Category Archives: Devotional

Be Strong, Be Brave, Be Fearless



Heartbeat’s Vice President of Mission Advancement, Cindi Boston-Bilotta, gave this devotional at our 2017 Annual Conference on Joshua 1:9 about spiritual strength and boldness when facing attacks. Find out how God worked in Cindi’s life as she led her team to expanding their services and helping more women. God works miracles when faith is bigger than our fears!

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Pregnancy Help Appreciation Week – Intentional Self-Care



We know that we should take time for self-care, but do we really understand the ways it can improve our work and stress levels? Join Tracie Shellhouse and Andrea Trudden as we celebrate Pregnancy Help Appreciation Week by turning our focus to caring for ourselves and our teams. Learn practical (and affordable!) things that you can do to bring your team together and celebrate how God is working through you to accomplish His work. Remember that self-care is not selfish, it’s necessary!

Be on the lookout Nov. 7-11 for emails from Heartbeat that include our special deals and surprises as we honor the work of the pregnancy help movement. Not receiving emails? Visit https://www.heartbeatservices.org/phc-appreciation or email support@heartbeatinternational.org.

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Dear Reluctant Leader



Betty McDowell talks with Christine Grimmett about what she has learned in her years of work in the pregnancy help movement. Although she was not looking for a leadership role, God brought Betty to Heartbeat where she currently serves as the Vice President of Ministry Services. Listen in as Betty shares what God has taught her about trust, building relationships, overcoming obstacles, and moving forward.

Read Betty’s Letter Here: www.heartbeatservices.org/letter-to-my-younger-self-betty

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Studying the Bible Relationally



Join Keith Ferrin and Betty McDowell as they talk about how you can go from “I should read Scripture” to “I want to read Scripture”. Grab a cup of coffee and meet up with Keith at our upcoming Annual Conference!

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Find out more about Keith Ferrin at www.keithferrin.com


A Christmas Reflection from the Heartbeat Team



Take a moment to pause and reflect with the leaders at Heartbeat International as they talk about what the pregnancy help movement means to them and how we move onward into 2022.

Letter to a Young Bob Foust



Bob Foust, Executive Director of Pregnancy Resource Center in Alabama, was honored at Heartbeat’s Annual Conference with a Servant Leader Award. In this episode, Bob gives us insight into what he has found helpful over the years as a leader — from personality differences, staffing, and training to being honest with the Lord, self, and staff. Listen in as he shares the wisdom he has learned!

Read Bob’s letter here: www.heartbeatservices.org/letter-to-myself-honesty

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A Letter to My Younger Self: Be Brave, Be Obedient



Brenda Newport attended a volunteer training for a pregnancy center many years ago with no intention of later becoming the Executive Director. Now, it has become a family business! Brenda was honored at Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference with a Servant Leader Award, and also was the recipient of the Andy Merritt Scholarship. She shares the lessons she has learned over the years about saying “yes” to God’s plan, even when she had no idea where to start!

Read her letter here: www.heartbeatservices.org/letter-to-myself-obedience

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We Are Messengers – A Message From the Heartbeat Conference



Darren Mulligan of the Christian music group, We Are Messengers gives his personal insight into the work of the pregnancy help movement, and shares encouragement for those serving in this ministry. Join Darren Mulligan and Betty McDowell as they share stories and celebrate Heartbeat International’s 50th birthday!

Check out We Are Messengers here: https://wearemessengersmusic.com/pages/about-us


Reflections on Milestones



Betty McDowell shares a story from her own family’s past, and how it ties in to our 50th anniversary here at Heartbeat International. Listen in on this reflection that was recorded during our 2021 Annual Conference in Columbus, OH!

Read about this year’s conference here: https://www.heartbeatservices.org/training/conference