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.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love this job... it's like a whirlwind of awesome that takes over sometimes... just when you sit down to talk about all the wonderful things that God is doing, you look ahead just a little and see so many more on the horizon... I've been a little negligent with my Blog... I'm excited to share (as short as I know how) all the amazing things that have happened!

We have had some amazing guest speakers at MK this year so far. The man pictured in the first picture below is deaf and one of the best communicators I have ever met. He graced our group with his testimony and we now have an MK group dedicated to learning sign language and hopefully we will raise up workers for the harvest in the Deaf community. So many Deaf people don't know Jesus and almost none have access to the Word in their own language! I'm excited to get involved! Mark, you are a stud! 

Then Lindsay came and spent two weeks helping us learn how to have conversations with God! One week we learned; the next week we practiced! What an amazing group we have and how cool to have such amazing people available to share with them. 

And of course, the kids are epic and I love getting back in the rhythm of going to lunch with them! Here we have some kids who are TCKs and came in via school friends. Their parents attended CFNI and have a home with us other crazy TCKs! 




I had the great honor of doing another wedding! These amazing Sean and Jordan people got married October 3 and it was so cool to officiate it! I have known them both through high school and college and am so grateful to have this role in their lives starting together. So blessed by them and proud of them! I charged them to rely on the love of God and it has been an inspiration to me also with my bride. The wedding was great and getting dressed up was fun... but nothing compared to lighting 40 sparklers and watching a torch erupt in my hands as they ran by to their get away car. Good memories!

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I've enjoyed some special times with Diane. Here we are going to see Judah and the Lion. Diane loves concerts and I love seeing her come alive and sharing those experiences with her!



Halloween and all its fall festivals and parties came and went. Last year I was in India during this time and missed all the fun. I didn't grow up making much of Halloween but as an adult, I have enjoyed all the fun that accompanies it.

It was great having the MKs come and help with the Fall Festival at my church again! That is always a fun time, and afterward we enjoyed watching Rocky 3... maybe the best movie of all time :).


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I've also enjoyed having lunch with my son at Village Tech! It's been so cool seeing him thrive in his new school, although they did have a scare the other day when a bullet was found. It amounted to nothing much other than a great story! It's also science fair time... prayers appreciated! 




I just got back from a trip to Thailand. A weekend affair, and a crazy time! I was gone for six days total and it was amazing. I went to share about Trauma Healing as it relates to caring for TCKs.

It blessed me how the community surrounded my wife while I was gone. Here is a picture of her partying while I was away! I'm so blessed to have such good people surrounding my family.


I also met 'Indian Joel'! His name is Johan and meeting him was one of the highlights of my trip! It was so special to feel at home with all these amazing TCKs! We bonded and have a group where we message and I was blown away by all the Birthday wishes that these new friends sent my way! I'm also very excited because from this amazing trip has come an invitation to do a conference in Brazil! I've been hoping to get to South America for a long time and I'm excited to see what God has for me on this next adventure!



My amazing Diane just ran her first 5K! She crushed it and I'm so proud of her... what a beautiful wife I have... so lucky! It was really a fun day out there with the kids. Diane's Mom also ran and did quite well herself!



MK continues to bless me and exceed my expectations! Here is Cameron sharing the lesson a few Mondays ago on Peer Pressure. He did a spectacular job and even had an amazing Power Point to accompany his lesson! He was so good and my son Creed said afterward "Dad he might be better than you"! I'm so thrilled to see what God is doing in this group. Watching the kids shine bright and become incredible leaders is so edifying!


This is a picture of my Birthday party! I'm 37 now!!!! I love having people over and fellowship around the fire. Worship (Josh and Abby led a wonderful time of worship for us!) is always the highlight of the evening! God is so good and so faithful!


We went and saw Frozen 2 during the Thanksgiving break! It evoked strong feelings in me... I was haunted by the phrase "Behold I'm making everything new..." and found it comes from Revelation 21:5. It was an amazing time of worship, being overwhelmed by the goodness and kindness of God. I did not expect it to happen at the theater, but I'll let God have his way with me wherever he pleases :).


It was another fantastic Thanksgiving around the Gebauer table! We did our Friday celebration again this year and enjoyed the parade and football the day before! We talked, ate, and played games and enjoyed the blessings of family!


To cap off the week we went to the Dallas Zoo lights as a family! It was so much fun! We have our Christmas on full power now :)!


Then Asher got to sing in the tree lighting ceremony for Cedar Hill with his school!


The very next day, we went to Duncanville's parade and tree lighting. It was fantastic!



Saturday I had the joy of visiting this handsome man down where he goes to college at Mary Harden Baylor. I delivered that wood burning that Nadia did so well for him! It was great seeing where he lives and taking him out for lunch and seeing a football game with him. I love this kid so much and I'm so proud of him! JT!!! What a stud!


While I was away, Diane went on a trip of her own to go and see her sister Kelsey for her birthday. It was something of a sisters/Mom trip! I'm missing her and looking forward to seeing her again this evening!


The theme and challenge this month for MK is Wonder! I enjoyed a sense of that this morning staring out the window on the 4th floor of the the building I work in and letting God just love on me! What a beautiful picture! What evokes wonder in you?


As you can tell, life is very busy and it's hard to share it all in the detail that I would like! I haven't even talked about the Trauma Healing workshop I helped to lead :). This blog alone has taken me a month to write and is probably a bit long already! My heart is so full and I'm so thankful to all of you for being a huge part of the wonder in my life! God is moving mightily here and the ministry is thriving! You are the foundation of that with your prayer and support, your love and relationship! I can't do this without you and your encouragement and partnership! Thank you for loving me and my family and following God's call in your life to be a part of this adventure! 



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.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sky Ranch and other stories!

Faithfulness was the theme of Sky Ranch this year! It was great getting back to Sky even if it is only for this year! I'm not sure where God wants to take our group next year for camp but I'm confident it will be great! 

What a great group of seniors! Here is to living every moment to the fullest with them during their year of 'lasts' with this group! 

Faithfulness, remaining, persevering! What is our hope; what exactly is the faith that we are trying to remain faithful to? That was Lesson 1! Lesson 2 was the kids blowing my mind in sharing what God is doing in their lives. I think I cried the whole time; it touches me so deeply every time the youth share their hearts! Lesson 3 was me and the topic was "remaining faithful requires training and community!" We need to learn as Christians that there is relationship time with God and training time with him. Our relationship makes us righteous and our training helps us grow! You cannot grow if you will not train! We train regardless of our feelings and what our perception of what we are getting out of it are. We train on good and bad days...we beat our bodies and make them our slaves! 

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It's great to be on this side of camp... it is fun to embrace the rest of the fall that is relatively travel free. I just got back from Philly with my co-workers after attending a wonderful training in how to be better care givers. Learning about forgiveness and more about loving the LGBTQ+ community were highlights for me! The love of Christ and being a child of God reaches far beyond our sexual preferences or identity! Obedience flows from a heart that knows it is loved!  

I love traveling and getting time with this Bob guy! He looks cozy doesn't he :)? A highlight for me was rooming with him and the late night conversations! 

If we value excellence, we must value training! I value excellence! Let's get the training on!!!! 
Our year jumped out to a great start with 41 students attending last Monday!!! Our parents meeting ended with the parents praying over our team and several parents coming and expressing their thanks for the program! I'm so honored and grateful for this job and the impact that it is making! 

Rock climbing was a great event we went on recently! What a cool group of kids! 
Family is doing well! Almost a year since the panic journey started with Diane and she is crushing it! She is an amazing woman who has been trained by this hardship and looks so holy and pure as a result! Instead of bitterness she has embraced relationship and reminds me of this clip in Rocky 3! You ain't so bad! You ain't nothing! She has her birthday this Wednesday and I'm grateful for another awesome year with someone who is such a hero and inspiration to me! 



So grateful for stolen moments with my beauty!

My kids bring me joy and make me laugh... can't get enough of their crazy lives! So glad Creed made it into Village Tech! Loving having Football back and watching the Cowboys crush it! Yesterday I had a house full of kids and adults to enjoy the games with me and it just fills my little football heart with joy! 

Enjoying the season opener with Jeremy and Jennifer Humiston! Go Bears!!!! 

I'm blessed and you are a tremendous part of that blessings! I'm so grateful for you and thank God for you often. When I think of your faithfulness and generosity to me, I confess, my eyes tear up a little. I couldn't and wouldn't do this without you! We share the victories and thank you for sharing in my struggles!  

Please be praying for the MKs and the dreams for this year... 

That our group would live knowing that we have a Spirit of Power! 
We would be community builders....
That we would train our hearts out!
This month our challenge is uncovering verses about our identity. May our identity in Christ be made more and more evident to us as we live in Him! 

Praise God for his faithfulness and provision for my family and this ministry! 

For Diane, my lovely amazing wife, and for my incredible kids! 

Tonight at MK we are having Mark Lowenstein come and share with our group. He is an incredible speaker who just so happens to be deaf! I'm excited for our group to learn ASL and for us to live in harmony with our incredible deaf brothers and sisters! 

Aslan is always on the move... doing amazing things, inspiring, protecting, adventuring! May you find your life full as you go along for the magnificent journey! 

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I love you! 

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.