I prayed a prayer about ten years ago.
This prayer was heartfelt and oh so important.
Keep me humble Oh LORD, keep me uncomplicated in how I share you.
Then, I was on the mission field and I wanted something BIG to happen.
I wanted to help to build a ministry that would bring the masses to know Him.
I was encouraged to move to the big city. I struggled with this.
A few years into the ministry I realized - this is not my job.
For a moment I forgot my original call: to live for an audience of One. Sharing the love I had for God with one person at a time.
I was reminded of my small job. What was and is my job to this day?
Being faithful in the daily things.
There is a rapid increase in our Christian world today to be 'missional.'
I do believe that sharing our faith at any moment we are called to is the basis of being Salt and Light in a dark world.
But there has become a mantra that cries louder than Jesus.
Be extraordinary in your walk with Christ.
Be out in the masses.
If you aren't living dangerously, you aren't living a profound Christian life.
I read this quote recently:
"Being a 'radical,' 'missional' Christian is slowly becoming the 'new legalism.' We need more ordinary God and people lovers. (Matt 22:36-40)" ⏤Anthony Bradley, world.wng.org
He goes on to say: "How the push to be 'radical' and 'missional' discourages ordinary people in ordinary places from doing ordinary things to the glory of God." ⏤ Anthony Bradley
After I left my adult children, my church, sold my home, car, left my career, and entered the foreign mission field in a rural area in Germany at the age of 49, I was 'encouraged' to:
Go to the cities and share beyond what you are capable of. Leave your comfort zones.
This after I had already moved to a foriegn language, country, culture.
This might have been some people's call. I had to stop and get quiet again.
If I had not discerned my call, I believe I would have moved into depression and left way before the almost 10 years mark of living and learning and sharing and growing.
There is this push that doesn't emphasize the 'CALL' to go to the masses. Instead it is all about doing something bigger than life (whether or not you have been called) or you are not living 'missionally.'
I question this thought.
I am reminded of the small yet life-changing book I read over 29 years ago:
'The Practice of the Presence of God' by brother Lawrence. (see links below)
"A man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the Kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of "practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end." He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence." cover of 'The Practice of the Presence of God'
For nearly 300 years Brother Lawrence's words have blessed and encouraged those of us that have small lives.
"As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen ⏤surrounded by people asking questions⏤or on his knees in prayer."
As a single mother of three, an elementary school teacher, a bible study leader to only a living room full, I found his words encouraging.
Without these words of wisdom on being in Jesus Christ daily, I might not have heard the call to begin the process of going onto the foriegn mission field at 46 years of age. But, I did.
Only to find myself caught up after a few years in the 'growth' concept. The concept that being in a rural area was not good enough. I needed to go to a city to really make an impact.
But I wasn't called to the cities. I never left the rural area. And to God's glory, there was much growth in those small rural areas, directly related to what He had called me to. And it continues.
In 2014, I asked God to show me where He would want me to go next. I thought He would have put me in another rural area, in Germany.
Instead, he brought me back to 'Little Blue Moon', in the USA. He brought me back to be married to a quiet, diligent, hardworking, gentle, and godly man. He brought me back to discover a neurological disorder with my voice.
I remember specifically asking God to keep my thoughts on Him, the mission - one person at a time, and my life filled with the important, but little things.
And today, I find myself in a new endeavor. Bringing people the opportunity to read and meditate on the word and be in union with other Christians across denominational lines on the internet. Not using my voice as a teacher/mentor. Instead, here on the page - writing.
Still with a heart of mentoring.
At this moment our website (www.readthebiblewithrobyncox.com) is new (only 77 days) and young. It isn't anything fancy, it is nothing huge. We have wonderful members that come repeatedly back to read/meditate/share.
It is simple, faithful, regular.
And those in search of finding a commitment to going into His Word on a regular basis with others (because they desire to build a loving community across denominations, and/or they are unable to be involved in a physical community due to time constraints, family commitments, or health issues) - will find a safe haven here on this membership website.
So, I am called in this moment to remain faithful on a daily basis.
Bringing the bible daily; one verse, or chapter, or book at time, with ideas on how to read/meditate/hide in hearts, the word of God to those that have joined our community.
Praying with and for them. Something that God has gifted me in. It is a 'red prayer chair moment'...
Please pray for me as I desire to share my passion of the Word of God on a Daily Basis in a safe Community with those interested in intentionally growing and uniting across denominational lines.
"They will know we are Christians by our love."
Because He Is the I AM, i am
Robyn Rochelle Cox
May HE Be Your ALL,
Robyn and Biff Cox,
And this is my very old 'read prayer chair'. It had a different location in Texas. This picture was taken when I lived as a missionary in Germany. And now it sits in it's special spot in our 'Little Blue Moon.'
This is where I go to read/journal/meditate/pray daily. This is really the only thing I have been diligent in for years. He has met me here. He has taught me much in 'prayer chairs' over the last 30 years.
And these moments are what I believe God wants us to invite others into on our website: https://www.readthebiblewithrobyncox.com/
Robyn Rochelle Cox
WHOSE AM I?