Leaders are Followers, Too

by Karen Porter in Leading Hearts

It is important for each of us to be followers of the Good Shepherd because who we follow will determine how we lead.


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Leading Hearts April 2020 Issue- Is this the worst of times?

COVID-19 has changed our lives. Is this the worst of times? If you need some reassurance and peace as well as a refocused purpose in this time of uncertainty, you won’t want to miss the April issue of Leading Hearts. 

Leading Hearts April issue is HERE–Find God’s Best During the Worst Moments of Life with Robin Luftig

“When I was told I had 10 days to live, I had to even trust God, that my life coming to an end might be part of His plan,” said Robin Luftig, author of God’s Best During Your Worst. Read her inspiring story and get insight from Sheila Walsh on facing a Brave New Day with faith that God is still on the throne. 

You’ll also find insight into what you can do to more than just survive this crisis. Debbie W. Wilson helps you discover how to navigate manipulative relationships. Edie Melson shares perspective on using social media during a time of social distancing to be a Christ-like influencer. Skillet drummer Jen Ledger talks about her new solo project and Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith challenges us to hit the reset.

This and much, much, more is packed into this new issue. 

“This pandemic is unprecedented, but Jesus told us to take heart. No matter what’s happening–no matter what we hear each morning on the news, God is still on the throne.” –Sheila Walsh gives you insights to face A Brave New Day. Click Here to Read and Watch an Exclusive Interview. 

Find out how a mother’s faith and love reached her daughter in prison and grew into her ministry purpose— Rebuilding What Was Destroyed.

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All this and more in this issue of Leading Hearts!

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Sheila Walsh: A Brave New Day


In this time we have to find fresh ways to still be who we are and do what God’s called us to do.

SHEILA WALSH IS AN AMAZING INDIVIDUAL WHO IS ALL ABOUT SHARING THE WORD OF GOD through worship with everyone around her. She does so through her many different callings as an author, speaker, television host and musician. In this interview, Sheila opens up to LH editor, Amber Weigand-Buckley, about the power of prayer, the meaning of bravery and how she was able to plant her feet on the ground to overcome an overwhelming darkness.

Q: I was thinking about the whole idea of Braveheart Worship being such a subpoena right now in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. We can “do church” online, but many of us are used to corporate worship. Tell me about how you worship in this time.

Sheila: Well, on my iPhone I have a worship playlist of just some of the songs that the Lord has used to just speak to my life. I’ll be honest with you, Amber. Some days I don’t want to listen.

Yesterday, for whatever reason, was just a really hard day. All my engagements had been canceled for the next two or three months, and there are some things that felt overwhelming, but I’ve learned. I gave my life to Christ when I was 11 and I’m now 63. That’s 52 years of the goodness and faithfulness of God.

The psalmist David would speak to his own soul: “Come on, bless the Lord, O my soul.” It’s almost like he was instructing himself. So, I went out and I turned on my playlist. It took me until song number three before I could feel the weight lifting.

Jesus told us in John 16 that in this world, we will have trials and we will have troubles. Each one of us will walk through something.

This pandemic is unprecedented, but Jesus told us to take heart. No matter what’s happening, no matter what we hear each morning on the news, God is still on the throne. God is still sovereign. This did not surprise Him, and He has a plan in the middle of everything.

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Time to Send Up a Panic Prayer?

by Linda Evans Shepherd in Leading Hearts Magazine

Considering that the world is in the panic of a pandemic, I’m want to share a prayer initially intended for a book called Praying Through Your Every Emotion, soon to release from Baker Revell. This book will be a dictionary of emotions complete with a mini-Bible study and accompanied by a paraphrased prayer to correspond with each of the 64 emotions I cover inside the book.

Here’s one I can share with you now, a prayer about the emotion ‘PANIC.’

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Heart-to-Heart with Robin Luftig

What Would You Do if You were told you had 10 Days to Live?

“I also had to trust God, that my life coming to an end might be part of His plan,” said Robin Luftig, author of God’s Best During Your Worst, a new release from Bold Vision Books.

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Shae Wilbur: Keeping it Real

by Jennifer Taylor in Leading Hearts Magazine

If God has something for you, that’s something you have regardless of your abilities


These days, however, the multi-talented star is reconnecting with her musical roots and reminding the world of her stardom as a singer/songwriter.

As the daughter of musician Joel Chernoff, Shae grew up around music and remembers being on stage with her father as young as 8 years old. “Music was part of my life from the beginning.

My dad was a worship pastor and musician.

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Stirring Prayer for Stir-Crazy Quarantined Friends

Are you caught in the stir-crazy of crisis? Is being stuck inside getting too much to bear?

One of the best things we can do in times of crisis is to call on God, and agree together in a time of prayer. Leading Hearts publisher, who is also a best-selling prayer author Linda Evans Shepherd leads in a time of prayer for those caught in the stir-crazy of quarantine.

Please join in and we also encourage you to make digital prayer meet-ups an essential part of doing “a new kind of normal” in our life together.

READ Linda’s articles and many more in the new issue of Leading Hearts!

A Light to My Path

by Karen Whiting in Leading Hearts Magazine


Certain Scriptures guide me and keep me focused, especially ones I believe God wants me to use for my career and for each year. At the start of each year, I look up my life verse, Ephesians 3:16, in a different translation. This year I used The Passion Translation.

This New Year I felt impressed with Zechariah 2:5. God wanted the Israelites to rebuild the temple. He declared that He would be a wall of fire (protection) around the temple and its glory within. Wow!

Where is His temple today? Paul makes it clear: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV).

The last part of 2019, I realized how blessing others and writing reveals God’s glory. When people see us and watch our actions, we glorify God. That allows people to glimpse God’s glory, the source of unlimited riches or blessings.

The Old Testament words for “glory” are “kaved” and “kavod.” They refer to honor and matters that are weighty, substantive, intense, severe and massive.

Glory here implies a weight like a rock so big it provides shade for people. It also means unmovable like our unchanging God. “Kavod” also described how God made Pharaoh’s heart unmovable.

For Israelites the more “kavod” (or weight) attributed to someone, the more the person became respected and worthy of honor. Glory is also a reference to God’s presence.

Scripture draws me closer to God.

I’ve seen God flood me with inner strength with divine might and explosive power. God’s power is so explosive that He created the universe.

I’ve prayed this verse to be inspired by God’s creative power, strength to write, and more.

Praying the verse has changed my life and helped me do so much in writing with creativity. People remark about my creativity, but it all comes from God.

What do I do with my life verse (Ephesians 3:16)?

• I read it often and pray it.
• When I feel I can’t do something, I trust God will pour out His strength and power in me.
• The word “unveil” in the verse implies time and continually getting to understand God more. That inspires me to continue looking deeper into Scriptures so I can understand God and God’s glory more and how to use the power He gives me.
• God’s glory causes me to desire to be holy and pure, for God cannot abide with sin.
• My reading each year is through the lens of the word God gives me. One year it was “hope,” and I saw that in all God did.

This year I will view life and work through the lens of God’s glory to share God from a fresh perspective.

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A Simply Beautiful Word

by Pam Farrel in Leading Hearts Magazine


In my book, 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman: Success in Keeping It All Together, I share about my “Word of the Year” process that I have been doing since I was a college student.

Every year — yes, 40 years of selecting a “Word of the Year” to focus my walk with God. And it is not just one word; it is the myriad of things God has laid upon my heart to weave the word through my life so its impact can be maximized throughout the year.

It is not just one word; it is the myriad of things God has laid upon my heart to weave the word through my life so its impact can be maximized throughout the year.

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Finding Peace In Life’s Journey Plus Bonus Recipe for Muffin Tin Mini Meatloaf

by PENELOPE CARLEVATO, RN in Leading Hearts Magazine

DO YOU EVER HAVE DAYS WHEN YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANYTHING BUT PEACE? Life seems disjointed and aimless? Many days I feel overwhelmed by all the things on my to-do list. I want peace and joy, but instead, I feel anxious and worried. What’s a girl to do?

Immediately my thoughts go to Matthew 6:33 — “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

He is the answer as we will never entirely elude this world’s turbulence, but we can be safe with Him. It’s like joy. We won’t have a place where there is no trouble or heartache, but we can obtain peace and joy amid life’s journey.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).

Jesus has already promised us peace that is vastly different from what the world offers. It is not fleeting or superficial.

Our pastor’s first message of the year was on peace, which also happened to be my “word” for the year. I guess I’m not the only one seeking peace. Anxiety is rampant in our society. The National Institute of Mental Health reports occasional anxiety is part of life, but when it doesn’t go away, it can interfere with our daily activities, work and social interactions.

Stop overcommitting.

We tend to think we can do more than we really can. We rush around doing the urgent but miss the best and important things. Stop trying to do what God has never called you to do. Keep this saying in mind before saying yes:

“If the devil can’t make you sin, he will make you busy.”Barnes and Noble announced there is a massive surge in the sale of books about anxiety. It becomes a problem when it goes beyond worry and begins to take away our power to reason and cope with stressful situations.

With over 7 million people affected by anxiety in the U.S., it made our pastor’s sermon more relevant than I thought. I pray that many in the congregation have new hope.

One of his main bullet points was peace is a practice, focusing our reliance on God.

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Jesus has already promised us peace that is vastly different from what the world offers. It is not fleeting or superficial; it’s real and can transform the everyday activities of our lives. It’s a choice to habitually look to the Lord for our peace and practice seeking Him and the peace He offers. Here are three daily practices I am implementing to create and cultivate a life of peace and joy:

Spend time with Jesus.

As a believer in Christ, we already have the promise of peace in our lives. He is the Prince of Peace. Our peace doesn’t depend on what we do or what happens in our life. We decide every morning to have peace because of what Jesus did on the cross.

Breaking old patterns is hard.

I need to heed the call Christ has on my life daily. Only then will I have the life I always wanted — Peace and Joy. One of the many things we do each day is to prepare meals for our family. I make out a meal plan for the week and make sure I have all the ingredients on hand. It’s a simple task that I can do on Saturdays and avoid those last-minute trips to the grocery store. Meal planning helps manage my time better and makes meal preparation easier. It also answers the nagging question, “What’s for dinner?” There is a lot of peace in knowing the answer!

Set goals and prioritize time.

Our lives probably aren’t going to get less busy, but we can choose what we do and keep a healthy schedule. There will be some busy times in our calendar, but make sure it’s doing what God has called you to do. Ask God for guidance as you invest in what is most important and not urgent.

My daughter shared this idea of having a mini meatloaf for dinner. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner as it cooks quickly and is excellent as leftovers.

Muffin Tin Mini Meatloaf

½ cup chopped celery

⅓ cup shredded carrots

1 tablespoon A.1. ® Sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Grease muffin tins 1 pound ground beef or turkey ⅓ cup oatmeal 1 egg, beaten ¼ cup milk ⅓ cup ketchup 1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup onion, chopped ½ cup green pepper, chopped

Mix all the ingredients well. Press the meat mixture into muffin tin.

Top each one with a small amount of ketchup or barbecue sauce. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Makes 12 mini meatloaves. Serve with a starch of your choice and a tossed green salad. Leftovers are great for lunches.

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