Thursday, August 30, 2012

After taking a break from blogging I have been wrestling with writing again. I have started a new blog titled the second half of the journey. Please visit my new home at wordpress. Blessings, Robin

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Scheduling Time to Write

After my post last night, I have decided to make a conscience effort to write often on my blog, even if it is a short thought.  Warren Baldwin presented a good thought yesterday on why we might not blog often, "We simply do not schedule it in!" This makes sense. 

I am currently working on a course on the Gospel of Matthew, a caution from the professor was to be diligent to schedule time to study and read as not to fall behind in the course.  Within ministry, study, creative habits such as writing, and living life we do need to be aware of our use of time, this has been my journey since January.  Some days I simply sit and forget all of the scheduling, which then leads to being behind! Or not writing or being productive at all, (at times this is healthy.)

Tonight while reading the course notes on Matthew a paragraph stood out which I would like to share: 

“So often when Christians accept Jesus as Savior and Lord they too want to accept him on their own terms.  Today’s equivalent to the hope of defeating the Romans may be assurance of health and wealth.  No, we can not fashion Jesus the Messiah in our own image.  He sets the agenda; not we.  Matthew announces this fact boldly.” 

Honestly this really hit home as I read, how many times do I want wealth or health?  And do I fashion Jesus into what is good for me? 

I visited Warren Baldwin’s blog tonight and he posted on “When Job Suffered” this is worth reading.  What stood out in his post was this thought:

“Suffering knows no favorites. The fact that one is leading a good life and has been so blessed by God is in no way a guarantee that one’s life will continue in such an idyllic state. In fact, having such a good life may well be what invites trouble.”

Why is it we believe life should be easy? 

It was good to write tonight, and I am going to learn how to schedule it into my study thought time. A quote I found on my twitter:  "The real joy of writing comes from surprising oneself." from Alfred Kazin's Journals

I believe this is true!  What I miss the most about writing when I am not writing is the joy that comes from the delight and surprise of what is created on a blank page.  I am constantly surprised.
Love to All,

On the InScribe Blog there is a prayer for writers.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Starting Again!

What a morning this day ushered in, and now it is the afternoon, and the first thunderstorm of the year is creating amazing sounds outside!  The rain will hopefully wash away some of the dirt left from winter’s long white covering.  New life is welcomed. I must say, it will be good to see green cover the stark nakedness of the trees in my yard once again.  Rain…it does sound and smell inviting today. 

I have been rather reluctant to write on my blog these days.  I have been asking myself numerous questions:  Why do I write?  Who do I write for?  Is there some deep ego driven reason why I need to write and post on a blog?  My conclusion to the questions is I simply like to write.  I enjoy the whole process.  No more fear.

Learning to let go of fear, and simply do what comes naturally has been a process.  In 2 Timothy 1:7 the Apostle Paul reminds us that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and self-control.  As usual this scripture comes to me regularly, reminding me not to walk in fear.  

The bonus with the silence is a little wrestling with my questions is good for the soul.  Wrestling seems to deepen my faith in God. 

Rain, hail and thunder what a good gift to usher in Spring.  Another welcomed gift the desire to write on my blog again, I seem to have had a year of good starts and long periods of silence.  Well, here I go again…

What stops you from writing?  Do you wrestle with fear?  

Love to all,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Choice: Cold Love or Kindness

Belonging to a community of people--it seems over the years some disappear and no one knows where they went to or why they left.  Days, weeks, and months will go by without anyone asking how they are or how their souls are being nurtured.  It seems no one cares. Maybe I do not care enough? This is totally against what Jesus taught when he said, “Love your neighbour.”  Who is your neighbour if you do not even miss them when they are gone?

I have been wrestling with the whole concept of loving one another and how is loving one another really suppose to look like in the context of church community.  How do we reach out when someone has left for a long period of time? Or reach out to those who are hurting? Or those who are lonely?

Tonight when I arrived home from a long day of doing what I love to do, there was a message on my phone.  It was a delight to listen to the voice message from the leader of a small intercessory group which I belong.  She phoned to encourage me and edify my part in the group even when I can not make it.  I felt acknowledged and part of the small community.  We all need to know we belong, we are missed, and we are loved. 

I attended a Steve Bell concert this week, he introduced his new album titled, Kin`dness.  The root for kindness is kin, and even if we do not like those who are in community with us we are still kin…connected, especially those in Christian communities.  We are to show kindness and love to all.  As I sat in the concert I realized there were people around me who I had been disconnected with over the years, but in reality we were still connected in Christ.  I decided I needed to reach out to those who I have lost contact with.  A card with a small note enclosed will speak volumes to another heart.

Years ago, I read a book that talked about cold love being in the church.  At the time, the church I belonged to was going through a church split and the love in people’s hearts displayed true coldness, not kindness or the love that is found in Christ.  When people were approached with how they were reacting to each other, questions were dismissed with the human logic that they deserved what has happened to them.  Can this really be the way it is?  Have we not all been misguided at one time or another?  Is it not true kindness and community we need in times when we have messed up?

My questioning has me pondering how can we as a community of Christ followers love well those who may be different than us, have different views than us, or fail in our view to live up to our standards?  My conclusion: Kindness and love can heal wounds. 

I would like to end with Brian McLaren’s song/poem titled, “Kindness.” 

Christ has no body here but ours
No hands no feet here on earth but ours
Ours are the eyes through which he looks
On this world with kindness

Ours are the hands through which he works
Our are the feet on which he moves
Ours are the voices through which he speaks
To this world with kindness

Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear
Embodied in us, Jesus is living here

Let us go now, inspirited
Into this world with kindness

The choice daily is ours, will we let our hearts grow cold believing people do not need our kindness?  Or will we choose to love and reach out to those who have left our communities with a kind word and touch of love?  I believe we are called to be Christ to this broken world and it begins within our own communities. 

"Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved."  Matthew 24:12 


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Writing on the Run

This year was the first year I have worked almost full time, have a broken foot, and finishing a class, while trying to accomplish Christmas season tasks. Really this has been a journey of learning balance and creative ways to get things done or undone if that is the solution!  I have never baked butter tarts at six in the morning before, and I must say I actually enjoyed the peace and pleasure in creating something wonderfully sweet first thing in the morning. 

During my baking time, I prayed, enjoyed the silence of my home, and felt an urge to write! So here I am, writing on the run (or multi-tasking) between baking tarts and getting ready for work. My home now smells like sugar and butter.

What started this urge was a thought from simple living.  Following the picture below are the ideas I had after musing over the the simple thought.  I would enjoy reading your comments on the picture and quote.

"A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt." 
Florance King

When I first started to follow Christ, the church I was part of at the time was mainly a body of believers between the ages of 20 to 45.  Often I heard from other women that something was missing, we had no mentors, older women to teach the younger ones the way of wisdom.  My heart cry and prayer during this season was also to find an older woman who would come along side and share her journey.  God answered this heart desire in numerous ways.

Titus 2 has this to say about older women and younger women:  “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” 

For us today this passage might seem irrelevant for our culture during the first read through.  However, this passage has great wisdom hidden within the words that are timeless. I could write pages on the truth that is found in this passage of scripture. Two truths: Older women need to be wise in how they lead their life, others are watching, and following.  Younger women need to be encouraged to search their hearts for what matters, and to nurture those whom God has placed in their life. 

Now fourteen years after I asked God to place wise older women in my life, he answered this prayer with abundance.  I am the director for seniors’ ministries in my church, and I now have so many mentors and encouragers on my faith journey.  And I am finding that I am now an older woman who can make a difference in a younger woman’s life. 

If you are an older woman, who could you encourage today or who could you journey along side?

If you are a younger woman, and you have no older women in your life have you asked God to bring an older person into your life? 

Men also need older men to come along side them and to encourage who are your mentors or who are you mentoring?

Oh, for the writers who are reading this, what creative ways are you inspired to write during this Christmas season?  

Love to all…

P.S. The writing urge is huge…there will be more posts to come! And...The butter tarts are amazing. Now I am off to work.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

a winter paradise in Saskatchewan

A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a retreat away from the city to a cabin in the woods, by a lake--sounds like a strange thing to desire in the midst of winter, but is was truly amazing. I would take up the challenge again.

Heating the cabin with a wood stove was interesting, we are not used to it and were concerned that if we let the fire go out the cabin would be to cold. It was so hot I could not sleep, and my husband did not sleep due to stoking the fire all night. Next time we will let the cabin become cold! Maybe we will try hot water bottles at the end of our bed.

My husband had a hard time with no noise, for him it was way to quiet. I enjoyed the peace and stillness.

The music in this video is choppy, the pictures, however are amazing. The music is by John Friesen.

Love to all,

P.S I was tried of the brown blog...I was into having a new we go! Bright and joyful!

I am starting again!

 Hi Everyone,

I sure have not been faithful to writing on my blog.  I have been learning about silence and it seems to have rubbed off on my writing.  In November I hurt my foot, and life went into a whirl, tonight is the first time since October I have been on my blog.  It does feel good to write.  Thanks Angel for the invite to visit your blog, which lead me to finding The Robin Nest.  Robin is giving away free items on her blog, if you are interested visit her blog.  Even if you are not interested in free things this blog is worth visiting especially if you are the crafty type! 

Blessings and love,

Monday, October 04, 2010



Henri J.M. Nouwen
The question is not to prepare [for ministry] but to live in a state of ongoing preparedness so that, when someone who is drowning in the world comes into your world, you are ready to reach out and help. It may be at four o'clock, six o'clock, or nine o'clock. One time you call it preaching, the next time teaching, then counseling, or later administration. But let them be part of your life in God--that's ministering.

Source: Time Enough to Minister in the journal Leadership (Spring 1982)

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Update on Robin's Travels

The last three month's have been full of wonder, travel, learning, engaging in new conversations, and enjoying the beauty found in this world. 

Last week while at Carey Theological College on the UBC campus, a professor played a piece of music by cellist John Friesen, it is absolutely beautiful.  Somehow, I wanted to share what I have seen, touched, and heard, so...I created a You Tube video with a few pictures from my travels this summer combined with the beautiful music by John Friesen.

If you have 5 minutes, listen to the beautiful music below on the You Tube video.  Sit back and let the music speak to your soul.  I did not place words within video so the pictures and music could lead.

I am off on another adventure in 5 hours and will be back after Thanksgiving.  I hope to have more time to write when I get back. I have been completely blessed over the last three month's with all of the new adventures that have come my way. 

Love to all...


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