Robin's Nest Teachings & Seminars
Giving God Your Worst
The very title makes people uncomfortable. Yet, when people hear the message their response is excitement and relief. The message is about Truth, lies, honesty “in our inward parts” and what to do with it all.
Have you ever wondered when you would “arrive” spiritually, only to feel like all you do is fall short? Have you ever felt that other women in church have it together and you don’t? Have you ever compared yourself to other women and found yourself wanting? Have you struggled with unforgivness and bitterness born from a deep hurt; trying to forgive but dealing with the same feelings over and over?
This message challenges so many preconceived ideas we have about our relationship with God. It gives spiritual principles based on scripture and practical outworking of those principles. It encourages you to stop giving God your best in an effort to impress him and start giving Him what he wants - your worst.
The teaching in this seminar, when practiced, brings a person into a much more honest relationship with God. It also works itself out in finding peace with oneself and others. Dinah draws on her life experience of pain and tragedy along with triumphs and victories which serves as a springboard for deep and healing Truths that God worked out of the pain. She has been speaking on this for years and delivered this message nationally at many events. After delivering this message at a Focus on the Family Conference, she was invited back the following two years to give the same address! At a Women of Faith Conference, she was the only speaker asked back a second year for a repeat performance. So many women have found this teaching transformational in the way they relate to God and view their value in Christ.
The message is expanded in the workbook Bible Study, Giving God Your Worst. (Listen to the Seminar)Buy Giving God Your Worst
What Women Are Saying:
“I received the most cherished gift for my 70th birthday. It was a simple, spiral-bound bible study entitled, ‘Giving God Your Worst.’ And yet it was not simple. It was scripture-driven, gut-wrenching, wisdom-packed truth. I am a blessed woman. I love the Lord, my precious husband of over 50 years, my delightful family and my amazing friends. I enjoyed a successful career as a speaker, author and columnist. Yep, my life was wrapped up tightly in a perfect raffia twist tie bow. But I knew better. On the inside I was unraveling. For 70 years I bounced back and forth like an undirected pin ball, trapped in a loud and enticing arcade game. One paddle drove me towards the deep-seated, albeit valid, Christian guilt of being an unworthy sinner. The other paddle swept me into the unrewarding secular silliness of self love. My faith in the Lord was rock solid, but my ability to find His love was illusive. And then Dinah Monahan put a word to my battling emotions: “Shame.” Shame defined a broken woman, wounded from a violent childhood who spent her life stuck in the quick sand of self loathing. And day by day, page by page, bible verse by bible verse I began to heal. Dinah is a loving instrument of a mighty God. I pray every broken woman finds their way to her bible study, ‘Giving God Your Worst’.
Tamara “Tammy” Hall, Motivational Speaker, Author
“I am blown away with God's presence in your message, Dinah. God's power ... His Sovereignty, His forgiveness, mercy, and grace shine through in your teaching. The workbook is like a vessel that leads the reader to the cross. The pervasive feeling of "No condemnation" and "Only God" ...wow. It is aligned with Scripture and engages the reader in critical thinking. It draws the reader in and allows her to activate her own prior knowledge in terms of personal experience, joy, pain, suffering...struggles.... Self pity... What a dynamic ministry our Lord has given you.”
Yakima Chandler, RN, Mom, Former aide to Hillary Clinton
“As a Certified ‘Daring Way’ Facilitator, I came to the workshop pretty well informed and acquainted with the effects of shame in our lives. I’ve taught others the subtle ways it shows up in our bodies and in the things we say. Dr. Brené Brown’s curriculum, The Daring Way, is based on over 15 years of research, interviewing thousands of people across racial lines and cultures. She has 2 of the top 5 most watched Ted Talks of all time. Those topics are Shame and Vulnerability. The fact that shame resonates with that many people says something. Your curriculum, Giving God Your Worst and Breaking the Shackles of Shame covers many of the same points about shame and what to do with it. I think, for me, the difference between the two curriculums is the concept of surrender. In order to obtain the freedom we so desperately need/want, we must first surrender what’s in our hearts to God. Only then can we truly come to acceptance. I especially liked this quote….’As you start surrendering those things that you’ve previously denied, it creates freedom that you may have never experienced.’ I loved your quick definition of forgiveness calling it ‘the absence of malice’ for another person. The time you spend explaining forgiveness really helps the reader understand what it is and what it is not. Surrendering to God our worst is ground level work for true acceptance of ourselves. We must start there in the long process of healing our past, accepting ourselves and others, and moving forward. Thank you for this labor of love born out of your pain in order to set so many others free.”
”Dinah, Thank you so much for sharing. Your message was so powerful and helpful to me. I love the focus on how to have a contrite heart through surrender. The flow of your message and illustrations were spot on and the use of scriptures was so wonderful. This is going to be so helpful to me in my walk with Christ. Surrender, forgiveness, humility, selflessness and a broken and contrite heart are the path to bring a woman after God’s own heart. Thank you for showing me how I can give up the worst of myself to God so He will work these things in me.
P.S. Your stories are funny!”
Carol - Choices Pregnancy Center
Breaking the Shackles of Shame
All of life is about truth and lies. It is very clear in Scripture. Jesus said, “I am the Truth.” Not, I will show you the truth, or I always tell the truth. Jesus said he IS TRUTH. If He is Truth then what is the opposite? A lie. Again, the Bible is clear on the origin of lies. Satan is called the “father of lies.” In other words, all lies originate in him. It says that “Satan is roving over the earth, like a roaring lion, seeking who he will destroy.” How does he destroy people? With lies. Lies about their value, about their purpose, about their identity. And so the stage is set for the great battle of the heart. Through Christ, we were intended to KNOW our value and identity. God intended, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, that we become new, redeemed, restored, remade in His image. Satan loses our soul at that moment. But he knows he can still have our heart. Satan sews lies in our heart using many things but primarily through the pain of our past. As long as he can keep us focused on ourselves he keeps us from what we we’re created to do - worship God in Spirit and Truth. Through the lies that scream our insecurities, failings, mistakes and inadequacies He robs us of our very purpose.
Do you remember when you first accepted Jesus? When we come to Christ we are a “new creature in Christ.” We FEEL the shift - the Holy Spirit coming into our lives. We join a church and start the journey of being a “good Christian woman.” We get involved, then over committed and often, disillusioned. Women are very good at putting on a mask and we do that at church, terrified the real “us” will be found out. We look around at other women and know that they have it all together. So what’s wrong with US? So, we try harder, do more, smile broader but inside we feel like an imposter.
As a Christian we can know in our head that Jesus loves us. But deep in our heart there is a lie that grows like a vine and tries to strangle God’s truth. Because of this lie, Christian women live in bondage. Where there should be freedom, there is striving. Where there should be transparency there are masks. Where there should be self acceptance there is a sense of being a fraud. Where there should be security in who we belong to, there is fear of being found out. We are unable to do what we were created for because we are so focused on our perceived inadequacies, failings, and past sins. Which means, our past isn’t in the past. It still defines and drives us in the present. This workbook is about learning to recognize the lies (they aren’t obvious when they have been there most of our lives) and replace them with Truth. This message covers much of the material in the workbook by the same name - Breaking the Shackles of Shame. It is a workbook...which implies there is work. And it is hard work, like learning to speak a new language. But the end result is freedom. The mask can come off. The striving can be stopped. Resting in Jesus can become a reality. It requires that we bring everything into the light of Truth, examine it and call out the lies. When we end up with Truth, we end up with Jesus.Buy Breaking the Shackles of Shame
What Women Are Saying:
“This study on healing from shame has opened my heart and my eyes to something that I haven’t thought much of. Learning that shame is so common in women and shapes their entire lives is so important. I have learned to identify when, where, and why shame enters one’s life from childhood ad hos is shapes behaviors & responses that can rob an individual of a healthy life. Its bondage – and one is unable to break free without going back to childhood – looking at what caused it and this study has given me the tools to help someone who is in bondage from shame to finally have hope to break free and live a full life with the courage to change old behaviors and help others. I also am taking away some key points to help me “stay on course” in my life for healthy relationships. This is a blessing and I am praying that God will continue to “work” what I learn here in my heart.
“Robin’s Nest” is a RETREAT (a coming away) from the mundane everyday life to really slowdown, listen to God, great teaching and blessed fellowship as a means to pursue rest – healing and challenge to live more fully and abundantly the way God intends for “his kids” to live. The beds are comfy, the food is delicious and there are lots of cozy places to sit, meditate, relax and enjoy the company of others. Most Grateful!“
”Thank you Dinah for the wonderful weekend teaching us on the issue of shame in our lives. You showed me how to identify it in my life and in the lives of other precious women all made int the image of God. As I apply truth as given in God’s word I can replace these lies that the devils sews with truth, bringing freedom and beauty. Thank you for the beautiful accommodations - the Robin’s Nest is a sanctuary for those seeking healing and fellowship. Thank you for sharing your place with us and all the delicious food and special touches provided by the Godly women serving alongside you. I pray God continues to bless you, this ministry, and the Robin’ Nest that you may continue to point others to the foot of the cross.”
”Dear Dinah, I was so grateful to be a part of this retreat! It makes sense of so many things in my past, revealing some of the roots of the shame I have carried life-long and helping me to put it all in perspective. I knew it was there and had made a lot of progress through the years, but had not ever contemplated how much I really didn’t like myself as a child, and how that has affected me.
I look forward to redoing this study in a longer format, and pray that in the coming years many women are set free from shame through this teaching. And what a beautiful facility for a retreat!! Your team is awesome. I was so impressed by their servant hearts and all the delicious, bountiful food! Hope I have the opportunity visit “Robin’s Nest” again!“
"The program is a wonderful tool that God is using to heal the little girl in us What a meaningful way to reconnect to the painful parts of the past and continually surrender it to y Abba I wouldn’t want anything in my journey to change because I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. God is so Good.
Robin’s Nest is such a beautiful place open to women in their healing journey. Soaking in the beauty of God’s creations while Dinah walks the women to the foot of the cross."
"Dinah, I can’t begin to express how much I am grateful to God to get to know you and your stories. What a powerful testimony your life is of the amazing grace and sustaining power of God! And how He and only He can turn tragedy to triumph and use it for His glory. I truly believe this teaching is going to be a powerfully used and that many women are going to be healed because of this teaching. Thank you for all those endless hours of writing & praying & editing & praying! I’m sure it was not easy, but when I stop to thing that this was truly Holy Spirit inspired all those hours were so worth it!! I pray God continues to prosper you and bless you and that He richly bless everything you put your hand to!”
”This study shows and lays out the journey of where your client may have come from. It helps you to understand your clients/someone’s response to certain things, words, or actions. This has allowed me to see how to give more compassion to those who act a certain way. This study lays out beautifully the foundation, tools, steps, words, and scripture to healing. It gives a foundation to separate truth from lies. The tools that are given are practical, doable, and effective. The tools are there for when issues arise you are equipped to handle and deal with them in a positive and healthy way.
Going through this crash course I’ve been able to see lies that were a part of my childhood. It has helped to better understand myself and my family. I’m eager to use these tools in my own life so that I can become spiritually healthy (healthier).”
“This retreat following “Giving God Your Worst” has been a source of comfort, encouragement and empowerment. I have been given the tools to walk free from bondages I wasn’t ever in life able to hope to be free from. I have ministered to lives for over 30 years and now have tools to pass along to bring hope and healing. I can recognize truth and apply it for my own health and growth. It’s like God used Dinah Monahan and her life to shine light and drive away the darkness that consumed far too much of my life.
Attending this retreat at “Robin’s Nest” has brought refreshing and a place where I was served in love by so many. I work and pour out into so many lives it was such a treat not to have to work or worry about my needs being met. The lovely church ladies who volunteered prepared food that tasted and presented like banquets of flavorful delights. I mean three meals a day and snacks! Healthy, yummy and oh so filling. The surroundings are peaceful rolling hills, cool climate and cushy, lush, comfy furniture inside and out. The outside porch was my favorite spot in the rain. I am rested, strengthened and have experienced love of God! I can’t wait to bring more women here!Thank you for loving so fully and giving so freely! I am grateful and forever changed!”