Posted November 30th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Wednesday Whim!

Times of reflection

Posted November 27th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

Every where I turn in the Scriptures lately, I read about sight, vision or foresight. I know it’s of God for I am pressing in continually praying for the next right step in God’s will for “the Farm”. Acts 9 records the conversion of Saul to the bold Apostle Paul. He had a blinding encounter with Jesus Christ while traveling to Damascus to arrest Christians.

Saul was clearly God’s chosen instrument. You, my friend, are God’s chosen instrument.

God takes the least likely candidate and anoints him and equips him.  He interrupts our everyday lives to get our attention! 

Jesus used dazzling light to get Saul’s attention, blinding him.

And for three days he was without sight and neither ate nor drank.  

v. 9

We all need times to reflect, look back. Saul had been zealously persecuting Christians, he believed he was doing the right thing…but

ONE touch, ONE experience, ONE encounter with the risen Christ changed all that!

This blinding encounter forced Saul to pause, to reflect, to look back at who he was really persecuting through his actions. Then scales drop from our eyes and we see with Spiritual eyes. We see and understand truth.

Not what we perceive with human eyes, but truth from a Spiritual perspective…from a Jesus perspective.

How different, humbling, to be the leader, in charge, go-to guy now blindly extending hands, trusting others to lead him.

Years ago my inner ear was traumatized due to cold air, which caused Bells’s Palsy. The left side of my face was paralyzed for a week. The doctor taped my eye shut because I could not blink and I kept my hanky in hand to catch the drools.

I vividly remember all the bruises due to bumping into things on my left. This temporary handicap forced me to make some changes. To move carefully and slowly, trust others and engage completely in the present. Quite a challenge then…still a challenge today.  Balancing staying completely engaged in the present, yet looking with vision to the future. Do you find yourself in that situation?

Read these verses then close your eyes and reflect on what these truths mean to you. Slow, careful, deliberate times of reflection, especially on God’s Word, open our eyes and hearts. Times of reflection promote pause in the middle of the journey. Draw near to God today and He will draw near to you. Listen and He will speak blinding, life changing truth into your life.

No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”- these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.  1 Corinthians 2:9-10

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  1 Corinthians 13:12

Where there is no vision, the people perish, but blessed is he who keeps God’s Word.  Proverbs 29:18

Take time this week to really REFLECT on God’s Word and ask the Holy Spirit to give you new vision.  


leah      (p.s…..Thankful for faucets!!  (:    unpacking, organizing and decorating this week!! happy happy happy!!  Watch for pictures on Friday or Saturday! )


Posted November 22nd, 2011 by Leah and filed in Wednesday Whim!

Sooo thankful for you this Thanksgiving!  xoxo   leah


New Renovation pictures…getting close

Posted November 17th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson, LR Interior Design

So…I am driving up to South Georgia to share a Christmas message in Bainbridge, Georgia.  I would really appreciate your prayers. Gabriel said to Mary…NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.  Every time I open my mouth before an audience, I appreciate that promise.

As you scroll through the pictures, notice that I don’t have any counter tops, which must come before the faucets.  Hopefully theses items will be completed Monday and Tuesday before family arrives on Wednesday.  I call that cutting it close!!  Thank goodness Jim’s family is so easy and comfortable!  We won’t be unpacked or pulled together, but being together to give thanks for all our many blessings is truly all we want.

Have a wonderful weekend!

love you,



Tile walls will completed once counter tops are installed.


Door bell dates back to the Civil War!  You pull a lever on the outside and it goes “ring…ring”!

Simple and creative closet design.

The sitting area in the Master Bedroom will be my quiet time/writing area.

the key plates came off of the doors…repurposed.

Mirrors behind the sconces.

Half shutters allow for more light and beautiful view of the gardens and grove.

Guest room

Mirrors on the back of bedroom doors increase the room size.

Nothing is square or level…and I LOVE IT!   Reminds me of…me!

Today’s vision

Posted November 14th, 2011 by Leah and filed in LR Ministries, Word of Encouragement

When he summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were hurt with fetters; and his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free; he made him lord of his house and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure and to teach his elders wisdom.  

Psalm 105:16-22

We all know the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. His brothers sold him into slavery for they were jealous and tired of hearing about his dream of them bowing before him. Joseph went from the pit, to Potiphar’s house to prison to Pharaoh’s number one man...a circuitous path!

That dream in your heart was placed there for a reason by God…don’t give up!  What the devil means for evil, God has plans for good, really good.

Today, look back at all your troubles with the eye of faith.  God sent Joseph ahead of his family for he knew the future famine. God has sent you ahead for something he has already planned. Look at all the tests and trials and troubles with the eye of faith.

Can we be trusted not to give up, to persevere in the really tough times? God is equipping us for the future famine.

FAITH:  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.   Romans 10:17

FAITH:  …for we walk by faith, not by sight.     2 Corinthians 5:7

FAITH:  “Daughter, your faith has made you well;     Mark 5:34


Today, let’s look at everything that has happened in our lives with the eye of faith.




Luke 1

Posted November 12th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

This time of year, as I prepare for speaking engagements, I love to read and reread the beginning of the book of Luke about the birth of Jesus…pondering every word. Every scene is filled with the supernatural ways of God.  Gabriel, one of God’s chief Heavenly angels, brings a message of “preparation” and message of “salvation” to earth.

Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and to Mary, divulging part of God’s divine plan originating from the beginning. Prepare, for your redemption is near.

Zechariah, an old man, questioned Gabriel’s message that Elizabeth, who was well past child-bearing years, would give birth to a son, named John.

And the angel answered him,

I am Gabriel.

I stand in the presence of God,

and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.

And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place,

because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.  

Luke 1:19-20

Zechariah was struck deaf and mute...he could not hear nor speak.  Seems harsh?  Seems odd?  Think about it this way…a gracious rebuke.

Sometimes muteness, silence, is golden for no words are adequate. We try convincing, cajoling, coaxing…to no avail. No words were adequate, so God closed Zechariah’s mouth.

Sometimes deafness, silence, is golden for you are spared the mocking, questioning, doubting words of others. “Are you sure that is what God said?”  That still small voice made clearer, easier to hear.

Zechariah’s muteness and deafness was a gracious rebuke. For 9 months, he was a captive audience to the only One who can adequately prepare… heart, mind and mouth.

As we start preparing for all the holiday activities, ask the Lord to graciously rebuke empty and pointless words and ways. Ask yourself…what am I preparing for?  Hopefully that answer is…a King.

Lord fill our ears with your words and drown out the vain, empty influences of the world. Please shut our mouths at appropriate times. Thank you for your tender mercies of gracious rebukes!

Happy Saturday my friends!

xo   leah

p.s…..renovation pics SOON!!


Posted November 9th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Wednesday Whim!


Today’s Delight

Posted November 6th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

DELIGHT yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

DELIGHT:   anag;  a primitive root; to be soft or pliable, luxurious; delicate

Today, let’s reverse verse 4…

Lord, the desire of our heart is to delight in you!




Day One

Posted October 31st, 2011 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson, LR Interior Design


This week I thought I would post pictures with little commentary…’cause I am already exhausted!  But good exhausted!

Using lots of antique brass fixtures and touches throughout

30 x 18 fireclay Farm Sink

The beautiful foyer chandelier that came with the house…moved to the dining room

My sweet friend Kim gave me this companion chandelier to the dining room one, which I hung in the upstairs foyer

Back staircase

Guest bathroom cabinets

Pulled away to take a deep breath

and check in with the girls

Big plate of fresh spinach, arugula and basil



Renovation Update

Posted October 30th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson, LR Interior Design

Wood rot repairs have started on the exterior to prep for painting.  I love the idea of a white farmhouse…such a surprise I know!  All will be painted Cloud White by Ben Moore, except the porch floors will be a dark taupe {still stewing over the exact color}.  We trimmed the bushes {such a beautiful view of the lake} and removed the screen on the porch. We will try the open porch, and hopefully the bugs won’t force us to screen it again.


We removed all the shutters on the house except the ones on the porches. Less shutters will give the exterior a more “Modern Farmhouse” appeal, and I hope to use the ones we removed to create a fence around the air conditioner units.



It took about 6 tries until we developed the right stain color.  The beautiful old growth heart pine floors have a very orange undertone, so we worked to find a color with more blue undertones to neutralize the orange.  Blue and orange are complimentary colors, when complimentary colors are mixed, you get a nice neutral color.  After drying, the one I thought might work turned out too yellow.

But we finally made a custom stain color that looked like the pale washed French oak driftwoody color I wanted.

Can you see the black patch in the top right corner?  Well…that is what the entire kitchen floor looked like. After 4 days, the glued-down tar paper revealed a beautiful pine floor.

I don’t think this floor is as old as the rest of the house because the face size is smaller and the color is more of a golden yellow.

But look how beautiful they look with just the first coat.


Watching the floors dry requires patience…it felt like watching the garden bloom!  And as you can see, our flowers are blooming beautifully.

Our spinach is huge and really peppery.

Jim should have some peppers soon. The small {very small} trees are pomegranate trees developed by the University of Florida.

Thank you Lord for all your many blessing.

These swings were gifted to us by the exterior painter. My right hand is stuck in pressure washing mode, but no longer black and moldy, the swings look great hanging under the camphor tree.

Bud hung Jim’s hammock for his birthday under the huge Holly Berry tree canopy.  Once the chain link fence is replaced, this will be a special spot.

Today, cabinet installation starts…I AM SO EXCITED!!  And the electricians start hanging light fixtures…I AM SO EXCITED!!

Tuesday the plumbers start installing fixtures…I AM SO EXCITED!!

Yes, I AM SO EXCITED!!  This week our home will start taking shape so stay tuned because I want you to be a part of it all!