Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

by Debbie W. Wilson in Leading Hearts Magazine

BEFORE I’D EVEN PULLED OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY, THE WAZE GPS APP ON MY PHONE SAID I’D ARRIVE FIVE MINUTES LATE.

Groan. I was on my way to a group that had invited me to visit after discussing my book Little Women, Big God. My cheeks burned at the thought of walking in late.

Why can’t you leave on time? What’s wrong with you? My thoughts chided me.

This line of thinking wouldn’t make up for lost time or prepare my heart to encourage these women. I’d recently finished reading a novel with an imperfect heroine. When she ran late, I empathized with her. So, why was I so hard on myself?

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NEW ISSUE SNEAK PEEK: Unruffled Ministry: Soul Care for Leaders

by Guest Editor Edie Melson in Leading Hearts Magazine

FOR THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF LEADING HEARTS, I’M HONORED TO INTRODUCE SOME AMAZING WOMEN OF THE ADVANCED WRITERS AND SPEAKERS ASSOCIATION (AWSA).

These ladies are also ministry leaders, serving in the trenches with you.

The heart of each one beats with a desire to equip and encourage you as God uses your story to impact the world. I know each one personally and they are an integral part of the soul care God has provided me. I’m excited to share them with you.

Somedays we’re filled with His Spirit, other days we’re left feeling more like a leaky bucket. But no matter what we’re dealing with personally, the ministry needs keep coming. We have to learn how to function within the chaos and busyness that is life.

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Is God Waiting On You?

by Amber Weigand-Buckley @barefacedgirl, editor of Leading Hearts Magazine

The funny thing about leadership is that it takes far less faith to TALK about your CALL than it does to WALK OUT your CALL. Why?

Because you have to put feet to your faith before you can allow God to SHOW UP and perform the MIRACULOUS.

Joshua and the Israelite priests leading their people into the Promise Land knew that if they followed God’s direction, they were going to hit the Jordan River (Joshua 1:1-9). It didn’t take a genius to realize that when they hit the water, they didn’t have the necessary provisions — no boats or life jackets.

All they had was the faith that when they got there, God would show up — and He did.

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Chanukah Dreidels and Christmas Dirt Plus Recipe for Traditional Chanukah Donuts

By Amber Weigand-Buckley  @barefacedgirl in Leading Hearts Magazine

I NEVER GREW UP GIVING MUCH REVERENCE TO PLACES AND ICONS, BUT FOR SOME REASON I FOUND MY KNEES WEAK.

It was the third day of Chanukah and I was in Israel for the very first time standing in the city of Nazareth. We had made our way past the shopkeepers and traffic lined streets to the Church of the Annunciation, which sits in the side of the hill of the city. The church was supposedly built on the spot where Mary was visited by the angel announcing her as the highly favored woman to give birth to Jesus Christ.

“Emmanuel: God with us.” In that spot, I understood the power in that statement—the power in that name.

Under the church, you can see the excavated remains of the old city…

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Leading Hearts February 2019 Issue

Our Hearted Valentine’s Gift for you — this new issue of Leading Hearts magazine is dedicated to growing Fruits of the Spirit in every season. Are you able to serve up an RDA of Gentleness, Kindness, Patience, Goodness, Self Control…? Is your produce aisle experiencing a shortage When the seasons ebb and flow?

Get inspired to be fruit-focused as our Cover Girl Meredith Kendall (meredithsagekendall.com shares her story of God ’s ongoing faithfulness through all things. Page Geske (milepost95.com) takes about her longsuffering faith forged after her life collided with Milepost 95. Karen Porter shares the secrets to taking out the giants in your life (karenporter.com) “The Voice” sensation Kymberli Joye (kymberlijoye.com) opens up about being a light in the mainstream plus much much more in this edition of Leading Hearts Magazine.

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Leading Hearts December 2018 Issue

Our Christmas Gift to you—A brand new issue of Leading Hearts magazine to inspire you to embrace the new year with a new mindset. You’ve done a lot of growing in 2018, but what are those things you need to leave behind to thrive in the year to come? Get insight from Jennifer Tracy, Kim Walker-Smith and Robin Luftig. Overcome Hurtful words with Janell Rardon and hear the real-life story of Russ and Tori Taff—behind the scenes through his struggle with alcoholism. The season is tied up with extra tinsel with stories of Christ’s peace and miracles from Jennifer Kennedy Dean and Michelle S. Cox (from Hallmark’s series “When Calls the Heart”). Text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 to get this issue delivered free to your mobile device.

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Leading Hearts October 2018 Issue

Get Insider Tips for Maximizing Your Ministry Potential!

For this issue of Leading Hearts, we take an in-depth look at Ministry in the Marketplace. Features include a business woman’s insight on ministry from Svetlana Papazov; why leaders need mentors with Jayme Hull (jaymeleehull.com) , secrets to maximizing your ability to be a team player (linkedpersonalities.com), Torry Martin’s Call of the Mild as well as the second installment of our women in worship series with London Gatch and Audrey Assad. You’ll find that and much more in the new issue.

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Leading Hearts August 2018 Issue

How Bold Women Survive Character Assassination, Ministering through Depression and Nurturing Your Women’s Ministry.

In the special edition of Leading Hearts dedicated to Women’s Ministry, we take a look at what it means to be a woman traversing the mountains and trenches of church leadership. This edition features interviews with: the prayer lady, Linda Evans Shepherd (publisher of Leading Hearts and Founder of Right to the Heart Ministries); Jackie Green (co-founder of the Museum of the Bible and wife of Hobby Lobby president Steve Green) and daughter Lauren, Planetshakers Pastor Sam Evans and local church worship arts pastor Michelah Weaver.
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Leading Hearts June 2018 Issue

We did it again with our 5th EPA Merit Award! This issue features interviews with author Sophia Ruffin, author Sheryl Giesbrecht  Turner, musician Anne Moses of the Anne Moses Band, and Andrew Hyatt, writer and director of the box office sensation, “Paul the Apostle of Christ.” And so much more! You’ll find that and much more in the new issue. Text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 to have this issue delivered. Available to download as a printable click HERE.
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Leading Hearts March/April 2018 Issue

Join Leading Hearts as we celebrate five years of excellence in publishing. This issue features interviews with author Sioni Rodriguez, best-selling author Lisa Bevere, singer-songwriter Kari Jobe, and Andy Erwin, co-producer of the box office hit, “I Can Only Imagine.” And so much more! You’ll find that and much more in the new issue. Text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 to have this issue delivered. Available to download as a printable PDF, click HERE.
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Leading Hearts January/February 2018 Issue

We are kicking off 2018 with a question: Do you struggle in the business of

ministry to build God-centered purpose instead of notoriety-building platforms? This issue is dedicated to helping you find confidence as well as rise up and embrace His purpose, being true to the audience of ONE for such a time as this. Our cover girl — author, speaker and “Bridges” Talk Show host Monica Schmelter (monicaschmelter.com) — shares her Messy to Meaningful ministry beginnings that started with a box dedicated to prayer. Find out about the launch of our new Arise DAILY (arisedaily.com) e-devotionals and get in on the month of giveaways. Hear the story of Holt International spokesperson Ashley Schroder, singer/songwriter Sara Groves’ lessons in abiding, and Saundra Dalton-Smith’s tips for breaking through an attitude of being inconvenienced. You’ll find that and much more in the new issue. Text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 to have this issue delivered. Available to download as aprintable PDF, click HERE.
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Leading Hearts November/December 2017 Issue

We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving and the biggest Christmas shopping day of the year, so who better to help us ring in the LAUGHTER and capture the JOY of the holiday season than Chewbacca Mom Candace Payne? It’s amazing how God took her 4-minute viral video of her laughing and turned it into a platform to share the love of Jesus Christ. For this issue of Leading Hearts, we’d like to help engage you in a movement—A Joy Rebellion. No matter what frustrations and stress our daily lives serve up, how can we serve up joy in the middle of it? Get insights for celebrating Christmas, unstuck from Pat Layton and enter your story to win a $100 gift card. Veggie Tales own Leslie Farrel, Recapturing the Laughter in your Marriage with Pam Farrel, insights from Kathi Lee Gifford’s journey to Israel, and highlights from the A Question of Faith movie. You’ll find that and much more in the new issue. Text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 to have this issue delivered free to your mobile device. Available to download as a printable PDF, click HERE.

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Leading Hearts September/October 2017 Issue

What is separating you from living out the fullness of God’s best for your life and ministry? Is it feelings of inadequacy, fear, prejudice, bitterness, exhaustion or defeat? In this issue of Leading Hearts you’ll hear singer/songwriter Natasha Owens’ journey to overcome the unexpected loss of her father and Athena Dean Holtz’s Full Circle testimony that brought her out Scientology and a cult to embrace His true restoration. We also have an exclusive interview with Ron Hall, the bestselling author whose personal story of compassion for the homeless, The Same Kind of Different as Me, is now in movie theaters. There is so much more packed into these 52-pages, you’ll want to be sure to pour a big cup of joe and check it out . To get this issue delivered straight to your mobile device, text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600. Available to download as a printable PDF, click HERE.

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Leading Hearts August 2018 Issue

Isn’t it time you’d embraced all the freedom available to you in Christ Jesus?! This issue of Leading Hearts which is a celebration of breaking through stigmas, hang-ups and leadership stereotypes. You’ll read Mandisa’s personal story of overcoming depression that almost led her to take her own life, tips for getting off the gossip cycle, Karen Porter’s tips for leadership success, Valerie Wieners bible art journaling how-tos (use the password free to unlock this special embedded tutorial) and more packed into 52-pages.and more packed into 52-pages. To get this issue delivered straight to your mobile device, text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 . Available to download as a printable PDF, click HERE

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Leading Hearts May/June 2018 Issue

The May June Life in High Definition is here! In this issue we talk about how you can reclaim your sparkle and be the best radiant you to date. Join Chonda Pierce as she coaches us to understand, that in Christ, we really are enough. Read the latest insights from Jaci Velasquez and take a peek at Shelia Walsh’s ideas on how you can have a well fed soul. To get this issue delivered straight to your cell phone text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 . Available to download as a printable PDF, click HERE.

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Leading Hearts Wins 2016 EPA Merit Award!

LeadingHeartJanFeb2016coverLancaster, Pennsylvania — The Evangelical Press Association awarded Leading Hearts Magazine with a prestigious 2016 Award of Merit for Christian Ministry Digital Publication for the second year in a row at its annual convention on April 8.

In addition, Leading Hearts columnist Torry Martin received his second third place in the Humor Article Category in EPA’s High Goals Category.

Leading Hearts is a magazine dedicated to Christian women who lead at home, work, church and community.  It is published by Right to the Heart Ministries (Longmont, Colorado), a non-profit led by best-selling prayer author Linda Evans Shepherd, who is also the founder of AWSA. Shepherd said, “The magazine has been a wonderful outlet for the talents and giftings of our wonderful authors. It’s been a joy to see how God has used this publication.”

Amber Weigand-Buckley, a Springfield, Missouri native, was the founding editor and presently serves as both editor and art director for the magazine.  “It was tough competition this year with more entries than the Evangelical Press Association has had in many years,” Weigand-Buckley says. “For Leading Hearts to be judged side by side with the best of the best of Christian publications worldwide, is an extreme honor.”

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EPA Award of Merit for Christian Ministry – Digital Publication 2015

Westminister, Colorado.  The members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) are not only celebrating the first anniversary of their digital magazine, Leading Hearts, they are celebrating an Award of Merit for Christian Ministry – Digital Publication awarded by the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) April 10th, 2015 at the EPA conference in Westminister, Colorado.

In addition, Torry Martin received third place in the Humorous Category in EPA’s High Goals Category for his Leading Heart’s November article “Relative Insanity.”

AWSA founder and Leading Hearts Publisher, Linda Evans Shepherd, says, “Our magazine was created by the 400 members of AWSA as our gift to the women who lead hearts at home, church, work and community. With our pool of outstanding talent, it’s a privilege to serve the women in the body of Christ with this free, quality publication.  My hat is off to our wonderful team, editor Amber Weigand-Buckley, Art Director Katie Mattiuzzo and all of our fabulous AWSA contributors and columnists.”

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