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 

and 

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

It is possible…

Posted February 22nd, 2014 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

All things are possible for Him who believes.  

Mark 9:23

This Saturday morning considering…ACTIVE FAITH  versus  PASSIVE FAITH

ACTIVE FAITH:

Active faith believes first, lives like it believes, steps out, steps up! Active faith stands steadfast on a platform, not a tightrope, a rock not a pebble, firm ground not shifting sand. Active faith puts a foot in the water, watching it part and presses onward into the land of giants believing God is bigger.

PASSIVE FAITH:

Sits wondering if only…what if…if you are willing, Lord?…If you can? IF, IF…IF.

 

GO AHEAD! Let’s exercise our faith today!, Actively stretch out that shriveled hand and grab God’s promise…it is finished! Yes, that promise is for us, even today.

All things are possible for Him who believes.

 

Passive faith but praises in the light

when sun does shine.

Active faith will praise in the darkest night-

which faith is thine?

…poem selected from Streams in the Desert

 

it is possible! ACTIVELY believe!

xo

leah

 

7 New Additions to The Farm

Posted February 19th, 2014 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

 As we continue homesteading at The Farm….our Nigerian dwarf goats.

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Jim with “Miss Congeniality” who loves to be rubbed and petted, and sit in your lap!

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Our sweet friend Laura brought her kids to see our kids Sunday after church and she took some of these wonderful pictures. This is her daughter Quinn.

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Meet “Bootsie”!  She is a bit shy and Mr. Jim is really the only one she trusts.

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“Angel” is a beautiful blond with soft blue eyes and a melodic bleat.

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Miss C. does love to be in the middle of everything!

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We have 2 males, note the blue collars, and this is “Isaac”.  He is quite a pretty boy with his Rod Stewart-like blonde hair sticking straight up between his horns.

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“Mama Love”, who has a heart shape on her back, and her little one, “baby Joy”, who looks like the Chick-fila cow in miniature, are inseparable.  All the kids are about 6 months old, except for Mama, who is about 2. Margie, from whom we purchased the kids, suggested we get a Mama to teach the young ones, and protect them too.

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And then there is “Milkshake”! He is our alpha male that loves to dance on the picnic table! We think he and “Bootsie” are in love. Speaking of love…we plan to breed them and sell the males and milk the females. I am researching how to make goat milk products such as soaps, lotions and cheeses.

I know many of you are thinking…Leah and goats! Well, I must say that I have come to love these precious creatures and can while away an hour or two just watching them jump and play. They are very clean animals and amazingly won’t eat or drink anything unclean. They have 4 compartments to their stomach and so what comes out in the end is pure compost for our garden.

Speaking of love, love is definitely in the air on The Farm!!

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Stop by for a visit and experience Psalm 24…The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof!

xo

leah

p.s…Registration is open for Replenish at The Farm so check out the retreat HERE

and regarding the Wake Forest tee shirt Jim is wearing…he is still an Alabama fan, but he prayed with and encouraged a young man from Deland who went on to play football at Wake Forest and he gave Jim this tee shirt.

Got FRUIT?

Posted February 11th, 2014 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

Recently a friend shared a story with me about an associate pastor who was forced to leave his position with his church due to the extreme stress he was experiencing. Stress that perpetuated physical distress. Stress of working in a ministry. Stress of working for a church proclaiming the GOOD NEWS of loving Jesus. Stress of working in an environment that most secular companies would not tolerate.

As I listened in sadness, my friend said, “I don’t see any FRUITS of the Holy Spirit.” I corrected {terrible habit!}, and said, “It is the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit, not plural.”

Walking away, I thought about our conversation. When I make a list, I call it the items, plural, on my list, but a grocery list is different. Although many of the items work together to make a delicious meal, one isn’t conditional on the other. I can substitute, even leave that extra cup of sugar out and all is fine. I found myself mulling over, meditating on Galatians 6:22, regarding keeping in step with the Spirit of God.

But the FRUIT of the Spirit is

love, joy, peace, patience,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness, self-control;

against such things there is no law.

 

Can I really love from the heart and be impatient and unkind? Can I have such a settled peace about my relationship with Jesus and let my tongue rage out of control? The FRUIT of the Holy Spirit, the character of God displayed in my life…this word FRUIT, in some translations, is substituted with the word benefit. The benefit of the Holy Spirit living and dwelling in my heart is love. is peace. is patience. is kindness. is goodness. is faithfulness. is gentleness. is self-control. They all work together. All of God or none of God displayed in my life?

When we are unloving, miserable, anxious, impatient, unkind, mean, rough and completely out of control…are we being FAITHFUL or UNFAITHFUL to God?

But the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit…

Scripture is infallible…not fruits plural, but singular. Oh the manifold wisdom of God! Help us Lord to keep in step with your Spirit, displaying as one, the One. Purge the smelly rotten fruit from our lives and fill us with big, fat juicy FRUIT of your precious Spirit. Bookend our lives with Love and Self-control. Speak to each of us personally and show us where our partial obedience is no obedience at all.

Overflow all of God in our lives. The FRUIT of the Holy Spirit…

xo

leah

 

 

 

 

SPRING REPLENISH- registration open

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

Hello friends!

We are so excited about the

2014 SPRING REPLENISH!!

 

Winter is a time of closure and dormancy, but Spring is a time to shoot forth, break free, flourish in all God has for us! Spring is a time to be refilled with a new Word that sustains us through the long hot days of Summer.

 

Make time to get away and be REPLENISHED!

 

Eat healthy food, fellowship with new sisters, get creative and draw near to God. The team is making plans…just for YOU!

 

 

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Please share this with your friends!    And visit the REPLENISH website for more information and posts with pictures of past events HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Leah@LeahRichardson.com.

Blessings and Register Soon!

leah

Live near Vero Beach

Posted February 5th, 2014 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom

If you live near the Vero Beach, Florida area, I’d love to see you there!

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xo

leah

Coffee with Erica

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

If you live near The Farm, please come for a wonderful time of fellowship and inspiration!

Just send an email to Leah@LeahRichardson.com if you can join us.

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xo

leah

LIVE OPENLY

Posted February 3rd, 2014 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Word of Encouragement

Our lives, beautiful photographs, pictorials developed in the dark room, in silence, stillness, isolated…trusting our way in the darkness, alone, yet not. There, in the dark, character grows, God’s ways developed, and our mission slowly revealed, transforming us for the scrutiny of eventual light.

People watch you. They listen…waiting…waiting for a word of wisdom, knowledge, hope. They listen longing for a word with deep understanding of injury, pain and brokenness, all learned in the dark. A gentle spirit unafraid to live openly saying,

Yes, I understand. Did I ever tell you about the time…

People watch you. They listen and long to be comforted with the comfort from which, from whom, you have been comforted. Open your hands, open your life. Share all God has developed in you, while you stood quietly in the shadows, in His grip…abiding in the secret place, under His wings. God causes both to bloom, the evening primrose and morning glory.

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My Child…Be still, right now, and know that I am God. A God of healing, hope and restoration. A God who will never leave you nor forsake you. A God who is designing an incredibly beautiful pictorial of your life…a life worth sharing. Stay close, draw near for I long to beautify my beautiful house, your soul. Tabernacle with me throughout your day by just whispering my name, for I am here. Peace, Peace like a river rushes in creating deep pools of joy! Splash your furrowed brow in my joy in the midst of pain, knowing you can trust this mystery…I live in you, your hope now, and to come.

Open your hands, open your door, open your heart…open your life.

Live openly.

xo

leah

 

Sidelined

Posted January 23rd, 2014 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

I enjoy watching football, but of course I grew up as a Georgia Bulldog in the SEC! Last Sunday watching a playoff game with Jim, I noticed the army of players on the side lines and my mind wandered off…

Sometimes I feel sidelined. I am dressed, ready and equipped, even seeing where I can make a difference, yet I stand still, remain unmoved for stepping forward into the game feels uncomfortable. That still small voice of the Spirit has not released me to move, go, help, call…write. So I rest, sidelined.

Have you ever been sidelined? Called to step aside for a time? Surrender and acceptance bring revelation, and I have found it is most often for the revelation of rest…needed rest that the ultimate coach makes me lie down in green pastures while He brings restoration to my soul.

During times of rest, forced or willing, do you spend your time replenishing mind, body, soul and spirit or whining, wishing and complaining about not being in the game? Far too many times past the latter applied to me! But I am learning that being briefly sidelined doesn’t mean the game is over. Selah means to pause, not the end. The coach knows every player on his roster…Oh how much more does God know us! Every strand we will tuck in our helmet when our name is called to play our part. When it is our turn.

Recently I received some devastating news about a dear friend whose home burned down over the New Year. Every time I wanted to pick up the phone- sidelined! I’ve learned to be sensitive to the Spirit and listen, so I waited until my name was called, and I called. What sweet and meaningful conversation in His perfect timing! God knows best. He has a plan. Don’t fret away your time on the side line. Let us spend it in even more prayerful preparation for such a time as our name is called.

We have a part in the big game! Stay close to the One who knows and be ready when He calls your name!

xo

leah