Saturday, June 27, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Mike!

Here’s the thing: I’m contemplating keeping a diary of my 60th year; of course, it isn’t quite here yet, but today starts my 40th year of marriage to Mike, so I’m starting today. Funny how time has gone by so fast and I don’t really feel any different than I did 40 years ago (although I really have no recollection of the day itself, 6/27/1970). When I see pictures of myself or catch myself unexpectedly in a mirror, I’m shocked that I’ve changed so much physically, but I feel the same on the inside. Oh, I’m much more secure in myself and my relationship with Christ, I’m more content and much less fearful, but still basically the same awkward girl who wanted so desperately to fit in.

Mike and I have seen many changes in 39 years, moved a lot, made life-altering changes (some with prayer, some without), but it’s fascinating to look back and see the hand of God in it all. Dalton, Ithaca, Titusville, Plymouth, Dalton, He has brought us full-circle. Eric, Philip, Zachary, He has ordained that we should live as a family and guided us to where we are today. Teaching/coaching, Gerber Feed, Living Water, He has led us gently through it all.

I have retired from secular employment, but life is both full and fulfilling. Being a grandma has been an unexpected joy. Being a mother-in-law has been a blessing.

I continue to grow into and cling to Psalm 91. Here it is for me, insert your name and let me know your thoughts as He speaks to you:

Psalm 91 for Robin

Because Robin dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
she will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

She will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Surely, He will save her from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover her with His feathers, and under His wings, she will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be her shield and rampart.

She will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at her side, ten thousand at her right hand, but it will not come near her.

She will only observe with her eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If Robin makes the Most High her dwelling--even the Lord, who is her refuge--
then no harm will befall her, no disaster will come near her tent.

For He will command His angels concerning her to guard her in all her ways;
they will lift her up in their hands, so that she will not strike her foot against a stone.

She will tread upon the lion and the cobra; she will trample the great lion and the serpent.

"Because Robin loves Me," says the Lord,
"I will rescue her; I will protect her, for she acknowledges My name.
She will call upon Me, and I will answer her; I will be with her in trouble,
I will deliver her and honor her.
With long life will I satisfy her and show her My salvation."


  1. Happy 40th Anniversary to you and Mike! That is so great! I know what you mean about still feeling the same on the inside and it is a shock to me to see myself sometimes in the mirror! I still feel 19 on the inside. Lately, though, I feel like He is asking me give up some of the ways I have been used to reacting in the past. Ways that lead to anger, discouragement and eventually to bitterness. He wants me to embrace grace. Grace that is only found in really knowing Him. Grace that I can then show to others. Thanks Robin! You are always an encouragement.

  2. Thank you, Marylou. You are a great encouragement to me. Your obedience is a wonder to me! It sometimes seems that it is easier to be obedient to the BIG things and hard in the LITTLE things. Why do you think that is?

  3. I agree with you that it is easier to obey in the big things. But there are sooo many little things! At least for me. Attitudes, words, thoughts, how I use my time, loving people are just some of the 'little' things. Right now, I know He wants me to stop listening to the lies from the enemy. He has given me everything I need for life! II pet 1:3