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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,
    We want things to change, but when push comes to shove, we really don’t want to have to die to self. We are like the Israelites wandering in the desert. God has promised us a land rich with milk and honey, but right now as we are quarantined to our tents and are sick of eating manna everyday, our fuses grow short and we want to turn back to anything that resembles “normal.” We forget the good news – God is faithful and He has something even greater in mind for those of us who will hang on in faith. Yes, the race will be grueling, but there is a glorious prize if we keep putting one foot in front of the other and finish the race. Thanks for pointing us back to the good news. May it spur us on during these days in the desert.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev, sometimes it is forgetfulness of the basics that whittles away our faith. I need you to remind me about the good news we find in the gospel, and you need me to do the same for you. I’m so thankful we have each other! 🙂

  2. Thank you, Robin. Hope. That’s what a lot of us are seeking. Thank you for the reassurance that we can have hope, through Christ.

  3. I love the imagery of the rickety roller coaster… About 10 years ago I had a similar experience (also decades after I had last been on one!) so I know exactly what you mean. It reminds me of 2 Cor 4:8- . We could add “shaken, but not destroyed” to the list, right? And that passage leads us to the same conclusion. We carry around the death of Christ so we and others can experience life in Him. Thank you for that reminder.

  4. Perhaps this can be an encouragement that I would like to pass to all you are reading here shared by our church pastor. – John 14:27-29
    So, let our hearts not be troubled. Be faithful to Jesus. Be faithful to His Word. Be faithful to His Mission (Calling of followers of Jesus).

    We are looking for our peace of mind and heart from the world. It is never going to give it to you. Looking for peace of heart and mind from the political, parties, cultural, money and etc. is not going to give it to you. We get all the history to prove that, but I (Jesus) need you to focus on ME. That is what God is saying to all of us, especially as believers. Stop (time out) ~ Jesus telling you ~ do not let our hearts be troubled and maybe we would repent from allowing ourselves to be troubled by this world~ repent from looking for political messiah and from looking for the world society culture to bring us peace. Jesus said “The world is not going give you peace, but I will. Peace of the world is TEMPORARY. Draw our peace from our relationship with Christ because from that, we know how the story ends. ~ Quoted by our pastor.
    Hope this helps as I am trying to kick the negativity, especially politically from this world as well… (still a work in progress).
    Thanks Robin for this post!

    • Carrie, I’m with you…it’s so easy to fall into a “pattern of this world” when we’re hearing negative-speak all the time. Satan is cunning; he’s found a way to distract us and draw our attention to (whatever)–ANYTHING to keep from looking to Jesus! Thank you for sharing a poignant reminder :).

  5. I remember the time I too tried to bravely ride the Ferris wheel with my daughter. I always took her to the old Elitch Garden amusement park in Denver for her birthday. Usually a friend or two went with us, which freed me to watch safely from the ground. This particular time all the friends had other plans. So I became the default friend.
    I, like you, have an abnormal fear of heights. But as a loving parent does i endeavored to put on the brave face to give my daughter her birthday wish – a fun filled day.
    I wish I could say I did it without fear but that would be a lie. I did it in spite of the fear. A lot happened that day. We got rained on and laughed our heads off as we waited out the storm and then drove home and had to wait for a tow truck to come and fix our flat tire. This was long before cell phones. We had to rely on flashers and kind highway patrol officers to come to our aid.
    I think that life has always had its moments of trial and tribulation but our God has never failed to be with us showing us a way to have a “birthday” worth remembering. Everyday should be our birthday
    It isn’t perfection that gives us a life filled with joy, it is the knowledge that our savior will always come to our aid and show us the way to safety.
    Thank you for bringing a great memory back to me.

    • Loretta, it makes me so happy to know these words right here stirred your own memories! <3 What a precious story you've shared! Indeed, our savior will always show us the way to safety....Him.

      🙂

  6. Robin,

    2020 was a roller coaster year for most. 2021 is starting out with more cynicism. In the midst of all that this one truth I cling to: God is in control. Nothing happens down here that He doesn’t allow-remember Job. It would behoove us to become more like Job & trust God’s leading. It is easy in this world to become like the Israelites who forgot about God & wanted an instant visible God-golden calf. Change of any kind is never easy. With God’s love & encouragement we can handle all this world throws at us. It is through His word that we gain discernment, capacity to love others-even our enemies & increases our faith.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, you’ve reminded me how fortunate we are to have God’s word! Yes! And it doesn’t do us a bit of good to have it if we aren’t going to read (or listen to) it :).

  7. This is so, so good and I needed this today. Thank you for this reminder. I could relate.

  8. Dying to self is the ultimate expression of our faith and trust in God. I have many a time kicked and screamed in my head when God has asked me to change my prayers to align with His will. Eventually I realize time and time again that His way is the best way. May the Lord keep us in His cate as we learn more and more to trust His will for us. Thank you for a lovely and uplifting article.

  9. Thank you for bringing this to my remembrance. We all need to remember that whatever we go through and whatever is going on around us- God is still in charge. Believing and trusting in Him every step of the way.