I QUIT!

I quit!

I DIDN’T MEAN TO, IT JUST HAPPENED

I had my first job with a regular paycheck when I was 13 years old.  Even before then, I babysat.  I have worked all my life.  My parents taught me; nothing good in life comes easy and anything worth having is worth working for.  So I worked and I worked hard.   Nothing really ever came easy for me.  As a gymnast in high school I practiced all the time, at the gym and in the backyard.  School wasn’t particularly easy either.  Honestly, medical school required studying day and night.  My schedule as an obstetrician/gynecologist was brutal at times.  Abruptly, life as I knew it came to a screeching halt when I became disabled from myasthenia gravis.

Galatians 1:10, “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?  Or am I striving to please men?  For if I were still pleasing men, I wouldn’t be a servant of Christ.”  WEB

STRIVING

God called me to minister in various ways over the years.  I have organized and spoken at retreats and women’s events.  I have coordinated and participated in mission trips from Missouri to China.  I was privileged to teach a unique women’s class for years and led early morning Bible studies at work.   Whatever God called me to do always involved striving.  Seeing fruit from my efforts never came easy.

Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” NIV

UNTIL NOW

This is easy.  I am glad I can write.  People who are willing to follow and read are an added blessing for which I am grateful.   Words just roll around in my head until I can get them out.  That’s been happening for years and honestly it kind of drove me nuts.  It truly is a gift, not because of any underlying talent, but because I enjoy it immensely.  Striving is unnecessary during this season of my life.  God has commanded me to rest and not work.  He does the work and unbelievably, does it through me.  If writing becomes work, I’ll quit that too.  But for now, I’ll keep on.

I Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”  ASV

BAKING BREAD

There are some truths I learned from baking bread:  the temperature has to be right, the humidity has to be right and the ingredients must be measured precisely. Kneading dough is physically hard work.  Baking a perfect loaf of bread takes time.  After all the ingredients are prepared, the dough is placed into pans and allowed to rest.  That is when the most amazing process occurs – the dough rises.  It rises above the confines of the pan and overflows the sides.  When the circumstances are just right, it happens.  I think that is what happened to me.

John 6:35, “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'” WEB

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Are you in a season of striving?  Has God given you a vision that looks nothing like your present reality?  That’s part of it too.  Be patient and don’t be discouraged.  The end result is worth the diligence and hard work.  Sometimes the biggest challenge is waiting to see results.

Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this, that he who FullSizeRender - Copy (22)began a good work will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” NIV

27 thoughts on “I QUIT!

  1. You are truly an amazing person. Working with you is and always will be my favorite job ever. It was a privilege. You not know only taught me about the job but you also showed me the kind of person I wanted to be. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you Vickie, as with every message you are spot on. Again thank you so very much. I love how the Lord is working through you, and blessing us as we read your words.

  3. If there is a post from you, it is what I read first. I am going through a very hard struggle, watching my husband die. I find inspiration in your blog to trust that the Lord is guiding us through all this if we will just pay attention. Thank you Vicki for the strength and courage you help me discern.

  4. Keep writing Vicki, God is working thru you. Someone e-mailed this to me yesterday “The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts. The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers and the very
    best place to be is…in the hands of God.

  5. Vickie, I don’t think we’ve met but you delivered Zuri Ross and I am her great Aunt. I was referred to yor blog by her grandma. It is so encouraging. Thank you. What you are writing strengthens me for the journey. And that’s what the parts of the Body are supposed to do for one another!

  6. You are such an encouragement to me right now. My trial is nothing compared to yours, as I am joining the ranks of the unemployed after almost 26 years with the same company, but yet it is a huge change for me and a little scary. But the words that God has given you to share, has touched my life over and over again. Thank you for being obedient to the high calling that God has given you. Praying for your health and your ministry!

  7. Vickie, you should do a devotion book like Sarah Young’s book Jesus Calling. It would sell because I know I would buy one for your daily devotions. I have several devotion books that I use but love hers because it is personal and feels like she is talking to me. Love your blog! I was telling my mom about it and she got signed up. Pray you are feeling better better because we know God is able to do anything. I celebrated 10 years Sunday after my brain aneurysm. Hard to believe God let me be a miracle, but feel so blessed I could be one. Things are a lot different but learning to adapt and be thankful. I had always been small and am not but my precious granddaughters don’t tell me that don’t love me because I am fat now they just I love you Granna. The only thing I prayed or asked God for when he let me live was a grandbaby and be gave me two previous litte girls. His is so good!!!! I think of you often. Wish we could have had a chance to be friends and have lunch or something. I know you were in the Sunday school class that prayed for me 10 years ago and am so thankful for your prayers. If some day you have extra time I would love to do lunch with you as I know you are such an inspiration. God’s love and blessings. If you come up with a free lunch date give me a call. Love in Christ Karen

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  8. Love your blog it is such a blessing. I know God will get you thru this but you are such a blessing thru this struggle. God is good all of the time. I thank God for you.

  9. Vickie, I regret that I haven’t reached out to you… I empathize with you, as I have become disabled, too. The good news is that you are still able to help others, just like doctoring, if you will. Your words are awesome and I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog today. There are no coincidences… I love the Lord and I love you! Keep on keeping on! 😀

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