Ann Cooper McCauley

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Announcement: Quitting

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Am I a writer? Am I a speaker? Is this my purpose? Is this really what You told me to do? Because where are the results? Where are my readers? Where are my listeners?

Should I quit? Why can’t I quit? WHY, Lord, can’t I just quit?

I’ve worked hard to rear and homeschool six children. I’m aging. This is a world where even in church the cute and popular lead. This is an uphill battle when I am going downhill. Yes, I’ve worked hard my whole life and now I’m a grandmother. Can’t I be released from this drive to write and speak? This constant pulling me this way and that? Aren’t you able to bring success and my struggle end? Or can’t You give me the freedom to just be retired?

His answer surprises me.

Jesus lives for God. Not did live. Present tense. He lives for God. (Romans 6:10) He has this LIFE thing going on in Him that’s perpetual, lively, green, fresh, and constant. And that indwelling resurrection LIFE is greater than my temptation to give up my calling. The Word says Christ’s life is to LIVE for God.

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The same chapter goes on to say, I am an instrument of righteousness. Jesus died for me to have his indwelling, resurrection power on my insides.

Read further and it says we are slaves to His righteousness. This past Sunday at church, the message was from chapter one of Philippians where Paul declares he and Timothy are bondservants of Jesus Christ. Coincidence? That word servant in the Greek means one who is solely committed to another. Both men are compelled to do for the One to which they are committed. They cannot stop. No matter how hard. No matter how long. No matter persecution. No matter, no matter!

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He loves me, He loves me not, HE LOVES ME!

You know the one thing I’ve noticed about life? The message has pretty much always been—never give up. If God calls you to it, you’d might as well keep going. Ups and downs must not stop you. Meager numbers—lack—must not stop you. People must move out of your way.

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:1-2 Amplified Bible

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Believers, when you want to quit what you believe God has called you to do, remember you are not your own. Everything you are and will be belongs to the Source of all effort, energy, mind, and emotion. He has a plan, specific to using you. It may not be the plan you think, nonetheless you are moving toward something He has in store for His glory. If our life on this planet is a mere dot in time, spend it well. Live for Him. That is the greatest satisfaction. His reward is with Him.

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And behold I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me… Revelation 22:12 NKJ

20 Comments
  • Betty Wingfield on April 20, 2015

    I really did NOT want to read this today!!! Speaks to my heart in a mighty way. Thanks, Ann.

  • Cecilia Harberson on April 20, 2015

    There’s no retirement in the army of the Lord…just promotions. :)

  • terri tiffany on April 20, 2015

    Needed to be reminded of this truth today. Thank you.

  • Dawn on April 20, 2015

    Love you Ann… I’ve profited many times from your words of encouragement ! And I’ve read your books and I know you are an amazing gifted writer! Don’t stop
    Keep going!

  • Rachel on April 20, 2015

    This is really good Ann. It’s something we all need to hear!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on April 22, 2015

      It was so easy to discern my calling when my children were small. My calling was right in front of my face. :) I think it’s safe to say we’re called to the people God places in our path and realm of influence. Because of the internet, that group has grown!

  • Carole Brown on April 21, 2015

    Well spoken. Words to remind us and keep us with our eyes fixed upon our Savior who is indeed the one who has “called” us to do his bidding. So thankful he knows the perfect path for us.

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on April 22, 2015

      Yes, He does, Carole. I appreciate you so much!!! When the crew has a victory, I feel like I have, too!

  • D on August 3, 2015

    Love you. This spoke directly to whats going on with me right now.

  • Vonnie smith on August 3, 2015

    Good words for a Monday. Fellow Bond-servants, do not give up, do not quit! Love you, Ann!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on August 3, 2015

      This was an April post. Haha! I am so glad my new friend Deborah Bost circulated it once again. It was good for me to hear this Monday. Love you. too, Vonnie!

  • Cyn Rogalski on August 3, 2015

    I’ve been reading similar postings…God is bringing up a remnant, because the enemy is releasing a spirit of fear.

    Now is NOT the time to quit!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on August 3, 2015

      Thanks for your comment, Cyn. Times are difficult for Christian writers, no doubt. But, God is still God.

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