Tuesday, February 5, 2019

I love normal life!

What a great January! I am enjoying great routine, time with friends and family and MK is going so well. I was the Mission of the Month at my church for January and it was great thinking about all the cool things that God is doing in the ministry. We just finished our series on Unresolved Grief and it was so good to go through again. Here are some MK pictures from the month!

Playing Chess at our event MK's Ride the Rhino (hanging at a coffee shop)

Abby Carlton sharing what God is doing in her life (part of sharing our gifts - she is a fantastic speaker)
Playing games... last sock standing wins :)

My wife goes nuts for Ethiopian Food! So good! 

Claire (my sister-in-law) turned 12! 

Parks and Rec... it's real and not just a show... Diane went to a town hall meeting and saw all the cool stuff coming! 

Some last precious times with these folks (my cousin and her husband) before they leave for the mission field with MAF

Liam had some fun events at school... dress like a 100-yr man :). 

Serenity and her first bloody head... we all have those amazing scars, don't we? tell me your story :)
God is so good... and you know it :). Lately I feel like Jesus is winking at me and saying "Hey, come along on this amazing adventure with me" and it makes me wonder if that is how he called the disciples. This amazing man who came to give us full and abundant life and joy... what a wild and exciting and amazing God we serve!

I am so blessed by the MKs! I have such a vision for them to change the world! I see so much potential and talent in them and these last two Mondays have been so sweet. Elijah and James on the fly gave such stirring devotionals! Watching the Spirit move in this group is such a blessing! These kids are deep and I'm so grateful to get to work along side them!

Things have been stirring in Asia and I have some trips coming up as a result. I could really use prayer for wisdom and favor regarding these trips.

I also have a short training coming up to help me be an expert in Teen Trauma Healing! I'm excited to have so many chances to refine and grow my skills! May all these skills be used for God's Glory!

Please pray for my family while I'm gone on these trips! I'm so grateful for a wife who is so willing to support me on these adventures and so thankful for a community to support her and the kids while I'm gone.

Just thinking about you all makes me smile! I'm going to post a verse that we are learning in the MK group here as a prayer for you! Your love for me and my family makes my day every day! God is using you and releasing captives and bringing joy! I can't thank you enough! Your support prayerfully and financially makes all these impromptu trips possible!

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This month Diane and I are hoping to fulfill a dream we've had for awhile now in reaching out to our neighbors! Please pray for us as we look forward to inviting people into our house. May our house be a place where God's love is felt powerfully and His presence brings life, joy, and healing! 

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 my 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 11, Asher 9, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.






Wednesday, January 9, 2019

I'm proud to welcome 2019!

I love traveling... which is good because God allowed me to do a whole lot of it lately. What a full December! I got trained and filled up and then had a chance to pour out...and even spent a little time with family in between.

My first trip in December was to Colorado for training in debriefing. I really enjoyed getting to see some snow and make some new friends and receive further training in how to debrief families transitioning to and from the mission field. I also bought a book on learning styles and I'm excited to get better at communicating Gods truths to my amazing MKs! 

My biggest take-away was the desire to encourage families who have had to come off the field unexpectedly. I got to play the role of a Dad on the mission field during my training. It was eye opening! After our 'family' had been on the field for a short time, we were told we had to return home because we just weren't cutting it. I actually started to tear up a little bit and felt like I had let my family, the mission, and the people we were going to serve down. I was overwhelmed with sadness for all of you fathers out there who have felt or are feeling the same way. My message for all you Dads out there is that you are not a failure! Obedience to God is the measure of our success, not other people's opinions or circumstances.



Our MK Christmas party was a huge hit! So much fun! 

Creed and Liam were in the school Christmas program! 
We survived the annual Hobbit and Lord of the Rings marathon! It was well attended and so much fun! 
The college retreat was so much fun again this year! 24 of us went and it was powerful praying for one another and hearing what God is doing in peoples lives. It was a great time of community and refreshment! 
  
Duncanville High School (Diane graduated from there) made it to the Football State Championship! They lost in a heartbreaking last second Hail Mary by the other team... but it was a great game and a fun night at AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys play. 

My dad reading Holly and Ivy (a Christmas tradition) to the kids. We had a marvelous Christmas with both sets of parents! 

This year we started the tradition of sleeping under the tree as a family on Christmas Eve! 

One of the gifts from Diane's sister Kelsey and brother-in-law Patrick was geodes. It was so fun watching people break open theirs to discover what was inside. 

While I was at Urbana, Diane went to see the Zoo lights with the family! 

It was so special to be at Urbana with Lydia. She graduated last year and it was great spending this extra time with her! 

The weather has been amazing of late. I was crashed on the couch recovering from the Passion conference while Diane and the kids enjoyed a trip to the aquarium at Fair Park with some of her family.
Urbana was so much fun and humbling to speak at. If you are interested in seeing more about what this year was all about... or seeing my goofy speaker picture, then click the link! 


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Passion was also spectacular and you can also check it out! 


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God has been speaking to me about this passage recently! This question gripped me after Christine Kane spoke during the following worship session. Am I sold out for Christ? Willing to obey regardless the cost? Will I drink the cup? Answering YES helped me answer many other lingering questions as well, like what it means to fellowship in the suffering of Christ. When you live in obedience, you have fellowship with the others who are doing the same. Christ was 100% obedient and if I would fellowship with him 100% in his suffering, I must purpose to live the same. To lay down my life for the ones I love, to become the slave of all! God used this time to reawaken my belief that He can do anything! A God of Wonders! I am so pumped for this year and so eager to continue to grow and see the reality of all the dreams He has put in my heart realized. My prayers grow weak when my conception of God grows weak, when I become impatient and don't see Him doing all the things I want Him to! My God can do anything! I have fellowship with Him and my prayers are strong because I know my God is MIGHTY!

Thank you for your loving partnership throughout 2018 and thank you for your faithfulness so far in 2019! This will be the best year yet! Higher up and deeper in! I praise God for you and I love you!

I have also been deeply challenged by this verse and I ask you to pray this reality into my life!

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I want to have that great patience! To never give up, to never grow weary, to have a faith that will wait upon the Lord!

I'm grateful for some time at home! Please pray for my wife to be completely set free from panic attacks and for her health to be completely restored!

I praise God for the health and strength He has provided during this season and for all the precious times with family! I never stop praising Him for 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 my 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 11, Asher 9, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.

Monday, November 26, 2018

So.... Uh... November Happened :)

Soooo gratitude! I'm so grateful for what God is showing me about gratitude these years. What do you look at? What do you notice? There are things that overflow our lives with reasons for gratitude... God is helping me focus on those things so that I can live from gratitude instead of waiting for it to infrequently fall on me like I used to. And now a story to help show what I mean :)... I guess you could even call it a testimony :). 

I have an old car! The driver's window gave out on me and sunk, depressed, into the door and would not come back up. I grabbed it, trying to coax it back out, but it was too shy and shattered in my hands. That was frustrating for sure. The next day Eric came out to fix it for me and I got to pray for him and enjoy his company for a time. The day before God replaced my frustration with gratitude over an opportunity to meet and encourage someone new. The whole time I could have just been annoyed and complained about my window. Instead, I chose gratitude for an opportunity to engage someone who is eternal. That window had a clock from the moment it was forged. Eric will live forever! What we choose to see (based on who we know God is) makes such an impact on our gratitude! 

This has been my verse for the season of Thanksgiving... I want to live more from gratitude and I want to see all the amazing things that God is doing because He is so good! 

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Now for the onslaught of pictures! 

Asher and his Science Fair project! Vinegar and Gummy Bears :)
We enjoyed a marvelous hike with all the great family in town! It was a way to celebrate Kelsey and her Birthday and work off some of that turkey! It was so amazing to me that Daisy completed the walk. An old dog and she did great. Bella stood by my side the whole time and it was so great having that father-daughter time :).  


 


Putting up the Christmas decorations!
Thanksgiving weekend with the Gebauers! It is so great to have them here! Also keeps my house much cleaner having everything over there with them! 

  

Food Coma
 


All the food prep before the big day. Diane made her famous sweet potatoes! 
 I had a birthday and this amazing shirt was one of my gifts! It was so great to have a house/driveway full of friends and family! We had the fire outside again and enjoyed some amazing food and pie and a time to worship our amazing God! It was so cool to see everyone! Then we went to see Creed II! Yeah it just so happened to come out on my birthday :). Being 36 has been great!


I got to preach at church and so I dressed up! Yeah it's rare so I get pictures when I do! 

Asher joined Creed in the Elementary National Honor Society! I'm a proud father!  
 MK has been so busy with scavenger hunts and Thanksgiving prayer nights! Here are some pictures of us all having fun! What a great ministry and what a great group of leaders I get to work beside!

The scavenger hunt was my way of helping MKs get to a few of the hot spots around Duncanville. When you come to a new place, it takes awhile to figure out where things are and how to engage. I thought a great way to help them transition was to create a scavenger hunt that will take them to the places they should know about and have them get the delicacies there. Here you see them at the library and community center. They needed to come back with information on how to get a library card and join the community center!


Prayer mountain fire pit! 
 I've had lots more time at home during the holidays! It's great being with my amazing family! I love being a dad and I'm so grateful for my amazing kids and beautiful wife!



God provides! He uses you to provide for so many of my needs and I'm truly grateful! Believe me when I say that I notice :). I can't do this work alone and I'm so thankful that God has raised you up as an army of support around me and my family for the furthering of his kingdom! These MKs are truly blessed to have you as a part of their lives as you pray for and support the ministry so faithfully! Thank you! God's kingdom is advancing! 

Here are some verses that have been encouraging to me lately! I hope they encourage you too! I love you! 

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Please pray for me during this busy season to be able to continue to rest in God. And pray for my family as I travel to have the support they need!

Praise God with me for all the opportunities that he provides and how he is advancing his kingdom!

Here's my favorite Christmas Song!



What an amazing God who came as a baby!

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 my 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 11, Asher 9, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.