Author Archives: Sheila Walsh

The Peace of Reconciliation

The Peace of Reconciliation

Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was packed. The lower level of the sanctuary had standing room only. The balcony was at capacity too. Those who didn’t get a spot inside gathered on the church lawn where volunteers passed out ice water to provide relief from the stifling summer heat. The mixed race crowd

When Brokenness Becomes a Bridge

Bottom of the Barrel The phone rang one morning as I was rushing out the door to get to class. I almost let the machine take it, but as all my family live in Scotland and England, I never want to miss a chance to hear their voices. It was Marlene. “Sheila, I need you

The Unbelievable and the Unthinkable

We don’t know how Mary, Martha, and Lazarus became so close to Jesus. In fact, we don’t know much about the siblings at all, not their ages, or if they ever married and lost a spouse so that they needed to live together as adults. But Scripture does tell us that Jesus stayed with them

God can heal and restore

Healing for the Deepest Wounds

She just needed a little money to finish college.
The price was steep, but she reasoned to herself that she wouldn’t pay it for long. She was only ten units away from earning her degree. But the price is always steeper than expected when the Enemy is offering the solution to our problems. Before she knew

A Lesson in Perseverance… from a Yorkie

It had been a long weekend of delayed flights and short nights. I had finally gotten home, but Monday morning I could barely crawl out of bed. I think I was sleepwalking when I made myself a cup of coffee and headed out to the back patio with my three little dogs. And our ritual

Why Does God Seem So Far Away?

Has there been a time when no matter how passionately you prayed, God seemed at best indifferent, if not absent? Perhaps your experience was colored by clinical depression, as mine was. Or perhaps there were other reasons for your separation anxiety with God. Let’s take a look at a few other reasons we feel cut

When Your Prayers Bounce Off the Ceiling: Wait on the Lord

 I was rewinding an old VHS tape to show Christian and his friends some footage from our trip to Scotland when he was two years old. “This is taking forever,” one of them said.
“Does this thing run on gas?” another asked.
I laughed at their horror of anything that takes longer than three seconds to load.

Little Sparks of Kindness

Editor’s Note: Following is an excerpt of God’s Little Angel: Shine Your Light Devotional by Sheila Walsh. Girls need to know that they can be bright, shining lights for God — and this devotional by Sheila Walsh will teach them to do so by thanking God, learning His Word, telling others about Him, and showing

Being Honest with God

“I am angry!” she said to me. It was a strange way to start a conversation, but her emotions seemed to overwhelm her. I had just finished teaching, and I was signing a book for someone when this woman stepped between us. Asking her to wait just a second, I finished signing the book and

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