Author Archives: Sheila Walsh

Through the Gates of Praise

Through the Gates of Praise

One of the first things our son, Christian, did when he started college was to find a church he could call home. That made this mom’s heart very happy. A couple of weeks before Christmas, he asked Barry and me to join him for the Sunday service that featured the children’s nativity play. It was

No More Humbug

One holiday season, A Christmas Carol was the only Christmas play offered in our town, so Barry and I took our then eight-year-old son to a matinee performance. I tried to prepare Christian for the appearance of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future so he wouldn’t be afraid. “I’m not afraid of any

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

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

Speaking Sweetly in the Sorrow

She has been one of my dearest friends for over twenty-five years. Marlene was one of my bridesmaids. When her dress arrived two sizes too small, she wrapped herself in plastic wrap and cut calories for five days! That’s a true friend! She really is one of a kind. She used to be a hippie

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

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.

Sabbath

A Day Off ~ 5 Minutes with Jesus

A Day Off Do you ever feel that if you are asked to do one more thing you will physically combust? I’ve definitely had those moments. I recently read an article about the exhausted American workforce. It mentioned a young working mother who was stretched so thin that she always entered the cook time on

Miracles in the Middle of the Mess

A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh. — Leonard Cohen, The Favourite Game Here I am, Lord. Everything that’s brought me to this place at this time I offer up to You. I’m holding nothing back. Do with me and through me as You will. Thank You for the honor of

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