Thursday, October 16, 2014

Changing Your Life

There many people, even friends of mine, who have been or are suffering with anxiety and depression. It breaks my heart, especially when I hear them say, "It runs in my family," or "I just deal with it and battle it every day, hoping for the best."

I can totally identify with this, which is why it hurts my heart so much for them. Because, I suffered in silence with this very thing for over forty years. 

Anxiety, depression, panic attacks, low self-esteem, no self-worth, oppression, and intimidation were among my constant companions. I didn't like any of them, yet it seemed as if everywhere I went, they followed me. Many times they would embarrass me so badly that I had to leave whatever place I was at, while ridicule and insults from others followed me out the door, oftentimes calling me on the phone to continue the diatribe.

I thought this was just how life was meant to be. I honestly thought that the hopeless feelings I had were just life. It ran in the family, so why wouldn't I have it? My grandmother and mother had depression, I heard them talk openly about it my whole childhood. They spoke it over me continually, "Just wait till you get older. This is what you have to look forward to. It runs in the family."

    Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict. ~Proverbs 17:1
People with depression and anxiety suffer. But they also cause those around them to suffer too, whether they mean to or not. In my family, those who were suffering weren't content unless everyone else was upset and anxious as well. And while there was medication for this problem, no one ever told any of us that God was not the author of our misery. Yet, I know that I often questioned Him as to why He allowed me to have this malady.

God did not give any of us depression, anxiety, or any other emotional or mental disorder. However, sometimes He does allow us to go through these things. Why? The answer is not always readily available. But one thing I do know is that though we suffer through the "black hole" or the "pit," God is always using this to move us forward into the calling He has for our lives.

It was two years ago that He literally healed me from the inside out, from the bottoms of my feet to the top of my head, and ripped all that junk right out of me! Yes! You can be healed from depression, panic, anxiety, oppression, and all the above mentioned things. God has a purpose for you, dear lovelies. He loves you most dearly, is crazy about you, and He does have a use and purpose for your life.

The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. ~Psalm 138:8 

You are not hopeless. You are not a mistake. Your circumstances are not fixed or resigned to "it runs in the family." It is time to lift your head and take a stand. Receive the healing of God over your mind, your emotions, your body, and all aspects of your life! Walk out your healing. Just because something "runs in the family" doesn't mean that it continues with you. Break the cycle. Break the chains. Don't let your history destroy your destiny!

I cry out to God Most High,* to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. He will send help from heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me. My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness. ~Psalm 57:2-3

I'm not saying flush all your medications.* I'm also not saying that medicine is bad, because you may just need that for a while. Find a good, Christian counselor. That's not so bad, either and they may help you work out your healing. And remember that God is the Great Physician, the Healer, and the name of Jesus is above all other names...including depression!

Thank God for healing you today! Read His Word on healing. Speak it over your life today and every day. If you don't know where to find healing Scriptures, email me at shelley@shelleywilburn.org and I will send you a list. Trust me. They are very powerful. God's Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). Don't spend one more minute suffering anxiety! Read the healing prayer below and begin a new, healed life!

In the name of Jesus I bind depression, anxiety, panic, oppression, and every other malady associated with these things, and I cast them into the depths of the sea, never to return. I loose the Holy Spirit into my life to fill the holes left by these things. I release peace, a sound mind, calmness, and peace of mind. I take captive every thought. I thank You Lord for healing me, and I receive that and walk in it. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against me shall fall. I do not have a spirit of fear. I have power, love, and a sound mind. I am the head and not the tail. I am more than a conqueror through Christ Who loves me, and I can do all things through the strength that He gives me. Thank you Lord for hearing me. I claim all Your promises, in Jesus' name, Amen and AMEN!

If that's you today, please email me. I'll be happy to pray for you, and send you more information on healing! You CAN change your life and live healed!




*NOTE* 
I am not an advocate of discontinuing medication for depression or anxiety cold turkey. Please seek medical advice, and above all pray first before doing anything. If you need more help, please call someone.

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Pr 17:1). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 57:2–3). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 138:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let "It" Go

Sometimes you just have to let it go. "It" can be anything; anger, sadness, a grudge, jealousy, envy, past hurts, painful words, intimidation, ugly thoughts and notions, a bad relationship or friendship, a fear, or a bad doctor's report. It can be anything especially if "It" holds you back from a relationship with Jesus.

"It" can get in the way of moving forward with the Lord. "It" can also keep you from living the life God designed for you. Sometimes you can let go of one "It" and another one will present itself to take "It's" place. 

I know this from experience. I lived with several "It's" for too many years. When God healed me, I let "It" go... but another "It" presented itself. Then another. Then another. I battled them for a while and kept the "It's" at bay. But once when I wasn't looking, another "It" crept in and attached itself to me. I carried "It" around with me for a while, all the time convincing myself that I was doing the right thing. All along determined that I was right.

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My biggest "It" was a fear that latched itself to me over twenty years ago, when my mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I was promptly told that "It" (cancer) runs in the family. I didn't want this "It." So I avoided it, ran from it, ignored it, and all those other things to prevent me from having to face the "It." But "It" hit me square in the face one afternoon and I could no longer avoid "It."

I was called to come back in for a second scan after a recent mammogram. Something didn't look right, so they wanted to take another look. I made the appointment for the following week. However, I did not receive the information. In the name of Jesus, I stood on every promise that He made to me. Ultimately, everything turned out "perfectly normal" and there was "absolutely nothing there." My faith had been shaken, but instead of hiding in fear, I stood boldly claiming the promises God made to me.

Letting your "It" go doesn't mean that you don't feel fear. It also doesn't mean that you get a good report from the doctor. It just means that you change your focus from the "It" to the One Who is in control of all things. Regardless.

I don't know why I went through what I did, other than to increase my relationship and trust with the Lord. Or maybe so that I could have an understanding for women who are facing this very thing right now.

I do know this; the "It" that I was convinced was chasing me for the last twenty years has not been chasing me. I've been supposed to be chasing IT! Sword drawn, rebuking, and casting IT OUT... In Jesus' name!

It's time to let "It" go and reclaim your life back! And if you're afraid well, just do it afraid! The battle is already won! Jesus took care of your "It."



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Don't Let Your Engine Idle

I woke up this morning with a statement on my mind. At first, I was a bit confused about what it meant. I thought I was supposed to write about not being idle, about how important it is that we stay focused on Christ, read His Word, and not let ourselves become drawn into the drama of other people’s lives. Before long, a Scripture came to mind and I thought I had it all together, so I went to the computer to start writing, as I told the Lord, “I’m up. I’m going.”

But when I got to the computer, the words were forced and stilted. I couldn’t figure out why things were not progressing the way they should. That’s when I realized that the message that woke me up wasn’t exactly for everyone else in particular. It was for me. The message was…

Don’t let your engine idle.

Sounds cryptic, doesn’t it? It isn’t. Not really. Because when you put the following verse with it, it makes all the sense in the world;

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. ~Joshua 1:8, NKJV

Basically, open your Bible and read! Listen. Do what it says. Stay focused on the Lord because He knows which direction you need to go.


I like how The Message puts it; “And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mine. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed.”

Idleness causes problems in so many ways; mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. It allows the enemy to plant ridiculous notions in you and when they begin to grow, disaster follows.

Why do you think people jump to conclusions, believe gossip, suffer depression, anxiety, have low self-esteem, have anger, discontent, jealousy, or feel hopeless? Maybe you’re thinking right now, that’s just fine for you but you don’t know what it feels like! Oh yes, dear one, I do! I know the feelings I just mentioned because I lived them for far too long! I know how it feels to suffer. I know how it feels to get out. I also know how it feels to be attacked and feel the pull of the things I was healed from trying to weigh me back down! It’s not fun.

But let me tell you this; I also know how it feels to have Someone come to your rescue! I know how it feels to realize that my trials and attacks were the result of the enemy in his jealous rage against me, knowing that I was being moved up and into the destiny God has for me. The enemy doesn’t want to see me succeed, so he begins attacking with every trick he can muster (1 Peter 5:8), as I get closer and closer to the next level, the next phase in my purpose. And if I have become idle in my walk, in my perseverance, then it’s all so much easier for the enemy to attack! This is why I woke up with the message, “Don’t let your engine idle” in my mind, quickly followed by Joshua 1:8.


Today let my message become yours. Don’t let your engines idle dear lovelies! The enemy of your soul wants to throw a monkey wrench in your gears. Stay alert and watch out for attacks. But also know that when the attacks come, you’re getting close to a new blessing from God! So be persistent and stay focused…

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ~James 4:7

...and never give up!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Popping the Bubble

There are times when I feel as if I just go through life completely clueless! Everyone around me seems to "get it" yet I'm left standing, wondering, what "It" is! I wonder if God is really hearing my prayers. I wonder why I can't feel Him. I wonder why it seems as if everyone around me does. And then I wonder why I seem to be hitting a brick wall. That's about the time the brick wall hits me.

Ever have those "Duh!" moments? Those moments when it all falls into place and the light bulb clicks on and all of a sudden, you get it. I mean, you really truly GET IT! We often get into a rut in our walk with God. We get comfy and cozy in that warm, fuzzy place and decide, yeah I like it here just fine. Then we begin to go through the everyday bump and grind of living in a continuous bubble. Because face it, in that little bubble we don't have to change. We can keep things just the way they are because we like it here. Things can stay the way they always were and we can never have any trials.

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POP!

God knocks us right out of that little bubble and into reality and we are left wondering, what just happened? We weren't meant to live in a bubble. We were meant to play outside and get dirty. We were meant to interact with others, even when they don't look, dress, act, or smell like us. We were meant to live that mystery that we so often place God in. "God is so mysterious! He's hard to get to know. He works in mysterious ways that we don't understand." Nonsense!

Yes, God is mysterious! But He gave us a way to know Him! He gave us Jesus. He gave us a Helper in the Holy Spirit, Who intercedes for us when we pray. I mean, how hard is it to just get it? It's not hard. We make it such by claiming mystery, being afraid, avoidance, and just play 'ol obstinance. And in doing so, we are being disobedient.

I don't want to live that way. I want to know God and for Him to know me. I want to get out there, roll in the dirt, get dirty, sweaty, smelly, and be able to say, "Yep! God was there! He showed up in all my grit and grime and we got some stuff done.

Don't get me wrong. Even if you're not out there getting dirty, God will still meet you wherever you are. God is not going to leave you where you are though. He wants to do a wonderful work in and around you. The mystery of God is that people are afraid of the mystery. We try to figure God out when all He wants us to do is just show up and let Him use us.

He has a purpose for you. He has a plan for you. But He's not going to come in, breaking down the door, blowing the victory horn. God is subtle. God is kind. He is loving. He will kindly knock on your heart's door. But you have to get up, go to the door and open it. Then you have to invite Him in because God won't even come in without an invitation! He's a gentleman. And there lies the mystery.

People have a hard time understanding that mystery. They believe God is sitting on His throne, waiting for us to mess up so that He can "zap" us. Nothing can be further from the truth.

What are you dealing with today? Been away from God for a while? Think you've gone too far? You haven't. God still loves you and still has a plan for you. It's up to you to decide if you want to know what that is. You're out of the bubble. Are you ready to answer the door?





Saturday, July 19, 2014

Snakes in the Garden

Have you ever walked out into your garden, or any garden for that matter, and come upon a snake? That's enough to give your heart palpatations! I'm not fond of snakes. In fact, I hate them. Yes, I know that some snakes are good for the garden, good for your yard, and eat mice and other not-so-lovely creatures. But they also eat the good ones too and will hide in the grass waiting to strike you when you least expect it. So I'm not fond of them. My husband dislikes them even more than I do, and he will go as far as to tell you that he hates them.

You know, a snake (serpent) is what the devil disguised himself as in the Garden of Eden when he pulled one over on Eve, and then Adam (see Genesis 3). Isn't that just like an enemy? Disguise himself as something else in order to trick you into thinking or acting a certain way, or to get you to mess up.

For years, he tricked me into believing that I was no good. He tricked me into believing that my life didn't matter, that no one cared about me, that I was useless, and most of all that God didn't have any use for me either. So, why even try? Why even get out of bed in the morning? No one was going to defend me. No one was going to care. No one was going to like me, love me, or help me. Wrong!

I had been married for nearly thirty years, raised three children, watched them grow up, get married, and begin having children of their own, and I still thought I didn't have a purpose! How ridiculous was that! I slipped in and out of depression, had panic and anxiety attacks with no warning, and my weight fluctuated up and down for years. But then  a miracle happened...God healed me!

For too many years I had listened to one snake after another tell me I couldn't, I shouldn't, and I wouldn't. But God said I COULD, I SHOULD, and I WOULD! He knew before I was even born that I would be writing this right now. The enemy knew I would and tried to prevent it. But you know what? The enemy doesn't have any power. For too many years I allowed the enemy to control me, until I discovered that he only had power because I gave it to him. Not anymore!

The enemy is a sneaky, vile, snake who is waiting to strike when you least expect it. But he doesn't have any power. You do! You need to put your foot down right on top of the enemy and take control back! You may be wondering how to do that. Let me explain; all you have to do is make up your mind, and tell him NO! Then ask the Lord to fill you with peace, comfort, and a sound mind, because the truth is that you do NOT have a spirit of fear. You do have power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

It's time to get the snakes out of your garden. 



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