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. “That morning I didn’t bring much of a “heart of worship” but at least I showed up. And God can move in our hearts, even if all we can manage is just showing up.”

    This article really resonates with me! Thank you for sharing parts of your story and affirming the fact that sometimes, it’s ok to not be ok but that even in all of that brokenness & in the desert, God can still work.

    “God’s faithfulness in spite of my past unbelief gives me confidence in His faithfulness now.” – so true!

    • So thankful you can relate, Jen. There’s something incredibly helpful when you understand there are others who’ve walked in similar shoes and “get it.” To God be the glory!

  2. What a wonderful encouragement! What a wonderful God we have! It’s amazing how He speaks to us. He knows just what we need and He cares about all of it.

  3. Beautiful. Thank you Robin for allowing God to speak through you to encourage others. Your transparency and honesty allow others to see a faithful, loving and good God. I love you, my friend!

  4. “What if these circumstances, over time, were exactly what you needed – not easy, not without pain – but what you ultimately needed?” This really encouraged my ❤️this morning. Thank you for needed perspective!

  5. I’m sorry you’re going through a difficult season. I pray that God’s love helps you find peace and some joy along the way as he weaves this together to advance the kingdom.

    I most often find God’s love and glory in nature. Lately, I love the way leaves dance on trees with a breeze and how grass sways rhythmically, and flowers bloom and birds fly. It’s a symphony of things he has created for me to enjoy. It makes my heart happy.

    • Jill,

      My kids and friends know I’m a nature freak (I’ll messaged all three of them / talked to them when I saw that moon). It’s beautiful how God speaks to you!

  6. Oh Robin, this was much needed today! With my dad in the hospital with a serious infection while caring for my mom at home with severe dementia, and working a full time job, I’m definitely struggling, and ashamed to say that I’m angry with God and the world in general. Your post gives me something to reflect on to see if I can turn my thoughts around. Blessings to you and the (in)courage family!

    • ((Cheyla))

      You’re walking a hard, lonely-at-times road. I’m praying for you this morning, so grateful to know you’re encouraged. It REALLY helps to have friends walking alongside you, IRL and virtually; they remind us what we may know but too often forget. What a gift.

  7. If you need someone to walk in the desert with you, I’m here!

    My emotions have been like ping pong balls, so they need the nice soft sand to rest.


  8. Wow! Beautiful, home hitting post for me. Thank you for sharing so eloquently your experiences and dealings with them. I’m sure many are going to be touched by your story.

  9. I am also going through something in our family that blindsided me and is hard to accept. I know God can cause ALL things to work together for good. I pray that He will use it to transform me into the person He has called me to be. Thank you for the encouragement. Praying that we will all be alert to the reminders of God’s love for us.

    • Lori,

      I’m sending you virtual hugs and prayers this morning. Those blindsides are rough…to infinity and beyond. I know them so well :/. God as my (our) hope keeps me going. So thankful you’re part of our (in)community!

  10. Wow Robin, in tears after reading this today, the start of a new month. I seem to be struggling in the last few weeks, first with some virus, but mostly with my thoughts and feelings. What you state here is just another reminder for me that God is all around me–and I am always looking for His “signs” — and to continue to remain patient for prayers to be answered. Remaining grateful and joyful. Thanks for sharing your story.

  11. Robin,

    I know that my past experiences while hard to go through shaped me into the woman I am today. There were days when attending church I didn’t feel like worshipping. But God knew what I needed. He would have the perfect song or the right message & wham. Sometimes I would get the message 2 to 4 times in different ways. A few weeks ago I turned on TBN & stumbled on a Chris Tomlin concert. He played the song “Thank you Lord”. When I heard that song I immediately got the CD. That song is my life’s song now. It speaks to me about giving God thanks no matter the situation good or bad.

    Blessings 🙂