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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. Robin,
    I, too, was a big ER fan when my kids were just littles. It’s interesting that the word translated to “give” is used literally hundreds of times in the Bible. The word to “lavish” is used six. The intent of the word is to give or bestow, but to do so with generosity. Our God is a generous God. He withholds nothing from us. I think my parting words would be about seeking a genuine and intimate relationship with the Lord – after all that was His purpose in creating us. I believe that when we seek Him first, we are ushered into wanting or desiring to love others in a way in which we love ourselves – and that is with generosity of spirit. Great post, Robin!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Sadly, the toilet paper debacle has revealed humanity’s hoarding hearts.
    In Christ, we can do better. And I wonder if our best message will end up being our poured out lives. I have a feeling my last words will be pretty mundane (“Don’t forget to feed the dog” or “There’s lasagna in the fridge that needs to be used up.”)

  3. I believe above everything, Jesus was generous with LOVE! Because He showed such love to us, I hope & pray that my legacy will be love for others. Great post Robin.

  4. Wise and beautiful words!!! Thank you for reminding us to be generous, to love and to remember that WORDS matter!!! You never know when the last words spoken to a person may be the last thing they hear from you!!! Let them be loving and Christ like.

    • Joan,

      Sometimes when I’ve been out of sorts with my family (or really, anyone), I think about how much I want to see them soon to remedy any discourse (or unfortunate words that were spoken). Because we don’t know for sure what our future holds, you’re right–let ALL of our parting words be loving, generous, or pointing to our great God.

  5. Thank you for this beautiful, thought-provoking post, Robin.
    As a mother of grown-and-gones, I have been painfully aware over the years of how short I fell in parenting. I did, however, determine early on that no matter what failings they could accuse me of, they would never be able to say that they didn’t know if I loved them. I try to tell them and show them every time we connect.
    I did point them to the Saviour, and I pray that they will always be just as sure of His love for them.

  6. I want my last words to be the first words my children heard me speak to them. ”I love you so much. And Jesus loves you. Always keep Him in your heart. This life isn’t going to be easy, but because Jesus loves us, we will make it. ”

    Robin! This post is excellent work! Thank you sweet friend for sharing your heart and wise words.

  7. I read about a wonderfully generous act on Bev Rihtarchik’s blog, Walking Well with God (She commented above). Her friends planned a birthday parade, driving slowly past her house, horns honking, with signs, balloons, etc. to celebrate Bev on her day during this strange time of social distancing. I was impressed with their creative problem-solving and generosity of time effort!

  8. What most important is forgiving even people and family and friends who have hurt us by the words or things they have said or done. As when you look back it. The only person it eating up is you. As they probably are not thinking or giving what they have said or done as second thought. When we stop and think of all that going on in our world today what they they probably not worth thinking about or even getting up set about. When you stop and think about it there are People crying because their loved ones being told they not makes out of this Covid 19. That is very sad. Someone somewhere in is breathing fighting to stay alive not because Covid 19 just because of a health problem somewhere in our world today. Some Families are in saddness because they been told bad news by the Doctors that their loves one will not get better. This list goes on. So we if saved have to do what it says in the Bible be thank full to be alive and if well and in no pain. Thank God for that. Plus if got unforgiving to do. Do it. Unto God and start praying for the person saved or not saved that they will see what they have done is wrong. Hopefully come and ask you to forgive them. If they do Put your arms around them and give them a big hug. If it after this Covid 19. If during the Covid they as you forgive them still do. Tell them when it over you will give them a big hug. If not saved you are let them know you are praying for them. Thank them for asking you to forgive give them. Then you yourself will feel so much better and wait will be lifted of you. Plus God will be proud of you. Another thing most important is to give God thanks you are alive you have roof over your head food on your table clothes on your back. When there are people in our world who don’t have these things. We can be praying for them and the people who help the homless. People stuggling with other things we are not like being on drugs and drink problems. I pray for them. Theses things are important. Plus loving all people of all color or all walks of life like Jesus did when he walked on earth. Love todays reading. Xxx

  9. Amen Robin! Yes I have witnessed generosity of school mums each of us giving money to another mum who knew two families that lost their jobs for grocery vouchers.

    Smiles. Teddy bears in windows do kids can spot them in our daily walks. A lady up the road seeing masks and giving them away for free, a kind of help yourself scenario.

    Your right Jesus was very generous while on earth and eventually the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life to atone for our sins. God also in providing a path, a choice for us to accept his generosity and love.

    I need to be more generous right now with my time to my kids and homeschooling. It’s hard when I’m still doing normL hours. It is a little flexible so thanks for the reminder Robin. I do remember Dr Greene and oh it was sad!

  10. Robin,

    It’s hard to know what to say for last words. My prayer is that my actions speak louder than words & show my people that I care for them deeply. Off & on I spent 10 years caring for my aging parents & their dementia. No last words because they couldn’t understand. I pray this crisis brings people together. More family time. I have used this time some to help my MIL out. Took her to the doctor, for an x-ray & then to Walmart for meds & groceries. It didn’t seem like much to me, but I know she enjoyed not having to rush around & drive. I have called people multiple times checking on them. Making sure they didn’t need anything & were alright. Sent a few cards to people (snail mail). I’ve also read on FB about a landlord in NY who told all his residents to forgo paying rent in April. He was born & raised in that neighborhood & wanted them to have money to buy necessities. So much good coming out in a crisis. Wish this could continue when life gets back to semi normal.

    Blessings 🙂