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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. Thank you for sharing, Robin. You shared a lot of great nuggets of wisdom and truth. Your post reminds me of the popular Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace prayer. I have been reflecting on this prayer over the last week or so.

    I love how you remind us of how Jesus served others, “even up to and beyond death”. I have been praying along those lines as well. I want to be an instrument of God’s peace – in life, in death, and even beyond death.

    May God keep speaking His truths to all of our hearts. May we all be instruments of His peace, love and joy. May we be shining lights, drawing others to God with our love, mercy and compassion. May we always wish the best for others. May we celebrate others as God celebrates us. May we follow God’s example in everything we say, do and think.

    May God continue to use everything we experience to grow us and mature us. May our lives, words, thoughts and actions bring honor and glory to God. Amen.

    Have a beautiful day and God bless,
    Bomi 🙂

    • Bomi,

      Your words here are such a lovely encouragement! Because of you and that Holy Spirit prompting in you, I joined you in praying Saint Francis’ prayer–your continuation of it is beautiful, too! So grateful for your visit to (in)courage today!

  2. Robin,
    I do pray that the people in my life will know that I am “for them!” What a great servant-minded goal to aspire to. It is so easy to slip into a victim mentality. I agree that it happens when our lives are focused more on ourselves than on God. In society today, we are all so easily “offended.” Could it be that as society as a whole we are wrestling with or have lost our faith and trust in God. When our identity is centered on being worthy because God says we are worthy, we aren’t as easily rocked by the words of others. I pray that we would turn from our ways and seek God with all our heart. Let’s choose to not be offended. Robin, I loved your book and feel so blessed to be on your launch journey with you. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Robin’s new book “For All Who Wander.” #ForAllWhoWanderBook
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev ~

      I think our society as a whole IS wrestling and mostly is oblivious. Truly, that’s the sort of thing that sends me to my knees, begging God to reveal Himself so we can’t deny His Truth, His existence, His beauty….

      And then a rainbow will appear :).

      You’re such a sweet blessing to me, and our community as a whole. Thank you! Is your love language Words of Encouragement? If not, it’s definitely your superpower!! xo

  3. Robin,

    The trouble now is that society has taken God out of pretty much everything. You don’t have constant reminders of His faithfulness to us. Like the Israelites we are quick to forget His goodness. Perhaps we should build memorials, of a sort, to help us remember what He’s done for us. It seemed easier back in the day because we all acted like a nation Under God. Now we have so much animosity towards one another & easily feel slighted. We as a nation seemed to have wandered off course. Thankfully as Robin states God records our wanderings & treasures our tears. Perhaps if each one of us lived like Jesus always speaking truth, forgiving others & investing in people-more people would feel loved & we can be “For you” kind of people wooing others to Christ.

    For All Who Wander was a great book. I was gifted the opportunity to be on the launch team journey with Robin & others. It is a super read for everyone who has ever had doubts about their faith. #ForAllWhoWander.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth,

      Our country is wandering because her people are…and yet God is still present and with us and for us. That’s so hard to understand, but I’m so thankful he’s patient!! I’m convinced change starts with one…and then two…and then a ripple can be felt across the planet. So it starts with me and you :).

      Thank you for being part of #TeamWander (or #WanderTeam…I like them both 🙂 ).

  4. Thank you Robin. I’ve never thought of being offended or not as a choice. I like that idea. As I mentioned a few days ago, our small group is challenging for me and this is another one of the areas. I am offended by the insensitive and sometimes rude comments from a few members. The comments could be and sometimes are very hurtful to others. I immediately get irritated (yes, even in the middle of a bible study) because they are not thinking of other people’s feelings. When I tell my husband later, he says “they mean well.” Grrrr. I think to myself “instead of meaning well, how about speaking well.” (Being judgmental is one of my faults; a hard one to get rid of.) So. When I hear these insensitive comments, I will try to CHOOSE not to get offended but instead I will think…. I’m not sure what yet… maybe “that was rude but I am still for you”???
    Thanks again!

  5. Years ago I read a book with a chapter about basement people (always pulling you down with negativity, complaining, criticism, etc.) and balcony people (always cheering you on, lifting you up with encouragement and positive reinforcement, etc.) That imagery has helped me more than once (though not perfectly!) to choose balcony behavior. I always feel refreshed when responding in such ways as you mention at the end of your post, Robin, whereas responding from the basement leaves me feeling despondent. It’s really in the best interest of everyone to be “for you” kind of people!

  6. It is so easy to slip into a being offended mentality. But it is a choice. My choice. I can choose to be resentful and think it should have been me, or I can be glad for them and know God has my back and opportunities for me too. I know I am more prone to be offended when I am in my viewpoint and mind. Taking things personally, and not looking up to God and out to others.

  7. Offense. Ugh. You hit such a convicting spot! I need this with my husband, too. Sometimes I’m so overly sensitive and it could just be availing by choosing not to accept the offense! I love it. I’m going to work on that.

  8. Robin your book is so good. I love hearing your voice. Your heart is laid bare in your book. I hope everyone will have the opportunity to read it.

    This is a good post. It ministered to me. I have forgotten those words and you have refreshed then new for me.