REPLENISH registration open

Posted August 6th, 2013 by Leah and filed in REPLENISH

Hello friends! The date is set and team in place to host the Fall 2013 REPLENISH at The Farm! We are very excited and invite you to join us for an inspiring and creative event. A snapshot of the Flyer below will give you details and you can always visit the REPLENISH website.

Check your calendar, then email me at Leah@LeahRichardson.com, if you would like to register. 32 spots are available. You can send me your check at any time, but the cut off date is October 1st.

God, in his infinite faithfulness, has given me some great new teachings surrounding the word “ORNAMENTS”…those things with which we ACCESSORIZE OUR LIVES…considering the ones that need EDITING and the ones God encourages us to EMBRACE. We will be making some beautiful ORNAMENTS in our creative time together. Do come!

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If you would like me to email you the brochure {much bigger version!} please let me know. Share REPLENISH with your friends, Bible study group and women’s ministry.

God bless each of you immeasurably!

xo

leah

Remembering June…

Posted July 1st, 2013 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson, Word of Encouragement


July first!!!  WOW!!!  Springtime took 2 giant steps forward and it’s mid summer! So let’s catch up…

We kicked off summertime at The Farm hosting a precious group of saints for one day during their Beach Retreat. I taught Prophetic Art inspiring them through the Scriptures. I just love the way God paints His beautiful portrait of life through the Word using colors, imagery, visions and movement.

After a typical Florida afternoon thunderstorm, with the palate of our mind was cleansed, we broke out the paintbrushes, listened to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and created something of worth, beauty and meaning starting with a blank canvas…mimicking God’s exercise from the beginning, continuing each and every day.

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Look what happens when we LET GO and LET GOD work through us like only He can do! 
If you are thinking…I could never do that…I don’t have a creative bone in my body.
I say, “Oh, but YOU DO!”
God breathed His essence, His creativity into you giving you vibrant life! The way each one of us express ourselves comes from the Creator Himself who designed us, gave us a unique style…You are His inspiration! His creative expression to the world around you…so go out there and confidently EXPRESS YOURSELF!!
THEN…Mom and I escaped on a little mother-daughter trip to the beautiful balmy Northeast enjoying Quebec and Nova Scotia Canada, and Maine. Together we hunt down all the great art galleries where local artists, artisans and craftsmen show their wares. While browsing, we make a point to ask the locals where they eat, for we NEVER miss a meal! It was a wonderful trip, so in an appropriately short sweet summary, as I wrote 33 years ago as an intern, for the Summer Social Section of the Camilla Enterprise…“And a good time was had by all”!!
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My cute mom!
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The Hotel Frontenac in Quebec City
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The city reminded me of Paris in many ways, especially all the narrow streets lined with bistros.
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Sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River.
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Beautiful French architecture abounded with steep-pitched roofs and dormers.
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Quaint picture perfect ports.
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Now that’s a violin!
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I thought this was a great idea for a flower tower using wine crates. I could do this with our orange crates.
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A beautiful 17th Century Catholic Cathedral in Halifax, Nova Scotia with amazing stained glass windows.
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See ya later!
June 28th marked our 2-year anniversary moving to The Farm. In July and August Jim and I plan to tackle the remodeling of the cottage. With innumerable episodes of HGTV to back us up {haha} we are going to TRY {the operative word here} to do most of the work ourselves. We shall see…you too if you are a friend of this blog.
Have a fun-filled 4th of July my friends!!  
I pray that our God will cause Romans 8:28 and Ephesians 3:20 to explode like fireworks in your life! God is faithful and He hears our every prayer. I pray you radically believe Him. Pray I radically believe Him. For when we fully grasp God’s sovereignty, every aspect of life changes…radically!
God adores you!
xo
leah

Flower Power at The Farm

Posted June 5th, 2013 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson, Word of Encouragement

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The earth is the Lords

and everything in it…

and the fullness thereof…

and all it contains…

Psalm 24:1

ENJOYING GOD’S BOUNTY!

leah

BEAUTY & STRENGTH…In stock and ready to ship

Posted May 23rd, 2013 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom

Look at everything, everything you read or see with God in mind…

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Oh Lord, I thank you that you are our strength, the One who creates extraordinary beauty from the ash heap we often sit a top. Your Word is actively working to deliver every precious promise… in stock, available, for we live under an open heaven believing our life and times, our custom design, is unfolding day after day. We abandon every excess, making room, open to receive. Ship it out today Lord! Send out your word and ways into our lives causing us to flourish in your presence. Holy Spirit help us hear that still small voice touching the deepest parts of our soul, where we double over, face to the ground, bowing, knowing, we are helpless but not hopeless when we trust your design completely. Your pure, perfect, simple design…beauty and strength delivered…in stock and ready to ship from Heaven!

Enjoy a simple holiday,

xo

leah

 

New way of living…

Posted May 13th, 2013 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Word of Encouragement

Complete awe. Watching God move in the cool, quiet breezes blowing through The Farm.

Women coming to be REPLENISHED, refilled. To receive from God. Permission to live a new way. Differently from the world’s ways.

In considering a new way of living, desires are quieted with satisfaction.

Grasping, needing, wanting gives way to rest and peace…trust.

Undisturbed confidence that He, God, will lead us beside still waters and restore our souls.

The Lord is my Shepherd.

Because the Lord is my Shepherd. He will lead, feed, keep and protect this week if we will follow.

Follow him into an even leaner life, one of simplicity. Simplicity scrutinizes want, brings true need into focus and chooses less. Less holding on, more letting go.

Let go. Release. Summer season is fast approaching. Summer is a season of harvest. Harvesting all the seed planted and watered. Harvesting that which was toiled for and prayed over.

But, is the harvest given so we build a bigger barn? Does that bigger barn secure you from life’s next storm? For Summer brings the storms too.

The Lord is my Shepherd.

Simplify. Simplify now. Find misplaced loyalty, true security. King David counted the harvest, what he thought were “his”. We easily forget we are simply the vessel. A vessel pours out after graciously receiving. Waters after being filled.

Simplify. Let go. Let “it” go. God’s faithfulness reaches to the Heavens and stretches a canopy of love and provision over your life…beginning to end, the harvest.

Simplify. Intentionally simplify. Move closer to God’s agenda this week.

Lord, we seek you. as the rain falls from Heaven and you water the earth causing it to flourish and grow, please pour yourself, living water, on our lives bringing beauty and holiness in simple ways. The simple satisfaction and undisturbed joy of knowing we are yours. Teach us, empower us, to live a new way- open, slow, simple and generous…closer to you, closer to Heaven.

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Intentional design-intentionally letting go…

xo

leah

Truly Beautiful…

Posted April 19th, 2013 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Word of Encouragement

Last weekend I enjoyed a beautiful Saturday with the women of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Park at their retreat in Howey-in-the-Hills. Tucked into the landscape of Central Florida is this beautiful old Spanish-style mission redesigned into a first-class resort and spa. Not your typical venue for a women’s retreat, which was quite a beautiful treat!

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My friend Hattie, from New Orleans, and my new friend Marilyn, from Denver, were visiting The Farm for the weekend and helped me with the book signing table. Hattie and I had been working through Jennie Allen’s Bible study CHASE, by telephone, but during her visit, we finished up the last chapter and I have been reviewing my notes.

In my journal, I write, “Teach me what ‘truly beautiful’ means to you God.”

I don’t want to stand one day before the living God who created me only to realize I had wandered off-path in my sincere pursuit to please Him. I don’t want God to say that I missed the point! Which means I must wake every morning and remember that all the invisible stuff is very real. God is invisible, but very, very real.

As an interior designer, I design because I desire to impact the interior of your home. Like God, the grand designer, who desires to impact our interior, our heart life. In thinking through this, I am reminded of the rich, young ruler in the Bible. He followed all the 10 commandments and lived an honorable life, but when Jesus told him to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, the Bible states “he went away very sorrowful for he had many possessions.” Please Lord don’t let that be me! That’s all we know of the young ruler. His legacy ended there. Unlike the disciples who chose to obey and follow God, giving it all away for the Kingdom. They turned the world upside down and we, today, right now, are still talking about their beautiful legacy.

“Teach me what truly beautiful means to you God.”

When God fills the interior, when God is our interior designer and we allow Him to edit, rearrange our heart, our priorities, our life, our day, something very beautiful happens. An earthbound caterpillar is transformed into a free flying butterfly. I clearly remember closing the door and walking away from my first completed interior, the one in which I asked God to be the lead designer and me the assistant. Walking to my car I cried like a baby. Of course I was exhausted, but it was more than that. It was such a beautiful, finished interior and I knew deep within that I had not designed it…alone. God used me in a way that forever rocked my world and the ripple effect has been tremendous.

We can choose to build our design, our life on the things that are temporary, the fleeting things that move and change like our address, bank account, accomplishments, social status or appearance. Or, we can build our lives, our true identity, on God. A beautiful God whose beautiful character does not change. A God, who is unconditional love and has designed a floor plan that beautifully fits our lives.

Psalm 24:3-4 is the scripture that inspired my book, INTERIOR WISDOM. It continually reminds me of the truly beautiful. GOD.

By wisdom a house is built.

By understanding it is established;

and through knowledge it’s rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

 

Have a beautiful weekend and ask God what a truly beautiful interior looks like for you!

xo

leah

Meditation

Posted April 9th, 2013 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson, Word of Encouragement

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,

that brings forth its fruit in its season,

whose leaf also shall not wither;

and whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1:2-3

 

When we

remain

abide

live in God’s Presence

and

ponder His truths,

God

reveals

Himself.

He becomes

very real

and

very personal

in our lives.

We become living stones, living truth because we really believe in a living God.

How we live flows out of what we believe about God.

And as we ponder and meditate: think deeply and continuously about Him, He says we become like a tree.

A tree with a continuous flow of living water running through our deep roots of belief.

A tree that produces beautiful fruit of the Spirit to bless all who cross our path today, and tomorrow.

A tree that prospers and flourishes season after season of sunshine or storm.

A tree of strength, poise, beauty and grace.

A tree that points to a Heaven who is coming.

I want to be a tree.

 

MEDITATION: careful thought and consideration creates a desire for truth. Meditation on God and his Word stirs obedience. Obedience to an unseen but very real God draws us close, so very close to truth. And truth bears witness to God’s design for our lives.

MEDITATION: Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin again you {Psalm 119:11} for you ARE GOD, MY GOD.

Be still for just a moment. MEDITATE on God, the God who just caused your lungs to take another breath.

 

desiring to be a tree…

xo

leah

Back to Egypt…

Posted March 23rd, 2013 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson, Word of Encouragement

Have you been watching the BIBLE series on television? Jim and I have really enjoyed seeing the Scripture come to life! Well, all but the really bloody…gory…barbaric scenes!

This week we celebrate Passover and Easter. And I have been thinking about Moses’ obedience of returning to Egypt.

Now when forty years had passed, and angel appeared to Moses in the wilderness of Mount Sinai…I am the God of your fathers…I have surely seen the affliction of my people…heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. {Acts 7:30,32,34}

AND NOW COME, I WILL SEND YOU BACK TO EGYPT.’

{Acts 7:34b emphasis mine}

Has God ever sent you back to Egypt? It had been 40 years since Moses fled Egypt, and now God says it’s time to go back. Go back to those you abandoned. Go back to a people who think God doesn’t hear their pleas. Go back, after 40 years, go back, although they rejected you, go back and deliver my people.

Me Lord?

Yes.

And Moses obeyed God, for Moses knew in his heart God could be trusted.

It’s a scary thing to go back to Egypt and face brothers turned enemies. For God’s ways and plans make no room for our pride or ego. He sends us back for His cause. He sends us back for there is something back there that needs reconciling, and if we disobey…what might be lost? 

Will you go?

God provided all Moses needed to carry out His plans for His people. And through Moses, God set his people free. Free.

Death did not claim one of God’s people, for lamb’s blood protected each house. Death was forced to passover, for that was God’s good design.

This week, Jesus followers celebrate Easter. Death is forced to passover once and for all who believe. Believe in Jesus’ sacrifice. Believe in God’s new covenant design… Jesus’ blood shed, which is greater than lamb’s blood.

No fear in returning to Egypt, to obey God. Arise and shine for our Savior has come. He’s resurrected your life and only Heaven awaits. Until then, if He calls,

go back to Egypt and proclaim the Good News…the Messiah has come…you are free!

Happy Easter!

We have this treasure in earthen vessels,

that the excellency of the power may be of God,

and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

 xo

leah

Spring REPLENISH dates!

Posted March 6th, 2013 by Leah and filed in REPLENISH

We are excited to announce the Spring  REPLENISH dates! Come join us at The Farm on April 26-27. 

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Want to know more about REPLENISH? click HERE. There are 32 spots available, so check your calendar and pull away from the busyness of life to be REPLENISHED!

blessings of a life filled with beauty and holiness!

Leah

p.s….a little shout-out to the women of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in J’vill, FL…I look forward to being with you this weekend to share some Interior Wisdom!

Savoring the Yucatan

Posted March 3rd, 2013 by Leah and filed in Leah Richardson

Truly I didn’t know what to expect for I had never been on a mission trip outside of the U.S.  God took my hand and I walked in awe as He poured out His all surpassing power, beauty and love, like kisses from Heaven, on the precious Mayan people. Here are some of my photos, along with a few some team members took, and the field report Gail asked me to write, which tells more about the trip.

My first photo as the bus drove up to our hotel in Valladolid.

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Gail getting our room key while I oogle the architecture!

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Precious Mayan women who helped us throughout our trip.

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Many trees were painted white around the base of the trunk. I asked why and was given 2 reasons: It helps keep insects out and THEY LIKE IT!  Me too! It has a cool contemporary look…I wonder if Jim will let me paint the trunks in the orange grove…hummmm  (:

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All ages came to the see the premier of Magdalena: Released from Shame recently translated into Maya.

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We walked the streets in teams handing out invitations to the showing.

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Our hotel was lovely!

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Fresh fruit every morning- loved the papaya!

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So wanted to take this stone column home!

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Gail in the main square in Valladolid.

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Fresh tortillas with EVERY meal.

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It was so dark at night and I loved the basket lanterns hanging in the trees.

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Wonderful details

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When our bus arrived in villages, all the children would rush to greet “the Americans”!

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Precious sisters prepared us Sunday lunch after the church service.

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The concrete structure was so simple, beautiful and colorful.

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Martha, LuAnne, Gail and Ally

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Bougainvillea in bloom everywhere

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Organic little one room homes in these remote villages

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We washed the head of the household’s feet and gave each family a pair of new shoes.

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This colorful green concrete house stood out in the night.

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The film shown for the villagers was The Story of Jesus for Children, in their native tongue.

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Young and old saying yes to the call of Jesus!

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The 22 year old young man that started Feet That Move! Amazing Dustin Sandoval.

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One morning of sightseeing.

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interesting designs everywhere that could be incorporated into fabrics and wallcoverings.

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In this village we gave out toothbrushes, toothpaste and coloring books.

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I took my Jesus bookmarks with John 14:6 on the back, in Spanish. They were a hit!

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This woman knew everyone in her small village and took me to meet all her relatives and invite them to the showing that evening.

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I couldn’t help but ask this dear Mayan woman to show me how to shuck corn…as you can see they got a kick out of me trying! She filled this basket quickly!

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Four and five generations would live in these simple 1-room homes. Many sleep in hammocks. One woman, through the translator, asked one of our team members if she had a place to spend the night…because if she didn’t, she offered to put up another hammock. Such hospitality!

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We can find beauty, if we will just look for it.

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for the love of Jesus,

leah