What Got in Your Way?

What Got in Your Way?

March 2, 2016

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

I have this little issue. My husband calls it a perspective issue. I’m sure a licensed counselor would call it something fancier.

Here’s the problem …

I pretty much think every craft project I want to work on will take about five minutes to complete and will cost around $5. I have great ideas! They come to me all day. And then I start to move forward with those ideas because, again, in my head it’s simple: 5 dollars, 5 minutes.

Most of the time my optimistic attitude is a great thing.

But when the project becomes more than I originally thought, my perspective suddenly twists to one of “It’s impossible!” and I become a quitter.

Can you relate?

Maybe you had a dream in your heart. You started to pursue it and then … the kids, the marriage, the bills and a million other “the’s” got in the way. I believe people quit things every day without even realizing it. And then the days turn to weeks, weeks to months, months to years and then one day we look back and wonder if it’s too late.

But here’s why I love today’s verse in Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” It reminds me God is still able to accomplish anything in my life, as long as I stay open to His movement.

There are things God wants to accomplish in and through your life. Plans that are still in place and waiting to prevail.

I wonder if God is prompting us to ask the question: What got in the way?

God doesn’t meet us at perfected completion; He meets us wherever we are in our process toward His promise. And sometimes in order to meet us, He needs to reveal the areas where we have allowed our perspective to get clouded.

The past few months I’ve been brushing off some things I quit. With God’s help, I’ve allowed my perspective to be changed, shifted and refined. And through this process I realized that even when my own efforts (or lack of efforts) fail, God’s efforts don’t.

I returned to a few passions, a few desires and a few purposes. All these years I’ve been asking God for “a new this” and “a new that” and it was as if He revealed to me I couldn’t get there until He found me faithful here. It’s like a fresh perspective within the same purpose.

Because what He’s already purposed for my life will still prevail.

I’m not a quitter.

And neither are you.

Just because it looked like it was over the first time, the second time or even the third time, doesn’t mean it’s finished. It just means something got in your way, but now you’re picking it back up.

When our tiniest efforts meet God’s supernatural grace, we begin to experience the blessing of God’s plans prevailing in our lives.

Lord, thank You for the grace You give us when we pick things up again. Help me to be a woman who doesn’t give up on the commitments I’ve made to You or others. I want to see Your plans prevail in my life. Show me what has gotten in the way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good‚ for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (NIV)

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To celebrate the release of Nicki’s first book, 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit, her publisher is giving away five copies to our readers today! Everyone who leaves a comment here will be entered to win.

Is there something you quit that you feel God is leading you to pick back up?

Identify what got in your way and ask God for wisdom and direction. Share your thoughts on this topic in the comment section!

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  1. Summer Burton says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book! I could definitely use some encouragement right now!

  2. As I approach the age of 40, I find myself asking what can I give up & what should I “dig into” & not let go? Praying for help in persevering! Maybe I found this at just the right time.

  3. Sharon Lievens says:

    This is definitely something I could use in my life right now. Looking forward to learning more.

  4. God, I pray to never say never and quit!

  5. I’m on a path to peace in the lord and I’ll never quit!

  6. Margaret says:

    Hope to win this book. Very timely devotional

  7. Christina says:

    What a wonderful perspective. It was exactly where God has been leading me all day! I am very excited to read more. Such a heartfelt devotion.

  8. Lisa Crouse says:

    I have given up on becoming a foster parent, everywhere I turn I hit a road block. I keep feeling like God has put this on my heart, I just don’t know what else to do other than pray for guideance and knowledge from God….I would love this book.

    • Lisa, we were foster and adoptive parents to brothers, now grown. If I had it to do over, I would worry less, argue less–and pray more, much more! Pray for guidance for your situation, yes. But pray, pray, PRAY for children in hard places, children you know and children you don’t know. You can be a prayer champion, Lisa, for children in challenging situations.

  9. Denise Corley says:

    Hey Nicki! I am so excited for you and the release of your FIRST BOOK!!!! Congratulations and to God be the glory! I’m looking forward to this bible study….I’m moving out of state next week so the timing will be perfect. BTW, you guys and your videos crack me up! Take care.

  10. When our tiniest efforts meet God’s supernatural grace, we begin to experience the blessing of God’s plans prevailing in our lives.
    I am blessed by these words.Its very encouraging to know i have a big God that is mindful of my tiniest efforts.
    I could not give up because He holds my future!!

  11. So thankful God’s plan will prevale.

  12. I get so frustrated and discouraged, this is exactly what I struggle with daily. My mind just goes in diff directions and I can’t seem to focus and complete one thing. Maybe this book will help me figure out how to break free from this cycle.

  13. JoLynn Sanchez says:

    I couldn’t get there until He found me faithful here. What He’s already purposed for my life will still prevail.


  14. Oh I so would love a copy of her book. It would be great to share with the ladies in my office too! Please pick me! ?

  15. So many times I come up with “great ideas” and then never follow through. i even find things I want to change in myself and begin to work on them and decide it’s too hard or I’m just so used to the old way that I quit. Tonight I watched my son play a sport he loves, a new coach was telling him he needs to do something different to become better, but he kept doing it the old way. He finally put in the effort to change, and it was amazing. After reading this and watching tonight’s practice, it makes me not want to quit on correcting my downfalls and making myself into a better person! Thank you!

  16. Veronica Morin says:

    Last year I stopped attending the women’s bible study group from my church. Why? I’ve always dream of having my own business. Though I was working towards my dream, this got in the way with my bible study group and spending quality time with my children. Things started changing lately in my business and I just felt something missing. I realized that I had prioritize my business over Jesus and my children. I started having more devotional time with the Lord and asking for direction. I went back to my bible study group. I feel that God was leading me back to where I was before. Having more devotional time with him and my children. I feel less stressful and more at peace now. Though I’m not working towards the dream of having my own business now, It will come to pass in God’s timing. Or just maybe he has something better for me. ?
    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8

  17. its too hard to say why, but I know I really need the hope that reading this book would give to my life

  18. Yes, I to can relate to your crafts projects story and I even go as far as buy some of the things to do them but they still remain unmaid. My intentions are good, actually most of the time great but still they remain unmaid. But I don’t give up, just as I don’t give up on Gods will for my life and as I continue to pray daily to seek that will and ask God to use me to do his will. There are some days where I feel like I may have done his will by talking with someone and sharing something that helps them on their journey with Him. Then there are other days where I’ve just bought the “supplies” again but haven’t began a project. But I never give up on myself or God!

  19. Denise L says:

    Oh my- the things that got in my way. It’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. But I’m no quitter!

  20. I have signed up for the study and am looking forward to reading the book. Just wish there was another study between this one.

  21. I was just about to call it quits when I received your email. God’s ways are not our ways. A.

  22. I love writing and in the past started writing a book or began a blog or facebook page, but I have never really came to finishing any books I had in mind and always end up removing my blog or facebook page. Just this morning while driving to work, I chatted to the Lord, telling Him of my desire to write, but wanting to do things His way and not just end up starting something, but not completing anything. This was a great blog, just confirming to do the things that God places in our hearts and rather than quitting, find out what is getting in the way of me doing the things I have a passion for and really pursuing my dreams.

  23. Oh how I would love to win a free copy of your book!!!

    I had not realized that God might be waiting on me to be faithful in some small ways before moving into bigger things in my life.

    I plan to look at this in my life and I thank you for sharing this with us Nicki.

    Hugs and congrats on your amazing looking book. Blessings ?

  24. I really needed this message tonight. I have “quit” on a few projects in the past. Recently, God reminded me about being a woman of my word. He gave me two words for this year, Focus and Commitment. I’m honoring him by honoring my commitments to myself and others. Thank you for sharing this message.

  25. Oh I’d love to win this for my daughter. She grew up way too fast. Her dad died and a month later she watched her grandma fight for her life for a year. Her grieving was interrupted and her calling became a fading dream. She needs this

  26. Susan G says:

    I think this is prevalent in many people, and you have such great insight on how to fix it! This will be a great book to read and pass on, and on, and on…
    Thanks for this!

  27. I was involved in ministry at my church. I let it go because of being hurt severely by another member of the church that shattered my faith. I have grown and learned so much from that experience because of God’s wisdom and love.

  28. Thank you for your devotional today. It was just what I needed to hear/read, so I believe that it was a message from God, sent through you. I have suffered from depression for 30? years (probably more) but I’ve only been on medications for about 30 years. I keep asking the Lord why I am still on this earth, and if I weren’t a devout Christian and hadn’t promised my children that I would not, I would have given in to suicidal urges years ago. At 62 years old, and after 2 failed marriages (both left me for another woman) I have a difficult time believing that “just because it looked like it was over the first time, the second time or even the third time, doesn’t mean it’s finished. It just means something got in your way, but now you’re picking it back up. When our tiniest efforts meet God’s supernatural grace, we begin to experience the blessing of God’s plans prevailing in our lives.” I pray that the Lord will reveal to me how to make efforts to meet his grace and experience the plans He has for my remaining time on this earth! Pam

    • Praying for you, Pam! One activity that lifts me up is helping someone else — I’ve found that many places have volunteer opportunities (both short & long term): childrens homes, public schools (reading mentor for kindergarteners is awesome), various charities (organizing clothing, serving meals, etc), meals on wheels, etc.

  29. Marie B says:

    Yes, I can relate I started working on my Accounting degree then quit, family responsibilities hot in the way. I picked it up again worked on it online for about 6 months then quit again. I have been wanting to pick it back up again and complete my degree. This is my heart long desire but I am waiting for the right timing and The Lord’s direction. Thank you and I am sure your book is encouraging.

  30. Sue Kerr says:

    I am going through a divorce, empty-nest syndrome, and menopause, so this is the perfect time for me to be open to God’s will for me to pick up things that may have energized me in the past but had to be put on the back burner due to whatever reason. Thank you for this opportunity!

  31. barbara granholm says:

    Timely devotional for me. I have always wanted to be a missionary. I got married raised a family of five all adults now.I started the formal process 16 months ago and I think I got scared.The desire does not leave me and I need to pick it back up somehow in someway right where I am at. I am not a quitter.I am so grateful that God’s plans prevail!

  32. Interested in seeing which habits you have included.
    Blessings for your first book!

  33. Julie Tremblay says:

    Thank you for writing this. So many of us women can relate it seems. Very timely for me personally.

  34. Nicki,
    Thank you so much for your new book and this devotional. I have been a caretaker for the past 4 months to my dear husband. He had THREE brain surgeries. I felt like quitting so many times but God reminded me not to quit. He also reminded me to take care of ME too. I think that is reading while cycling on the stationary bike. Guess what book is next on my list?! ?

  35. Dana Squires says:

    I to start things and find out that I might not be smart enough to finish. Or, Ive messed up so baD that I don’t see it through. Would love to read this book.

  36. I enjoy writing. I love to write. But some people I have met recently have gotten in the way of my writing. They are not very helpful and very self-centered. This caused me to stop writing for about 6 months. I have finally realized that it is their problem not mine. I can find other writers to associate with that offer a better atmosphere. I’m glad I put my writing down for a while, but really happy that God opened a new door for me. Sometimes we need to just rest and listen for new directions.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    The devotional is very encouraging and I needed to read and be reminded of the scriptures. Thank you, Nicki,for the honesty, encouragement, and wise words! The Proverbs 31 Ministry devotionals have been and continue to be a blessing to me! Thank you! Be blessed!

  38. I’ll speak for myself, when I say that I’ve totally found myself in this article. A blessing and curse, I’m an “all or nothing” type of person. I’ll put my all into something, but if I hit a wall or resistance some times I’ve found myself throwing in the towel. I do know that I try my hardest to put forth my best. What I think causes me to table the situation is the hurt/disappointment/frustration of the immediate outcome. If I’m unable to figure it out, I’ll let it go until I feel that I can deal with it again. Sometimes I might not go back to it at all. I’m glad that I’m still able to learn and grow. I don’t have all the answers. Articles like this help give me a different perspective and gain a new outlook. Thank you!

  39. Anne VK says:

    I have so many unfinished projects in my house, so I can relate! This question is making me really look deep into whether there is something that I need to go back and finish. I am so glad that God hasn’t given up on me. I know that He is not finished with me yet…I am a “work in progress”, but an active one instead of one just lying in a box in the closet, forgotten. Maybe it is my knitting project that needs my attention? I have recently gotten back into my daily reading of God’s Word, something that I have just let “thes” get in the way of on many occasions. I will remember this devotion the next time I start a new project!

  40. Cathleen Winter-Rafalko says:

    Thanks for your thoughts and wisdom on quitting . May father be glorified by your writings and efforts ♡♡

  41. I am at the stage where I want to actually do the things God has placed in my heart to do. Most times I just feel like can I really do this and I just shut down. This has encouraged me. Thank you so much.

    Please I would love to get a copy of the book. It would mean a lot to me at this stage I am in now. Thanks

  42. I have started and aborted 3 business over the years , I wanted to do an art degree but couldn’t at the time because of family issues, many times I tried to start it, all the excuses you can think of cropped up. At 44 years old I finally started a foundation course part time, then went on to complete my degree in illustration- then what? I gave up on illustrating , but niw now I’m designing wallpapers and fabrics, my own company , it’s been very tough but by the grace of God I’ll get there – this time, I’ve probably got all those habits but this time every time I want to quit I pray and usually I get a little encouragement from somewhere. I encourage you all to pick up the dream you had and go for it no matter how impossible it seems – we have a God of the impossible

  43. Just to say those words out loud is so healing: “I’m not a quitter.” “Yaaaaaaahhhh!!!!” 🙂

  44. Jackie Tessendorf says:

    Thank you > this is just what I needed for today. Thank you for being honest about your weak areas as it helps me identify and find hope to change.

  45. Lisa Cox says:

    Would love a copy of this!

  46. Juanita says:

    Thank you, just what I needed today. Would love some help to keep on track!

  47. This devotional meant a lot to me! I have failed at everything I’ve tried and now I’ve given up & it’s all put me in a state of depression it’s been hard to get out of. This gives me hope! Thank you so much!

  48. Lillian Nwachukwu says:

    Like Nicki said; I have had dreams in my heart and have started to pursue them. Pressures in my life get in the way and I defer them. Weeks run into months and months into years and ‘Yes’ and one day I look back and this intimidating fear, and this feeling of I have failed God comes over me and I freeze, can’t move forward anymore. At this point, I tend to see the dream as impossible…and I become a quitter. I am not happy about it because i usually start off with so much optimism. I am glad to be reminded today that my tiniest efforts meeting God’s supernatural grace brings the blessing of experiencing God’s grace in my life…I believe this book will help build faith in God and His ability to perfect what He has started in me. Amen.

  49. Wow, I would love to win a copy of your book. Val

  50. This article really touched my heart! Thank you so much for the beautiful reminder that no matter how many things we plan and start, if we focus on God it is his will for us that prevails. I so needed this today. Thank you for letting God speak through you!

  51. Kerri Brown says:

    I need this book!

  52. Diana Jackasal says:

    This devotion spoke to where I am at this time. I was just saying to myself I start so many things and could never complete them. I had purpose in my heart that this month of March will be a new beginning for me. Thank you for the encouragement knowing I’m not alone in this struggle.

  53. Mary Ann Stewart says:

    I’m 60 and this was so helpful, comforting and inspiring.

  54. Sounds very intriguing and interesting!

  55. This seems very relevant to the season that I’m going through in my life and I am very keen to hear what godly women who are way ahead of me in their Christian life have to say.

  56. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you in sharing God’s Word. Yesterday, I was almost in tears because the Lord has
    placed in my heart a desire to help children and their families. I would like to start an Awana program for the children and the community. I’ve taken the first step and registered with Awana. I don’t know what’s the next step and I’m afraid that it’ll be an unfinished project/vision. There are too many kids/families that need to hear the gospel. Please help me pray that this vision moves forward in the Lord’s direction and many will come to know and receive the Lord.

  57. Tammy Anderson says:

    This is a direct answer to a prayer I sent up less than 8 hours ago. God is so good and always gives us what we need.

  58. K Martin says:

    This was such a timely devotion, and I love the way that God works through His word and through those who are open to being used by Him. I could previously look at Prov. 19:21 and see it as a justification for moving on from something (i.e., it was not in God’s plans), but this devotion, combined with my daily verse (Hebrews 12:11) and a recent meditation on Psalm 37:5-6 have truly given me new perspective. If I commit my way to God, I can be sure of those things that are within His will for me, and then need to exercise the discipline (with help from His spirit) to follow through, trusting Him to work with me and guide me. There are so many things that can get in the way, but thank God for His grace, and thanks to Nicki for the reminder that I am not a quitter – it’s just time to pick some things up again. I am excited to know that an OBS on the topic is coming up (and Congrats to Nicki on the new book)!

  59. Jeanie Nihiser says:

    Great read reminded me of things I need to get back to!

  60. This is a great reflection for me this morning as I struggle with insecurities and doubts about my own faith based writing. Satan loves to dig deep into your brain whispering insecurities into your heart, causing you to wonder if you are good enough. I will not let him win!
    Thank you for your words.

  61. Monika Henry says:

    Now I suppose I just need to understand how to faithfully follow Him!

  62. Melissa Chambers says:

    Wow! This is exactly the encouragement I needed! I have been on bed rest as an infection has led to extreme exhaustion and I fell into the horrible habit of having TV be my companion and only spending minimal time with Jesus. I had just asked Jesus to help me get back to having hours with Him being filled and I was led to check my unread email devo collection. #5HabitsBook is a great blessing and so is this devo which gives just a glimpse of how God is working through Nicki to enrich our Faith and become the gal Jesus is calling us to be!

  63. Stephanie K says:

    Thanks for the devotion! Great reminder.

  64. Sue Russell says:

    I have so many times ” put off” projects. I want to learn how to complete my life.

  65. Christine Holland says:

    You knew just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

  66. I have been the most inconsistent person in the world. I want to stay focused on the Lord. I want to pray without ceasing and I want to stop letting unimportant things get in the way of my set aside time for God. My Father should be my focus each and every day before any other. I am praying for consistency and focus.

  67. Really would love this book.

  68. Jessica says:

    This came at the exact right moment in my life. I have been experiencing some things where, at every turn, it seems like a closed door. I am asking God to change my perspective and help me trust him with his perfect plan for my future.

  69. Wow! Today’s devotional & the book spoke to me today!! I find myself having great plans but when it seems to hard I give up and let it go. I realize that I am not putting my trust & faith in God and I need to stop trying to rely on myself only. I would love a copy of the book to help reaffirm my need to rely on God! 🙂

  70. vallentine says:

    This message came to me at the right time, have been trying to do some things but finding it hard complete and giving up on them easily.. thanks for this I am blessed n my strength has been renewed

  71. I would love to read this book. I recently started my own health coaching business – it seems like I want to quit every other day. My goals are big & daunting.. Some times it’s hard to remember why I’m even doing what I’m doing.

  72. Elizabeth says:

    I love this devotion. Thank you.What a great reminder of God’s grace everyday.

  73. Loren Wilkerson says:

    Being a homeschool mom, I need all the encouragement I can get in not quitting. Very interested in reading this book.

  74. Anita H. says:

    My prayer is that God use me to do my part in healing America.

  75. I really need to return to school, 6 classes from a Masters. I really need to complete a study, on schedule, with P31. I really need this book and study. Too many things have gotten in the way for far too long. HELP!

  76. Touching devotion this morning. Would love to read this book. Thank you!

  77. Thankful for this reading today….in my life I will apply it to my job, the job that I thought I was quitting, but every now and then, I’ll have a good day….ty God for putting a few good days in…it helps me to persevere.

  78. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for this challenge from God’s Word! I am exited to read your book and learn more! Thank you for being willing to follow God’s plan for your life and for inspiring all of us to do the same. 🙂

  79. Roberta Peake says:

    I am 54 years old and starting back to college. This book surely would help me keep focused. And even if I don’t get a book. I’m marking this devotion so that I can go back and read it and not get discouraged. So thanks for writing it you’ve already helped! The daughter of the Most High, Roberta Peake

  80. How many times have I started over? How frustrating it is to see all that I have not accomplished. I’m angry. I’m overwhelmed. How disheartening to know how much you are disapproved of! I want to run and hide. I don’t want to start again. I want the job done. I’m tired of worrying, disappointing and just plain tired. Where is the joy? But I know God’s grace is sufficient. I will take baby steps and begin again.

  81. Christy D says:

    I have struggled with always having great intentions but never completely finishing things. I would love to have a copy of this book!

  82. Kristen Nalley says:

    Great encouragement when it is very needed.

  83. Rosemarie says:

    So excited for your Bible Study! Purchasing your book and Study guide.

  84. I have a hard time following through on things…I want to pass on to my kids the trait of learning to stick with something, but it is hard for me. I know God is in the business of helping us change, so there is always hope!

  85. Thank you! I’ve been thinking about “quitting” something I LOVE and feel was God’s prompting, yet I wasn’t getting the “results” I wanted…NOPE, not now!! God is Faithful and True..He led me here, so here I’ll stay!! Would love to join the bible study..

  86. Barbara says:

    It is if this devotion was meant for me. Several issues have been on my heart lately. Now I see that it was me who was giving up. What got in my way? Why did I lose my passion? As I ask God what got in the way, it occurs to me maybe I lost my passion in the clutter. As I “rebalance” and “refocus”, perhaps it is time to get passionate again, but this time with focus and guidance.

  87. Thank you for writing the daily devotional for Proverbs 31. It was such an encouragement to me. All too often in life, I just want to give up when times get tough, and not even sticking with the task at hand. I know that God has been helping me to change that, and your blog was a part of it!!

  88. Andrea S says:

    Oh I am so thankful I am given the chance to start over in many things. I feel a lot of times I end up having to start over when I start something without GOD at my side. However if I pray about it and GOD shows me His timing with it then I am able to complete better than I ever imagined.

  89. I have several chronic illnesses that leave me very tired and some days it’s all I can do just to go to work and get home and make dinner, do the dishes and I’m done in. I’ve set myself on a path of losing some weight, trying to get some exercise and some more energy. This message was perfect timing because my list of “to dos” is never-ending. And they seem to just keep piling up instead of dwindle down. I’m also trying to wake up each morning and give my first moments to God by the First 5 app or the Encouragement of the Day reading, but I still remain inconsistent. But as you say, we aren’t quitters, so I will keep doing my best with God’s help!! Thanks so much for your encouraging words!

  90. Kim Moody says:

    Great devotion. It really hit home with me. Can’t wait to read the new book!

  91. I would love to win a copy. This was a great devotion and just what I needed today.

  92. Just recently I come the realization that I need to do things differently. I’ve felt stuck in a rut. I am working on better tuning into God’s plans for me and away from my plan’s for me. Today’s topic and reading was speaking to me. What an awesome start to the day. My path may not be clear to me, but the directions are now finding their way to my heart.

  93. I’ve realized while reading this devotional that God’s purpose is fulfilled in my life even though I may have taken some shortcuts, detours, or just turned around to exit stage left. When I get back on track, He takes up where we left off and proceeds on to direct me where He wanted me initially. It goes to show He has not given up on me!

    Congratulations, Nicki, on your first book! I’d love to have a protional copy! I’m getting one regardless….. ?

  94. Thank you! You described me…. I still do not believe that I am not a quitter, but I have your book already on my kindle. So, I just need to pick it back up and finish it. I recently discovered Im not a step three person. What I mean is that I JUMP in to a project (probably with one perspective) will do it for a short time but neglect to take that third step –

  95. Thank you for this encouragement today! I can really relate to starting a project and not finishing. I need Gods guidience in this area of my life. This is one of those things I think I can do on my own but I need His help.

  96. Nichol barnett says:

    Love this as it is something I suffer from. Needed this today and would love the book!

  97. This is exactly what I needed to read before I started this day. Thank you.

  98. I would love to win a copy of your book- I am 50 and I have been telling myself to go back and get my certification in my chosen career but other I am the master of procrastination. Today’s verse reminds me that God always prevails. Thank you for that reminder.

  99. Pamela Sparks says:

    This is the perfect timing for me to do this study. For 21 years I have been pursuing a goal off and on with a home business – I’ve started and I won’t quit. However, I do experience the feelings of being a failure for not accomplishing this goal before now, and question myself often with the “why?” Galatians 6:9 is certainly a scripture that encourages me – even after all these years. Signing up for the study NOW. Thanks.

  100. Nicki, this is so special! I can’t wait to read it.

  101. Priscilla says:

    Thank you for this post. It was perfect timing. I believe that God has given me a specific direction to go … and yes, something has gotten in the way. I pray that He would remove it, so that His will for my life would be done. I pray, that He would reveal to me any area of my life that I need to work on or change so that “the work” would be completed. I ask for His grace, blessing, and favor as I pick it back up to completion. I also ask, that His Holy Spirit would give me the wisdom and confidence to complete it according to His will. Amen.

  102. Kristin T says:

    I love this book! I can’t wait to share it with my friends and family. Nicki has a heartfelt and humorous way of sharing her own struggles that help us to be encouraged we are not alone and that God is for us, cheering us, empowering us and leading us on to accomplish all that he has charged us to do.

  103. I can relate to quitting something I would get passionate about 🙂 But for me it is more because of my work schedule…I may get into a routine of doing something I enjoy, and then workload comes at full blast, and I stop doing it for a while and then I find it harder to get back into my fav non-work related hobbies. Curious to know what are the 5 habits that could potentially help me quit being a quitter 🙂 .

  104. Lisa please don’t give up on pursuing foster parenting if this is something God has placed on your heart. So many children need a safe place and to be loved and nurtured. It is not an easy road but you will be blessed beyond measure.

  105. Oh what a timely message! I just love “God thumps”, when He gives me things just when I need them! Thank you Nicki for sharing these words. Already signed up and looking forward to the OBS!

  106. Sheila Parker says:

    I am so excited for this book and the up coming OBS. I have been known to be a quite, but with Gods grace, I can finish and all things through him and his precious name.

  107. Charline Darts says:

    This touched me today, really hit home. A job change necessary because of a layoff has left me reeling this year. I am confident God has placed me where I am supposed to be but it hasn’t been easy and I have often thought I can’t do this. I have turned the corner and know God is walking with me. What a great feeling. God is good all the time!

  108. I want to see and know God’s (not mine) purpose and His plans prevail in my life!

    Praying for wisdom, direction, purpose.

    Thank you for your encouraging words!

  109. Keep your head up and lay your troubles down.

  110. Leigh Anne Weitzenfeld says:

    Thanks for the devotion.

  111. Karen Flowers says:

    Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me. Bless His Holy name. The devotion really blessed me this morning. I/we as the people of God can’t give up. He has thoughts and plans toward us. Jeremiah 29:11. Thank you for the encouragement this morning. May the Blessings and Favor of God overtake you in this time, season and year.

  112. I am a white girl in a white lady church in a white lady town, in a white lady state. I have been five years today in a secret relationship with a black man. I am moved that my church is RIC, but I never breath a word to anyone inside council, or pretty much anywhere about the man I love. I always pray, and God puts a support net of black lady friends along my way. My mother blesses us as a couple. I am still praying today that God is with us, and that organizations and customs that conspire to wall our relationship to secrecy will tumble down like a broken wall. Even my supervisor said to me she had never met a black person before she went to college. I’m still praying for unity in my relationships and that God will show me how to have stamina to celebrate His glory in love and openness. Amen

  113. Donna Morris says:

    Thanks for this devotion. It was great. I have something I quit and need to begin. I just things get in the way. This is the encouragement I needed.

  114. Awesome.

  115. Grace Holihan says:

    As I help a friend with her recovery from alcohol I suggested she pray and ask for help. She has had several relapses and gives in to urges to drink. She is not a Christian so I encouraged her by saying I would pray for her as well. It is amazing how a little help can make someone feel better about not giving in and not giving up when you bring hope and love from God into the story. I pray for my own continued recovery and for anyone suffering from addictions of any kind.

  116. Quitting can also be confused with pruning; remember that we are the vine….

  117. Melissa Oldaker says:

    Thank you for this devotion. Congrats on the new book!

  118. Thank you! It sounds great!

  119. Cynthia says:

    I have found myself quitting on my marriage. I have been married 7 years and separated 2. My husband is diligently pursuing reconciliation. My apprehension of returning to a life robbed of peace, happiness, and filled with brokenness and hurt keep me away. I have been praying for clarity as to the direction I should go. Perhaps this book could help me to step out on faith and return to the commitment that I made before God and others to my husband. I need help, because I’m in a berry difficult place.

  120. Teresita says:

    The society we live in places so much emphasis on success at tasks while promoting the art of busy-ness. So much I find myself struggling to see things through.

  121. Perfectionism has caused me to quit a lot of things. If things won’t be perfect I lose interest and get frustrated. I’d really like to begin writing again. I’m ready for the stronghold of perfectionism to be broken! This devotional was right on time!

  122. Tara Jackson says:

    I would be interested in reading your book!

  123. Leanne Black says:

    Loved this devotion. Great encouragement. I struggle too with walking away from things that seem to get the best of me.

  124. Barbara says:

    I love Proverbs 19:21 in conjunction with Galatians 6:9–two strong verses on encouragement! Thank you!

  125. My 2nd devotional this morning that has said be faithful here before going there. I believe God is trying to tell me something! I’m great at starting things and not so great at follow through. I want to change that part of me. This book is coming in my life in God’s perfect timing. Excited for the study. Congratulations on your first book! You finished what you started! 😉

  126. Patti Miller says:

    I’ve always thought of myself as a quitter. This is a fresh perspective that I had not considered. Thank you for this new insight. I would so appreciate a copy of your book.

  127. Hannah Nielsen says:

    I just discovered these devotionals this week, but I’m confident God led me here. As an expectant first-time mom, I’m struggling physically with some disabling pelvic pain that nearly has me on all out bedrest–and I’m only 26 weeks along. I feel like I’ve been breaking every commitment in my life the past 2 weeks: to my employer, my church, my husband, my friends, and myself. I don’t understand why God has allowed these circumstances, nor if He expects me to push through the pain and try to keep my commitments. Is there ever a God-honoring time to quit?

  128. Sometimes I just feel stuck when it comes to life. God’s calling on my life was clear but because of a series of loss it has blurred and I feel stuck.

  129. Sherrii says:

    Congratulations on your book release.

  130. Vee Singletion says:

    I am really inspired seeing this article. I want to read more.

  131. I have dreamt of teaching and rendering help to students who may not be as well-versed in their subject and to give advice as well since my high school days. This hope and desire has recently emerged again. Today’s devotion reminded me that no matter how much I dreamt or planned my life, only God’s plans will come to fruition. Hence, it’s best to pray, seek God and surrender to him wholeheartedly since He is sovereign and deserves all honour and glory. May this be my desire always!

  132. Congratulations on your first book!!!

  133. Christy Smith says:

    As my kids have grown older, we spend less and less time together as a family. Many times I have implemented dinner around the table, but it slowly fades away because everyone has their own agenda. I have really begun to notice that between work and classes, our family seems very distant. I truly feel God’s urging to restore this practice in my home not just for me,but for my kids. Thank you for your post and encouragement!!

  134. Great devotion, thanks for sharing. Hope to win a book!

  135. This is so inspiring… I have a daughter soon turning 21 that I forwarded this to to encourage her from quitting… She is wrestles and always is looking for what’s ahead instead of focusing on what she has at the moment… Love how u said when r little efforts meet His supernatural grace… Because it’s all about that grace ’bout that grace… Would love to give a copy of this book to her!

  136. Thank you for this new insight. I so struggle with the good intentions, then beating myself up when I don’t follow through.

  137. God’s perfect timing ❤️ I needed the reminder in this devotion today! I have been loving the past two online bible studies! Looking forward to this one!! ? I don’t have the book yet though so would love to win the giveaway!!

  138. Christina says:

    “All these years I’ve been asking God for “a new this” and “a new that” and it was as if He revealed to me I couldn’t get there until He found me faithful here” AMEN!

  139. Candice says:

    I think I have the thought of quitting almost every single day. I’m entering a new career, the career I do feel God has been leading me toward for a long time. But it’s not an easy process. There’s a lot that goes into it, patience included. I have a bad habit of assuming the worst and worrying constantly. Because of this I have felt like quitting more times than I can count. But then God shows me something during my day that shows me I’m still in this, regardless of what lies I tell myself, and I know His plan is coming together.

  140. I would love this book. Being a busy mom of two who works full time I have quit many hobbies and passions to make time for everything else in life.

  141. Robin Krivsky says:

    What a wonderful reading to start my day! I have quit so many projects around my house, etc. – now I am focusing on meeting God here so that I can move forward.

  142. Thank you for your devotion today. My trouble is weight. I start off so well, so motivated, and so enthusiastic, but then life, work, and even hubby get in the way, so I just quit. I work so hard and lose a lot of weight and then one thing or another happens, so I start putting it back on and eventually I quit. I don’t want to be a quitter, but I don’t want to be chained to counting calories and working out everyday. I absolutely hate those things. I have enough stress in my life without adding those to it. I know it has to be a lifestyle change, but I need God to create some type of love for exercising, so that I can at least enjoy it or put the desire in my husband so he will do it with me. That’s when I usually succeed.

  143. Angela Raphael says:

    I would love a copy of the book!

  144. T. Boomer says:

    All I can say is wow, Lord. I hear you, and I get it. Help my unbelief.

  145. Kathryn Laurent says:

    I do this a lot. But I’m going to pray and start over.

  146. This devotion was just what I needed to see. Looking forward to reading this book!

  147. Wow! I have been working on accepting God’s timing and not wanting to “help Him” along.

  148. Cheryl Wilson says:

    I would love to win this book! I need God’s perspective in this area.

  149. A portion of the commentary from the Life Application Study Bible for Matthew 11:28-30 says, “A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose.” This was from a devotion that my husband and I read together this morning. I see God pursuing me in this area of my life. I would love to have a copy of the book and share it with others. Thank you, Nicki, for addressing this important issue and helping women pursue their God-given passions.

  150. “I have great ideas that come to me” ALL THE TIME! Of course they will take about 5 minutes.
    Oh, I can so relate, sister!
    Thanks for sharing!!!! Hey, congratulations for being the author of such a relate-able subject!

  151. Becki Logue says:

    Proverbs 31 Ministries is such a blessing to me.

  152. What a great topic. It’s so timely. I’m going through a transition phase where my children are beginning to leave the nest. I have extra time on my hands and am trying desperately to understand where God wants me to focus my gifts. I’ve started and thought about so many ideas ( businesses, volunteer, etc) but get frustrated, doubt my talents/gifts, and say “that was dumb”, why would I ever be called to do that? It’s comforting to know it is a real struggle other women experience. Thank you for sharing!

  153. Kaylee Vida says:

    I cannot wait to read Nicki’s book! I struggle with feeling like a huge quitter. I have started so many things in life but have not finished. That leads me to questioning God, and the plans He has for my life. I always have great reasons why I quit, but I end up feeling like a failure. I want to develop perseverance!!!

  154. I can relate,

  155. Oh my… I wasn’t sure if I wanted to laugh or cringe as o read this. Because that’s completely and totally me!! I start things with such enthusiasm and great expectations. But when they turn out to be more complicated than I imagined, I all too often declare it “Impossible” and toss in the towel.

  156. 5 minutes $5 screamed out at me. It’s a motto I’ve unintentionally lived by all my life. I find myself in a season now in which God has me looking at my dreams again. The responsibilities of being a wife and busy mom became priority and as time flew by they became dusty and pushed to tbe back of a high shelf. As doors seem to open I ask God for wisdom as I fearfully attempt to step out in faith. I am scared. I’m leaning on my prayers and my hopes to be a good example of a non-quitting spirit for my children.

  157. Such a timely devotional. The Lord just took the thing that got in the way most from me and he’s teaching me a whole new perspective in life through that. It’s He and I together on this journey and I’m determined to fulfill His plans in my life. Thank you!

  158. What a relatable devo today! I struggle with this, too, and would love a copy of your book. Thank you for sharing.

  159. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been working in a recovery ministry. I know it’s time to move but am unsure of what God has next for me. I’m working on refocusing and becoming more effective in my prayer life and habits.

  160. Your 5 & 5 made me laugh because I do the same with time. If I think it’s close it takes 10 minutes. If it’s far it takes 20. I’m late all time! Thanks for the encouragement.

  161. Melissa says:

    I find my heart pulled to so many ministries that I quit before I truly begin. Orphans, homeless, and single moms struggling to make ends meet. They all seem bigger than me. I know God is calling my family to help, but Exactly where I don’t know….so again I quit. I know this devotional is a reminder to keep trying to find where to begin…

  162. I left college 20 years ago to get married and start a family and have always wanted to go back to finish. It seems like ‘life’ (jobs, kids, spouse…) have always kept me too busy to pursue that dream. Maybe this is just what I need to get that dream back on track.

  163. Deborah Kassebaum says:

    This is so true and hit hit home for me and got me to start thinking and picking up things again to finish them 😎

  164. Courtney Moore says:

    As someone who is approaching the remaining years, I often struggle with the knowledge that I have not achieved many of the plans.. I wanted to accomplish and I am discovering that maybe it was because I was so focused on what I wanted that I forgot to stop and ask what he wanted for my life. Thank you for helping me to continue to ponder this message.

  165. Nichole says:

    Thank you for this reminder. I really needed that.

  166. Jen Dotinga says:

    This devotional spoke right to me. I tend to do the same thing. Start something and if it gets hard, boom I am out. Or I get so overwhelmed in the process and start to believe I am not cut out for this and quit. I am really excited about this new study. Congratulations on your first book!

  167. Robin Dodson says:

    Yes, I committed to helping in church with a Sunday school class, helping with Wednesday night meals, a trip to Honduras and our children’s camp. I’ve been sick with sinus congestion and fluid in my ears since December 27 and haven’t been able to carry out part of my commitments at church and questioning my commitments to help with children’s camp and the Honduras trip. I’ve been attending a 9 week financial class that I wish I had been able to attend 40 yrs ago but want to get out of this hole of debt. All the debt is making me wonder if I can even go to Honduras. Money has always stood in my way of missions. So, I’m praying and asking you to pray with me for God to help me to see His Will and pick up and follow where He leads. Make the way open and clear before me that I may pick up and carry out the commitments He wants me to continue. Remove obstacles, dear Lord that are standing in the way clouding my view of Your path and raising doubts. Satan loves for me to doubt. In the name of Jesus, flee from me Satan, for I will take up my cross and follow my Lord. He protects, heals, and loves me like no other. Thank you for reminding me that I doubt, and feel like giving up when the world goes against me. But God wants me to carry on.

  168. Melissa says:

    Persevering with hope, determination and patience when dreams disappear. Trusting in the One Who knows best. Leaning on the everlasting arms. Thanks for the reminder!

  169. I don’t have projects that I give up on…just myself. I am the “the” in my own way. My two biggest “projects” or losing weight and doing my eye exercises to improve my sight. Everytime I start both I her awesome results the I get in my own way and stop…because I’m too tired, I’ve had a long day, I want to just sit and watch my show.
    .I, I, I…no more. I am not a quoted and God’s plan shall prevail.
    Thank you sooo much for today’s word and congratulations on your new book.

  170. Jennifer Scott says:

    I’d love a copy, thanks

  171. Michele johnson says:

    As always, perfect timing for what I needed to hear.

  172. Tracy Zimmaro says:

    Thank you for this! I feel like this in most areas of my life. For me, I am drawn to start so many projects, and then don’t follow through. This makes me feel lost and unguided. The scripture verse is a relief for a heart like mine. I have to know and trust that God will follow through for me.

  173. This book sounds amazing. I would love to read it–whether I win or not!

  174. I don’t have projects that I give up on…just myself. I am the “the” in my own way. My two biggest “projects” or losing weight and doing my eye exercises to improve my sight. Everytime I start both I have awesome results then I get in my own way and stop…because I’m too tired, I’ve had a long day, I want to just sit and watch my show.
    I, I, I…no more. I am not a quitter and God’s plan shall prevail.
    Thank you sooo much for today’s word and congratulations on your new book.

  175. Pauline Eaton says:

    Thank you, Nicki…I needed to hear this today. I have had many dreams, and God has given me many victories…but there are some I have lost. The one I miss the most is playing the piano. Everything has gotten in the way for the last 15 years or so…and when I moved to Florida in 2007, I had to give my piano away. I was glad a family with 5 kids got it…but now I am settled here, have bought a house, and I would love to begin playing again…but things are getting in the way of getting another piano. Still holding out hope! God Bless!

  176. Thank you for this sweet reminder. God’s timing is so perfect!

  177. What a wonderful message this morning. Yes, it is easy to lose sight of things in this busy world. Thank you for the reminder to keep pressing forward, knowing that God’s plan is specifically designed for us.

  178. Kimberly Rose says:

    I consider myself a late bloomer when it comes to attending college…I’m 45. I would get down on myself with the ” What ifs”…..What if I had started sooner, I would be done by now and in the career I love ….. I’ve come to realize that God’s plan is perfect for me and that it comes as no surprise to Him that I am EXACTLY where I need to be. I’ve learned I have a divine purpose for where He has placed me and I am grateful for that. With this book , I hope to grasp an even greater aspect of His purpose for me and use it as a tool to minister to others.

  179. I could really use a copy of this book. I do tend to let a lot of “the” get in the way. I give up way to easy and find every excuse for why I gave up and found something more important to do. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Please pray for me because I can really use it about now.

  180. I need to sit and reflect on what has taken the place of what matters most and I’ve managed to quit. Challenging food for thought!

  181. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I too have a perspective problem, I too have started many things only to realize it’s not as easy as I thought it should be. I have since become more fearful of beginning new things abs have held back. Thank you for this reminder of God’s perfect grace and how His plan will prevail despite ourselves.

  182. Alicia Wade says:

    What a great reminder of the patience God has for us.

  183. Joy Stallmer says:

    Am curious about this book and it is too easy to quit…often, but with God’s help we can all get back on the right track. Congrats on your book!

  184. Carlene Marsh says:

    This word really touched me today and I’m so glad that I had an opportunity to read it . I think I’m going to pick back up in children’s ministry I once was a leader and a children’s minister a few years ago and I’m in a new church now and I think I’m going to volunteer at this new church in children’s ministry .

  185. Janet axelson says:

    Thanks so much for this today. As I begin again for the 100th time to eat better and lose weight, I need Gods supernatural power on top of my tiniest effort!

  186. Chelsea says:

    As far back as I can remember I have had trouble following through on things. When I first start a project I am excited and involved, but as time goes on I strt making excuses and end up quitting/giving up. It’s encouraging to know I’m not the only person that suffers with this. I recently started a Getting Healthy challenge and I am determined to see it through. Thank you!!

  187. I know someone who could really use this book right now.

  188. As with many others, Life gets in the way.
    I have projects that I refuse to give up on ,
    I will just have to do them at another time.
    I have many things I want to do now but have to learn to prioritize . With God all things are possible .

  189. Thanks for the reminder. God doesn’t give up even on the 2nd time, 3rd time, or anytime. I’m praying for a third time with me (ex) husband.

  190. I can so relate to this devotion! Actually, I sometimes go a step further and want to start something, start out to do it (without really taking ANY steps) and quit! Thanks, Nicki for your insight…I’ll be trying to put it into practice!

  191. Melissa says:

    I am at a crucial place of major decision in my life. I am SO much “not a quitter” that the choices I am being forced to consider before GOD are seeming HUGE. The reminder of GOD having a PLAN THAT WILL PREVAIL….is an anchor that my prayers are holding on to this hour.
    Thanks for the verse and reminder. I am begging GOD to let me hear HIS still, small voice saying this is the way…walk in it!

  192. Nancy M in NJ says:

    Interesting post… though I struggle, as how do I know I should keep going, or to quit? Does God have some other plan for me? It’s difficult at times… thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

  193. An awesome perspective and so right-on!! I really liked what you said…”God doesn’t meet us at perfected completion.” If He did, we’d be in heaven already! 😉 So cool! I know for me, I fall short all the time. This is encouraging to me. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  194. I got in my own way! Sliding backwards, stuck in depression, holding onto thoughts of my own failures. I forget to let go and let God!

  195. I can relate to this devotion very much. I’m so happy that God has a plan for my life.

  196. What a timely devotional for today! Last night I signed up for a Weight Watchers meeting and made a commitment to attend this morning. My intentions are always good but I know I need someone to be accountable to. I know God wants us to take care of our bodies and the extra pounds seem to be weighing me down in more ways than one. I think it’s something many of us struggle with.

  197. This is definitely a challenge of mine! Thank you 🙂

  198. I would love a copy of this book!

  199. This is an excellent reminder! It can be difficult sometimes to discern which plans are of the Lord and which are not. Sometimes He speaks to make things clear, other times, it requires our action in order to gain His perspective.

  200. So many dreams of let slip away because I let life get in the way. A life of raising two amazing children that have grown and are growing into to amazing adults. I’ve always put my family and children first, helping them to achieve their goals and dreams. I find myself getting close to empty nest, alone and praying for our father to show me which doors to close and padlock shut and which door He wants me to walk through next. I put my trust in him to guide me to and through this next chapter in my life, one I want to live for him.

  201. Thank you for this devotional. I felt like I was reading “my story”. The struggle is real!

  202. Shannon Winkle says:

    I can completely relate to this!! Everything i begin will be easy to fit in and might even make a little side money, after I jump in to do it, i realize it’s impossible to fit in! Then the devil grabs ahold and makes me feel like a complete failure AGAIN….. Its such a vicious cycle!

  203. I would like to win this book please

  204. Crystal says:

    I’m the one getting in the way of what God is wanting me to do. I have had serious anxiety and panic issues since early December. It has caused me to reevaluate my life. I have found through the Lord that I have been too busy focusing on myself physically and trying to work too many “extra” for income that I have “quit” my family. My daughter has a lot struggles and she truly needs me. Plus in it all, I have neglected some of my husband’s needs. I’m certain God has allowed the anxiety obstacle in my life as a way for me to step back and notice what my real requirement is as a wife and mother.

  205. Emily Kyzer says:

    This explains me perfectly except my quitting comes from not wasting to fail. I have paid for life coaches and accountability partners but to the same end. I would love to overcome this.

  206. The past Few months have been such a struggle. It takes everything I’ve got and lots of SOS prayers not to give up. Great reminder today!

  207. I used to make big plans but then life seemed to always get in the way. After losing my grandmother unexpectedly last year, it reminded me that we are not promised tomorrow. I thought about all of the things I had wanted to do with her that I never got around to. She seemed so young and full of life that I guess I thought we had more time. Since her passing I’ve made a conscious effort to take steps towards my plans, especially when they involve spending time with those I love. I would LOVE to read your new book. Thank you for sharing a piece of your story.

  208. A book that I need as I am also a quitter.

  209. Nancy Cole says:

    This IS the perfect message for me today! I have so many “unfinished” things – projects, work, home, me! I am so excited about the 5 Habits of Women Who Don’t Quit Bible Study. Thanks for reminding me that it is not too late to do anything.

  210. Laura DeVega says:

    Thank you for your words this morning – just what I needed to hear!

  211. Maribeth Deese says:

    This devotional speaks to my heart that God does not want us to give up on relationships. His purpose for our lives is to learn to love and accept all those whom we encounter. Our efforts to love others though often extremely difficult will change us to be more like Him. He expects us to never give up, never quit. Thank you for this reminder, Nicki.

  212. Thank you for a sweet reminder that God will complete what HE begins (sharp contrast to self). I must keep looking and trusting The Author and Finisher. Congrats on your book!

  213. Eve White says:

    God blessed me with an incredible musical gift of singing, playing the piano and writing songs, from when I was just a child. I still sing with the praise band at our church, but I ‘quit’ writing and playing the piano when our son was born year ago. He’s now 16 and driving a car, and I wonder why I am still ‘too busy’ to pick up this gift that God gave me and fully express it. Your devotion spoke directly to me and encouraged me to try again. Blessings!

  214. Kathi Brewer says:

    Nicki, you’ve described me perfectly! Oh, how I want to change.

  215. Ethel Smith says:

    I’d like to win a copy of the book!

  216. Need this book. I know I give up too easy.

  217. The thing that got in my way is fear – fear of failing, fear of not being able to complete the project, and fear I’m not good enough or smart enough. But I’m hearing the whispers again – to write, share my stories so they can hopefully help others. After reading this today, it gives me hope that this may still be what I’m supposed to do.

  218. Elizabeth says:

    Love this verse. Good reminders for a new day.

  219. I quit putting time and effort into my blog – a blog I felt God pushing me to start to share my marriage story and encourage other young wives and women. What got in the way? Pride, fear, and selfishness! After writing for several weeks, my pride got in the way. I’m not a techy person, and I don’t know enough to make my blog look like others – all snazzy and beautiful! So, I quit. I was afraid no one was reading it or those who were weren’t really getting anything from my words. And because I’m not super techy, it just takes a lot of time that I’m very selfish with! Thank you for the reminder that all I need to do is be obedient – God will do the rest. He will give me the tools and the connections I need in his timing to be successful.

    • thank you for being transparent.. this has been my same struggle!!! (along with my completely disorganized house!!) we can do this! we can do ALL things through Christ!!! let’s pick up our swords (which now resemble keyboards) and DO this thing!!! blessings!!!

  220. Unfinished scrap books, unfinished books, unfinished greeting cards, a letter, a phone call…I totally relate to how the time gets away. I won’t give up.

  221. Taunee Whittenbarger says:

    Wow! I so needed this reminder. It helped me identify two things that I had laid down because of things getting in the way and because I don’t really believe I will see success in these areas. Thank you for reminding me that God’s plans will prevail in my life and to seek what He wants me doing with my day to day activities.

  222. This was a great message for me today! At 66, I’m on a. Road of rediscovery of the gifts that the Lord has given me to share with others. I have been unsure of how to/if I could use them and, along the way, have quit a few things myself. This message helps me to know that now I’m back on the right track. Thanks so much for sharing!

  223. Having a child with severe autism. I quit lots of things. Proverbs 31 ministery is a blessing to me.

  224. Today’s reading really spoke to me, for I always have such great intentions yet often find myself falling short. Nicki seems to have great insight and positive reinforcement and I would like to be further inspired to her book.

  225. I’d love to read something like this. I know my commitment to exercise and be strong feels tenuous, at best. I’m grateful for motivating friends, and. God who never gives up on me. Even though my motivation is to become strong to care for my grandsons, and my elderly parents, I am sometimes defeating my best efforts… It’s all in the mind, and in the heart!

  226. Great devotion today!

  227. Irene Colling says:

    this was just the encouragement I needed for today! Eager to read the new book!

  228. Eva Mendoza says:

    I really needed this Word today. I have been struggling with referring to myself as a quitter Whether it’s completing a book, volunteering, or following my dreams – I find reasons why I can’t finish or pursue them.
    Thank you and I pray for wisdom and guidance to pursue and complete Gods will in my life.

  229. I am forever beginning & ending, beginning & ending. I’m ready to begin & accomplish!

  230. oh my goodness, YES!!! God put in me years ago to write! write on tablets and make it plain!! the healing that He brought to my life, and continues to bring, from the atrocities and tragedies of my childhood, and into my adult years! I allowed myself to be snowed by thoughts of “I’m not good enough”, “I’ve lost my creativity” or given it all to my children! : )). I KNOW He called me to write, and I have begun again! it is definitely going to be a road ahead of me… living in that helmet of salvation and taking those thoughts captive!! But He is faithful to complete it!!! HE is…. me? I’m praying it’s all Him, every time I sit down at the keyboard… it must be all Him and none of me. things keep darting in my way… and I’m learning step by step to kick them aside! we must answer our calling to fulfill His plan! thank you for this word today. I really needed the encouragement!!

  231. Shelley says:

    Thank you !!! Nicki*. The words Re expressed beautifully in your devotional today which I’m certain are the the telling of your books message. Perfectly timed I would love Copy of your book* to read and pass along.
    Blessings Shelley

  232. Thanks Nicki! I needed this today. I feel like my ideas are a gift from God. I want Him to find me faithful in the follow-through.

  233. What an awesome devotional today! I have never read a devotional on this topic, it really spoke to me, especially in the area of eating healthy n exercise where I feel lIke i quit all the time. Thank you for your words of wisdom. I will check out the book and online study too.

  234. I have let my ever present to-do list stop me from completing a lot of more meaningful tasks.

  235. Cindy Hurt says:

    I really need this!!!

  236. Melissa says:

    The book sounds wonderful – words of encouragement we all need!

  237. Suzanne says:

    Looking forward to it!

  238. Lindsay says:

    What an aptly timed devotion! Giving up and constantly putting things on the back burner for later, has been my mantra for the last few years. There is such joy and satisfaction in completing what you start but even that doesn’t motivate me at times. Time to brush the dust off some of my to do lists and get going.

  239. Carol June Schultz says:

    Years ago God called to me and I went back to college to study architectural engineering to develop afforadable environmentally designed homes and communities. I studied physics and calculus, but raising teenaged children made it difficult and I was sidetracked into teaching remedial math and English at the adult school where I was teaching arts and crafts. Our learning lab won awards helping people get off welfare and I never looked back until I turned 80, last year. I’ve been researching getting a doctorate in environmental design and community planning but this time have been waylaid by the flu and of course finances. Am I still dreaming the impossible dream?

  240. Thank you for the devotion! Very inspiring!

  241. I used to never quit but as I get older I seem to not want to fight as much or even care as much. I wonder if I am getting smarter as I age and have learned to pick my battles more carefully? or is it something else like I’ve become a quitter? Very interested in reading your book.

  242. Angie Morton says:

    Exactly what I needed to hear this morning!!! It’s hard when it’s the “good stuff” (kids, marriage,life…) that gets in the way of our projects, purposes and goals. But your exactly right, God meets is right where we are!!! Thank you for this

  243. Adrianne says:

    This is an encouraging testimony to issues I have struggled with. God’s grace allows me to move forward every day and improve upon the last.

  244. Annie H says:

    I’m also going through Jonah right now and being reminded that running from God’s call and purpose for me is fruitless. Being inside of a big fish is no fun, and I want to be following His plan for me, not trying to make my own.

  245. Great message for me today.

  246. Holly S. says:

    Boy this sure hit home this morning.
    Thank you for the encouragement to go back and dust off a few hopes and dreams.

  247. Barbara says:

    Congrats on your book.

  248. Debbie Yates says:

    For the last week I have felt like giving up. I pray that God will give me a clear vision and a renewed passion

  249. Marettes says:

    Peoples negativity … I have often let people get on my way…

  250. my husband and I were just talking about this last night! How interesting I find this devotional this morning. I am intrigued to look further and see what it is that God is telling me to not quit trying. I would love this book.

  251. Joyce LeBlanc says:

    I’ve quit believing my husband when he says he’ll do something. I’m trying, but it’s hard cuz I’ve been disappointed so many times.

  252. Tara Sposato says:

    This was so refreshing and something I so need in my life right now… There is a LOT going on… I’m 8 1/2 months pregnant with our 7th blessing, our home goes on the market in a week, praying we jump through all the hoops to purchase one within 3 months, we do outreach ministry that brought over 700 people last year in May and probably even more this year… Our oldest son is in a christian band (local small) but won a radio contest to open at a christian festival…. things are well, but sometimes overwhelming and I feel like and I can’t do all the things God wants me too. I completely fell apart in tears yesterday … Praise God I have the husband I do and the God I serve, godly friends and children…. thank you for prayers and this amazing devotion 🙂

  253. susan backhaus says:

    This devotional speaks to the the word that I chose for the year that I will help center my prayers on who God wants me to become…steps. Thanks!

  254. Kim Bowen says:

    Thanks I needed that devotion today.

  255. This devotion was such a blessing to me. It came at just the right time in my life. I have always felt like a quitter, growing up I quit everything-piano lessons, dance, sports teams. Didn’t make it through college, quit my senior year to get married and have a baby which I loved and felt really good at. I never quit being a great mom to two great daughters. But I have always said that the only thing I never quit was my marriage but now after 25 years of marriage I am faced with a major challenge that is so painful and it would be so easy to walk away from the pain and hurt. But I feel God is wanting me to stay and fight for my marriage. And I am working to not be a quitter and stay and fight for it with God’s help because I feel that is God’s plan. I am trusting that God will lead me in his plan for me and my marriage.

  256. This Bible verse and devotion speaks to me! I never realized how may “projects” or “dreams” or “life goals” I have quit on until now. I would love to have this book so I may do this Bible Study.

  257. Tiffani says:

    This devotion caught me at the right time and place. I have put aside my dream of studying medicine because it didn’t come when I expected it to. But recently I found out that I got accepted, now I’m not sure if I should go because I’ve gone so long without going. Now I’m not sure what I should do… Please pr y for me to know if walking away would be quitting or not. I really think the book would be a Godsend right now.

  258. Martha Brewer says:

    Can’t wait for the Bible study!!

  259. Cherry Felkins says:

    Thank you for reminding me that I am not a quitter. The thought that some things just got in the way is great.

  260. Jennifer says:

    This spoke right to my heart today. I’d love to read the whole book!

  261. Krystle Luz Cintron says:

    I am about 70-80 lbs overweight (that’s like OMG me carrying a 4th or 5th grader) – may not seem like much but I do feel it as I’m walking and when I go up the stairs and now my legs are starting to hurt. I’ve tried “eating healthy” but sometimes that doesn’t work out because I’m so rushed to get so many other things done that I end up eating a “fast” meal. I have to cook “healthy” for Moses as he has medical issues and needs to be on a “cardiac” diet – yes sometimes I eat what I cook for him, but truth be told, he’s starting to eat like me since I’m the only one that is able to cook so again we eat “fast” meals or we eat out (which is no better than the “fast” meals). I find I’m more tired than before, I do not do ANY kind of exercises – just can’t seem to find the time as Moses needs a lot of attention sowhen I’m done with him, I’m completely worned out and plop myself on the recliner and call it a day. Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of verses coming across my way about our bodies being God’s temple and how we need to take care and love ourselves – well let me tell you – I AM NOT TAKING CARE OF MYSELF AND I DO NOT LOVE MYSELF RIGHT NOW! But, yes there’s a but, I am determined to turn this around – you see those particular scriptures (which I see when I get on the internet or when I’m on social media – go figure) do not appear by accident – that, for me, is God’s way of letting me know that I have let myself go and how in the world can my body be His temple if I mistreat it – Dear God – I come before you today to ask you to please do not give up on me, I know I’ve been down this road before and have tried many many things but today is the first time I’m asking you for direction, the first time I’m actually even telling you I need Your help. God, continue to lead the way, continue to fill me with scripture after scripture that will help in my journey toward achieving the temple you planned for me to have. In Jesus’ beautiful name, Amen!

  262. God’s blessings to you Nicki and good luck with your new book and bible study! Your devotion today was just what I needed to hear, thank you!!!

  263. This devotion is such conformation of a revelation that I had just this morning. The Holy Spirit is so awesome! I am about to jump out of my skin

  264. I gave up my teaching career by choice to stay home with my girls. I was thrilled to get back to the classroom as a preschool teacher after a couple years but gave that up for a corporate job when my husband lost his job 15 months ago. I long to be back in a classroom but it feels “impossible” to get back where I was after all this time. But the seed is planted in my heart for a reason and this devotional was perfectly timed!

  265. Janie M says:

    I will need to definitely buy this book! Your devotional this morning was spot on! I’ve felt like a failure many times because I feel I never see things through! Thank you for writing this wonderful book I have yet to read!!! I can’t wait!

  266. I woke up early today to get time alone away from the kids to do my yoga routine and devotion, ten minutes into it my youngest woke up (much earlier than usual) I was frustrated, angry, and upset. Before going to get him I read this devotion about not quitting. Man is that what I needed to change my attitude and be gracious for what God has given me. Thank you for the reminder!

  267. This was perfect for me to read this morning. Thank you for writing it. I have started and stopped so many things in my life and often time live in a perpetual state of regret. It’s nice to know that God hasn’t quit on me and he will be with me through everything…even through my unfinished “projects”. Thank you God for not letting me be unfinished for believing in me and letting me know that I still have purpose. Amen!

  268. Thank you for a wonderful devotion. I have found that fear of failure is what I have allowed to keep me from pursuing those desires God has placed in my heart; the ones that have remained with me for years. At the age of 50, I have finally decided to be bold and step out of the boat, and I’m realizing that with God leading me, I can accomplish things I’ve longed to try. It’s never too late!

  269. Perfect timing! Thank you for your message and sharing it at just when I needed it. God is in control and I hope to read this book and absorb all it has to share.

  270. I would love to do a bible study off this topic for our motorcycle group!!

  271. Heather Dahlke says:

    My study this morning is on Moses and how he needed to give up and sacrifice a lot in order to be the leader Gos was calling him to be. I feel I am being called to lead and there are times when its scary, challenging, and way out of my comfort zone and I am tempted to quit. I have started and quit many things in my life, but I am determined not to this time. Spending time with God, being honest with him, being hungry for him and allowing myself to be broken by him (removing inappropriate pride and building healthy God-reliance) will allow me to completely place myself in his hands. Trusting this is God’s plan for me, I will persevere and not quit!!

  272. Marcia Valera says:

    Looking forward to reading this!

  273. Thanks for your message this morning. I needed to hear this.

  274. I always thought of myself as an idea person since I never completed anything I started. Well I am really a quitter so at the tender age of 67 it is time for change. I love the story of Ruth do here goes with the bible study. See you at the end.

  275. Renee Fuller says:

    I’m a self help junkie! I enjoyed your article and understand all of it! It’s important to have clear goals w a plan but deep habits can sabatoge optimism.
    I need this little encouragement to stay on track! From one women to another thank you for writing this!

  276. There are a few things that I have quit and have struggled with picking back up. The first is attending church. Since moving to another state 3 years ago I have struggled (and quit) finding a church home. Although I watch service online from my old church it is not the same as being in the house of the Lord with other believers. I am asking God to show me the church that he wants my family and I to become members of. The second is going back to graduate school. Last year I purchased materials to study to take an admissions test. The book still sits on the shelf without ever being opened. It was a goal for me to attend grad school and I quit trying after starting my family. I am always praying that God allows me to refocus on that. The third one is exercise! I’m sure others and agree that when you plan to work out more everything gets in the way (and sometimes these things are welcomed) in order to get out of doing the hard work. I am praying that God gives me the will and strength to get up and exercise just as I have promised myself!

  277. This is exactly how I feel about every single craft idea I see on Pinterest!

  278. lynn palazzo says:

    God is promting me to begin again healthy eating and get around this giant boulder in my path so I can follow Him more clearly. 2 days down and a lifetime of freedom ahead! Thank you Lord for Your grace that meets that tiniest effort of mine that will equal success!

  279. Thanks for this message today! There are so many mornings when I read these little devotionals and they are exactly what I need to hear – this was one of those mornings!

  280. Amber Hoopengarner-Adderley says:

    Great read!! I don’t want to be a quitter, help me Lord.

  281. Donnita Nelson says:

    God just recently revealed to me that I am sometimes a quitter. When what I see as a small feat suddenly becomes a mountain, instead of asking God for help, I lean on my own abilities and I quit! I am never quite good enough! I am so thankful for this ministry because it constantly reminds me that I am always good enough in Gods eyes. I need to listen for his voice and let it drowned out the voice in my head!!!! God bless you all

  282. Jennifer says:

    I needed to read this today! Sometimes I feel like it won’t matter if I give up on something, but it really does matter if it’s God’s plan & will!

  283. Just what I needed to be reminded of to help me refocus on parts of my daily life where I have become a quitter!!

  284. This really challenged my heart this morning especially after reading the devotional by Rick Warren about accepting Gods grace and not using His grace to continue in sin. Then Nickie challenges my heart to pick it up again. I feel like God wants so much from me because of my compulsive disorder, my recent court convictions, my failings have put me in the best place to reach others hurting as I do. Gods grace has seen fit to bless me with an apartment, clothing for myself and my children, money for counseling services for my family even losing health insurance this year I’m confident God knew and He will work that out also, God blessed me with a job that I’m only part time because God knows I need time for Him to keep piecing me back together.
    So when I’m challenged to keep picking up the pieces of me because God still loves me and believes that His good works will be fulfilled within me. How can it not touch my heart. Thank you for allowing me to share my story.

  285. Meredith Peachey says:

    This reaffirmed something I picked up that I “quit” years ago. Thanks!

  286. Exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thank you Lord for these words of encouragement and that it is NOT too late for the purpose you have put in my heart!

  287. Joann Wright says:

    I can totally relate!!

  288. I am a teacher and I have been wrestling with the challenges that come along with being a teacher right now. We have new standards, new training and to top it off, students who cannot behave, are very disrespectful and parents who believe that their children are not at fault and everything is my fault. I recently just had my second child and am truly struggling with being at school with kids who do not appreciate anything I do while sending my precious daughters off to day care and having to see them clingy in the mornings when I have to leave. I have really been praying about if it is time for me to step away from the classroom or if I need to stick it out in the public schools.

  289. Madi West says:

    Your message is so timely, and so encouraging! I’ve been pondering this for some time now, trying to figure out where I am heading but feeling so stuck. Circumstances haven’t helped, but God has always been there. I simply feel stuck. People from the outside don’t see it, but I do. My kids are almost grown and I need to figure out something more for me. I’ve been in hibernation/isolation (again, circumstances-grieving my mom, illness, take your pick of excuses). Winter isn’t always bad, for then comes the spring. There was a time I was so directed, I knew who I was and was so filled up I could give and give and give. I’m not there now. I feel like a limp sail blowing in whatever direction the wind decides to take me. I know opportunities are all out there and my choices are many. God has his plan. I want to do His will. But I don’t feel it. The daily plod can be hard right now, granted with some bright spots. I want more.

  290. LeRyiah says:

    What got in my way? Self doubt…fear…life circumstances. I’ve had some big dreams that I feel the Lord has been preparing me for but when it comes time for me to show up and take that step or leap of faith, I find my feet firmly planted in place, instead of following freely to where the Lord is trying to take me. Over the last five years I have found that I can “talk” a big game but when it comes to showing up, suiting up and being ready to play, I allow doubt and fear to paralyze not only my heart and mind but my body. Instead of allowing the Lord to lead me, I grab for the reigns and I try to follow the path that he has set out for me, but I try to control it and do it on my own. When the path requires submission and complete faith, I self sabotage. Instead of pursuing progress, I often strive for that “perfection,” that in reality no one can achieve except for Jesus. Instead of just doing the next “right thing,” I think I have to have it all figured out from start to finish and every detail in between. I want Jesus to be the Lord of my life in every way but each day I try to do the job that only HE is equipped to do. My humanness, my sin, my self doubt will trip me up and steer me of course every SINGLE time…BUT, I know if I allow the Holy Spirit to fill me, lead me and equip me, I will take that FIRST STEP toward fulfilling what God has already prepared for me and my life before the creation of this world. Here is to taking that first step…doing that next “right” thing and striving for progress, not perfection and to allowing God to be God and humbling myself into submission to Him and His plan for my life.

  291. Rachel Saunders says:

    I was just contemplating this yesterday. Quitting on dreams not out of frustration but inadvertently, because life got in the way. God’s Word and your wisdom are an encouragement. Thank you!

  292. sara sarno says:

    I would love a copy!

  293. Thank you for this! I too have quit many things…what I’m now listening for is God’s direction on what to let go of and what to pick back up again. How do you listen for God’s direction on such things?

  294. Whitney Tarkington says:

    I am not a quitter and would love a copy of this book!

  295. I needed to hear this today! I had stopped attending my church for a few months as my son has Aspergers and high anxiety. He sits with me in church because the Sunday school class is so over stimulating for him. Every Sunday is a fight to go to church and I was tired of it! I missed church, but just felt like I was drained by the time we got there. God is reassuring me I can get back to church and he’ll help us. I pray my son will be able to tolerate the environment better and the anxiety will decrease for both of us!

  296. Julia Geiger says:

    So need this right now. Struggling in my life with being committed to my weight loss plan, do great then stop, so tired of this. My commitment to God and to myself and to my family to start caring about my health is so important to me. Looking forward to this study.

  297. Lynn Ford says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Quiting can be so easy in such a crazy world. I believe this book will be a helpful resource when feeling like giving up!

  298. Rachel R. says:

    Praying this is true for relationships as well. Learning to trust His plan in the face of painful heartbreak. Can’t wait to read the book!

  299. Nichole Sullivan says:

    Wow what an amazing devotion today! I too feel like I quit at anything the becomes hard! From going on a missions trip, moving, being a stay-at-home mom, the list goes on and on! Most of this all stems from FEAR!! But I need to remember this verse. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lords purpose the prevails.” What a verse I need to hold in my heart! Thank you for your devotion today and I can not wait to read your new book! Congratulations!!

  300. My challenges now to know when to be discerning and when to be pursuing. Thanks for helping me to bring this to God.

  301. I feel like quitting. Rejection and working to hard to accomplish my dream. Sometimes it’s just to hard to stay on course. Doubting myself if it’s my will or if the father put it there. I know sometimes my vision is not how he wants to preform it through me. Letting go of my vision or unmet expectations. Pam

  302. I was raised to not be a quitter. However, since my husband passed at 37 yo and I was left with four small children I have found it hard to stick to or complete anything. Would love to know what those 5 habits are and how to overcome not following through on so many things!

  303. To become debt free to enable to support more of God’s work.

  304. Anne Lewis says:

    I can so relate to this post and book. So many things I put off and don’t finish due to time, etc. I would love to read this book!

  305. Liz Feldman says:

    I’m a notorious quitter. I hardly even think about it anymore! This book would definitely shine light on a hard place in my soul.

  306. Trying to lose a substantial amount of weight for the umpteenth time! Reading Made to Crave during this process–This devotional today hit home! I will not be a quitter!!

  307. ConnieH says:

    Nicki, have you been reading my journal? ? Looking forward to this next study and reading 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit. Congrats on your book launch!

  308. Kathy frentress says:

    Thank you for sharing God’s word! It hit me right where it needed to.

  309. Theresa says:

    There are some issues in my family life I have been praying about for years and nothing is changing, doing my best to trust in Gods timing and purpose. Would love to read this and hopefully get some encouragement and insight as I wait……
    Congrats Nicki on your book, I look forward to reading it and studying it!

  310. Starliene says:

    For the last 3 and a half years I have been raising 2 grandkids who are now 8 and 9. It’s been so tough, especially last year. My grandson has behavior problems and was violent towards me, had to be restrained at times, I’ve been hit, punched, kicked, you name it. I have wanted so many times to quit, can’t do this, cried, and prayed for help and guidance…I am sure this book will help me have a different perspective.

  311. I can so relate to this subject. I’ve spent my life struggling just to raise my family and survive sometimes working two jobs. There was rarely time or money ” to keep going”. Now, at nearly 63 years old I’m hoping to “finish” a lot of the things God put in my heart to do. Thanks for the encouragement and the knowledge that I’m not alone in this.

  312. Tammy B. says:

    Such a timely piece of encouragement to read this morning. And I love your 5 minutes and $5–Applies to everything!!!

  313. Being a single mom it would be easier to quit and throw int he towel when your kids make choices you dont agree with or life just doesnt turn out the way you saw it going…. My girls now 22 and 17 along with a 4 year old granddaughter are so much more than I ever expected.. So glad I didnt give up. Would love to read this book for continued encouragement.

  314. I’m not going to be a quitter!

  315. Felicia says:

    Ah this is so me , I start a million things and I always tend to leave them because it’s too hard, I am too scared and a lot of other excuses …

  316. I would love this book!!

  317. Wow! This was sooo on time. God couldn’t have spoken more clearly to me if He’d used Bose speakers with surround sound!

  318. Anne Johansson says:

    Just what I needed to hear today. Thank you!

  319. Lynette Hughes says:

    Lord, thank you for this reminder. You are my God & my Lord. You have had perfect plans for my life since before Creation. I fail to see Your plans because I allow the things of this world to obscure my vision. Please help me to fix my eyes & thoughts on You today. I desire to be used for your perfect purposes in my life.
    In Jesus Name,

  320. Thank you spook much for this Word this morning. This was right on time. I had my first baby May 2,2001, graduated May 18,2001. I felt that if I could do this, then I could do anything. I went on to college that August and it was going great that October we found that he had Nueroblastoma of the abdomen. The hardest time of my life. God showed Himself strong and my son is still here healthy as ever but for me from that moment everything I started became stagnant as if fear struck me. Today our Father used you to allow me to know that our lives did not stop there, it had only just begun. Thank you and thank you!!!

  321. I would love a copy of your new book! Congratulations!!

  322. Ina Williams says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed it today. I just had my heart broken and was about to quit on ever finding love again. Thanks for these encouraging words.

  323. God has been speaking to me about this very thing . I have been asking Him for a new vision for this season of my life and He has been reminding me of old dreams that I have given up on or set aside. Thanks for the confirmation and encouragement to pick them up again.

  324. Stephanie evans says:

    Ouch and Amen! This REALLY hit me so close to my heart. I had felt God nudging me to get back to studying for my project management certification, getting this excess weight off and some other goals God had me write in a journal. I thought well I blew it and was so upset because I had been saying to myself, I ALWAYS start and quit. Then God used this devotional to help me see fear was a HUGE part of me quitting because I haven’t done it “perfectly.” It is like this devotional was written just for me and it was another way a loving God was giving me direction. So I am going to get back up and no quit. I am going to print this devotional so when I want to quit I am reminded not to. What an AMAZING God we serve!!!

  325. Jennifer Corbett says:

    When our tiniest efforts meet God’s supernatural grace, we begin to experience the blessing of God’s plans prevailing in our lives. – This spoke to my hear this morning! Thank you for the encouragement!

  326. Karen Smith says:

    Here lately it seems like God is reading my mind and putting what I need to hear in this site. I’ve been putting off things Til other things get done and it’s burning an aching hole into my creativity spark. I want to create like God intended me to. ThankYou for heeding his call. This was the perfect s rupture for me today. And always. God bless you

  327. This devotion resonated with me today. I would like the book

  328. Congratulations on your first book! I am sure it will be a wonderful blessing. Thank you for sharing your heart, joy, and love of Jesus with other women!

  329. Stephanie Davis says:

    This definitely struck a chord with me this morning. I’m trying, desperately, to not quit during a very difficult time in my life.

  330. Janet Cram says:

    So many what’s get in the way. Thank you for the encouragement!

  331. Barbara says:

    Immediately, I related to this, both as stalling in the midst of final preparations for a bedroom painting project 2 months ago, and in procrastinating beginning a new church crafting group ministry without having definite committed help. Both need someone to just dive into it WITH me, and now I clearly see Who that Someone is – Jesus! Although I pray a lot throughout each day, I have neglected to “bother” God about my own insecurities; thank you, Nicki, for opening my eyes and heart to what commitment will truly help!

  332. Phyllis says:

    Perfect! Will also share this with my son.

  333. linda akin says:

    What a perfect read this morning.overwhelmed with all the “the’s” in my life and I feel God comforting me through your words. Life never gets in God’s way. He will lead us through if and when we put our trust in Him. Thank you for the reminder.

  334. Thank you for today’s post!

  335. Great devotion, I needed to hear that.

  336. Pam Griffin says:

    In the midst of the unknown concerning my help, I can use this book

  337. Stephanie Evans says:

    Ouch and Amen! This REALLY hit me so close to my heart. I had felt God nudging me to get back to studying for my project management certification, getting this excess weight off and some other goals God had me write in a journal. I thought well I blew it and was so upset because I had been saying to myself, I ALWAYS start and quit. Then God used this devotional to help me see fear was a HUGE part of me quitting because I haven’t done it “perfectly.” It is like this devotional was written just for me and it was another way a loving God was giving me direction. So I am going to get back up and no quit. I am going to print this devotional so when I want to quit I am reminded not to. What an AMAZING God we serve!!!

  338. Thankyou for this, it’s very apt for where I am at the moment! I’m taking advantage of a bit of time with the Lord, after I’ve written this comment, to have the conversation about what got in the way…and what I can do about it!
    Many thanks again,

  339. I know I could benefit from this book! Would love to win a copy.

  340. I can’t wait to read this book! It is timely as I’ve put many dreams & ideas on hold, even very important ones. I need to learn to follow through & I pray about that a lot. Thank you Nicki for writing this gem 🙂

  341. Angela Parton says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you and GOD BLESS

  342. linda akin says:

    I had said a whole litany of things about how it was a meant to be read for me and as things go it poofed and vanished. What a blessing and reminder this read was for me. God has a plan and His plan will always come through.

  343. Lori Carmichael says:

    Thank for this wonderful devotional,God knew I needed it today.

  344. Cindy Barnes says:

    I would love a copy of the book! I gave up on myself! For years I knew I needed counseling for the hurt, anger, bitterness that has grown in me. Fear kept me from seeking the help, but now only through the grace of God he is giving me the strength to reach out for help I so desperately need! God is awesome!

  345. Shannon says:

    I feel like God has called me to start a blog and write. I have procrastinated for months now to even get it off the ground. I am a member of COMPEL but have barely even begun to utilize it. I’m great at jumping into things but then the motivation wanes. Sometimes I can’t even think straight to even sit down to write. I would love to figure out how to overcome this stagnant area in my life.

  346. Emily H says:

    This looks like a great book! Loved the devo this morning 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  347. Laurie vanloo says:

    Waiting on results of a breast biopsy, even this past 24 hours has helped me to see where some of my habits indeed are in need of an overhaul if you will!

  348. You know that moment when you read something you know is exactly from God? This was one of those moments for me. I gave up my dream of getting my degree in Spanish 15 years ago because I got married, had kids, moved to a very non-latin area and thought it to be obsolete. I wanted to use it for missions, for His glory and I gave up on it. Convinced myself it was not my path. In the last month, the Lord took me on a trip to Colombia and reignited all of that in me. He’s brought me back full circle to what I believe was always HIs plan for me. So, now I am in the process of beginning to go back to school for this and to get more involved with missions even if I can’t go every time. So, while I have nay-sayers out there, I know without a doubt He’s put me on this path and and I am not saying no this time. I can’t wait to see what He wants to do with it. Your writing today was just one more drop of confirmation. I feel like I could have written these words myself.

  349. Dee Dawson says:

    I think what got in my way was ME!! Never feeling worthy, never feeling smart, never feeling pretty, never feeling wanted, never feeling ENOUGH!! For anybody!! Let alone God, but slowly I am starting to see myself through His eyes. Maybe when all is said and done, I will see that I am enough. Until then, I am taking a long look at what I quit, mainly taking care of me, and making some much needed changes there. Then I will explore other parts of my life that I have quit things in. But I have to be healthy first, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

  350. I could use this book! Just a little bit has already changed the way I feel.

  351. Fredda Brown-Kemp says:

    Never, ever, give up!

  352. This sounds amazing………..I feel I have failed at several areas in my life and I know God has more for me. This is such a refreshing reminder of God’s plan……….for me………….and you.

  353. Laurie B. says:

    This devotion totally described me. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

  354. Great mini Devi! Gets you thinking! Thanks!

  355. As a young woman, with so much things God wants to do in my life, I need to not quit and believe that God has an amazing purpose in my life.

  356. Danielle Perrotta says:

    This devotional spoke directly to my heart. I’ve taken a long break after having my son — putting he and my husband’s needs before my own — and felt an overwhelming wave of doubt & unworthiness creeping in at the thought of finishing school. The desire to seek near perfection is paralyzing. Thank you Jesus for unveiling your desire for me and loving my every imperfection. Thank you for surrounding me with a church family that reminds me how I worthy I am as a child of the most high. My walk to obedience is ever humbling.

  357. Melissa says:

    This devotion really hit home this morning. My career is constantly taking twist and turns and can be somewhat discouraging at times. Today I am once again reminded of God’s grace and encouraged to keep going even in the tough times.

  358. His plan is the word for me today as it’s the second time this morning I’m being reminded of it. Earlier I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:11 “for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord….” Thank you Lord for Your plan for me.

  359. So exciting to be a first time author! Looking forward to reading your book and wishing many more books in the future for you.

  360. Michelle says:

    One thing I know is I quit was trusting God in area in my life and that is relationship. I can trust God in everything else but find the right guy for me. I thought I found him and got my heart broken all the time God has being telling not the right time. I have tired to get him back in my own way leaving God out of it. But I know I need to let go and let God work it out and I do for a day quit on God trust till I realize if I don’t fully trust in in everything in my life

  361. This book would be a great eye opener to things I’ve thought about doing but never pursued or started and didn’t finish. Thanks!

  362. Cammi Hevener says:

    I would share this with my mom who is battling cancer and is always tempted to give up..

  363. Beth Thomas says:

    This has been an area I struggle with for years. Never feeling confident, relying on my strength and skills, not God’s. Need to remember that He is the one who equips us to do the work He has planned for us. But it’s so hard, especially when there are so many good things in life! Sometimes hard to know when to quit something and focus on something else, because it all seems worthwhile!

  364. Kimberly Richards says:

    This sounds like an amazing book. Sometimes I quit before I even get started. I talk myself right out of the idea.

  365. Life in general can get in my way. There are a lot of distractions. God brings you back to be first in your life and to spend time with Him through prayer and reading the Bible and letting His words saturate your heart and soul.

  366. This verse is a foundation verse for me. I have such a bent towards running in so many directions that I don’t even wait long enough to see if I’m going in the direction God is pointing to. Then I feel like I’m spinning my wheels which eventually leads me to quit. I need to make it a habit to seek God’s direction for my life and then to persevere. GREAT book!!

  367. Darlene says:

    This devotion really hit home this morning. I have been struggling with quitting things for years. Nursing has been my passion since high school but I became scared of the challenge…. I would start school then I’d stop. But the last two years I’ve been ALL in! I thank God becaus I can tell this is ALL Him! There have been times when I wanted to quit, but God shows up and I’m quickly reminded of His goodness in my life!

  368. Mary Davidson says:

    Hi, Today’s devotional really “hit home”. I am 63 years old tomorrow and I decided two years ago I wanted to take the Real Estate course. I’ve wanted to sell real estate most of my life and never really found the time or money to take the course. In Canada, where I am, it is quite lengthy and involved. I am over half way through and in fact am licenced and have sold 4 houses. However, I still have three courses to complete in my articling segment (2 years). I am having trouble staying on top of it because it is difficult and time consuming. I don’t want to be a quitter. I work full time, am a wife, mother, grandma of 6 beautiful grandchildren. I feel this book would be great for me. Thanks for the encouraging words today! It helps that I am not alone in this……….
    Thank you and God bless. Mary Davidson

  369. This devotional spoke to me today. God has given me the gift of Empathy and Encouragement an. I want to use it to help other people who are affected with Cancer whether they are a survivor or lost someone to cancer.I lost 5 members of my family including my husband.

  370. Karen Walker says:

    I really enjoy the OBS Bible Studys with Nicki and Melissa
    It’s exciting that Nicki you have written a book that will be the next bible study.
    Like everyone else I too have things I have started but never finished.
    My prayer today is that the Lord will lead me to finish what needs to be completed to glorify him!!!

  371. Sheri Y says:

    This is exactly what I needed to read this morning during my devotion time and it really spoke to my heart. Thank you for sharing yours.

  372. Thank you for the encouragement that I so deeply needed. God is good and he is in control. Bless you and all who read this today and may we all pick up where we left off.

  373. Galatians 6:9 is one of my absolute favorite verses! I have such a tough time not throwing in the towel when my dreams and goals get tough! Staying in the word and constantly looking for God’s guidance, reassurance, and promises keep me going!

  374. Really enjoyed the devotion as I felt like it was coming from my heart, while also giving me a new positive perspective. I often find myself questioning my choices & abilities due to limited self-confidence. I am hoping to go back and finish some things I didn’t earlier…if I can find the money & time…it might not dramatically change my life or career; but I will have self-fulfillment & use it all for the Glory of God.

  375. Rosemary Hauff says:

    In addition to Galations 6:9 I feel Philippines 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”are powerful words that enable us to açcomplish anything that God wants us to do.

  376. Kathy tipton says:

    Sounds like this book may be written for me! I would love to read it.

  377. Would love to have a copy. Need this encouragement right now!

  378. Teresa Eades says:

    Yes I have quit things many times and I can’t really say why. Maybe because of feeling defeat or something. But I know that Jesus is here with me and He can get me back where I need to be. I would love to win this book!!
    Thank you!

  379. This really spoke to me this morning when I read the post! I am a go getter in some areas, but find myself a quitter or a drifter in so many more areas – and the older I get, the worse it is becoming. I’m not sure why….and would love to find out the possibility of why by winning this book! Thanks for the chance to enter!

  380. Love this post, definitely got me praying & thinking about what’s next. Would love a copy of the book!

  381. Ann Pace says:

    Thank.you for this reminder. After a season of children and homescholling, I am returning to some quiet time in the morning versus late at night. It hasn’t been easy, we are still homeschooling (2 high schoolers and a 1st grader), but I have felt God callin g me back to this for some time. Thanks for the reminder not to be a quitter! Your book sounds wonderful!

  382. Dorothy L.Palmer says:

    I have started so many things.That they are to many to count!I get close to the finished line but was fearful of finishing! I have a hard time with saying I was a winner! But deep inside of me I know that with God’s help I’m a winner! Thank you,Nickie for showing us how to come out a winner!

  383. Michelle says:

    For the past couple of years it seems like I haven’t been able to finish anything I start. From my devos, attempts to return to school, exercise, to reading books, I can’t finish any of it. I am excited for the release of this book to help me grow in this area of my life.

  384. Would love to win a copy of this book to read and share with other ladies 🙂

  385. Cynthia Daniel says:

    Thank you Nikki for the message today. It really hit me in my gut because I know that God has purposed me to teach and I have given up on doing so because I thought learning and growing was not what the women wanted to hear or focus on. It has been revealed through your message that God is not through with this class and I have to go back. I would love to have a copy of the book to present to our Christian Ed department to use as our next book. Thank you again for the reminder!!!

  386. Cynthia Daniel says:

    Thank you Nikki for the message today. It really hit me in my gut because I know that God has purposed me to teach and I have given up on doing so because I thought learning and growing was not what the women wanted to hear or focus on. It has been revealed through your message that God is not through with this class and I have to go back. I would love to have a copy of the book to present to our Christian Ed department to use as our next book. Thank you again for the reminder!!!

  387. I am so guilty of starting projects that I don’t finish. I trust in God’s plan for me and pray the Jesus open my eyes, so that I may see His glorious plan for my life.

  388. Have I ever quit on anything?? Oh yes. The reason, doubt, unbelief, lack of confidence. There are still things I would like to complete that just haven’t gotten finished. I know I need to trust–fully. Stop believing Satan’s lies and know that God has my best interest and His plan in every situation. Would love to win a copy and get that motivation back. Thank you

  389. I feel like this book, this devotion, this message….are just for me…thank you, Nicki!

  390. June Valiquet says:

    I can so relate to what you have said. I am 66 and have so many crafts that are unfinished. I too think I can do something quickly and for less money. But things get in the way or it is much harder than I thought and I get frustrated and quit. I have a creative mind and think of all the projects I want to get done but run out of time and energy. The older I get the less energy I have. I am currently learning watercolor. It is a lot to learn and does take commitment. I love color and nature which does show God’s creativity. And of course I have lots of pictures I want to paint especially the sunrises and sunsets which gives me a spiritual lift.

  391. I truly needed this word of encouragement this morning! I have felt weary of a few things that I use to have a great passion and purpose in. Struggling with past hurts that cloud my now. Plz pray for my healing and overcoming spirit to return!

  392. Julie Sheffield says:

    Yes, I’ve started and quit many things–many good things!

  393. Angie Hill says:

    WOW!!…God’s timing is amazing!!!…I’m definitely going to read this book…It’s awesome you are giving it away!! Would Love to win it!!…but still getting it even if I don’t! 🙂

  394. Makita Booker says:

    This Devotion was right on time. I was just sharing with my pastor some dreams that I have that i had put down and now feel that it’s time to pick them back up. Everything you wrote felt like i was writing it. Thanks for the encouragement and would Love a copy of the Book.

  395. As always His words are sent at His perfect timing

  396. One of those wow moments. Just journaled earlier how I “quit” God this past summer. I even voiced it aloud, middle of the night when my baby wouldn’t sleep. My husband roused and I said, “I quit!” He wondered exactly what I meant but I knew what lie at the center of my heart. A few weeks later, I dared to say, “I don’t believe…” Realization is I quit God in July/August and “ran” the opposite direction for a good four months before I felt a turning inside. I’m ashamed to say it was lack of sleep that tripped me up and the truth is, it caused me to doubt Him. But He spoke tenderly and wooed me… and now, I’m picking up where I left off. I’m beginning anew what God purposed for me to do so long ago. Thanks so much for this devotion. I’m printing it for my journal now. So good. God speaks loudly!

  397. nancy garner says:

    Thank you for these words of wisdom. Exactly what I needed to hear today.

  398. Beth scarbrough says:

    I hate to admit it but yes I too am a QUITTER! OUCH I said it! I never really finish anything I just move on one on and on….thanks for today’s devotion definitely want this book free would be great but I’m gonna read it just hope I finish it and don’t quit reading for
    . ..lol!!!!

  399. Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to start this book and study! I, too, am often over zealous and can always use a good perspective on pacing myself .

  400. I don’t want to be a quitter.

  401. Monique says:

    My husband tells me all the time that I can do anything I want in this life. However I lack perseverance and trust in my God given abilities and always end up giving up. I’m so tired of living this way. I am ready to unlock my full potential and confidence in Christ.

  402. I keep hearing amazing things about this book. I just became a mom of two and I know there will be times when I feel like I can’t do it anymore. That verse is one of my favorites because it reminds me to stop thinking about MY plans because HIS plans are much better! I hope I win the book!

  403. I forgot that God’s plan and timing are always better than mine!

  404. Today’s devotion was very convicting. I tend to be a perfectionist and will quit if I don’t see the results I want. It’s really something I want to change. I’m really looking forward to this Bible study.

  405. Catherine Lozano says:

    Oh, when I think of all the things I’ve quit!! I gave away two large boxes of unfinished quilt tops and other crafts about 12 years ago because a new move left me with too little storage space. I’m in my third marriage, which I struggle each day to continue fighting for. Even though I did finish architecture school three years ago (magma cum laude at age 55 ?), and have plenty of opportunity for employment, I find myself holding back for some reason. I suffer from depression and very often feel like nothing I do is enough. The devotional today has helped me to stop feeling guilty and defeated, and given me hope to keep going. Our Father knows what we need to hear, when we need to hear it. He is awesome!

  406. DeeDee Brinkman says:

    This is exactly what I needed today. I am a quitter when I feel discouraged or I receive negative feedback from people on projects or ideas I have. Unfortunately, I have to constantly fight myself on being a people pleaser and it distracts me from what God has in mind for me. Thank you for this today 🙂

  407. Dana Isom says:

    So many things got in the way; for me it was divorce, being a single parent, and trying to make sure my kids live in a safe surrounding. I find myself putting my life on hold. I have no regrets because I try to honor God in every area of my life. I seek Him first and I am grateful for how far He has carried me. The word of God says “humble yourself under the mighty hands of God and He will exalt you in due time”. Gods promises are real to me. I am thankful that Jesus is in control of my life…. I surender it to Him daily. Thank you for the article.

  408. Cassandra says:

    This reminded me of me. I am very prone to get very involved in projects and then suddenly back out. I wonder what gets in the way.

  409. Pat Self says:

    Help me with my Procrastinations!

  410. Barbara says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I have been praying for guidance in my life a lot lately. This book and bible study have come at a great time.

  411. Edna Waller says:

    I would so much like to have a free copy of this book. Your devotion today explains me well. I go buy all the things needed to start a project but something always seems to get in the way or take my time and I just store them and then another brainstorm, another purchase, stored away again and the list goes on. I need the book to show me how God can help and I want feel like a failure.

    Thanks for letting me participate.
    Edna Waller

  412. This devotion hit me square in the face/heart today. There has been a side business that I have been comtemplating giving up on (quitting)…no I’m wondering if that’s the right thing to do. Taking it to God again today.

  413. Thank you for your message today. I have many projects I’ve quit, from my sons baby blanket( he is now 42) to piano lessons etc.

  414. Raven Gates says:

    This devotional is perfect timing for me. I’ve been praying about quitting my church because it’s just not speaking to me. i loved this line: “All these years I’ve been asking God for “a new this” and “a new that” and it was as if He revealed to me I couldn’t get there until He found me faithful here”. I haven’t been faithful in serving the church I’m at and giving it a fair chance since moving here so maybe that’s why He hasn’t provided a new small group, a new church community I am comfortable with, new girlfriends to do life with in the church. I’m busy praying for new, new, new instead of the now, now, now.

  415. Congratulations on your first book! Thank you for this timely devotion. It really hit home and has encouraged me to try again!

  416. This book speaks to my heart!

  417. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for this today! I’ve always felt like a quitter and now that I have littles it’s even harder to accomplish anything. This was a refreshing read.

  418. Tanya M says:

    Loved the devotion and would like chance to get the book.

  419. Shana Goff says:

    Your recent blog post ‘What Got in Your Way?’ hit home! You spoke my language in knowing there is atleast one project I know is divinely from Him, but as you said ‘life’ has just gotten in the way day after day. Marriage, kids, work, etc… Thank you for gently stirring the passions back up to start dusting off the dream! Am looking forward to reading your book and doing the next study!

  420. I was a quitter!!

    I quit sticking up for myself, I quit sharing my ideas, I quit being a trouble maker and started going with the flow. WOW that is a sad reality!! I felt as though in my work life my voice was feeble, and often wrong. I felt that to speak up I was quickly hushed or redirected to fall in the line of those around me to keep the peace and move on. The reality being majority rule one opinion changes nothing…..THAT MY FRIENDS IS A LIE!!!! and I will not stand for it my voice is strong and worth being listened to my 1 opinion matters and I will use the voice and heart God has given me to speak up for those that can not speak for themselves!! I quit being a quitter!!!

  421. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, it is really good to know that someone else feels the same way. I could really use this study. Sometimes I feel like such a failure that I don’t even want to get out of bed. I really took these words to heart today. Thank you, thank you…

  422. what has gotten in the way is myself but I thank and praise God for the grace and mercy to pick it back up again it is writing

  423. Jennifer says:

    Looking forward to your book. I think it will be just what many women need to inspire them. Your recent blog post “What got in your way” really hit home for me as a military wife and Mom.

  424. I often quit when things get hard, thank you for this.

  425. Suzanne says:

    Thank YOU for your beautiful and uplifting devotional! It’s truly hard for me to follow through on some things and I sometimes feel I am not worth it even though I know I am in God’s eyes…but insecurities get in the way. Being human is hard but that’s what makes the journey all the more fun! Little leaps of faith and confidence found along the way can open many doors of possibilities when Christ leads!

  426. Marissa says:

    This was a great reminder for me today. It added to what I have been learning through study. I’m in a stage right now where everything in life is changing so you bet I have a lot of ideas and options! I’m patiently waiting to see where God leads because I know His will does prevail!! But I also need to find what’s getting in my way of certain things. This was perfect, thank you for the thoughts!

  427. I need this book! Thank you for your words I so relate.

  428. Allison says:

    I will not give up on finding a career that I am passionate about. Until I get to that place, I will serve the Lord by loving those in my current workplace. Thank you for reminding me of God’s promises and truths in Proverbs and Galatians!

  429. maria swann says:

    I NEEDED this devotion this morning! I LITERALLY was talking to my husband last night while I was washing my face about how I don’t finish ANYTHING! “I’m too tired, babe.” That’s always my answer to why I don’t keep something going. Started teaching my 4 year old a Bible verses every week…..then I was ‘too tired’ to continue. Started school and then…..I was ‘too tired’ to continue. Started working out and…you already know I quit because I was ‘too tired’ to get up. It’s so many more things on the list. I REALLY needed to see this devotional to give me courage and insight on how I can start what I’ve finished. Thank you for this open and honest article!

  430. Denise Hayes says:

    Thank you for the reminder to never give up on things that God has purposed in my heart, but I had lost the commitment to accomplish them.

    Have a blessed day!

  431. Maranda L says:

    It’s as if you wrote this directly to me! Too often I allow life to get in the way of my passion and my calling. I am trying to find my mission again.

  432. Jill Jenkins says:

    I am so thankful that I participated in the online Bible study, Becoming More than a Bible Study Girl. I really felt that God spoke to me daily through my time of devotion with you. Thanks so much, Proverbs 31, for providing such wonderful opportunities. Please keep them coming!

  433. Often I get in my own way… Following the desires of my heart (which can be deceitful w/ worldly passions) rather than reflecting on God’s more eternal plans that are placed before me. I find I must quit what I forced into my life, by banging on and crashing down shut doors, rather than easily walking through the open doors he sets before me. And while I may often want to quit His plans, it’s mostly b/c I’m trying to do it on my own rather than asking for and relying on his help and strength which makes it possible.

  434. Sounds like my life. So many times, I make plans and start something but never finish. Would love to read to book.

  435. alicia newburn says:

    Nicki Koziarz, God bless you, your a beautiful women inside and out. Thanks for blog I so needed to hear this. 4 words bring to mind after I read this God is in control. What more do we need?

  436. Today’s devotion was just what I needed to read! I need to remember nothing is impossible if God is in it!!

  437. Kristin Faure says:

    I have passions in my heart that others felt too much of my time. I feel God calling me back to them.

  438. The response to my prayers seemed to be to wait on the lord. Wretched human that I am, I got tired of waiting and just gave up all hope. This devotion fanned the last dieing embers of hope in me and I’ve resolved to not completely give up and to keep on waiting on the Lord. The one who promised is faithful. Period.

  439. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for the message today. I had a serious accident in January and have been laid up since. It’s been very hard to keep my mind from drowning in self pity since I have so much time to think. I like the idea that the Lord hasn’t finished with me even though I feel finished… That there is a purpose his plans (including this one), even when I can’t do much for myself and/or get anything done. Thanks

  440. Thank you Nicki for today’s devotion. It really hit home and also a lot of the comments from the others explain my life. I have some great ideas, but I let everyone else take priority in my life… my husband, kids and grandkids. I need to start seeking my direction from God and pursuing what HE wants from me, from start to finish…

  441. I hope to win the book! 🙂 I thank you for this post. I have been the biggest quitter of all time. Sometimes I even quit in my heart but still go through the motions so to please people. How yucky. Because of this reminder, I have resolved in my heart to do this thing because I do believe it is a peace of Gods plan and purpose. I will prepare in every way that I can and do my best to pass the test. Thank you!!!

  442. Todays daily devotion is applicable to many aspects of my life…..spiritual as well as physical.

  443. Thank you for your message of hope. God doesn’t quit on us or on His purpose for us. Sigh of relief.

  444. I needed the reminder that God’s purpose will prevail. Lord show me the things that have gotten in the way and how to move them out of the way with your help.

  445. Thank you so much for this message. As a single parent and full-time teacher, I have found that time just does not permit to getting all things done or exhaustion wins out. I would love to read the book about 5 habits of Women that Don’t Quit. It is time to reclaim ME!

  446. Kathi Tanzillo says:

    As I was reading this I was reminded of how thoughts would come to me that would make great devotions, but I have never put them on paper. Some of the those things were coming to my remembrance as I read reflect and respond’. Thank you so much for this thought provoking devotion! I am not a quitter!

  447. Olivia C says:

    I would love to win this book. I have many little ones at home and lots of good plans, but somehow most plans don’t get accomplished.

  448. Kaiser Moffat says:

    I need this book because my life has gone horribly offcourse and I am terribly unhappy. I neeed to get reconnected with the Lord’s purpose for my life. Please help me to do so.

  449. Debbie Kelley says:

    Your devotion this morning was one I needed to hear. Actually…. I have needed to hear this message again and again lately as God keeps bringing it up over and over. I have to just laugh because when God has a purpose for your life. He never gives up on you! I sing praises to Him in gratitude for that. I so love my God who loves me enough to never give up on me but remind me to continue to move toward what he has already given me to do. Because I really want to be trusted with more! The thing that gets in my way is stubborn pride and control. Those ugly things take the lead In the “I WILL SHOW YOU” humanness of my being …you not being God but ppl who tend to lets say….miss direct me with there words and I wonder off to do things MY way once again. I find myself apologizing and grieving that I have once again quit what God gave me to do because that pride got in the way again. Wisdom in this is….It is not about me and the person or thing he ask me to serve or do……Its only about me and Jesus. I need to solely focus my eyes and ears on Him and what He alone says about me!!!!!! He alone is who I really serve. That is not always an easy thing to do…but I know Him and am thankful I am His sheep and I know His voice ….even when It comes through a devotion that ends up in my email on the very day I needed a REDIRECTION. Thank you!!!!

  450. Janet L. says:

    I would love this book. A few years ago I started to follow my passion, but the bills got in the way. I went back to work in a field that I am not nearly as passionate about, but I knew financially was more stable.

  451. Thank you for this message – it was right on target for what I am going through right now. I’ve been having a terrible time at work lately and praying for God to lead me elsewhere. I’ve never thought of looking at it from the perspective of ‘what did I quit that God didn’t want me too’?

  452. Congrats on the book! I can’t wait for the study. I feel you wrote this just for me. I need to finish what I start. I am like you have many ideas and get started or quit before I even get going. Why?? This drives me crazy. Praying the book gives me direction which I know it will. Thank you and God Bless you and your family.

  453. What a fabulous reminder today that God isn’t finished with me. Just got to work after a rough morning with my ten year old son. We are struggling with him on some school issues and some days I just feel like I can’t connect with him and don’t know how to make progress. This devotional was the reminder that God probably feels like that about me sometimes but he never gives us on me.

  454. Love this motivation!

  455. I love the idea of redrawing quitting. I didn’t quit, because I can always go back and finish! I can always eat healthy and excercise, I can always sign up for the class. I just have to be open to God moving.

  456. Judy Brown says:

    Good morning! I have not quit either, but something got in the way of the vision. It has caused me to deny the vision and set my sites on another course. However, I still see the vision before me, but there is not a time line. I must listen to God’s direction or path that he has for me – Jeremiah 29:11, for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. So, I set my site on the Father and listen for His directions.

  457. Jennifer says:

    I gave up…I hate to say…on God. There was a time I was very devoted to Him. I read His word daily. Prayed daily. Tithed. Then came a time I desperately needed Him to answer a desperate prayer, but He didn’t. I prayed expectedly. I just knew He would answer my prayer. The unanswered prayer led to a HUGE fight with my husband. I was so angry at God for allowing it to happen. I slipped back into a pattern of not spending time in His word daily. Unfortunately, it changed me. I needed Him to prevent a bad situation to happen in my marriage, but He didn’t. I hate to admit, but I still have doubts when I go to the Lord in prayer. I have another HUGE situation that I need His help with, but I’m so afraid He won’t come through again. Please lift me up in this unspoken prayer. Thank you!

  458. I am determined not to give up on writing! Even if not many people ever read my writing I trust that God called me to it even if it only helps one person.

  459. What a breath of fresh air this devotion was to me this morning. I am not a quitter – God’s plans for me will prevail. I just need to let go and let God!

  460. Yes! I feel like I’m smothered by life and quit everything that I used to do that made me happy when I was younger. I need to recharge and refocus and be a doer again.

  461. Kelly Symons says:

    Yes, this is totally me! My other problem is I don’t know what God’s plans are for me so giving up has become the easy choice for me. I have to start praying more to find out what exactly I’m supposed to do in my life, because this feeling unsure and lost stinks..

  462. It’s hard when life gets in the way to refocus and figure out did it get in the way or did we give up. A new perspective sounds like a good idea.

  463. Thank you, I needed to hear this today! 🙂

  464. I am so looking forward to reading this book and pray that it helps me sort out some details of my life. It is so difficult for me to hear God’voice at times amongst the chaos in my mind. It is hard to know what he has intended for me and which is my own free will communicating louder. May he guide all those who hear his voice and those who can’t may your book allow them to hear him more clearly.

  465. I could really use this book.

  466. Thank you! Sometimes we just need that reminder, or a verse like today’s that says no not give up!

  467. I cannot wait until this book study begins!??

  468. Carrie C says:

    I feel like I’m just starting to branch out and do things that make me happy. I’m doing more crafts, painting, reading, and I started yoga after a 20 year hiatus. I really need to get back in the Word however…I think I am losing that ever so slowly…

  469. I meant to ask for notifications and I chose the wrong line item…sorry!

  470. This was such an amazing and inspiring post! I have started dreaming again, but along the way I’ve had to learn just what you said… “He revealed to me I couldn’t get there until He found me faithful here.”

    I also love what you said about, “He meets us wherever we are in our process toward His promise. ” Sometimes we think we have to be perfect to do what we’re called to do. If I could just work on me, then I could help others. When in reality we can help others in the midst of our own struggles by being transparent.

    At the beginning of the year our church had a sermon on dream, pray and build. To dream again, despite the “thes” that have gotten in the way. To seek God and pray about His plan and your path. And to start paving the way and building towards that dream, not tomorrow, but today.

    Thank you for this post. I hope I win the book and can join in on the bible study. I WANT to be a woman who doesn’t quit!

  471. I would like to have the book.

  472. I give up on myself all the time and then feel horrible and worthless afterwards… I know God loves me no matter what but I also know that he wants more for me and I believe this study may help me find a better way.

    Thank you 🙂 and God’s blessings to you

  473. This could not have come at a better time. I renewed a vow to myself last night before bed. I vowed to take care of myself by moving my body and being mindful of what I put in to myself, body mind and soul. This is something that I have been struggling with for months. I feel the reason is because I was looking at from the wrong perspective so I would be easily discouraged. I was looking at this as a journey of weight loss rather than a journey of spiritual gain. Sure it will feel goo to fit into that old pair of jeans in the back of my closet but really this is about honoring the temple that God has provided for me.
    I woke this morning earlier than usual and eager to start the day as the new me. I spent the morning in worship and I feel strengthened for me journey back to health. Reading this was icing on the cake (which I will not be eating). A beautiful reminder that each day we are renewed and have another chance to get it right, to do better. Thank you Jesus and thank you Nicki for the reminder.

  474. Rolanda says:

    Thank you for the chance. I want to be a woman that does not quit!

  475. What a timely read! I have been having conversations in mind about all the things I have hidden in my heart and those things that I started and stopped I have come into terms that I’m stopping myself. It’s so comforting to know that even when I get in my own way and stop progress on things I know God has called me to do that HIS plan is what prevails. Thank you Jesus for your plan and for your grace!

  476. Katie Williams says:

    I would love this book so much. xoxo

  477. I just read your post and i could relate to it right now in my life. I just experienced losing my mother.She led a full life to the age of 94.
    I got to spend the last 5 years with her after moving her to a care facility that was in our community . I tried to spend every day with her(and night to tuck her in bed) and wouldn’t have changed anything!
    I could relate to you about little projects that I always tried to do for the care facility where mom lived . I decorated her room and their main dining area and always tried to start and finish projects.
    Now I am trying to reach out to God to help me continue doing those projects for them even though my mother is no longer there to see them. I enjoyed the residents and felt that they were also my family! Yet I need the strength from within to help me restart my life again because I miss the joy I had seen on the faces of the residents.
    Thank you agi. For your touching post.
    I am going to

  478. Becky Hanna says:

    This book would be a wonderful blessing at this time in my life, really having a difficult time letting things go that I have started and worried about letting other down.

  479. This book and study sound like exactly what I need to motivate and move forward, finally!

  480. All through my life I have dreamed so big to do so many things to make a difference. And each time I’ve pushed myself aside to cater to and be passive to people who I’ve shared my dreams with. Now I’m on a hard path back to who God created me to be and be a great example for my daughter. It was nice to read this today. It was refreshing and knowing God has his purpose still for me and that I need to find ways to stay on this path and not let others take that away from me.

  481. God bless you for blazing this trail, and for allowing him to use you so. This truly blessed me today, and from what I can tell many others as well. I am in a transitional place, walking through a door where only faith can lead you, and reading your message was encouraging, I was directed to the comments area because of the information about your book, but when I got here, and I scrolled through the list of comments, that too was reassurance for me. Thank you for yielding to be used as a blessing. Have a great day!

  482. Kendra Tucker says:

    This blog is perfect timing. I went through a brief season recently of feeling lost. I had a “Come to Jesus” moment (literally) at my church’s quarterly Inspire night a few weeks ago. This caused me to give notice at my full time job (with great benefits) and decide to go back to school. My passion and heart is for teenagers. Specifically high school age. So I have decided to work towards becoming a high school counselor. I am a single mom, so this is very scary financially. But I believe God will provide. He is going to open doors for me and make this possible. I know this journey will not come without sacrifice, and I know the enemy is going to try to discourage me. But my GOD is greater, and with HIM all things are possible!! Thank you for posting this. I had a rough start this morning, and this was just what I needed to get re-focused and re-inspired! God is GOOD!

  483. Jennifer says:

    I’m am very excited to read your book. I often let the “the’s” stop me from what I want to do. I love that God’s plans for my life are way bigger and stronger than my quitting.

  484. Erin Kostun says:

    Love this! I can totally relate. Thanks for sharing this today!

  485. Kristi Dennis says:

    This sounds like a book that I can relate to. I hope I can win one.

  486. Jessica says:

    Part of me feels like I quit many things when I became a full time mother to 2 Littles. Now another on the way. I don’t have hobbies. We serve in our church but many days I feel extremely busy but it seems nothing gets “accomplished.” I think maybe I have a perspective problem too. I’d love to read this book-if I can even find time! !

  487. This is an interesting topic, not one that we/I want to admit to. Thank you for the encouragement today.

  488. A few months back, God laid something on my heart that the wanted me to do. I got so caught up in the details and HOW I was going to do it that I ended up quitting without ever starting because it became so overwhelming. I need to revisit this with him and just listen to him one day at a time and LET HIM work out the details.

  489. Victoria Brashears says:

    Wow-God is right on time. I needed to read this today. Thank you for writing and finishing it.

  490. shelly jo says:

    I am a very ambitious person… but in thought only. in actuality, I’m a very lazy person. I let myself get in the way of all I wanna accomplish and all too often I leave no room for God to work through me.

  491. This post is speaking to me, I can’t seems to get it together. Looking forward to getting the book and joining the online study; I have started sooo many projects that was not completed. I am going to make a commitment to myself that I will complete this book and participate in the OBS. I know God is still in control, my continued prayer is that He help me to get control of my life in areas that I need to progress.
    May God continue to bless you and your family and the Proverbs 31 Ministries..

  492. Dawn McDowell says:

    This is such encouragement. I have a patent I’m working on at this time and I have wanted to give up because I’m lacking some funding. I feel God is telling me every day I have doubts to not give up the money will come. I feel Gods blessing and wisdom is upon this invention, I’m going to keep the faith that it will get finished.

  493. Wonderful post ! Getting the courage for me to start my diet again

  494. At 41 almost 42 I’m sending my youngest to Kindergarten in 2017. I would love to work part-time. This book would be an encouragement when I’m feeling discouraged in the seeking process. Good luck everyone! ❤️

  495. Megan Wood says:

    Hi, I am looking forward to the next online study as I am finishing up the current OBS! I recently took the semester off school to study for my teaching boards. I have taken the test 5 times and failed! I am trusting God is still working, but unsure his plans for me right now. I am a mother, a wife to a husband with stage for colon cancer, and a hairstylist! Thanks, Megan Wood

  496. Honestly? I quit God. A long time ago. I was in a marriage with a narcissistic, controlling man who never “allowed” me to have a relationship with anyone that didn’t somehow include or benefit him. I spent 13ish years lost, controlled, unhappy. I would feel my soul rebel and try to break free. Only to be squashed back down. God sent the most amazing daughter to me that as she got older, kept telling me we needed to go to church. And I don’t mean older as in old….she was 4! She is now 11. I am now free from the toxic relationship that kept me from God. My relationship with Him is the most important commitment I have now. I want to learn more about Him. I want to work for Him. I want to stop feeling sad. I want to experience true joy that is only found through Him. I need help with starting places outside of going to church, praying, spending time with God, tithing etc. The words in this devotional “There are things God wants to accomplish in and through your life. Plans that are still in place and waiting to prevail” remind me that God is still there and that I need to be patient and have faith and trust that the plans and purpose of my life will fall into place.

  497. Carol M says:

    This devotional really hit home! I would love to have a copy of your book!

  498. Amy Gray says:

    I was encouraged and ministered to through today’s devotional. Thank you!

  499. Marilyn christensen says:

    I can relate to this devotion. Sometimes when I start something & it becomes too difficult I just simply give up. Even though I know in my heart all things are possible with god & he can see it through to complition. God bless you.

  500. Debby Vig says:

    Thank you for the reminder that we are all human and need God to be a part of us to accomplish his will.

  501. Sonya Ramsey says:

    When I feel like “giving up” I recall these wonderful words of scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Phil 4:13

  502. I have been back and forth and back and forth with my fitness. My boyfriend and I joined a little gym at the new year and it’s been tough. We were going in the morning before work; I work 10-hour days and going after getting off work at 7 seemed impossible. Then all of a sudden I was totally exhausted all the time, so it was easy to justify not getting up in the morning. I haven’t been in over 3 weeks now, but I am going to go tonight. I prayed for guidance and strength and felt like God was giving me the motivation to try to go in the evenings after work. Here’s hoping I can stick to it, no matter how tired I feel!

  503. Elizabeth Lynn says:

    I do have a habit of quitting. I was always told as a child that I wasn’t good enough, that whatever I tried to do wasn’t good enough. I am no longer young, but I still struggle with this and I just give up because I believe that it won’t be any good anyway.

  504. Kimberly says:

    Oh I would love to win a copy of this book, I am struggling with finances and work! I need to find out what to do to FIX my broken ways.
    God bless

  505. Sheri Janus says:

    I am a seamstress and can do all the different alterations and crafty things. Because of this I think “I could sew that for less” but that time doesn’t come. After a while it makes me feel like a failure. I will ask God to help me not be a quitter and do what we can do together. Right now I am caring for my husband who is very ill. He is on the list for a heart and kidney transplant, he is very weak and is pretty dependent on me. I don’t have a lot of time to myself, but what I do have I would like to feel successful.

  506. Lori B. says:

    I would love a copy of this book! I am struggling so with my weight right now and always seem to give up on trying to lose it. There never seems enough time to worry just about me, or to exercise and eat right. Life throws so many things at me daily! I need to get better at leaning on God. Even for something as small as losing weight. Because, in the scheme of things, it is not small. I need to be here for my kids a long time yet and would love to not feel so tired every day. I think I would be a much better mom, friend, and coworker if I would not quit trying to lose weight.

  507. Amanda Byers says:

    I love this! And I so needed it today! I am getting ready to go back to school as a working full-time mom and wife. eek! Thankful for this encouragment this morning!

  508. Angel Kerns says:

    Such a timely word… Thank you for your transparency and for sharing something this girl needed to hear.

  509. I feel like giving up on my marriage & being a parent most of the time. I always start an online bible study with P31 but don’t quite finish it. I’ve stepped away from God a time or two. But Elohim has created me for a reason & a purpose. I need to keep pushing forward, making imperfect progress.

  510. Allison says:

    I’m a divorcee, after 25 years of marriage. Kids are getting ready to leave the nest. Trying to figure out who I am and what God wants me to do and to be again – trying to rediscover myself again. Thanks for your ministries. It helps!

  511. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me! I have had a dream for some time that I have given up on. I have recently tried to pick it up again and have failed. It is disheartening to say the least. With God’s guidance and if it is in His plan I will try again. I would love to read this book and join the online study!

  512. Kelsie H says:

    Oh how I needed to hear this.

  513. Janie Sammis says:

    I’d love this book.

  514. Lori Gardenhour says:

    I would love this book for myself and to share with my ladies group at church. So many projectsin our group we have started become overwelming and we quit. We are trying to listen to what God is asking us to do as a church to reach other ladies. Your message today was very encouraging, thank you!

  515. I definitely need this book. I don’t want to quit the things that God puts in my heart to accomplish. I have a lot of plans… I am tempted to feel overwhelmed as I try to figure out which ones to invest in and which ones to let go. I love knowing that I can trust that God’s will prevail. I just don’t want to quit on my end!

  516. Wow! What a motivating piece… I really needed to hear that it is never too late to pick up those dreams and start over. Even at 60 years of age.

  517. I love this — Immediately I thought “this is so me!!” As I get ready to heed God’s call for my life in a new adventure in my career I think this book would be an amazing tool for me fully rely on Him!

  518. Rebecca says:

    I could use this!

  519. Kimberlyn Gibson says:

    I really needed this today.
    Thanks so much,

  520. Elaine Dixon says:

    I so needed this today. How reassuring for me
    I know your book is a must read God is so good only He can give me the strength
    Thank you

  521. Debby Graham says:

    Thank you for these thoughts. I feel like I have quit trying to exercise. Allowing back pain and at times nerve pain to stand in my way. I don’t have pain daily but when it’s there, I cannot exercise so I have quit all together. I’m an “all or nothing” kind of person so it is really hard for me to convince myself to just exercise when I can. I’ve known that my perspective and purpose to exercise has to change. Thank you for these thoughts as now I know I need to pray that God will reveal what perspective He wants me to change.

  522. Adrienne says:

    I seem to slow down and lose the fire for the Lord that I start out with. I don’t quit on him but I pull back a bit from my initial joyful and eager pursuit because I may not be sensing his presence as much. I realize, writing this, that it’s me that pulls back and not Him. But I’m always expecting to feel his presence and when I don’t, I fall back into old mindsets.
    In the past I quit going to church because of a bad experience with a church and pastor with an agenda. Faith in man disappeared but my faith in God hasn’t. Now I’m just complacent and hesitant to find a place I belong. This has become a huge obstacle in my walk with the Lord. My heart is for him and to serve- and I find ways to do that and go where he leads. But I need to worship with others in the real world and not just online.

  523. Brenda P31 O-Team says:

    Yep! I gave up my passion of music -praise team at church- four long years ago. Yes, there were reasons. Very good reasons. But in that process I lost my joy. Tried to fill up on other things -temporary joy!!! I didn’t know how God was going to establish His plans in me at that time. But in the waiting I learned. In the waiting I grew.
    Fast forward to today: I am at a new church. Singing on the praise team. Uh-yes you heard right! My passion. Music. God has put that calling on my life back into position lining up with His plans.
    I have since learned that if I let circumstances around me, people that seem to have more talent; more gifting I will stop in my tracks. Quit. So I am looking at this as a learning experience; as a tool to persevere even when the going gets tough!!! And you know what they say about that: when the going gets tough; the tough……GET GOING!

  524. This hits home. I’ve postponed quite a few dreams. The last couple years have been difficult and transformative for me (medical issues, trauma, unemployment, work struggles, etc). One thing I do know, that whenever I felt like giving up, I shifted my focus to Him. Within days or weeks, He changed my life for the better and towards what I needed for work and my life. I’ve had plans, goals, and dreams; however, He has shown me that His are usually so much better. So, experiencing that, I place my trust in Him to lead my life. While I wait for the next fork, I perform my work and passions for His glory.

  525. Christi Muniz says:

    I have always put things on hold because of life’s small troubles and situations. I put my own dreams and hopes on hold and this was a real eye opener as to how God has a plan and will help me to accomplish my dreams, but I have to be open to it. Thank you for the encouragement!

  526. Love this!

  527. You had me at “starting projects that take 5 minutes w/$5” so true. so me.

  528. Evelyn Dow says:

    Congrats Nikki on writing your first book! Praise God. Thanks for this Devo today! I struggle with time management and prioritizing my time. I think that before I allow myself to commit to anything starting from making better eating choices to working out…. I must commit and be obedient to HIM. Thank you for the reminder.

  529. Autumn Ruhl says:

    I’m anxious to read the book! Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  530. This devotion was such a beautiful breath of fresh air, so encouraging. Thank you, I needed it ♡ I would love a copy of your book!

  531. Vicki Sawasky says:

    I have been growing so discouraged with fund raising commitment I made to our church that I’ve been ready to cancel it. Your sharing today made me realize that when things get tough in my life my first thought is to give up. Thank you for sharing your difficulty in this challenge. God always makes a way for us and tough times show us a strong God!

  532. Oh Nicki! You and I have a lot in common. 5 minutes, 5 dollars…that’s me! And it seems the long term projects make me so weary after a time. God has placed a dream in my heart…and it is a BIG dream. Being faithful each day has been difficult. I let worldly things take precedent, and find weeks and months have passed, time that could have been spent working toward my goal. Sighs….This is a great reminder for me, thank you! I would love to read you book! Thank you for the opportunity )

  533. Thank you, Nicki, for your AWESOME devotional today! Words that spoke straight to my heart. I thank our Savior for you, faithful servant of God! 🙂 Would love to win a copy of your book.

  534. I am 51 years old and have always loved to draw. When I was a teenager I had someone come to my house after entering an art contest and wanted me to come to their art school. My family didn’t have money to send me so that was ended. After graduation from high school I got married and then had 3 children…including twins. Nevertheless, my goals to go to college didn’t happen and the daily chores and duties got in the way. 2 years ago I painted a murel in my grandson’s play room and so many liked it that it ignited a desire in me again to start back drawing and painting. I recently set up a Facebook page and have sold my first art piece and have 2 more orders. I’m so thankful God has not given up on me to use my gift as a blessing to others. Thank you for your words of encouragement to get me going on my new journey.

  535. Much needed!

  536. Help!

  537. Bobbi Wineberg says:

    Giving up always will be easier than working to get things accomplished and sometimes fighting our fears.

  538. Perfectionism!

  539. Sharon Bowman says:

    I’m amazed how God used this devotion today to speak to me. As a child I had an overwhelming desire to write, to paint, to sew and because of negativity in our home, I gave it all up. The last couple of years I started each of these and sensed God had a plan but the plan has not materialized. I just recently told my husband, “ok, I’m done. God must not have spoken to me at all!” Thank you for your obedience to God in sharing this devotion.

  540. I would love a copy of this book. I am beginning to move towards a big dream, and would benefit from the encouragement in this book. Thank you!

  541. I’d love a copy of this book…it’s exactly what I need!!! 🙂

  542. Hoping to win a copy of the book!

    Reflection on this devotion. Thank you for the encouragement and reminder to not quit. I have a high tolerance for stress level and tend to find myself going over that level in trying to help everyone and my surroundings. My husband once told me something similar as well; that I have an issue with not being able to commit and follow through with my commitments. I have a few items currently that I’ve slightly is in the process of slowly letting go , but after this devotion I will keep persevering through in hope to finish it. As Scripture says, to continue to do good without growing weary.

  543. Leah Surall says:

    I’d love to own a copy of this book!

  544. Patsie Gibson says:

    I have wondered if I let life get in the way of things the Lord had wanted for me. Not just quitting what I planned but unintentionally quitting his plans for my life as well. How better my life would be if I had not quit the plans he had for me. I am sure my life would be much different but where to begin…

  545. Thanks, Nikki , for the opportunity to share. I have been praying for God’s purpose in my life for a long time. I believe that His purpose for me has changed from when I was a young mom to now when my s=children are grown. As a Mom , my purpose has been and always will be to be that example of Christ to my family. I needed , then, to learn Christs ways and pray so many time for direction and wisdom. Yes, I had good days, and bad days, but I praise God that my kids love Jesus and are seeking His Direction. While I still need to be their light, God is also speaking to me about other plans He has for me. Some I know, some He is still revealing, but so many times life gets in the way . I make a gallant effort because God is my leader, but sometimes I hit a dead end. God tells me to go forth, and I want to but I sometimes don’t hear the how! And then I become timid. This is not what God wants. He requires me to follow in faith, to go by faith and not by site. He also wants me to continually grow in Him. I am so Blessed to be a child of God. To be lead by the love of the Lord to do His work I must open my eyes to ALL things, and never give up! Thanks for the encouragement!

  546. Nancy Turner says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I could use some encouragement!! Feel like Ive made some wrong turns in my life. And now need to get on God’s path for my life.

  547. Thanks, Nikki , for the opportunity to share. I have been praying for God’s purpose in my life for a long time. I believe that His purpose for me has changed from when I was a young mom to now when my children are grown. As a Mom , my purpose has been and always will be to be that example of Christ to my family. I needed , then, to learn Christs ways and pray so many time for direction and wisdom. Yes, I had good days, and bad days, but I praise God that my kids love Jesus and are seeking His Direction. While I still need to be their light, God is also speaking to me about other plans He has for me. Some I know, some He is still revealing, but so many times life gets in the way . I make a gallant effort because God is my leader, but sometimes I hit a dead end. God tells me to go forth, and I want to but I sometimes don’t hear the how! And then I become timid. This is not what God wants. He requires me to follow in faith, to go by faith and not by site. He also wants me to continually grow in Him. I am so Blessed to be a child of God. To be lead by the love of the Lord to do His work I must open my eyes to ALL things, and never give up! Thanks for the encouragement!

  548. This was a timely message. I am struggling with feeling overwheled and discouraged. God is a God of Victory…trusting He is strong even though I am desperately weak.

  549. Joy shearer says:

    I feel as if I could have written this about the crafts! I am the same way with craft projects and have so many unfinished or never even started after buying the materials bc after purchasing them, the task suddenly seems overwhelming.

  550. Kathy Woodland says:

    There are so many things in my life that I started and failed to finish. Kids, work, responsibilities at church or in the community all contribute to things falling into the abyss. So many goals and dreams have fallen by the wayside. Unfinished things can leave us doubting our abilities and plant a seed of doubt giving Satan another ‘thing’ that he can use against us. The reminder in today’s message is huge for me. I CAN and WILL look again at things that I have left incomplete but this time with God’s eyes. What is important to Him – what does He want me to do, where does HE want me to go, what will glorify HIM and not simply satisfy me.
    Thank you for such encouraging words.

  551. I would love to receive a copy of this book!

  552. Love it!!! So incredibly timely. My takeaway is this:
    1. There’s POWER in the Name. Call Jesus!
    2. I didn’t drop the ball.
    3. IT AIN’T OVER!!!!

  553. I loved this post… It spoke to me. I am currently following a passion and what I believe to be God’s calling for me. However, it is so so easy to let stuff get in the way. I loved the statement that as long as I stay open to His movement – His plan will prevail. It is refreshing to know I don’t have to have it planned out perfectly, because the ONE WHO KNOWS already has it planned

  554. Thankful for the grace He gives us when we pick things up again.

  555. Angelica says:

    I’m a stay at home mom and I’ve been torn at feeling like I’m in limbo. Do I work, do I stay home… What is my plan? I would love some guidance in finding my place and feeling like I’m where I’m suppose to be rather than feeling unaccomplished in life!

  556. Thanks for your devotion today. It really hit home. I am looking forward to reading your book…

  557. I always pursued my projects with enthusiasm. I was into photography, scrap booking, and ballet. In 2015 I had a bad fall with broken bones, a rotator cuff tear and a concussion. Now I live daily with headaches, daily pain and fatigue. I pray for healing but it is a slow recovery. I would love to get ” back on the horse” and I would be delighted to have your book. Perhaps it will help me get past these things in the way and encourage me to start pursuing my projects again. God Bless.

  558. I am looking forward to the next Bible study on 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit. I want to train myself to”hear” God and what he wants to accomplish in and through me.

  559. Melissa in NC says:

    Great post today, I felt like you were talking to me Nicki. This reminder touched me and made me think about my weight loss struggle. I’m thankful for the reminder and the Grace of God that I can start over and be successful.

  560. Elizabeth says:

    What a great devotional…am older and sometimes feel like I’ve put off and put off. But this spoke to me never be a quitter and try try again..if it’s God’s will it will be done!

  561. Elizabeth Shepard says:

    I needed to read this today.

  562. Wow! What a great post! I would love to win a copy of this book.

  563. Joyce Elizabeth says:

    I love this devotion! Its so timely, so encouraging! Im not a quitter!

  564. This sounds like a wonderful resource. The title is intriguing!

  565. Melissa Norman says:

    I would LOVE to read this book!!!

  566. Shannon Haywood says:

    Thank you for this today. I really needed it. I have felt called to work with God for years in certain ways that I have not followed through with. I will listen to his voice and live in His will starting today and rely on His power to do it.

  567. dannielle says:

    I was really needing this devotion today. I am a wife, a mother of three, and I have invested myself into two businesses.. and I tend to put them on the back burner when I’m fried at the end of the day. questioning if I can really handle and succeed at them. I have other plans in the works with a friend.. and I just need to remind myself that God will always help get me where I need to be as long as I’m willing to meet him where he is. I know I can do great things in my life I just need to stick to them!

  568. I too have gotten sidetracked with life’s interruptions and I’m ready to get back with God. Ready to worship and tell others how great he is. Thank you

  569. Kim Long says:

    I quit trying get to start a Bible Study, then God started one for me! Works much better when I let Him be in control!

  570. thank you for the encouragement! i know several times i have started something then quit for several reasons! thank you for this!

  571. I needed to hear THIS today. I needed THIS verse today. I needed to feel NOT alone in THIS today.

    Thank you.

    I am looking forward to this study, and I would love to “win” the book.

    Again, thank you.

  572. Rebecca F says:

    This was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Too often I am quick to start thinking that I’ve messed up or that my life is RUINED because certain things didn’t work out the way I wanted. I have to take a step back and remember that God’s ways are always better than our ways!!!

  573. Beverly Catr says:

    Enjoyed reading this! I can relate to things getting in my way. My intentions are good but sometimes not realistic!

  574. Lani harper says:

    I loved this devotional. I have wanted to consistently lead a ladies bible study a your new, small church, have started a few (that were successful), but always found a reason to quit and not start another one. I loved the verse that God has a plan and it is with his efforts we succeed. I will not give up, but will pray and have the Lord lead. Thanks!

  575. Reading today’s devotion really hit me smack in the middle! I too am one of those that love to start projects whether it be a craft project, a cooking project, an attempt to get healthy……anything really. I give up so quickly when things just don’t go right and/or I hit a stumbling block. For me this definitely is part of the insecurity that I continue to suffer with. In my daily prayers I continue to ask God to help me thru his words and works to over-come these many insecurities. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly receive a “free” copy of your book. I would love to participate in the online study if I could get a copy. Blessings —

  576. Staying focused is hard…but as I focus more on God’s word it becomes easier in all aspects. Thanks for the reminder to not give up, just keep trying. Cain’t wait to read the book!

  577. My daughter has been pursuing her own business. She believes she is doing what God has called her to do. But it hasn’t been easy. I would give this book to her to encourage her. She is not a quitter!

  578. I definitely feel like the Lord is calling me to start something. Particularly a small business. My self doubt and even lack of experience gets in my way and makes me think things I know aren’t true. I need to stop those thoughts and replace them with God’s truth!! Praying more would help too. Lord have mercy! ?

  579. Shirley Colpitts says:

    Thanks so much for your message! As others have stated it spoke right into my heart! So many times I have wanted to get back into my drawing and painting but keep putting it off. I really feel that God has given me this gift and I am squandering it by not applying what he gave so freely to me. I would love to have a copy of this book!
    Thanks again for your encouragement to us all.

  580. Heidi Hill says:

    Thank you for the encouragement today! I can’t wait to read your new book to be even more encouraged!

  581. Debbie Wettlaufer says:

    This is something that I have been thinking a lot about lately. I have suffered with Chronic Illness most of my adult life. When I was younger it was easier to keep on keeping on, but as I age I’m finding it harder. Questions about unseen answered prayers, giving up on church and just plain giving up. I know in my heart I need to find a way to “just keep trying”. Thanks for your devotion today, it has touched my heart this morning. Blessings

  582. This is my struggle.

  583. That sounds like me, trying to start something but never seem to get it completed. Life sometimes just seems to fly by and then you begin to wonder why you gave up on thing so easily. This sounds like a very good book
    thank you.

  584. Claudia Pannetti says:

    This was very encouraging as I am trying to complete new things and finish old things that were started!!

  585. Regina Vollmer says:

    This current study has touched me in a way I cannot put into words. In the past I have always started the bible studies and would never finish. I was lead to this study and for once I will complete this study. Thanks to each and everyone of you for your daily encouragement.

  586. Leigh Anne Akey says:

    I never thought about the fact that I have quit things. I believed that I just avoided difficult things, stressors that caused me doubt and worry. Now I am beginning to trust God for all things. Getting self out of the way is the first step.

  587. Christine Law says:

    I am also a crafter so when I read this post I saw myself . I needed to hear and see this . Many toms I would say to myself . This will only take me a few minutes and before you know it I have taken away the take. Away my time with the Lord . Thank you for this eye opener.
    God bless!

  588. Christie says:

    Thanks for that great reminder! Asking God to show me those jobs/projects I’ve given up on.

  589. KELLYE TURNER says:

    Yes He is leading me to pick up my card making, I put it down because I became overwhelmed to make it a business. But now I want to pick it up and make cards for others to bless them nothing else right now.
    I need to hone my skills and get better at it, I never imagined I would be creative but I now know God does what He wants in his timing.

    Sincerely yours,


  590. This is exactly where I am at right now. God has put so many dreams and desires in my heart, but life has taken many turns I did not plan for or expect. I did not really believe it when people would say God has a way of turning our plans around, but boy does He. Through some dark pits these past couple of years I am seeing He is preparing me for a brighter future than I could have ever imagined for myself. I have started a blog ministry for women who may struggle with anxiety and depression like I did/do. Thank you P31 for your constant encouragement.

  591. Patricia Stokes says:

    Today’s devotional hit the nail on the head for me today! Thank you so much for putting things into perspective and giving me the encouragement that I need to go on and accomplish and continue until I reach my goal!

  592. Tracy Morris says:

    Love this devotion. I don’t want to be a QUITTER!

  593. I am struggling and wrestling with this very thing again.When I was having a 40 year crisis I realized I was pregnant and didnt have the energy to be pregnant and have a mid life crisis. It was one of the many times I stopped thinking I would accomplish something else. Gods message waS clear. I was praying for Gods provision and blessings and his answer was 2 babies! I went on to have my 4th and 5th child. Then we moved and planted a new church. I dropped many other things I thought of doing and took care of what was in front of me to do.

  594. Themelina Balboa says:


    Thanks so much for sharing this light of truth the Lord has shined into your life. I can relate to this more than I wish did. And it was clear that it was timely word from God for me.

    The Lord had placed a purpose for my life years ago to pursue Christian counseling and seems to be placing it before me again, but it has not come without doubts, accusations and fears. As I was reading I could sense the Lord’s forgiveness and truth wash over me and the enemy’s lies dispel.

    Thank you, I don’t check my emails daily or sometimes weekly even, and often breeze past the P31 emails as I’m usually specifically checking for certain emails then moving on to the next priority due to the season of life I’m in. So reading this today was not the norm!

  595. Great devotional! I love the reminder that nothing can stand in God’s way…not even me. It reminds me of Jonah and how even though he tried so hard to avoid God’s purpose for his life, God’s purpose prevailed…with the assistance of a great whale! Got to love God’s sense of humor ?

  596. Sally Terry says:

    What got in my way? ME! I know how Nicki feels. I am the same way. It can be depressing & frustrating. I also take on more than I can handle at one time. So, I am beginning to say ‘no’. Aaaah, the feeling of saying ‘no’ is & can be very freeing. Since learning to say ‘no’, I can concentrate on the things the Lord wants me to pursue. Thank you for your honesty, Nicki, in this devotional. I think women are this way because society tells us we have to be superwomen. We don’t! We need to follow the Lord & he will make our paths straight.

  597. Lisa G. Barker says:

    I enjoyed the article.

  598. Just what I needed to hear today! Thank you Nicki! Isn’t that just like God.

  599. SandraAnn says:

    I was depressed and I stopped going to college in 2008. I feel God is leading me to go back and continue my education and get my Nursing degree.

  600. Connie Zanghi says:

    Thank you Lord for confirmation it’s time for me to get back to children’s ministry in church!

  601. This gives me hope! Because I have so much unfinished business in my life. I am going to seek God’s wisdom, and revisit those things that he shows me are still in h
    His plan for me!

  602. I’m 50 years old & have quit more than I’ve ever finished. The Lord has been renewing purpose & passion. Things the enemy has stolen for far too long. It’s scary & exciting! Thank you for this timely Word.

  603. Robbin Martin says:

    I am so busy with my job…home….my son’s life plans….and then I fit church in between. I definitely have my priorities out of order and need to remember to put God first and he will help me to take care of the rest. I need to stop quitting by letting life’s issues get in the way of where God wants me to go. Thanks for the devotional!

  604. Sherry Guy says:

    Great devotional. Looking forward to the book.

  605. Thank you for this devo. I really needed these words today!

  606. I really struggle with this! So many ideas and starts and stops. I really want to focus and follow through on what God has planned for me and stop letting random things get in my way.

  607. I am also 50 and wrestle with “it’s too late” almost every day. I get started on something that’s been tugging at my heart, and then one of the kids gets sick, or we have a snow day, or the fridge breaks down or whatever. Those seemingly little things get in the way and then the right words of encouragement come along and I remember that God has great plans for every one of us- and our job is to trust and obey, and love those He has put us with : )
    Thank you for these words!!

  608. I used to dream of a career as a nurse. Also an interest in guitar. I feel like there’s a huge layer of dust covering the dreams.

    • Michel Hodges says:

      Too funny Pat, I was about to post my comments when I saw yours and HAD to reply. I thought about becoming a nurse for almost 20 years then a series of deaths among my family and close friends woke me up and said, If not now, WHEN?? So I left my job of 17 years and after 4 years of school and passing licensing exam I am now an RN. And now I’m on a journey to see just what kind of nursing God is calling me to practice. What a ride! I wouldn’t change a single thing that’s happened. Dust off those dreams, God will lead you through whatever he brings you to:) God bless ((()))

  609. I have quit or given up in a lot of areas but mostly in my hopes of pursuing a degree in library science. I need that degree to fulfill my dream of becoming a Children’s librarian. I have let the burden of stacking up health issues and medical bills feel like giving up. I need to turn it over to God completely and leave it in His hands.

  610. Melissa Lopez says:

    Thank you!! For putting words to how I feel! Unless you are feeling it or have been through the starting and not finishing it you don’t understand! Thank you again!

  611. God called me to start a Womens Prayer Group about a little over a year ago, and the location we first started hosting the meeting at fell apart the young Lady who the Lord spoke to me about coming along beside me ended up dropping out I still continued for about 2-3 more meeting with just me and my 2 children but got discouraged because of lack of people and stop hosting them. I was sure I had heard GOD but didn’t understand the reasoning for the location falling apart or the one who I struggled with asking me to come along side me and help me but thought I was being led by the Holy spirit to ask, she left me if this was what God wanted? I believe it is still something he is wanting me to do just don’t know where to start from or who to start with.

  612. Looking to remember that giving up isn’t always a negative on me, but God’s plan to help me refocus. There have been times I’ve been overly committed to something to the point my priorities have been out of whack – then out of nowhere I’ve given up. Learning/remembering it is the Lord reminding me to prioritize.

  613. I can totally relate to the craft pursuits! But I have gone back and finished some projects that sat around unfinished for years. It’s a good feeling. Sometimes when I feel discouraged over not sticking with a regular quiet time routine, I’ve thought, “What’s the use! I can’t stick with it.” But I always have to remind myself to not let yesterday’s discouragement or failures hamper today’s efforts. It’s a new day!

  614. Abigail Jones says:

    Thank you. Awesome article. I just have to remind myself not to give up.

  615. Alyssa Stark says:

    What a great devotional! Exactly what God has been trying to tell me for months and I just couldn’t hear it. Thank you for this…

  616. I so needed this word! As soon as I thought it was over…I know HE is ordering my steps. I am not perfected and neither are you but HE is willing to meet us. Love it! Gave me hope for the week.

  617. Maureen Oshea says:


  618. Janice Bonsall says:

    Your words spoke so clearly to me and my struggles. Thank you for sharing how we can start again & really finish, and as always ask God to reveal just ” What Got in the Way.” I have truly been inspired by your devotion and so many others I have read through Proverbs 31. Many Blessings to you, your ministry and your family.

  619. Kathy Blair says:

    Thank U My Lord for planting desires in me, & the willingness, the fortitude, longevity & the ability to finish. Serenity, peace, choice to be HAPPY,ask for disernment,seek guideance, fellowship, wisdom my thirst for knowledge. Teaching me the meaning of Grace & Mercy, thank for my measure of Faith, instilling Kindness, giving me HOPE. Please bring me a Man who LIVES a Godly life, & may he LOVE YOU LORD atleast as much as I do, that he leads me, Amen

  620. Michelle Cornthwaite says:

    Right now this minute I feel like quitting what I know I have to do, I’ve just started feeling so tired of all the opposition coming my way!!!!! Thanx for your perfect timing Proverbs 31 Ministries and Nicky xxxx

  621. Ellen Cole says:

    AMEN! I’m an excellent starter. I’m not an excellent finisher. Thanks for putting it all in perspective.

  622. Tracy Pagano says:

    Would love to have one.

  623. BettyJo Nelson says:

    I have many inconsequential projects that I’ve started and they aren’t finished; books I’ve bought to read that sit on a shelf waiting. But most importantly I have plans for in-depth study of the new testament books that get started when someone mentions a passage in a different book so I move to check that one out and neither has gotten finished yet.

  624. Monica Barrow says:

    This was EXACTLY what I needed at this very moment in my life! God is always up to something! Proverbs 31 ministries has been such a blessing to me as a young single mother just trying to find my place and purpose. Thank you so much and may God continue to bless each and every one of you as you continue to be a blessing to others.

  625. I would love to read this book! I feel like I struggle with quitting (and maybe everyone does because it’s just part of our natures? I don’t know), sometimes when it comes to weight loss or making healthy choices, or going to sleep earlier than normal, or just changing anything! Thank you for the encouraging blog post!

  626. Thanks I needed to hear that today! 🙂

  627. This couldn’t be more timely for me. I need to post it on my fridge. I love how God works!

  628. I had started taking notes back in the fall of 2015. I wanted to write a book. I still do. I need to “catch up” with my notes and then begin the process of “how” I’m to go about doing this. Will I turn this into a story using fictitious names to replace the real ones? Will it be me sharing the experience and how I got through it? Or some other idea? One thing for sure, this book i want to write will discuss my experience of the death of my parents, their respective illnesses (ironically both were cancer), the “twilight zone” moments, the sadness, all the “stuff” you have to do when both parent’s pass away within a few months of each other, how my faith has grown, improved (still working on improving), finding “grace” to give when it was extremely hard to do…..and the list goes on. I will get back on this book thing. Thank you for the reminder, Nicki.

  629. Time for renewal through reading this book.
    Thank you for the opportunity to be selected to receive one.

  630. Jennifer says:

    I quit chasing God. I know he laid out a plan for me, I just had to more forward. I got discouraged not seeing any progress and not knowing what the end would be.

    I am learning, trusting, listening and watching.

  631. I feel this way often!

  632. I get in my own way sometimes. My life is full, God has recently given me a dream. To pursue this, I have to let go of other things and sometimes letting go is hard.

  633. God is not a quitter!

  634. Very Inspirational! I think we all do this-It is such a great reminder to pick things back up! Don’t quit!

  635. Brandi Massey says:

    I feel like this book will be very inspiring and hopefully help me do a betted way of walking in the direction He is leading me in.

  636. lisa ross says:

    I am one who is constantly trying to help others with their projects. I work a full-time professional job and a part-time adjunct teaching position. I have one child at home and one in college. All to say, not much time for me. I would love to get involved in the online study group and collaborate with others!

  637. Hi Nicki would love to read your book all the way down here in South Africa ,keeping my fingers crossed that you pick me??

  638. Shannon Evans says:

    I have just become a Family Nurse Practitioner. It was a massive leap of faith that my family and I took as I quit my job and jumped into the program full time at 46 years old. We felt this was God’s plan for me to work in rural health and to do mission work. I’ve hit an upsetting delay but I had to give it to God and with His guidance I’ve picked myself back up and I’m heading toward the goal!!!

  639. Thank you for sharing this article. Since my separation I’ve been postponing to finish the last step towards the doctoral degree. It is not that much to the dissertation but there has been always something that stops me to reach that goal. ???. Procrastination, perhaps…

  640. I COULD HAVE WRITTEN THE BEGINNING OF THIS POST!! That is sooooo me!!! I’m a GREAT starter of projects, especially crafts!! I sew, I scrapbook, I journal, doodle, organize, paint, create, garden, decorate–you name it, I love to start it!!! And there in lies the problem-my finish rarely comes. It disappoints me, clutters my mind (& home), and frustrates my husband (who finishes EVERY task—early!! I need to read this book and the bible study!!

  641. Missie Smith says:

    This sounds so much like me! I’ve lost weight only to gain it back and it brought friends like its a social event! I need to be strong to my commitment and finally succeed for good.

  642. Linda Pollitz says:

    Wow I can relate to what you are saying.Love to do lots of things but hardly finish. Need help and God’s Grace

  643. Michelle says:

    Really needed to hear this today!

  644. Sounds like a great book! Would love to read it! I love the Galations verse too!

  645. Done that all to many times and still have many things to accomplish. Would love a book!!

  646. I get in my own way A LOT! I can talk myself out of things like exercise, devotions, or Bible reading. I let myself believe if I do a little of any of them that it is okay. Please pray I get out of my “funk” and get charged again to be the best me I can be.

  647. I have so many ideas in my head I could do or learn them how to do it, like teach my self to play a guitar. I started all right and guess what happened, my guitar is really good keeping dust … and these is not the only project I ever started and it is unfinished… Lord I pray to you not to be dissapointed in me I wanna walk with you and finish what I start and I pray for you to show me what is there you want me to do and giving me wisdom to become a woman you want me to be. In Jesus name I pray I love you

  648. Nicki, I can’t thank you enough for your devotional today! Your thought provoking testimony and follow-up questions prompted me to head for my journal and seriously attack three issues. Thinking, praying and writing… Six pages later and I was helped to identify and process some of the concerns and emotions primarily, that have held me back from finishing some important projects in my life, and for my family. Raising and homeschooling a child with Down Syndrome for almost 19 years has been my biggest delight and challenge. We’re about to celebrate his “graduation” in two months. While we’ll always be working with our son to help him mature and pursue the Lord’s path for his life, I am sensing that a new door may be opening for me personally. A desire that I had put on hold for almost 30 years is beginning to stir, along with a familiar set of emotions, (“that’s just plain overwhelming!” “Who am I to think that I could ever do that?!” “I don’t have a formal education for this field.” etc.) Your devotion really helped me to identify the fears that could sabotage my effort to move into this new endeavor. Thank you, thank you!

  649. I love these devotionals. They usually hit me square in the forehead. This one came at a time when I really needed to hear that God’s plan will prevail, but how long it takes is up to me! I started to write a book a few months ago to share how marvelously God has healed me and man everything that could go wrong has. Thank you though, I’m not alone and it happena to the best of us. And, God isn’t rattled. Yes probably just waiting for me to pick up my passion again. Him!

  650. Joyce Hansen says:

    As an avid crafter with more unfinished projects than I can count, this truly resonated with me. My struggle this year is having faith in His plans for me. After a marriage ended in domestic violence, and fighting five years to receive disability, my life has been thrown another curve ball. To be honest I’m terrified, and reaching out for God to renew my faith in His plans. Thank you for being His instrument to renew my faith today!

  651. I can really relate to everything you’ve written in your blog. Yes I’ve quit so many things in my life that are too numerous to count! To be honest I was the reason those things did not come to fruition! I could really benefit from your study and a free book would help!

  652. Loving JESUS says:

    Such a wonderful devotion! Thank you for sharing!!!

  653. I love these devotionals. They usually hit me square in the forehead. This one came at a time when I really needed to hear that God’s plan will prevail, how long it takes is up to me! I started to write a book a few months ago to share how marvelously God has healed me and everything that could go wrong has. I’m not alone and it happens to the best of us. And, God isn’t rattled. He’s probably just waiting for me to pick up my passion again. Him!

  654. I really needed this today. I have been struggling with what I think God wants me to do and what I feel I’m able to do – knowing if it is of Him, He’ll equip me. I keep pressing forward – not wanting to stop until I get there so this was inspirational. Thank you.

  655. Cassandra Bailey says:

    Praise God for this devotion on this day! I have many things on hold because of distractions. I am encouraged to get back to them because God’s plans WILL prevail.

  656. I am almost 81 years old and I really needed this devotion today. I have many started needle work tasks, also I make cards for others who need encouragement. I have arthritis in my hands and many other places but I need my hands for so many things — it is easy to give up when I hurt. Thank you for the encouragement to keep at what God wants me to do.

  657. I need direction, I’m needing to raise my grandson & I’m having a hard time with it

  658. Melissa says:

    Thank you!

  659. I will not be a quitter!

  660. I get in my own way so often! Thank you for the uplifting words!

  661. Me? Drop a project in the middle? Let’s see….a quilt upstairs….an afghan in the car (for the times I have a few extra minutes and need to be busy)…232 yo-yo’s in the drawer for a yo-yo quilt that takes over 1100 yo-yo’s…but did I mention I probably have the fabric needed for everyone’s projects? Thanks Nicki! Life does get in the way! My poor Mom and friend Kay, that have to hear about so many of my ideas……thank you for this devotion! It is spot on for me!

  662. MarthaT says:

    Interesting perspective on dreams and goals!

  663. Christy says:

    Many distractions get in our way. This is a nice reminder to focus on God and what he wants me to do. I am looking forward to the bible study

  664. Cheryl Smith says:


    My name is Cheryl.I enjoyed reading your message today Nikki. Thank you.

    Thank you for inspiring me to keep my commitment. To my husband. I am always wanting to quit.
    I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all the many opportunities coming my way.
    In my mind I want to do alot of different things. Like you, I pick back up with God’s supernatural Grace.

    Today, your message is a great reminder for me to apply commitment.
    I would enjoy so much reading your book.

    God bless you
    Thank you again,

    Cheryl Smith

  665. Nicqi Ashwood says:

    Sometimes it is fear that gets in the way. But thanks be to God, our fears are bypassed by our God who understands and propels us beyond the fear and sloth factor into joy through the Holy Spirit.
    Thanks n God bless you

  666. Looking forward to the next OBS!

  667. Jennifer Tuttle says:

    Such a good read. Thank you!

  668. WHERE do I begin? So much gets in my way , mostly self-imposed… thank you for the book

  669. Cynthia Salas Rodriguez says:

    Yes! I needed to read this. I let too many things get in the way and I can become discouraged quickly. I even question my call. The same call I know God has called me to. I find it hard to remain focused on it since I am also a single parent trying to stay abreast all the responsibilities. Thanks for sharing!

  670. Autumn Jungling says:

    Thank you for this today I am entering into an 18 credit semester spring term for college and I am also 4 months pregnant and have a toddler. Today’s scripture gave me hope and the motivation that I needed.

  671. Michelle Reed says:

    Congratulations on your first book, Nicki! I am excited to purchase my copy, and then participate in OBS. What a blessing you and P31 has become for my life.

  672. Deidre Watson says:

    I feel a tug at my heart to go back to school. I know it’s God because it just will not go away. I struggle with doubts and fears. It’s me that gets in the way. I want to trust God’s guidance and stop finding excuses to achieve my goals. God promises He will be there with me all the way. Why can’t I allow Him to work out His purposes in me?!!!

  673. Nancy Griggs says:

    Nicki, this really goes along with the conference call today. I am so fired up. It may have taken me seventy four years but, I do have a calling and the enemy will not take it from me. I will lead until I die or am no longer able to. Thank you for your part in P31. Can’t wait till we study your awesome book!

  674. Sounds like a book I need to read.

  675. I quit blogging but I feel like I should go back but when I sit at the keyboard I don’t feel I have the words he wants me to use. I haven’t permanently quit but have taken a long break. I would love to read your book for inspiration!

  676. Deborah Duran says:

    Congrats Nicki Koziarz on your book! How exciting! I don’t know what this Bible study can bring to me but I am willing to read, listen, participate and mostly pray!

  677. Brittany Weathington says:

    This devotion was very encouraging today and I would love to receive the book. It sounds like a topic I really need extra encouragement in! Thank you.

  678. Thanks, Nicki, for your words of honesty and bringing it all back to the Lord. Sometimes, the world tells us not to quit — or TO quit — when the going gets rough, but the bible tells us to give everything to the Lord and He will guide our steps. Sometimes, it isn’t an easy answer of “yes, quit,” or “no, keep pursuing this,” but sometimes (like you said) it is “try, try again.” I love the light-hearted nature of your memoire, and I would love to read more truths about how the Lord has used you and worked through you in your book. I’m sure it will inspire me.

  679. Love this! Would love a copy of this book!

  680. Jeanette says:

    This is what I need! Can’t wait to read this book. I feel it has been written just for me!

  681. Thank you for the giveaway! Would love to read this.

  682. I’ve heard this message from God so many times, Nicki: “I couldn’t get there until He found me faithful here.” Want a new _______, steward well what you have now. Thank you for reminding me of His words to me. : )

  683. Mary Hilding says:

    I would love to to read Nikki’s book. I’m sure it’s fantastic. She encourages me every time she shares a devotion.

  684. Tracey V says:

    Thank you for this message today. It was a right on time message just as God works.

  685. Monica Reyes says:

    Sadly I have quit so many things in my life. As a single mom of 3 for the last 13 years, their needs came first. I have lost myself but continue to seek God to help me set priorities to do the things that are important. Not sure anymore of what things I have quit in the past are still things that can be done. God bless you and all who love Our Lord.

  686. Well, I admit it feels good to know I’m not alone. I’m not so much of a quitter as much as I easily get off track. I can do great for a few days on a project and then have one day where I’m not able to work in it due to appointments or whatever, and then it’s like I’ve lost momentum and I don’t go back to it. So I have piles all over the house of things I’ve started. It’s really stressful and I’ve been asking God for quite a while now to help me with this because it really just feels like it’s bigger than me.

  687. Melissa says:

    This was perfect for me today. I so often plan, start, and SQUIRREL! I’m off on something else…busyness and distractions. Thanks for this!

  688. Erin White says:

    I can so relate to weeks turning into months and months turning into years. My husband and I used to enjoy hiking and camping and when we started our family, pretty much gave it up for a while. Too hard with babies. We’ve gone a few times over the years with our kids but their school and sports activities still keep us from really enjoying this hobby. Hopefully, though, I can return to it more and more.

  689. On Sunday evening, as I was driving home from another state, I felt the Lord drop into my spirit and mind to start a business called Carol’s Crafty Nest. I told my husband about it, and he was very supportive. I have thought several times since then that maybe it was just me, but I really do believe it was from God. After reading your email today, I have confirmation that this is something I am supposed to do. It will not happen overnight, because I have to take some time preparing the crafts that I will be selling; however, I am committed to seeing it through, and who knows what God has in store for me! I know He will put the right people in my path as well to encourage and support me. Thanks so much!

  690. Wow … I just journaled about this very thing a few weeks ago and asked God if the “detour” I’ve taken was wrong or part of the journey to get me there. It has been at the back of my mind since, but after reading this today, I will definitely pursue God’s direction more intentionally. Thank you for this confirmation and encouragement.

  691. Very encouraging post. Often, I feel like such a quitter because it seems my “to do” list never gets any shorter, and many things have been on for while….some for years. Some things have gotten in the way, which were out of my control, but often it is just me and my wrong perspective!

  692. ANNA POYNTER says:

    Your words spoke to my heart today. The Holy Spirit prodded me, as if to say, “Pay attention Anna, do you recognize what you need to QUIT? And do you realize what The Father wants to bless you with, when you do?
    Thanks for sharing.

    btw, I would love to have a copy of your book.

  693. I have so many ideas and plans it is hard to sift through to what is important and what is for now. I try writing things down so I can come back to them and have to learn to be patient and do what I can and sometimes just get on with it!

  694. Tina Rincon says:

    Wow! What a wonderful reminder that certainly was put in front of me for a reason. God’s timing is not a mistake. Thank you!

  695. Jennifer says:

    This was perfect today! There is a project that I’ve been working on, but I haven’t touched it for over a month. I thought and prayed and realized what was in my way. Luda Teurkerst talks about loading our days right by starting with God-time p. But I also need to load my weeks right so that I can make well-rounded progress. Thank you! I’m looking forward to your book and the next study!

  696. Heather W says:

    This message was perfect for me today. Thank you so much for the words that God has given you! It’s such an encouragement!

  697. Tracy I. says:

    Much needed devotional. I love when God encourages me with a timely message. Always makes me smile.

  698. I. NEEDED. THIS!!! I’ve “quit” somethings and have recently decided I don’t want to be a quitter.

  699. Stephanie Hendrix says:

    I so needed this devotional!! So many times I let life get in the way when I need to intentionally seek out God and let nothing stand in the way of that!!

  700. Sally Ann Price says:

    I have quit at things like college because I did not do well in some of my courses or were afraid of exams. I have also quit at some other things too. I need to have more encouragement in my life.

  701. I’d sure like to know what the five habits are so I could put them in place in my life…

  702. God does have a purpose for my life. I need to help Him help me to find what that purpose is and I need to not quit until I do! I am looking forward to reading your book and to the OBS that will accompany it.

  703. Mary Kaye Bluhm says:

    Would love to win the book. I definitely have issues with that as well. Working on it but not there yet.

  704. Leticia Molina says:

    Yes Lord, Jeremiah 29:11 has been my peace since the demise of my 17 year marriage. My broken heart I surrendered to your faithfulness. Prior to all of that you placed in my heart to design clothing with Your word in mind. You Lord, placed the desire in my heart !! Long before I was ever in my mother’s womb. You Father know every hair on my head, You Father know the direction of my life. You and only You know the timing because You placed it there. I thank You for it. You healed my heart, You taught me along the way to trust in You alone. You gave me gifts that are more prescious than gold. I thank you in the name of Jesus.

  705. Angela Smallwood says:

    Perfect devotional reading this morning. I am struggling with a relationship. Both of us are divorced and it appears my partner is not able to move through biblical teachings. His philosophy on marriage comes straight out of the word of God. Marriage is a life commitment, never to be broken. The fact is his wife walked out 7 years ago, and they have been divorced for 5 years. Our relationship continues to hit the hurdle of marriage and that indestructible bond. I needed to read just b/c you thought it was over the first time, the second time, the third time, doesn’t mean its finished. there is hope we can work through this hurdle.

  706. I am signed up and so excited for this study! I definitely need help in this area!

  707. Janet McGlothlin says:

    Hate being a quitter and hope this book helps me address the issue

  708. Elizabeth says:

    I feel like my first instinct is to quit because that is what is easiest. I need a change in my thinking! Looking forward to this!

  709. Julie Frievalt says:

    I so need help in this area. I think this would be a great book to read.

  710. Dorothy says:

    I am surrounded by things that I have been planning to get back to. After reading this devotional I think I may have instead, given up and quit some of them and need to prayerfully reevaluate.
    I also need to pray before beginning any new brilliant and creative ideas!

  711. I have given up on things because I took on other things that were easier or seemed more important. I’m doing better with it as I mature.

  712. Thank you for sharing this important truth. I have a history of quitting. It took revelation from the Lord before understood that fear of failing kept me from completing things when they got hard. Somewhere i began to believe it was better to quit than to fail. Good has been faithful to help me over come that lie a d trust him.

  713. After attending She Speaks last year, I had no idea I’d be starting a contributor blog for Christian writers. I nearly quit a million times before it was finished. I am somewhat of a perfectionist so there are still days I question if it’s worth it because so much work goes into it, but I know God has had his hand in it long before I came to She Speaks.

    I may quit a lot of things, but when God has a plan for you it will happen one way or another.

  714. I need help very bad and this book sounds perfect!

  715. Man-Kiu CHAN says:

    I am so encouraged by your message and your bible references. God made women unique and we are blessed with different gifts and talents – let us find that confidence in Christ, focus on what matters most in the time that we have on earth, and be the salt and light for His Glory! Thank you pls keep us updated on upcoming news!

  716. Veronica Cardenas says:

    Thank you for keeping scripture in all.

  717. Great devotional

  718. Nina Hassell says:

    I’ve been trying to become a doctor for over a decade. God has told me that’s what I am. I am pregnant with my third child a boy I have two girls 5 and 15 months old and God promised me a boy He will be here in June/July. I believe God I’m going to try to get in medical school for the third time I believe this time I will!!!! I will never quit. God keeps His promises.

  719. Thank you for sharing this important truth. I have a history of quitting. It took revelation from the Lord before I understood that fear of failing kept me from completing things when they got hard. Somewhere I began to believe it was better to quit than to fail. God has been faithful to help me over come that lie and trust him.

  720. This came a perfect time I’m in a time in my life I just want to be done working and enjoy life I love my job but always wanted to do more education etc was divorced with two boys and never blamed them but have said many time life just got in the way when they went to college they said join us but “life” just kept going and never happen. Can’t wait to read this

  721. I would love to have time to quilt. I started one about 6 years ago that needs to be finished and given to my brother.

  722. Grace Crapitto says:

    Boy, do I need to read this! I know God has plans for my life that I need to take the time to let Him show me , so I can give something back to Him. I had a near death situation recently and know that God saved me, so I pray daily for Him to show me what I can do for Him.

  723. God is so gentle how He continues to call us home to our purpose. This was a Word fitly spoken! Thank you

  724. So very appropriate for me today. What a timely encouragement. A real “God” moment. Thanks for sharing & being a tool for Him to speak to me. God bless your work.

  725. So very appropriate for me today. What a timely encouragement. A real “God” moment. Thanks for sharing & being a tool for Him to speak to me. God bless your work. Would love to have your book.

  726. Janet Watkins says:

    Thank you for this encouragement and reminder that I’m not a quitter.

  727. Beverly Gentry says:

    Oh how i need this study!! with all of the pressures of being a full time caretaker to my 93 year old mother and working in a job i hate ,Monday through Friday, there are days when i just want to quit and walk away!! but then God nudges me and reminds me that i am right where He wants me to be! i wish i could be in total surrender to this but i let the devil plants the doubts and lose focus on God!! He is in control!! God bless your words of encouragement!

  728. What a great post. Just what I needed to hear to get me back on track with my writing. I would love to read Nicki’s book to figure out how not to be a quitter.

  729. I would love to have some tools that will help me not quit!!!

  730. molly geiger says:

    I would really enjoy learning different ways of not giving up even when things seems that they will not work out….Thank you for this great post and wonderful opportunity of me possibly winning a copy of your book.

  731. Esther Brouwer says:

    This is exactly how I’ve been feeling.

  732. I need God’s help to help me not give up with my fight with cancer.

  733. Melissa says:

    I needed to read this today. I make so many plans for myself. I have been sidetracked from being sidetracked. By focusing on what the Lord has for me, my priorities are shifted back to where they need to be. This book might be just what I need!

  734. Isabel Ortiz says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement today! It blessed me to know I’m not the only one!

  735. There are so many time I quit before I finish something. I really would like to read this book and be part of the study coming up. This post spoke to my heart. It’s just the reminder I needed to hear today.

  736. Thank you 🙂

  737. Yes we are capable! Seek God and sometimes resources he has put on this earth.

  738. Over the past 4 months my guitar, which I’ve used for worship over the past 17 years, has been just sitting in its stand; and I’ve played it maybe twice during that time and have been dusting it off like a piece of furniture! I really lost interest in it. Instead I chose to do other things such as getting on the computer and watching tv. I’ve even wondered if the Lord had something different for me to do now. But recently I was asked to lead worship for 2 separate occasions and am thinking that maybe the Lord is letting me know that it was me who set it aside for other things and that He still wants me to continue with worship. Today I led worship and was blessed and am glad that I picked it back up and looking forward to what He has for me.

  739. Connie McPherson says:

    I am going through a lot of turmoil in my life. I think this wonderful book would help guide me. My life is at a point where I do want to quit trying. This book would be a blessing to me.

  740. Oh my gosh I so needed this! Lately, I have been beating myself up because of things I’ve started and not finished. Something akin to, “my eyes were bigger than my stomach”, though task related rather than food. Thank you for helping to renew my mind and perspective regarding this very issue.

  741. Tatina Firle says:

    Every time I try to change my family’s diet and begin exercising I do really well for a while. Then someone complains or it gets too hard and I quit. I will be 40 next year and don’t want to continue to live my life this way. My daughter is on the border of becoming extremely unhealthy, and my husband has type 2 diabetes along with stage 3 kidney failure. I know God doesn’t want me to be a quitter, so I’m giving it all to Him.

  742. Funny. I’ve given up on my marriage. My husband walked out and is now a meth addict. I’d been believing God for restoration for over a year now and I gave up. I’ve been wrestling with my decision for a couple weeks now and the last couple of days have been intense. Now this. I think I see what you did there Holy Spirit.

  743. Patricia M. says:

    It always comes down to making a decision: will I choose the easiest thing to do or the harder one, the one that I know I must do because God says so and which requires more involvement but which brings more satisfaction in the end. Most times, what gets in my way is my laziness and my desire to accomplish things quickly. I need to see results to stay motivated in my projects. I have a hard time applying the “it’s a life-long process or journey we are on” and to look back to see my progress.

  744. Marcia White says:

    Definitely need to read this book. I have so many unfinished projects that I keep holding on to with the idea that some day I will finish them. This has encouraged me to not quit, and to finish what I have started. Thanks

  745. Thank you for today’s devotional. My husband calls it TED ( Time Estimation Disorder).

  746. I gave up church, just for a few months while God and I were working through some stuff! Once I realized I needed church, my community and Jesus in my life, he welcomed me back with open loving arms’

  747. Kimberly says:

    Thanks for today’s devotion. Inspiring people and coaching them with health and fitness is something I have not had complete faith in myself to pull through. Yet, everytime I feel like quitting someone reaches out to me for help and it makes me think that maybe this is something I should still be doing. This book sounds like it would be perfect for me!

  748. My list of things I have quit on is so long…. some are small tasks, like organizing my desk, and others are life changing, like my marriage. Thank you for this bible study. I am in desperate need of it.

  749. Elaine Segstro says:

    Your words today SO resonated with me. I have so many hobbies and interests and get inspired to follow through with big projects, but somehow something interrupts. Could it be God? I would love to read your book!

  750. I have a problem with procrastination. I delay and either never get started or never finish. Many times situations turned out worse due to my procrastination. Then I blame myself.

  751. Brittany Lee says:

    Loved this devotional, helped me be able to look back and up and realize that I didn’t quit, it is more of a break or “time out” to show me when God sees fit, for me to return to what I was doing with the right purpose in my heart ?

  752. Could use while I’m in the process of trying to decide if I should continue in the path I’m going.

  753. Alice McGhee says:

    Quitting us definitely a “cop out”! Jesus never quit and he doesn’t want us to either. He has promised to give us all the strength to keep going that we need even in our position of weakness. I think the book would encourage me to keep going.
    Alice McGhee

  754. Morgan Garrett says:

    This resonated with me so much. The list of things I’ve started and quitted is so long.

  755. Sounds like a great book!!!!

  756. Gloria irving says:

    By the grace of God I have been writing for years and have yet to type the books up without getting weary for how long it will take to get it done. I would rather keep writing and not stop to type because of all the ideas I can hardly keep up with. Twenty five subject composition tablets later and I’m stalled thinking I should get to typing but the task seems to tedious. I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me and I will. Thanks for the encouragement.

  757. I was wondering if it is ever too late to start things when you are older? I want to do things, but feel I am too old to start new things or afraid to start something I will fail at. Thank you for your encouragement on starting things that may not be too late to start.

  758. Evelyn R says:

    All my life I strive to excel as a student in elementary, high school to college; at the workplace
    but its always that someones else is better than me. So one day after crying so hard because i did not become the employee of the year, I quit. I told myself this is it.
    Now God has been teaching me in the last years as I have been reading the bible more often and getting involved more at church. He is telling me not to be afraid to go back to work.
    I agree “There are things God wants to accomplish in and through my life. Plans that are still in place and waiting to prevail.”

    Im hoping to win Nikki’s new book. Thank you!

  759. This book sounds very encouraging!
    Sounds like a perfect book for all of us imperfect optimists!

  760. Sarah Bryson says:

    Love the key verse! I don’t think I’ve read that one before.