About the Author

Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. This a a fresh new perspective on this holiday, Robin! Even as someone without kids, it’s a great reminder. LOVE as my declaration of independence, I’m with you, girl!! XOXO

  2. Hi Robin,
    I loved this – thanks for taking the time to really think about what freedom means, and share your thoughts with us! I especially enjoyed the Gal 5:13-14 at the end – freedom is not an end in itself – we have to DO something with it!
    I do think there might be a type in your Christian re-phrasing of Jefferson. Did you mean to say ‘which those outside of Christ *don’t* enjoy’?
    Blessings to you on this holiday!

  3. It is so hard for the human heart outside Christ to understand that dependence on Him brings freedom, and I am thankful that the Spirit in us as believers teaches us this truth and leads us as we walk in our freedom, a freedom that is indescribable and beyond words. God’s ways are always a mystery, where else in the world does dependence = freedom, but in Christ alone? Thank God, Jesus came to set us free!
    Robin, you said it much better, and thanks for the reminder of what our freedom means to us as believers dependent on our Lord.

  4. Kathy,
    Well, I think you have quite a way with words, too :).
    One of the attributes I most appreciate about God is His great mystery–there is NO explanation sufficient to describe him…and though it’s frustrating at times, I’m glad. Otherwise, it would make this life of faith ordinary and within our control. Which is downright kingdom-contrary!

  5. Robin – LOL – glad to help – although I about died laughing when I realized I had a typo in the word ‘typo’ (I put ‘type’).
    Kathy – I love what you said! In a very independent world, it’s really hard for folks to realize that dependence is freedom. I tell people that growing up physically is a process of increasing independence, but growing up spiritually is a process of increasing *dependence*!

  6. You remind me of a lesson I learned some years ago when my heel was shattered in a freak accident. I was non-weight-bearing for three months, and, living alone, needed a wheelchair to get around. It’s very difficult to carry things when you’re on crutches! Though dependent upon that wheelchair for mobility, it also made me independent: I could get from room to room, carry things on my lap or hooked onto a handle. It was a wonderful metaphor for God: simultaneously dependent and independent because of his love.
    At a time when the economy shut my husband’s business, affected his confidence, taken a toll on his health and wreaked havoc with our finances as well as our prospects, this reminder is soooo timely.
    Thank you.

  7. Robin, Thank you for the sharing a focused perspective on our fabulous holiday. As the parent of a teenager, finding the appropriate balance feels frightening and I am so thankful to have the guidance of God laid out for me(when I am paying attention anyway). I love celebrating the opportunity of our country and the freedom God has given us.
    I also want to thank you for not being afraid to share your heart. Your post on marriage was one I needed to hear and I am so blessed that you were not discouraged by your doubts to write it out. 🙂 You are awesome!!