She Leads—A Valentine Love Story

On Valentine’s Day, Maegan, meaning pearl, was born. Imagine how her family felt and the jewel they received that Valentine’s Day. This precious, left-handed young woman of God now continues to grow in love with His Word as she finds pleasure using her artistic penmanship to glorify God. 

God’s Word, the most beautiful love story we have, tells of a God who continually woos His creation.

Even though God is worthy of our highest praise, we tend to seek God’s kingdom as a last resort rather than as “a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45–46 NIV).

Maegan shared with me how she came to treasure God’s Word when she began using her artistic gifts. “I have never been very good at consistent Bible study, which is something I try to work on (and often fail at) every day. In the past, it often felt like a chore, but Bible journaling has made it something I actually look forward to doing! I really enjoy finding key passages that stick out to me, allowing the mistakes I make to teach me lessons through the Scripture, and finding joy in these times with the Lord.”

When we write God’s love story with beauty, we have opportunities to bless others who read it. Maegan said, “I have always loved doodling and trying out fun new ways of writing. 

“I am known for having good handwriting, and I wanted to figure out a way to use that gift to glorify God.”

“Bible journaling was already really popular when I first decided to give it a try, and it was honestly the perfect fit for me. I doubt myself a lot and worry that I’ll ‘mess up’ my Bible, but then I remember it’s a form of worship and try not to let my perfectionism get in the way of a sweet time growing closer to God.”

Maegan sees the value of learning from others. She explains, “I love working with women of all generations because I think we all have something unique and exciting to bring to the table. 

 “I think it’s important to celebrate each other’s successes, work together toward a common goal, and never compare our journey to someone else’s.” 

“If we can keep these things in mind, I think women in leadership can go so much farther than they ever thought possible.”

Staying connected allows us to grow in Christ, as strong leaders model Christian living for us. The Bible reminds us, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7 NIV). This is the basis for the WMU Foundation’s She Leads campaign.

I asked Maegan, “What woman has influenced you most as a Christian leader?” and “What aspects of her life would you like to emulate?”

Maegan shared, “Candice Lee, the marketing director of the WMU Foundation, has had a huge impact on my life in the short time I’ve known her. 

“She has mentored me in times when she probably didn’t realize she was doing it, teaching me how to deal with difficult leaders or friends—with grace.”

“I have also learned a lot from her spiritually, learning how to defend what I believe and feeling peace (rather than a desire to argue or shut down) even when everyone doesn’t agree with those beliefs.

“She is very dedicated to her health, amazing at her job, a wonderful wife and mom, and a great friend. I have loved learning from her professionally and personally, and I hope to have someone look up to me someday the way I look up to her now.”

On Tuesday night, February 27, from 5:30 to 6:30, Christian Women’s Leadership Center will join with the WMU Foundation campaign, She Leads

Women of all ages are invited to this free event to do some Bible journaling in the Alma Hunt Museum of Woman’s Missionary Union. 

There is no cost for the event, and no experience is necessary. Please register here so that we can know how many people to expect.

Grace Johnson, who grew up as a missionary kid in Thailand, will share a few minutes about her experience with Bible journaling and will lead all of us, whether or not we feel artistic, to create a Bible journaling activity. Please join us and bring along your own Bible journaling creations to share with others.

What Is She Leads?

She Leads is the WMU Foundation’s celebration of great missions leaders, past, present, and future. For more than 20 years, we’ve supported female missions leaders around the world by granting more than $2.5 million from the Second Century Fund for WMU women’s leadership development. You can support the next generation of missions leaders by making a gift to the Second Century Fund. Give online at or mail your gift to WMU Foundation SCF, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242.

—Claudia Johnson, CWLC leadership consultant

—Maegan Dockery, WMU Foundation donor administrator