Where Have I Been?

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Over the past 21 years, I’ve posted nearly 6,000 Journal posts on this site, but now it’s been several weeks since I sat down and wrote something.

For those of you who check this site regularly, please know that my health is fine, and that nothing (or, at least nothing new) is wrong with me.

It’s just that I’ve literally been so busy in my ministry lately, that I haven’t had any time to write.

Along with all of my normal tasks, in the past several weeks, I’ve also helped people deal with many additional traumas, important decisions, and intense situations, including newborn baby endangerment/custody issues, child endangerment/custody issues, parental rights issues, foster parent issues, witnessing incidents of domestic violence, helping other victims of domestic violence, mental health issues, crisis of faith issues, medical insurance eligibility, governmental home inspection issues, failing health, betrayal, broken relationships, lies, fraud, cheating, and many other things — often with side entanglements, such as homelessness or the use of illegal drugs.

As a result, I’ve been spending a lot of time in hospitals and courtrooms.

Driven several people hundreds and hundreds of miles.

At one mother’s request, I removed her child from a dangerous situation that was happening at their home. And I transported, fed, and cared for helpless or sick children, for hours at a time.

Every day for the past several weeks, has been a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Much of my work has been incredibly difficult.

But it has all been incredibly fulfilling.

In fact, I sort of feel like I’ve had to use everything that I’ve ever learned in my past 50+ years of ministry, to be able do the work that I’ve been doing lately.

Work that I might not have had the maturity or experience to be able to do before I had my stroke.

And, in one or two cases, I’m so glad that I was able to help, that I feel like if I were to die tomorrow, I would do it with a smile on my face, knowing that I did what I needed to do.

What God wanted me to do.

For me, that’s what life is all about.

Update, July 2, 2019: A good friend of a good friend. I met her several times in the past year, when Melissa and I brought her food and other supplies, for her and her ailing boyfriend, who she took care of.

Now comes the horrible news that, either yesterday or today, her boyfriend beat her up really badly. Afterward, she felt so alone and despondent that she killed herself.

Real ministry is real work with real people.

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5 Responses to Where Have I Been?

  1. Linda says:

    God bless you, brother, in the work you are doing. Love, hugs and prayers, Jim & Linda

  2. Lisa Storey says:

    Oh Robinson…..what heart-breaking news. You are right- this is real work that comes with real pain. May God continue to equip you to minister THE only hope and life that is available through Jesus. Love you, brother.
    Lisa Storey

  3. Linda says:

    So sorry for the loss of a precious person, glad you are involved & helping. Love & prayers

  4. Micki Mossbrucker says:

    Dearest Cousin, I am truly sorry for the tragic outcome of abuse, that Melissa’s good friend and yours. I praise God for all He has victoriously brought you through and for those precious gifts of compassion, service, faith and love which live richly in you and flow so freely from your heart to action for those in need. I pray that God will continue to bless you with the health, strength, endurance and resources you need as you respond faithfully to His calling in your ministry. Much love always, Cousin Micki

  5. Candy Caruso says:

    Thank you for responding to God’s calling in your life, God has worked through you, and continues to work through you, each and everyday. May our Lord continue to give you His strength and guidance as you look to Him during such a tragic event, I am so sorry for the loss of this precious life. Our God is an awesome God and His ways are higher than our ways. I know you, and believe that you are truly an instrument of God to these hurting and needy souls. May the Lord Bless You and Keep You, May His Face Shine Upon You and be Gracious Unto You, May the Lord Lift Up His Countenance to You, and Give You Peace…
    You’re in my prayers my friend, my brother

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