deeper still

For the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song or instrument of praise. ~Isaiah 51:3

[She] is like a [woman] building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built and founded on a rock. ~Luke 6:48

It was strong and beautiful, with wide-spreading branches, for its roots went deep into abundant water. ~Ezekiel 31:7

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O Lord, take me deeper still

the waters crash angrily

they slam against my walls

threatening to take me away in the flood

and my house still stands

we’ve built and yet

there’s more to build

so take me, take me to our secret place

strip me down

singe me with fire to burn away

all that is not of You

teach me to dig and dig and dig

I want deeper still

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I’m asking Him what this practically looks like for me. I’m asking where and how I can go deeper. I’ve gone wide. I’ve sprinted through the Bible and now I want to camp out and dig.  I want to sit in my questions and let them draw me closer to Him.  I know so far this means less distractions and more focus.  Less surface interaction and more investment in those who are let into the deeps of my heart.

So, dear ones, do share. How do you go deep? What does it look like? Any bits of wisdom to pass on down? Let’s learn from each other and dig deep.

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5 thoughts on “deeper still

  1. I relate to your journeying, mine is similar in some ways in this season… i’m reading my way, out loud, through the Bible, just finished Colossians… and then when i’m through, i want to dig deeper and hide it even deeper in my heart, in my spirit, and see it flow out in my living…

    Here is my wonderings about what i’m thinking on next year in my digging deeper…

    http://www.aholyexperience.com/2010/10/what-the-heart-really-knows-why-memorize-scripture/

    And this is inspiring and encouraging, but thinking maybe Ephesians?!

    http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/models-of-scripture-memory

    What do you think??

    • i like it. i like it a lot. BIG challenges and yet sometimes i think that i just don’t give myself enough ability….like i know i can memorize scripture, but i just don’t take the extra time.

      and i love the quote about how the heart can only know what it knows by heart….so good.

      i’m going to go ponder what book and how this is going to play itself out both in december and in 2011.

      eee, i’m excited!

  2. When you find out, wanna tell me?

    It’s so much harder going deep than going wide. TO glean from the creme de la creme is much different than to sit in the curdles below. To sit deeply with someone, to love deeply, to know deeply..it all takes effort and intention. Even to wait for answers and still ask deeply, trusting deeply…HARD HARD HARD!

    I’m still not sure I’m ok with the amount of questions we have after sprinting.

    • it is hard. but the rewards are SO good. to love deeply means that you can be LOVED deeply. to be known deeply in return. i so so crave that. to pour into that relationship.

      i think it’s hard too because often others don’t want it…they don’t want to go there with you…they hold back. and not saying we should go there with everyone by any means, but it’s hard to find those to dive deep with you.

      and whoa to trust deeply…haibo!

      and i know i’m not okay with all the questions i have. i’m wrestling. i’m not the type to just let them sit there. i have a tendency to ask and ask and ask…thanks for listening to all my asking and wrestling with me. i love it even if it’s hard. i am so thankful for you.

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