Monday, September 28, 2020

September I love you!

 Even though you are almost over! What a great month! I have been involved in zoom camp and youth group for the E.A.G. and MK is back full speed ahead... not to mention FOOTBALL!!! 

But one of the rare and new pleasures recently has been an unusual and wonderful connection with Pioneer Bible Translators chapel! I got to play the Cajon for the annual strategic meetings and then was invited to play on a more regular basis for chapel. I also got to speak at chapel and I am so happy that I can share that message with you! It will help you understand much of my COVID journey. 






We usually take a group photo at our Labor day camp, but this year we are taking one from the comfort of zoom! I love the creativity the group brings and how we are able to make this time so special and fun!

It's great to have all my kids back in school and all but these two below are back in person. Creed should head back in a week but Serenity will be with us all year it looks like. To help her enjoy the week, we have scheduled a couple play dates for her. But sometimes she just enjoys some big brother time! 


Since MK is still a long ways from meeting in person, although we did just get cleared to meet in small groups (yay God). We are also visiting a different MK from our group every Monday. It is so fun to see the kids in person! 


A big theme for MK this year has been discipleship! Here is a picture of the wonderful Matthew teaching the Sunday school class at church. He recently graduated out and is now helping me teach it. He is fantastic and it is so cool watching him thrive in his gifts! I love learning from this guy! 

I have started being more involved in college ministry. I call it "MK After High School" and it has been another great example of discipleship. A former student is basically running it with a little input from me and she is doing a fantastic job! I love this stuff... and I get to speak at it this week and I'm excited about that too!


Here is some Sunday and Football fun for you. After the epic Cowboys come back a few weeks ago the group was in high spirits! If you want to, take some time and watch the highlights. Recently I got my Grandparents old Onyx table and set it up in the living room for puzzles (for those few people who want to hang out but don't like football).  :) I'm excited to see it being well used again. 



This next month we have some amazing guest speakers coming to share about LGBTQ+. Please be praying that God speaks through them and our group is edified! That God is glorified in his goodness and his love and people are educated and set free! Join me in binding the enemy and welcoming the fullness of the Spirit to give us eyes to see and ears to hear about the goodness and love of God! 

Please pray for me to live a life worthy of the Lord, a life above reproach and to grow in wisdom and humility. Pray for Diane to be continually free from panic attacks and to live in the grace of God as she works so hard in her job. Pray for our kids to shine brightly in their schools! 

I'm so thankful for you and your partnership in the ministry! God is moving and working and it is so great knowing that I have you all with me! Thanks for the love and prayers and financial support! I feel so encouraged and you help my heart stay soft and you encourage my faith so much! 

I love you all and look forward to sharing more soon... next week I'm in a wedding and so I had to trim up the beard and hair a bit :). 

I will miss the long hair and braided beard but I look forward to it all growing out again! 



Finally I just want to thank my amazing wife for being such an amazing wife, mother, and friend. We just celebrated her 38th birthday! She is incredible, so loving and sacrificial and a gentle presence in my life. She is the best partner I could have ever hoped for and I'm so proud of her! I love you Diane and I look forward to many more incredible years with you! You just keep getting more beautiful every year!


Love you all so much!


Blessings,

Caleb 


If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to the ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line, it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 13, Asher 11, Liam 8, Echo already in heaven, Bella 6, and Serenity 4 years old.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

You restore my soul!


I'm reading a book by Tozer called "Keys to the Deeper Life" and it has been such good preparation for my upcoming series on 'Being'. I had just opened up my laptop to begin writing this post when my neighbor came by and brought us some extra food that they don't need. It is so incredibly sweet of them to do that. They see our kids playing outside and think that any extra help during these hard times is a blessing. They have more than they need and they share the overflow! I went inside to put away the food and when I came back out my son Liam said "Dad, I just prayed for them. The man said to pray for his health and then someone else got out of the car and I prayed for them too"! I am so proud and that just exemplifies the keys... we are people who don't just know about God. We become children of God that act like him, just like our children act like us! We do because we are living epistles, read and known by all! 

In other news I just went backpacking with Creed, Asher, Liam and my "adopted son for the week" Sergei. It was a grand adventure and a welcome escape from COVID-land. I'm back quarantining this week since someone I've been in contact with has tested positive with the virus. It's hard to take a step back and isolate, but it's a good reminder that my God is more than able to do immeasurably more and is not hampered in giving me my daily bread by any circumstance. I just want to have eyes to see and ears to hear so that I'm not hampered in my receiving! 

Okay back to the trip. It was hard! Liam and Asher got altitude sickness... aka... they threw up the first night and felt like garbage the second. Liam cried a lot hiking up the first two days. But by the end, these kids were rock stars :). Pun intended :). Liam led the pack most of the way out and although we ended our journey a day early, we had a grand adventure that left all my kids willing to go again...but maybe once a year is enough to spend a week pooping in the woods. Asher had the best experience as his toilet paper rolled down the mountain at the most inopportune of times. I think the mountains have a way of psychologically constipating anyone :). 

Here are some pictures of our adventures, from random bones that show the wonder of the wild to bear bag fun and our crazy time sleeping in the hotel. The trip had a way of healing and restoring me and I'm so grateful that God knows how to shepherd me so well! 



Asher, Creed, Sergei, Adrienne (my cousin's oldest), and Liam in the front! 








Our last supper before the wilderness... a gigantic burger with all the fixings! 

This post is already longer than I would probably read so I'll finish it up here! We had a great 4th of July with friends and family! The kids enjoyed playing with Sparklers and we got to see a few fire works set off by our neighbors. Duncanville cancelled all the public events, but you got to love Texas! We know where to get fireworks and what to do with them!



Thanks for your support and your prayers through this crazy 2020! God has some epic daily bread for you and is an amazing shepherd! May he restore your soul as he has mine and continue to lead you by peaceful waters! Our God is awesome and He shows me that so often through my relationship with you. You are his provision for me in so many ways and you are living epistles! Thank you for your love and kindness! MK goes forward and I'm excited to see what God, through the power of his spirit, will do in this next season! Lives changed through the power of his word, and his word is not bound but is living and active! May this season for us all be one of pruning so that we can bear even greater fruit with and for Him!

Love you all so much!

Blessings,

Caleb 


If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to the ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line, it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 13, Asher 11, Liam 8, Echo already in heaven, Bella 6, and Serenity 4 years old.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

COVID 19... Have you heard of it?

I can't believe that my own son is going to Jamaica!!!!

That was the last thing I Blogged before all this went down... and... well... maybe that will be true in 2021 but it certainly won't be this year. I have been so long in writing because I just haven't had the time :)... lol... that certainly is not true...

So how do I capture the last four months??? Not quite sure...

I have done lots of projects and perhaps some pictures will do them the most justice...

I have become an epic home school teacher. I took most of the homeschooling on my shoulders so that Diane could keep working!

I have lost some support but not as much as is possible and God keeps providing! My heart breaks for the financial burden this time has put on so many people!

All my trips have been cancelled for as far ahead as I can see. MK, although continuing on, is very different than it used to be. Like most of you, I have become adept at Zoom and have a great virtual background and everything.

During this time God has showed me that my worth is not in what I do but in who I be... I have struggled with purposelessness and boredom and depression and it has all come around to God is bigger! My contentment is locked in my identity as His son and I'm grateful for how he continues to remind me of that amazing truth.

So I'm plugging away trying to delight in my new normal and excited for what God is going to do next. "Spirit, lead me in the moment to moment" is my jam :). Some areas of life are back to some semblance of normal but mostly I'm just taking things day by day...

Highlights!

Coffee and devotions with Diane most mornings! Doing home church and growing in my relationships with my children. Watching movies outdoors and really enjoying Spring this year! Getting past school and learning and teaching lots of sign language. MK on Zoom two days a week and getting to know lots of MKs better and being able to include MKs from all over the world since none of us can be in the same place. Life slowing down and getting to rest up!

Thanks for being on my support team and for your prayers during this time. I'm excited to be in a place where I'm full of hope for the future again! God is just simply bigger and his purposes aren't going to be thwarted by any pandemic or racism... I want to grow more and more in how to receive my being from him and then to delight in the overflow of what that offers to me and those I know and love... the future is bright!

There used to be a compost pile here... now it has these awesome passion vines and serves as a great sitting area! 

Jeremy helped me make a corn hole set! It's already gotten lots of good use! Also Jeremy has a pool and that has been a great time for the kids! What a stud :). 

I'm learning to bake! I've made lots of bread and gotten much better at it... some of my attempts were not great though :) Also my hair is very long... man bun long :)... and I have epic beard braids :)







Who wouldn't want to have Zoom meeting from their hammock :)?

We have celebrated 4 birthdays since pandemic land... so fun! Diane is quite the cake maker! 

Hammock for zoom and many sitting areas created and Easter egg hunt pandemic style... which is just really about normal...

I love this picture because it looks a little boring but represents a lot of hard work cleaning out my ally from trees and all kinds of nonsense. You can barely tell but I worked really hard to make it look this good :). 
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Blessings! 

Caleb 


If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to the ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line, it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 13, Asher 11, Liam 8, Echo already in heaven, Bella 6, and Serenity 4 years old.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Polar Plunge and other fun February Happenings)

It's been a fun couple of months and just as we are nearing the end of winter, I got to embrace the epic Polar Plunge fund raiser that my fantastic colleague set up for us to do. We each tried to raise $100 to have the privilege of jumping into a freezing cold swimming pool. Well here is the video :)... thanks for your support!



Backing up now to early January... I had the joy of attending this young man's birthday party! It was at a Brazilian pizzeria; aka endless pizza brought to you until you pop!  I have really enjoyed getting to know Lucas; mentoring him is a great honor. I look forward to baptizing him soon... when the water is much warmer :). He is dating an incredible MK whom I know and love ;). It's so fun watching Jess thrive in college and learn how to adult!  


Our family deeply mourned the loss of our dog Daisy. She was with us for nearly 13 years and brought a lot of joy to our family! The day she died, the Lord was so kind to us and gave us lots of time with her. I spent the afternoon by her side. When evening came, the family gathered around her and told her how much she meant to us. We were all balling our eyes out. Asher pet her for so long. Eventually she got up and moved to the hallway, and then as we were watching a show all together she got up one last time, trying to move away from us (I think most animals when they know they are passing want to be alone) and laid down by the desk. Asher and I both watched her take her last breath and with tear-filled eyes we buried her in the backyard. Before we covered her over with dirt we gathered again to say good bye and then went inside and prayed and grieved. The way we grieved her passing allowed us to heal quickly, and though I'm feeling really sad as I type this out it is much easier for all of us since we all got to say goodbye. I look forward to seeing Daisy again in that awesome garden where she and Charlie are surely playing and having a blast... with Shep and Patches and all the rest of the animals I hold in my heart.

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I have such goofy kids! Here they are pretending to be dogs going through obedience school. Wait to eat your treat!

MK has had some tearful goodbyes lately. Our tradition is praying over anyone who is leaving, short term or long term and then singing Step by Step, that great Rich Mullins song. We are a group of transition and we are full of prayer warriors!



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I had the joy of taking some dance lessons with Diane at one of her friend's birthday parties. What a clever way to celebrate your birthday! Now I can kind of Salsa dance :). It was a great time! What a fun wife and what fun friends! 


I'm excited that my trips are coming more and more into focus for the summer! Thanks for your prayers. Next month I get to lead a Trauma Healing mini session at Tacoa Falls! I'm excited for the opportunity! 

Some exciting MK news!!! We have picked a new camp and I'm really excited for what it means for the future of the group. Hopefully in two years we will be able to do camp with our group and the Kids on the Go (4-6th grade) crew! 

Please pray with me as I tackle LGBTQ+ issues at MK. Recently I've become really passionate about equipping the MK group to advance God's kingdom in this area! I have a guest speaker coming in to share what the Bible teaches about this issue and then another speaker coming in to give practical advice and help to our group from the perspective of someone who can relate. I hope to be able to equip my parents, and my youth to spread God's love and hope and to create an environment that is safe for MKs to share their own struggles, if they have them. I'm excited and also a little nervous! I covet your prayers. 

So many cool things are happening and I am so grateful for your prayers and financial support along the way. God uses you to show me His love and favor and big things are happening here through this ministry! Recently I got a letter from one of the MKs sharing how grateful they were for the impact the group has had on her. How she is understanding more and more about who she is in Christ and recognizing the gift of righteousness! She talked about being more than a conqueror and the power that is having on her day-to-day life. I was overwhelmed and I want to share that joy with you because you are a big part of it! Praise God for your faithfulness in backing this ministry and my family as we serve here. There is good fruit! 

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This verse, although perhaps a little strange at first, has really gripped my heart! God is teaching me more and more about 'being' and this verse touches this amazing truth.... "since you truly are unleavened"... we 'take hold of' who we be through our faith in the finished work of Christ. It is finished and I want to learn more and more how to walk in the fullness of what that means. I marvel at what God has truly made me... what he has truly made you! Now let us live in and from it! 

Thanks for all your prayers for Diane... she is truly amazing and walking more and more in fullness and finding greater and greater freedom from panic! Her work is very intense right now though, so please pray for strength and endurance! 

Blessings on you all! I love you dearly and am so grateful for you! 

Caleb


If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to the ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line, it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 12, Asher 10, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 5, and Serenity 3 years old.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2020 The year of being intentional!

Let's put a nice bow on 2019 and then quickly get on to the amazing 2020... wait for it... the Year of... BEING INTENTIONAL!!! (to quote my lovely wife) She has inspired a movement in our household... not just with her lovely coffee making skills...and we are on board to be doers this year and embrace all the adventure that God puts in our hearts... instead of the somewhat usual "hmm, that would be nice to do someday." TODAY IS THE DAY! 


December was a crazy month! Yeah, for you too I'm sure :). MK does a lot in December, starting with Cowan Christmas. We enjoyed another year visiting with the great cloud of witnesses that inspire us and pray for us from the Cowan apartments here on the center. Their stories inspire hope and faithfulness and their prayers protect us and keep us strong!



My kids are pretty much famous after all the Christmas shows they have been in recently! Asher and Bella know how to perform! Bella was so sad when it was over. She really loved being up there on stage!


After she knocked it out of the park performing, she got to come home and complete her first Science Fair project! How do colors make you feel? Does the season impact what you think of when you see a particular color?


It's an ugly sweater party!!!! What a great community we have around here! It's so fun to have my own kids get to know my awesome friends! 



 It was another great year for the MK talent show! We raised over $800 for the MK ministry and got to see some amazing talent! Our adult MKs stole the show this year and it was such an awesome night seeing old friends and new and getting the whole MK family together. We had the Kids on the Go (4-6th grade) perform this year which was a nice addition to the program! We are getting better and better at working as a team with all the wonderful people God has called to love these MKs.

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Here is almost the whole team at an appreciation breakfast!


We enjoyed another epic MK College Retreat, and I was so touched yet again with how God showed up in our 14:26 service. It's just great getting time off with these amazing kids. During the service God spoke directly to one of our beloved MKs who hadn't heard his voice in far too long. Just hearing His voice has created such an incredible hunger in them to hear more. God spoke and brought deep healing and restored a relationship that had been very painful! Our God is so incredible! I love these amazing people; it's a privilege walking with them and seeing them grow! 


Here you can see Diane making me ready for our annual journey through middle earth with the MKs! Unfortunately I didn't get an after picture, but it was pretty cool, she wrapped my hair and beard with gold wire and I looked very dwarf-in-Middle Earth-like. It was so fun... between the two long days (Hobbit trilogy followed by LOTR trilogy the next Saturday) we had about 70 people over! Diane fed them like a champ and we enjoyed lots of community! We watched in the living room, garage and then had a gaming room and even an outdoor football game happening. It was 18 hours of awesome between the two days! It was fun to have about 16 college MKs back for the tradition as well! 

Here you can see two of my favorite people in their comfy Christmas presents. A very nice way to stay comfy in the mild almost warm winter we are enjoying this year.


Christmas was fun with all of Diane's family and a little sad since my sister was sick for the whole Christmas week and one of Diane's sisters couldn't make it. It was nice to celebrate with my parents and to make some more good memories with the kids, sleeping under the tree and opening a huge smorgasbord of presents. We also enjoyed watching lots of fun Christmas movies and Christmas themed shows and Diane was able to take some much needed time off work, before entering the new year and all the crazy! I struggled through two weeks of killer sinus headaches, but thankfully haven't had one for about that same amount of time.

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Let's not forget the amazing Broomball event! Such a great staple this time of year! 
We finally bought a very cool outdoor fire pit! It was special to get to enjoy it with these lovely ladies one afternoon! Fire just makes everything feel so cozy and special. The girl on the right is sadly leaving the MK group soon. I'm grateful that I get to spend some time with her before that happens. The other lovely lady has graduated and I enjoy seeing her about once a week..at least before the craziness of college picks up again! I decided to marry the lady in the back a long time ago and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made!


The new year has started and per usual I have gotten a dramatic haircut to commemorate new beginnings... no, I just got tired of the mop on my head. I have kept some of the beard longer and it's fun having Diane play around with it! What a fun wife :). 


We have kicked the new year off with a charge to take our spiritual training more seriously. I was inspired to create catered training groups for the kids to join. This last Monday we split the group into 5 categories (Bible Study, Bible Reading, Memorization, Worship, Prayer/Journaling) and they are all now training in the way that they are most interested. I find that consistency in my training both physical and spiritual has been vastly aided by finding a way to train that I enjoy (finding this out through trial and error) and having people to train with! My hope is to give these kids the same gift, that they would develop into mighty warriors as they learn how to train consistently with one another and develop something that will far outlive their time in MK. 

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Thanks for being on this journey with me. Your prayers and your love inspire and motivate me on the journey and your support keeps my family able to dedicate so much of its energy into loving the amazing families that I get so serve. I feel so honored to have you on my team! I'm feeling rather pumped as I think about it! Insert Caleb bark here :). 

Please Pray...

For Diane and complete healing from Panic Attacks! Also grace in this very busy season at work! 

For Wisdom for me as I lead this group and consider all the amazing trips God has given me this year! 

and to quote a pretty famous guy... 

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I love you so much!

Blessings,

Caleb


If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to the ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line, it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 12, Asher 10, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 5, and Serenity 3 years old.