Author: Robyn

Have you ever taken out a necklace only to find it is tangled into knots? That usually happens because you just chuck the jewelry into the box at the end of the night and them quickly rummage through to find what you want the next morning. What do you do when you have to deal with tangles? I know you don't expect the tangle to just miraculously vanish. If you are like me you start at one end and unravel one knot at a time (a little baby powder helps!). Eventually the necklace is a smooth chain again, and it's ready to...

I want to tell you something today. Something I think you need to hear. You need to rest. You need to take time to renew yourself. Yes, I know you are busy and have a lot of stuff to do. You have people depending on you and people to lead, but you can’t do any of that if you burn out. The concept of renewing is not something I’ve made up, it is a mandate from God, and it appears as an important aspect of life and leadership throughout Scripture. Jesus consistently modeled the need for rest and renewal to His...

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.  ~ Mother Teresa   Connecting is about garnering the “support and gifting” of the humans around you. We need to connect, because no one does anything alone! Just think about it for a moment. As each of us move forward in our lives, as we work to achieve our goals, there a always others who contribute in some way. It's like when you see a turtle on a fence post, you just know it didn’t get that high by itself. It needed help! We Are Created For Relationship We are created...

I want to tell you something I think you need to hear today: You have unlimited potential! God wants to do amazing things in your life! You have a mission, set by Him, that will help you grow in ways you never thought possible. YOUR LIFE MATTERS. God has a purpose for everyone. “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Ex. 9:16). You are gifted and called. “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight...

Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. (Prov. 4:23, GNT) Your Thoughts Matter! Did you know your beliefs unconsciously direct you in your moment-by-moment choices and actions? What you believe drives your viewpoint and your mindset in every situation. That means your beliefs actually become self-fulfilling prophecies in your life. Self-fulfilling prophecies have been called the "Pygmalion effect," a term derived from a play that later became the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. This fictional story shows how self-perception, who we think we are, is a prime basis for how we will experience life. We behave according to...

Forgiveness is one of the greatest lessons that Jesus taught. In fact, He lived and died for our forgiveness and so we could learn the importance of forgiving. When someone hurts us in some way, intentionally or unintentionally, the act causes pain, frustration, and even anger to take root in our lives. Those feelings can take over if we are not careful, spreading to other relationships and even affecting how we function on a daily basis. Jesus wanted each of His followers to know that opening the door to negative emotions would ultimately interfere with their relationship with Him! So What...

As we celebrated Father’s Day this past weekend, I thought a lot about my father and the lessons I learned from him as I was growing. My dad was a warm, affirming father. He supported my call to ministry, and I feel incredibly blessed to have learned my leadership basics by watching how he lived his life. He gave his all to his God, his family, and his ministry. He loved his work so much that he worked full time as pastor until his eightieth birthday! In his retirement, as pastor emeritus, he continued to go to work every day to...

My granddaughter Israel (Izzy) just recently graduated from kindergarten. When I watched my kids hit milestones, it gave me a feeling that is hard to describe. Joy, happiness, wonder, and thankfulness all tied together to form an emotion that grabbed me by the throat. Now I get the pleasure of doing the same with my grandkids, and I have to say it is a different experience. All of those emotions are still there, but it seems richer somehow. I feel this sense of honor and gratitude at the legacy God is creating out of my life. I see the continuation...

I want to talk to you for a minute about how important teamwork is in our lives. We live in a society where the person on top is considered the “winner.” Unfortunately, that attitude is not biblical, and it doesn’t reflect what actually happens to create that “winner.” When I read about leadership (all of us are leaders in some area of our lives), most books and articles narrowly focus on the leader as an individual, neglecting the role of teams, collaboration, and partnership. This individual focus may or may not serve as an effective approach within business organizations (none of...

“Get out of bed Robyn! For heaven’s sake, why are you still in that bed? This is the third time I’ve called you, and it’s the last time. If you don’t get up, I’m coming in there to get you up myself!”  I was exhausted, and the last thing I wanted to do was get up early and go, so in my whiny voice I answered, “Mom, why won’t you just leave me alone? I don’t want to go!”  As the sleep fell away from my consciousness, I struggled to sit up and pull myself out of bed. This time, I shouted down the hall so she...