Pulling away to move forward

Posted October 14th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Leah Richardson, Word of Encouragement





Blowing rain, which, at times, felt like tropical force winds.  This happened last week on THE FARM in the natural and the spiritual realm. Yes, last week was a really tough week! But determined, this week I press on toward the goal…

But one thing I do:

forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Phil 3:13

Strain:  stretch, takes unusually great effort, force

Straining to finish strong…straining to get workers “to do”, simply “to do” their work with timeliness, excellence and integrity.Straining not to beat myself up for “knowing this thing yet surprised still!” Straining to love…forgive…to MOVE FORWARD and let go of the past.

As I stare out the window, the newly built 12′ long farm table near The Coop beacons me to come sit. Just pull away and come sit. I grab my Bible and speak into the wind…Lord, what would Jesus do?

Throughout Scripture we see Jesus pulling away from the crowds to quiet places…mountain tops or the desolate wilderness. He just wanted, needed, to be alone with his Heavenly Father and pray. Jesus is fully God yet fully man so maybe at times, like me, he was just plain tired…physically, mentally, emotionally. I am so thankful he left us the example of what to do when the world has drained us dry. Get alone with God and pray.

Walking out, the Holy Spirit reminds me, refreshes me with the words from Psalm 46:4…There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God…

I pull away physically as the Holy Spirit pulls me in spiritually…into the river of God.

Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east. Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits and led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.   Ezekiel 47:1, 3-5

The Holy Spirit woos us to the inner sanctuary where He can miraculously make a mere trickle of water become a powerfully renewing river of life. Our part…pull away, step in and be led deeper still.

Lord, please take my hand and lead me into the river…covering ankles, knees, waist. So deep in living water that I must learn to swim…teach me to swim, to keep moving forward with your plans, your design for my life. Letting go of past failures, mistakes, and straining forward to take hold of the Spirit. For where the river flows, there is life, new life, beautiful life each and every day.

…so everything will live where the river goes. And on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”   verses 9,12


Is there something today you need to let go of so you can move forward with God’s design? Pull away. Step into the river…let the Holy Spirit teach you how to swim.

Have a wonderful weekend!  My mom is visiting!   {YEAH, YEAH}



P.S.  Thank you soooooo much for all your wonderful email responses to your vote for the name of a devo book.  It was split about 50/50.  One sweet friend really nailed it for me.  Hattie wrote…I would love a book that can show me how every day can be beautiful and Holy.  Yes Lord…that is my desire…to share how, through your Word, we can bring beauty and holiness into our everyday lives.



One Response to “Pulling away to move forward”

  1. Angela says:

    Leah, I just read your lovely book “Interior Wisdom” for probably the third time. I have enjoyed it so much I often purchase it for friends for birthday gifts. It is truly refreshing – serene and peaceful ideas for heart and home!

    Would you mind sharing your source for light fixtures? They are so beautiful yet unobtrusive. Where did you find the lovely light fixtures on pages 32, 76, 79 (wow), 106, 120, 134, etc?

    and the room on page 32 – I long to sit and read on one of those chairs!

    Thank you for sharing your faith and design ideas with us!


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