2016 Is Almost Here!

A New Year! Is this the year you are determined to have consistency in your daily time with the Lord?

I hope so! Perhaps you are apprehensive that it may prove too challenging. Or perhaps you’ve tried before and… Well, it’s a new year! This can be the year you start and finish strong! If you would like support and encouragement along the way, you are invited to join us at the Planting Place. Please take a moment to keep reading and learn a little bit more…

About the Planting Place:

The heart and goal of The Planting Place is to encourage commitment to meet with the Lord daily, via planned, purposeful Bible reading, journaling, and surrender to His spiritual cultivation.

The inspiration for The Planting Place came from Ezekiel 34:25-31 [NASB]

25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing. 27 Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure on their land. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 They will no longer be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will live securely, and no one will make them afraid. 29 I will establish for them a renowned planting place, and they will not again be victims of famine in the land, and they will not endure the insults of the nations anymore. 30 Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people,” declares the Lord God. 31 “As for you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” declares the Lord God.

In this passage we see God’s heart for His people: that they would live securely, that they would be a blessing, that they would yield fruit, that they would know He is the LORD, that they would live unafraid, that they would be established as renowned, that they would know the LORD their God is with them, and that they would know they are His and He is their God! And while this was written to the nation Israel, believers can certainly draw many applications for their life in Christ!

God desires so much more for us than we can even ask or think [Ephesians 3:30], and the best way to take hold of all He has for us is to take root in Him by taking hold of the Truth.

This is the goal of The Planting Place…to offer support and encouragement as we cultivate our trust in the Master Gardener to do what only He can do,

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. [Ephesians 3:17-19]

The truth is God wants us to know Him, to know His love, and to be firmly planted in these truths. This is the purpose of The Planting Place: That through His Word and by His Holy Spirit, the Lord would grow us to know Him and His love so that we are filled up and strengthened to love and obey Him, that He might be glorified in His renowned planting place!

Visit The Planting Place @ theplantingplacewordpress.org

Let’s Grow Together!


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