Great Reads (and Gifts!)

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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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall Arrival

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.

(Psalm 100)

Happy Thanksgiving from Heart Undivided! Have a blessed week in worship of the One Who gives all good things.

Joyfully,

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/

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).

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

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.

Freedom.  Continue reading