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. Lovely – Thank you for sharing, Robin 🙂 Food for thought!

    Did David end up at your retirement community, or did he decide to live someplace else? He sounds so delightful, would love to hear more of his story 🙂

    It’s great to hear/see you thriving at this job, I remember reading a post way back about when you sought God for a new career opportunity and God provided this job. Trusting God for the best for you, as always!

    Blessings, Bomi 🙂

    • Bomi,

      What a sweet gift for you to remember me mentioning about God opening the door for my job; it is one of the best God-stories he’s given me, and one that continues to buoy my faith.

      David is staying put for now :). I sure hope he’ll make a move one day, though.

      Thank you so much for reading and leading off in comments today. xo

  2. Love this. Isn’t it like God to use a good prop to point to Himself? I see this is many who are choosing to get tattoos later in life that point to their faith. A good conversation starter opens the door to share our stories. I love the visual of this stick! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Kellie,

      Do you ever ask people about the meaning behind their tattoos? I have. More often than not, it comes with a good story. What better reason to get one, than to point others to God? Lovely idea!

  3. That was such a beautiful story, thank you for the encouragement and thought provoking story. Encourages me to consider how to apply to my life.

  4. May God give us eyes to see the “sticks” all around us that we naturally point to Him with or without a physical prop of our own. May we all be natural Christians! If you’ve met Jesus you have a stick story to tell! Thanks for this reminder, Robin! Blessings!

    • Ruth,

      Your enthusiasm has me excited about today’s possibilities. What a lofty goal–to be so excited about our faith, it can’t help but be seen in our walk and talk!! 🙂

    • What a delightful story in life you shared. ❤️ It adds a positive thing in my life today as I just read this before I get out of bed. I try to read (in)courage early than other emails. So thankful that God is with us always , as He sticks His love in our lives as the best God in the world and universe as we walk the path He’s given us. Have a good day.

  5. Robin! Thank you for this story! I could see you and David walking the property together, glowing in kindred conversation about Jesus. I’m encouraged today to pray big, live faithfully, and share my story joyfully. Thank you!

    • Michelle,

      Which encourages me right back! Thank you for reading and taking time to visit with us :). I’m excited about how God is going to work in your life.

  6. encouraging ! I pray that the Lord may open my eyes for the everyday experiences of His nearness and love and that I find a good way to remember them and to be present in my day so that I notice what God does / how He works in my day – if I am not aware of Hia presence and if I don’t have the stories in my mind I cannot share them …

  7. I love this, Robin. Last night our ladies group began a study of John 15 using Beth Moore’s Chasing Vines. At the end of the evening, our leader asked us to consider the question of what we hope to get from this study, what is our why. THIS is my why. I want to abide in Jesus so well that His love flows from me like a “natural Christian”. Sharing the Gospel with non-Christians is hard for me too, but I want to be able to let His love flow through me in a way that makes a difference in helping others find relationship with Him. I’m in my retirement years now, but I still want my life to matter for Him. I don’t ever want to retire from that.

    • Gail!!! YES!! Don’t retire from opening your life to always point to Jesus! This is inspiring, to see how the Lord can take a story and multiply it among his daughters to bring glory to himself. Your study sounds wonderful <3.

  8. Robin thank you for sharing your story. I can tell of stories of times God has been so good to me in certain situations in my life. I can see in my own stick stories come to life. Where I seen the hand of God pick me up in love. You know the way a dog finds a sick and picks it up of the ground and carries it carefully in his mouth and before picks it up so gently so as not to break it. God has picked me up gently and put his loving arms around me in the past. Like that stick the dog picks up to carry in it mouth careful so as nothing will happen it. God has said to me in the past Dawn it ok. I know people especially the unsaved can forget about you and don’t see the hurt and pain they cause you at times. Because of the way they have treated you in a manner that not nice. They don’t care as long as their needs are met they are ok. You felt it said why me so many times. I see what they have done and I see your hurt. I know God has said to it not nice what they do. I am carrying you carefully in my arms. To let you know I care what happens to to you and the way people make you feel by the way they treated you in that manner that is not nice. They don’t think or see the harm they are doing. But I do.You remember I am carrying you carefully so as not to let fall again victim of what people do to damage you again. Like the dog carrying the sick in his mouth carefully so as not to damage it. I love you and my projective arms are round you with my love. I will keep you strong so as you will be able to pray for the people that treat you like this. So as when you do you can love them in my love and not let what they do hurt you. As I am your Heavenly Father you are my child. I don’t like to see you sad or hurt over people like this. Then the Lord gave Numbers 6 verses 24-26. It says “The Lord bless you The Lord make his face shine upon you. And be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you And give you his peace.” Thoes verse have helped me alot. To know the Lord will do what he has said in those verses for me in Numbers. I can shine for him knowing God’s peace is with me and his loving arms. No matter what I go through in life and that I am loved by God at all times. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  9. Thank you Robin! This is a wonderful story that you have shared with us today.
    We live in a 55 and older independent community.
    My favorite joy living here is to listen to other’s stories.
    You have inspired me today to become a “natural Christian.”

    • I love how the Holy Spirit works in and through us :). I wonder if your community is close to where we often visit…I’m headed there next month, and wouldn’t it be fun if our paths crossed?

  10. I grew up with the family of boys. They were neighbors and our mothers were friends. To me it never seemed right to call them by their first names so I called them mom and pop Trujillo. They did not have physical ” sticks” but the kindness and hospitality they showed to everyone was the best “stick” I ever was witness to. I cannot ever remember an unkind word ever spoken about anyone even those they might not have liked. But one never knew as they treated everyone alike. They were not in the least bit wealthy but the riches they shared with others were immeasurable. Joy, peace, love, kindness, laughter, were always in abundance. I learned much from them as well as from my own parents. I am now in the waning years of my life and my hope is that how I have lived my life might be a blessing to someone as mom and pop and my own parents were to me. Don’tcha just love storytellers. I spent my childhood listening to them. Kinda sad there aren’t many left or at least that’s how it feels in this age of technology.

    • Loretta, Oh, I think there are storytellers left. YOU are one of them! Thank you for introducing us to Mom & Pop Trujillo. They sound lovely, and I feel like I know them a bit through the way you’ve shared about their lives. I’m sure you’ve been a blessing to those around you :).

  11. I think he has given all of us a “stick story”, but are we able to see it and if so, are we brave enough to use it? This story showed me that I have one and it’s called RA/Fibromyalgia. He gets me through every day of 24/7 chronic pain and debilitating fatigue, but I’m not using it to it’s potential. I’ve just recently gotten to the acceptance of being thankful for it, and now it’s time to use it for His glory. I’m still a work in progress- it’s getting time for me to succumb to a scooter, which I’m not happy about because in my eyes it is a weakness. Maybe this is my visible stick and is to be used, again, for His glory.

    • This is powerful. Do you have any idea? THIS is the Holy Spirit working in you! To change how you think in a way that ultimately brings glory to our King? Gracious…I’m praying for you to use your “stick” with joy and gladness. When you feel weak, it is opportunity for His strength to work in and through you!! He’s given you a literal vehicle to point back to him :). I’m praying for you right now, to lean in to God’s strength, to allow the HS to work through you, and for you to have courage in humbly telling your stories to point to Him.

  12. Robin,

    A few weeks ago I felt a “God” nudge if you will. He said hey I’ve given you a testimony now go share it. I took the plunge & posted it on Face Book. I think people see me as a “natural Christian”. When a friend first saw my Face Book page she said “yep all Christian postings”. In my life I try to shower this world with God’s light & love.

    Blessings 🙂 P.S. Congrats on the job