The Rollercoaster Of Life

Up one hill

Down another

Face flat in the dirt

Stand up and run again


Up another hill

Halfway down the other

Bump into someone else

Pick them up

Go around

On the run again


Halfway up a bigger hill

Stop and smell the roses

Fall asleep

Wake up drained

Crawl to your feet

And run again


Round a corner

Hit a wall

Cry for hours

Dry the tears

Share your love

On the run again


Downward fast another hill

See someone hurt at the bottom

Rush to help them

Help them smile

Start and run again


Up another hill

Round another corner

Always on the run

Until He takes our breath away

To take us to that peaceful place

Where we long to be


No more hills

                No more tears

No more pain

Peace at last

Resting in his arms







You say there are no miracles

You tell me not to pray

You don’t believe in God

Or that he is here today


I tell you look again my friend

Look hard and really see

There are many miracles happening today

God is very near you and me


The car that rolls several times

As it is crushed to cold flat steel

And the one who crawls out without a scratch

I tell you GOD IS REAL!


The one who wants to take their own life

They cannot go on today

Somehow the plan fails

And then they find a way


You say there are no angels

They surely can’t be real

What about the car that missed you

And the peace you suddenly feel?


You tell me that the Bible is just a book

And Jesus only history

I tell you that HE is real

And you better look and see


When you stop and listen long enough

You will KNOW the things I say

Are not just “fate” happenings

For Jesus lives today!!!




Thank Him Too

It wasn’t always easy to go the extra mile

To hold your hand or hug you

Or wear for you a smile


Through nights of tears, to stay awake, sometimes seemed so hard

To sort through troubles inch by inch

Seemed more like yards and yards


But Jesus said, “Hang in there Robin, I need you to obey,

Give this one my love

For she needs you much today.


I will be there too, and together we will teach

Then I have others for you to love

And many goals for you to reach.”


“Ok Lord”, I said through tears my own, “but I am lonely too”

“Do for these”, he replied with a hug

“Then I shall do for you.”


So I stood up tall and took his hand, I said, “ok Lord – let’s go”

We marched together day by day

Little did you know


As I had all the answers to your problems and they faded away fast

It was really He who guided me

And threw your troubles past


For I know not what the future holds in store for me you see

My problems seem so great sometimes

I think, “where can He be?”


But I know because I love you in my heart and always will

That He will always guide me inch by inch

Or hill by hill


He told me not to judge you, or so I would be judged

So instead I truly loved you

As up your hills we trudged


I tried not to give opinions that would lead you to dismay

But asked Him to answer through me

And help me lead the way


As you thank me for all the things that I have done for you

I would like to ask only one thing

Please thank Jesus too.



Blessed Am I

No, I’ve never had to go hungry

Or sleep out in the cold

I’ve no relatives dying, at present, of AIDS

Or because they are old

I’ve never gone without clothing

A blanket or a bed

And I’ve never been without friendship

Or a shoulder for my head


A marriage of great turmoil

Broken bones and heartfelt pain

Seemed hard enough to bear

When I faced my hardest rain

I felt I’d been deceived

So to God I heavily wept

Over all my trials and suffering

And my monetary debts


If only I had seen how truly

Blessed I have been

For there are so many greater sufferings

That I must take to him

He’s opened up my eyes to see

The poor and hungry dying

It’s now for them I feel

And for them I do my crying


Some know him, some do not

But for all of them I pray

That somehow he will use me

To brighten up their days

There is AIDS there is HUNGER


There are ADDICTS there are PRISONS

And STREETS where the LONELY roam


So when you cannot pay your bills

And your lover lets you down

When you feel you can go no further

Just take a look around

Stop judging others long enough

To truly LOVE and CARE

For by the grace of God, it’s them

Instead of you that’s there


Then thank your Heavenly Father

Get on your knees and pray

That he will use you too

To help another find the way!




Take The Chance

Take the chance to feed one hungry person

Take the chance to hear one lonely cry

Take the chance to clothe one cold

Take the chance to tell one of Jesus – before they die


Take the chance to pray for one you do not know

Take the chance to smile at one who’s down

Take the chance to bring one into your home

Take the chance to be there for one – when there’s no one else around


Take the chance to stand up for one accused

Take the chance to give money to one in need

Take the chance to nurse one who is sick

Take the chance to be a friend for one – and help Jesus set them free


If we take the chance, just once – regardless of how uncomfortable it makes us, or how inconvenient it may be;  to help one of God’s children or his creatures, no matter how great or how small the deed;  the world would become a much brighter place.  For as you help one;  that one will help one;  who will help one, and as each life touches the other – love would beget love, hatred would be a thing of the past –  and heaven would be oh so full!!!



The Purpose

Life has but one thing to offer;


And time gives itself to life for one purpose;

To love


And life is worth living


And time has succeeded


And all has failed



A Smile For You

Here I go again I say

Writing another poem today

But this poem is different and true

Cause this is gonna be for you

You look so sad today and I’m not sure why

But I sure hope you do not cry

You know you really should be glad

Things are not really all that bad

You could have been born with just one arm

Or born a pig up on a farm

So don’t just sit there looking glum

People are gonna think you are dumb

Now I know this didn’t start out right

But lets be friends and try not to fight

You have got lots to be thankful for

So quit trying to close the door

That is all I am going to say to you

So come on get happy

Don’t be blue!





Note: Found in the “lost writings”.  Written to Sharon Wood in order to try

to cheer her up on a bad day.  There was a very large

“smiley-face” across the page.

The Rainbow

I cried to you in my heart today

And you showed me a rainbow and said,

“I Love You”.


I told you I was afraid to go further

And you showed me my true friends and said,

“I Love You”.


I said “Why am I here – who cares anyway”?

And you showed me a poem and said,

“I Love You”.


I cried “I am confused – please help me”

And you showed me my cat and said,

“I Love You”.


I said, “I am lonely and tired inside”

And you showed me a man disabled in a wheelchair and said,

“I Love You”.


I told you, “Though my heart is breaking, I will obey”

And you showed me the sunshine, the rain, the blue sky, the clouds, the people,

The animals, the water in the lake, and ….  The rainbow….  And you said,

“I Love You”.

And I thank you.



Gift of Life

Why is it that we always wish

for that, that we do

 not have

When right in front of our eyes

is the greatest miracle

of all

The gift of life!



A Lesson In Tithing – 10%

As a new Christian many years ago, I was introduced to tithing by the Pastor of the Church I attended. I gave – as many people do today, whenever I had the opportunity. I was quite ‘poor’ then, and had little to give financially, but would put whatever I could into the offering each week.

As time went by and I grew in my faith, one night the Lord spoke to my heart and reminded me of the one-tenth He asks of me… I was convicted in my heart to be obedient to God, so I started paying God first out of every check.  One tenth right off the top – went to my church for many years.

During all of those years, even through severe abuse (where I was strangled nearly to death twice), great debts, in which I lived in a run down duplex with old and torn second hand furniture (and very little of it mind you), the Lord proved that He is faithful when His children obey Him.  There were times I should have been dead – He spared me.  There were times they should have hauled me to jail for not paying my bills – He spared me.  There were times there was nothing to eat – He provided an abundance to me.  It went on, and on.  No matter the situation, I was well taken care of by my Father in Heaven.

A Shift

 Until that is – I got comfortable in my situation, and became financially successful.  It wasn’t intentional – I had moved, couldn’t find a church I liked in my new area, and I started stepping away slowly.  Before you know it, I was not tithing anymore.  Things went ok for awhile.  I rose to the top.  I gave of other things, and shared my money eagerly with others and my community.  I didn’t attend church, so I figured I was ‘tithing’ by giving an abundance elsewhere.  Wrong Answer!!!

I lost my very successful position, and could not find work for over a year in my field.  I was still taken care of – I had food to eat and a place to live, and received an Unemployment check – for awhile anyway.  After spending all my savings (which was supposed to go to buy me a home), and maxing out every credit card and any other avenue I had (I owed several people personally in the thousands!) – it got frightening.  I was seriously looking at being homeless and being forced to go bankrupt (of which I strongly refused to do if at all possible).

I was forced to move into a small garage, and take a job making much less than I was qualified for.  I worked all the overtime I could, but there still wasn’t enough money to ‘save me’.  I worked diligently with my creditors, and paid as much as I could.  I was still being blessed in my faith, as far as being taken care of.  The Lord allowed me to receive a consolidated loan based solely on my integrity, through a place that I had worked years before.  It was unheard of that a financial institution would do such a thing at the time, but it was my miracle.  It spared me from bankruptcy.  Though I did not tithe as He had asked me to, I was obedient in other things, and He took care of me.  But there was no abundance – of anything.  It was pay check to pay check and barely that.  My car was falling to pieces, and broke all the time.  It seemed like I would just get a breath of fresh air in the finances and then along would come something else to eat it up.

Not long after having my first child, my back went out severely.  I had to seek a chiropractor, yet again had no money nor insurance to do so.  The Lord led me to a wonderful office, who gave me a special ‘deal’ and proceeded to treat my spine.  In the process, I learned that the two doctors were believers.  I would have great conversations with one of them – a very sweet 7th Day Adventist believer.  And because I am vegetarian, we would talk about foods as well.  One day she happened to mention her parents, and how they had come to this Country with nothing but their faith.  But how they had always sought out a church and made sure they gave a tithe of at least 10% of anything they had been given or earned – resulting in their great financial success today in owning several (vegetarian) businesses – they tithe much more now.  🙂 As she spoke, chills went up my spine and I recalled what the Lord had said to me years ago about tithing.  It hit me like a brick in the head!  That was what was wrong – I had left Him out of my finances!

Second Shift

 I went home and immediately looked up the address to the church that I had attended in previous years.  I figured though I didn’t have a church to attend, I could mail my tithe to church I had attended before.  I also figured I probably owed them at least that much from all my years of attending there that I did not tithe.  I also asked the Lord to lead me to a church in my area that I could attend and tithe to instead.

You wouldn’t believe the blessings and how rapidly they poured in on me from the day I mailed the first check!  It was remarkable – debts were unexpectedly written off, interest rates dropped on only my debts, without explanation.  Slowly but surely with each paycheck – there was more left over.  But how?!!  I didn’t make any more, and I was paying out more with the added tithe in my budget – but I’m telling you – it was there!  Things just seemed to work all by themselves.  Even when I lost my job again, and was on unemployment once again, I tithed off of that – sent those checks (I still didn’t have a church to call ‘home’ yet), and I was still getting ahead financially!

Long story short – I was able to buy a home, get married, have another child, given more work opportunities paying me MUCH MORE per hour, buy what I wanted, and pay off all debts!!  Yes really!  Through diligent tithing and budget planning – I was debt free. I was led to a new church in 1998.  As soon as I started attending, I switched my tithe, and no longer sent it in the mail to my old church, but instead took it each week to the church I was attending.

Once again, I was blessed beyond measure, and was able to bless others through my abundance.  I am not worried – I have already tested the Lord in this, and He proved beyond measure what He will do, if we do what He asks of us.  In fact recently He led me to a book (Larry Burkett series) that showed me that all these years I was tithing, I was doing it wrong.  Can you imagine – I did it wrong and He still blessed me beyond measure?!  I recently learned that I was supposed to tithe on my gross income – not my net income.  Oh my!  I apologized to the Lord for my lack of knowledge, and immediately adjusted my budget to tithe on my gross income – ouch!

You see – if you look at it properly, all is given my God.  Therefore, your paycheck – before taxes (all of it in other words) belongs to God.  And if we follow Biblical principle appropriately, we are to pay the Lord first – 10% of what He gives us, then the government, and then us and everyone else.

So as uncertain as our economy is right now, with the unemployment rate so high, and many people out of work – I am faithfully adjusting my budget according to God’s Word.  You guessed it – the blessings poured in the first week!!!

It goes on and on – it is endless!  There are weeks that I do the budget and it looks like I am barely going to squeek by  — and suddenly a rebate comes from somewhere, or an ‘extra something’ gets done for me, or I am given things, or for some strange reason the bill is $100 less this month – what?!!!  You have no idea how many times that happens!!!  I love it – and each time I try to remember to thank the One who gives it all – my Father in Heaven.

I cannot say enough about tithing – when God said to test Him – He meant it.  Try it!  You have NOTHING TO LOOSE and EVERYTHING TO GAIN!  Have faith – I know how frightening it can be – believe me!  I’ve had no money for gas, I’ve had my car break AGAIN with no money to fix it, I’ve been jobless many times, I’ve had creditors call and harass me, I’ve been close to bankruptcy and even jail because of my debts. I’ve been full of pride and thought I could do it “when I got the money” – don’t go there.  If you’re there – run – get out of there – give to your church what the Lord asks of you.  We’ve all heard Pastors talk about it in some way or another, and maybe you’ve got a sour taste from a previous encounter – don’t let that spoil all the blessings that the Lord has to give you!  He loves you – He wants to give you all that He has for you, but He will not go against His Word.  It is written;

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple.  If you do, says the Lord almighty, I will open the windows of heaven for you.  I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in.  Try it.  Let Me prove it to you” (Malachi 3:8-12) NKJV

If you see the Temple as the church today, and if you visualize the food as being His Word to feed those who are hungry for Christ – do you get it?  God has designed the church to be run with the appropriate funds of His people.  He provides the people with the money, and He provides the church.  He even goes a step beyond as we are faithful to Him in giving to the church – He gives us abundantly more!  Wow!!!  I don’t know about you – but I think we’ve got a pretty AWESOME God looking out for us!!!

I know it can be hard, especially when your cupboards may be empty, your car broke down, you may be jobless, and there may be seemingly incredible debts to pay.  But take it from one who’s been there – though it appears hopeless financially – there is hope.  Even if you have little, 10% is all He asks.  He promises to give you so much more in return – and I’m living proof that He does!

Robin R. Robbins