Category Archives: My Family
I have over 600 posts on this blog and it is a great place for me to post on my life and church stuff. However, since February 2012, my wife and I have launched a ministry specifically dealing with our life with Kennady (our daughter born with severe special needs). Ever since that time, I have blogged very little here on pastorrobin.com.
I will always keep this site going and will post from time to time. The most recent stuff on this blog is in the “Leader’s Resources” tab above. I have been posting leadership and general church stuff in that area for your reference. I intend to post more videos and resources from what we are doing at PromiseLand. Hopefully, you will get some benefit and be able to apply some of it to your scenario. I am very interested in helping other pastors and leaders. If you are in need of general or specific help in your ministry or church, please comment below and we can connect.
Most of the daily or current blogging centered around my life and personal experience will now happen at
www.mademeaningful.com. We would love for you to join the conversation over there.
For the last 25 years, I have had another family. The Ross Family. The 90s was our strongest decade. On any given weekend, we spent Friday and Saturday night together. Through youth groups, school events, double dates. Seven different houses from 290 West to 79 east. 3 neighborhoods, a ranch, a farm, a high-rise condo, and an apartment in the 183 ghetto where we were concerned for our life. We took trips from Las Vegas to Santa Fe to the Caribbean.
I spent a lot of time with Big Joe, Glenda, Joe, Kimberly Jo, Kelly Jo, and Jeffrey Jo and all the pets with Joe derivatives. I feel like I should be an honorary “Joe”.
The one place that I remember the most, no matter the house or the neighborhood, was Saturday morning around the breakfast table. Joe and Glenda cooking homemade pancakes, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, fruit, coffee, and orange juice. Let me just say when it came to eating…The Ross family didn’t mess around.
There was so much life in that house. Laughing, running, talking, teasing, hitting each other, praying together. Each member of the family have such strong personalities and unique character. Entrepreneurial spirit, the life of the party, beauty (honestly, the Ross’ are some of the best looking people I know), hard working, creative.
Each characteristic was represented at the breakfast table with it’s own agenda and potency that left alone would overpower. However, when the atmosphere got too hectic, there was one who could say one sentence and bring peace and balance to the mix. Big Joe would have enough of Jeff or Kelly or whoever and in his own simple way would bring a balance to the force. He was like a conductor at a symphony. He was so good at keeping the rhythm, that the family worked well together. Complimented one another.
Erica and I have decided to launch a new ministry based on our experience with Kennady. We want to remind people that culture and society are messed up. Therefore, we shouldn’t rely on culture and society’s definition or acceptance of our value and meaning. When we ‘lean on’ secular definitions of significance, then we are left at the discretion of emotion and the majority vote.
We stand on the Word of God alone to define everything.
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
Although, the first 6 months was a bit rough. We weren’t necessarily only dating each other. I was slow to make that dating commitment. Looking back on that whole scenario, I don’t know how right that was. I think the whole dating paradigm in our culture is messed up. However, we are conditioning our kids from kindergarden to follow in our footsteps. (but I digress)
Erica and I have a fantastic marriage. We love each other deeply. God has created in us a relationship that is authentic, raw, intimate. We are best friends. When I want to spend time with one person, it is Erica.
Over 13 years, we have traveled up and down on the path of relationship. We have seen amazing personal success, friendships, God move in miracles. We have received difficult phone calls, bad diagnosis, and tough conversations with parents.