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. Robin,
    I love how Paul, in all his letters, first tells the church or the individual how much he thanks God for them. He points out what they are doing well, and then with gentle love, points out what they need to work on. Oh, that I would have the grace to take Paul’s approach rather than jump to the “constructive criticism.” Much knowledge on motivation to be gleaned here!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev, when I think of people I’d love to share a meal with, Paul makes the short list. Can you imagine a face to face conversation with him??? Who knew I could grow to love an entire book of the Bible so quickly?

  2. I always appreciate Paul’s balance. In his writing, he doesn’t shrink from his apostolic authority, but he typically makes requests of people, anticipating that they will do what is right and allowing them to rise to the occasion.

    • We can learn so much from His example (probably because he learned so much from HIS example 🙂 ). Your comment reminds me of the value of casting vision and setting high expectations. Thanks, Michele (and thank you for sharing this post first thing this morning! 🙂 ).

  3. I read the book of Philemon as part of the lifeway reading plan last week. It was my first reading of and I read it multiple times to get understanding. I had needed to dig deeper and did a plan on the book in the bible app. Thanks for this as it helped me so much.

    • Mary,

      Whoa….when a scripture keeps showing up in my life, I wonder what *particularly* God has for me through its wisdom. I studied this in my CBS Bible study, which shed so much life on this small book. I bet your reading plan had even more I could learn. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Robin,

    Paul learned a valuable lesson on the Damascus road. It changed him & turned into a loving disciple of Christ. He always tempered his words to show love to everyone first. Then he might talk about your faults or what needs changing. He ended his letters with love also.
    I often thank God for my friends & family. Those that stand with me in trials. I have a co-worker who with others is in DC lobbying congress on behalf of needy lymphedema patients. She is a brave young woman who lost her husband to this disease. Now she is out there using her influence to advocate for others. We need more Paul’s in this world. Showing love to others then criticizing then showing love & thanking God.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Instead of demanding, appeal to them in love. Yes, you get more cooperation this way. Trying to do this more. Great points here. Imagine how our relationships would improve if we adopted these tips?

    • Theresa,

      Perhaps imagining this sort of improvement in our relationships is the first step to loving well :). Let’s continue each other to go and do likewise–as Jesus walked, and so many who were with him and came after <3.

  6. 2nd John, 3rd John, and Jude are the ones that I knew were just one chapter in addition to Philemon. But I had to double check my impression of what the last one was. Incidentally, I was right. Thanks for the fun little challenge.

    • Ding ding ding! How much do I love that you took me up on my challenge, Rachel! I would never have been able to remember that last little book without the help of the internet (or, taking a bit longer, paging through all the books in my bible 🙂 ). Impressive that your hunch was right! 😀