A story about an Angel, a sheep, and renewed strength


God wants us to hold on to His promises even when it looks like they will never come true and that He has abandoned us.

Below author and speaker Shelia Walsh talks about holding on and trusting God, even when it feels as if we have been abandoned by Him.

She discusses what it was like to go from Christian TV host in the morning and Physic Ward patient in the evening, She talks about how, even though she “felt” abandoned, God let her know that He was with her.

I think it’s interesting that so often the promises of God become most real when you find yourself in a place that’s almost the antithesis of the promise. …
Romans 8 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible. It begins with, “No condemnation,” and ends with, “No separation.” And I used to cling onto that, that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
But in that place where I felt like I’d been abandoned, I discovered that God knew exactly — in fact, I had an encounter with an angel, the only one I’ve ever been aware of, before or since — about 3:00 in the morning… I heard someone come into my room and I didn’t even look up, but they walked right up to me and stood in front of me and I saw a man’s feet, so I looked up. Looked to me just like a hospital worker going off duty, but he put something in my hands, and it was a little -it was a lamb, like a stuffed toy, and he turned and went to the door, and when he got to the door, he stopped and he turned around and he said, “Sheila, the Shepherd knows where to find you.”
And at the darkest moment in my life, when I felt as if anything that gave me any value as a human being, I heard the greatest news of my life, that no matter how lost you feel, the Shepherd knows where to find you.

I heard her tell that story years ago during a Women of Faith conference and it always stuck with me because it shows that it does not matter how we “feel,” we as Christians need to daily walk in the truth that we are never alone!

If God has promised you something, hold on to that promise, and hold on to God because He is holding on to you!

You are not alone!!!


Story: http://www.turningpointzone.com/sheila-walsh

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When it is not good to be fully loaded


So I have been going through a transition lately.

I left my job a month ago, against the advice of most people I know, to follow Gods leading.

I was to be home for about six months to prepare for my future.

Although I dreamed of starting it off by setting myself apart for God, I ended up in bed for the better part of the month sick, and then fighting the doubts and insecurities that rose up for the rest of it.

There were a lot of them, I could fill the page with all of them.

For a while it seemed as I would not be able to get out of the hole that I seemed to be in.

But God is faithful. I cried out to him and he answered me.

He started filling the hole under my feet with things like encouraging words from friends, prayers of others, as well as flat out giving me what I needed to keep going.

Before I knew it the hole was filled and I was once again standing on solid ground.

I am back to my old self again, and ready to claim all that God has for me.

Sometimes as Christians we get so busy doing what God called us to do that we forget about the fact that we are called to do it in HIS strength not ours.

When God gives you something to do that is so hard you feel as if you cannot rise from the weight of it, call out and ask him to take the load.

He will do it.

Because He loves you and because the load was never yours to carry.

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