A Yielded Heart


Last November happened to be one of those times in life when I struggled with something God was wanting me to do. A new friend suddenly needed housing, and after about a week of praying God would provide, I sensed the Lord saying we were to be His provision. I’d just met her so didn’t know her well, and the thought of inviting a near stranger to live with us made me more than a bit nervous. So instead of taking it to Gary right away, I decided to sit on it a few days and continue to pray God would provide – somewhere else. Strange though, every time I prayed, I sensed the Lord say (inaudibly), “I already gave her a home. Deal with it.”

Finally after sharing my thoughts with Gary and both praying on it a few more days, with trepidation we invited her to move in. It’s been almost 4 months now, and she has been an absolute delight. After she moved in, Gary went on extended hours at work, and L was here to keep me company. We’ve recently had some extremely stressful times with one of our sons, and L has been a huge comfort.

I’ve once again been thinking about Genesis 4, the story of Cain and Abel, and have come to see Cain’s struggle regarding his unacceptable offering to God as a matter of intimacy. Read on to see why…

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. (To read the entire conversation in Genesis 4:2-11, click here.)

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The passage says Abel gave “the first” of his flock. It states Cain only gave “some” of his produce.

  • Later in the Old Testament we read that God required the first of the produce or flocks as an offering every year (Deuteronomy 26:1-11). This was so God’s people would annually be reminded He was their provider, and to give them an opportunity to exhibit trust in His ability to provide well for them throughout the rest of the year. (Our tithe is to to the same.)
  • Every offering had to come from the best the giver could give (Malachi 1:8). Doing anything else would mean the giver was saving the best for themselves showing the intents of their hearts to be less than fully devoted to God the true giver. (Our offerings do the same.)

From this passage, I learn:

  • God isn’t being cruel when he corrects me, His love is offering me a way of growth and greater intimacy with Him as I experience His personal provision and care.
  • His warnings are only to protect me from harm.
  • My enemy, the devil, will always distort God’s instructions to mean God is either insecure or too demanding and therefore unfair.
  • When I listen to God’s warnings in His Word and the prompting of His Spirit, I can be assured He’s pointing me to greater intimacy with Him which offers me the greatest freedom because of how He made us.

What do my actions and attitudes say? Like Cain, is pride more important than intimacy? Are my things or maintaining control more important?

What do these ‘more important’ things say about my heart toward God? Does my heart show a yieldedness that longs for intimacy with Him; or does my heart show greater loves?

I want to know [in the Greek this word is the same used for sexual intimacy – a personal knowing] Christ—yes, to know [same word] the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Phil 3:10-11 (NIV)

I long for intimacy with God, and so lately these are questions I’m asking myself.

Which are you?

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Matthew 15:8

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Jeremiah 29:12-14 NIV

Lord, may I seek you with all my heart, not allowing anything separate me from intimacy with You. In Jesus’ name, amen

With much love,

Robin <3

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Wisdom for Conquering Jealousy

Wisdom in Dealing with Jealousy

  • The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • “If someone is leaving you behind, and you are becoming jealous and embittered, keep praying that he may have success in the very matter where he is awakening your envy; and whether he is helped or not, one thing is sure, that your own soul will be cleansed and ennobled.” – William Law
  • The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

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When I Fear the Opinion of Others

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The only remedy for fear of how others view me is to refocus on those whose opinions of me matter most:

God created me. His views trump all others. (Psalm 139:13-18)

Jesus died for my salvation. His views trump all others. (Romans 5:6-11)

In Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells within me. His views trump all others. (Romans 5:15)

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A Man Who Pursued God

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The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same. - Billy Graham, speaking of… Click To Tweet

Reverend Billy Graham passed away February 21, 8 a.m. at the age of 99. I thank God for his life and legacy. We pray for those He left behind.

As a child and young woman I remember sitting before our family’s black and white TV as Billy Graham spoke to thousands, boldly proclaiming that Jesus was the only way to heaven and the only source of lasting peace and hope. Because I’d already accepted Jesus into my life, I took his life and ministry for granted. To me, he was a just a preacher with a southern drawl being used by God.

(taken from the Los Angeles Times)

However, when I read His biography, “Just As I Am,” first published in April, 1997, I discovered an amazing man of God whose life and testimony greatly impacted the world. In honor of a man who pursued God with all his might, and changed the world in the pursuing, I’d like to share some things about him worth emulating:

  • He was born in 1917, and grew up on a dairy farm in Charlotte NC. As he grew, his aspirations led him in the way of professional baseball. However, at the age of 16, out of curiosity he attended the revival meetings of a traveling preacher, Mordecai Ham, and found himself drawn to the preacher’s message of personal sin and a need for repentance. Although he was ‘a good boy,’ the preacher’s words struck Billy and he knew they were directed at his heart, his life. His decision to give his heart to Christ and pursue the calling God gave him changed everything. In obedience he left his dream of baseball and enrolled in Bible college. Upon finishing several years of Bible school he became a Southern Baptist preacher. Later, he traveled the country leading crusades and preaching the very message that had changed his life.
(taken from the Los Angeles Times)
  • In the 1950’s, his revival meetings were unsegregated.
  • Personal integrity and his witness for Christ were so important to him throughout his ministry, he set up several safeguards so as to never be alone with another woman other than his wife.
  • Although he was friend to every president since Truman, he never used his platform for personal gain.
  • He went anywhere God sent him and gave him the platform to share the gospel, even though some of his international crusades were controversial at the time.
  • When going into a city for a crusade, he always coordinated with the local churches so as to give a place for new converts to grow in Christ.
  • The finances for his crusades were always handled by a separate organization so as not to appear that he was personally profiting from the money given.

As I look at his life, I am reminded this man was nothing special on his own. He grew up as many of us, yet lived a life so unlike ours. How?

  • He chose to follow God with his whole being wherever God directed.
  • The message of the gospel and the change it had brought to his own life was worth any risk.
  • He made certain that his words matched his life as best he could.
  • He took steps to make certain his was a life that represented Christ well.

I’d like to close with a quote from his later years. When asked if he would change anything regarding his career he responded:

“I would study more. I would pray more, travel less, take less speaking engagements. I took too many of them in too many places around the world. If I had it to do over again I’d spend more time in meditation and prayer and just telling the Lord how much I love him.” – Billy Graham.

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Graham in 2010.

Graham in 2010. (Nell Redmond / Associated Press)

Lord, thank you for this man’s life and legacy. May we as believers emulate his love and devotion to you. May we willingly step out and risk everything for your gospel. May we live even as we speak. Please. In Jesus’ name, amen.

(All photos were taken from a Los Angeles Times article on the life of Billy Graham.

With love,


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Do I Willingly Cover Another’s Shame?


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I was at a meeting a couple of weeks ago where I knew no one. Most of us at the meeting were strangers, so as the meeting commenced, we each went around the room and shared a bit about ourselves. It wasn’t long before a particular individual stood out as someone wanting to control every aspect of the conversation. With almost every introduction, this person had something crucial to say about this or that and so interrupted almost everyone as they spoke. Even after the introductions, she dominated the discussion, oblivious to the facial expressions and body language of the other participants indicating frustration at her monopoly.

I began to rile inside with the inability to stop her interruptions, and longed for the moderator to step in. As the evening progressed, I realized I needed to check my own body language so as not to come across as rude and indifferent, yet am not certain how well I accomplished grace. I was really ticked off.

Once alone, and again the next morning, my emotions were still unsettled and a bit miffed. As I remembered the previous evening, I began to pray, “Lord, would you please convict the hearts of those moderating so this doesn’t happen every week? Would you let them realize they must gain some control of the situation?”

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Then the inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit began to speak and convict me, “Robin, what if instead you prayed I convict her of her need to control all conversations? What if you asked me to free her from her bondage to needing control? What if you prayed my Spirit move within the meeting each week and moderate all conversation toward building one another up in Christ?

Then without warning, the Spirit began to hone in on my own heart….What if you saw your own need to control and show grace? And what if you considered maybe why she may have this tendency?

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Covering shame.

God’s love through me sacrificing my comfort to cover her shame. Or as the Apostle Paul put it:

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Truth. Life. Transforming me, then transforming others through me.

Lord, forgive me for thinking not of her need, but only of my own discomfort. Forgive me for looking only on the outward appearance of things, and thank you for reminding me of someone’s bruised heart. Forgive me for wanting to take this into my own hands and forgetting your Spirit is able to move and work in a grand way to free each of us. Please use this time to show each of us our need, and may your Spirit love lavishly through us as we meet.

So all can experience having their shame covered.

For your honor, and our good.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

You may also wish to look at the previous post, “A Love that Covers Shame

With gratitude for God’s love covering my shame,

Robin <3

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Does The Hearer Have Power To Answer?

“It doesn’t matter what religion you adhere to, as all religions end up the same in the end. Because, all religions are man-made for the purpose of bringing personal comfort and hope.”

I’ve heard it before, but this time the statement came from someone who had once followed Jesus, but after suffering a great loss, turned away from any faith.  His anger was understandable, but are his comments true?

If you question not only religion, but a belief in God, I’d recommend two books, each written by a man who at one time was a very angry Agnostic.  During college, he was challenged to look at the Bible from a purely intellectual standpoint. Taking the challenge, he set out to disprove the validity of the Bible, spending months traveling mostly Europe, scrutinizing the evidence.  He came away from his investigation with the realization that everything written in the Bible about Jesus was accurate and true.  He came to the realization that the only reasonable response to those facts, was to become a follower of Jesus Christ.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict”  and “More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell outline the facts, as well as their validation, which he discovered during his investigation.

Below is Josh McDowell’s personal story. The video is a riveting 40 minutes long.  In it Josh tells of growing up with years of sexual abuse, an alcoholic father, a sibling who’d committed suicide, enormous family dysfunction, and taunting neighbors, turning from any belief in God because of it.

He also tells how in college he was drawn by the genuine love of a group of students.  It was they who challenged him.  His acceptance of their challenge changed his life forever. His story is well worth watching.

If you wish to learn more about Josh and his ministries, you may also take a look at his website.

I too have experienced the life-changing power of Jesus Christ and can attest to the power of God to change lives and answer prayer.  I haven’t gone the route of trying to disprove the Bible, but through many years of extreme difficulty, I can say from that perspective I know God to be real, and all he said about Jesus to be true.

God is real.  He does listen.  He also has the power to do something about what he hears. Then why don’t I always see answers?

Possibly, his answer isn’t what I wish to hear.

Also, what if:

In praying, do I look for every other resource before turning to God so as to maintain control?

Isaiah, whom I quoted yesterday, recorded a conversation between God and his people. In his anger, God responds to their complaints that he is not acting on their behalf as he once did: (Their complaints are similar to ours, and are recorded in the previous chapter – 64)

“I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help.
    I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’
    to a nation that did not call on my name.
All day long I opened my arms to a rebellious people.
    But they follow their own evil paths
    and their own crooked schemes. Isaiah 65:1,2 (NLT)

Do you need God to act?  If you aren’t following him, the first place to begin is with the prayer, “I need you. For too long I’ve gone my own way – I’m sorry.  Please forgive me.  I acknowledge that Jesus is the One who’s in charge.  I need him to take the reigns.  I choose to follow his lead.”

If you aren’t ready for that kind of prayer, I’d challenge you instead to boldly say:

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He will.

With love and prayers,

Robin <3

p.s. If you are following Jesus for the first time, the next step is to find a church who follows Jesus. (Not all churches do).  Start getting to know the people there, and choose to spend time weekly with them.  It matters.

Also, if you did pray that prayer to follow Jesus, expect conflict to arise. The enemy of your soul (Satan) won’t like it and may cause some trouble.  That’s one reason you need to find a Jesus following church right away.  God is bigger, and will easily take care of you, but just don’t be surprised.


I Applaud You!

As I’ve pondered Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, I think of my own Mamma, “Mither” as I lovingly call her.  She is an amazing woman with whom I’m so grateful to be sharing a relationship called “mother and daughter”.  Like most relationships, we have had our struggles, but the richness of coming through them together, and being on the other side is an amazing gift for which I will forever be grateful.

I, not too long ago, spent 3 weeks with her as she went through surgery, and began recovery for a total knee replacement.  The surgery was very hard on her body, and the medications she was given for pain took a toll on her mind for a time, making it hard for her to reason well.  Those 3 weeks were difficult yet overflowing with special moments I will forever cherish.  I was her coach, nurse, and physical therapist 24 hours a day, but she was the one going through the pain and changes within.  Changes neither of us always knew how to handle well.

As I look back on that time, where roles were reversed, I am reminded of times where she played the roles I temporarily accrued, and think, “What a gift you’ve given me, dear Lord, in knowing this woman.”

My mamma has always been a hard worker, and even in her recent recovery, has always been willing to embrace the difficult when needed, for a better outcome.  One of her favorite motto’s has always been

The tortoise who works slowly but surely will finish the race.  

She has lived by that motto well.

Yet the thing she is most know for is the testimony of her faith.  She hasn’t always had an easy life, and yet her eyes shimmer and her face glows when she begins to speak of her Lord Jesus.  He has certainly and very obviously been her strength and help since she was a young woman.

As I contemplate this up-coming celebration of Mothers, I thank God for this dear woman God gave to be my Mamma.

Her children stand and bless her. Proverbs 31:28a

I stand a bless you!  Thank you not only for being my dear Mither, but my friend.  I love you.

Robin <3