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My Women of Faith Experience

Posted by Julie on February 9, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

I’ve had the pleasure of being chosen to review the February 18th screening of Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey, and I can’t wait. I went to a conference with friends from Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS, and I invited some MOPS moms who could use some laughs to come with  me. I can’t wait to go, and of course, to share my thoughts here with you.

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Before I do, I thought I’d talk about that experience. It was probably eight years ago, but I can recall it like it was yesterday morning. Beth Moore was announced as the pre conference speaker and I was determined to go. Her study, BELIEVING GOD, had transformed my life. The conference was in Cleveland, about an hour away, and MOPS moms thought the entire event would be a great experience as a local chapter.

Seeing Beth Moore in person was breathtaking. I do not worship her, don’t get me wrong, but I watched her worship. I was in the fifth row and I could see clearly.

Should I have been paying attention to my own worship?

Yep.

But I learned something by watching Beth Moore.

She was in a cute little business outfit and we were inside the Q, where the Cavs play. The floor was cement. And that little lady went face down in front of 5,000 women and gave her complete focus to Jesus as her worship leader, Travis, played. I was in awe and it struck me how hungry she was. And that I want to be all in for Him.

I have far to go, but I keep in mind I’m not Beth Moore and because the Lord looks at the heart, He sees beyond my worries that my pants would split or my knee would dislocate. We’ve had great conversations where I ask about why certain things happen with others and not with me and I loved his intimate answer. But I’ll always remember that worship. It was amazing.

The main conference made me laugh and I felt especially blessed as I realized it was the best of both worlds. The original group was starting to retire, but I believe it was Marilyn Meberg and Lucy Swindoll had me in stiches. I remember being mesmerized that when I closed my eyes, Lucy sounds exactly like her brother, Chuck.  From the younger crowd I could relate to Sheila Walsh. She was so transparent and uplifting. Her accent was beautiful.

I went home feeling energized, uplifted and refreshed. It was during a season where I was still trying to process the upheaveal my life took a couple years before through grief and change. The Beth Moore pre conference and the Women of Faith event were a prescription for mental and emotional healing. I am grateful for events like these that can touch and change women like me.

Have you ever been to a Women of Faith conference? I’d love for you to tell me about it.

 

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Mother of Pearl: Sheila Walsh’s Joy Comes from Perseverance

Posted by Julie on May 8, 2012 in encouragement, Guest blogger, Life Lessons |
Welcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series – a week long celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of today’s best writer’s (Tricia Goyer, Sheila Walsh, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Bonnie St. John, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on Mother’s Day.

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And to all you MOMS out there, Happy Mother’s Day!


Joy Comes from Perseverance by Sheila Walsh


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)
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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® and her new series, Gabby, God’s Little Angel. Meet Gabby in Gabby’s Stick-to-It-Day. 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.



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Book Review: Sheila Walsh’s God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They’re Not)

Posted by Julie on March 20, 2012 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, surrender, Writing |

I’m a fan of Sheila Walsh—I could listen to her Scottish accent all day, in fact, I wish Twitter had a voice preview so every once in awhile I could hear her precious tweets. She has a beautiful voice, a wonderful testimony, and what I appreciate most of all is that she is transparent.

She looks like her life is perfect, but she’s the first to write it isn’t. Those who best remember her as co-host of the 700 Club had no idea her struggles, and in her latest book, God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They’re Not,) once she sought help for her issues, few in her circle wanted anything to do with her.

God Loves Broken People is an encouragement to readers and loved ones going through any kind of brokenness. Sheila shares Biblical stories like Moses. She explores the men taking their friend to Jesus in Mark 2.

There are testimonies from families who grew stronger through their tough times. The McRae family and their daughter’s malignant brain tumor. Mother Theresa and how after her death, her writings revealed her own doubts. Some stories were familiar to me, and some were not.

She takes Scripture and breaks it down. My favorite passage to glean was from John Piper, with his tips on “Prayerfully Ransacking the Bible.” I loved the visual of going after God’s Word as a treasure and to go for it. Genesis 3. Proverbs. Psalms.

If you know someone going through a hard time, this book will be a healing balm for them. Yet, if this is not your first Sheila Walsh adult non fiction read, some of this might read familiar and for me, with a feeling that although we’re close to complete revelation, it’s not quite there. I don’t know how to explain it, but I felt like there needed to be more, that she was holding back. Perhaps its experience—that there is another book for her to write down the road—and in the interim, more brokenness for all of us.

If that’s the case, her book is a good go-to as we question, grieve, seek, knock, and hopefully grow stronger in the Lord.

To purchase Sheila Walsh’s God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They’re Not): click here.

I received this book as a BookSneeze blogger participant in exchange for an honest review.

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Sheila Walsh Introduces Gabby, God’s Little Angel with Kindle Giveaway

Posted by Julie on September 29, 2011 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |


Sheila Walsh is excited to announce her new series for little girls and she is celebrating Gabby’s arrival with a fun KINDLE Giveaway and an Angel FB party on October 4th!

Meet Gabby for yourself here. Help Sheila introduce Gabby – be sure to check out her video trailer promotion here!

In Gabby, God’s Little Angel, Gigi fans will fall in love with Gabby and learn about God’s love and provision and a little about His invisible creation, the angels.

Read what people are saying here.

Enter today – Sheila and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have put together an “Angel” prize package worth over $150.00!

One lucky winner will receive:

  • A brand new KINDLE with Wi-Fi
  • Gabby, God’s Little Angel

But wait! There’s more …


On October 4th join Sheila at her Author Page on FB for the Gabby, God’s Little Angel Party! She will announce the winner of the KINDLE, host a chat and give away a ton of fun products from the Gigi and Gabby line! RSVP today and then be sure to stop by on October 4th at 5:00 PM PST (6 PM MST, 7 PM CST, & 8 PM EST).

 

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BookSneeze Blogger Review- Sheila Walsh: How to be God’s Little Princess

Posted by Julie on March 15, 2011 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I’m a book reviewer through Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze blogger program. I love the program because you receive a free book in exchange for an honest review through your blog and a commercial website. I post my reviews on Amazon.

Today I’m reviewing Sheila Walsh’s How to Be God’s Little Princess. I loved her previous book, God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible so this was an easy pick for me.

Sheila gives “royal tips for manners, etiquette, and true beauty.” The book includes jewelry craft ideas, easy to read suggestions on dressing modestly yet being fashionable. Sheila includes lots of fun quizzes that helps your eight year old and up daughter to learn more about how God made her.

Sections include:

How to Dress Like a Princess, How to Wear a Tiara (and other princess necessities), How a Princess Perfects Her Poise, How to be Friends Princess Style, How to Dine with Royal Success, How to Sparkle Like a Princess, How to Have a Rockin’ Royal Party,  How to be Media Wise, How to be a Perfectly Polite Princess, How to be a Princess at Home, How a Princess Sports a Good Attitude, How a Princess Knows She Needs an Inner Beauty Makeover.

I have a princess at home. She loves pink, sparkles, tiaras and singing out her words because life is a song to her. She’s had a hard life in a short amount of time but because of that, she knows she’s God’s girl. I can’t wait to share this book with her. Honestly, I plan to hide this in her Easter basket because the book contains treasures far richer than peanut butter cups.

Sheila Walsh: How to be God's Little Princess

I believe this book is a great one to read with your daughter. There are hands on things to do to grow your relationship with her. There are also ideas she can do with friends. The book is full of Scripture to help navigate your princess through royal choices so she can live like the princess in Christ she truly is.

Book Description

A fun guide book for God’s little princesses.

What does it take to be a princess? Sheila Walsh has some important answers to share for every little girl. This trendy design features black & white line art and a two-color pink and black interior. The art will tie to each how-to topic in the book—how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to follow Jesus, how to act like a princess when things go terribly wrong, and many more.

To purchase, click here.

Again, I received this book through Booksneeze for free in exchange for an honest review.



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