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Leigh is a former English teacher turned mamma to three crazy boys. She loves Jesus, her incredibly smart engineer of a husband, and words. She's a chaser of holy things in the middle of ordinary days, but, only after she’s had coffee.

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  1. Wow! That was awesome, I am a ‘get it right’s girl also, so this especially rebounded with me! It gave me goose bumps!

  2. Leigh,
    Absolutely beautiful! I love seeing Easter (or any holiday from a child’s perspective), but he saw the most important thing – that you were making room for HIS sheep. When we are running around like whirling dervishes, God whispers, like you said, “Sit down and watch Me work.” We may do the preparing, but He does the heart transformations. He is the surgeon. We merely prep for the surgery. It took my breath away how in all the banging and clanging chairs, you still heard His still, small voice. Oh, that we would all listen for His voice….
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Yes! That is what I often forget– in the midst of all the busyness– God is actually the one at work, not me. And when we stop and see it– it truly does take our breath away! Blessings on you Holy Week and Happy Easter!

  3. I’m so thankful for this time of and season to celebrate the death and resurrection of the lord. I cannot wrap my mind around the love that is extended and it never runs out no matter where I am or what I do his love endures forever..
    Search my heart oh God and create and right spirit within me. Help me to not go off course. Keeping my eyes forcused upon you and you alone.

  4. I can echo it with you, I’d been there and done that. Worked extra hard, coming earlier and last ones to leave. Looking back, I want to say with no regrets that I was given a chance to arrange chairs where one or more souls on Easter could be touched by His profound love for each one of us. A timely reminder that even if I have to do it all over again, it’s so worth it because He First Loved us. Thank you for the beautiful sharing. Shalom! 🙂

    • Yes! It is exhausting and overwhelming at times… but so worth it. He loves us so, and it is a gift to be able to share it and watch him work! Happy Easter to you!

  5. The message that is coming through to me loud and clear this Easter is that those Sunday morning women did not show up at the tomb with the idea that they would become part of a huge doctrinal event or a major triumph of the Christian faith. They showed up faithful to attend to the body of a dead friend.
    I want to be that kind of Sunday morning woman who tends to the details of a messy church life.
    The truth is, when we show up, we never know what amazing miracles may happen!

  6. Beautiful, Leigh. Such a good reminder that we believers need to focus less on finding a seat for ourselves and more on finding a seat for others! Have a glorious Easter. And I LOVE your (not so little!) suburban church. (Congrats on the post on (in)courage!)

  7. So true — I know I often think it’s necessary for me to do so much more, when it’s our Lord who really does it all. Everyone have a most Blessed and Happy Easter. He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

  8. My 12 year olds were in the car (seems we always TALK in the car). I was explaining Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, what it must have been like at the last supper, Good Friday, Jesus’ last words & I choked up, couldn’t go on. It really touched my heart what our Lord has done for us all. When I finished talking, they said, “wow, mom”. Yeah, wow! Thank you for reminding us again what God wants from us. Thank you for helping us “see”.

  9. Leigh,

    May we always be Easter people willing to do the work to plant seeds and then sit back and watch His transforming work. We need to be faithful to feed His sheep, but not get so busy we don’t hear His voice or forget what He’s done. I want to be the kind of Christian who is there for friends-who gets into their messy lives to show God’s love. By doing this we just might witness a miracle!

    Blessings 🙂

  10. Leigh, it’s hard to put into words the impact that your words in this Easter devotional have made on me. God meeting his creation in those chairs, and the people with jelly beans, hurting hearts and uncertainty that they belong in an Easter service– perfectly describe how God welcomes us all. I will miss being in the Eastminster chairs with you this year but celebrate with Easter people in NJ! Thank you, Leigh.

    • Oh Lane! Will truly miss seeing your smiling face in the congregation on Sunday! Praying Easter blessings on you and Sam and all of the people who fill the chairs of your church in NJ. Hugs to you and Sam!