Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Merriest of all Christmases!!!

Classic Caleb... I have taken way too long to get this edition out and it was the "I'll wait until this thing is over" syndrome... that invariable collected many other things to wait for... like... the wedding, Oct 31, Thanksgiving... and so on... it's kinda like waiting for COVID-19 to be over... ha! Too soon ;). 

Well let's start this adventure off with an amazing song that two of our amazing MKs put together... so proud to know these kids and to get to share a youth group with them. 




               

We are continuing to visit our amazing MKs in COVID friendly ways. It's been so good to see the kids off of a screen and in 3-D. They are just as good looking as ever!



I got to host guys group in my backyard while it was still warm and dry and that was a real treat. Some MKs only come to the in-person stuff and it's really good to stay connected with them still! 


Here we all are at the great wedding of Micah and Briana Boerger! The sadness of cutting my hair quickly left as I saw how amazing I looked in my suit officiating the real stars featured in the picture below. I was nervous but ended up having a great time! I hope to have better photos and a video in the future! I had a great witnessing opportunity during the after-party which put a great bow on the day! I'm so proud of my amazing friends who really know how to throw an incredible wedding! Congratulations Bri and Micah, may the Lord continue to bless you and fill your house with many children! 

                                         




As COVID continues, so does the creativity in finding some normal in an abnormal world. I'm so grateful for good friends to share the holidays with! This year since we couldn't do a Fall Festival at church we threw our own, with games and pumpkin carving and candy and all. I got to scare some more trick-or-treaters this year and really enjoyed celebrating with my friends and family! 


Just before my birthday, Diane got to take her birthday trip from like a decade ago ;)... and go visit her sister Lisa in Montana! It was kinda miraculous, needless to say since she got the tickets the day before she left and had a marvelous week! What a hero Diane and the Winters are! 


After working hard on those benches for most of the summer it was really nice to get to use them with friends and family as I celebrated my birthday! 38.. what a great adventure! It was so nice to worship the Lord and hang out around the fire and eat good food and fellowship. We ended up talking around the fire until the wee hours of the morning. It was so good for my heart! My wife knows how to throw a party! For the first time since I can remember the weather was very warm for this event... that was just an adding blessing from the Lord! 

We really enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving and one of the things we were especially thankful for was Erich and Stacy being able to visit. Erich is Diane's oldest brother and a dear friend. Later on, her mom and dad and other siblings joined us around the fire for a lovely time of fellowship. We hung out by the fire and talked until it was dark, rain or no rain, while the kids and dog ran around the yard. 

We continued our tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday and enjoying all the Thursday goings on without the pressure to cook and eat in between football and parade and what not. This gave us the chance to visit a good friend who had to work on Thanksgiving. It was a fun time getting out with the kids and going on an adventure!



This year has been so strange. It didn't feel like it was flying by until all of a sudden my birthday and the rest of the holidays were suddenly upon us. It will be a different kind of busy but I'm pumped for Christmas and ready to get the house decorated! The ministry continues to be blessed and I'm very hopeful for the future as we progress hopefully into a world where we can meet together again and enjoy a post-COVID world. I will miss hosting my massive Lord of the Rings party and the MK talent show is a hard loss, but in the midst of all of this I can see so much good that God is doing! 

Please pray for my Dad as he gets surgery for a hernia and for the recovery! 

Pray for me as I continue to seek God's wisdom for our group moving forward! I want to live a life above reproach and this is an especially tricky time to do that in! I also found out that some friends of mine are struggling in their marriage and my heart is breaking for them. Pray that I will know how to show them God's love! 

I'm so completely blown away and thankful for you and your love and support during this time. My support ebbs and flows and somehow God continues to use you to take care of my family and help this ministry thrive. I couldn't do this without you and your encouragement. You really do spur me on toward love and good deeds! We are the body and I definitely see how much I need you and want you to know that I'm so so grateful! 

I have been feeling some discouragement recently, but God is so faithful and has encouraged me with these two verses! 


If God is the one sending me then I am confident that he will continue to provide everything I need to accomplish all the things he has sent me to accomplish. I was so blessed by this verse; it just reminds me how important it is to live as one sent by God (obediently and faithful) and to trust in God to take care of all your needs! It also brings insight into what it means to live above reproach! 



This verse really griped my heart the other day while I was meditating and watching a beautiful video on YouTube. As the scene changed to a river flowing between two snowy banks in the woods, I felt the Lord calling me to actually send my cares to him down the river. It was so healing to not just say the verse and smile but to try and do the hard work of actually casting my cares, one by one on him. It has left me feeling much lighter and is a good reminder that I'm not supposed to carry these things alone - he wants my burdens! 

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 9, Echo already in heaven, Bella 6, and Serenity 4 years old.


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 :). 
A Taste of Honey: 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 –

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.