Tearing Down Lies…

Week 1, New Series

Just over a week ago, I was in Texas for a writer’s conference.  At the end of the week, I made plans to visit Magnolia Marketplace and Silos in Waco. I’m an unapologetic “Fixer Upper” fan.  As I headed into Waco city limits, I spotted a brown historic marker sign, reading, “Waco Mammoth National Park.”  Since I love a good adventure, I diverted my destination temporarily.  What a gift awaited me!

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I learned that in 1978, a Colombian Mammoth bone was discovered by two men looking for fossils. Their find was given to a team of scientists at Baylor University, and between 1978-1990, 16 fossil remains of Colombian Mammoths were uncovered, including a nursery herd which appeared to have all died in a single event – the only find like it in the world, according to the park ranger.  Through 1990-1997, six additional Mammoth skeletons were uncovered, as well as a camel, dwarf antelope, tortoise, and the tooth of a juvenile saber-tooth cat – all within 3 strata of soil. The most recent find about a foot from the surface. It fascinated me to hear the park ranger depict the ice age in Texas, and what has been learned and surmised as they continue to uncover remains.  It excited me to view some of these remains as I stood over top the actual dig site.  I learned that camels originated in the North American Continent.  I always thought they originated in the Middle East!

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The Mammoth bone uncovered in 1978 sparked a search for truth, and most likely unearthed some untruths along the way.

Truth always has the power to unearth lies and set free those held captive by them. 

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (NIV)

I was in Texas to attend a Writer’s Intensive, by author Mary DeMuth.  It was amazing! Mary’s heart for young writers shined, as she poured herself into us with a listening ear and genuine affirmation while teaching us about writing, publishing, branding, book launching, and marketing. Her words spoke truth amidst our fears and misgivings about the gift God has given us, at the same time dispelling lies holding me captive to fear and discouragement.

I met some fascinating people with a passion to tear down lies as they write for Jesus’ fame.  For some, the cost may be quite high. The truth within holding a stronger sway than the lies around them.

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Their passion for truth and setting others free challenged me.

That Friday, as Mary closed the conference, she came to each of the 12 of us, placed her hands on our shoulders, and prayed for our families, our calling as writers, and the books God has placed on our hearts.  Her prayers filled us with courage, because truth does that.

Truth is powerful, especially when our world defames it as unnecessary.  Yet, even when truth is devalued, its power to set captives free is unwavering.

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This conference has changed my life and perspective in ways I’m not fully aware of as yet. However, I do know:

I must speak truth in order to proclaim the power of Jesus to change lives.  No matter the cost.

  • I will be posting only once a week indefinitely. I’m in process of writing a Bible Study, and have ideas for other books.  More later….
  • You will soon see some minor changes as I upgrade the site.

This week begins a new series entitled, “Tearing Down Lies.”  Over the next 4 weeks this social forum will discuss topics the church faces today, in hopes to bolster boldness and courage with great love.  I’d love to see a hearty discussion, with lots of input.

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Lord, our world is full of many voices. Help us, as your body, to listen for your voice alone.  Help us follow your lead so those around us know where to find safety, wholeness, and truth.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

(I wasn’t reimbursed in any way to write the above, but rather wrote of my own free will.)

With love and prayers,

Robin <3

 

 

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A Little Respite

Hi, friends!

Gary and I are currently getting away, as he is scheduled for surgery next week, with a long recovery.

I will miss you, but need to take a short break of about 2-3 weeks from writing.  I may post some pictures and updates on our excursion.  I may also do some one off posts during the next 2-3 weeks. Please be praying for us, as Gary’s recovery will be extensive.  We are at peace, and know that God has us in all of this.

I post to Instagram fairly regularly, so if you are so inclined, you can also follow our adventure that way.

Again, I will miss you.  I will continue to pray for you.  God Bless!

With love and prayers,

Robin <3

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Sunsets near Norfolk VA

Thank You! And Changes Are Coming!

My husband and I are currently on vacation in the Carolina’s – our first vacation other than long weekends since we were married 4 years ago.  We are having a blast!  The weather has been beautiful – the 70’s, which is a very nice change from our Maryland winter.

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It is about 10:58 pm, and Gary is snoring on the couch next to me, after falling asleep during a UK Basketball game.  (I believe they won.)  I have missed interacting with you! My Christmas was probably the best in years, as I shared special time with Gary and 2 of our sons, and our oldest’s girlfriend. God is doing amazing things, for which I am very grateful! I pray that you saw Jesus in your Christmas, and that your heart and soul were comforted and uplifted, even in the middle.

I want to thank you for reading the Advent posts, and for all your wonderful interaction with me – you made it seem more like we were sitting together over coffee.  Your comments meant a lot, and I enjoyed writing, listening to, and praying for all of you.

Several of you mentioned that the series format was greatly appreciated.  So, when I return in a couple of weeks, you will notice some changes.  The first change you will notice will be in the name of the blog – outlined below.  I will begin posting 4 times a week, with a weekly or monthly topic.  Also, the blog will focus completely on encouragement, rather than a variety of themes.  Lastly, you will find some other minor changes that will, I hope, make the blog more cohesive, and more greatly hone in on the theme of encouragement.

The blog’s new name will be “En Courage”.

The word “encourage” is from a french word meaning “to instill heart”.  Along with that, you will find a new Avatar and sub-head, so new and visiting readers can more quickly realize the overall focus.gravitar-photo

As in the Advent series, over the 4 days a week, I will share scripture, stories, worship, and suggestions to keep us going.  I hope to hear regularly from you. I would love you to share the scriptures, suggestions, and worship music that has brought you courage to face life and all if offers.  I would also love to hear your stories of how you have encouraged others, and how you have been encouraged.  I would love to publish some of your stories, to pass on the courage you have given or received.

We all need to have a boost of courage sometimes. As you read, if you are currently encouraged – pass the blog onto a friend who made need a boost.

I look forward to growing in this journey with you, and I love that we can instill courage within each other.

I will sit with you once more in a couple of weeks.  Please, in the meantime, send me any prayer requests.  (In that vain, I will be setting up a new email address when I return, so that you can more easily send me prayer requests and notes privately.)

Love,

Robin <3

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Philippians 1:3