Hangout with Sheila Walsh & Lisa Harper

Sheila_Lisa_hangoutWatch Women of Faith speakers Sheila Walsh and Lisa Harper below for a Google Hangout. They’ll answer questions, talk about what God has done on the From Survival to Revival tour (so far), and more!

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  1. 1 month ago
    Mary says

    I have been struggling with a feeling of ‘not belonging’ in the church community this last year. This was the first WoF email that I’ve opened in about a year because I felt such an aversion towards other Christians. It all stems back to the fact that I asked my husband to move out a year ago. His self-hatred and mental illness became more than I could take. For 15 years, I prayed, and did everything possible to make it work. What makes me want to avoid Christian people now is that no one understands. God has spoken to me on the issue. He understands. However, my Christian friends don’t. Every Sunday our pastor says something about marriage (and how divorce is never the answer). No one ever talks about mental illness or emotional abuse in a marriage. I feel like my evangelical Christian friends are too judgmental to talk to about what’s going on in my life. Listening to you two helped lift me up and give me hope again that some day I’ll want to be involved with other believers again. Thank you!

    • 1 month ago
      ANA says

      Well what about God’s sovereignty?!! …doesn’t your pastor believe in God’s sovereignty?!…you should change to a church where you don’t feel so judged…where the members are there to be supportive of your struggles as you seek God to take you through them, and where the members aren’t judging you…God has a purpose for everything he puts you/us through…church leaders should be real. and mental illness and emotional abuse is real. i believe God has a purpose for allowing those things to happen to some and not to others….Not all “christian people”…are like that….maybe this is part of God’s plan for you…maybe your next step is to look for a new Christian church. either way,….you are not alone….take care,…you are loved:-)

      • 4 weeks ago
        Mary says

        Thank you, ANA! I do believe God has used this to strengthen me, & make me wiser, as well as more understanding of others’ issues & mental illness. God is so awesome, and always working for our good. I met so many women in my Bible studies who felt divorce was not an option. Some looked miserable in their own marriages. I realized when I read Boundaries in Marriage that there are limits. Thanks for your support!

  2. 1 month ago
    Jeanne K. phipps says

    Attending Women of Faith is one of the highlights of my year. I love the worship, the singing (I have very sensitive ears and need earplugs) and the stories these women tell. It’s an amazing feeling to be in a complex with thousands of other women all worshiping together.

  3. 1 month ago
    maaribel says

    I would love to talk to Shiela even if more a few minutes. I’ve written before but no answer. I have been going to WOF for about 15 years. I started with my daughter and group of friends. we love going there. 4 years ago, my daughter passed away in a car accident, my whole life has been shattered. I try begging God for help but don’t think I can make it. She was my best friend, we did a lot together, we visit the hospitals, she helped the needy and always worked with in the church. She sang and led worship and had a beautiful heart. Some times i beg God to take me home. She was 25 when she passed and it stills hurts like hell. Just need someone to talk to. I still go to WOF with friends, but with a big void in my heart. I will be in Hartford in Nov. love to see or talk to Sheila.

    • 1 month ago
      Maryann says

      Hi Maaribel:
      I am so sorry to learn about your daughters passing. I too lost a child (my son) and I know the pain you experience. My experience is that I need other moms who have lost a child. I belong to Compassionate Friends and Umbrella Ministry. In these 2 groups I find support and love that helps me manage my days. I would welcome talking with you and sharing what I’ve learned. We say in Compassionate Friends that “we need not walk alone… we are the Compassionate Friends.” I encourage you to find a local chapter and attend a meeting…Umbrella Ministry is a Christian organization for moms out of Palm Springs, Ca. but have conferences in the north, south, east and west each year. There is love and compassion in both organizations….something often not found in the circle we have come from. May God Bless you and help you along your journey.

    • 1 month ago
      Marty says

      Maaribel, I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. What a beautiful description of your WONDERful daughter. I hope ever so slowly the hole in your heart fills with drops of tenderness and care. Take care Maaribel

    • 1 month ago
      Jennifer Velasquez says

      Read your entry and wanted to say how I’m so sorry for your pain and the loss of your daughter. I know we don’t know one another, but if u need someone to talk to. I’m open to hear your heart. God bless you, sweet sister.

    • 1 month ago
      Jane says

      Hi Maribel,
      I’m so sorry for your great loss. I hear how much you are hurting. I just want you to know that I hear you and hurt for you, and that I will be lifting you up in prayer. It’s only been 4 years since your daughter was killed in the accident, so you are still dealing with emotional pain, but I believe that somehow your relationship with God will help you to find a light in the darkness and turn your sorrow into joy; you will be able to understand the suffering of others because of your deep suffering; I believe God has a great purpose for you to help/comfort others who share similar struggles. God bless you, dear heart.–Jane

    • Maaribel,

      I am praying for you right now. I believe the scripture Hebrews 13:6 is just what you need today. “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.” I know you are seeking God and I believe He is letting you know that HE IS THERE. If you can imagine climbing into His lap and letting his arms hold you. Just lean into His heart. He is saying that you will be ok and that your life is in his hands. This is a season from life that you will recover from because He will restore you completely. He won’t fail you. He knows the desire of your heart and you know His desire to heal you. Your daughter, from what you describe, was a servant and as long as she gave her heart to Jesus, she is with him in FULL GLORY. However, you are here and will become the testament of His love and faithfulness. Little by little let Him restore your mourning for HIS joy and peace. Please reach out if you need a partner to pray with:) God bless you, sweet sister.

  4. 1 month ago
    Sherri Dick says

    Hi Sheila, our church ladies (60 of us) just last week finished your The Storm Inside series. On week eight you said you were called in to your Dr. Can you please tell us what happened? I played one of your solos after each session. You helped us so much and we love the way God shines through you. Love you at Women of Faith in St Paul, MN. My daughters and granddaughter never miss. God Bless

    Sherri Dick
    Evangelical Covenant Church
    Bemidji, MN

  5. 1 month ago
    maria krause says

    Hi Lisa & Sheila.

    I still consider myself a young christian only 10 years. I do a lot of bible study’s from Women of Faith and at my church, CBG in coral springs. I am currently reading the bible cover to cover it is an interesting journey. I am also looking for answers to this question, hoping you can help. ( How do you know when God speaks to you, How do you hear Him?) I also wanted to say Thank you for coming to Church by the Glades this past spring. I love Lisa and Heather, never miss their bible study.

  6. 1 month ago
    Araceli Olivera says

    Hi Lisa & Sheila I recently moved and my mother in law needed a place to stay so I prayed and God put in my heart to help her out, but recently a lot has been happening at home & have been so stressed and overwhelmed by it and now I am unsure if I did the right thing, not only do I have my mother in law living with us but now my husband’s sister with her 2 children are and we all have different views on things and sometimes there’s tention in the house.. there are days when I feel that I can no longer do it, my faith is being tested and I’m not liking what’s going on in my household, I don’t know what to do. I need some advice from such amazing godly women that you both are.

    Thank You

  7. 1 month ago
    Peg Reutzel says

    Lisa, did you finally get your little girl from Haiti? I hope so!

  8. 1 month ago
    Shannon says

    What are the steps in forgiving someone who raped me several years ago? I am full of bitterness, anger, depressed.

    On top of that my father passed away 3 months ago. One week after that I discovered that my husband placed an ad on Craigslist seeking to meet other women in hotels during his travels for his job.

    Am I that unlovable? What is wrong with me?

  9. 1 month ago
    Bea Broadwater says

    I was in Springfield Missouri the same week you were. It was a difficult time for me. My mother passed away. I have through the years questioned my salvation but then I say to myself what more can I do. Nothing I know this but still question it. Any advice.

    • 1 month ago
      christine says

      Dear Bea Broadwater,
      First, I am very sorry for your loss of a mother. May God comfort you in this sad time.
      Next, I too had struggled for years and years with the assurance of my salvation. I believe part of my struggle was due to a church I grew up in, although well-meaning and I still love many people there as well as the pastor the emphasis was on “behavior” rather than God’s love and forgiveness. Teaching our identity in Christ Jesus was “hit and miss” teaching. Bottom line, I never knew who I really was in Christ and what that exactly meant. There are many reasons a believer doubt his salvation. If you have sincerly come to Christ and sought his forgiveness and a new life from him (with him as Lord/Master of your choices ect.) and are depending soley on his blood as your only means of your sin being removed, then you are saved sister!! That doesn’t mean you will behave perfectly or no longer have certain habits that you need to let go of but it means you want Christ to help you with those things that you know displease him. Just let the Bible be your written guide-daily, and the indwelling Holy Spirit your inner Guide. Pray, read the Word, get involved in a good Bible preaching/living church, and seek godly mature women who can mentor you. Also, memorize scripture that speak of God’ promise of forgiveness, love, and his constant presence in your life. Tell yourself every day “I am forgiven, I am loved, I am a born-again christian and nothing can change that-ever”!

  10. 1 month ago
    Norma Hughes says

    Hi Shelia
    I feel that it is time for me to move on from my current church home but I am not sure if it is my will or God’s will but do you guys have any insight on how to know if its me or God.

  11. 1 month ago
    Sandy says

    Hi Lisa and Sheila, I have a question about Bible study. I recently did a Made to Crave Bible study by Lisa Terkuerst and I absolutely loved her, so I got the Women of Faith DVD from last year and watched all you both. You three have got me so excited about studying the Bible. I read it everyday but I really want to study it and know it. I’m so overwhelmed on how and where to start. Could you please give me your opinion on where and how to jump in. I can’t wait to see you in September in Dallas!!

  12. 1 month ago
    Kim says

    Hi Shiela and Lisa,

    I was laid off from my job in July, I am praying that I can now stay home with my children. (on with Down Syndrome). Please pray with me for a miracle that the financial provision will come through my husband, and that I can be a stay at home Mom! Financially it doesn’t look feasible, but I want to claim a victory for my family. Will you stand in agreement with me for this miracle from God?

  13. 1 month ago
    Teesha says

    I love opening up my e-mail every morning to see the reading for that day. I am very exicted to hear the message that you both have to give.

  14. Sheila, Thank you for honestly sharing your trials. I am a broken women and you have inspired me to share my testimony of hope and healing from a wounded victim in a bikers’ gang war to a restored life in God’s transforming love. Your transparency gave me the courage to leave behind shame and condemnation and instead walk in God’s grace of deliverance and restoration. Many Blessings as you continue to encourage the body of Christ!

  15. 1 month ago
    Kaitlin says

    Dear Ms. Lisa & Ms. Sheila,
    First and foremost, thank you for sharing your lives, what God has done and your wisdom with all of us. I benefit greatly from reading your books and working through your bible studies. I have been a christian for 9 years now, since I was 17. I didn’t imagine my life would be peaches and cream afte coming to know Jesus, but I didn’t imagine it would be what it has become. I am 26 and I feel like I’ve been through hell and back. My mother was verbally abusive, my father cheated on my mother which wrecked my world as a young teenager, at 17 I was raped, and now I struggle from so many insecurities, fears, etc. I have to choose daily to walk with Jesus and praise him and serve him. I even work as a children’s director at my church. I feel as if I hide behind that position at times. Sheila, like you have said, ministry is an easy place to hide. It is hard and most days I wonder where God is, because I can’t feel or hear him anymore. I am depressed, overwhelmed, and feel like I am on the edge of a cliff. My question is: what is your best advice for moving past these circumstances, since the two of you have been through very rough things yourselves? Perhaps some tools or a bible study, I just need to do something other than what I am doing. I want to live in freedom, not bondage.

    • 1 month ago
      Stephanie says

      Been where you have been and I haven’t to constantly take comfort in God’s Word. It seems when it is worst we feel like He has left us which is such the opposite. One of my go to small studies that helps me know I am right where I am suppose to be and that God is right there too. It is called The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan. The same God who led you in will lead you out. – 10 God given strategies for difficult times. A wonderful resource I turn to time and time again.

  16. I am looking forward to hearing you. Please pray for me and my family. Times are tough. I need reminding of how to put all the worries and and heartache at the feet of Jesus. Blessings. <3

  17. 1 month ago
    Val says

    Hi. I was wondering what you think God’s view is on a more than 10 years age difference between a couple?

    • 1 month ago
      Lea says

      Hi, Val! I don’t think age is an issue when the Lord brings together a man and a woman. When two people are able to relate in different levels and their values and backgrounds are similar, then that is a good place to start. I married a godly man 17 years my senior and our relationship is still going strong. Our difference in age brings some challenges but mostly I see it as a blessing. We balance each other out and I believe the Lord uses him to sharpen and strengthen me as a person and most importantly, as a Christian. Try to see the person for who he is, not for his biological age; if you can’t get past that, then there’s a problem.

  18. 1 month ago
    Patti Dawson says

    Hope you all are praying for Chonda
    Pierce and David during this critical time.
    Hope someone has called them!

  19. How can you possibly have a hangout when I am 1000 miles away? I know that I am not a woman, but I am “of faith.” Shouldn’t that count for something? Seriously, I wish I could see ya’ll even if it was just for a minute. Miss both of you very much and hope you have a wonderful time hanging out while I suffer here in the mountains of Colorado. Blessings to both of you.

  20. 2 months ago
    Susan says

    Hi Lisa and Sheila,am a single mother of three, a girl and two boys.I lost my husband 16 years ago, my desire now is have a God fearing man to father my children especially the boys, but it seems hard to find one in the perverse generation for they all demand sexual relationship even before marriage and when you deny that they leave. I need your advise on how i should handle this.

    • 1 month ago
      Christine says

      Dear Susan,
      My heart goes out to you. My thoughts on this issue is, you just keep being a woman of God living with integrity. It is sad that there seems to be a “shortage” of men who truly want to put the Lord first and honor a woman by helping her to say pure (as he himself does). God will honor you for your purity and obedience-trust Him. Remember also you are never alone and God himself is your husband now (see Isa.54:5).

      • 1 month ago
        gwendolyn says

        Hi Susan,
        I know exactly how you feel, I too have been praying for a man of God, I actually had been praying that god would restore my marriage even though my husband and I are divorced. We continued to see each other after the divorce, i was the one who filed, but i really didn’t want the divorce,( he left me) we talked about working on the marriage but, seemed that we were going in 2 different directions. My Ex- is not serving god he actually has no relationship with god at all.. any way I told him that I wouldn’t have sex with him any more because we were no longer married because I am a woman of God, & want to stay pure before the Lord, his response to me was, this was my journey & that he likes his life the way it is, and he told me he couldn’t have a relationship with a woman who he couldn’t have sex with, so needless to say, that ended. He tried to make me believe that just because we had been married before that having sex would still be ok in god’s eyes.I fell for that for a while, but, i’ve come to realize that repairing the marriage wasn’t really what he wanted.. and the other thing is that their are men in the church even, who still want to have sex before marriage. I read Priscilla Shirer book, I bought 8 all at once) LOL, but, A Jewel In His Crown, was an amazing & life changer for me, and theres a part in that book that brought me to tears when she was sharing her personal story about a relationship with a man she loved, but that there was a man who she had only talked with over the phone for several months, and finally they met up in chicago, and this man wined and dined her gave her gifts some of which she returned because she knew that they could only be friends, well he had her hotel filled with flowers and itwas just so beautiful, i could see it myself by the way she spoke of it.. but the amazing thing to me was this man didn’t want her for sex, he had a pitcher sitting with a towel covering it, & a bowl nearby, she didn’t know what it was but when he told her Heck)I thought i died and went to heaven.. but he had talked to her about some things she had shared with him in the past six months of their conversation, and he told her he wanted her to know that she was holy and pure, and asked if she would allow him to wash her feet.. to symbolize the purity. the guy knew nothing of the heartache she had experienced in past relationship, but god used him to minister to her, he read scriptures to her proverbs 31, then down on hands and knees and washed her feet all the while reminding her of her purity before the lord.. That is the kind of man I believe God wants his daughters to have, a man should be to a woman , a leader, a savior, a sanctifier. and so today at 54 years old i am still waiting in god for the life partner he has for me.. until then isaiah 54:5 god is my husband.. God Bless you

  21. I have become even stronger in my faith over the year and the stronger i get it seems the enemy, the devil is trying to attack me everywhere i go. People seem to act strange towards me why? I know we go through suffering for being christians but i just don’t understand some strange situations i am in at times.

  22. 2 months ago
    lisa manza says

    Hi girls. I really don’t have a question, I just want to say that I am glad God is in my life. I was in an abusive marriage for 22 years. Why I did not leave. My son. Then God had a plan for me. In 2011 I had a mentally breakdown and harmed myself do to my ex drinking. I had to go to a behavior twice that year. Was put on medication and doing well now. My brother was fighting cancer and he called me to ask that I get blood work down to see if I would be a match for a bone marrow transplant. GOD was there and I was 100 percent. Female sibling is 35 percent. GOD made this happen so I could save his life and for me to live my ex. My brother is going on 31 months of remission. I divorced my husband and my life could not be better. GOD has been there for me through all the hardships volumes I have been through. I still deal with problems, but with God’s help he has help through. I was ‘re baptized last month’s and love going to Church and reading the Bible and other Christian and listen to Christian music. Thank you God for being there for me and continue to be with me. Thank you Lisa Ella Manza

  23. Dear Lisa & Sheila,
    I find that I struggle with the “ups and downs” of this thing called life. I let life get in the way of living if you know what I mean! LOL Can you tell me something that you do daily, a scripture you remind yourself of, or a prayer you repeat that helps remind you that each day is full of these moments that make up our living, and each moment can be filled with awe and joy.

    • 1 month ago
      Carol says

      What works for me is having an eternal perspective on things. I ask myself, How much does this really matter from an eternal perspective? Our time here on earth is so short compared to eternity. We are living here to learn to die to self (our sinful nature) and learn to live for God. To glorify God and edify (build-up) others. Hang in there and feed that desire to know God more. Keep reading and studying your bible and stay in relationship with other Christians. I pray the Holy Spirit that lives in you would give you peace and direction to know that nothing compares to eternity with Jesus Christ.

  24. 2 months ago
    Stephany says

    I am so appreciative of your frank and merciful writings regarding depression and the love of God. You have been a human light of God in my darkness. Thank you for being real and for the willingness to be used by God in this way. I struggle almost daily with the voice inside that says “I am not enough; I am a disappointment.” I know this is not the voice of God but it tears me down so quickly. Do you have any suggestions for me? I have been a Christian almost all of my life. I’m so tired. Thank you!

  25. This question is for Shiela Walsh. What was the inspiration behind ” He Knows My Name” and what was your own personal encounter with God that brought you to the realization that He knows your name?.

  26. 2 months ago
    Cindy Flaskey says

    I visited my Mom who is 94 and blind. I took some things in a pink Women of Faith bag that I received at
    Your Billings, MT Survival to Revival. It was a whirlwind trip and I had another very bright bag with me & I hardly understood when She said, “Tell me about the bag.” I do believe she meant your bag & I am praying it will bring healing and deliverance to her. Pray that God will give me words to answer next time
    we talk on the phone. Our God is amazing & He does answer your prayers. Bless you for all your hard

  27. 2 months ago
    Lisa says

    What do you think about faith and mental illness?

    • 1 month ago
      Cyndee says

      It’s just an illness like any other
      And there is healing. But I still
      Need Prozac…and that’s okay.
      Some people need insulin but ..
      Oppression is gone. There is freedom
      And healing with Jesus.

  28. 2 months ago
    Sally says

    I struggle with the knowledge that the Bible has been translated so many times. Is there a Bible more closely related to the original writings? Also, how do we go about understanding the Bible within the writer’s context when we aren’t Jewish nor know the customs of Biblical times? For example, Jesus wasn’t born in a barn, he was born in someone’s living room. The greek word used originally meant “guest room.” Their guest room was full. Joseph, a direct descendant of King David would have had family in the city if nothing else. Without going to theology classes, how can I glean the most out of the Bible?

  29. 2 months ago
    Clorette says

    Lisa & Sheila you are like Paul and Peter in the bible to me, you both have had to really find your way through really difficult times and you both have been in really high positions in your life but the greatest one you choose was to serve the all mighty King of Kings and I’m so grateful for you both as you have both touched me with Gods love deep within my heart,mind and soul.
    Thank you for sharing and caring through your real life lives the great LOVE of our God.

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