Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Well this is fun! My website has been selected as the August winner of the Brilliant Blog Award and is in the running for the Blog of the Year Award. I’m so honored and humbled by this.
My friend, best-selling author and fellow blogger herself, Karla Akins hosts the Brilliant Blog Award and last month she goofed and didn’t choose a brilliant blog. However, she made up for it and wrote the sweetest blog about my blog. You can check it out here:
Now don’t go thinking that because I’m friends with her that I had inside pull on winning this award. I didn’t. Frankly, I had no idea that she still did the Brilliant Blog Award (shows how much attention I pay). Karla chose my blog simply because she believes in my ministry and wants people to be inspired as much as I do.
Now here’s where you all come in; this contest isn’t over. You can help my website win the Blog of the Year Award for 2016. All you have to do is slide on over to the right hand column or at the top of this post and click the Brilliant Blog Award button! Every person who puts in my website votes for my blog. Karla will announce the winner at the end of the year.
What’s in it for me? Just a pretty little button on my website that says I’m a winner. Also I get the recognition that my blog is brilliant not just in looks but in content.
So will you help me? Will you click the Brilliant Blog Award button and vote for me? Send your friends to the website to vote, too. Also, leave a comment at the end of this post and let me know your thoughts. And if you want to know more about my ministry and what I’m doing as a writer, register to receive my email newsletter. The registration form is also at the top of the right hand column.
Don’t miss out! There are loads of things going on in this writer’s world. I would love to have company on my journey. Won’t you join me?
Let’s Walk Healed together!Shelley
Sunday, September 18, 2016
|Walking Healed, first edition ©ShelleyWilburn|
Hey, Y’all! So, a year ago I published my first book, Walking Healed, A Journey of Forgiveness, Grace, and Hope. This book is a glimpse into my journey of healing and is written to encourage those who suffer depression, anxiety, intimidation, and abuse. Frankly, anyone suffering from these or any kind of addiction or disorder will be encouraged.
I wrote the book in a way that tells bits and pieces of my story, but then shows how God can make those negative things work for your good. God is our good, good, Father and everything in our lives He always works out for good. Walking Healed shows all of that and more.
The book has been out for a year. But I wanted people to have an even deeper experience and really learn how to walk healed. That’s why I’m so excited to announce the release of the Walking Healed Companion Study; Finding Healing, Forgiveness, Grace, Hope, and Your Purpose. In this five-week Bible study, we go on a journey together using Walking Healed, and we dive into God’s Word to find each of the above mentioned areas of our lives.
We visit each topic for one week. During that time we will learn to use God’s Word to speak over our lives, how to pray through our difficulties, and finally wind up finding our purpose. Each topic leads to the next in this journey of discovery.
If you or someone you know suffers depression, anxiety, panic disorder, abuse or addiction of any sort, or even no self-esteem or feelings of no self-worth, this study was written with you in mind. God thinks you were worth saving, and so do I.
These books are so dear to me that I want to share them with you in a special way. When I published the Bible study, I also gave the book a new look and issued a second edition. However, the first edition is still just as important. It just has a different cover. I had a few extra copies lying around, so I decided to give three people a very special, signed copy of the first edition of Walking Healed to either keep or give away to a friend who needs to be encouraged. Hey y'all, the holidays are fast approaching. Think about it.
Here’s what you need to do to be included in the drawing for a first edition of Walking Healed:
Sign up below for my newsletter to receive periodic updates on new book releases and book signings. This is new to me too, so I promise not to blow up your email with messages. However, by signing up for my newsletter you will also be the first ones to get schedules of my speaking engagements, book signings, and juicy (okay juicy would be messy so no juice), how about exciting, random giveaway stuffs whenever I publish a new book. Who knows? You may also get a free eBook or some other goodies just for being part of my private email group! What can you lose? Well, maybe inside info, but hey it’s all fun!
Okay y’all for every person who signs up your name goes into the funky, Spunk ‘n Sass hat. Each one of my three grand-boys will draw a name on Friday, September 23, 2016.
So, three blessed individuals will receive a special first edition copy of Walking Healed. Sound like fun? I think so! But I’m also going to give you a way to double your chance of winning.
Share this with all your friends and get them to sign up. If my email list hits one hundred, or more, everyone’s name goes into the hat a second time You and your friends just got double the chance of winning!
Are you ready? I am! Just fill out the form below or in the right hand column of this blog, submit it. Then watch your email to confirm your subscription, then you will qualify for the drawing. After that, be watching on September 23rd to see if you win. My first email newsletter will go out soon afterward with information about the official book launch for the Walking Healed Companion Study and release of the second edition of Walking Healed. If you’re part of the newsletter, you may also get some inside info on some more goodies and giveaways set for that special day. But you have to sign up to find out.
Good luck and many blessings to you!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
“We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” The Apostles Peter and John, Acts 4:20 (NLT)
|My husband, talking to others about Jesus.|
There will be times when people just want you to stop talking about Jesus. Sometimes you yourself will want to stop. But you can’t. You can’t stop talking about Him. You can’t stop telling people what He’s done for you. You can’t stop talking about the things He has done, especially for you. I know I can’t.
The world is no different than it was in Peter and John’s time. There are leaders who want us as Christians to shut up. Don’t talk about Jesus. Don’t tell things that lead up to Him. Sometimes even other Christians don’t want us to speak up. Peter and John were just reprimanded and told never talk about Him again. Their reply was truthful and bold; “We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”
They had seen and heard some pretty miraculous, exciting, life-changing things. Have you? Have you seen the miracles of Jesus? Have you experienced something exciting? Have you been part of something life-changing? If you know Jesus, you have! If you’re saved, then you are something miraculous, exciting, and life-changing! If you have seen me, then you have seen all three of these things, too.
Listen up dear lovelies all people who have experienced salvation have experienced something life-changing, something miraculous, something exciting. You can’t deny it. So why are you living quietly on the sidelines, wishing you could be part of a move of God when you already are? Why are you keeping that bottled up inside you when you could be shouting it from the rooftops, encouraging someone else?
I don’t want people to think I’m weird.
Really? If you belong to Jesus you’re already peculiar, so what does it matter if people think you’re weird?
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; ~1 Peter 2:9, KJV (emphasis mine)
You are a walking miracle. I am a walking miracle. We were placed on the earth at this moment in time, for such a time as this, to tell our story and bring hope, life, and encouragement to someone who is walking in darkness.
Your story matters. You may think it doesn’t have sparkle and zazz but to be quite honest, if Jesus is in the middle of it, it’s full of sparkle and full of zazz! And no one can tell you that it isn’t because they didn’t experience what you experienced. The only way someone is going to know what the Lord did for you is if you tell them. So get out there and tell them.
What if I just keep quiet?
I'll let Jesus answer that question:
He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” Jesus, replying to the Pharisees who wanted Him to rebuke His followers and keep them quiet. Luke 19:40 (NLT)
So you see? Even when Jesus walked the earth, there were people who didn’t want His followers to speak things about Him or about the things He had done in their lives. Yet, they defied even the religious leaders of their time and were obedient to the Lord, telling of the great things He had done not only in their lives, but of the things they had seen Him do for others.
It’s our duty to do the same. We can’t keep quiet. We can’t back down. Let me encourage you today to take a stand. Stand up for what God has done in your life. Where would you be today had He not saved you? So your salvation wasn’t explosive. That’s okay! But you’ve been saved.
Although my salvation experience wasn’t explosive, my healing was. Why? Because it happened thirty years after my salvation. It happened after nearly a lifetime of suffering and pain. It happened at a time when I was finally tired of going around and around in the black hole of depression and anxiety. It happened at a time when I was tired of being intimidated by other people when I could be standing tall and living the life God intended for me to live. What if it helps one person find healing from depression? What if it helps one person to be encouraged to take a stand? That’s why I talk so much about my healing.
Think about this: How can someone else’s life be encouraged or changed by hearing your story?