Front stage or backstage, Sheila Walsh is genuine and all in. Millions of women attribute their breakthroughs to her influence. She is loved for where she has come from and what she leads others through.
She can be in front of a thousand women and you’ll feel like she is speaking personally to you.
Reflecting on her journey through mental illness, Sheila says of Jesus, “I never knew You lived so close to the floor.” That’s the favorite of my favorite quotes from Sheila.
11 Favourite Sheila Walsh Quotes
1. If guilt tells us that we’ve done something wrong, then shame tells us that we are something wrong. So many people feel isolated, not good enough, defined by the labels they wear rather than the identity they have in Christ. The love of Christ tells us that we’re accepted; that we belong.
2. We live in a culture of quick fixes. We want to feel better and we want to feel better now. I believe that’s why many turn to alcohol and drugs because they want to numb the pain of life. In my life I have a choice. I can sit with my depression and look at Jesus or I can sit with Jesus and look at my depression. What I mean by that is I can focus on what’s broken and wonder where God is or I can sit in the companionship of Christ who suffered for us and worship him in the middle of the mess. That gives my pain meaning and context.
3. God has promised that whatever you face, you are not alone. He knows your pain. He loves you. And He will bring you through the fire.
4. If we mistake God’s silence for indifference, we are the most miserable of people. If we give up when we no longer understand, we reject His caring, steadfast love and cut ourselves off from our only real hope.
5. When our dreams seem to go sour or remain unfulfilled, hopelessness can dominate our lives – or we can hold on with open hands, knowing that we have hope because God is faithful.
6. If depression has been viewed as a taboo subject in the church, then suicide and suicidal thoughts are the darkest secret of all. Talking about it doesn’t make it more real or powerful; it brings it out of the shadows into the light and love of Christ.
7. My times of silence before God are very important to me now. I put everything else down, every word away, and I am with the Lord. When I’m quiet, life falls into perspective for me. I have a very active mind and I’m a worrier, but in those moments when I choose to put that away, I rest beside the Shepherd in still places. Why don’t you give yourself a gift today? Turn off the television or the car stereo, put down the newspaper or the business plan, and in the quietness, rest for a while beside the Shepherd of your soul.
8. Suffering is seldom an item on our list of requests to the Lord. But when it crosses our path and we are able by his grace to keep on walking, our lives become messages of hope to the world and to the church.
9. In these uncertain times, I know 100 percent that I can stake my life on the unshakeable, unchanging promises of God!
10. Can’t you tell when you’re with someone who’s listening?
She hears you, really hears you. She hears the sadness in your tone or catches your joy. Be a listener, to music, to life, to others, to God. Life is noisy, but there is music in every heartbeat. God is waiting to bring joy and peace to the confusion of our days.
11. God’s love is a gift that can make you forget yourself at times. The Scottish writer George MacDonald said, “It is the heart that is not yet sure of its God that is afraid to laugh in his presence.” God loves us as we are right now! That’s one of the things I’m most grateful for. I love the freedom to be myself in God. I pray that a year from now, five years from now, I will be a godlier woman, but I know God won’t love me any more than he does right this minute.
Which quote is your favourite Sheila Walsh? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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