Who can find?

Posted February 3rd, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

Economies come and go, but precious stones retain their value, their worth.

WHO CAN FIND a virtuous and capable wife?

She is more precious than rubies.

Her husband can trust her,

and she will greatly enrich his life.

Proverbs 31:10-11

Economies come and go, but precious stones, like a ruby, retains its value. As the virtuous and capable wife {of our earthly hubby or as the Bride of Christ} we are MORE PRECIOUS…

Virtuous: This particular Hebrew word expresses the idea of STRENGTH, WHICH IS USED TO IMPLY A FINANCIAL INFLUENCE (i.e. wealth).  According to my Strong’s Concordance. Wow! When we have our financial house in order and go beyond careful, we are industrious with our money realizing that wealth allows us to help our husbands and bless those around us.

The Bible does not shy away from the topic of money. We expressly desire to build our personal house based on Biblical principles so it simply does not wash away as if we built on sand, but do we daily consider if we are building our financial house on Biblical principles?  We as women can be a force for Jesus on this earth when take thoughtful consideration of  HOW WE HANDLE OUR MONEY.

We are not to serve it, for God makes it clear that money is simply a viable means he has chosen that greatly enables us to serve others. If he has chosen it, He will provide it.

How we handle money helps take some pressure off our earthly husband, as he endeavors to provide for the family… one way to greatly enrich his life. It allows us to step out into the entrepreneurial ventures God calls us to and, above all, a means to HELP THE POOR…THOSE IN NEED.

WHO CAN FIND A VIRTUOUS AND CAPABLE WIFE?

When is the last time you, or I, sat before the Lord and asked him to show us areas in our financial lives that need adjusting…changing? What are we spending our money on? No condemnation, but seriously?

As I look away from this computer screen and watch the brilliant red Cardinals flitting to and fro building their Spring nests…I ask myself, is that how I am building my life? Flitting here and there spending without thought or care…consumerism consuming me? How about you? Logically, then our next question would be 

FOR WHAT Then?

We can be a powerful force on this earth for Jesus when we are careful with our financial life. We will have the means to

She extends her hands to the poor,

Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

v. 20

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? Yes, economies come and go, but we are precious stones in the crown of our Savior. You are invaluable to Him…beyond finite Webster definitions…take careful consideration of how you are spending that which God has provided.

LOOK UP…LOOK WITHIN…THEN LOOK AROUND YOU.

Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this:

Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight,

and guard against corruption from the godless world.

James 1:27  The Message Bible

Something for us to seriously ponder this weekend…

xo

leah  (please take time this weekend to read Proverbs 31 about the virtuous wife, maybe in a couple of different translations. Then ask God to give you wisdom regarding your finances.)

WEDNESDAY WHIM II

Posted February 1st, 2012 by Leah and filed in Wednesday Whim!

just couldn’t resist!  A blue one too!

WEDNESDAY WHIM!!

Posted February 1st, 2012 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson, Wednesday Whim!

love…”the Girls”

Our cup runneth over!

Posted January 27th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

Quietly sitting 10 thousand feet above the ground, I ponder the perspective. With vast views and various shapes, what is individual on the ground harmoniously blends together as one from the air.

The Lord fills every perspective doesn’t he…large, vast, sum total, all in all…universal.

As I sit and write, I smile, knowing this: Jesus lives in my little heart, knows the number of hairs on my head and cares deeply about the daily minutiae of my life. God’s infinite perspective is beyond my finite comprehension. A sea of unknowns bridged by a Savior’s tender love and personal interest.

It’s only a bit after 8 o’clock and no one cares to be chatty, but my window seat offers boundless possibilities for conversations with my Creator. Slowly engulfed by the clouds below like giant cotton balls, I listen to the Holy Spirit within.

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My view is even higher and broader, look out. My love is ever greater. You can let your imagination run like an untamed stallion, yet you will never truly understand the fullness of I AM. Repeat after me…my cup runneth over. My cup runneth over. 

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.

Today, continually remember and repeat

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.

Like King David’s 23rd Psalm, when you begin to grasp the love of the Shepherd, light will illuminate green pastures and still waters along your path. You’ll turn and recognize my goodness and mercy following you. Every step you take, I have gone before you in preparation, even in the wilderness. Trusting my words bring security and following my voice creates lasting peace… for truly I am in your midst. The anointing on your life, a gift from your Shepherd, flowing like Holy oil on your head,are words you can trust.

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I glance out the window and the landscape has changed, once again. But my cup runneth over. As the Spirit has with me, so I encourage you. Repeat these four words all day long.

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.

Repeat them until you believe them. For once you truly believe, you will take the excess you can’t possibly contain, the overflow, and bless others.

I know that wherever you are, my friend, and whatever you are doing, you are making a difference. YOUR CUP RUNNETH OVER…

OUR CUP RUNNETH OVER…

Have a wonder-filled weekend!

xo   leah

 

WEDNESDAY WHIM!!

Posted January 25th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Wednesday Whim!

mind creatively wandering as I do laundry on the back screen porch…

via pinterest

Lakeside…

Posted January 23rd, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

It’s early morning and TODAY’S brilliant orange sun it just peaking over the trees. I sit on the side of the bed and stare across the lake…perfectly still, quiet and peaceful. Knowing that soon, very soon, the traffic will begin flowing past. I pray that at least one head will turn to admire God’s perspective.

Lord, let my life “TODAY” be still and tranquil like the lake, even in the midst of the day’s activities.

I am studying the book of James with a precious group of women, and Beth Moore has challenged us to memorize the entire book. Memorization requires reading and rereading and rereading. I am up for this challenge, BUT there is just so much good proverbial wisdom in these 5 short chapters that I am having quite a difficult time moving through it without countless hours on 1 verse!

I had a head’s start because James opens with 8 verses that I memorized years ago. These verses helped me weather some fierce storms in my life. I use to tell myself continually…COUNT IT ALL JOY SISTER!  So much so, that the first bookmark I designed was PURE JOY, which then states on the back

COUNT IT ALL JOY, my brothers (and sisters) when you meet 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.  v. 2-4

Yes, TODAY let us COUNT IT ALL JOY!!  

James goes on to encourage us to ask for God’s wisdom to see with an attitude of PURE JOY all the trials and tests of  this life. He is asking us to truly believe God is working in everything to perfect us, mature our faith...TODAY’S translation– slow down and look over at the lake seeing God’s perspective.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  v. 5-8

At the end of TODAY, if you feel like a toy boat that has been ravaged and tossed by the sea…rolling up on the shore of believing God then caught up by a swell of disbelief in everything you know as truth, being swept out to deep water… somewhere along TODAY, you doubted God.

There was a time in my life that I daily limped pathetically between faith and doubt, causing great instability and double-mindedness. Walking in doubt caused great chaos! The Lord will not bless this wishy-washy tightrope dance.

For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the LORD…   v.7

Think about it…do you want God to bless your limp toward faith or your limp toward doubt? We must choose one and stand firm. When you decide to choose faith, the Holy Spirit readily grants wisdom and help, without finding fault. Ask TODAY, and ask in faith.

When I decided to choose faith, the Lord began using me to be a blessing to others. That has always been my heart’s cry, but why on earth would you accept my invitation to join me on a chaotic high-seas adventure! TODAY, my invitation reads…join Jesus and I beside the still quiet waters. And at the end of TODAY, be refreshed, renewed…even restored. Faith makes the difference.

Choose faith TODAY and watch God make an amazing difference in your life. Then watch your life make an amazing difference in someone else’s life. For in the depths of every soul is this cry to be led beside the still waters that renew and heal our lives.

Please join me at the lake…TODAY.

Everyday Holiness…xo

leah

Going through it…

Posted January 20th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill,

he stayed 2 days longer in the place he was.  

John 11:5

So often it looks like what we are facing will end in death, but we must continually remind ourselves that God’s timing is perfect and His ways are far different than our own. Far too often the banner I unfurl reads- “Why Lord?” or “I don’t understand Jesus.” But the Holy Spirt reminds me of my Savior’s words…

This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified THROUGH IT. Jesus explained to his disciples his tarrying instead of rushing off to heal Lazarus this way…and I hear him whispering the same words today…so that I, Jesus, may be glorified THROUGH IT.

GOING THROUGH IT…the process…sanctification…yes, that is the hard part.

To purge my unbelief and build my trust, Jesus requires a letting go of my natural understanding. That thing that won’t let you sleep soundly and pinches the pit of your stomach, let it go. Lay it down, again. It will not lead to death.

You can’t, I can’t, carry our Savior’s cross if our hand are full.

Trust Jesus with that thing, for when you do, he will resurrect,

awaken

rekindle

stir up

life in new and amazing ways! Not my will, but THY WILL, BUT THY WILL BE DONE.

Will you stop and pray that for your life, for those you love and for those you don’t know reading this message? In one unified voice we unfurl a new banner…I MAY NOT UNDERSTAND, BUT TODAY, I TRUST YOU JESUS  AS I AM GOING THROUGH IT!

LORD, once again, I lay that thing down and stand steadfast in the center of your will for my life as I am GOING THROUGH IT. Unroot impatience, worry and doubt. Plant endurance and abilities beyond what I can manifest in the natural to GO THROUGH THIS THING! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PROMISE THAT I AM NEVER ALONE.

I am praying for you…Jesus bless this reader with wisdom and a steadfast heart to GO THROUGH ITplacing a mantle of confidence that it will not lead to death, but a new and better way of life.

have a wonder-filled weekend friend,

xo

leah

I must bring them also…

Posted January 15th, 2012 by Leah and filed in LR Ministries, Word of Encouragement

I lay down my life for the sheep.

And I have other sheep that are not in this fold.

I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.

So there will be one flock, one Shepherd.  

John 10:14-16

I stepped out of Heaven, relinquished all, and willingly laid down my life for you. I did this out of my infinite love for all my sheep, especially you. Many have done exceptionally lovely things for you, but I chose the ultimate display of true love. I sacrificed my life that you might have real life…a beautiful abundant life, full of peace overflowing with joy. Don’t think for one minute that I don’t hear your cries in the night for those you love. Keep praying! I, too, love those you desire to enter the safety of our fold. I am the Creator who formed everyone in my image and likeness. And from the beginning, planted deep within the recesses of each soul is a knowing, a recognition of the Shepherd’s voice. Keep praying, for the yearnings of your heart are a precious and fragrant offering I never ignore.  Will you trust me as I make room for grace? Will you trust me as I let my love flow through you pure and unhindered? You can trust me completely. I must bring the others in too…   love Jesus.

I am the oldest. The care-taker, the one who wants to fix everything and everyone so pain and discomfort are avoided. But that’s not God’s way. If we never experienced deep sadness, how would we ever know the extreme joy that comes in the morning? Jesus willingly embraces all the ugliness left from the firey trials of life, and does what only the Savior can do, create amazing beauty from our ash heaps. But it’s so hard to watch those I love stumble and fall headlong into a pit because of poor and irrational decisions…then I remember I once was lost and alone too. It’s only through prayer and the empowering of the Holy Spirit that I can step back, and out of my old role, so Grace can step in. It’s only when I remember that God works everything in every life for good and ultimately His glory. Yes, Jesus is making room for grace in my family and I must trust him.

How about your family…is Jesus making room for grace?  I pray, you pray we pray!

xoxo

leah

Birthday wishes!

Posted January 13th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

To the one who spoke proverbial wisdom into my life…

beauty is as beauty does

Bloom where you are planted

To have friends you must be a friend

Put a smile on your face and keep going

Forgive and forget

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

If I gave you flowers…it would be a single Passion bloom for your

spirit is ardent with love!

Your creativity…a gift you generously share!

 Or maybe a sunflower…

for it brightens every landscape!

Your name-sake on The Farm stands out from all the rest…

I can always spot you in the crowd!

 vibrant and colorful

Joyful and fun

 that’s you…our MOM!

 So from your daughters

and ours

 We love you! 

We think you are wonderful, awesome, strong and courageous!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA TWITTY!

my birthday wish for you…

She will be like a tree planted by streams of living water

that yields its fruit in every season,

and its leaf does not wither or fade…

for the joy of the Lord will be her strength day by day.

with much much love,

xoxo

leah {Eva Anne, Lana and Lauren}

WEDNESDAY WHIM!

Posted January 11th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Wednesday Whim!

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