Seeds of Inspiration

Happy spring! Yay, sunshine!

This week, I have the honor of being featured in an interview with historical fiction author, Elaine Marie Cooper. During the publishing process for Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace, Elaine was an amazing source of prayerful support and wisdom. She is also a fellow columnist with Almost An Author where she encourages writers on their writing journeys.

From her website:

ElaineCooperPic“Author/Speaker Elaine Marie Cooper is a self-described history geek. Her bookshelves are filled with volumes about the American Revolution, an era she became fascinated with when growing up in Massachusetts.

She has two award-winning books, Fields of the Fatherless (YA historical) and Bethany’s Calendar (Memoir of her daughter’s battle with brain cancer).

Elaine is also the author of Saratoga Letters and the Deer Run Saga (Road to Deer Run, Promise of Deer Run, and Legacy of Deer Run). All of her books are available at Amazon.com or can be ordered through Barnes and Noble.

She is also a contributing writer to Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson, and I Choose You, a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Prayer Connect, and Life: Beautiful.”

I encourage you to hop on over to Elaine’s website to check out the interview, then hang around and explore her work. Her writing pulls you into the story from page one!

Have a blessed week!

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

A Time to Celebrate!

After almost two years of writing, praying, editing, waiting, and more praying, it’s time to have a party! You are invited to a celebration of praise to the One Who made it all possible.

The beautiful pictures are some of the giveaways at the party. All you have to do is attend (online!) and enjoy the fun. There will be wedding trivia, shared memories, and excerpts from Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace.

I am forever grateful to these dear loved ones for their contributions to the event. These writers and artists are incredibly talented and I encourage you to check out their links.

Mary Holloman—co-host of the Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace Facebook launch.

Laura Thacker—original artwork—Be My Bridesmaid or Else card set, hand-painted and lettered globe.

Katie Thomas—original artwork—He Calls Me Beautiful One, God is Within Her–She Will Not FallHe Makes Everything Beautiful In It’s Time.

Hilary Brooke Hall—original artwork—Do You Suppose She is a Wildflower?

And to you who have encouraged me by praying, reading, reviewing, endorsing, and cheering—thank you. I pray God’s richest blessings on your life.

The celebration is March 30, 2017, 7:30-9:00 pm (EST) on Facebook. I hope to see you there! (Sign up here! —> https://www.facebook.com/events/613965402126095/)

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace

March has arrived! And guess what blew in with the wind?! 

Check out the cover for my March 25 book release, Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride.

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(It’s available for pre-order on Amazon! Check it out! —> http://a.co/e6biG4T)

This will be a crazy-busy month and I want to invite you to be a part.

I have two upcoming book events and I need your help:

1—A Thunderclap Campaign. Thunderclap is a marketing approach that helps like-minded souls be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style (ever wanted to be in a flash-mob dance or something?) for maximum effect.

If you sign up to help, a “new book release” message will be shared on your Facebook or Twitter account one time, on one day (release day). If you’d like a sneak-peak of my campaign, click here —> http://thndr.me/mmGjp4

I will officially launch it over the weekend, but you are welcome to jump in!

2—A Facebook Virtual Launch Party. This is going to be pure fun! The date is  Thursday, March 30 from 7:30-9:00pm EST on Facebook. This is the best kind of party! You come from the comfort of your own sofa (in your pajamas, if you like). You will simply pop in to the party at any time for fun, trivia games, and PARTY FAVORS! More details to come on the FUN GIVEAWAYS (books, frameable prints, and more!)

This party is an opportunity for me to say, THANKS for your help, support, and encouragement. I hope to see you there! (Facebook invites will be extended soon.)

More than anything, I need your prayers. My heart’s desire is for Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace to reach the tender hearts of mothers of the bride—to encourage and uplift them during a unique life-season.

And above all, may our Lord be glorified.

Praise the LordPraise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens!
 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his excellent greatness! (Psalm 150: 1,2)

 

Have a blessed week!

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

What to Do With an Ordinary Day

I needed this reminder today! Every day can be extraordinary 🙂

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Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in the everyday-ness of life? Do you wonder if anything you do makes a difference?

Did you know that God provides a way to take the regular, run-of-the-mill, ordinary day and transform it into the incredible?

Check out Romans 12:1 and see if it doesn’t put a spring in your step this week! There’s nothing like a little purpose and perspective to get the heart and soul riled up 🙂

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The Love of Counting

wordcloud1In The Joy of Counting, we looked at our counting habits—our urge to count everything from social media likes and friends, to calories and cash.

And how this constant numbering can be burdensome and leave us empty (remember the calories-hating thing?)

But there is good news. Our urge to count is not a defect—it’s an inherited trait from our Creator. We just get a little off track from the intended purpose.

Scripture has exciting examples of God counting and it gives us a beautiful picture of His heart.

In addition to our Creator numbering the stars, He also counts…  Continue reading

The Joy of Counting

numbersMy toddler grandsons love to count. Chairs, stuffed animals, toys, ears, toes, freckles, trees, stars—you name it—they will count it.

The joy of counting begins early. One-two buckle my shoe anyone?

But somewhere along the way the simple pleasure of numbering gets distorted.

As adults, we place a numerical value on everything—calories, steps, social media likes and follows, friends, points, wins, clients, money, possessions, etc.

Three-four I want some more.

But all this counting makes me feel like I’m…I don’t know…missing something.  Continue reading

Give Me…Less!

calendar2I turned the page in my calendar/planner and ran my hand over the blank squares. Ah, a fresh start. December’s grid was covered with notes, plans, and obligations, but January was the tip of a brand new year—unadorned with duties and responsibilities. For now.

What will I do with this fresh set of days?

There is one thing of which I am sure—I want less. 

Less worry—and more faith in the One Who created me. Continue reading

Exciting News!

candlepicOn a warm summer evening, surrounded by candlelight, guitar music, family, and friends, my husband and I witnessed our oldest daughter and her sweetheart pledge their lives and their love to each other.

Twenty months later, as the quiet of the church sanctuary shielded the gathered family and guests from a spring rainstorm, our middle daughter joined hands with her beloved and exchanged their promises of forever faithfulness.

Two weddings in less than two years. Continue reading

Oh, to Seek the Savior!

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And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

Father, like the humble shepherds of long ago, may we approach this Holy Season with eagerness and joy. May our hearts leap in worship and adoration to You for the amazing gift of Jesus. And, like the shepherds, may we rise from worship to spread the glorious news with the world: Our Savior and Redeemer is here!

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them (Luke 2:15-18 NIV).

Merry Christmas from Heart Undivided. I pray you have a blessed, Holy Season in worship of our Risen Lord!

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂