REPLENISH OCT 24&25

Posted September 16th, 2014 by Leah and filed in REPLENISH

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Your Replenish team! Please click HERE to read more about these wonderful women with huge servant hearts!

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I encourage you to take this time for yourself. Come be filled before the holidays when you will be pouring out to family and friends. Click HERE to read how women have been blessed through REPLENISH. 

xo

leah

 

 

REPLENISH Invitation

Posted September 15th, 2014 by Leah and filed in REPLENISH

Hello friends!

I hope you have “Saved-the-Date” for the fall REPLENISH at The Farm on Oct 24 & 25!

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Please click the link below to take you to another page with the link to the invitation. On that page click the link you see above the Facebook icon to view your invitation with all the information you need to register.

Fall REPLENISH 2014 Invitation

I hope this is not too confusing! Unfortunately the invitation will not open without going to the second page. If you have trouble, please don’t hesitate to email me, leah@leahrichardson.com, and I will email you the invitation.  

Do invite your friends and share with your women’s ministry for we have an amazing retreat planned…just for you!

Many many blessings!

leah

 

 

Soul Staring

Posted September 10th, 2014 by Leah and filed in REPLENISH, Word of Encouragement

Last week Lauren and I took a mother-daughter trip to NYC for her 30th birthday and had a blast! She is such fun to be with, and this trip turned out to be no exception!

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Lauren has a great boutique in downtown Orlando, Lauren Nicole, so taking a holiday to the City during Fashion Week called for finding a good spot to people watch. We sat for hours watching Fashion bloggers, designers, well-heeled New Yorkers, models and the like. Although we didn’t have a high-powered lens like the paparazzi, I found myself staring intently…which caused Lauren to continually poke me to “stop”!

I’ve been thinking about how much I love to “observe” {stare} at people and let my mind wander wondering about their “back story”, as my friend Hattie calls someone’s history. Lately I have been reading the Bible this way. The fall REPLENISH at The Farm October 24 & 25 will focus on the beloved story of Mary breaking open her alabaster jar and pouring out everything she had on Jesus.

Have you ever thought about Mary’s “back-story”? Why she would risk everything, surrender completely and worship Jesus in a way that totally disregarded all the people, friends, family and strangers, in the room? Have you ever let everything go, sitting perfectly still under the hand of God forgetting the natural and allowing God to weave His life together with yours…regardless of the circumstances or what “friends” say?

I hope you will join me for Replenish as we stare deep into Mary’s soul…recognizing similarities…discovering what needs to be broken open so our lives can be “filled with the beautiful fragrance”.  As Mary anointed Jesus with all she had, she unwittingly left an eternal legacy.

Jesus said to those at the table…Leave her alone for she has done a beautiful thing to me and this will be her legacy.

Replenish yourself in a beautiful setting with beautiful sisters, together discovering the beauty of pouring out our lives, completely, for Jesus. Besides my teachings, you will hear a personal story from each of the team members, Marcy Boutz, Gail Ratzlaff, Jessie Trigger, Dee Mueller and Laura Hemmerle, relating to Mary’s story. We will eat together, worship together, get creative together, pray together…be REPLENISHED together! For more info on REPLENISH, please click HERE.

Watch for the REPLENISH INVITATION in your inbox and posted on Facebook later this week. I encourage you to take some time to stare into Mary’s soul, and your own, by reading her legacy found in Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9 and John 12:1-8.

Let us leave nothing unsurrendered, but fearlessly stare into our soul…

xo

leah

Speaking Event Florence, Alabama

Posted August 29th, 2014 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom

Hello friends! If you are in the area, please join me…   Also, I will be signing Interior Wisdom at The French Basket in Florence on Saturday, September 27th.

Hope to see you soon!

 

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Seeing God’s glory in a taxi cab

Posted August 15th, 2014 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

Since my flight arrived very early, my clients sent a car to meet me at the airport. During the flight, I pondered my morning devotional, which reminded me that God does not commission us to do anything with insuring our success. He equips us for success. And oftentimes, like Joshua, he allows us to fight the battle, but the outcome is settled in the Heavens before we ever pick up our weapon.

So why do I fear?

This truth should instill such confidence as I traverse perilous paths. The truth the Holy Spirit reminded me of Monday morning was

GOD IS SOVEREIGN.

Even during hard times, sad times, challenging times…good and joyful times, Romans 8:28 is a rock-solid truth.

God works everything in our lives together for our greatest good and his greatest glory!  Honestly, my mind can’t completely comprehend this truth at times, but my heart does.

When we believe God is sovereign, we must know that the outcome is oftentimes different from our expectations and always different from the world’s. Our success looks different from God’s lens. When I truly embrace God’s sovereignty, he produces great peace in my heart…and, in hind-sight, I see his glory.

The taxi driver had an infectious pre-dawn joy! I stepped into his cab and he ask me why I was visiting his beautiful city of Birmingham and about my work. As I briefly shared, always including the sub-title of Interior Wisdom, opening up the conversation about faith, he began sharing his story.

The Bible tells us deep cries out to deep at the roar of God’s waterfalls…and that morning I heard how God grabbed up this precious man in salvation. At the end of his testimony he said something I will remember for a very long time…AND I needed to hear!

He said to me…“Do you Remember when Moses asked God to show him His glory?” The story is in Exodus 33, and God said you can’t see my face but I will cover you and hold you close and after my glory passes by I will remove my hand and allow you to see my back.

“Yes,” I said.

He looked in the rear view mirror at me and said, that is how much of my life has been. I must trust God is covering my life and holding me close. I must trust He knows what he is doing. I must know in my heart that, in hind-sight, he will reveal his glory, ways, purposes in those hard times. I have to walk through the “thing” and then look back and see God.

What an encouragement from my Heavenly Father to trust him! To know He is right there in the most difficult times! Too often I try to make common-sense out of the supernatural! When all God desires is for me to trust him.

One day we will see God face to face, until then, He covers us with his blood offering, Jesus’ life, and holds us close revealing his ways and his glory in his perfect timing. Maybe like me, you need our brother, the taxi driver’s message today for that “thing” you are facing.

have a beautiful weekend,

leah

p.s…    I have set the date for REPLENISH…check out HERE, for it will be an amazing time! Hope to see you this fall!

 

 

SAVE THE DATE- Fall Replenish

Posted August 9th, 2014 by Leah and filed in REPLENISH

Planning for the Fall Replenish has begun and I hope you will SAVE THE DATE!

Click HERE for details.

Beautiful blessings!

Leah

Speaking in Orlando

Posted June 2nd, 2014 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

Hi Friends! If you are in the Orlando area, I wanted to tell you about J4, a wonderful interdenominational organization dedicated to encouraging women to lead with a Biblical perspective in business, the community, ministry and the home. The name J4 comes from the Bible- Judges: Chapter 4.  As the fourth ruler of Israel, Judge Deborah led successfully by submitting to God’s plan for her life using her gifts and skills for His glory. Deborah’s story is an inspiration for all women who are called into leadership and it encourages us to lead with a Biblical perspective.

This year J4 has been exploring the many ways that women can “Take the Word to Work” by applying the commands of Scripture. Tomorrow night, June 3rd, I will be giving a message from the beatitudes, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

What does that beatitude mean to you, to be pure in heart?  And how do we keep our heart pure?

Join me as I share my journey of how the Lord has “detoxed” my heart! For the desire of my heart is to see God. See him at work in my life and those around me.

Social/networking begins 5:30-6 pm on the 3rd floor of the Edington Ministry Center at First Presbyterian Church, 106 E. Church St., Orlando. The parking garage is located at the corner of Jackson/Rosalind Ave. Parking will be validated so please bring your ticket with you.

I hope you will join me…for when we let go of the toxic, unnecessary and harmful things affecting our heart life, we make room for the Holy Spirit to fill us with his beautiful character and ways so all who cross our path will see God in us, and we will begin to see others with a new perspective.

To read more about j4 and the event, click HERE.

Many blessings on all you do! I will be signing Interior Wisdom before and after the event.

leah

A time and season…

Posted May 29th, 2014 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

 

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For everything there is a season,

and a time for every purpose under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die.

 

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The past two weeks have been really hard for Jim and me. We lost our precious Rudy, lovingly called The Roo. Rudy was a huge part of our lives for many many years. For me…what I miss most is having him snuggled beside me this chair during our morning quiet time. We both loved this part of our day. The stillness of early morning…just the 3 of us. Thank you God.

As I look back, I realize I have had very little experience with death. Losing someone, or anything God created, having life and breath in its lungs. Life is eternal, yet life on earth is short. Just a wisp, or moment, the Bible tells us.

 

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn and a time to dance

 

So I remember what I know. By the grace of God I have the hope of Heaven! Faith and hope in a huge God who takes my ash heap of sorrow and makes all things beautiful in its time.  Rudy and I learned this in our quiet time together. And together, for almost 15 years we stand on His Word.

 

All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.

The grass withers, and the flower falls,

but the word of the Lord remains forever.

 

So I cling to hope…  Thankful that I can mourn with hope in a living God who cares deeply about every little thing that affects my life. Thank you God for The Roo!

xo

leah

REPLENISH Joy!

Posted April 7th, 2014 by Leah and filed in REPLENISH

What a JOYFUL REPLENISHING!

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Thank you to my awesome joy-filled REPLENISH team…Laura and Dee!

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Illusions…a word I have been dwelling on recently.

Illusions: Falsely held perceptions or beliefs.

A big Illusion to overcome…We have a right, as Christian women, to live a trouble-free life!

The reality is that the JOY of the Lord is our strength and confidence in good times and bad.

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 Sisters paired up to share their stories of “Praising in the Storm”

and pray for each other.

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 We played the role of  ”Potter” and then wrote a love letter to our ultimate “Potter”…

for God is the loving Potter and we are His carefully crafted earthen vessels,

harboring Heaven, a treasure of infinite value,

being His hands and feet on earth.

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We stop hungering and thirsting for solutions 

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hunger and thirst for God!

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Our relationship with God places an immeasurable value on our lives,

an immeasurable strength

and

inexpressible JOY!

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 Jesus warned us that in this world we will have trouble. But he encouraged us to take heart

and be peacefully assured,

for through Him, we can overcome and weather the storms we face in this world.

Let’s praise God in the storms…

Count it ALL JOY brothers and sisters when you face trials of various kinds,

for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

And let steadfastness have its full effect,

that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 2:1

 

Beautiful day!

Joyfully Replenished!  (Email me if you would like to be on the Replenish email list)

xo

leah

 

 

 

Purpose

Posted March 17th, 2014 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

Soooo, yesterday was my birthday…a pretty pivotal birthday in my mind. While spending the day with Jim and Lauren, I made the statement to Lauren that I never thought I’d be this old!! As I stared into my 29-year old daughter’s beautiful eyes, I knew, somehow, she understood, for 30 {which will be pivotal to her} is just around the corner.

I am not sure what I thought my life at this stage would look like, but the Holy Spirit brings to my remembrance a sermon I heard in Destin, Florida at a beachside service, which greatly impacted the past 22 years of my life. The Methodist minister encouraged us saying, “Do what you can with what you’ve got.”

Do what you can with what you’ve got.

For what “we’ve got” matters not, if we don’t use it to be a blessing to others God puts in out path. We all have a sphere of influence, a ministry, and God desires to use our natural gifts and talents, time and resources He has so generously given us, to shine brightly with the love of Jesus. I want my life to look like a little slice of Heaven on earth, how about you? Heaven came down, giving our lives beautiful meaning and purpose. Jesus did that for me. Jesus did that for you.

Do what you can with what you’ve got.

Just like a  custom interior, all our lives look different. But each of us can decide to make a difference during this little wisp of a time we are on earth. Maybe in another 20 years when 75 rolls around, I will say the same thing…I never thought I’d be this old! But hopefully I will know in the depths of my soul that I did what I could with what God gave me, to the honor and glory of His name.

Today I pray a blessing over your life. A blessing of discovery, discovery of God’s design for your life to impact this generation. He knows you completely and has ordained good for your life. May God give you revelation knowledge and Spiritual wisdom, coupled with a courageous steadfast heart to walk your path. I pray he expands your territory in amazing ways giving you a life of abundant joy. May it be a simple life, a life full of meaning and purpose in the big and small stuff. The simplicity of living in Jesus’ name overflowing the reservoir of your life with love, springing up living water moment by moment as you

Do what you can with what you’ve got.

What is that for you?

The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,

which a man found and covered up.

Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

 Matthew 13:44

Purpose is precious!

xo

leah