Happy New Year from The Planting Place!

In our preparations to begin the new year, may we never leave behind the focus of the Christmas Season: God sent His Son to earth to dwell among us.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Jesus, the Living Word, born to save us from our sins.

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Jesus, the Living Word, born to adopt us as His children.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, John 1:12

Jesus, the Living Word, born to grant eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

And it is by the Living Word of His gospel that we come to the knowledge of our need for spiritual rebirth.

for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23

Jesus, the Living Word prayed that His Truth preserved for us in His Holy Scriptures would set us apart for His purpose and glory.

Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. John 17:17

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2 Timothy 3:16

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

We can and we must intentionally keep the focus of His birth alive in our hearts and lives. As we seek Him daily by faith and dependence upon His Holy Spirit, Jesus, the Living Word reveals Himself in the Holy Scriptures, His Living Word.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. John 6:63

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:26

And in order to truly live…we need the Living Word and His Living Word every day!

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

If you need help with a plan to meet Him daily, try the Three Year Plan on the Menu bar. Also, for more information, you can check out the Let’s Get Ready and About Pages.

I invite you to join me, and….

Let’s Grow Together!

Welcome to the Planting Place!

Welcome to 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 3:20), 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!

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Let’s Grow Together!