Keeping It on the Road

thA2LCZBKII drove my first car, a ’59 Ford Station Wagon, when I was three and a half years old. I was actually pretty good at keeping it between the ditches.

Perched on Dad’s lap, gripping the steering wheel in tiny fists, I would squeak out instructions as we puttered along the rarely traveled side-road near our house.  “Daddy, go faster! Daddy, stop…Daddy help!” Continue reading

I Will Yet Praise Him

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Father God, once again we are reminded of the fallen state of our country. Our hearts ache for the terror experienced by our leaders. I pray for the families of those involved, that they will know Your presence and will seek the peace You provide. Oh Father, heal our land. Convict Your people to continue in prayer for our country—today and always. And please use this experience to draw our leaders closer to You and to each other. Thank you, Jesus, for what You are going to do. In Your precious, Holy Name.

Praying for our beloved country,

Leigh Ann

Weddings and Romance

“Did you know it’s possible to unload a dishwasher while holding a book in one hand? Books are like friends. You can never have too many, and good ones grow better over time.”

NormaGailThese are the words of contemporary Christian romance author, Norma Gail. At a recent writer’s conference, I so enjoyed meeting her and this week I have the privilege of being interviewed by Norma Gail on her website, 2Me from Him, about my new book, Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace.

Her latest release, Land of My Dreams (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), is a contemporary Christian romance set in New Mexico and Scotland.

From the author’s website:  Continue reading

Unfailing Love

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Father God, when our world seems full of evil and chaos, I am so thankful for the reminder of your unfailing love.  Help me to trust in Your holiness and justice, and to know that in Your time, You will set all things right. I love You, Jesus, and I trust Your heart.

Take comfort in knowing our God is in control!

Have a blessed week,

Leigh Ann 🙂

A Touch of Inspiration

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I love a good quote—especially one that causes me to stop and ponder its depth and meaning. There is a thrill in learning and growing through God’s work in the lives of others.

We are crazy-blessed to have a glimpse into the Christ-walk of not only our contemporary leaders, but also of those who have gone before us. Their godly wisdom echoes across time.

So take a few moments and “listen” to the words of these faithful pilgrims of the faith. Draw encouragement and insight from their journeys. Take joy in the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

The following are a few of my favorites:  Continue reading

The Conversation

untitled (4)I  had an interesting conversation the other day.

 It went something like this:

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still.

Me: Um, what?

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still and know.

Me: Um, I am still, Lord. I’m sitting on the couch, watching TV and surfing the web.

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still and know that I am God.

Me: Seriously, Lord. I’m not moving a muscle (besides my fingers). It’s been a crazy-long day and I need some down time. So, yeah. I’m taking a break. Totally still.  Continue reading

Sweet Refreshment

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Do you have a favorite refreshment on a warm spring or summer day? A glass of iced tea, maybe? A dip in the pool? A front-porch swing?

I like to walk under the oak trees in our yard and close my eyes against the wind—to leave technology behind and pause to listen to nature’s symphony.

Our closest neighbors are whippoorwills, tree frogs, cardinals and crickets. Their conversations are fascinating. 

Throw in a Diet Dr. Pepper and call it joy.  Continue reading

Overwhelmed

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On Palm Sunday, I stood beside my sweetheart and joined with other worshipers in singing of the death and resurrection of Jesus. We sang several songs, but one song, one phrase, has continued to echo in my heart.

It’s from Chris Tomlin’s I Will Rise:

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

“And the grave is overwhelmed…”

We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed. Life is messy and stuff happens—sickness, betrayal, loss, financial hardship, (and the list goes on). Sometimes it seems we can’t take one. More. Thing.  Continue reading

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:  Continue reading