Loved Back to Life {book review}

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Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free by Sheila Walsh

Beautiful and talented, Sheila Walsh was at the pinnacle of her career.
One day (twenty years ago), she found herself walking away from it all
and checking in to a psychiatric hospital, where she stayed for a month.

Loved Back to Life takes readers on Sheila’s journey
of the soul from hopelessness to joy as she finds that although the road was terrifying,
at every turn God called her to follow and to trust him. And He never let her go.
(back cover)

I was thrilled to discover Sheila had written a book about her journey I had only heard bits and pieces of.

“Sheila, if people find out you are in a mental institution,
if this goes public, it’s going to do tremendous harm to the ministry.”

 “I thought these people were my friends”
(those who had just walked away from me
when my life had started to unravel).

Thankfully, Sheila didn’t let others opinions get in her way.

“Depression will not go away by pretending that it does not exist.”

Sheila is such an inspiration to me as she made the choice to seek God not hide from Him.

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Seeing Sheila speak at Women of Faith, it’s easy to think she has it all together. She’s beautiful, and that Scottish accent is to die for. I have so much respect for her in sharing her story in such a transparent way.

I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with depression, or “other addictions or things we use to distract or numb ourselves”. Be inspired to seek not hide as Sheila shows you how prayer and reading God’s Word can give you the courage to live free.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Let’s Fix Our Eyes on Him

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For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Light, momentary, and temporary?

When I am in the midst of trials and suffering, it’s hard to remember that God has a plan.

I tend to hide and get stuck in the “Why Me?” phase.

{Read more ~ I’m so honored to guest post at my friend Sarah Travis’ blog today.}


Brag about your weaknesses

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Brag about your weaknesses | Kim Stewart

“Do I have to tell her again?”

Do you imagine God thinking that about you on a daily basis?

Or maybe it’s just me.

When I struggle between my faith and my temptations, I know God asks “do I have to tell her again?”

It’s like the church in Corinth. Paul’s second letter to the church was much more personal than his first.  His first letter was practical, focusing on the character of the church.

But some questioned Paul’s authority wondering “who are you to tell us what to do”.  So he wrote to them again, sharing who he was, and about God’s strength in his weakest moments.

And just like them, I need God to tell me again and again he is strong where I am weak.

A few words in verse 12:9 stood out to me so I looked them up:

  • sufficient = enough to meet the needs of a situation
  • power = God’s ability to control people or things
  • perfect = satisfying all requirements
  • weakness = something that you like so much that you are often unable to resist it
  • boast = brag; speak with pride

Food is my weakness, something I like so much I am often unable to resist it. Honestly, it’s out of control.

But really, it’s my weakness that is out of my control.

So what’s a girl to do?

“Do I have to tell her again?”  (yes, please).

Paul teaches us to turn our weakness over to God as He’s able to satisfy all our needs.

Then Paul encourages us to brag about those weaknesses. Show others how God’s power makes us strong enough to live with those weaknesses.  In fact, if the number of times Paul uses “boast” in this letter is any indication, he wants us to brag A LOT.

So let’s turn to God and brag in prayer:

God, I’m struggling here. I am weak and looking for my “quick fix” of comfort in the pantry again. I’m relying on you to give me the strength to make a better choice. Let me feel your perfect power in my weakness.

Now it’s your turn:  what weakness will you brag about today?

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Change Me as I Walk in Faith

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As I work on leaving my fears behind in my Walk in Faith study, I tried out some skills our bible study leaders have taught:  using a parallel Bible and verse mapping.

I started simple and chose Proverbs 3:5-6, since the main theme of Proverbs is wisdom and I need all that I can get.  I also love that the first word in this verse is trust, as that is something I have to work on to conquer my fear and Walk in Faith.

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I used the parallel Bible feature within Bible Gateway to compare translations on just 2 lines within these verses:

Lean not (NIV) /
do not depend on your own understanding
(NLT) /
don’t try to figure out everything on your own
(MSG) – so guilty of that one

Submit to him (NIV) /
seek his will
(NLT) /
listen for God’s voice
(MSG) – gotta learn to slow down so I can hear Him

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Stop trying to figure out everything on my own (ie. stop hiding).  Listen for God’s voice (ie. start seeking).  Change my heart, God, I pray.

In Proverbs, Solomon gives us practical ways to live out what we have learned.  Oh, God has been speaking to my heart on this very subject for quite a while now.  I’m an avid reader, love to learn, but actually living God’s Word is something I need to work on.  Change my heart, God, I pray.

My NIV Life Application Study Bible gives us the “formula” for effective living.  I matched that up to Proverbs 3:5-6.

  • begins with God’s Wisdom – respect and appreciate who God is
  • requires moral application – Trust in the Lord with all your heart
  • requires practical application – Seek His will in all you do
  • results in effective living – and He will show you which path to take

I was surprised how much more there was to learn from this verse I’ve heard time and time again.  Thanks OBS Sisters for inspiring me to dig deeper into God’s Word!

If you want to learn more about verse mapping, check out Sarah’s post on the OBS blog.

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