Happy Fall, Y’all!

img_2688editI know, cheesy title. But this time of year is simply wonderful! Especially for southern gals.

Bright yellow mums, cotton fields, cooler temps, less humidity, pumpkins, football games, and our favorite cozy sweaters beckon us to jump into the new season with joy.

Perhaps my favorite thing about autumn is the explosion of color. God paints the earth with myriad hues of red, orange, yellow, brown, and gold. Enough to make us breathless with wonder.  Continue reading

To a Quiet Place

…He said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).

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It’s that time of year—a time to step away from regular responsibilities and to seek rest and renewal. Heart Undivided will take a brief hiatus, but I look forward to returning in a few weeks with new perspective and fresh creativity.

In the meantime, I invite you to hang around and explore Heart Undivided and then to hop over to intheQuiver.com for fresh and insightful articles on parenting, home arts, recipes, devotionals, and more!  Continue reading

3 Ways Prayer Rocks a Friendship (In a Good Way)

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Girlfriends are rather, you know, awesome. We can talk about most anything—from being a mom, to who’s having a sale on ground beef, to the pros and cons of the latest weight-loss trick.

Women seem to have a unique way of connecting with each other—even as strangers. I’ve had in-depth conversations in medical waiting rooms about mammograms, the cost of insurance, and “where in the world did you get that cute outfit?”

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Create and Renew

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Father God, my heart longs for a pure heart and a truly steadfast spirit. I want to be firm and resolute in faithfulness to You. But I know this is only possible through a consistent, faithful pursuit of Your heart and mind. Help me, Lord! May I not be shaken by the world’s temptations and its lure of shallow living. Give me an unquenchable thirst for a life of holiness—a life anchored in Your mercy, power, and limitless love. I love You, Jesus. You alone are worthy of worship and praise!

Have a blessed week serving the God of restoration and renewal!

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

 

Just Because

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I’ve read the verse countless times. Cast all your anxiety on Him… (Yes, Lord, I get it. I’m supposed to place all worry and stress at your feet. Just give it to You. Lay it down and walk away…)

But this time, I couldn’t get past the word, “cast.”

A strong word—one that carries more force and action than merely “placing” or “laying.” The official definition is to throw or hurl; fling.

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Time to Suit Up!

That suit of armor tends to get heavy. And inconvenient. And annoying…

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Once upon a time, I let my armor get dusty.breastplate18g

It was a familiar scene—a busy morning on the verge of chaos as our family prepared for a day of work and school. In the midst of dashing out the door it was discovered that someone forgot something. Our fast-forward lives came to a screeching halt with a muttered, what did we forget this time? And as we scrambled back into the house for books, a lunch box, keys or sunglasses, I too often missed what was leaning right by the door:my suit of armor.

Without fail, when faced with a stressful situation without my “suit”, my self would jump in and react before the mind and heart of my Lord could respond.

Never a good thing.

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All Things–For the Good

Delays, delays!

A recent 4 1/2–hour flight from Austin, TX to Raleigh, NC morphed into nearly 12 hours.

The problem?

Severe thunderstorms rocked the South and interfered with dozens of flights. Exhausted travelers and flight crews worked to maintain cheerful attitudes (Um, a handful of flyers gave up trying).

Upon takeoff, the flight was bumpy and the seat belt signs remained engaged. I tried not to worry as volatile air currents seemed to have their way with our aircraft.

(The whole flying thing seems illogical to me anyway. I mean, really. Shooting through the air in a metal tube? Mercy.)

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Little Sins?

This week I have the privilege of guest-posting on Just18Summers.com.

I hope you’ll hop over and check out the post and then hang around and enjoy the Just 18 Summers parenting resource!

She avoided eye contact and burst into tears at the slightest reprimand. Eleven years young and navigating the middle-school minefield, her emotions were on edge—but the recent behavior was unusual for my easy-going daughter.

Attempts to question or console were rebuffed. So I waited. And prayed.

Several evenings later she approached, fingers clenched and tears pooling. “Mama?”

In minutes, my daughter spilled her heart and confessed something she had done wrong months ago.Surprised, I asked her to repeat the confession. Sure enough, she was distraught over a misdeed from the previous school semester.

I must be honest. In my heart, I smiled a little. How precious is this? She’s so sensitive, she feels bad about this little bitty…

Check out the rest of the post at Just18Summers.com!

Have a blessed week!

Joyfully,

Leigh Ann 🙂

Sweet Freedom

freedom1As I waited for my computer’s antivirus software to grab another little chunk from my credit card, I thought about all the preventative measures we take. It’s a part of life to line up protection for gadgets, homes, cars, etc. We spend a ridiculous amount of cash to keep stuff (and ourselves) safe.

We live in a fallen world and the weight of evil can be overwhelming. Moaning under the burden, we may ask why?

It all comes back to what we celebrate this week.

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New Home and Parenting Resource!

What an exciting day! After months of praying, planning, and more praying, in the Quiver, a new home and parenting resource is officially launched. I’m blessed to join a great team of gifted women with hearts for God—Marcy Martin and Hilary Hall.

From the website:

Three women, three paths, one purpose: to glorify God where we are.

And we are where you are. Balancing families and finances, homes and hearts, dreams and demands.

But through it all, daily we strive to put on the full armor of God, endeavoring to fight the good fight and grow through the journey.

Our aim with in the Quiver is to come alongside you, our fellow friends and warriors in the faith, to equip and encourage one another, fortifying our quivers through devotions, practical parenting tips, and home ideas.

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