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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sheila Walsh...

I don't know if any of you are familiar with Sheila Walsh, but she used to be a co-host on the 700 Club, and now she travels as one of the speakers on the Women of Faith team. If you've never been to one of their conferences, I would highly recommend it.

Quite a few years ago, Sheila really impacted me through what she shared at a conference I attended. Honestly, that time in my life really sparked a desire in me to get out of my "cage" and to allow God to be my LORD, and not just my Savior, although He was definitely that already.

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Speaking of Honestly, Sheila wrote a book by that title some time ago. If you ever run across it, pick it up. It's a great book. In it, she shares her struggle with depression and how God brought her through. I can relate. Actually, I can relate to a lot of the things Sheila speaks about.

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Why am I telling you all this? Well, I am on Sheila's mailing list, and I have received a few things lately that I have been wanting to share. The first is an excerpt from her most recent book (which I plan to pick up sometime soon), and the second is her most recent email update, in which she shares her heart and talks a little about this year's WOF conference. It is held in many cities across the United States. Perhaps, you would like to attend one near you. I don't think you will regret it. Steven Curtis Chapman will actually be there this year, as well! I'll be going in July, and I can't wait!

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Anyway, I digress. Here are the emails I received from Sheila Walsh that I wanted to share with you... Enjoy!

We are living in tough times. Are you discouraged by the challenges you face? Are you concerned about your finances, your marriage, your children? Sheila's been there too, but she's seen God prove Himself again and again. That's the message she shares in LET GO, her personal story of how God can make a way!

Click on the link below and read the first chapter of LET GO free!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/11529721/Let-Go-by-Sheila-Walsh


"A Note From Sheila" for March 17, 2009

God Is Faithful!

Dear Friends,

I'm finally getting down to writing a newsletter. Sorry that it's been such a while. When our Women of Faith season finishes each year, I seem to kind of grind to a bit of a halt. Before I know it, a new season is upon us and we're off and running! Last weekend in Kansas City, we had the first all new conference of 2009! Our event this year is A Grand New Day and our theme verse is from Lamentations 3:22-23:

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

I cannot think of a more perfect theme for this year than God's promise of mercy and faithfulness to His children. In days when so many are concerned about their jobs, family, and homes, it is good to remember that God will never leave us or forsake us.

This year, we also have some new faces on the porch. Most Friday nights we are joined by Steven Curtis Chapman. Many of you will remember that ten months ago the Chapman family lost their youngest daughter, Maria Sue Chapman, in a tragic accident in the driveway of their home. As Steven took the stage Friday night, he began to sing,

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be your name

I don't think I will ever sing that worship song the same way again. The theme of God's goodness through pain and suffering seems to be a thread that runs through the whole weekend. Patsy shares what is a very fresh grief for her and my story this year is the most honest, intimate story I have shared since Honestly came out about fifteen years ago. Our other new guests are Lisa Whelchel and Lisa Harper. You may remember Lisa W. from the television show "The Facts of Life". Lisa gives us a glimpse of what it was like to be a Christian teenager in Hollywood and where God had taken her since then. Lisa Harper is a fabulous Bible teacher and storyteller. As a forty-five year old single woman, she brings a unique perspective to our stage and she is also fall-over funny! I hope you will be able to be with us in one of our cities in 2009. Check out the closest city to you at www.womenoffaith.com

As I reflect on our theme verse this year, the thing that is most arresting to me is that the promises are based on who God is, not on how well we perform. We may walk through tough times but because of HIS mercy, we are not consumed. We may fail him at times, but HIS compassion will never fail. Our faith may waver at times, but HIS faithfulness will never be moved.

I pray that you will know that today as deep as the marrow in your bones.

Because of Jesus,

Sheila

"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."

Visit GospelMusicChannel.com/SheilaWalsh and let Sheila know what is burdening you or questions you might have on how to let go and live free. Sheila will be providing answers to your questions by video in the near future.


Living in His JOY, HOPE, and PEACE...



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1 comment:

He And Me + 3 said...

I didn't know this...I will go check it out. I do love Sheila Walsh. That is awesome that you are getting to go. Good for you.

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