Finishing The Race

Pursuing God One Shin Splint at a Time

Burdens to Blessings

I am humbled and honored to have my dear friend of 28 years, Robyn Hubbard, share a portion of her miraculous story with us today. Our lives have had twists and turns we both could never have imagined, yet by God’s grace He has allowed us to experience Him together recently in  a way that will take much more than a blog post to summarize. We hope to share the story over time as God directs. I am praying her words will speak new hope into your heart as we all are challenged by the daily demands of life.

I opened my dishwasher on a Friday afternoon and my eyes filled with tears. But not for the usual reasons. Not because it melted yet another one of my son’s favorite sippy cups. Not because I was so weary of housework that I barely had enough energy to unload it. Not because I’m a wife and mother of two small children, which meant the burden of most of the household responsibilities fell on me and I was feeling sorry for myself again.

Not this time.

No, this time things were different. This time, my tears were tears of joy. Of thanksgiving.

I was emotional over a full dishwasher because it meant things had finally changed. We had one more person at the dinner table where there once was an excruciating void. I had made it through the most torturous time of my life. The unthinkable and seemingly unforgivable had happened, but unlike so many others, we had survived.

My husband had come home.

Just four months earlier, my husband of 14 happy years walked out. I was left alone and confused and betrayed. I was served divorce papers. I was left to care for our children on my own. The pain was deeper than my words could ever accurately express. So many told me to give up. They said I deserved better. My heart was shattered. I had been told I wasn’t loved by the one person I loved the most. I had been rejected and abandoned.

But not by my Jesus.

He held my hand and my heart. He whispered promises into my very soul. He sent his people to care for me, encourage me, and pray for me. He comforted my children. He provided our every need. He spoke life and truth to me daily through his word. He put His light in my heart and His words on my lips. He turned what was meant for evil into His good. He told me not to give up. He fought for me.

And we won.

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Robyn and Donny Hubbard  December 2014

My eyes were opened. My life was changed. My husband came home with a new light in his eyes and fire in his spirit. God rescued him and made him a new creation. What I heard God whisper as I fell on my face before Him so many times was true. All things are possible through Christ who gives me strength.

I finally realized that serving my family and loving them as imperfect as they are is a joy, not a burden. God has placed His divine, unconditional love in my heart. He has restored and renewed my marriage and my family. He has replaced my ashes with His beauty. All I had to do was ask, trust, and be obedient.

It took the worst experience of my life to change my perspective. I know now that a full dishwasher means there have been meals shared on actual plates with conversation and warmth and a sense of family. It means we are blessed with food to eat and, more importantly, people to share it with.

Laundry overflowing means I have a house full of people to love. People who play hard and experience much and have the wrinkles and stains to prove it.

A mess of toys all over my living room floor means I am blessed with children who won’t be children for long, but who find joy and happiness and laughter in my home.

A husband who keeps me awake with his snoring means I share my bed and my heart with someone who has chosen to be there. Someone who continues to choose to be there, no matter how much work it takes to be able to crawl into that bed night after night.

Wives. Mothers. Women. Please wake up from this fog you are in. I know most of you are there because I lived in the very same dense cloud of busyness, stress, fatigue, and worry for years upon years. I don’t want your fog to have to disappear the same way mine did. Allow Jesus Christ to completely take over and fill your life with his light. Let that light shine so brightly that the fog burns away and you see your husband, children, family, and friends like you never have before.

Pray for your family. Fight for them. Don’t be so foolish as to think this could never happen to you. Be on guard. Be intentional in your efforts to protect your family from Satan’s attempts to destroy it.

Give up perfection. Let it go right in this very moment. Instead of striving for perfection, strive for a heart like Jesus. Strive to love others the way he loves you. Because he so, desperately loves you. No matter where you are in life, what you are struggling with, or what choices you have made. He loves you. He will fight for you. You are never alone.

Is your fog so dense that your light has dimmed? Do the burdens of this life weigh you down? Just for today, try to stop looking inward and outward and try looking upward. My family is living proof that the words written by Beth Moore in her book Believing God are true.

“God can raise marriages from the dead and He can restore life and purpose to those who have given up. He can forgive and purify the vilest sinner. God’s specialty is raising dead things to life and making impossible things possible. You don’t have the need that exceeds His power.”

I pray God will use my pain for His purpose. Learn from my journey. No matter what you are battling today, never give up. Let Him fight for you. He will reward you for your faithfulness because you are His child.

 “Let us not be weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9

 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

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Robyn’s family is on a mission to share their redemption story. God wants us to know His promises are true and this precious family is living proof of what obedience, faith and God’s power can do. This can be your story as well.

Here are a few NWA resources available to help you on your journey:

12 Comments

  1. Thank you for your courage, honesty, and willingness to share your amazing story. I cannot express how grateful I am for the many answered prayers for your family. We serve a living and amazing God! Thank you, also, for the reminders that we need to be thankful for the reasons behind the busyness, mounds of laundry, and full sinks and dishwashers. I am adopting that perspective! Great blog, Robyn. Love it and love your family!

    • I’m trying so hard to remember it every day myself! It’s easier said than done most days, but I’m trying my best to live intentionally and with a grateful heart. Thank you so much for the encouragement.

  2. Jennifer Gladden

    January 7, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I had no idea…. Your spirit is always so bright and your smile so wide, I never would have guessed you were dealing with such a terrible time. Thank you for sharing and thank you for being a great example to everyone who comes in contact with you. I like you more and more every time I have a conversation with you….you are such a blessing.

    • I’ve said many times, Jennifer, school was my happy place when things weren’t going my way. And I like YOU more every time we talk! You and your precious girl are a true blessing to me.

  3. Robyn,

    Although we don’t know each other well, I just wanted to let you know that your story uplifted me as I read it. Thank you for sharing such a difficult time in your life to help bring others to a place of redemption in Christ. Your words of encouragement have truly touched my heart and I am excited to see what God has planned for your family. I am praying that my family will one day be that of hope and redemption as well.

    • Kendee, I will join you in that prayer. Redemption is real, is a true gift, and is possible in any situation as long as you put your faith in God rather than the things of this world. I wish I could have learned that in a slightly less painful way, but I’m so thankful I did that I’m grateful it happened.

  4. Robyn, this is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you so much! It wasn’t easy, but I needed to hear from people who had been through a similar experience when I was going through it. Hopefully I can be that person for others.

  5. Well written Rob.

  6. I have thought of this all day long–when I saw the house getting messier and messier from playing with my 2 year old especially, and just doing the usual household chores. What a blessing to remember that we have these messes because of the people that make them. And I would not trade my messy people for anything! (I think there’s another God lesson in that!!!) Thank you for sharing your story!

    • I’m going to try so hard to remember this every time I’m frustrated with my messy house! I’m speaking to myself as much as anyone! Thank you, Sara!

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