a chance to win a copy of the book Nourished.

    Thank you!

  53. Would love a copy of this book!

  54. I would love to have this book. I home school my 6 year old and have 3 & 2 year Olds.

  55. Jessica says:

    Would love to read the book! I’m a single mom workout full-time and discouragement can set in from raising a child alone and bring exhausted.

  56. Duranda Daniel says:

    I recently fell deep into that pit of muddy life. God has helped me to see that I needed out of it and back in his will. I would like to win the book to use it to help me learn how to live in His will stronger and not let myself be sucked back down into the life of sin.

  57. Shelley says:

    I am overwhelmed and love God too , which seems opposing in some way yet, I have faith His plan prevails in Love.
    Thank you for the words today. The book, I’d like to read and share; many are in need and I trust who is to receive will receive.

  58. Elizabeth says:

    I would like this book. I struggle daily getting bogged down.

  59. Patricia C. says:

    I would love to win this book because, as all the others who have posted that they’d like to win a copy, I too feel stuck in the muck because of not my doings but just where my 36 year career is… My boss retiring/selling practice and possibility of a new boss who I have no idea if that person will keep me on staff or let me go?!? A scary place to be especially when it’s not of my own actions and completely out oft control. I have a strong faith and I know God is with me and He is in control but still can’t help feeling scared and just needing more us God’s nourishment! Thank you for the opportunity to share! God Bless you ladies at Proverbs 31 Ministries!

  60. Thank you for this devotion! I never thought about God allowing us to get stuck in the mud so we can see what life’s like without Him. When I think back to my past 5 years I can definitely see where He’s allowed me to trip or fall into a big ol mud puddle!!!!!!

  61. Tiffany says:

    I am definitely at a point in my life where most days I feel discouraged, this just spoke to me on a deep level and I know I have to cling to my Jesus! I’d love a copy of this book, it sounds like a great one!

  62. Kimberly Hamlin says:

    Thanks for today’s encouraging word. I would really love to read the book Nourished. I have been challenged with my weight, and sleep for over a year now. I sleep on the sofa every night once my husband goes to work. I want to stay in bed but I feel “safer” on the couch. I would like some Godly insight on becoming healthy and more at peace.

  63. I would love to read Nourish!

  64. I needed this to start my morning! I am stuck in the muck and need my Father to rescue me!

  65. Rebecca Roach says:

    I need nourished! This life can get pretty muddy. Mine has sure gotten that way. Help, Lord!

  66. Vivian Dewberry says:

    Beautifully written! Although only 58 years old my husband had a strike and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as well as vascular dementia. Today’s devotion really hit home for me. In all the arrangements, plannings, dr appts, managing unseen finances, etc. io often get bogged down. Often feeling as though I have to figure it out all by myself. Then every now and then He whispers to me either through a devotion such as this one or a scripture passage or even a fitly spoken word from a friend and I look up from the kid and call out to my Daddy. And as usual, HE IS ALWAYS THERE!!! Thank you for delivering these devotions yo my email! Have a blessed day!

  67. Kacy Oleson says:

    We are foster parents. We are taking some time off in between placements right now. I feel like Nourished wouls be a good book to get our hearts ready to love the next Children God places in our home.

  68. Melissa says:

    i would love to read this book, but if I win it I have a friend with a young autistic son who could really use some encouragement so I would give it to her.

  69. Michelle smith says:

    Just what I needed this morning. Thank you so much be blessed. I know so many others will be blessed as well. Got to get the book.

  70. At 52 and after 23 years at a wonderful Christian company, I am about to embark on a self finding, Christ reconnecting journey. Would love to receive this book as a tool to use as I leave my job and begin anew; and to share with others that will follow with me.

  71. I have been struggling over the past 7 years. My husband had a diabetic coma that started it all. Together we are a mess. We have 6 children between us: 31, 28, 17, 16, 8. He can’t work so I clean houses and walk dogs and babysit. I had to quit working at the child care center when he had his coma because I needed to be home more for the kids. The place I worked was a 45 minute drive and the kids were getting home 2-3 hours before me. I am the one who does everything. I cook, shop, clean, care for the children, take them to music and sports and doctors (none of which are close by) every day I come home I just want to go crawl in a hole and stay there. I start the whole thing up the next day. I keep telling myself I need a vacation from my life, but I can’t get one. I have been listen to the Proverbs 31 on the radio and had to find the web site. I really have been able to relate to the stories/information. It really lifts me up in the morning and through out the day. Thank you Proverbs 31.

  72. Thanks for the blessing this morning. It was exactly what I needed for where I am this week. I need Nourished.

  73. I need this encouragement. I need to get back into a daily routine of spending time in God’s Word. I’m hoping this book would help me to do just that.

  74. What a great metaphor! I have a 2 year old so this really hit home!

  75. Loved your story! I can so relate. Thanks for sharing!

  76. Tracy Bockbrader says:

    This sounds like a great book for a cousin of mine. She’s busy raising two toddlers, building a great marriage, and working on her career. She could use a little nourishment!

  77. Jessica says:

    Thank you for this much needed devotion. I am guilty of this, often unfortunately. Bcureently, I caught myself doing this. Throwing a tantrum and running the other direction of what God has planned for me. Forgive me Heavenly Father. Thank you for your loving and patient ways. I need you. Please lift me up and carry me out of the muddy mess I have created. In your beautiful name, Amen.

  78. Michele H says:

    I would luv to be ‘Nourished’…to spend more time w God n realize He is always there helping me get ‘unstuck’ from the
    mud that holds me down n follow Him n His ways…to be in better health ( lose weight ) be happy for what I have n get a full nights sleep waking up refreshed to spend my waking hrs w the one who loves me n wants a relationship w me…to realize how blessed I am!!!

  79. I can truly relate to Psalms40:2- it is my favorite inspirational “remember where i have been” verse-

  80. Rachael says:

    The title of this book spoke to me. I recently have been diagnosed with a chronic disease which affects every aspect of my life. I have been praying to God to help me accept my issues and be content with Him. Things will never be the same but I can rest and be nourished in God.

  81. Hello,

    Today’s reading couldn’t have been more perfect, to start the day off with. My child is grown, but the message of us getting stuck in the “muck,” until we cry out for help from our Daddy, is often how I live lately, and it’s literally driving me insane.

    I always have that communication with the Lord and I trust and believe that in the long run, everything is going to be OK. But sometimes, there seem to be so many things going array at one time in life.I get weary and feel the enemy…I FIGHT that enemy as much as possible,but I am so physically and emotionally weak, that I fear my old ways and old beliefs and thinking will come back if I can’t crush the enemy. I cry out for Jesus to help me stay strong and to protect me in this weak time, and to give me what I need TO fight the one who wants to take me away from the Lord.

    It’s more-so lately that I keep crying out for help from the Lord (I’m so tired). I ask for help to feel at ease, help to trust I won’t let the pain and sickness consume me so much, to sleep without my head spinning round…oh Lord…just for the amazing and positive ways that I feel when not in so much “muck.” To feel the same joy for the Lord in the “muck” as I do when not. Then, others remind me that I am not Jesus, and I am human, and there is a lot going on, and just talking about it to other believers, can also help.

    I’m not always this way, usually in rough times, God has healed my heart enough and my trust and way of life is fully based in Christ that I do well. I lay my problems at the foot of the cross for Jesus and I get through those times trusting in the Lord. How many times have I thanked Him for the good and bad.

    However, when I am Ill every day, when physically sick and weak, my emotions go astray as well. My Gaurd is down after weeks of not functioning well, being in chronic pain, dealing with physical exhaustion and mental insanity…not getting anything positive accomplished…you just taught me I’m in the “muck” and yesterday you taught me I was in the “middle.” AND, I realize God is teaching me patience again…one lesson I don’t particularly like.

    I can’t afford this book, but it seems like it would help me find more balance and relate to other women, in my new journey with Christ. Reading this today, made me smile in the midst of life’s current storm…it made me realize things didn’t have to be so bad to cry out for help. That anytime I ask the Lord for help or guidance, He has usually already given it to me, He’s already helping me and He’s just waiting for me to get out of the way and out of the “muck”.

    Trusting during the difficult times, when not understanding why so much pain, is sometimes easy and sometimes really hard. I would love to get out of the “muck” on a regular and consistent basis. To not need to scream out for God’s help and comfort…to be calm and trusting and accepting in the midst of all storms that God’s plan is sometimes difficult. But, I don’t need to let it affect me so negatively that I make myself sicker…Daddy is always there helping me and knowing my feelings before I even speak them.

    God Bless All…Amen.

  82. Carrie Malone says:

    What a refreshing devotion. The book would be a blessing and a wonderful reminder that God is our Heavenly Father. As parents we want our children to understand the things we do is out of love. Since God’s love is perfect and unconditional He knows best even when we don’t see it. When life feels hopeless and out of control today’s message was a wonderful reminder God is in control. Guide my paths 🙂

  83. I would love this book. I would give it to my dearest friend, Ana. She is a avid book reader and looking for a closer relationship with God. After married for so many years, a divorce snatched away life as she knew it.
    This would be such a great companion in her new path while searching for God´s direction.

  84. Going through some difficult times right now…could really use some encouragement!

  85. I loved this devotion this morning. I too feel like I’m stuck in a rut. Going thru a divorce and becoming a single mom. I feel like my job is going nowhere and having issues financially. The verses this morning will help me get thru my day today. The book will also help me to have a different outlook on life and deal with the situations that I’m going thru right now.
    Thank you

  86. I would absolutely love this book. I am in desperate need of encouragement at this time in my life. I look forward every morning to sitting down and opening my email to read the encouragements from Proverbs 31 to try to help me understand and deal with the trials I am going through at this time.

  87. I would love a copy of this book! Work and life have been so stressful lately that I have become physically sick. (Heart palpitations, Cardiologist visits, a hike in blood pressure that was already high, medical testing to be sure we aren’t missing anything that could be making me feel this way, etc.) I need any tips, tricks and pointers I can get, especially God-centered ones!

  88. I would love for my mom to read this book at this point in her life. She feels like she has nowhere to turn for help.

  89. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. As a mother of grown kiddos, and also no longer interested in climbing any corporate ladders, I find myself drifting in to many different directions trying to figure out my new purpose. Find that I’m more frustrated, tired, empty – malnourished, lol.

  90. This book has been on my “To Read” list. I’d love to win a copy!

  91. Bethany Hogan says:

    I’ve been looking for this– would love to have a nourished soul!

  92. I could totally use this book…it sounds like just what I need to reflect on. And then I’ll have to share with my mom too!

  93. I would love to win this. I know I need to read it.

  94. A nourished mama does make for nourished families! Can’t wait to dig into the book…then pass on to share with friends!

  95. Carrie Moss says:

    Everyday I struggle with letting go and letting God guide me along the path He has set for me. Just this morning I spent time talking and praying with Him about trusting Him and truly believing the promises he’s made to us, to me. I would love the chance to win this book so I can continue to nourish my heart, mind and soul with truth.

  96. I would like a copy of this book

  97. Kristen DeLauney says:

    I would like to win a copy of this book. I am in a season of life where I am exhausted and feel like I have no success in any area of my life. I long for something better and different and I am struggling to understand why God continues to leave me on this path.

  98. Brandy Milton says:

    I am a tired mama still trying to find joy. Continued, overwhelming joy. Perhaps losing my mother while I was pregnant a couple years ago and not having her around to talk to is a contributing factor. Perhaps fear of being “that mom” and trying to beeverything to all…. who knows. But I do know I follow andlove a gracious God who loves be beyond belief and will always be around for me. 🙂

  99. I would love this book. I’m tired. Work. Marriage. Health issues. Trying to have a baby. Crying every month when it doesn’t happen. Please pray for me.

  100. Kim Borquist says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book. You are truly a blessing!

  101. I would LOVE to win this book! I am overwhelmed much of the time in a pursuit for “perfection” that doesn’t exist… I also have 3 children – 2 of whom are homeschooled.

  102. Lindy Pape says:

    I would love this book because I could ise the great reminder that my God is faithful. I am a military wife who spends years sometimes by myself while my husband is deployed protecting this great place we call the grand ol USA. As a mom Im alot of times both Mom and Dad. I wuld love this book during the hard times of military life.

  103. A good night’s sleep portion of the title intrigues me. I’ve been having “emotional hangovers” that a good night’s sleep doesn’t seem to cure. I would love to win this book and then pay it forward to one of my friends.

  104. Wendy Snipes says:

    This devotion really spoke to me today. God provides encouragement just when you need it most. I most definitely feel drained, discontent, and discouraged. The past 2 nights, i’ve laid in bed in the middle of the night feeling defeated and dreading the next day. I would love to win this book. I think it would give me the enouragement that I need.

  105. Sandra Rimmer says:

    I would like a copy of this book to learn how to ask for help when needed. Without helping myself first , I feel I can’t lead others who need it more than me. Just a little encouragement and knowing their is something out caring about you all the time is truly a blessing. I feel getting a copy of this book will not only help me being blessed , but I would love to pass it on as a great teaching tool for others.

  106. I am stuck in a not so good place right now. I am desperate for anything that will help me crawl out of this hole.

  107. Jill A. Murphy says:

    I’ve been trying to find rest for so long….been a Christian for a long time but still find myself unrested. I would love to finally find enough comfort for contentment!

  108. We all run from God like a defiant toddler, and we all have to run back to Him!

  109. Your story made me laugh out loud! I love when God gives simple analogies to teach a great lesson!

  110. Nichole says:

    I would love to read this book, I could use some encouragement and extra nourishment in my life!

  111. Sheeba daniel says:

    I know reading every comment here you could give every person here your book. I just want to say for myself that if i do not get a book pls pray for my family. We are drained going through health issues, tests to be done and an upcoming surgery for myself. My own parents who are not well themselves are coming from overseas to help me through the surgery and if its not an act of faith and love i do not know what is.. Hoping and praying that my husband n i are able to demonstrate in the same to our own kids when the time comes.

  112. Wonderful illustration! I would love to share the book with my pastor’s wife . They have 5 boys, 8 and under. I would love to encourage her with Nourished.

  113. I would love to have this book. I’m a young stay at home mom of 3 and my husband has gotten laid off from several jobs in the past few months leaving us both just feeling stuck in the mud as we try to figure out our next move. I just wish it hadn’t taken such a stressful situation for me to realize how much I need God. When things are going good, I would just say “we’re blessed” and now I have found myself crying out to Him for guidance…which is what I should have been doing all along. Maybe I wouldn’t feel so lost now.

  114. I need to be nourished and come out of the muck of this world around me!!!

  115. I would love to win this book. I am currently still in a very hard spot with major health issues that doctors cannot find the cause for 8 yeas now! It’s hard to be stuck in the mud. I would love this encouragement!

  116. This book sounds exactly like what I need. Nourishment for my soul.

  117. This sounds like encouragement that I need in my life right now. I would like to share it with my sister after I read it.

  118. In the midst of working, raising, my three children, and working on my marriage, I have found myself in the muck and mire crying out to my heavenly father for help. I would love a copy of this book for myself and them to pass along to my friends who are in the same boat.

  119. I would be so blessed to have this book. I was asking our Father for these exact things this morning in my quiet time, and then BOOM, there it was a chance to win:) Maybe…

  120. Beautiful (and amusing) analogy. Thank you!

  121. I would love to win this book, over the past year I’ve experienced 2 very difficult faith-testing trials. I’m in desperate need for the Lords peace.

  122. Heather says:

    I just began reading your blog. I love the way you write, and I’ve begun to read each devotion every morning. For so long I have neglected this. As a homeschooling mom of three I often feel too rushed, but I need to remember that God comes first.

  123. WOW! The last two devotionals have been PERFECT and just what I needed to hear. Thank you!

  124. I would love to win a copy of your book to pass on to my daughter. She seems to be in that place many times right now with her babies. Thank you for sharing & for reminding us that God is right there to clean us up and love on us when we fall!

  125. Wendy G Bronson says:

    I would love a copy of this book. It seems lately I’m so exhausted with the demands of life, yet don’t sleep deep enough for long enough. Refresh me Lord!

  126. Crystal says:

    This past Sunday I repented my forsaking of the Church and Assembly. I had been stuck in the muck on and off for years; some days I felt as though I was the only person in the world sinking below. While I knew God was always “there,” I continued to ignore his Grace and power as if I felt I belonged stuck in the muck, deserved it somehow. However, the hinges of new day are opened before me and a renewed Spirit is on fire inside me. I reached my hand up out of the muck and grabbed by my father’s hand and in that moment I told myself, “I will not look back.”
    Why do I need this book? Because I have been down this path many years ago. Like a sweater that unravels once snagged, so did I unravel as life snagged me in so many places. I believe nourishment is exactly what I need to teach me how to continually raise up as I firmly grasp God’s lending hand. Teach me how to nourish that new seed I have planted so that when the drought comes, or lack of sunlight prevails, I will know how to reach for my Father for nourishment.

  127. Would love to read this book myself. Currently starting a new job after as department closure, going to school half-time, and raising two teens and a 9 year old…stress-level maxed out!

  128. Katherine says:

    I’d love to get this book and get on the path to feel Nourished!

  129. Years ago I read a book to my children about a duck who was stuck in the muck & the ending of the story was terrible! So we would always talk about how to help others & how important it is to thank others who have helped us from getting unstuck! I would share this book with others who may be going through difficult times: cancer, raising children, losing a parent, financial difficulties, and normal everyday difficulties. Thank you for writing today’s message as it reminds be to be faithful and these difficult times will pass if I rely on God and his never ending grace!

  130. He has been pulling me out of the muck and standing me upright for my entire life, but especially during the last 18 months. I’m so grateful for the love of my Savior and Lord. He is my hope.

  131. I so enjoyed this devotion

  132. Chyrita Banks says:

    I would love to win this book. I need all the help and encouragement to help with my Spiritual journey.

  133. This is just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for your faithfulness.

    Cindy

  134. Hayley Tacker says:

    I loved this devotion! If we just pause we notice how God’s word is woven into every situation in life. We simply have to pause in the moment and see how he speaks to us!

  135. I’d love to win this book to share with my cousin who, has been going through a lot lately. She has been suffering from post pardem depression and she doesn’t know the Lord. I’ve shared my testimony with her several times, but she’s in a muddy pit. She needs to know who to reach to that can pull her out. She’s not married, has four children to three different Dads, and cannot do it on her own. I would pray that if I won, this book would speak to her in ways I can’t.

  136. I would love to read the book! It seems like, esp lately, the moment I think ‘oh I seem to be in peace’ this is when the next day or so comes an unexpected ‘bam!’…something you thought you had under control falls apart suddenly, and then comes another ‘bam-s’….and I am just exhausted emotionally at the end of the day/week…would love to learn how to tackle it all properly and fix my attitude permanently 🙂

  137. Deborah Rentmeester says:

    I’m stuck mentally right now, I’d love to win a book. Thank you.

  138. Betty Ann Champion says:

    I have a daughter that has a two year old and a set of 5 year old twins. Her husband works 6-7 days a week and until 9:00 pm or later some nights. She is basically a single Mom when it comes to taking care of children and running a household. I would love to be able to pass this book along to her for a little insight. I know there are days she gets discouraged and she is tired and just needs an escape. The bad part is her and her family live 200 miles from any of their other family so they have no babysitters when they need time out. It is take the children or don’t go. She loves her children and is very good with them but I am sure she could always use a little guidance from above.

  139. “I’m here love, been here all along. I’ve just been waiting for you to ask. Now let’s get you cleaned up.” Then He sets us on solid ground, giving us a firm place to stand.

    I am going to memorize this and try to hear it when I fall down. Thank you so much.

  140. Wise words! Nourishment is important but not always good at it.

  141. Danielle says:

    I love all that He has given to me, and what a wonderful life I have with Him. My life was a horrible mess, until I let him in, and now it is beautiful, and full of hope and promise.

  142. Lisa S. says:

    Wow, this devotional was amazing! Thank you Rachel for sharing your heart. I mean, MAN this was truly what I needed this morning. Your devotional is a reminder to continue to trust God because He is ‘oh so faithful’. Thank you Jesus for the constant reminder that You’re always with us and that Your way is better than ours. Help us to realize that Your plan an purpose for our lives is no comparison to our own. We love You, and we’re so thankful for Your grace and mercy that covers us even when we’re out of Your will. In Jesus Name Amen.

    Thanks again Rachel for allowing God to use you in such a mighty way…in my life and in the lives of when around the world. God bless you.

  143. I’m not sure if it’s meant to be but I’d love a copy if this book. Working towards a more forgiving spirit and I’m feeling stuck because of it. I also know what others may need it but whatever happens is for the best.

  144. My daughter is finishing up her freshman year in college.Away from home, her friends, her Christian school, a church she grew up in, it’s been hard. She’s in the muck right now but I know God will pull her out. This book sounds like a great place for her to start.

  145. You had me at “full night’s sleep”! I’d LOVE to have a copy of this book. I’m in a season that’s mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. This book sounds right up my alley!

  146. Barbara Frazier says:

    I’m sinking into mud and mire of life. I need desperately to hear from my father God.

  147. As the mother of a “three-nager” this was very familiar! God so often shows me how much he loves me through my wonderful daughter. God bless you for reminding me as well!

  148. Heather says:

    I’ve been stuck in the muck of discouragement and this devotional was just what I needed. Thank you. I would love a chance to win the book.

  149. Karey V. says:

    I really enjoyed this devotional and think the book would be a great read!

  150. Wow! What an amazing illustration and example. How often I have found myself in the same spot as this precious child, covered in mud and wondering why I didn’t listen to God in the first place. This is where my husband and I find ourselves now. We are both so desperately wanting a change. Both in our jobs and where we live. But God is continually showing us its not time yet. Receiving a copy of this book would certainly give us the encouragement we need to be patient and wait for God’s perfect will in our lives. Thank you so very much for this story. It is speaking volumes to me.

  151. Raising my now 10 years old on my own has left me thirsty for nourishment, I looked for it everywhere, until I finally found it in my Savior JesusChrist, I would love to win the book!

  152. I loved this devotion….stuck in the muck.
    I am going through empty nest, menopause as well as being alienated from my step mother after my father’s death. I have good days and bad days. I do count on God to lift me up.
    I think i could benefit from reading this book.
    I need positive Godly guidance.
    I do pray to the Lord and expect Him to get me through this rough period of feeling lost and empty.
    i have a great husband and he is so good to me. I am thankful for that…..

  153. I have been discouraged by an outcome in my life. I can’t seem to let it go this book would be a good read for this season in my life.

  154. Shannon says:

    I am a stay at home mom to a demanding and exhausting 20 month old toddler that I love and adore! I’m struggling with my calling to stay home with him and my soul needs some nourishment to continue on this journey so that I can be the loving mother and wife I know I can be.

  155. I have a teenage daughter about to graduate from high school. She is making a poor decision right now with whom she is choosing to spend her free time with. It pains me as a mom to not be able to rush in and fix everything. I guess you could say I’m “stuck in the mud” trusting and crying out to my heavey Father to intervene in this situation. HIS plans are greater than mine

  156. Beverlee says:

    Thank you for the prayer.

  157. I would read this, and then lend it to my dear friend who has twins and a three-year-old. I don’t know when the last she had a good night sleep was. I think she would love that book!

  158. I’m a mom of an 8 year old, a two year old, and an 11 month old. “Drained” is a great description of how I often feel. I also have many mommy friends who I could share this book with who would also benefit greatly from it!

  159. Jennifer says:

    I would love this book as I am a young mom to an energetic toddler and am suffering from chronic illness, with a husband that travels for work and have stress in many areas of life . I have to be a wise steward of my energy and that is so difficult to do when there are so many things in life to keep up with. I have a heart for women’s ministry and I would love to be able to share this book with many friends who think there is no other way than just being tired all the time. Loved this devotional and so thankful for the many times God has pulled me out off the muck!

  160. Tammy Runnels says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book to give to my daughter. She was hit head on 5 years ago by a drunk driver and has been left with disabilities which present sometimes overwhelming difficulties for her both physically and emotionally. I know she often feels parched spiritually and I believe God could use this book to help “nourish” her in these times.

  161. I would love to win this book and read it together, share it, with my husband…

  162. Ladonna says:

    This post could not of come at a more perfect time. By God’s divine appointment I know! I have been a Christian for awhile now & my Heavenly Father has seen & lead me threw some pretty dark times! Now as a wife & mother of 3 boys, as life seems to be pretty good I find myself drawing away & I can’t understand why! Why, I don’t know but what I do know is God loves me, even like this, God loves me & is constantly trying to draw me close again! Help me Lord, I need you now! Thank you from the depths of my soul for this posts & for all of your post I really enjoy them, this weeks have really spoken to my heart. Thank you!

  163. Amber W says:

    I would love this book for my mother! I am 17 years old and I read these daily encouragements everyday! I think this book would really bless my mother. She has been in a rough spot lately and seeing my mother cry and upset almost everyday from financial hardships and being stuck in life really pains me. I think this book will take her mind off of her daily struggles and build her faith and trust in God! I thank the Proverbs 31 Ministries for their daily encouragement.

  164. I would love to have this book for myself to read first and then to share with my friend. I homeschool my daughter and I feel as if I’m on the go all the time. Sometimes I feel like I need a do over.I want to share this book with my friend too. She has four children and her oldest daughter just had a baby. Can you guess who is taking care of this infant? We work together at a hospital twelve hour shifts on the weekends. We both sometimes feel like we are standing in the muck.

  165. Robbi M says:

    I am about to start a summer book study with some of my girl friends. I think this would be the perfect book to read!!!! 🙂

  166. I know a young very busy mom who would benefit from this book. Thanks.

  167. I would love to be blessed with a copy of this book. I work at a school and have my trying days but i pray over these children. I could always use new words of encouragement for the kids.

  168. Dear Lord, I pray that you will touch each precious woman’s life who shared here this morning. Make your presence known to each one of these dear sisters today, Lord. Fill the need in their lives as only you can do.
    In Jesus name, Amen.

  169. Stephanie says:

    This story blessed me today and was an eye opener. Yes! I need to be nourished and would be greatly blessed to receive this book for free. Struggling with financial situations and need the Lord to pull me out.

  170. I would love to win a copy of this book for my sister who has been stuck in the mud for awhile. She lost her husband at Christmas and needs to know the nourishment only God can provide. Thank you for your consideration and please pray for Sheila.

  171. I have to come a point in my life where I need to stop the madness and remember how much God loves me and cares for me. I need HIS nourishment. I need to be refreshed in HIS arms. Thank you for sharing and bringing to light what I know so many women go through every day!

  172. I needed this today. This week has already been rough, and needing a little bit more nourishment in my life. I hope to be able to help others out with this book also, if I am able to.

  173. I have been desperately seeking health, happiness and a full night’s sleep by way of medication, medical testing and counseling for the past 7 months. I would love to be nourished.

  174. Rebecca says:

    I would love this book….and if I didn’t mark it up too badly, would share it with a friend of mine who is having a challenging time with her wee ones.

  175. Jenn Harty says:

    I would love this book for myself. I am a stay at home mom to an 8 month old and am struggling with many things right now. I know there is no such thing as a perfect mom, but I want to be as close as possible for my son.

  176. Luann Pollizzotto says:

    Exactly what I needed to hear today. The continuing illusion of control… ran rampant until February this year for me… you would think that I would have realized by now having had a thirteen year old daughter with cancer… and a host of other issues… abandonment, losses, low self respect… that I would have learned this lesson much sooner then now at 57. I cried through the reading of this today. Because in addition to being in the hospital February my husband got laid off from work 3 weeks later. I have been knocked down only to be lifted up by Jesus many times in the past and yet somehow I forget those times. Thank you for writing this.
    Thank you God for always being right on time and for picking my husband and I up out of the mire one more time.

  177. Stephanie says:

    Because I am a woman of God and somehow that equates to being nothing left for me. I adore serving others, often at the expense of my own well-being. I am currently seeking methods of replenishment for myself, but I seem to be only minimally successful. I would love some help in this department!

  178. Giving it to god says:

    Can’t say what I am going thew it’s so hard to hand it over I am asking for help daily . For god to take over .

  179. Would love to win a copy of this book. I know I need nourisment from my God each and every day, hour, minute, second!

  180. I would love to read this book. Definitely the right book to encourage me right now and would love to pass along to my sister after.

  181. C Puckett says:

    I would sincerely love to win a copy of this book for my neighbor. She is struggling with a terribly sad situation in her life. Her cousin had to have a C-section three weeks early as they discovered that she has a rare and very aggressive form of cancer. The young lady has lost feeling in her legs and is hospitalized while her newborn child is cared for by relatives. Perhaps this book will bring comfort into their lives as they lean on our Savior to guide them through this tragic situation.

  182. Jennifer Nixon says:

    I would definitely like to be able to read this book myself. And I can very much relate to the story. I am pretty much stuck in the mud and much like your son, I’m afraid and I don’t wanna go! I want to give up and let God rescue me but I am very much like that overtired 2 year old.

  183. Would love to give this book to my youngest daughter. She is in college, heading into her last year, works all weekend at a restaurant and has been feeling overwhelmed with trying to do it all. Yesterday I shared the devotion/story and she loved it! I just think having this book would really be a huge blessing to her right now and would help her find some peace and encouragement. Thank you!

  184. Barbara says:

    Struggles going on in my family. I would read and share

  185. Denise Storch says:

    I enjoyed today’s devotional. I would love to read more.

  186. Melissa says:

    I would love this book as I am trying to build my relationship with God. With so many struggles and failed attempts, i need every once of hope and material to show.me the way, show me why and most of.all show.me how.

  187. Teresa Draper says:

    Ah, I remember the “much of life” before it became a quagmire in my life . I need this book the way that I need to find myself resting comfortably in the Lord’s loving arms.

  188. Kristin says:

    This book would be a strong encouragement and daily uplift in my life because three years after a very sad divorce, I’m ready to get back to being me by legally changing my name. Unfortunately this is a very difficult process and honestly freaks me out because I don’t understand all the pieces parts and it’s hard to go through alone. I often feel that after one triumph and personal growth success, I’m hit again with something difficult to face. I would love to get off this rollercoaster, even if only for a little while. Thank you.

  189. Laura Serano says:

    What a beautiful God we have. One that always wants to scoop us up, take our faces in his hands and tell us that it’s okay, he understands, he’s right there and he wants to fix it! I’m in AWE of what a great, loving, faithful, caring God that we have.

  190. Rachel Watts says:

    It’s always a joy to read the words of other women longing after God’s heart and will in their lives!

  191. joy nelson says:

    My sister needs this encouragement more than anyone I know.

  192. Dori Sheese says:

    Would dearly LOVE to find out how to get a full night’s sleep, as I haven’t had that in several months! Very encouraged by your devotion today! Thanks & God Bless!

  193. Giving it to god says:

    I need to give it all to god I needed help letting go . I am praying everyday to let god take over . I am praying for my husband he just lost he’s dad it so challenging for are hole family.

  194. Robin B says:

    Proverb 31 devotions have always been so fitting for the day. I love to see how He uses His servants to encourage others, use real life examples & honesty to reach & love on others. Would be blessed to receive a copy of the book. Thank you all for pressing on ☺️

  195. I love how God places resources in front of us at exactly the right moment…I’m ashamed to say that so many days I’m rushing so much to get to where I need to be or get things done that I don’t get in my quiet time with Him (which includes my Proverbs 31 devos). Today I felt I needed to sit and just be and He once again made me feel like Rachel’s post was written just for me. I know many women who would benefit from this book and it would be shared with all of them!

  196. I would love this book for myself as I am going through several personal issues of my own. I always jump at the chance to get my on hands on something that will uplift me and encourage me that everything is ok & I’m on the right path.

  197. I am starting a women’s library at my church and would love to add this book to our collection. Many women could be blessed by it. Thank you for your ministry!!

  198. Becky H says:

    I’m pretty sure I’m in that puddle right now…stuck, discouraged, feeling lost. I pray The Lord leads me in the direction he’s willing for me, so that He may be glorified…and so that this mud puddle may dry up!

  199. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am a mother of two little girls recently divorced from a 10 yr abusive relationship & have been without a job for almost 2 months. I desperately need to be nurtured & put back on His path.

  200. Could use this right now.

  201. Been in the mud for the past few months and realizing, it’s time to cry out to God for help out of it. Looking for the right devotion to nourish my soul!

  202. Today’s message really spoke to my heart. I’ve struggled for 4 years on whether to leave my marriage of 28 years. During these 4 years, I’ve not been 100% committed to “fixing” what’s broken. I’ve leaned on God some, but have mostly been trying to run from myself and my decision. It was the preacher’s message on Easter Sunday that felt like a command from God to me personally. I am afraid to not follow God’s command, but I am also afraid to not follow my heart which is telling me to leave. I’m tired of being stuck in the muck.

  203. What a great devotion today. Really makes you think! I would love to win this book for myself so I can dig deeper into this great topic….

  204. Jamie Lowry says:

    As a full time working mother of 6 beautiful children, I have also been in graduate school for 2 years and will finish in a few days. This book is just what I need to get me started by on my reading journey as a middle-aged Christian. I would love the opportunity to win this book and share with others who will enjoy as well. Thank you in Jesus name!

  205. i would like to win this book myself mostly because I LOVE books…but also I could use a different perspective…even though my children are all teenagers…I am sure the information and the relaxing tone could maybe change a confrontation between myself and said teenager…

  206. What a blessing this book would be for me right now! I’ve been going through a season of change and unknown which brings a lot of stress! I would love to be nourished, encouraged and learn how to find peace no matter the circumstances while resting in my Heavenly Father.

  207. The title sounds like something I need to read.

  208. Theresa Cloe says:

    I am really stuck in the mud right now, due to many poor choices I have made in the past. I need this book!

  209. I can easily write that I “stumbled” upon this website but I know it was God that lead me to this bible study to get his attention. I can admit that I have been living each day aimlessly for years as a mom and wife longing to be back in God’s loving arms but not making time for Him. I need to replenished and nourished with this book.

  210. Would love this book add in walking thru the darkest days of a far graceless marriage that only GOD can heal.

  211. Thanks for the Encouragement this morning so on time. I would read this book and then probably choose my daughter (whose a single Mom) and has fallen several times and gets on up.

  212. I would love to get this book! Lately I too feel stuck in the mud! Although I am not dealing with any life hardship currently, I am struggling spiritually and have been feeling quite discontent and discouraged.
    This line really holds true to what I need: “I’m here love, been here all along. I’ve just been waiting for you to ask. Now let’s get you cleaned up.”

  213. I need nourished. I put myself out there, serving and living family friends and a ministry for moms w unplanned pregnancies. It’s easy to put myself last.

  214. I am stuck in some ways. Hopeful on others. Would like to have some peace in my heart.

  215. I would like a copy of my own. I’m always looking for fresh new material for my Devo time and I really enjoyed the post above!

  216. Brenda Hall says:

    I have a friend who I would give this too. She is really suffering right now and I think this would life her spirits and move her toward a more positive outlook!!

  217. Linda Costa says:

    I would like to win a copy of this book because I feel like it would be a great help in my life. I am stressed all the time dealing with life struggles, and sometimes I feel like just giving up. I now have high blood pressure and the stressing is not helping it. I think this book could maybe make things a little easier in my life.

  218. So very thankful to come across the website through KLOVE. Im in a roller coaster and this helps me through my day. God Bless

  219. Thank you for this post! Even when you are in the muck because of God’s hand on your life, not through faults of your own, it is still hard to look up and trust as you wade through it to the other side. Praying for an end to this season and the ability to learn.

    I would love a copy of this book. I am learning to choose joy and to rejoice. Reminders and pointers to Jesus are always beneficial!

  220. I would love to win this book. I find I become drained too often and need this kind of encouragement.

  221. So beautifully written and true!

  222. Holly Bauman says:

    I would like this book for myself since I’ve been stuck in exhaustion for work and home life.

  223. We all need encouragement, especially with other woman, who can nuture our souls. Id love to read this book, and then pay it forward to another sister. Mary S

  224. I need some nourishment as a new Mommy! After reading their book I was pass it on to some of my friends who are also learning how to be new Mom’s and juggle marriages and all of the responsibility of life too!

  225. Beth Hines says:

    I love this devotion. I have a two year old and completely understand the picture of running away from Mommy and the I know what’s best for my tired self. I never thought of it was exactly how God feels. If only I could trust God more and be willing to hear his voice. I guess that’s what reading these devotions are all about. Thanks for sharing this perfect story and helping me to become closer to God and not slip in the mud.

  226. Constance says:

    After reading so many where many are so deserving, I almost decided not to try for the book, but I felt God pushing me toward this. After being married for 48 years, my husband and I separted due to his extreme alcoholism. We have known each other since we were 12. (Our Lifetimes). Although I feel God is in the midst of this. I feel very alone. I am finding it hard to even know how to nourish myself. I pray for all those in need. Conni

  227. Lydia Bryant says:

    Loved your story, as a mommy of 6 little ones aged 8yrs down to 7mths, I surely know the toddlers years very well. I would love this book because I just need the encouragement. Having 6 young children at home, homeschooling them and having a husband that works very long hours, leaves very little time for my sanity

  228. Caught in that place of wanting what I must either wait for, if it is to come at all. Trusting & keeping it in God’s hands is almost a minute by minute endeavor – I know He has it & is worthy of my trust as I wait for His plan to evolve – it is so hard to see and rest in it……

  229. Praying for each of my dear sisters who posted today. I am rejoicing with those who are standing by God’s amazing grace and lifting those in prayer to our Daddy who can handle all of life’s muck. May all be blessed by a strong sense of His comforting Presence, strength for this day, and His Bright Hope for tomorrow. A sister in Jesus.

  230. After almost 26 years at the same company, I was laid off, along with about 150 other people. Deep down, I Know that God will pull our family through this situation and He will provide another job, but at the age of almost 50, starting over is very scary. I find myself crying and feeling sorry for myself way too often, these days. I need the nourishment from God Himself and to let Him pick me up out of the miry clay.

  231. I need some nourishment today. My husband and I are both retired and disabled and I am the caregiver for both of us. Some days it is all I can do to get out of bed. Please pray for us. Thank you and God bless you all.

  232. Great message today! I’m in my early 20’s and currently wotking a FT and PT job while being a FT student. While suprisingly I manage my time very well, It seems like I am always on the move, always planning my next big step. All this anticipation of the “next big thing” some times leaves me restless and uncomfortable with where I am now. It’s a daily struggle, and I find myself asking God to give me contentness in my current place A LOT. I’ve tried to do things my way before and God always manages to get my attention. This time, I’m chosing His way.

  233. Amy Crump says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. I have been struggling lately with where I am in my relationship with God. I have allowed so much other stuff into my life and fooled myself into believing I am just too busy to read the Bible right now. I pray at my meals very quickly and say a bedtime prayer when I am not too tired from all the busy work. I am definitely in need of some nourishment that can only come from the Father.

  234. This made me laugh..and reflect. I would love to win a copy of the book. I need to be inspired and nourished and am in desperate need of a good night’s sleep.

  235. I’d love to read this book, then pass it on to a friend, as we share the weariness of battling cancer.

  236. lucretia says:

    I could sure benefit from this book. ..for so many reasons. ..

  237. Would love to win this – to read, then share with friends! Had opportunity this morning to confess ‘control’ in a health area – turned it over (again) to God, trusting Him in whatever He has for me in this! I don’t have the answers and don’t ‘need’ them – just follow His leading!

  238. Laura Carter says:

    I’d love a copy for myself. I am a mom of a 7 month old and a 6 year old. I’d love to read this book an then pass it on to other moms.

  239. I would love to read the encouraging words this book has for me. Our family is going through a trial right now but I know “this too shall pass” and God has something amazing in store for us. We strive to live each moment in God’s will and trust in him. I pray that whoever these books go to are encouraged and nourished with God’s message to them.

  240. Victoria Dore says:

    I would love to win the book so I can be reminded that I am loved an not a banded by God even when I don’t always feel his presence .

  241. I sat down to do this devotion after scouring my sink and making my protein smoothie (still in my robe!!) knowing it was more important to spend time with Him than rushing in to my mental “to do” list for the next 2 days!! I travel for a living and my husband is out monthly on a 21 day overseas rotation. During “facetime” this morn, I told him I hope he is able to change jobs. He has applied for a local position; we are praying for God’s Will. When we hung up, I kept thinking “we need to have patience and trust”. Your book would be an encouragement.

  242. As a mom of three little ones, anything that mentions sleep or offers encouragement sounds wonderful to me!

  243. Jan Ross says:

    Here is my similar story:White Dog & the Holy Spirit
    I had a spiritual experience this afternoon. I let White Dog out in the fenced yard without a leash. I wanted to see if he would allow me to put the leash back on him without fuss when it was time to go back inside. Usually I leave a leash or cable on his harness so I can step on it to get up to the D-ring and hook the leash to walk him back to the house. Against my hope, he ran from me when I approached. Then he got frightened. I chased that dog for an hour around a 1000 sq. ft. yard. By the end we were both tired.
    As I watched him flinch away and do submission/fear soiling of his self, I started sobbing. I realized that I turned away from God’s love and care the same way White Dog fought to avoid me! I would sacrifice myself for White Dog. I want him to run to me with joy when I have a leash to spend time with him. Not fear me as if I am the enemy.
    I realized that is how I have treated God. I asked the Holy Spirit’s forgiveness for all the times I flee from His care and blessings for me. How I must have grieved Him. It literally broke my heart to see White Dog’s fear of my advances. Then my heart broke again thinking of the same way I have broken God’s heart. It is humbling and a blessing to learn spiritual truths from our animals. Another of God’s gifts! With the help of my young friend next door, White Dog was leashed and is now playing inside.
    I have often been touched by Francis Thompson’s Hound of Heaven.
    All which I took from thee, I did but take,
    Not for thy harms,
    But just that thou might’st seek it in My arms,
    All which thy child’s mistake
    Fancies as lost, I have stored for thee at home –
    Rise, clasp My hand, and come.”
    Blessings!
    Jan Ross 12/18/13

  244. This was such a great devotional!! This is my life with a 2 year old and my husband away working right now. I struggle daily and try to do it all with a smile on my face. Plus having a friend staying with us that wants my attention as much as my toddler does, I am stretched so thin with nothing for myself and no one to turn to on a daily basis for myself to get support. I have been working on my relationship with God so that I am able to turn to him when it all becomes too much.

  245. Alisa Walls says:

    I would love to win this book, & read it!!

  246. Michelle Wiggins says:

    I would love to read and share this book with my coworkers! Thanks for the chance to win ♥

  247. Ive had a lot of mental problems thru out my life, I have pdsd among other things and I don’t sleep well at night I hope that this book would help my mind to settle down and learn to sleep better ect.. also I have a sister in prison and I think this book would also help her lots.. Its been 3 yrs now and ive not seen her since, would like to send her this book to help her coup with it all..

  248. Loved this post and beautiful prayer. Praise the Lord for pulling us out of the mess and the muck! I prayed these prayers and I need it. The Lord is opening my eyes to “muck” I didn’t even see – praise God for removing blind spots and replacing lies with His Word – the Truth. Have a joyous day, friends! Jesus is alive and doing wonderful, powerful things in and through the Body of Christ for His Kingdom and Glory. 🙂

  249. Thus is such a loving and very real picture of how God’s patience with us is His second most precious gift, second only to Christ’s most precious gift of His life, death and resurrection for us to reconnect with our Abba God. I would like to receive this book as I am now in process of obeying the Lord’s call to the misson field. Being a 50+ year old single with the early menopause sleepless nights (lol!) and need to learn to nourish my physical, mental and emotional “body” has taken on a new dimension. I know and am praying that whoever receives the blessings of God’s timely messages in this book will indeed see in a greater, new way, that our God is faithful! Blessing All!

  250. Pam boland says:

    I could really be nourished by reading this book. I have 3 wonderful boys but have always dreamed of having a little girl. In November , I found out my dream was coming true and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!! My pregnancy was nice and easy and I loved feeling my little girl kick inside me . I had many hopes for our future. Then 2/3/15 I went for a regular check up at my dr’s. I was 25 weeks pregnant . They could not find her heartbeat . They told me my precious little girl died sometime in the previous 24 hours. We never did find a cause of death . All the tests came back that she was a normal little girl. We named her Emily Rose. I have anxiety and severe panic attacks now. I struggle every single day. I am so sad without my little girl. I am just really having a hard time trying to understand why this all happened and missing her so much . After I delivered her , we spent the whole day loving her and cherishing her. I am very thankful for those memories.

  251. This really hits home with me right now, as you are so right…when we aren’t living right, thinking that our ways are better, God allows us to feel the ‘muck’ that we put ourselves into, and therefore we long for Him to rescue us back to where we belong! I would love to read this book, and I will share it with my sister, and coworker friends. We’re always admiring the P31 books and studies! Thank you!! 🙂

  252. I would love to read this book to help me lean first on God before anything else to help me navigate this world of going back to work full time, a husband & two kids in college. I often feel exhausted & desperately need God’s nourishment! Once I read the book, I will pass it on to a few friends who are as exhausted as I am. Thank you for a great post & reminder to look to God for all our needs.

  253. lAWRENCE GAYDOS says:

    Thank you for this. My wife sent it to me. I can’t tell you how much this relates to me in my life right now. Thank you for the inspiration and prayer.

  254. Peg J. Ribble says:

    I loved this devotion. I would give this book to my daughter who watches small children along with her own small children. She always seems to be stressed out & needs filled up. I would probably read it before I give it to her tho, lol!!

  255. As I may not have children of my own, even after being married for 23 years, I do work with a great and tough bunch of preschoolers and I am a leader in children’s ministry at my church. My home life is not what I ever hoped or planned for, but I am grateful for having a home and a job that I love to do. There are times when I feel overwhelmed, as well as, drained, discontent, discouraged or just a plain old mess. I definitely need and desire more of God in my life and to be more focused on Him. If I won this book, I would share it with others who may also need it. Praise Jesus!

  256. I would love to win a copy to give to my friend who has been struggling with her ailing mother and being emotionally attacked at work. She is a kindergarten teacher so she could definitely use some encouragement working with kiddos also.

  257. I don’t even know what to pray anymore. I have been in an unbearable work situation for going on 7 years now. I’ve been praying: for patience, for peace, for me to learn whatever I need to here, for a new opportunity, for deliverance. It’s been so long, and I’m not only drained, discontent and discouraged, but despairing too. I feel like I’m in the middle of a tug-of-war with God on one side and the evil one on the other. I want to exhibit love, joy, peace and patience but continue to feel hatred for coworkers who continually attack and hurt me. My supervisor knows, but chooses not to do anything. From this devotion it seems like this book could help me to be strong, help me to bear it until something changes.

  258. Amanda Cross says:

    I would love to win this book. I resonated with the toddler who said, No, I want to stay! I have literally been battling this tendency in regards to leaving my house. I’ve not left my house since this time last year.

  259. Christina says:

    In reading through many of the other posts, it seems as though there are a lot of people who need this more than me. I feel like a failure every day as a stay at home mom to my baby and toddler. I struggle with feelings of depression, being completely overwhelmed, sad, angry towards my children and husband, confused, feeling inadequate and incapable and am always loosing my temper. 🙁 I wonder if this book will help? Thank you.

  260. maria esquivel says:

    Now raising a 14year old girl that struggles with self esteem and cuts herself I really want to equip and strengthen myself to fight for my daughter through prayer warfare and the title of this books sounds like a great book that will help be load up

  261. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing this story. I have been home for months waiting for surgery this Friday and have been realizing it’s time to stop hiding and running and make change. I would love this book.

  262. Tiffiny Palm says:

    Everything about this devotional struck a cord in me. I am tired of feeling stuck, tired of feeling tired, tired of feeling useless, tired of feeling not good enough. There are many women on here who need this. Thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for the words that you shared in this morning devotional!

  263. I’m a 51 year old woman with my days of muddy, obstinate children far behind me. My babies are now 29,27&25, all grown and off on their own. There is, however, still a pounding mother’s heart that is still able to feel intense love, able to be pulled,twisted,smashed and at times crushed. Yes, this mother’s heart still is able to be moved and serves as such a great reminder of how it is also a reflection of our heavenly father’s heart. Oh how I move his heart; I pull at it, twist it, smash it and at times crush it. ‘We all as lambs are led astray’, I want things to go my way. I demand that life remain painless and keep me happy, and I demand this from my Father as well. All along he is looking at me with such a great heart full of love for me, even while I’m in my sinful state.
    Oh young moms, hang on to you heavenly Father. He is the only one who can handle all your tantrums and demands with the gentleness and perfect love you truly need.
    This book you are offering sounds like a wonderful book of encouragement. I would love to pass one one to a young mom I know who is also trying to find encouragement in the midst of diapers, acid-reflux throw-up, and sleepless nights with her first little one. God bless your efforts!
    Julie, AZ

  264. I would just like to share, this really touched me and I relate to many of the other comments. I am a college student and have been going through some tough times. I believe He doesn’t want me (us) to be attached to specific things and labels and I have been struggling with strict dieting, juicing, exercising, and natural ways of being healthy. I also have a really difficult time getting sleep and I get frustrated by too much noise around me. This book sounds just like what He is calling for me to read. So I am learning to put my trust in Him and walk on the path that He is calling me and the prayers from this devotion help me in prayer and communicating to Him.

  265. I am a single mother and I feel stuck in my daily life. It’s funny because I was just asking God this morning to please do something because I need a change!

  266. I’d love to have this book. I’ve been a place where I’ve felt all the things you described-drained, discontent, discouraged, and a whole slew of other things. I know God is restoring and rebuilding areas in my relationship, but in this “working” phase, I often find myself feeling almost exhausted. This book would truly be a blessing to me if I was able to win it. And I know that, in the event that I don’t, it will surely bless the life of another woman in need. Thank you for sharing your revelation with us; it’s greatly appreciated.

  267. Nourish sounds like the perfect book for my daughter, a young mom of an 18 month old. We talk each day of trying to balance the disappointments and struggles of life with parenting, marriage, career and our trust in God. She and her husband have battled infertility and are blessed with one child. They are still in the midst of this struggle, as well as others, but lean hard into God hoping for provision. I would love to gift her with this book in this hard season. Thank you.

  268. Jennifer Edwards says:

    I would like to receive this book because as a mother of 4 and wife to a military
    member, we have currently moved to a new duty station and while I am a string Christian woman, I feel like a part of me has gotten lost in the shuffle. I need to be “Nourished” in God’s word and encouraged as I wear many hats for our family. Thank you and God’s Blessings

  269. Christine Dove says:

    I want you to know what happened today when I shared your devotion “Stuck in the Muck”. My sister and I have two young men, who are brothers, working for us in our old house. Two weeks ago, they were kicked out of their brothers house, due to drinking and fighting. These are not young boys, they are 34 and 37. They have children, but are not with the children’s mother or children. Lost sheep. One told me he was a Christian. We kinda opened our house. No extra bedrooms, but they wanted to stay out in the barn. Cots, sleeping bags and blankets. Extra bathroom in the house, that they put in and did a wonderful job with, was theirs. We furnished most of their meals. Did not buy the beer. Of course. They did. Work stared dwindling last week, they were down about not seeing their kids. Calling the mothers intoxicated was not a help. One brother took most of the responsibility, and would say he just didn’t know what he could do for his brother to help. He can not do anything, Jesus needs to take over. We have talked about the Recovery Program at the local church, and that we knew and loved the program, and we would go also. Printed up info on the program this weekend to them to look over. This morning,” the muck” devotion sounded just like what I was seeing, so I printed it out and shared it with them. Shortly after, the “responsible” brother came up and told us that his brother decided to go to treatment. We found numbers and they started calling. He is putting his stuff together as I’m typing, and he going to where his kids live, give them hugs, and then sign himself in. He thanked me for sharing this devotion. Sometimes our words are not the words that touch. Your words, spoke to him. Thank you so very much. Wanted you to know.

  270. Heather Gummo says:

    Loved this devotion. Been there, done that. Thankful for the times when God has gotten me out of the muck! I would really enjoy a copy of this book as it would be very helpful for a mother of 3 young girls!

  271. Laura Pittman says:

    I would like this book based on the mere fact…I feel stuck all the time…in my life…in my marriage…my every day decisions…and even though I kno Christ…I feel stuck in my relationship with Him…sometimes I don’t even kno if I’m coming or going..please consider me to get this book that could lift me and spark my inner core… thank you

  272. Feeling drained, discontent, or discouraged?
    That is what I ask myself everyday as I look for ways NOT to feel that way. From the moment I place my feet on the floor to awaken my children for school, I’m drained. After I get all five on busses or signed in to class, I drive for the most peaceful one hour to my dream job. It’s my dream job because I get one hour of silence there and one hour of silence driving back–just to draw closer to God and have him give me peace in this life of discontentment. Am I the best mom for the job? Should I have been nicer to my husband this morning even though he didn’t help me with the kids at all? Did I pray the right thing with my children this morning? Am I wrong for wanting a better life for my family? And so much more. And at the beginning of the prayer I’m discouraged but after about an hour, I’m encouraged. Only to receive text messages and phone calls throughout the day from my children whining because I’m unable to attend some school event or chaperone or take them to some game or practice. Then I’m overcome with guilt and I yearn for my hour long prayer time while driving home to encourage me all over again. Because lets face it….who knows what I will face when I enter my humble abode. “I” need this book, because I have to feel like I’m NOT alone in this everyday battle.

  273. Fran Gambino says:

    The perfect inspiration at the perfect time for me!! Thank you!

  274. Sarah Cooper says:

    Discouraged? Yep, I want to be somewhere else. But I pray that I might be shown the way. Discontent? Yep, wanting to hear that word, and waiting, waiting…Drained? Of course. I am a work away from the home momma, busy with two children in the evenings, along with a husband who also deserves my attention, not to mention the cleaning and cooking and…well, you know exactly what I mean. I’d love a book!!!

  275. I could really use some added “nourishment” right now. Been struggling with health problems for over 5 months now as well as my husband’s long term issues. I know God is there and I’m not alone, but right now I just need more of Him.

  276. Amanda Cromer says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I like to think that I have it all together and right when I “think” I do…BOOM! It happened when I was so called “in control” of how many children I would have. I said 2…God said 3 and blessed us with twins the second go round. Now fast forward and they are school age. I am 38 year old elementary teacher of 16 years. Life was/is super busy with ball games, gymnastics, cheer, football, baseball, church…you name it. I thought I was managing it pretty well…Super Mom right? Then WHAM…I heard the words…YOU HAVE CANCER! A simple lump in my breast that was once identified as a harmless cyst, was now a hurting knot that was diagnosed as triple negative breast cancer…Yeah…THE BAD KIND! So, now a 1 1/2 later, I am back at work, still trucking it along but humbled to the extent to know…I can’t do it all! Only with God, are all things possible!! Hopefully it is God’s will for me to remain cancer free so that I can share the great things He has done and I can grow old watching my children grow up and have children of their own. However, I realize now…I have NO CONTROL over that or any other situation. I can only simply rely and pray to the one who heals and saves us from ourselves! Be blessed friends!

  277. Sharon W. says:

    Would love to have the opportunity to be refreshed and nourished!

  278. I would love to read this book! And then, I would give it to my best friend.

  279. Juliana says:

    I would love to enjoy this book, often times I do cry out to daddy and ask him to help. It is true in the midst of the problems is when mostly we search for him. But, he never withholds from us as his children. He yerns for us to search for him and cry out to him. He is the only way that we can fall back out of that muddy puddle and get clean again. Get out of the mess, we have placed ourselves in. I feel in the midst of the mess, he has something far more greater than we could ever imagine.

  280. Colby G. says:

    I really identified with this devotional today. As the mother of twin 20-month-old toddlers and a kindergartner, I have moments of feeling stuck in the mud everyday. Reading this message really brought home to me the thought that often lurks at the back of my mind- that God allows me to feel overwhelmed so that I will ask for help. So that I will desperately plea for help, not just from others in my life that He wants to use to bless me, but from Him directly. I hate to think that I am as defiant of Him as my children are of me. But when I examine my attitude, my focus, and how I prioritize my time, it is definitely true. I would love a copy of this book, because even the title resonates with me: I am mal”nourished” spiritually and emotionally, and desperate for rest! Thank you for your post, and for taking the time to share.

  281. Teresa T says:

    The description of the book ‘Nourished’ sounds like something I could definitely use right now!
    What more could place me in a better place than hearing from other women who have similar experiences?
    Being closer to God and His word is truly what I long for. I need that nourishment! This book sounds like a great read!

  282. I would love to win this book for my daughter in law. She has a lot going on right now & is expecting her first child. I think it would help her get through this time.

  283. Grace Crapitto says:

    This truly sounds like a book that would be good for all of us to read. I would love to read it and then keep passing it on. It seems far too often that God has to get my attention. I want to learn to stay focused on Him.

  284. Janine Sabin says:

    I’m a mom to 3 amazing kids, a post partum doula and MOPS- Ministry Coach in Los Angeles I would LOVE your book!! As we near our first year of homeschool and a season of growing pains as my hubby & I “break free” from enmeshed and unhealthy family brokenness… via therapy; we sense God’s HOLY HELP in nurturing NEW deeper roots and Spring
    blooms!

  285. Tonya King says:

    Widow at 36 and now single mom of a 9 year old daughter, my friend views everyday as a muddy day! I would give her this book to help encourage her to see everyday can be a sunny day no matter the weather!

  286. Christina Flake says:

    I would love a copy of this book for myself as my family and I have just stepped inyo a new season in our life that is busy and overwhelming but I know it’s what God has called us to do and we just need to learn how to do it better 🙂

  287. Cindy Gallatin says:

    I would really like a copy of this book, I feel like I have been stuck in the mud for a while now. I love reading your devotionals, they always seem to be speaking straight to me.

  288. Sally Babineaux says:

    WOULD LOVE A COPY!!

  289. linda anderson says:

    i would like this book for me because sometimes i have doubts that i am truely gods child. i do love and i know he died on the cross for me and i have asked to be forgiven of my sins over and over.

  290. Kimberly says:

    i would love this for myself just simply because I never take the time to nourish myself. It always goes to my children. I need to be fed a little too. Blessings..

  291. Oh, how I often run off in my own direction instead of listening for God’s voice. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  292. I know my story isn’t unique…all these ladies here are tired and we can all use the nourishment of God daily in our life. I have always been a type A personality and motherhood doesn’t really align with that type….Perfection has been my nemesis :/ I see so many signs/messages from God to follow him, trust and obey. I still don’t know how to “relax” and give him full control…I could really use some guidance on how to let him nourish me daily. As I know the Lord is so good, full of Grace. I’m so thankful for P31 ministries, I’ve been following via FB since about 1.5 years ago. Its changed my life – though I am constantly struggling, I look forward every morning to your daily emails.

  293. Susan G. says:

    I’m thinkin’ you are right…the Lord does let those who rebel against Him, fall and get ‘stuck in the muck’ of life…because He knows it will cause us to call upon His name or go running back to Him. Hopefully we will not make the same mistake twice and we will always remember what it was like to get stuck outside the safety of the Lord’s protection.
    Blessings!

  294. Christina C. says:

    I’d love a copy of this book. Maybe it could help me find my joy as a Christian wife & mother again.

  295. This devotional really spoke to my heart. I have been very discouraged and even in the midst of blessings it seems as if God is not hearing my cries even though I know that is not true. I would love to win a copy this book.

  296. I would love to read this book. My 2 year old was diagnosed with cancer recently. Although we are (hopefully) through the worst of it, many days I am consumed with feelings of fear and worry.

    • Ashley P says:

      Goodness!! I am so sorry. I do not know you, or your child, but having three kids of my own I cannot imagine what you must feel. I am praying for you now.

  297. Michele says:

    Sounds good to me!

  298. Ashley P says:

    I would love this book because the title sums up how I am feeling right now. I have been diagnosed with two incurable diseases that have radically changed the way that I have to live my life. One of them causes severe exhaustion along with insomnia, and I have three little ones. My dad was just diagnosed with prostate cancer, my uncle had a massive stroke that almost killed him, and my aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma in October. I am feeling very much “stuck in the muck” of life.

    God is still good through it all though!!!

  299. Kimberly says:

    This really resonated with me today. Thank you for these wondrful and inspirational posts.

  300. id love a copy of this! ive had such bad anxiety and ihavent left my house in well over a year. alpt of it has to do with the passing of my dad last june. i know he is in heaven with jesus. but im stuck in the muck here!

  301. Sounds like an amazing book!! I’d love to be able to use it for my devotions and then pass it on to some friends who could use some encouragement!

  302. Denise Mackey says:

    If I won, I would read it first. I often feel “stuck in the muck” and then I would share it with my friends!

  303. I would love this book. This devotion was perfect for me because I often follow my own ideas and don’t fully trust in God to take care of all my needs.

  304. Julie B says:

    I would love to read this book. The past few years I have prayed for a lost loved one ( my child). I’ve been so stressed.

  305. Tari Bramlett says:

    If I am chosen to win one of the 10 copies, I will gift it to my youngest daughter. She is a Twin 🙂 I have four daughters and the twins came last. Anyway, my youngest is a single mom of two beautiful little girls…8 & 2. She just recently came to see what the rest of us have seen from afar for a couple of years now. She has finally begun her journey of learning to find herself, her choice in a significant other over the past 5 years has been very unhealthy for her & the girls. She booted him out and is learning that she is Much Stronger and Happier now than she has been in a long while….it’s tough alone and this book would be a wonderful tool!!
    Thank you for this chance! Have a blessed week!!!

  306. Noelle H says:

    Looking for encouragement!

  307. Heather K says:

    I would like this book for my husband, who stays home to take care of our 18 month twin boys. He is feeling discouraged about what to do once the start going to preschool.

  308. I would LOVE this book! I’m feeling spiritually empty, as it’s an extremely busy time for our family. My daughter is getting married in 17 days! Prayers are welcome. Thank you for all you do through Proverbs 31 ministries.

  309. Colleen Stringi says:

    I would LOVE to have it for myself, although I’d probably give it away to my friend, Laci. She lost her young son, Pete, 7 months ago, to kidney cancer. She’s got 3 little girls to raise, and not much help. I really long for her to develop a sustaining relationship with the Lord.

  310. I would love to win a copy of this book. My husband and I are going through the most difficult time of our lives right now and really learning to rely on God. Just when I think I’m there, doubt sinks in again.

  311. Kameron McKenzie says:

    I know it’s a long shot that I’ll be chosen, but I definitely felt drawn to this devotion today. I’m finding myself in a time of spritual apathy where I’m constantly walking further and further away from God. I scroll right past devotions like these, don’t take time to read or listen to the bible, have lost base with my Christian friends and have even stopped praying. I continuously make excuses but I know He knows my heart and that I’m choosing a more selfish path. My health issues haven’t hel

  312. stuck in the muck and drowning!

  313. I would love a copy of this book for myself. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression the last 10 years to the point where it is debilitating. It really brings me down because I’m not living the life I know should be or can live.

  314. April Palmer says:

    This book is calling my name!

  315. Michelle P says:

    I would love to learn the secret to sleeping well. I’m a full time teacher and mother of 4. Premature menopause has wrecked my wellbeing and its a constant battle to get sleep, stay sane, and meet the needs of my family and students.

  316. Melissa says:

    My life has felt so out of control for so long I’ve started asking God if He would stop the world for a little while so I can just catch my breath. Stress has robbed me of my joy and I’m in need of some revival. After reading the book I think I would pass it onto a stressed out friend at my school with the condition that they pass the book onto someone else at our school. Maybe the book could start a little “Revival Chain”at our school and transform us from worn out, stressed teachers into joyful, energized educators. We could definitely use some help.
    Thanks!

  317. Johnette Hedrick says:

    God continues to nourish as I surrender my will and ways and He still loves in my weaknesses

  318. I really feel like I am stuck in a muck. The last few months have really been hard for me. Dec 2014 I had surgery. January 2015 I lost my husband of 35 years. Just a few days ago, April 2015 my son and daughter in law went to Afghanistan for 6 months. I feel like everything is happening to me and I don’t understand why. I would love to read this book, and pass it on to someone else that may need it as much as I do right now. Thank you and God Bless……

  319. Kimberly Kicklighter says:

    This is exactly what it feels like for me. For me to read this book with an understanding at the end and to give it to someone else to have an understanding when they get to the end. Thank you for sharing this blog. I felt it deep in my heart.

  320. Alesia Stevens says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. This speaks to the period of life I’m currently in, I’m feeling stuck in the muck of life and wondering what am I supposed to learn from this time,or why am I stuck? Am I going in a direction that is contrary to God’s will and is God trying to slow me down and turn me around.

  321. I’ve been a Christian for a long time but I’ve hit a point I didn’t know existed and I’m loving the growth I’m experiencing in my relationship with Christ but I feel like I’m sorta stuck. I want to know where God wants me.

  322. Lindsay says:

    I could use some encouragement. I have been stuck in a rut and feeling at a dead end.

  323. Carolyn R says:

    I appreciate this reminder. It’s not always the case, but it is quite often. I had my kids read it as a great reminder that their loving Father is always there to help them get out of the muck. I’d love this book, as I’m searching for all three, not the least of which is sleep.

  324. Nicola Crawford says:

    I have fell across this verse at the perfect time; albeit at 1am when I have to get up to work at 6am…
    I suffer from horrific insomnia as you can tell. And Iv had a very rough few months, chronic ill health mixed with a relationship breakdown leaves a lot of things to think about come bed time. Iv spent nights crying out to God to pull me out of this mess. This mud. I think my feet are still a bit stuck there but God has definitely got the spade out and started the digging. One thing these past two months has taught me is the importance of a deeper relationship with Christ. Iv aimlessly spent the darkest nights searching for verses to pull me out. It’d be lovely to have a book that can guide me in that direction.
    You can win all the fancy prizes and lotteries in life but having something that focuses our eyes on the ultimate prize of standing in heaven with our Lord is worth entering .
    🙂 thanks and sorry for such an essay lol

  325. I would love to win this book because I work at a library. I would read it first and then donate it to our collection for my community to enjoy! My community could definitely use some nurturing!

  326. Christie says:

    I would love a copy of this book because I spend a lot of time encouraging and counseling women who are lost or stuck in routines that have them over stressed and lacking joy.

  327. Holly Hoadley says:

    Once again I hear God speaking to my heart. I would love to hear what He has to say to me through this book. I’m calling out for Him to pick me up out of this mud! 🙂

  328. I SO needed this today. I am in the muck for grief, guilt and inpatience. I would love to read this book.

  329. I think this sounds like a great read. I would read it first as I feel like I get stuck in the muck so much instead of always going the way God calls me to. I would also pass this on to some friends who have small children that deal with the children issues daily now where my children are older now.

  330. I would love to win a copy of this book to help me keep focused on God and what He says about me and to keep encouraged while running the good race. I would share the book. I also want to be able to inspire others in their walk with the Lord.

  331. I would love to have this book to help nourish me while doing my devotions. Thank you

  332. I would love this book! I have been in the mucky muck for a few months. God has been working on me. My family and I have moved twice in 15 months further and further from my mom. It’s been hard! I am on a new path of Joyfullness. I figure if I can spread joy I won’t be so apt to be in a “woe is me” mood. Wish me luck!!

  333. Leslie Johnson says:

    I’ve been there many many times with my daughter. Any spiritual help I can I will more than gladly take!

  334. I’m not sure where to start as well. I’ve tried my best not to feel sorry for myself and usually try my best to not think towards that way, but I haven’t been able to hold on and feels though I’m losing my grip. It’s just been draining (in words you’ve mentioned exactly above) I have been feeling drained and discouraged, and would really be interested to have a copy of this book. Blessings

  335. Hailley says:

    I would really love a copy of this book for encouragement and helping me to refocus on God each day. And if I do happen to get a copy I would definitely share it with a family member who I know is going through a bit of a mucky time right now.

  336. Molly Gibler says:

    The title of this TOTALLY speaks to me! Especially now, where I’m at in my faith walk. And I have two friends in particular that could REALLY use this encouragement right now too.

  337. I love your example of your 2 year old in the mud…
    I’ve been in the muck and mire for several years now and from your posting today, I have a bit of hope.
    I would love a copy of your book to help me in my walk.

  338. Rebecca says:

    I was diagnosed with Crohn’s at the age of 15 and God blessed me with over 20 years in remission. A month before my 40th birthday, I came out of remission with a vengeance. For the past 2 years, I have struggled to see the blessing and purpose of my pain, bleeding, weight loss, diarrhea, etc. I feel this book would help me see the purpose/blessing.

  339. Micah Dodd says:

    I’ve found myself in the muck so many times, yet God is always faithful. I would love a copy of this book to grow closer to God.

  340. Christine says:

    awesome.

  341. Julie warren says:

    I would like to win this book for my sister. She has been going through so many trials with her health and I think needs some edification. She needs the Lord and to hear encouragement from believers that are not perfect may point her back to God and Jesus’ redemptive gift

  342. I would love to read your book. I feel as though I am stuck in the mud.

  343. I would really love to win the copy of Nourished. I’m at a very hard time in my life. 34, a single Mom, starting over and alone.

  344. Sandra Libstorff says:

    Would love to read this book as I am frequently stuck in the mud

  345. Patty Schultz says:

    I would so love to win this book. I have been stuck in depression since my back surgery and nerve damage to my legs. It has been two years and my hope is wearing thin on a complete recovery. this book sounds like it would be very encouraging ♥

  346. I would love to read this book! I enjoy reading your posts- they are very encouraging, and just what we need to read some days! The last 19mths have been the most difficult of our life after our precious little 5yr old daughter passed away suddenly. The amazing promise and hope of better things to come in the Bible, and the surety of Gods love and mercy has kept us going…we love reading things to help us focus on that, and trust in God no matter what life brings. I’d love to share this book with my husband, our extended family, and special friends going through hard times in life too.

  347. sharon wagner says:

    Hello, I would love to win this book for a very dear friend. She is the person I can always lean on, always there for me and she seems to be the one to fall on hard times. She has recently stopped going to church as she has been caring for a loved one around the clock. I think this book would be a blessing for her

  348. I would love to have this book for myself right now. I am a stay at home mom of a almost 4 yr old boy. My husband just started having to go back into the office after being a work from home dad since before he was born. My son has had a very difficult time adjusting to daddy not being here and taking it out on mommy! On the other side of things I have fallen in the mud with health and God is using it to get me back to HIM!

  349. Kimber Bates says:

    Would love to read this encouragement!!

  350. Marilyn says:

    hi. I would love to win this book!:)

  351. Jessica Carpenter says:

    I would love a copy of this book because I am too often the toddler stuck in the mud, tired and obstinate. As I grow in my faith, I am learning how to trust in God, but it’s hard because I move at 90mph all the time, and I sometimes forget to stop and ask God for directions. I feel that this book, like others from Proverbs 31 ministries, will help me continue to grow and learn and trust my Father.

  352. Shannon says:

    I would love to win this book. I am in a dark place in my life. In reaching and praying but it’s a place where God feels far away and silent. I have faith this storm won’t last forever and God is going to do great things. But it’s hard to keep going when you can’t see the sun through the clouds. My heart is tired of hurting.

  353. I love learning new things and as I continue to seek God I seek Him as well in books together with my Bible learning from people who know Him better than I do and have learned from Him as well and share it with others. That’s also something I love doing, sharing what I learn to others that they may have the hope I have that they too may trust that God is working in their lives and they can have that hope in Christ Jesus. Everything that happened the last semester ran through my mind as I was reading the devotional. I had been worrying and overthinking if I was doing what God wanted me to do or was I doing my own thing and asking if I was truly doing all that I was doing for Him. God in His all-knowing mercy has slowly been revealing Himself to me the past few months. And the imagery of running in my own direction, falling into the mud and God picking me up to clean me up and bring me home, that image hits home. I’m still in the process of waiting for His leading and His plans for the summer. Seeing this book, makes me think, this would be a good book to learn from. It would be a great blessing if I could win it. But as He wills of course. His blessings never run out and only the best is what He gives to me. Whether He would give it to me or not, may you be able to be a vessel to whoever He leads you to bless. May He continue to bless your ministry and the work you do for His Kingdom as you continually seek Him and reach out to others. 🙂

  354. Courtney says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book!! As a busy stay-at-home mom of 4, I often feel so overwhelmed and overspent. But I do know my family is my ministry, and I want to be nourished so I can properly nourish them.

  355. Nicole Olson says:

    Wow! Right in the heart. Praise God for this message! Currently, I’m a missionary in Japan and I’ve been in a desert place or stuck in the mud for the last few months. In the beginning my faith was strong, my mission was full of power but then it started tapering off. I didn’t realize it until I noticed the black cloud I’ve been dragging around. I need a recharge and have been asking God to pull me back for my strength has gotten weak. It’s us who walk away from God, he never walks away from us. Even missionaries struggle. I’ve been lonely, searching for friends, but ultimately I need to keep searching for Jesus. He will bring friends to me. I’ve been frustrated with a turn of events with the mission, but I need to stop and ask Jesus, “What is it you want me to do exactly.” I’ve been questioning the belief of the church I work with and my own beliefs. I need to stop and read my Bible more and more and get the answers to questions I have directly from God’s word instead of trusting my own discernment and opinion. I would love this book and would be glad to pass it along to other missionaries in my position because we are human and our struggles to try and do things our way is common on the mission field.

  356. I would love to win a copy, but even more so I would like a good night’s sleep. Am reading this at 3am. I have a few friends who are also in hard places, so I know this would be a well thumbed copy.

  357. Steffany Kaito says:

    I am 29 and going back to school for my teaching degree. The past five years have been very rough. I have been through a personal depression, a parent’s depression, broken engagement, and many illnesses in my family. This past term was very rough on me as I had intense Bronchitis and felt like giving up. I’ve been through so much stress this year so far and need some healing and quiet. I love God’s word and anyone who writes sincerely and compassionately towards women and Christians in general. Looking forward to Summer! I would very much like to receive this book. I live in Canada, am I still eligible?

  358. Carol Morris says:

    I would like to win a copy of this book, and after I’ve read it pass it on to my best friend because we share so much in common and have the same struggles and questions about our spirituality.

  359. This message spoke volumes to me tonight. I’ve been so distracted by life, as a part time single mother of two small children and a young teenager, that I forgot that I’m not alone in this journey. Thank you for reminding me of the love my Heavenly Father has for me. I think reading “Nourished” would help me draw closer to Him.

  360. My family & I are going through a difficult time right now. I would love to win this book!

  361. Heather L. says:

    I really enjoyed the devotional and would love to read the book! As a mother of four young children, I could use a little nurturing myself. Thank you for sharing!

  362. Thank you so much for your post today. This certainly hit home with me at this time in my life. Overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted…I can’t remember the last time I had a good night’s sleep. I certainly do not like the thought that I have been behaving like a toddler, but your post seemed to describe me perfectly. I would appreciate your prayers and will look into getting a copy of the book for myself, and I think I will try to find one for my sister, as well. I need to call my mom in the morning to see what they found during my sister’s doctor’s appointment yesterday…praying it is not serious.

  363. I would love to win this book for my mom who lost her husband of 35 years and my father and my two brothers father this past July unexpectedly. Life has been such a whirlwind since then and I have really tried to consistently turn to the Lord for guidance but sometimes that is easier said than done. I can’t image what she is going through and any and all help j think would be extremely beneficial. This post was very inspiring and i can’t wait to share it with her!

  364. I loved the devotion today. I am writing that Bible passage in my journal and on my list of verses to memorize. It really hit home to me. My soul could really use some nourishment about now; a copy of that book would be a true blessing to me.

    My mom was put on Hospice care in the nursing home last week. She has dementia, had a stroke, had a fall last year and had two brain bleeds, and has lost 60 pounds. She has gone from a person I could still communicate with, and still knew who I was (most of the time), to someone who can no longer communicate. She babbles sounds that are not words, and she is extremely loud. My mom is gone. All that is left is her skeleton with a heart that is still beating. They are giving her morphine frequently for pain management. It tears another piece of my heart out every time I visit her. Please pray for her to go home to the Lord so she can be with her husband and parents. The last things she said to me that made sense were that she wanted to die and go be with her mom and daddy.

  365. Michelle says:

    Thank you for today’s devotional. I needed this point of view as I have been struggling as a wife, mother, employee, and daughter. I find my agenda is way to long to complete but yet still trying just to keep up with the everyday demands of these roles is pushing me to exhaustion. I am searching for help on how to balance the everyday tasks and still keep my composure. Leaning on God for strength!

  366. Thanks for this post! It’s coming at a time where I am being picked up by God…still a little muddy though!

  367. I’d love to win one so I could read it and then pass it on to my mom to read. Learning obedience to God has been heavy on my heart the past few days.

  368. Denise Perez says:

    Really enjoyed this devotional and would loooove to win a copy of the book.

  369. I would love the book! I know I am overcommitted right now… That leads me to focus on my to do list, lose sleep, and forget to fix my eyes on Jesus! But when I slow down to spend time in His word and then clear my schedule just a little bit, I become more like the woman He’s called me today. (Sounds a lot like The Best Yes, right?) Praying for all of us who struggle with this. Thankful for P31 Ministries. Love from a sister in Christ!!

  370. I would love to win a copy of this book! Sounds like it would be helpful to me in my current season of life.

  371. Nourishment I need and will nourish others, beginning àt home. We will strengthen each other. Long stuck, I jumped to reading because of the title. Thank you for stating things I know in a way that really brings it home.

  372. katrina hicks says:

    I would love to win this for myself. It’s been a long tough few years with some heath problems & way to many deaths in my family. I’m trying to keep going but it’s hard. Thank you

  373. I think your book Nourished will be an interesting read. I feel like I am stuck in the muck and mire . I want to be nourish by your book. I want to know if I am on the path . I want to feel alive again, more healthy, productive again, and to enjoy my life not feeling depressed and anxious all the time. Thank you for the offer of your book Nourished. I enjoyed the devotional story of the little boy and his mom as they got out of the muck and mire. Thank you for your encouragement to us .. Thank You, I read and enjoy your devotionals. Thank you !!!!!!!!

  374. I would love to win this book.

  375. The Lord has been leading me through the muck over the past several years. Losing several babies, dealing with a difficult relationship with my adopted son,losing our house, my husband’s business on the brink of disaster … Just when I thought I was at my end He started to nourish me as I’ve committed to literally “give up” and surrender all outcomes to Him. This devotional was a great encouragement as I press on, and I would love to read this book.

  376. I’d love to receive a copy of nourished! I have been struggling to stay afloat during this very dark and challenging season. With many personal struggles of inadequacy, self image, purpose, loneliness and a marriage that is hanging on by a thread, …if you can even call it that anymore, I am constantly trying to find motivation and desire to keep my eyes up on The One and only who can rescue me when I feel I am drowning. I’m trying to see his purpose for me. I’m tired of struggling to get through each day.

  377. Sallyann DiMuzio says:

    The very word “Nourished” brings an idea of rest, comfort, and peace. I would love to read this book. Thank you P31 for your wonderful ministry

  378. Tara S. says:

    Thanks for a word in due season! I am feeling so there…just stuck in the muck and in need of some serious direction. Just out of a relationship gone wrong and in the midst of financial woe I find myself in needing to be “Nourished: (and in) A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep” And that’s why I’d like to be one of the candidates to be blessed with this book. Thank you

  379. Patricia Green says:

    I’m 70,and been stuck in muck for an awfully long time.

    If its God’s will, my name will be picked.

    Thank you for the kind offer, and for your gracious live.

    Blessings,

    patty

  380. Angela Raphael says:

    I’m a homeschooling mom of four. I would appreciate a copy of the book, thank you

  381. Tiffany Rogers says:

    Loved this devotional! Exactly what I feel like I’m going through. I would love a copy of the book. It’s everything I’ve been struggling with for about 2 years. I’ve decided to make a change and live for me. It’s going to be tough and will require a lot of change. Any direction and encouragement would be great!!! I know that God will get me through it 🙂

  382. Stacy Fortenberry says:

    I am a too-often-tired mama so I would love to read your book! I would share w my daughter who is a mom also ! I really believe the title of your book describes her needs and so many women!

  383. So needed this post today. Would love to read the book!

  384. I have a friend who has struggled with her faith for years. She has thanked me time and again for not giving up on her. I know she is faced with some difficult circumstances right now, and my greatest wish is that she know that there has never been a moment in her life that God did not see her and that she was loved. I think this book would speak to her soul and I would love to give it to her.

  385. Rochelle says:

    I would absolutely love a copy of this book – I am trying to surround myself with as much encouragement as possible right now. I have struggled with health issues for years but I really try to keep my focus on God and his plans for my life. 🙂

  386. I am the mother of a prodigal son. I love him but not as much as the Father does. I think that he and his girlfriend are starting to realize living in the mud, wallowing in it, is not where they should be, as their little kids are trapped there with them. Praying that they find God’s hand reaching to pull them out.

  387. oh how I would love to read this book! I feel that I am lying with a face full of mud most days… I have 2 boys, 3 and 1 years old and a baby girl on the way and sometime with the constant motion and lack of sleep,I get weary and run in circles instead of running to God! Thank you for the reminder and for using a frustrating situation with your child to teach us about God!

  388. I would love to read this book! This blog really hit home with me. Need MUCH more reading like this!

  389. Bethany says:

    I would love to win this book because I feel like there are so many paths for me to go down but I do not know which way to go. I pray everyday for a sign from God to know what I should do. I am a mother of 3 children and my husband and I are thinking about having another. I have gotten my nursing degree 6 years ago and would like to work but the thought of leaving my children is hard for me too. Being nourished seems like something that can help me in my walk with God right now. From a confused momma 🙂

  390. I would love to win this book to help me get back on track. After reading, I would pass it on to my daughter and then to others in my Bible Study to help them be ‘Nourished’.

  391. I need this!

  392. Barbara Knapp says:

    It really sounds like a book I need to read!

  393. Alicia Haney says:

    This is Beautiful and Very Inspirational! I think we all need to be reminded of things like this. We need to listen more to God and know that God is in control of our lives, not us. God’s will be done. Thank you so very much for these reminders, if I were to win this book Nourished, I would read it and pass it on to family, since we all need to be Nourished.

  394. Would love to read and then pass on to a friend

  395. Lucy Sanguinetti says:

    Oh, how I LONG to be out of the MUCK! My husband has been out of work for quite some time…little jobs coming here an there, but nothing steady. He has been a builder and superintendent of golf courses for years, and also owns his own landscape business. But when a big contract cancels due to budget cuts , our income goes down the tubes. We have struggle financially for our entire married life (29 years). We honestly feel that God has given us everything blessing that money cannot buy! But, of course, we still have to have money to live, and that’s where I allow frustration and anger and worry to creep into my life. I don’t want wealth or riches….I just want enough to get by and feel secure when there is a positive balance in the checking account. The muck is deep….but I know God is always there with his hand out!! I’m waiting, God…sometimes impatiently waiting…but waiting.

  396. would love to win a copy! A book for everyone!

  397. I don’t usually enter giveaways but I feel drawn to this book. I am just learning to stop relying on myself and give everything to God.

  398. I loved reading this devotional. If I were to win a copy of this book, I would give it to my precious mother. She adopted me when I was only 3 months old. Shortly after I graduated high school, she took in my two nieces who at the time were ages 3 and 9 months. They are now 4 and 7 and I often find my mom getting “stuck in the muck”. Knowing how to use these hard places to rely on God would really help my mom get through the hard times of raising her precious granddaughters. My mom always prayed for God to bless her with a big family. This is one time though that His timing did not match hers. The craziness of being a single grandmother raising young children can damper her ability to see through the muck. I would also like to read this book after her because I will start my Masters degree next year in pastoral counseling with a minor in life coaching. I feel like this book would give me good tools to pass onto others and plant seeds to be grown by God. Thank you for writing encouraging words for us to read.
    Blessings,
    Hannah

  399. The mud and muck of life is such a challenge that draws me back to focus on God’s love and the truth of who I am in Christ. Thanks for this reminder!!

  400. I would like to win the book because i am struggling in my life. I am a widow, my husband passed away after 3 years battling of cancer. I have 3 beautiful daughters. I was diagnosed with depression and trying to help myself back into my feet. Thank you very much for the encouragement.

  401. Kristine Beltz says:

    I am a relatively new Mother (Mom of a one year old) and would love to read your book! It sounds like just what I need.

  402. THERESA CHILDS says:

    I have had a couple of low days stuck in the muck. My son died 11 years ago and most of the days I live in peace. Peace that we will be together again. But there are some days that it seems the pain is unbearable. I am in some of those days now. Usually Easter is a wonderful, spiritual time for me. Not this one.

  403. Karen Sasser says:

    I was recently introduced to this site and am excited to read and absorb the messages that God seems to send us when we need guidence or encouragement. I have always had struggles in life but lean on God and know he has always pulled me through even when I am following my own path. I have recently begun a journey to grow stronger in my relationship with God and follow his plans for me. I would love to be nourished and would definately pass the book along sharing with my ladies devotion group, coworkers, and the teenage girls we work with.

  404. LynAnne Ivy says:

    I feel as though I am growing in a new direction. I have recently taken on the role of caregiver to my sweet mom who has been battling lung cancer for almost 2 years now. She just recently decided to stop taking chemo due to her little frail body not being able to handle any more of them. I am drained in every area of my life right now, especially physically, mentally & emotionally. The only thing that is keeping me up is my relationship with my heavenly father. He is there with me. I need to be nourished! Thank you for this give-away.

  405. I feel like I’ve been stuck for a very long time. I am approaching my 50th birthday and want to know where this next chapter in my life will put me.

  406. Really need this <3

  407. “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2 (NIV) I would love a copy of this book. Having just come out of a divorce I have set my feet upon a rock, Jesus. Without Him I never could have made it. Now my Heavenly Father has blessed me with so much more than I could ever have imagined.

  408. This book could be the encouragement needed at this time in my life.

  409. Nicole Hanf says:

    I would love a chance to win the book. I am a divorced mother of four, new in my faith. I am a former atheist who has been saved by the grace of God. I struggle with my faith, however, and am finding ways to help root myself in The Word.
    Thank you and God Bless!

  410. Heather Kolberg says:

    I loved this devotional. Going through a separation with my husband and really would love this book!

  411. I would love to read this book. I feel stuck in the mud right now, unable to move forward. I am looking back at the bad things that happened that I don’t understand why they happened and even though I know I need to forget them and move forward, am finding it hard to do so.

  412. Courtney says:

    I would love to win the book bc I am often feeling drained, discontent and discouraged.
    “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Ps 42:5, 11).
    Thank you for this great devo! Great reminder of how He loves us 🙂

  413. Sandra H. says:

    I have been stuck (in depression) for 17 years…my soul is empty.

  414. Amy Ricedorf says:

    I thirst to know more of Him.

  415. Judi Kahler says:

    I am currently running an accountability/book group using “Made To Crave.” This book would be a perfect compliment! Not to mention that I hunger and thirst for more of Him!

  416. Cindy T says:

    I’d love the opportunity to read the book and then to pass it along to others.

  417. Cheryl Metcalf says:

    I believe this book would benefit both myself and my mother. While in college at Concordia Lutheran in Austin, Tx I began having seizures. The grand-mal seizures were hitting me once a week so it was very hard to continue. I came home to Oklahoma and began to see a neurologist. I ended up having to remove scar tissue off of my brain but not all of the tissue was removed, due to its location close my eyes and ears. I continued having seizures to a point the neurologist was not sure why. I began to see a counselor and finally discovered what was bothering me from the past. That helped but did not eliminate the seizures. Ever since the surgery my mental abilities are not the same, which attributes to the different stages of depression and the anxiety that continues. Thankfully I was given a husband that helped me deal with changes and helps with raising the 3 children that I have been blessed with. It has been hard for the family to understand my feelings and why I become so emotional during hymns, when the Lord’s Prayer is being sung or during communion. The guilt I feel for making my family and friends be afraid for me, the cost of so many hospital bills and still the frustration of not being the same person I used to be is very hard to live with. If I receive the book I will also share it with my mother who is bipolar. Every day it is hard for her to get out of bed and live through the day, afraid of what feelings may hold her back. I feel the guilt and anxiety while I believe she feels more frustration and anger every day. The opportunity to read this book would further help my mother and I make it through each day.

  418. Elaine Segstro says:

    The calling to be a parent is not for the faint-hearted. Even though my boys are grown, the emotional energies are still so draining. I would love to read this book!

  419. Michelle says:

    Oh my word, was this what I needed to hear. I went through a pretty bad period of anxiety without understanding the reason. Of course it took until now for me to realize that God was probably smiling knowingly as I came crawling back to Him. I could definitely use this book to help me on my journey back to Him!

  420. Nicole Dennis says:

    Wow what a great message and how gracious to give away a book, I would love to win one! Thank you!

  421. julie Rogers says:

    I would love to read this myself but more importantly I would love to give it to a friend who doesn’t have children but she is going through a rough time of health with her husband

  422. Darlene McAdams says:

    I’m entering to win a copy for my daughter, a new mama of twins. She needs to get this down early!

  423. Kayla D says:

    Would absolutely love to win this book and definitely think it would be a great book to read as I am very stuck in the muck struggling with anxiety and on the starting points of a journey searching to find God again and have Him in my everyday life. Periods of silence from God are some of the toughest times in life, devotions and books like this are what make those periods a little lighter. Remember God was silent on the Saturday before something absolutely amazing happened, Jesus’ resurrection on Sunday! God has a plan, hold on, and stay hopeful.

  424. Lena Ryherd says:

    I would like to win the book for myself then pass it on.

  425. Lauren Jolly says:

    I’d love to win a copy for myself to read and then likely pass it on to all the other sweet mamas parenting wild-at-heart toddlers like I am! Sweet toddlers that simply need Jesus just as much as any of us adults do 🙂

  426. kathy smith says:

    I think i am stuck. I dont know. For many years i was involved in a wonderful church. At that church i was saved. 5 yrs later i had to move. I cant find a church like that. I just got involved with a man who recently separated from his wife. We get along great. Sometimes i feel like what i am doing is wrong. He is not divorced yet. Also he doubts their is a God. I am in love with him. And i want to help him know that God is real and God is good. This book my help me.

  427. Staci Richard says:

    Amen! Such a great reminder not to run from what God has planned for me. I was also thinking that if EVERYthing ALL the time was fun, perfect, peaceful, etc., I would be more apt to miss the extra special blessings from my FATHER.

    Thank you for reminding me that our God knows best ALWAYS!

  428. Lisa Grant says:

    As usual, this was fitting for my season. I’d like to win a copy of this book because I could use some insight into a balanced and “nourished” lifestyle. Last year I was unemployed and on track in most other areas while I recovered from a health set back. I lost a healthy 30 lbs! This year I’m working 2 jobs and have feeding myself the wrong things spiritually and physically. Gained 15 lbs to show for my stress and unhealthy choices. Time to love by Truth! If I get the book I’ll pass it on. Thanks!

  429. As a mom of two daughters who are now mothers themselves, I would LOVE to win a copy for them! My eldest daughter has a three year old daughter (need I say more)! Haha. Youngest daughter has a three month old daughter. Laughed out loud at your cleverness to see your sons need for you. Oh how our Father is always waiting with loving arms to welcome us back, even when we can’t see how much we need Him. Thanks for your insight and may God continue to bless you.

  430. I would really like to the read the book because the title is exactly the feelings I expressed this morning to God. i dont have a story, i know there are others in more serious situations…and Im sure i could afford to just buy it..but if possible I would appreciate a copy. thanks

  431. Marisa Maestri says:

    I would like to win this book because I am in desperate need of encouragement. In need of our Lord’s word. I am so discouraged, sad, and frustrated. All in myself. I have had mental illness my whole life. Severe ADHD, Clinical depression, and general anxiety. As a wife and mother of a 13 year old and 4 year old I feel as though I spend my days drowning and reaching out my hand for help. Yet, no one is there to pull me up out of the water. I am learning to only rely on Jesus. And to no longer look for others to pull me up and out. I feel this book could help me in that process. Thank you.

  432. I feel as if I’ve failed as a mom and a person. I’m in such a deep pit and can’t get out. I wish a book could help, not sure it can.

  433. I was going to say that I’d really like to win this book. But then I saw how many of my sisters genuinely need nourishment too. So instead, I’d like to purchase a copy for myself and pay for 3 additional copies so that you can give free copies to 3 more of the women who have commented here. Please write me and let me know how I can do that.

  434. I would love to read this book! There are so many reasons.

  435. Lourdes Grossman says:

    Pick me!!! But seriously, I needed to hear from real women so I turned to my trusty p31 app and scrolled to find “stuck in the muck” which sums up my feelings lately. I know this is not how The Lord intends for me to feel and live and it frustrates me that I cannot get out of this pit.

  436. I would love to win a copy for my daughter, who is struggling in so many areas right now!
    I really enjoyed this post; so describive and funny! I have to grandchildren that love the mud puddles!!

  437. I would love to win a copy for my daughter, who is struggling in so many areas right now!
    I really enjoyed this post; so describive and funny! I have to grandchildren that love the mud pudd

  438. I’m struggling in several areas of my life right now and need some divine inspiration. I would then in turn be sure to share this with my sister, and hope that she can pass it on as well. Thank you.

  439. Catching up on emails and this is the one of the first to catch my eye – this seems to be me a lot at the moment. Thank you for writing these emails and sharing your life with us.

  440. Thank you for this devotional… It blessed my heart for sure. If I win this book I will give it to my niece. God bless you and your family!

  441. After being on vacation for a couple weeks, I had prayed that we would come home renewed and more loving to each other. This week, however, has been one of our most challenging ones. I felt like we were not only getting into old habits, but worse ones on top of that. I’m praying that we get ourselves out of the muck of daily hurt feelings and yelling & get ourselves onto some firm family ground where we want the best, instead of seeing the worst, in each other. I think winning the book would be a great continual reminder of our goal.

  442. I would love to read something with inspiration. Our lives have been a not so good roller coaster lately. I have been struggling with ‘why’? I am in need of a fresh perspective and some hope.

  443. I have been struggling for a while and i feel like i could use some fresh perspective on life. I found out today that i did not get into something i applied for. It is hard when you put all of your marbles in a bucket and forget about God.

  444. Amanda Swett says:

    Wow, this was a rough week for me and I could see now that God wanted my attention. I have felt drained for a while now and I am not sure I’m ready for the next steps that God is bringing us to. Looking for inspiration.

  445. PJ Neufeld says:

    It’s been a long dry season and my heart could use the refreshing of this book. I would love to read it and pass it on.

  446. Lindsay M says:

    I’d love to win this book for myself. I am never above a message pointing me back to my Heavenly Father and offering nourishment to my soul.

  447. I’d love the book for myself. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and could use a uplifting book to help me get through this and connect with God’s. Some days are harder than others, fear and anxieties cause you to lose sight. I want a stronger faith so God can use me when the time come. I’ve been praying a lot for healing, i know only God can make it happen for me and others. Thanks!

  448. discontent CG says:

    I would read it myself and also pass it to my husband whose running on his own thoughts and ways, not seeing his family is in disarray and in need of a leader, his son are wandering and searching, I’m trying, fighting back anger to hold it together

  449. Wow! I have just returned from vacation….I should be refreshed and happy, but I am instead sad and discouraged. There are issues with my marriage, issues with my children and issues with myself that are haunting me, keeping me awake at night and moving me toward the unthinkable depression. What’s amazing to me is that the first three Proverbs 31 devotions I read while on my lunch break all spoke to the feelings I am going through right now. I am feeling more encouraged, but know I have a lot of work to do. I love and live to read any Christian book that will help me work my way faithfully through life, so I would totally appreciate if I was selected to receive this book…..!!!! I will add it to my reading list….Thank you! God Bless you all for the messages you send

  450. I’m a momma to a 5,4, almost 3 year Olds and a 5 month old. We homeschool as well as have a chicken farm. My husband also works a 6 days a week 10-12 hrs a day job.
    To say the least I’m completely overwhelmed and frazzled.
    My almost 3 year old still wakes a few times a night as does my 5 month old.
    Literally haven’t slept through the night in 6 years.
    I’ve been angry and yelling a lot lately and it’s greatly affecting my children. They’re angry and yelling and it’s a vicious cycle that I can’t seem to break.
    Anyway, I’d love to read this and pray that it’d help break the cycle.
    Thank you! Tiffanyhileman@hotmail.com

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