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. Oh how I can relate. I am laughing inside at myself. I have to bring food for a memorial service on Monday. I have opted to bring the condiments and cream for the coffee. And save my blueberry pie for another time.
    I believe God truly has a sense of humor.

  2. Robin,

    Often times when I fail or make a mistake I call myself a failure & beat myself up. The lies of “not good enough, dumb, stupid, don’t even try” come & I believe them. God gently reminds me of ALL the good/smart things I’ve done. He also brings to mind that I am fearfully & wonderfully made in His image. He lovingly allows others into my life to disprove all the negative thoughts. When pride starts to come into my life He allows me to trip thus brining me back to dependence on Him.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth,

      It’s so good to hear how YOU hear God speaking TRUTH to and over you! Yes! Listen to the Holy Spirit whispering beauty and grace over your heart. So lovely.

  3. I too have been blessed with excellent teachers & experience in the kitchen. My mantra of serving new recipes to guests is “McDonald’s is always down the street if this doesn’t work”. I’m changing my mantra! My failures point to my need for Jesus & it is He who makes me brave not my skills!!! Thank you for tweaking my perspective to a much more mature & Godly one!

    • Ruth,

      Should our new proverb be, “As you’ve been tweaked, go and tweak likewise”? 🙂

      Seriously, I love hearing how the Holy Spirit is shifting your perspective toward Truth and a need for Jesus <3.

  4. Thank you Robin for an excellent message. For sharing your heart. You know what comes to my mind as read what you wrote. God still loves in our mistakes. No matter what they are. God can use them in a nice way to help us grow closer to him. To know we need God for every thing we do. I can remember one time it is nothing to do with cooking at all. I but it was to with a group in our Church for women called TLC. That stand’s for Tender Loving Care. We were learning how to do crocheting. To make squares for a blanket for an Old People home. I did try but the more I tried the more I couldn’t do it. It was not for me crocheting. The Lady beside me who was very good at it. Said Dawn what kind of muddle have you got yourself into. She laughed. I knew she meant no harm by it. But I did feel stupid. I could not get the hang of it no matter how I tried. The woman running the TLC group for women in our Church who was our Salvation Army Officer said Dawn take it home and look it up online beginners crocheting. I did that it nearly drove me bats as the saying going. That night at TLC I put the Crocheting down. The Lady that was good at it gave me a hug. Said Dawn God loves a trier. After she had finished laughing at the disaster mine was. My Husband said to me at home when I went on YouTube to learn beginners crocheting. Stop your still not getting the hang of it. Your just making yourself mad. I must have tried following the beginners crocheting trying to follow what it said on YouTube for hours. But no good. I had to give up defeated. That it was not for me. So I we t back to our TLC group the following week our Salvation Army Officer said well Dawn how did you get on. I said being honest with her. I went online. Tried a beginner crocheting. But no couldn’t do it either. So I stay and you all the expert’s doing it a ease. I did feel bad watching them that I couldn’t master it. But I remember what the person said to the week before that was good at it. God loves a trier. God I them heard him say Dawn I am proud of who you are. We’re all not good at everything. Nor can we all be. But I am proud of you my Daughter for trying. So I was lead to put a big smile on my face and say yes God is proud of me. He still loves me even if I am not good at Crocheting. That let to my failure being a beautiful moment. As God still see my trying and me as beautiful no matter what. Thank you Robin for what you shared about your cooking. I love you all my sister incourage. I pray for you and the work you do. May God richly bless you all. Dawn Ferguson-Little xxx

    • Dawn,

      Yes! God loves a trier! And, no…we aren’t supposed to be good at EVERYthing! That God would turn a failed attempt into a beautiful moment leaves us with hope, doesn’t it? Thank you for sharing your heart, your prayers, and your encouragement, Dawn.

  5. Love the truth. Our failures and inadequacies show us our need for Christ. We are not a failure. I look back & see the numerous times the spirit of rejection had convinced me I was the problem. Until Holy Spirit began to teach & everything changed. Christ in us the hope of glory!!!

  6. Robin, I had failures too in the kitchen because I cook many times from scratches. I followed recipes too and it seemed that there were failures along. Your reflection made me laugh as I recall my own mistakes in the kitchen and in life too. Hugs,