Ah, the written word.
There’s nothing like the combination of a good book, a cup of java, and a quiet corner.
Books are my favorite gifts to give (and receive!). I love short stories and novels that exercise my imagination, volumes that make me think, study, and ponder, and everything in between.
This week I’m highlighting four 2017 releases. Jess, The Mess and The Wish I Wished Last Night are exciting reads for middle school and early high school, and Renewed and Still Waters are adult non-fiction and fiction respectively. Something for everyone!
Enjoy a preview of each book and meet their talented, Christ-honoring authors. Continue reading
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Happy Thanksgiving from Heart Undivided! Have a blessed week in worship of the One Who gives all good things.
Leigh Ann 🙂
Fun fall links:
Make a Thanksgiving tree! https://inthequiver.com/2017/11/16/diy-%C2%B7-thanksgiving-tree-free-printable-blank-leaf-template-scripture-leaves/
Unplug and Get Creative! https://inthequiver.com/2017/09/28/unplug-this-fall-and-get-creative-by-cathy-baker-%E2%80%A2-guest-post/
Thrive Through the Holidays! https://inthequiver.com/2017/11/06/fail-proof-ways-to-enjoy-the-holidays-of-our-dreams/
We stand at the threshold of the busiest time of year. Holidays beckon with their whirlwind of extra everything—shopping, spending, running, eating, gaining…well, you know.
When this happens on top of our typically busy lives, life can be um, crazy.
Sometimes we need to simply stop and breathe. In… Out… Continue reading
I 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
…He said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).
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
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?”
We are wired to share. We long for community. Continue reading
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!
Leigh Ann 🙂
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.
Well, my goodness. This changes things. Continue reading
A recent 4 1/2–hour flight from Austin, TX to Raleigh, NC morphed into nearly 12 hours.
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.)
But then something amazing happened. Continue reading