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. Robin,
    I’ve had two knee surgeries in the past 3 years. When people ask me, “What did you do?” I sometimes will respond, “I wore them out being on my knees in prayer!” LOL. I’m kidding, but in a way I am serious because there have been so many times that I have been on my knees in prayer for my children. Like you, if I could will a hedge of protection around them, I would. What a divine and beautiful gift is the little lady who has consistently texted your son. I love that God gave you, and him, a tangible sign of His loving protection. What a beautiful reminder that the small deeds we do in love, do not go unnoticed or do not return void. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story…may I follow this woman’s example…
    Bev xx

    • Bev, well, I love your response about your knee surgeries (I had one surgery a few years ago, so I’m VERY sympathetic when I hear someone who’s had to go through it). And you captured it perfectly: her faithfulness is a tangible sign of God hearing my mama-prayers <3.

  2. This is truly a beautiful post.
    These women not only bless your son, they bless you. That in turn incourages you to bless someone else. God is a mighty wonderful God. I love the mustard seed reference. God has given me that mustard seed faith many times. It is a blessing to see what He does with it.
    God bless those went & you. May we all be brave enough to use our muatard seed!

    • Donna, Thank you for your comment, but I have to tell you what made me smile: you said “incourage” instead of “encourage” :). How many times have I done the same thing since writing for this amazing site?? (and yes–I want to be mustard seed BRAVE!)

  3. Wow! This brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful example of faith in the ordinary. Thank you for sharing!

    • Danielle,

      It’s this kind of faithfulness that inspires me to action, ya know? A small, consistent, deliberate action to encourage and bless someone else. It reminds me that EVERYONE has something to give. A widow’s mite, a mustard seed of faith…something…!

  4. Our sons are the same age and sound very similar. 🙂 An encounter happened last week for my son too and it was such a reminder for me that we serve a God “who sees”….not just generally, but each one of us! God bless those women and may I be one!!!!!

  5. What a fantastic post! I’m response to this post, I would say that your ministry is much the same as the ministry of that elderly lady to your son. I look for your posts every morning and have shared many with close, personal friends. Also, in response to my practical every day life, my three spiritual sisters, my one spiritual brother (which has a deeper meaning than us being brothers and sisters in Christ; they couldn’t be any more my siblings than if we’d had the same natural parents), my spiritual mom and spiritual dad, and my church have this role in my life. They are consistently there when I need them to minister to me and express God’s love in action to me, doing exactly what God called them to do to help me, no more and no less— so that I still have to depend on God. I couldn’t ask for anything more! Be blessed.
    Keri Lynn Siegel

  6. Robin,

    What a true blessing for your son that his shift began that day. Thank-you Robin for your inspiring post today..and for the reminder of how a mustard seed can be grown into doing wonders, with faith.


  7. This post!! This story is such an encouragement for so many reasons, what a relief to be reminded that all God is looking for is a small act of obedience.. and how special it is to know that he has his people everywhere looking out for each other. Thanks for sharing this story, Robin.

  8. Robin, what a beautiful post! I love how these precious women have come alongside your son, giving him nudges to walk in faith through their texts to him. You’ve given me some ideas on how I can be praying for my almost-teen boys.

    I was blessed with a mentor when I was in high school. She taught me to drive, heard my heart, and pointed me toward Jesus. The seeds of faith she planted in me have yielded fruit in my life as I’ve learned to walk with Jesus. I want that for my sons, and I want to be doing that for others. Thanks for getting me thinking on seeding faith. 🙂

  9. Robin,
    Even though you say it’s small, and consistent, little is much when God is in it. That little mustard seed grew into a tree big enough for the birds to nest in it. God doesn’t see anything as small when it is done in His Name. I love how these older ladies weren’t intimidated to ask for your son’s cellphone number and use it. Sweet, sweet, sweet, offering the Godly wisdom and encouragement they have to give to your son, AND your son was/is willing to receive it instead of blowing it off from these “older ladies”.

    Encourages me so much to speak more into people’s lives and to realize everything is by divine appointment.



  10. Indeed I am praying for my daughter and her children, one who is playing with her sexuality, thinking maybe she is gay. I am broken hearted! Struggling! Please pray that God will intervene and our lives will come back together. thank you.

    • Mary,
      Praying now for you daughter and her children! I can’t imagine how heartbroken you and your family is over this! May God intervene and bring about a change of heart for her!
      Please help Mary and her family! Guide her daughter in the path you want her to go! Deliver her from the thoughts of homosexuality! Comfort Mary and her family during this time! Be with the children also!

  11. Robin,
    I can easily see God in the situation with your son! So glad those ladies were there and now bring comfort to him daily! Love and totally agree: “Sometimes remarkable gifts arrive without fanfare, wrapped in obscurity.” To often we ask what can I do? I don’t have any major talents, can’t travel overseas on missions, etc. How can God use me? I’ve learned over the years that my spiritual gift is encouragement! I continually send cards, e-cards, phone friends, & pray for people! If time permits I will visit you in the hospital or cook a meal for you! I want you to know you are thought of and loved!! God can take that little and use it for His kingdom!!
    Blessings 🙂