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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LH Heart to Heart with Cynthia L. Simmons

Amber WeigandBuckley, Leading Hearts Editor February Cover Girl Cynthia L. Simmons ( talks about how history became her ministry. Find out how her books Pursuing Gold and the companion curriculum. are helping homeschoolers discover the beauty of His-story in history.

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When God Calls the Heart to Diligence

The path to fulfilling God’s plans for our lives often isn’t easy, but the results are always worth it … if we’ll be diligent to our calling.

by MICHELLE S. COX in Leading Hearts Magazine


I can’t think of a better word for the year than diligence — for us to put steady, earnest and energetic efforts into serving God.

For those of you who have seen Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart television series, you know that Elizabeth Thatcher experienced many moments when she had to decide whether or not she was going to be diligent.

This young woman traveled west in 1915 to become a schoolteacher.

Before she even arrived in Coal Valley (as it was called then), she was the victim of stagecoach robbers. When a bedraggled Elizabeth finally arrived, she was taken aback by the hardscrabble coal town, and she received anything but a warm welcome from the women there.

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The Gift in Your Present.

by Amber Weigand-Buckley, editor in Leading Hearts magazine

I’VE BEEN SITTING HERE FOR THE PAST WEEK WITH A VIDEO ON REPEAT. It was January 4, 2020, my father-in-law John Buckley’s last birthday. At 91 years of age, he was surrounded by my husband and daughter, his wife and friends as they sang “Happy Birthday” round the table. Glasses raised, smiles on faces.

Who would have known this would be the last time he would wear those paper crowns from those traditional British Christmas crackers or the last time he would ask Mum if she wanted cream on her cake?

No one knew it would be the last time we saw him blow out his candles. And right now it seems like one of the most precious moments in the world to me that I have caught on video.

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When confronted by the mean words/actions of others, yield immediately by praying three words: God help me.

by JANELL RARDON in Leading Hearts Magazine

STANDING IN AN OLD CORNFIELD WITH NOTHING BUT A SLEEVELESS BLOUSE AND JEANS TO PROTECT ME, THOUSANDS OF BEES BUZZED AROUND ME. “Should I be nervous?” I asked Greg, my novice beekeeping-pastor, who graciously invited me into his world of beekeeping.

Knowing I was working on a manuscript centered around the concept of spiritual unity, he wanted to show me a few things he had learned by observing his bees.“Oh, no,” he said. “Just stay out of their flight pattern. Move a little to the left and you’ll be fine.” “They have a flight pattern?” I gazed about. “Yeah, sure. See? You can see them coming in for a landing. Straight to the hive.” “Got it,” I said. “Let me get out of their way.”

He smiled. “As long as a bee doesn’t feel threatened, everything is OK.”

Greg’s words were the aha moment I’d been waiting for. “Wow, Greg,” I said. “You were right. Your little bees do have a lesson for me and my readers.”

It seems we are all OK until a threat enters our “perceived flight path,” i.e., our domain of home, work, family, relationships, ministry or leadership.

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Praying Into the Vision

by Linda Evans Shepherd in Leading Hearts Magazine

WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE TO FOLLOW AFTER GOD? Was it to raise your kids, teach the teenage class at church or read your Bible through in a year? All good pursuits, but have you ever dared to leave your comfort zone behind and dive headfirst into the unknown because you felt God put an idea before you?

When I was a young Christian, I made up my mind to always say yes to God.

Yes, I will serve you. Yes, I will go where you send me.

In those days I thought God was sending me to seminary to study how to become a youth director. So, after I was accepted into a fine seminary, I never dreamed I would face a roadblock.

When the seminary president wrote me, “Because you married an engineer and not one of our pastoral students, we are canceling your seminary enrollment.”

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