Finding my bearings

Posted August 24th, 2015 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

This morning I received an email from Patsy, a sweet friend who attended several past REPLENISH retreats.  She had forwarded my last post last October to 10 friends inviting them to the fall retreat! Oops, there is no fall retreat! This morning was a reality check that I am still finding my bearing in this NEW SEASON of life!

Never have King Solomon’s words touched my life in such an active way…daily way, moment by moment tangible way.

His wisdom tells us there is a Time For Everything…Ecclesiastes 3:1

For everything there is a season (appropriate time),


a time for every matter (purpose) under heaven:

Seasons… we can expect to experience them, we are encouraged to embrace them remembering not the tyranny of time but the certainty of change. Those changes are God’s way of making everything beautiful, but it is in His timing.

Late fall of 2014, Jim and I completed a small cottage in the back of the garden here at The Farm so my 80-year old parents could come live with us.

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.





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The Farm is a place of new life and healing, and day by day we have seen a Springtime of new life emerge from a very Wintery season.  Summertime is a time for hard work, but faithful toiling produces a harvest in the fall.

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This summer has been a season of adjusting. A season of being pushed outside of my comfort zone. A season that holds great potential for joy when I embrace it with a fresh commitment to living vitally in the here and now. The past is just that, past. And the future is totally in God’s hands. The only “stuff” of life I can control is how I will respond. How open I am to the Holy Spirit producing an abundance of fruit in my life. An abundance of his love, joy, peace, patience….kindness and self control.

Last fall, right before I moved mom and dad, I completed a beautiful home in Birmingham, Alabama. During construction I stood at the top of the double spiral staircase and thought about just how often I viewed life from the top! Yet far too often I found myself looking down in worry instead of rejoicing that my feet were on high ground. In my heart, I knew that this new season of care taking would be a climb, but as I gazed the chandelier at the peak, I was reminded to keep looking up!  Focus on the main thing, while holding on tight to the railing, the boundaries, the hem of Jesus’ garment.

Psalm 121…I look to the hills from whence my help comes, my help comes from the Lord…  So I ask you, what season are you experiencing? Are you looking up in confidence remembering that you are not alone?  For me, self-sufficiency tired out less than half way up! Thank goodness!



A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…

Plucking up self-sufficiency to plant dependency on God alone helps me find my bearings in this new season. I have missed holding the REPLENISH retreats here at The Farm, but God is always up to something new. Taking Replenish on the road, I found myself in Texas twice in January, Mississippi in March and New Jersey in April. All different denominations Replenishing in the one true living God!

By the way, you can truly see forever in Texas!                                                                                                                  


a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted….

New seasons bring newness of relationship plucking up any past issues and planting unity in love. Plucking up means getting at the root of things. Frank, Eva and I have come together by listening to each other, loving each other and putting “self” aside for the good of our parents. I am so blessed by them.                                                                                     



My heart is full and I write you this morning! Your notes, emails and calls wondering why I haven’t blogged means so much to me, especially the emails from those of you who have experienced a season of care taking older parents. Please keep us in your prayers. God is faithful, but new seasons you have never experienced can be scary. Miss “much afraid” here is standing on those 365 FEAR NOTS in Scripture…but knowing you are interceding encourages me immeasurably!

So from, Jim and his 13 milking goats, chickens, french guineas, me and the rest of the family…Thank you!

I love you and hope to blog more often as I find my bearings in this new season of life.




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. 





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,, 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!




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…



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


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,


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!


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.


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!




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


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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 


hunger and thirst for God!

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

an immeasurable strength


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)