In my book, Rise Higher - I talk about something inevitable in life... that something is, failure. I go on to talk about the 4 -F's of failure, Faith, Family, Finances and Fitness.

The bad news is, we will each experience a crisis in each area at some point in our lives. The good news? God can use ALL your past failures for good!

While it can be difficult to let go of our past mistakes and regrets, God call us to overcome them. By focusing on failure, you'll never be able to invest in your future and the dream God has called you to. So whether you've had a crisis of faith, crisis in your family, financial crisis or crisis with your fitness goals, ask Jesus to intervene. Repenting from any sin that's led to your crisis, He'll help you overcome and keep you from replaying your past, over and over in your mind and heart, so you can live out today in peace.

Christ doesn't call us to be perfect, striving for perfectionism is a sure way to stay stuck and never learn from our failures to help us and others succeed. In chapter 2 (Failure) I feature the one-and-only, Dave Ramsey. Ken and I had the privilege of meeting Dave in 2013 when we traveled to Nashville, TN to do our debt-free scream interview with him. 

What most people don't know about Dave is, he failed miserably in the financial department and lost EVERYTHING before he succeeded. He turned his family's nightmare in to an opportunity to help others. Was it easy? Of COURSE not, but with God's help, Dave reclaimed his failure. According to a press release found at, Dave has helped more than a million families become debt free thanks to what he learned. Today, The Dave Ramsey Show weekly radio broadcast reaches an average of 14 million listeners. His books, programs, classes, and other educational offerings are provided at churches, military bases, and Universities around the country. Pretty cool turnaround if you ask me! EnJOY the prayer featured in chapter 2 of Rise Higher, below:

Dear Lord, I know I have messed up in the past and will experience failure in the future. In the midst of my humanness, please grant me grace and convict me when I need to choose life instead of living the same way. Please take all the broken pieces of my life. I hand them over to you and into Your capable hands. I ask You to create something beautiful out of my pain. Please use the lessons I’ve learned in the midst of my failures to bring wisdom to my life and to others. In Jesus’ name, amen.



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Nicole Zaagman loves Jesus, her high-school sweetheart, Ken and their pint sized Shih Tzu named Hadley. Zaagman is a born again believer, loves Jesus with all her heart and desires others to know the healing power a relationship with Him can bring. She is a full-time entrepreneur as Marketing & Design Director for Zaagman Home Remodeling and Brand & Design Expert of Nicole Zaagman Enterprises, LLC. Nicole is bestselling author to Bee BADASS and Brilliant and Rise Higher - Believe in Your Dream Cuz' No One Else Will. If this post has touched you, Nicole would love for you to share the link. If shared in any capacity please properly credit: An excerpt by Nicole Zaagman at May the Lord bless you!