Welcome to Christian Quietude.

This blog’s purpose is to encourage the practices of Christian meditation and Sabbath-keeping, and to offer hope that God cares about and wants to heal the traumas in our lives.

About me:  My name is Robby.  I hold a BA degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Bethany College in California.  I have taught Bible classes to junior and senior high school students in an academic setting.  I am a published author, a  women’s speaker, and I lead silent retreats for the women in my church.

Regarding Christian Meditation:

Love for silence in God’s presence began when, as a child, I attended the Sunday “Morning Meeting” services at the Plymouth Brethren Church.  Much of that service was spent in silent meditation on God and the implication of His Word in our lives.  I loved the solemnity of that service.

During my teen years I left the Brethren church to attend a church with a vibrant youth group.  With that move I exchanged quiet for Christian activity, and meditation for service and leadership.   That move was good for me at the time, but as the years passed I sensed something was missing.

Some years ago I attended a three-day silent retreat.  It was a life-altering reminder of what I had been missing.  Since that retreat, the practice of quietude and meditation became part of my daily life and practice.

Regarding Sabbath Keeping:

I grew up in a family that observed the Sabbath by going to church on Sunday, and refraining from work on that day.

After college I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in California where Sabbath-keeping seemed a foreign concept.  I continued going to church on Sunday, but the rest of that day was filled with work and responsibilities.

A number of years ago while teaching the first five books of the Old Testament, I sensed God calling me  to begin observing the Sabbath  from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.

I had no idea how to fit seven days of work into six days, and told God so.  Though He gave me no insight into how I could solve my dilemma, I continued to sense His call.  One late-afternoon I realized He was asking for my obedience and trust. I stopped what I was doing and told God,  “I will keep the Sabbath.  I don’t know how I’ll manage everything, but I will obey and trust you.”

That Friday at sundown I went out on my back deck and watched the sunset.  I didn’t know how I’d get all my work done, but I felt free. I have been a Friday-at-sundown to Saturday-at-sundown Sabbath-keeper ever since.  I don’t go to church on the Sabbath, but I do go on Sunday.

God has reoriented my view of time and responsibilities.  I no longer wonder how I’ll get everything done in six days.  I only wonder how I survived without a day of rest each week.  Obeying God in this area has been one of His greatest gifts to me.

Regarding Healing From Trauma:

My childhood home was by all definitions “Christian.”  My parents modeled integrity, charitable works, and love for the Bible, for God, and for others.  Yet in the privacy of our home, my father was violent.  His actions created an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty that affected my theology, and resulted in decisions that created dysfunction in my life.

Some years ago I sought healing from the trauma and found that my theology hindered me in ways I was powerless to overcome.  Logically I knew that my theology should not be the thing that kept me from becoming whole, but fear from the trauma had established a root system that I could not extract from my heart.

When God led me to become a Sabbath keeper, and to spend time every day in silence with Him, I began to heal.  I became silent enough to hear His voice.  Over time, His voice overcame the voices from my past that had established an incorrect view of God and theology.

My blog posts will answer questions like:

*Why should I include these practices in my life?

*What benefit can I expect to receive?

*How can time spent with God bring healing from trauma?

 

I invite you to join me on the journey of knowing God intimately.

 

 

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