Start Over . . . From Right Where You Are

“When you allow a label to become the greatest truth about yourself, you’ve missed out on the glorious redemption Christ bought for you on the cross.”

It's Okay Not to be Okay —p. 167

As heard on Turning Point Radio - January 31, 2019

Dr. David Jeremiah's Interview with Sheila Walsh, Author of It's Okay Not To Be Okay

 

In this new book, Sheila shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help you move forward one step at a time, knowing God will never let you down:

Take the First Step
Admit That You Are Struggling
Change the Way You Think
Face the What-Ifs Even If You Are Afraid
Let Go of What You Can’t Control
Rise Above Disappointment
Celebrate Your Scars as Tattoos of Triumph
Decide to Start Again . . . and Again

We've all experienced that moment where we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, broken relationships, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila Walsh encourages readers to face the pain head on and then start again, from right where they are. She shares that when she discovered "I'm not good enough and I'm good with that," everything started to change.

With more than 5 million books sold, Sheila co-hosts LIFE Today and speaks to audiences around the world . . . yet she has found herself stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching more than once.

"You are worth fighting for. Your faith is worth fighting for. Christ is worth fighting for."

It's Okay Not to Be Okay—p. 194

Are You Okay With Not Being Okay?

Perform a quick self-check with the help of these questions, based on Sheila's new book:

  1. We speak to ourselves constantly. Do you tend to make punishing lists of personal failures or speak words of encouragement?
  2. Christ thought you were worth dying for! Does your self-talk embrace this marvelous truth?
  3. At some point, most of us pretend to be okay when we’re not. What are you afraid of revealing about your true self?
  4. Do you find yourself seeking approval? Whose approval is most important to you and why?
  5. How do you spend your spare time? Are you using that time for refreshment and renewal?
  6. Think about all the ways you serve—at church, at home, at school—and answer this question: are you serving out of pain or passion—out of a genuine calling or a devastating wound?
  7. We perceive people, ourselves included, to be winners or losers depending on their circumstances. How have circumstances affected your self-image?
  8. Social media is a marvelous tool for keeping in touch, but it often leads us to compare our trials with others’ triumphs. Does time on social media encourage you or discourage you? Do you need to set stronger boundaries for yourself with social media?
  9. Some things are hard to yield to God’s control—things like relationships, habits, and thoughts. What are you holding onto? What would it take for you to release that to God?
  10. Rules attempt to modify our behavior, but love, the love of God, changes our hearts. Will you fight for a faith that is your own or settle for what everyone tells you about God?

If you are ready to overcome the struggles and pain in your life, Sheila Walsh will guide you through the steps to starting over, from right where you are. Begin your journey today by requesting It’s Okay Not to Be Okay.