Saturday, February 21, 2015

Join the Walking Healed Book Launch Team



Hi, Friends!

Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Do you blog? How about Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn?

I need your help.

In just a few short weeks my first book, Walking Healed is being released. Here's a blurb about it:

"Sometimes...we have to get to a certain point in our lives where we are actually ready for God to use us. And God has to get us to that certain point in our lives when the clay is ready for the Master's hands. I was at that point the night God healed me."
~ Shelley Wilburn, excerpt from Walking Healed

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you weren't suffering depression, intimidation, or even verbal or mental abuse? Depression is a very real issue for many people. It causes health issues, affects relationships, marriages, your weight, and even your walk with the Lord. Many people don't understand that even Christians suffer depression. Shelley Wilburn knows and understands a life lived in the "black hole" of depression and intimidation. She suffered it for over forty years. She also knows what it's like when God heals you from it all, sending you on a wonderful journey of walking healed.

In Walking Healed, Shelley uses personal stories and biblical truths to encourage others and experience the hope that she walks in every day. She uses her story of healing to help others know that even depression is curable and that "nothing is impossible with God."

Walking Healed
A Journey of Forgiveness, Grace, and Hope

I'm looking for people to join the book launch team, making a commitment to share statuses, tweet, blog, review, and create general buzz about Walking Healed on and around the release date (to be announced).

If you are accepted as a team member, here are the benefits:

1. A free, electronic review pdf of the book in advance of the publication date.
2. A chance to win prizes! (I'll do a special giveaway once a week for several weeks during promotion).
3. Access to me and other team members in a Private Facebook Group.
4. A thank you link to your blog or website from my blog.
5. A guest post slot here on my website.

Team member requirements:
* A four week commitment to spread the word about the book online (the four weeks needed will probably start March 1st)
* Blog about the book, do a review, or a giveaway, or a Q&A with me on your site.
* Read and review the book online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads, etc...)
* Interact with the rest of the WH team and participate in the community to help come up with promotion ideas.

Interested?

Fill out the form below, submit it, and I'll contact you regarding details.

Also, share this post with other bloggers/social media friends who may be interested in joining in the fun!

Finally, leave a message letting me know you want to help out!

Thanks so much!! 




Friday, February 20, 2015

One Confident Momma

www.oneconfidentmomma.org
My daughter-in-love, Rhiannon has joined the writing world. I say that with all pride and awe because our newest grandson is now five months old and Rhiannon not only takes excellent care of him, but she also takes care of our son Logan and their home, and she's a fourth grade teacher. Blogging is just another notch in her lip gloss case (yes, I said lip gloss; my daughter-in-love is sparkly) but I'm also humbly proud because I got to help introduce her into the writing world.

One Confident Momma is the name of her website. She talks about becoming a new momma, how she felt, how she acted, and even the difficulties and fears she faced after having Handsome, as she calls him in her posts. He may be her Handsome, but he's Nonney's "Little Sweetness."

In One Confident Momma, new mommy's, seasoned mommy's, and even we grandma's (Nonney in my case) can get uplifting, inspirational messages, laugh at the antics of the baby (and the daddy), and if you're seasoned as I am, you can remember going through these things as well. You can even leave comments to encourage and support the confident mommas who follow the website!

Using personal stories, biblical truths, and a little bit of humor Rhiannon's One Confident Momma all in herself. But trust me when I say this, and she will tell you as well, she received her confidence from her heavenly Father, Who gives her the confidence she needs to be the momma that she is.

There are many MIL's and DIL's* who don't have good relationships. I find that so sad because this relationship shouldn't be one of competition. It should be one of love, nurturing, and a friendship that is strong enough to last a lifetime. If you don't believe me read the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Book of Ruth in the Bible. Take notes. Learn from it. Trust me on this; if you want a relationship like that with your daughter-in-love, learn from the best mother-in-law, Naomi. Pray for your own daughter-in-love. Talk to her. "Older women teach the younger women!" 

These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. ~Titus 2:4-5, NLT

Yes, Rhiannon married my baby boy. What mom doesn't want her son to have the best? What mom doesn't want to let go of her son, especially the baby? But I let go of him, knowing that I was gaining a daughter. Rhiannon and I talk about everything, we laugh, we cry, and I know I probably say and do things that make her mad. But I also know that she knows I only say things to her because I've been there, not because I'm trying to tell her what to do. And because she's One Confident Momma, she lets me talk. Then she makes her own decisions. And that's okay!

I hope you'll check out and support One Confident Momma. You can find her at the following link: www.oneconfidentmomma.org.




*MIL = Mother-in-law, DIL = Daughter-in-law, or daughter-in-love

Monday, February 16, 2015

Double Portions

Scripture Memory Journey #4

It's time for another installment in our Scripture Memory Journey. I hope you all are finding some good Scripture to memorize and I hope you'll share them in the comments below.

I was searching for a verse for this time, and wouldn't you know that this month's came just after Valentine's Day. Plus, the day to post fell on Sunday and church was awesome! So I didn't get to my memory verse until today. But that's okay. Better late than never!

This month, I found comfort in Isaiah 61:7.
Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. ~Isaiah 61:7, NLT

There are many people today who are living in shame for one reason or another. Whether we were put there by our peers, family, or someone we don't even know, shame can leave deep scars that last a lifetime. 

But God, ever faithful that He is, promises to give us a double share of honor, prosperity, and everlasting joy in place of the shame that we've lived in. We don't have to live in that state of embarrassment, shame, being uncomfortable, or even feeling like we don't belong. Because in God's eyes, we belong to Him and we are more than enough because of the blood of Jesus.

We may have been dishonored by our friends. We may have been neglected or shunned by family members. No matter what has happened to us in the past, God wants to take all of that and give us honor. He wants to prosper us, to give us more than we ever dreamed possible. He wants to give us such joy that we can't contain it.

How confused do you think that makes the enemy when those he has tried to destroy come out smiling and have more than they started with? Our lives are worth more than we ever imagined. It's not about "what's in it for me." It's about the blood of Jesus making us righteous in the sight of God. It's about Him pulling us up out of the slimy pit of neglect, depression, abuse, and all those other things that make us feel icky. 

I'm not where I am today because I did anything spectacular. Instead, I'm where I am today because Jesus did something spectacular when He went to the cross for me. But then, He also rose from the dead; for me. Oh, but that's not all! Because after He went back to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide me and help me along with my life. I may not have known or accepted that real quick, but He did it for me over two thousand years ago so that when I was ready He would be waiting for me.

Oh dear lovelies, don't you know that He's waiting for you, too? He is. He's always been there. Waiting. Waiting to give you double your portion of honor, prosperity, joy, happiness, and all the wonderful promises that He mentions in His Word.

There is no more shame for you dear one. No more. You are someone new, bought at a high price. You can exchange your shame today. All you have to do is lay it down and leave it. God will take care of the rest.


*Leave a comment with your Scripture verse in the box below. Don't forget to sign your name!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Having a Moses Moment

Ever had a Moses moment? It's that moment when God tells you to do something, or go somewhere, or talk to a certain person and suddenly you get pious and say, "But Lord, who am I that You should want me to do that?" Then you begin finding all the reasons why you shouldn't, couldn't, or can't do it. Or maybe why you won't.
borrowed from michaelprescott.typepad.com

We say we want to be used by God yet, when the moment arises we sound like the minions from Despicable Me; "WHAA?!" 

But we're not minions. We are God's children. We are the chosen of God. We are the righteous heirs to the Kingdom. We are the ones He has chosen for such a time as this to go out and find the rest of our siblings. We are equipped with mercy, grace, healing, and many other things, along with forgiveness, to go out and extend that to others. God has given us the authority to do say and do those things because of our faith in Jesus. 

"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well." ~Romans 12:6a, NLT

If we don't reach, teach, and equip others, how will they learn? How will they grow? How will they come to Him? They won't. Then who will be at fault? Us. Because we weren't obedient. I don't want that kind of thing hanging over my head. I don't want someone to fall by the wayside and it be my fault because I should have said something and didn't.

Often times we get afraid and we say, "But God, I can't." 
But God says, "I can."

"So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well." ~Romans 12:6b-7, NLT

We sometimes say, "But God, what if...?"
But God says, "I will."

"If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously." ~Romans 12:8a, NLT

We stamp our foot and say, "But God, I don't."
But God says, "I do!"

"If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly." ~Romans 12:8b, NLT

We are a conduit for His love, His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness, His healing, His hope, and the list is endless. Our obedience can be the difference between someone coming into who they are in Christ or someone never finding the wonderful life they were meant to live.


"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good." ~Romans 12:9, NLT


When we step forward into what God is calling us to do, no matter what it is, we become that conduit through which God can, will, and does forgive, heal, show mercy and grace, and give hope to those who are wandering aimlessly trying to find themselves.

There is hope dear lovelies. Don't me a minion. Be who you are; a child of the most high God! Take your Moses moment and turn it into something great for His Kingdom! Do what you're called to do. There is no time like right now to step forward and say, "Here I am, Lord. Send me!" Then GO!




Monday, February 2, 2015

Staying On Course

Scripture Memory Journey III


You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. ~Psalm 119:1-2, The Message

I was trying to decide on which verse to memorize this time. I realized that it was Sunday night, the first of February and I had yet to choose my next verse. It didn't matter that the first fell on a Sunday and that I had been at church all day, serving the Lord, watching and waiting for a Word from Him so I would know what to do next. He had already given me my instructions, my assignment. Several assignments to be exact. They were all lining up neatly in a row and I was privileged to be chosen to participate. But I still had no memory verse.

Not to worry! God is a great multi-tasker if anything else. He would give me my verse at just the right time. Dates and deadlines for myself did not matter. We are on God's time...and it wasn't time yet.

That evening I had chosen my verse to memorize. I decided to write it down on a notebook, but didn't have one sitting next to me (I know. A writer who's unprepared.) so I went into the bedroom to find one. I instantly found a notebook that I hadn't used in a few months. I had got it at a women's conference and just laid it to the side after making notes for something else. But here it was now and displayed directly on a clean page was the Scripture you see above. God wanted me to know this verse.


There is so much revealed in this verse and it spoke directly to my heart, encouraging me, leading me, chastising me, and blessing me all at the same time. I am blessed! More than that, I am blessed when I stay on course, the course He has set for me. By staying on course, I know that God is encouraging me in that things are going to get exciting very soon, just keep walking, keep trusting, and keep my eyes on Him. He will reveal the path He wants me to take as I walk. He will do the same for you, too. Keep walking Lovelies! Keep walking!

Not only that but, I'm blessed when I follow His directions. He has given us explicit directions. Each one of us have directions to follow. They are found in His Word. Mine may be different than yours, but the fact is that if we follow His directions, not our own, He will bless us. Right now in this season of my life, my directions are very clear. I'm doing all I can to follow them. Of course, sometimes I do get a little off course but, I instantly know it and do the best I can to get back on course. When we stay on course and follow His directions, He in turn will bless us.

I'm blessed when I do my best to find Him. How do we find God? We search for Him in prayer, in His Word, and simply by following Him. When we put forth the effort to find Him, He will reveal Himself to us. He will bless us. His Word says so. That's a promise, and God doesn't go back on His Word.

How exciting to find this particular verse this time! It's like getting an early Valentine from God. I hope it makes you feel as special as it makes me feel. We are so blessed. Stay on course, walk steadily on your road, the road revealed by God, follow His directions and do your best to find Him. You'll be just fine. 



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