The Family Faith Tree {Sheila Walsh} & a Giveaway!

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I am ecstatic to have Sheila Walsh as a guest on the site today!  I have heard Sheila speak for the past several years at Women of Faith.  She has a beautiful testimony of God's work in her life, and I have been impacted over and over again by her ministry!

Sheila Walsh is a Bible teacher, speaker, singer, and best-selling author with more than 4 million books sold. Sheila Walsh is the creator of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess® brand, which has sold over 1.5 million units and won two National Retailer's Choice Awards. As a featured speaker with Women of Faith®, Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining honesty, vulnerability and humor with God's Word. She resides in Dallas with her husband Barry and son Christian.

Visit www.sheilawalsh.com for more information about Sheila, her other books or Women of Faith.

 

Sheila writes:

One of the most important lessons I have learned in my own life is the joy that comes from perseverance. Eugene Peterson, borrowing a phrase from Friedrich Nietzsche, wrote his book  “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction …Discipleship in an Instant Society.” He points to the Psalms as the way believers have always learned to pray what they live and live what they pray but it is not a short journey. It is an intentional commitment to keep walking even when you are worn out.

*If we want to see lasting results in any area of life it’s important to keep walking in that direction.

*If we want to have a better understanding of the Gospel of John then it takes time and commitment to dig deeper day after day.

*If we want to be thinner this summer than last summer then the work begins now not then. So too in our relationship with Christ.....

*If we want to know Him at a more profoundly intimate level, that also takes an intentional seeking after Him every day.

As a grown woman I have come to love the beauty of this gift. Passing this “mined treasure” onto my son on the other hand has been an interesting challenge.  We live in such a fast paced, attention-challenged culture where the latest thing can be delivered to your doorstep by tomorrow for a few dollars more. But, as you know, by the time it is delivered it has already been replaced or updated!

How do we speak then into the lives of our children to help them understand and value perseverance?

For me…part of the puzzle meant a large piece of poster board, scissors, some photos and a bottle of Elmer’s glue. My son, Christian and I spread everything out on a sheet in the game room as I explained our project. “We’re going to make a family faith-tree,” I said. “These are photos of family on your dad’s side and on mine. Many of them have gone on to be with Jesus but the seeds they planted into our family continue to grow.” Then we wrote down their names and when they came to faith in Christ (as many as I knew).  It was quite something to see when we were finished.

“Your life matters Christian. Running your race well matters.”

That night we read these words from the writer to the Hebrews,

“We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up.” Hebrews 12:1 (NCV)

Blessings,

Sheila

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Sheila is giving away 2 copies of her latest book in the Gabby series, Gabby's Stick-to-It Day! - A Story About Never Giving Up!! Based on Galatians 6:9, this second title in Gabby's series follows little Sophie on her quest to do kind things for her family. But each of Sophie's good intentions results in a great, big mess-and a busy guardian angel as Gabby tries to keep the little girl from harm. Sophie quickly gets frustrated amidst each task and refuses to continue. Little ones will learn an important lesson on perseverance when Gabby whispers words from Galatians 6:9 into Sophie's ear: "Let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." Young hearts will also be reminded of God's continual protection over them in the form of angels, just as Gabby protects and encourages Sophie.

"God's commitment to children is so much greater than any parent could ever offer," remarked author Sheila Walsh. "God's angels do the will of our Father in heaven and always point the attention back to Him. That's Gabby's job throughout this series." Gabby learns that when we live a life of faith in Christ, influenced by the Holy Spirit, we will reap eternal life, just as Galatians 6 tells us. Even from the littlest among us, we are exhorted to do good, whatever our circumstances.

Walsh's Gabby, God's Little Angel series engages little girls with stories of Sophie's antics and the lengths to which Gabby goes to keep her safe. A series for little girls ages 3-7, Gabby follows the success of Walsh's award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess series.

Enter below to win a copy of this sweet book!