It’s official – I’m beginning a new year. Before I go any further, I want to say thank you to all of you for thinking of me. Please know that I am grateful for every single Facebook, text, and Twitter birthday wish.

I was all set on what to write about today but I had an experience Sunday that I hope will get you thinking, as it did me, and maybe help you find a blessing in your world.

Sometimes we don’t realize, or we just forget, how the smallest things can have the greatest impact. Sometimes a blessing can present itself in just three simple words. Take a second to check out these phrases, and think about that…
I love you!
I miss you!
Happy Birthday [insert your name]
Thank you [insert your name]
How are you?
Stay the course!
Don’t give up!
You got this!
We got this!
…and I’m sure there are so many more.

Sunday at North Point, someone who has become very dear to us – a retired doctor, (former neurologist) and one of the first of folks I spoke to about my health a little over a year ago – went out of his way to come and check on me. Don’t get me wrong; we speak every week. But he made it a point to come over and ask: “How’s your health?” I responded hesitantly. He then asked if I’d changed doctors as he’d suggested. I said yes, and shared a little how things are changing in my treatment. His response was “great!”

He then continued with:
“Things can’t get better Robyn without change. Just hang in there…stay the course! That’s what I used to tell folks all the time. You got this!” His tone and how he reached out just moved me.

Then in the opening songs, we sang an updated version of “It is well with my soul.”

I have to admit – I already felt a little emotional for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it was 9/11 a day I will never forget. But then, as the service was over he gave me a look, a thumb’s up, and mouthed “You got this” again as he and his wife slipped out early.

You know, he’s right – things can’t get better without change. I am on a new course, and I am going to rejoice in that as I begin my new year. And you know, those words of Horatio Spafford ring so true: More importantly than my health, and regardless of everything, I’m happy to share “It is well with my soul!” as my new year begins!



It’s a little before dawn at our house and Rainier wants to go out (for the third time I might add). So I slip the Fitbit into my pajama pocket – don’t want to miss out on the steps – and head downstairs. Candidly, I kinda wanted just a few more minutes upstairs. I have quite a bit going on today. I’d just finished my quiet time and there was a verse that had really spoken to me. I know it’s lazy but I just wanted to lay there thinking about it a few more minutes.

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:18-19. But Rainier was asking…politely.

As I headed out onto the patio and into the yard, all of a sudden the crickets fell silent. There were one or two seconds of complete silence, and then one of the birds started to tweet at us. There’s a cardinal, a beautiful one I might add, who has recently made our yard his home. We see him several times a day. He and Rainier have become friends; whenever we see him Rainier will stop and most times just sit next to me and watch this bird. This morning he did just that. He sat down as soon as the bird started to sing. It was one of those moments where it felt like the world stopped for just a second to encourage me. And what a way to start my day. It felt as if this performance was our new friend’s way of telling me “we got this”… and Rainier had been in on it, making sure I made it outside in time to hear.

It was almost like that song from Train: Calling All Angels. The opening line is: I need a sign to let me know you’re here! Well without a doubt I got a sign today. Maybe it’s the cardinal I need to learn to cue!

So my goal today is to offer some sense of encouragement somewhere and somehow. We all have those days when you feel like you just aren’t ready for the day to begin. If we stop for just a minute even on those days we don’t want to head out, there is some form of encouragement waiting to be seen, heard, or felt. All we need to do is be still…it’s there. I promise.

Enjoy your day my friends!



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