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Rita (middle), with her daughter, Sophie and a DFW chapter member.

My name is Rita Spruce and this is My LeadHer Story: When my husband retired about six years ago, we moved back to our home state of Texas. Previously, we had moved on average of every three years for over twenty-three years. I loved the travel and the adventures but I was ready for something more rooted and permanent. Although we were coming back to a familiar place, our closest family members were now gone and we found ourselves starting over once again in a new community. This new life quickly proved to be different from the rosy future I had envisioned.

The earliest years of beginning again were fraught with financial losses, sickness, and failure.  I was bewildered and angry to find myself in the wilderness rather than the Promised Land.  Thankfully, I wasn’t alone.”Therefore, I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14. My wilderness experience was not a place of punishment; it was a place of privacy, a place where God demonstrated His love for me.


LeadHer Live Springfield, MO 2015. Photo credit: Chris Greig Photography

Old hurts were healed. Faulty thinking and sinful attitudes were washed away and replaced with Truth as I desperately sought to be in His presence. Troubled times transformed into a door of hope when I came to realize the purpose of the wilderness: it was the place where God was restored to His rightful place on the throne of my heart. In relinquishing, I was restored. “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19

My introduction to LeadHer was when a friend invited me to a chapter Christmas party.  I was drawn in by the acceptance I felt from this group.  Later, when I joined the LeadHer DFW chapter I entered wrestling with a call on my life to step up into a ministry leadership role alongside my husband.  This assignment felt too difficult for me to accomplish.  I felt under-qualified, under-equipped, and I just wanted to run and hide, but over time, as I attended the LeadHer chapter meetings I began to see the possibility of how I could fulfill my calling. It was in the discovery of the gifts that God had given me that I grew in confidence to serve and lead within my gifting.

LeadHer made two very important contributions to my life: confidence and connection.  In January 2014, we kicked off Boot Camp: Getting in Shape to Serve by clarifying our spiritual gifts, passions, and talents. It was in the discovery of the gifts that God had given me that I grew in confidence to serve and lead within my gifting.  The things that I labeled quirky about myself, God defined as unique and necessary for my life’s calling.  It was exciting to understand my purpose and design. I also discovered that while I may doubt myself and my abilities, God has complete confidence in me. With Him anything is possible.


Texas Coordinators, Rita and Ami with the LeadHer National Team

The second contribution is the friendship connection. I didn’t have many friends in the wilderness.  After all, who wants to hang out there?  At our chapter meetings though, I found a spiritual family, a safe place.  I was surrounded by a strong group of godly women who loved me prophetically, that is, they saw potential in me and loved it out of me.  Love is the greatest motivator of all. I couldn’t help but smile when I read Hosea 2:14 again.  Did you catch it, too?

“I will lead her…”  LeadHer.

God lead me to LeadHer in one of the lowest times in my life. Then He made a pathway in the wilderness guiding me out of defeat to affirm and equip me as a LeadHer.

Rita is co-owner with her husband Bill, in their consulting business, LE-Gov., LLC providing training to law enforcement in safety solutions as well as co-founder of Disrupt Human Trafficking, a non-profit which raises awareness and seeks prevention of modern day slavery.