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Pslam 27:1

"The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes came upon me to eat at my flesh, they stumbled and fell, though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, and a war shall rise against me, in this will I be confident."


Monday, July 18, 2011

Excess!

Ok, I admit it. I am a major purse junkie. I don't know why.  They get thrown around, tossed, have drinks spilled on them. In my closet I have this laundry basket full of purses. I was running out of room so my daughter's had the bright idea of handing them on my wall. Like you would see in a store.  So you walk into my room and see the purses hanging on my wall.

The Lord has been talking to me about excess. "Why all the purses Robin?" 

"Well Lord, they are cute and I get bored with one after awhile and I grab another.  You know, to change it up a bit.  And in the store some are really cute and that 'Gotta Have' mentality kicks in."

I don't think the Lord was impressed with my reasoning but he already knew what my answer would be. This was a lesson for me. My answer sounded flat even to me. Questions came to me, "Is it necessary?" Well no. "Can you use more than one purse at a time?" Well no.

Have you even been in your walk when the Lord to you to get rid of excess? You know, that test where you are obedient or not. So, I sat down on my bedroom floor and went through all my purses. Donated all by three. Good bye Gucci, Coach, Dooney and Burke. They were donated to this ministry in St Louis that gives clothes, purses, shoes etc, away to those in need.

After I heard the stories of the reactions of those purses, I have learned, it was well worth it. I would do it again all over.

Does that mean I can go buy a new Coach, so I can give it away in the future? Ha!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Servants Heart

I will be honest and say that I have two lives. One that I am living and one that I am drawn to. The one that I am living is working in an upscale community, with money making business professionals. And the other is ministering to the homeless along the Mississippi River. This is where my heart is. Ministering to upscale professionals is HARD. Harder than ministering to the homeless and drug users. The people in Tent City (homeless city in St Louis along the Mississippi), their hearts are hard but not prideful.  They will listen and accept love. Especially since they never get it. Professionals, their hearts are hard and prideful. Thinking they don't need God or love. Because its accessable and they choose not to partake of it. 

Professionals have their demons to fight but they can mask it by attenting counseling sessions and easy accesses to optional help instead of going to the Cross.

The other day I was talking to a Professional who is a Christain.  He facilitates bible studies at his church.  He was disturbed about having this women come into his class. This women makes bad decisions, while not yet divorced brought a man into her home with children. Apparently she makes very bad choices and when they tell her how the bible reads on these issues (tough love they call it) she balks (go figure) and they get upset because she is not cooperating.

The only thing I said to him was..."then your bible study is the perfect place for her. I mean...that is why we are here right?"  He rolls his eyes and says yes but he kept going on about the frustration of even having her around. My heart broke. He forgot the whole reason why we are here. Not to sit around with posh posh christians and debate theology. But to go out and minister to the broken hearted. Lord, how can we forget that? Please God, don't ever let me forget that.

After a lengthly conversation he admitted that is what he needed to do. Minister as long as it takes but he was not happy about it. How can we forget why we are here. Have we been so diluted? Is there really such a thing called Americanized Christianity?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ever so long!

It has been so long since I wrote on this blog. I was setting up a blog for a ministry I am involved in and I thought of this one and I realized how much I missed my lady friends.

The ministry is called "Heart of Christ Ministries" and it is a ministry catering the broken hearted. We reach out to the homeless, the gang members, the abused and even the abuser. This is what is on our heart to show the love of God. I will let you know after it is completed.

I cannot stay long but please know that I will continue to log in and chat with you and that I have missed you ever so much. There is nothing better than sister friends.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Beginnings!!

I don't know about you but I am ready to end 2010. This has been a challenging year for me. I am facing new changes in 2011. I am divorced and a single mother of 4. But I have all the peace and joy that surpassess all understanding.
I bought Lysa Terkeurst's Made to Crave and I am all signed up for the web telecast. I am excited and I cannot wait! I praise God for this opportunity. I feel that this will be one of the best decisions I will make in 2011. I am not sure what my problem is with food. I mean I don't have to have it. But I do know I LOVE sweets. I will eat something sweet before anything healthy. Plus I will eat something I can just grab instead of make something healthy. I also love carbs.
Another problem that I have is that I have ZERO matabolism. None. Nada. I need to get off my behinda and get on a treadmill. I started this last October and I am starting to run and I admit that I do love it. Well the holidays hit and I have been busy and Mr. Treadmill has had to wait. But today I am back on it!!
Another thing I am going to search for is the peace and joy of God. Also self control. That will be a toughy. Oh goodness, lets just say the Fruit of the Spirit will be my goal. I need all of them. LOL

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sisterhood!

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I had just found out that my husband had been having an affair. I had for small children at home and my 13 year marriage had ended. I didn't know what to do or where to go. I pray you have not been in that situation before but if you had, you know that feeling. You cannot think, you cannot feel. You are in a state of shock. But you still have to be a mommy to the little ones without them realizing what had just happened to their family.
My son Tyler had a best friend name Jimmy. Jimmy's mom (Angela) and I had become the closest of friends. Words do not describe the love I have for this woman. Looking back I cannot tell you how Angela came to my house or why she came to my house that night. But she was there. She held me as I cried. She prayed as I mourned. I kept saying over and over "What am I going to do?" and she gave me the best advice I still follow to this day, ten years later. She said, "When you don't know what to do, don't to anything."
I cannot tell you the relief I had over that. She told me that it's ok to not do anything. As a mother you feel like you have to fix this for the children. You have to make this better somehow and maintain the happy household you thought you had hours before.
She reminded to me to mourn my loss and I have a right to do that. She was there all night for me. She came back the next day and took care of me and my children during this time.
Now, ten years later both of our lives have changed. We don't get to see each other as much. We always say we need to plan time together and visit but we can never get our schedules to work. The other day my son had to go to the Emergency Room because he was hit in the head with a ball. We wanted to get it checked out so we ran to the ER. There standing in the ER was Angela. She was working as a nurse at the hospital. We saw each other, ran into each other's arms, and cried and cried. It felt so good to see her. She felt like home to me. The bond we have created will never be broken no matter how many years we go without seeing each other. I love her with all my heart.
John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, that he lays down his life for his friends.
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Praise God for Sisterhood!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bible Study!

I did it!! I have volunteered to start a bible study at work. Right now, today, I feel like I have must of lost my mind. This is my third study at work. It's....strange to do a study at your place of employment. You have women who are mad at another in the study because they complained to a supervisor...so they both drop the class. You have one who starts having an affair with her boss...so she drops the class. You have people that complain about too much work and they drop the class.
I wonder where did I go wrong Lord? I felt lead to do this and something was amiss somewhere. And then it hit me. When I did the first study, it was God driven. I knew what he wanted and how to maneuver in it. When we ended that one another person offered to do another study. I did NOT pray over that. I did not ask God's direction, I just thought that if its a bible study then that must be ok...right? Wrong! The whole thing fell apart.
This time God put it in my heart to try this again. We are studying Chip Ingrams the R12 factor. Which I feel that is what God wanted. I make my promise now that I will NOT do anything without the guidance from God. We have a full house of attendees and are very excited.
Now I need to make sure I spend time with God each week to make this happen.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stand Tough In Love

One of the hardest things for me as a parent is to stand tough in Love. My oldest son is 22 and we are at the age there I am going to have to start cutting the apron strings. I remember when my mom did this for me. I was living on my own but still going to mom and dad when I needed extra cash. I would over spend during the week and ask them to help the rest of the week. I was about 22 at the time. I remember my mom being consistent each time in telling me "No." I was angry at that time but it was the best thing she could have done. I had to learn to support myself and budget on my own.
I am thinking we are at this point with Tyler. For the first time I did it this week. I told him "No." He was not happy. Actually he was angry. Stormed out of the house and walked on foot to....I don't know where. He never came home that night. Probably teaching me a lesson. But I had peace about it. I surrendered Tyler to Jesus a long time ago. Tyler's journey in life is riddled with mountains and valleys. By his own choosing. If I did not surrender him to Christ, I would have been stressed out and anxiety ridden years ago. So for my own health and peace, I laid him at the cross of Christ.
The next day I texted him and he was safe. He stayed at a friends house.
But personally, I felt great! I did what was so hard for me to do previously. I loved him enough to tell him "No."
Lord keep giving me strength.