Hello January 15th 2011!! Today’s the first day of reading through the Bible chronologically in 6 months! I’m just a *bit* excited. I hope your first day of reading (Genesis 1-7) went/is/will go exceptionally well!
As I read about Eden this morning, I couldn’t help but come back to these words that sparked the image above. Going deeper. Embarking on this journey and even while preparing for it, I found myself drawn to this idea of wanting to be like a tree in the garden so firmly planted in God. Trusting fully. I want Him to turn my brokenness, my desert places into blossoming flowers. To let the bright Son shine through the darkness. Even to let the painful pruning process produce more fruit in my life (and no I did not try to add as many alliterations as possible there…but it’s kind of fun 😉 ).
And so, since I tend to complicate things, I’m going with the simple. Soaking up God-truths so that I can grow deeper.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. ~Ephesians 3:17
The godly have deep roots. ~Proverbs 12:3
They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. ~Jeremiah 17:18
It was strong and beautiful, with wide-spreading branches, for its roots went deep into abundant water. ~Ezekiel 31:7
The LORD will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air. ~Isaiah 51:3
I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon. ~Hosea 14:5
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. ~Psalm 1:3
Here is the lovely code for the button above if you would like to use it. Otherwise, feel free to copy/save the picture or make one of your own!
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p.s. I’d love to hear what you thought about the first day of reading…leave me some comment love 🙂