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Faith Quotes and Serving God with Our Daily Work

Next week, on May 17th, the blog will be one year old. The blog has taken the largest part of my time for the last year; so this week I’m thinking about why I write it and where to go from here.


A glimpse at how I see the high calling of our daily work with some faith quotes that sum it up

I’ve always looked at all of life – work and play – being woven together into a seamless piece. Taking life so seriously made for some pretty intense play as a little kid. My poor teachers and parents. I do laugh a lot, but I always had this notion that everyone and everything in life is significant to God.

When I became a Christian, I worked hard to serve God in every way I could find. As I grew in faith and read the Bible, I was greatly relieved to learn that God is in control. I’m so glad He’s not counting on me to make things turn out right. Every moment and every person still has great value to me – it is just without heaviness of pressure to perform.

Still, to me, life is a seamless piece. If our lives are not divided up into little compartments, then we do not have a religious character and a business character and a home character. We are just us. As far as I can tell, God loves you for you anyway – not for what you can do for him.

If we matter to God, then all of our lives matter. He is not more concerned with what we do on one day than another. And preaching sermons is not more important work than changing diapers or cooking dinner.

I hope you enjoy this song by Phil Stacey. When we heard it yesterday, I was thinking about all of us with RA.  Living with RA, there are plenty of “burdens” and “hopeless” moments for “holding on”. (I’ll print the lyrics below for anyone who can’t hear the song.)

Working by faith: quote from High Calling Blogs

Maybe you noticed the new badge on Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior for the High Calling Blogs Network. This quote from their website expresses their perspective: “Our work itself should be a testimony to our creator. At, we encourage each other to remember the high calling of our daily work.” I’m hoping to be inspired by reading some of their blogs and hopefully some of their other members will learn about living with RA from reading RA Warrior.

Lyrics to Some Kind of Love

What kind of love can fill up the ocean
Won’t let you drown when you’re diving in
What kind of love takes a heart that’s frozen
And makes it heal, makes it beat again

Still it’s hard to lay these burdens down
And believe it’s gonna all work out
But somehow

Some kind of love, some kind of love
It just keeps on coming back
Who knew there was some kind of love
I want a love like that
I want a love like that

What kind of love goes into the darkness
And pulls you back when you’re on the edge
What kind of love finds you when you’re hopeless
And gives you another second chance

I was thinking I was too far gone
Wondering how I’d keep holding on
Hold on

Finds me on my knees when I can hardly breathe
When I got nothing left, You reached me

When I’m thinking that I’m too far gone
What kind of love can fill up the ocean
Won’t let you drown when you’re diving in

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Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O'Neill (formerly Kelly Young) has worked about 12 years as an advocate helping patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the author of the best-selling book Rheumatoid Arthritis Unmasked: 10 Dangers of Rheumatoid Disease. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Through her writing and speaking, she builds a more accurate awareness of rheumatoid disease (RD) aka rheumatoid arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creates ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and brings recognition and visibility to the RA patient journey. In addition to RA Warrior, she writes periodically for newsletters, magazines, and websites. There are over 60,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook page. You can also connect with Kelly on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is a mother of five, longtime home-schooler, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. She has lived over fourteen years with unrelenting RD. See also https:/

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14 thoughts on “Faith Quotes and Serving God with Our Daily Work

  • May 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

    PERFECT!! That song so fits! God’s love is the kind of love I want!! Thanks for sharing, Kelly 🙂

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  • May 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    You do a wonderful job serving God in your daily work. I admire your skills, dedication, and selflessness. I’m sure glad you started your blog just a few months before I was diagnosed. What a blessing for me. You reminded me today that God is in control and I should depend on him more than I do. How easy that is to forget when we get caught up in our worries. Loved the song.

    • May 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you, friend. We can all remind each other of that, helping each other along. :heart:

  • May 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Without the support of a loving husband and God’s love I couldn’t have made it through the past seven years with RA. Thanks for sharing Kelly.

  • May 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    You write it, because somebody needs to put the information out there. You write it, because it gives a voice to thousands who are struggling to accept & live with RA. You write it, because it is a form of therapy that helps you to cope. Most of all, you write it because you are a writer. You were called to this vocation and this blog. Don’t fight it! Think of the good that you have accomplished.

    “Let your light so shine … and glorify
    your Father in heaven.”
    — Matthew 5:16

  • May 15, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Love how you remind us to not compartmentalize and how all of life is important. You’re a great addition to High Calling Blogs!

  • May 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    What an incredible blessing to find this web site and blog. I was diagnosed with RA last Dec. I have been taking MTX and prednisone since then. This past Feb. I started the Enbrel injections. I have now taken 10 does and I am still struggling to move much. This site has already help me deal with my desire to exercise but not wanting to hurt and when I read about not feeling morning stiffness I was so relieved because I don’t. I will be reading everything on this site. If feels good to have this support. It is also such a relief to read about dealing with RA from a Christian view point. I am glad that God is in Control and I am not.
    Thank you

    • May 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Kristi,
      Thanks. You said “it feels good to have this support…” It feels good to me too to hear such encouraging words.
      I hope the treatments begin to help you more soon. :heart:

  • June 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks for this post Kelly! I especially like your take on life as a seamless piece: “If our lives are not divided up into little compartments, then we do not have a religious character and a business character and a home character.”

    Who we are when happy is the same person we are when suffering too. And God is there in all these instances. Still something I’m working on grasping.

    Blessings 🙂

    • June 4, 2010 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks, Jen. That makes me think of Jesus – the same yesterday, today, & tomorrow. Of course we can’t do exactly as he does, but it’s still reality. What’s that old saying? Knock a cup & what spills is what was inside.


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