Mar 31

I Quit Blogging~ but I didn’t want to! {FYI: Giveaway}

MelissaAndNickiLaughingOBSHello to any blog readers I may still have out there. My name is Melissa, the inconsistent blogger.

After I went to Israel in September 2015, I decided I’d start blogging again. And I did for a little bit. The truth is, I wanted to blog. I love writing from my heart and this is the place I get to do that. So … why did I quit? Ahhh! I get so frustrated with myself because I don’t have a good answer to that question!

This year, I’ve actually followed through with more things than I have in year’s past. (Pat myself on the back and thank you very much. Y’all clap.) Here are three areas I’ve managed to be consistent in:

  • Quiet Time
  • Weight Watchers
  • Exercise

All three of these areas have been areas where I’ve struggled in the past. I start strong but somewhere along the journey, I get weak and quit … temporarily. Then a few months later, I start again.

One thing I have to say that I like about myself. I might quit, but I don’t give up. I try again. And each time I say I want THIS to be THE REAL time I actually follow through. And I mean it! I think.

While the three areas I’ve listed above I’ve managed to keep going this year, I’ve learned I can’t get comfortable. It’s easy to quit. Like I’ve done with blogging. I started blogging again briefly. Then I quit. But I didn’t want to.

So, why if we say we really want to do something and we know it’s good for us, do we not keep doing it?

(Notice I’ve pulled you into this with me by saying “we” ~ haha ^^^^^)

How perfect that the next Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study is about becoming a woman who doesn’t quit! And even better it’s by my good friend and ministry partner, Nicki Koziarz! Whoop whoop! (That’s us in the picture above.)2016_OBS_5Habits_PreStudy_Square1-02


I’m so excited about this study! Y’all this book is GOOD! Even though I don’t necessarily consider myself a quitter, I’m also not a finisher.  5 habits, 5 weeks, committed leaders, an active community, and Bible study learning from the book of Ruth. This is going to be a great book and study. And I would love for you to do this with me.

While I am a Proverbs 31 OBS leader and director, I’m also a participant. I have a lot to learn in this area and I’m thankful to have the OBS community to do this with.

Would any of you like to join me? I so wish you would! If so, we can go through the study together over on the #P31OBS blog and also talk about it here. I know I could use the support and accountability, how about you?

If you’d like to sign up, click here. Sign up is free. For the study all you need to do is get the book. The study begins April 18.

And just for fun, I’m giving away two 5 Habits books! Leave a comment in this post and you’ll be entered to win. You have until 5:00 p.m. ET Sunday, April 3 to enter. I’ll announce the winners on Monday, April 4!

Let me know if you sign up and while you are at it, invite a friend too! Together, let’s become women who follow through by choosing what we want most over what we want now.

I hope you’ll join me!  :)



  1. I just signed up and would love to get one of the books you are giving away

  2. Your blog article sounded just like me, lol. The online study sounds great! Thanks for offering studies that are relevant to women today.

  3. Michele says:

    I signed up but money is tight, would love to win a free book, thanks

  4. Hi, Melissa,
    I have signed up for the class and a small group. I am looking forward to the study. I will be doing the study with one of my cousins. I need to persevere in the same areas you have done well in this year. Congratulations on doing that. I have a blog, too, and I have not written in a long time so I can relate to you. I have the book. If I were to win one, I would give it to someone in my family.
    God bless you. Janine

  5. I’ve quit so many times on so many things. But I love how you say you quit, you just don’t give up. I hope to learn some very valuable habits, so that I can learn to quit And not give up. Thank you. Awesome post.

  6. Hi Melissa, I am so looking forward to this. I too am like you I start things but it takes me a long time to finish it. I don’t think I am a quitter, but I don’t get a lot of things finished. Congratulation on Weight Watchers. I lost 86 lbs in 1998-99 and have kept it off, because I work for them and am being held accountable. This is what I need.

  7. Pat Hill says:

    I have signed up. Sounds like a great study. May the persons be blessed to receive one of the books. I will pray that if meant to be, that I may be blessed to get a copy.

  8. shelley says:

    I would love a copy !

  9. Hi, Melissa! I enjoyed watching you on my very 1st time on Periscope today. I thank God for using you ladies in P31 to speak His Truth into our lives. I have read and so enjoyed the 5 Habits book!! I’ve already signed up for the OBS! I can’t wait. My plans for tomorrow are to go buy the Bible Study book for even further study. Our family will be moving 1,830 mi to the West on May 9 to plant a church in the West. Prayers are appreciated, please!!
    If I win this book, I will give it to a friend!!! I am finishing up leading women’s ministry here in my home church.

  10. Chrissy says:

    Yayy for you on the sticking with weight watchers and exercise! I have joined and quit weight watchers too many times to count! I’m signed up for this study for that very reason!! Anxiously awaiting April 18th…

  11. Jessica G says:


  12. I would love to stop the cycle.

  13. I am.definitely doing study with or without the book .You gals are amazing !!!!
    Would love to win book Cant wait till April 18th .my.bdays 22nd .lol Our.God is an AWESOME GOD

  14. Holly Duncan says:

    This book and Bible study sounds like just what I need.

  15. The OBS studies have been such a huge blessing to me! I have never been too consistent at any one Bible study because my schedule is always so hectic, but the ease and flexibility P31 OBS studies offer has really helped! I’m looking forward to this next study and while I already have my book, if I won a copy I would get my BFF on board too!

  16. Charity says:

    I believe this study must be meant for me. I can’t even tell you how many books I have begun and somehow not managed to finish reading! My only saving grace…He who began a good work in me WILL complete it! :)

  17. brenda stover says:

    I do not have this book..but would love to be chosen for it ….?

  18. Can so relate to the quit and get back on cycle. Really, really looking forward to this study!

  19. I relate to your blog tremendously and would love to have a copy of the book! Thanks for sharing your heart!

  20. Brenda shoemaker says:

    I have signed up and have my book I am ready to start!!!!

  21. Shauneen says:

    I’m so excited about this study! I’ve sooooooooooooooooooooooo enjoyed the last P31 studies I’ve done! The community is the BEST! The study material is AMAZING!!! I’ve learned so much about our amazing God and myself through these studies. #I’MEXCITED!!

  22. Thanks for your honesty and encouragement. And the giveaway, too. You rock!

  23. Hi! I have already signed up and ordered the book. I would love to win a copy of the book to give to a friend to the encourage her to do the bible study also!

  24. Darlene says:

    I just signed up for this study. I am so excited to get started. I would love to share a copy of the book with a friend.

  25. I love the P31 studies and all the ladies who work hard to make the studies convient and flexable. I have lost count of the studies that i have done and im looking forward to another amaxing experience. Oh, Im Raena from Flint, MI. Im really hope i can get many of my friends to join me in this study. They have to see how amazing P31 really is for themselves.

  26. Charlotte Clanton says:

    I’m signing up and the book would be great. I’m one that starts and doesn’t always finish.

  27. Oh my, girl! Do I ever need this book! It’s come to my attention in a timely manner! Isn’t it funny how God does that??? I started a blog about a year ago with such excitement and vision… I think I’ve blogged 3 or 4 times (sad face). I also have a hard time following through with my health choices…
    I have a small bible study at my house weekly. And I do mean small there 3 of us including myself. We are going to do this study.

  28. Sue Anna says:

    Oh my, I think this was written for me. Would love to do the study with you. Thanks for offering the book since expense is a concern for me.

  29. Sheila Beachner says:

    Hello Melissa!!! I am signed up and ready to start this next OBS #5habitsbook by Nicki Koziarz.

  30. Vickie Mullins says:

    I am so a QUITER due to to many commitments… I need this I start out strong but get weak I so need this…

  31. Marian Hindall says:

    I’m a quitter when it comes to dieting. This time it’s been harder. I know no excuses, but my husband of 37 years passed away 17 months ago today. I would love to have your book. Thank you and God bless you.

  32. Annette says:

    Hello Melissa I do the exact same thing and I never give up on trying again.Would love to win a copy of the book.Thanks,Annette

  33. Cherie K says:

    Oh yes, it is so easy to start but too easy to stop doing what is best! I could use some (a lot) of help and encouragement in this area. Sounds like this will be a wonderful study!

  34. I would love to join. I have started projects in past also only to talk myself out of it. Last August my husband and I started nutrisystem. By December we had each lost 50 pounds! I am maintaining but it was so much easier to have someone supporting me. I want to be part of a group that supports each other in following God’s word

  35. Krystle Luz Cintron says:

    I’m praying that this study will help me to be a winner and not a quitter any more!!! I even invited my 2 sisters to join me so we can succeed together. Thank you for even offering this class to us. God bless you all ❤❤❤

  36. Lindsay Natale says:

    I signed up! I’m super excited for this study! I so need this right now! Gods timing is perfect!

  37. Maryellen says:

    I am signing up and would love a copy of the book. I start and stop so many things so many times it is frustrating. Looking forward to the study!

  38. Thank you for these online Bible Studies! I do not feel like I am a quitter, but I am not a finisher, either! Oh, I will eventually start again, and again, and again, and so on. What a blessing this study will be! I love how relatable you are, how transparent, and how much you love our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  39. I signed up as soon as it was announced. This is going to be another great study from OBS!

  40. Christianna says:

    I am a pastor’s wife in Utah. We’ve been here almost 20 years and love it. However…coming across good Christian materials is no easy task here in this area. I keep coming back to this book thinking maybe it’s one I’d like to use as a part of our annual women’s retreat here in this state. I would love a copy!❤

  41. Chris Brown says:

    Let’s do this! I’m not quitting! ?

  42. Debbie Sutherland says:

    I signed up! I read your blog and thought, “me too”

  43. Well it’s nice to know Im not the only one. *whew* I get so mad at myself for quitting something, primarily weight loss. It’s a big DUH- you have to lose weight for your health, but I just can’t seem to stay committed to it. It frustrates me and also my husband because he KNOWS deep down inside somewhere I am not a quitter. So a huge thanks to my cousin for inviting me to this. Im pretty excited!!

  44. Heather King says:

    Wow this book and study sound right up my alley. I feel the same as how you talked-not necessarily a quitter, but not the best finisher. I have so many plans and dreams for my life. I find myself getting bogged down because of my bad habits. I am hopeful this study can help me change that!

  45. This sounds like what I need right now???
    I signed up, shared on Facebook and Tweeted, oh and even emailed my sister and daughter would love to win a book…..
    Thanks Melissa?

  46. I am with you sister!! I love writing and have grand ambitions to write as often as possible – never happens! Reality sets in and I find myself ticking off the other ‘to-do’s’. I’m a momma of 16 month old twins and they keeps me hoppin’ that’s for sure. I love participating the the OBS through Proverbs 31. You and your team do a remarkable job and I’m so grateful for all you the hard work you put into making it possible for me to connect with others and get some good learning in too. I’m all signed up for Nicki’s study and I can’t wait!

  47. Jessica Brown says:

    I would love a copy of this book!!!

  48. I am all signed up. I would love to blog with you. I just saw your book tonight bat Barnes and Nobles.!i smiled and said ” I know her and her bible study on this books starts in 17 days.” I said it out loud to myself as if I was talking to someone.?
    So excited

  49. This sounds so much like me ! I have really been beating myself up lately for NEVER finishing any goal I start. Such a defeated feeling to have…. Would love to join you!

  50. Joycelyn says:

    I’m all signed up but haven’t yet ordered the Kindle version. I really need this study. I really need all of these OBSs. I always wait to the last minute to order the Kindle versions because I depend on the extra earnings from a house cleaning job I do once every third purchase it. Money is very tight, but I make sure to give up something to be able to participate in the studies. I thank God for all of you at P31.