A health issue I battled reared its ugly head. This illness caused financial burdens and negatively impacted my marriage, my relationships and my life.
A life-threatening illness not only stole my physical health, but also led me into the valley of depression, ushering in questions about my identity, purpose and worth.
Every now and then opportunity knocks at the door of our soul, inviting us to leave behind our familiar stories and enter into a wild, brave, bold adventure.
by Janell Rardon in Leading Hearts magazine Tucked at the end of the book of Proverbs is the profile of a remarkable, heartlifting woman. Known through the centuries as the…
Amber Weigand-Buckley, Leading Hearts editor and art director, shares her story of walking through mental illness while in ministry on this episode of the Arise Esther Podcast with Dawn Scott…
Sharon Tedford in Leading Hearts magazine We’re equipped and we are ready We’re the people of God We’re anointed, we are willing To respond to His call We will stand…
When you use Scripture as your plumb line and the five senses as your viewpoint, you will have something to say that others will want to hear.
WHEN I WAS ASKED THE QUESTION “WHO INFLUENCED YOU?” names ran through my mind and faces danced in my vision. My mom, who loved unconditionally. My dad, who demonstrated the joy of working hard and laughing riotously.
My husband, who remains calm in the craziest situations and speaks peace to our family.My dear friend Carole, who has never wavered in her faith even though she has faced more tragedy than most people. My daughter, who believes it can be done — no matter what it is. And friends and family who have inspired my life and who have laughed with and prayed for me.
But today I want to tell you about a special influencer — Florence Littauer (pictured below) — who trained more than 30,000 speakers and leaders, including me.(more…)
by KAREN WHITING in Leading Hearts magazine
I IMPROVE WHEN I LISTEN AND APPLY THE WISDOM OF OTHERS. This includes God, my peers, mentors, friends and loved ones.
It’s been especially important in my writing and speaking to let others help me sharpen my skills and keep me accountable in my walk. It’s putting “iron sharpens iron” into practice.
Schedule times to be together and set time limits. Come prepared with what you want to share or ask. Be ready to listen to each person’s needs.(more…)
IN SOCIAL MEDIA TERMS, IT’S A VOLATILE WORLD OUT THERE.
So often, what’s posted online seems more focused on stabbing and wounding than on encouraging and sharpening. Part of that is due to the medium.
Almost 100 percent of the time, online interaction lacks the warmth of a real-time, human connection. It’s an impersonal — anonymous — medium. While we may call those we connect with “friends,” many of them are just faceless names.
When we’re speaking online, it’s far too easy to be so focused on what we want to share that we forget the individual — hurting — hearts of those we’re communicating with.(more…)
I FOUND MY MENTOR IN A DARK COLOSSEUM when a young woman sat on a stool, inside a bright spotlight. In a voice that sounded like a child in song she said, “Hi, I’m Ann. I am one simple woman in the world. I have never shaken hands with the president. I cry. Sometimes I am insecure. I am only one, but I have come tonight to tell you I am one … and Jesus and I and love are out to change the world.”
In those days, I was a young college student, totally in love with Jesus, and I had never heard anyone articulate my heart the way Ann Kiemel (Anderson) did. She spoke of love and simple acts of kindness, and how she and our big God could change the world. I followed her example with my own acts of love and kindness.
I learned that everything Ann said about living life sold out to the Lord was true. It was true for me. Through Christ, nothing was impossible.(more…)