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 

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