To a Quiet Place

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

Refresh the weary

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

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.

Well, my goodness. This changes things.  Continue reading

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.)

But then something amazing happened.  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

Refresh the weary

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

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