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Enjoy the Silence

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Enjoy the Silence: A 30-Day Experiment in Listening to GodCopyright 2005 by Maggie Robbins & Duffy RobbinsYouth Specialties Products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 arepublished by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49530.Library of Congress...


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Enjoy the Silence: A 30-Day Experiment in Listening to GodCopyright 2005 by Maggie Robbins & Duffy RobbinsYouth Specialties Products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 arepublished by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49530.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataRobbins, Maggie, 1953-Enjoy the silence : a 30-day experiment in listening to God / byMaggie Robbins and Duffy Robbins.p. cm.Includes index.ISBN 0-310-25991-6 (pbk.)1. Bible--Reading 2. Christian youth--Religious life. I. Robbins,Duffy. II. Title.BS617.R55 2005242''.63--dc222005010112Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible:New International Version (North American Edition), copyright 1973, 1978, 1984by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House."Word" by Madeleine L''Engle. From Lines Scribbled on An Envelope WhileRiding the 104 Bus by Madeleine L''Engle. Copyright 1969 by Crosswicks, Ltd.Reprinted by permission of Lescher & Lescher, Ltd.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in aretrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic,mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-(except for brief quotations in printedreviews) without the prior permission of the publisher.Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Pleasecontact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) toreport URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available.Editorial direction by Doug DavidsonEdited by Randy SouthernProofread by Ivy Beckwith and Anna HammendCover design by BurnkitInterior design by Mark Novelli, IMAGO MEDIAPrinted in the United States05 06 07 08 09 10 / DCI / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1CHAPTER ONEWHOLLY LISTENINGWe''d been to this church several times, so the offer didn''tcatch either of us totally off guard. On the other occasionsI had spoken at Mount Oak Church in suburbanWashington, D.C., Maggie and I had opportunities to meetsome of the folks in the congregation. We knew many ofthem held important and interesting government jobs.It was not unusual on a Sunday morning to be usheredto your seat by a Pentagon consultant, listen to atestimony by an FBI agent, or hear an offertory solo by acongressional aide.But Steve Evans had a particularly intriguing job. Hewas in charge of all Secret Service agents working in theWhite House.He approached us after the Sunday evening serviceand offered an invitation. He said he would like the two ofus to come to the White House the next morning to meetthe president of the United States.Of course we were blown away. We couldn''t believe it.We just kept thinking, "Gosh, what a treat this will be forthe president!" So we said, "Great, let''s do it!"Standing in the back of the church, we workedthrough the logistics of the next morning. Steve made itvery clear we needed to meet him at the west gate of theWhite House promptly at 7:30 a.m.-and we had to be outby 8:15 a.m. It seems there was a cabinet meeting scheduledfor 8:15, and Steve had a sneaky suspicion the cabinetmembers wouldn''t appreciate our presence in the roomduring the meeting.He told us we''d have to leave the home where wewere staying by 6:30 a.m. if we were going to make it tothe White House by 7:30. That meant rise-and-shine nolater than 5:30!That Sunday night we went to bed at our friends''house with our heads spinning. We couldn''t believe wewere going to be standing in the Oval Offi ce in eight shorthours. It took us awhile to settle down to sleep, but fi nallywe drifted off.In what seemed like the middle of the night, wewere awakened by a ringing phone. We couldn''t fi gureout who would be calling at such an hour, but since itwasn''t our phone, we ignored it. We heard footsteps crossingthe kitchen floor to answer the phone. A moment laterCarol, our hostess, knocked on our bedroom door andsaid, "Duffy, are you awake? Telephone for you. It''s theWhite Hous
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Enjoy the Silence: A 30-Day Experiment in Listening to God Copyright 2005 by Maggie Robbins & Duffy Robbins Youth Specialties Products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49530. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Robbins, Maggie, 1953- Enjoy the silence : a 30-day experiment in listening to God / by Maggie Robbins and Duffy Robbins. p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 0-310-25991-6 (pbk.) 1. Bible--Reading 2. Christian youth--Religious life. I. Robbins, Duffy. II. Title. BS617.R55 2005 242'.63--dc22 2005010112 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition), copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. "Word" by Madeleine L'Engle. From Lines Scribbled on An Envelope While Riding the 104 Bus by Madeleine L'Engle. Copyright 1969 by Crosswicks, Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Lescher & Lescher, Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-(except for brief quotations in printed reviews) without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Editorial direction by Doug Davidson Edited by Randy Southern Proofread by Ivy Beckwith and Anna Hammend Cover design by Burnkit Interior design by Mark Novelli, IMAGO MEDIA Printed in the United States 05 06 07 08 09 10 / DCI / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 CHAPTER ONE WHOLLY LISTENING We'd been to this church several times, so the offer didn't catch either of us totally off guard. On the other occasions I had spoken at Mount Oak Church in suburban Washington, D.C., Maggie and I had opportunities to meet some of the folks in the congregation. We knew many of them held important and interesting government jobs. It was not unusual on a Sunday morning to be ushered to your seat by a Pentagon consultant, listen to a testimony by an FBI agent, or hear an offertory solo by a congressional aide. But Steve Evans had a particularly intriguing job. He was in charge of all Secret Service agents working in the White House. He approached us after the Sunday evening service and offered an invitation. He said he would like the two of us to come to the White House the next morning to meet the president of the United States. Of course we were blown away. We couldn't believe it. We just kept thinking, "Gosh, what a treat this will be for the president!" So we said, "Great, let's do it!" Standing in the back of the church, we worked through the logistics of the next morning. Steve made it very clear we needed to meet him at the west gate of the White House promptly at 7:30 a.m.-and we had to be out by 8:15 a.m. It seems there was a cabinet meeting scheduled for 8:15, and Steve had a sneaky suspicion the cabinet members wouldn't appreciate our presence in the room during the meeting. He told us we'd have to leave the home where we were staying by 6:30 a.m. if we were going to make it to the White House by 7:30. That meant rise-and-shine no later than 5:30! That Sunday night we went to bed at our friends' house with our heads spinning. We couldn't believe we were going to be standing in the Oval Offi ce in eight short hours. It took us awhile to settle down to sleep, but fi nally we drifted off. In what s
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* Deepen your experience with Scripture * Discover the power of God's Word * Is the Bible speaking to you? * Learning to listen to Scripture * Listen to what God's Word is saying to you People talk about the power of the Bible, but sometimes Scripture just looks like normal words. However, inside these thin, innocent-looking pages is the divine revelation of a God who wants you to hear him. Enjoy the Silenceis about the spiritual discipline of Lectio Divina. This ancient practice can help you develop an awareness of God's presence and power found in the Bible. The book's simple exercises take you through the process of reading Scripture, meditating on Scripture, listening to God through Scripture, and responding to Scripture. If you feel like you've been reading the Bible in the shallow end, it's time to start scaling the cliffs and get ready to plunge headlong into the deep experience of God's Word.
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Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is Professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. A thirty-five year veteran of youth ministry, he's the bestselling author and coauthor of Enjoy the Silence, Speaking to Teenagers, Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts and many more. Duffy speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers.

Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robinson likes adventure. Exploring new terrain. Especially when it involves spiritual stuff! She's a spiritual director, a discipler of young women, an avid reader and traveler, and loves to have a hot cup of tea at any time. She lives with her husband, Duffy, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsyvania.

  • Table Of Contents
  • Chapter One: Wholly Listening 7
  • Chapter Two: How To Use This Book 21
  • Daily Entries:
  • Day 1: Luke 8:4-15 26
  • Day 2: Jeremiah 31:16-25 30
  • Day 3: Isaiah 6:1-8 32
  • Day 4: Hebrews 4:12-16 35
  • Day 5: Psalm 23:1-6 39
  • Day 6: John 13:1-5, 23 42
  • Day 7: Exodus 4:1-5 44
  • Day 8: Matthew 12:9-13 47
  • Day 9: Isaiah 43:15-21 50
  • Day 10: Jeremiah 3:11-22 53
  • Day 11: Jeremiah 23:16-24 57
  • Day 12: Exodus 3:1-6 60
  • Day 13: Psalm 46:1-11 62
  • Day 14: Luke 13:11-13 65
  • Day 15: Jeremiah 31:31-34 68
  • Day 16: Philippians 3:7-14 72
  • Day 17: 1 Samuel 7:5-13 76
  • Day 18: James 1:2-8, 12 79
  • Day 19: Genesis 22:1-14 82
  • Day 20: Luke 22:54-62 86
  • Day 21: Genesis 1:26-31 89
  • Day 22: Psalm 37:3-7 92
  • Day 23: John 20:11-18 95
  • Day 24: Psalm 40:1-17 98
  • Day 25: Jeremiah 20:7-13 102
  • Day 26: Luke 19:1-10 106
  • Day 27: Psalm 34:1-18 109
  • Day 28: John 13:5-11 113
  • Day 29: Matthew 15:22-28 115
  • Day 30: Psalm 100:1-5 119
  • Afterword: The Day After Thirty 123
  • Scripture Index 128

Enjoy the Silence: A 30-Day Experiment in Listening to God CHAPTER ONE WHOLLY LISTENING We'd been to this church several times, so the offer didn't catch either of us totally off guard. On the other occasions I had spoken at Mount Oak Church in suburban Washington, D.C., Maggie and I had opportunities to meet some of the folks in the congregation. We knew many of them held important and interesting government jobs. It was not unusual on a Sunday morning to be ushered to your seat by a Pentagon consultant, listen to a testimony by an FBI agent, or hear an offertory solo by a congressional aide. But Steve Evans had a particularly intriguing job. He was in charge of all Secret Service agents working in the White House. He approached us after the Sunday evening service and offered an invitation. He said he would like the two of us to come to the White House the next morning to meet the president of the United States. Of course we were blown away. We couldn't believe it. We just kept thinking, 'Gosh, what a treat this will be for the president!' So we said, 'Great, let's do it!' Standing in the back of the church, we worked through the logistics of the next morning. Steve made it very clear we needed to meet him at the west gate of the White House promptly at 7:30 a.m.---and we had to be out by 8:15 a.m. It seems there was a cabinet meeting scheduled for 8:15, and Steve had a sneaky suspicion the cabinet members wouldn't appreciate our presence in the room during the meeting. He told us we'd have to leave the home where we were staying by 6:30 a.m. if we were going to make it to the White House by 7:30. That meant rise-and-shine no later than 5:30! That Sunday night we went to bed at our friends' house with our heads spinning. We couldn't believe we were going to be standing in the Oval Offi ce in eight short hours. It took us awhile to settle down to sleep, but fi nally we drifted off. In what seemed like the middle of the night, we were awakened by a ringing phone. We couldn't fi gure out who would be calling at such an hour, but since it wasn't our phone, we ignored it. We heard footsteps crossing the kitchen floor to answer the phone. A moment later Carol, our hostess, knocked on our bedroom door and said, 'Duffy, are you awake? Telephone for you. It's the White House!' I opened the door, still half asleep, took the phone from her, and said, 'Mr. President, I hope you're not going to ask us to stick around for the cabinet meeting tomorrow morning. We've got things to do.' I was greeted by an urgent voice. 'Duffy, is that you? Where are you? Do you know what time it is?' My brain was still lingering in the Twilight Zone, so I asked, 'Who is this?' 'It's Steve Evans,' was the reply. 'Duffy, it's 7:45. I was calling just to make sure you guys were on your way. If you haven't left yet, there's no way you're going to get down here in time. We're going to have to cancel the whole thing this morning. I'm sorry. Maybe the next time you come to Mount Oak, we can set something up.' By the time I hung up the phone, my wife knew something was up. She heard only my end of the conversation, but she could tell something wasn't right. When I got back to bed, she asked what the problem was. 'Maggie,' I said, 'I don't know how to say this, but you're married to one of the only guys in the country who slept through a chance to meet the president of the United States.' I couldn't see the expression on Maggie's face, but I knew exactly what she was thinking. She was thinking--- well, she was thinking exactly the same thing you're thinking as you read this story: What a complete idiot! But before you close this book in disgust, let me make two comments about this episode. Number one: It never happened. We made it up. Number two: Actually, it did happen. In fact, it happened this morning. And it happens every day to millions of people. It's probably happened to you. Not that you would sleep through a chance to go to the Oval Office and meet the president of the United States. Nobody's that stupid. But people just like you---just like us---on days just like this one, pass up the opportunity to enter the throne room of almighty God and talk to the Creator of the universe. Every new day offers each of us a chance to get out of bed and spend some quality time with our heavenly Father. But most of us blow it off for a few extra minutes of sleep. That's a pretty sobering thought. But it shouldn't make you feel like a disgusting, spiritually impaired, sleep monger. That's not the purpose of this book. After all, meeting with God every morning isn't some religious hoop you have to jump through in order to earn his love. We spend time with God because he loves us already---unconditionally--- and because we want to develop and deepen our relationship with him. Heck, it doesn't even have to happen in the morning! (Can we get an 'Amen'?)

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