deeper roots…

they delight in the law of the LORD,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither
and they prosper in all they do.
Psalm 1:2-3

I heard bits and pieces of a Dr. Chuck Swindoll sermon
a few weeks ago about being still and growing deeper.

Maturity and depth do not come quickly
they take time.

Depth takes long periods of being still.

Silence {from God} means its time to go deeper.

I jotted these thoughts down and I’ve been chewing on them since.

I don’t do being still well.

At all.

Yet, the very thing I desire…
maturity and a deeper relationship with my Jesus…
propels me to seek stillness.

And, when I don’t stop and be still,
He has been known to still me for my own good.

Right, smack dab, in the middle of the
football, school, work season,
I’ve been stilled.

He granted a few slow days on my calendar,
slow days to read and to rest,
to nap and to catch up on laundry,
to laugh with my girls,
and to clean out the dust bunnies residing here…
to live purposefully slow in an effort to be still.

It’s in the slowing to be still
that my feel my roots stretch deeper
seeking Him and His refreshment,
stretching my faith that He has everything taken care of,
and satisfying my need for rest.

I’m so quick to forget…
quick to believe the lie that importance is based on productivity
and that in the tyranny of the urgent success is had.

Yet, He is quicker still to pull me close
and to still my quaking
and to draw my roots deeper into Him.

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In an effort to reciprocate,
I quickly pulled mine close last night
to still our hearts
and to draw our family roots deeper.

A wrinkled tablecloth, a few candles,
and a whole chicken that has been waiting in the deep freezer
for such a time as this…

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a time to gather together
and gather ’round,
and to let our roots stretch to one another.

The very thing I once despised…
stillness…
is now the way to the one thing I crave

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deeper roots.

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