Hi Friends! I am truly excited about traveling to Atlanta next month to speak at the Festival of Holidays, hosted by the women’s ministry of the Alpharetta First Baptist Church. With tables beautifully decorated for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, all the holidays will be celebrated in one lovely evening!
Tickets sell for $15, which includes dinner, and can be purchased by going to the church office of The First Baptist Church of Alpharetta, 44 Academy St., Alpharetta, Georgia, 30009. The phone number for the Church office is 770-475-6556. For this event tickets can not be purchased on line. The Festival of Holidays will be held at the North American Mission Board, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, Georgia, 30022.
Before the rush of holiday activity begins, Join me on November 15th for a beautiful and inspiring evening.
I will be signing Interior Wisdom during the event, so save a spot on your Christmas gift list! Complimentary gift wrapping will be available too!
Hello friends! I am truly excited to announce the dates for the Fall REPLENISH!
We have a wonderful retreat planned just for you!
Please read all about REPLENISH below and share it with your friends.
By the way, if you have a difficult time reading this snapshot of the REPLENISH brochure, please email me at Leah@LeahRichardson.com and I will email you the larger version. Also, if you would like some brochures for your Church or ministry, please email me your request.
Would you like to be REPLENISHED? When we REPLENISH, the lines gently blur between the practical and the Spiritual creating a deep desire to live as Kingdom women, to make our lives count for God.
I encourage you to take time to pull away from the pressures of everyday life and come join Marcy, Gail, Jessi and me for a very special time of fellowship.
Have a wonderful weekend and I want all my friends in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and along the Gulf Coast to know that I have been praying for you.
Hello friends! The dates have been set for Fall and Christmas REPLENISH.
If you don’t know about REPLENISH, please click below to read about the first REPLENISH held last March.
Gail, Marcy and I are very excited about serving you on October 12th and 13th for an amazingly beautiful and relaxing time together on The Farm. REPLENISH is a time to pull away from the daily pressures of life and hear from God through teachings, testimonies and creativity! More details and a sign-up email will follow in an August post.
Also, on December 13th, we are honored to have Elizabeth Ramsey Schenkel at The Farm as our guest speaker for the CHRISTMAS REPLENISH LUNCHEON. Elizabeth and her husband, Erick, who serves as the Executive Director for the the Jesus Film Project at Campus Crusade for Christ, have been actively involved in Christian ministry on four continents over 37 years. Elizabeth’s shares her story with humor and humility, and while her credentials are long and impressive, her true heart for women and fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission will stir us to go out and be the women God created and designed us to be in this generation, with courage!
Good food and inspiration will abound at the REPLENISH Christmas luncheon, but we also want to REPLENISH another during this special season. God gave everything so that we might live abundant and fulfilling lives in Him. We will be REPLENISHING those in need in creative and beautiful ways!
Please join us! Watch for more details and tell your friends about
REPLENISH: to fill to overflowing; to top off until rejoicing abounds!
If I could pack a bag today, where would I go? This week that’s an easy answer…New Orleans! Wednesday is the 4th of July, which means Victory Fellowship Church will be “Feeding the Multitudes”!! After Katrina devastated so many in NOLA, Pastors Frank and Parris Bailey acted on a nudge from the Holy Spirit and decided TO DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE and stop thinking about their own problems, challenges and set backs from the storm.
Still a good lesson and reminder today.
One of my fondest memories of serving…it was our last summer in New Orleans, we were moving back to Florida the following week. Jim served in the kitchen, feeding the people, and I washed their feet. Samaritan’s Feet generously donated hundreds of shoes for us to give away. But before we replaced the old and worn out, we washed away the dirt and grime. We touched the untouchable, loved the unloveable and prayed for the people. People who God created in His own image and likeness. People who God loves dearly. People who just needed a cup of water filled with compassion. People who needed someone to care, like Jesus cared.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands,
and that he had come from God and was going back to God,
rose from supper.
He laid aside his outer garments,
and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
began to wash the disciples’ feet and
to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
When we KNOW who we are in Christ Jesus, we lay aside all that so easily entangles us in this world and care for those at arm’s length. Not from a far, but up close, personal.
What needs to be “Laid Aside” so you can serve, up close? Are you concerned about getting dirty? Will it ruin your manicure? Are you consumed with what others will think? You see serving like Jesus requires us to get up from the table of comfort. In the end, a neat and tidy life is an empty, fruitless life. What is God asking you to do? Do it. And do it with integrity for God is watching our every move. His eyes are upon us and he desires us to do what he has called us to do, regardless of how others perceive our actions.
He prepares a table in the wilderness, will we not willingly partake? Will we not join him?
I sat on the floor, a very tall man sat in the chair in front of me. “I just want a pair of new shoes.” His request was simple, but I wanted to love him, like Jesus. After some urging, I removed his shoes. His toes were curled under and matted together. He wore shoes too old and too small. As I carefully washed away all that life had shamefully hurled at this man, I prayed. He wept. I broke the rules that day. He walked away with 2 pair of shoes. He seemed even taller, but maybe he just stood taller.
One day we will all stand before Jesus, as Judge. That is his deserved role, not mine. Until then, I am to respect the dignity of every human being by loving and caring for those Jesus places in my path. To “Lay Aside” my needs and serve another in real need.
There is no place I would rather be…right smack dab in the center of God’s will for my life. I’ll admit that oftentimes I understand not why I am there, but I will trust God. For truly, there is no place I’d rather be…
Happy 4th of July sweet friends! Make a memory you will never forget- serve another.
It’s Spring…a new fresh season of life! A time to do some house cleaning, editing and paring down so God can bring something new and fresh into our lives. Are you ready? Is there any room? Need some “Interior Wisdom”?
Please join me at The Lighthouse Church in DeLand, Florida, on Saturday, May 19th as I share a message on The Wisdom and Beauty of Simplicity..for our home and heart!
Fellowship begins at 9 am at the Cafe’, and Praise and Worship at 10. Come be inspired!
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
As I sit quietly in the garden, peace envelopes me. My ears hear the chirping birds, pecking chickens and scampering squirrels, but my heart and mind are completely still. I close my eyes and see the garden in full bloom! Calling what isn’t yet as if it were… It’s beautiful. No weeds, no worries, just a plentiful harvest of fruit, veggies and flowers. I open my eyes back to the reality of, well, new beginnings. My secret joy is that I believe my vision, because God planted it years ago. His words of hope planted seeds of deep joy within my heart. Seeds of faith, trust and grace. Unseen, yet producing a harvest of favor, peace and contentment.
My mind wanders to a recent conversation in which I briefly explained, in the most simple, elementary way, the meaning of Easter. I pray the Lord will let the words that flowed like a bubbling brook of love rush up on the shore of this young women’s heart, take root, bloom and grow. If you had been there listening to me, unknowing of the audience, you might think I was sharing with a 10-year old. But deep within, I knew these simple words were planting faith and life. God’s Words of truth scattered tiny seed on fertile ground. No discussion, no questions, no glancing across to the passenger seat for acceptance, even acknowledgement…just faith that those seeds are now tucked away in her heart, released to the capable hands of the Master Gardner.
I don’t fret or worry if these seeds will bloom and grow. For those are the weeds that choke and crowd out the fruit, the flower of the garden’s harvest.
Turning the small packages of seed in my hand, I read how to plant, when to plant and what I can expect these tiny seeds to produce. Another overwhelming ocean of peace floods over me. Peace…a fruit that grows in the garden of my life year round. A fruit that takes deep root in being still and basking in Heavenly light. A fruit, as hard as I might try, I can’t produce on my own. Well, maybe briefly. But as I bury my fingers deep within the soil, I know the fruit of lasting peace I freely harvest day by day comes from surrender. Surrendering my vision for my garden to scarred, yet perfectly capable hands.
What is hindering the beauty of your garden? Surrender.
Truly, truly, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
The Beauty of Everyday Holiness…on Good Friday.
I touch a small bud just beginning to open, and my mind wanders back to a recent conversation I had with Temple, a friend who attended REPLENISH…
Thank you Sylvia for the photos!
I am still in complete awe of all God did for us!
Hey sweet friends! What an amazingly Beautiful and Holy weekend we experienced at REPLENISH! Please enjoy these photos and I will share more soon.
Replenish leadership team
Leah introducing Erica
Breakfast Saturday morning
Worship, art and teaching on the grounds
New forever friendships!
You don’t see Gail in most of the pictures because she was behind the lens! Thank you Gail!!!
21 women from 9 cities woven together like a beautiful fabric…only our God!
REPLENISH…to refill when the supply is low,
to top off until the overflow fully renews
and rejoicing abounds!
WHAT IS REPLENISH? REPLENISH is a time to reflect on and revive our relationship with Jesus in a beautiful and creative way.
WHERE IS REPLENISH? 2446 E. NEW YORK AVE., DELAND, FLORIDA 32724…The Farm.
WHO CAN ATTEND? REPLENISH is for women of all ages who yearn to be Kingdom Women, intentionally impacting their sphere of influence with the love of Christ in everyday life.
WHEN IS IT? Friday, March 9th REPLENISH begins with a sign-in on the front porch between 5-5:30 where you will receive a Holy Hug and gift bag. That evening you will experience a wonderful time of fellowship, worship and teaching, along with an enjoyable dinner.
Saturday, March 10th REPLENISH begins with a light breakfast from 8:30-9:30. The day will be filled with connecting! Connecting with sisters and connecting with God through music, prayer, teachings and painting (No prior experience needed). REPLENISH will be a time to relax and laugh, let go and heal. In a peace-filled atmosphere our hearts, minds and bodies will find renewal, as we take time to Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
REPLENISH will teach us how to live life out of the overflow. On Saturday, we will also enjoy lunch on the grounds and a late afternoon snack before saying goodbye around 3:30.
WHO ARE THE LEADERS OF THIS REPLENISH? Gail, Marcy and I served together for many years as leaders in Community Bible Study in Destin, Florida. Erica and I met in New Orleans, where she served as a missionary from the Netherlands. These women are beautiful examples of KingdomWomen who deeply desire to encourage you by sharing their lives and gifts. Let me tell you just a little about these women…
Gail Ratzlaff is a staff member with The JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, representing Magdalena: Through Her Eyes, a movie that offers a fresh perspective on Christ’s love for imperfect and oppressed women. Gail’s beautiful gentle spirit and deep love of prayer shines through in all she does. Among her many talents, Gail is a watercolor painter and stained glass fabricator. Gail has two incredible daughters, Laura and Paige, and two wonderful son-in-laws, Whit and Paul. She resides with her husband, George, in the Orlando area.
Marcy Boutz has a very hands-on approach to life and work. Passionate about sharing the love of Christ, I believe she lives the servant’s life…always considering the needs of others first. Marcy is a devoted home-school mom to her precious son, Sam, and wife to Jere. With a beautiful creative eye, Marcy is a self-taught artist in mixed media and acrylic. She and her family live in Destin.
Erica van der Laak is a missionary who loves the Lord Jesus and is passionate about spreading, as Erica says, the “happy message” of Jesus around Europe, N. America, Asia and Africa. Erica is from the Netherlands, but she has a heart the size of Texas for the poor and overlooked. God has placed a strong anointing on Erica’s life. When I think of Erica, I think of the scripture from James…the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective. For Erica loves to pray!
My heart overflows with thanksgiving for these three women who are volunteering their time and talent at REPLENISH.
WHAT’S THE COST? $60 per person.
AND THE DRESS? “The girls” encourage you to come casual…
So you can enjoy all The Farm
has to offer.
WHAT TO BRING? Your Bible, all else will be provided.
HOW DO I SIGN UP? Send an email to Leah@LeahRichardson.com, with your name, address, telephone number and email address. This email will hold you a place at REPLENISH. Then, mail your check for $60 to Leah Richardson, 2446 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724 by Feb. 24th to confirm your attendance. Make your check payable to Leah Richardson (If you are coming in from out of town and need hotel suggestions, I have a list of reasonable ones close to The Farm.)
In the Matthew 11:28, Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I encourage you to pull away from the daily and step into a time of sanctuary, for the Lord has a REPLENISHING Word just for you! Come…
A side note...For those of you who follow my blog and have encouraged me every step of the way, THANK YOU!
When our dreams and God’s vision for our lives line up, amazing things happen! If you are thinking this first REPLENISH came together quickly, ME TOO! But part of my Spiritual journey is learning that everything doesn’t have to be “perfect” to be pleasing to God or meaningful to others. My “to do” list here is still long, but my heart’s desire is to be a vessel of blessing, using the gifts He has given me to creatively connect you, my beautiful sisters, with Jesus, my beautiful Savior…so here we go! Today I am stepping out in faith, and I hope you will step out right alongside me. The Holy Spirit gave me the name REPLENISH just Wednesday! I sat right here and wept. He is so faithful.
Again, you have been amazing readers and my secret prayer (well not any more!) is that we get to meet one day…get to REPLENISH together. Although we’ve never seen Him, we love Him. And I love you.
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I hope you have a wonderful weekend! God is so faithful and He is ABLE, completely trustworthy and able, to complete that which we have entrusted to Him. He is weaving the 1st REPLENISH together quickly and I look forward to sharing with YOU (our online community that I love and pray for continually) all the details!
Truly, God is faithful!