Never Give Up

ALT="Never Give Up sticker"

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

It had been several months—a season, in fact—since I’d bought coffee at our church’s in-house coffee shop, and I needed a cup of pumpkin-spice latte.

NEVER had I received an anti-splash sticker in the past. Maybe it was a new thing they’d started. But that Sunday morning, the sticker atop my black plastic lid said,

NEVER give up!

As an educator, I avoid the words “never” and “always” when teaching, for students will invariably come up with exceptions. It never fails. I mean … it seldom, if ever, fails.

But there it was, that word on my first sticker from the Connections Café, arriving at an iffy point in my life.


I think not.

I think God was paying attention. The server could have given me a different sticker, one with a bird or a smiley face or whatever.

Rather than the one I needed.

I found a seat in the sanctuary, carefully removed the sticker, and applied it to the inside back cover of my Bible. And to my heart.

Thank you, God.


Have you ever received a surprising word or act of encouragement when you least expected it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Connect with me via:

Newsletter | Facebook | Pinterest


ALT="book cover Always Before Me"


Thirty daily devotions for women to start off the new year.


2 thoughts on “Never Give Up

  1. I was once attending a conference where I had heard someone say some things which were not directed at me but were still very hurtful. I was feeling extremely discouraged, but not 30 minutes later, a speaker quoted a bible verse that perfectly applied to the hurt I was feeling and soothed my soul. It was one of those moments when you half wonder if they had overheard your conversation or somehow had insight into your life, but of course he didn’t. It was God’s love, grace, and perfect timing. Pure and simple.

    1. davalynn

      God is so tender with us, so perfect in His timing. Thanks for sharing that moment, Kathleen.


Comments are closed.