The Shelter of God's Promises

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“In these uncertain times, I know 100 percent that I can stake my life on the unshakeable, unchanging promises of God!” —SHEILA WALSH

Where do you turn for shelter in the worst storms of life?

You know God’s promises, but are they for you, are they for now, are they for this? If you look to your circumstances alone, it may seem that
God has forgotten you. But He hasn’t. He ...

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Overview

“In these uncertain times, I know 100 percent that I can stake my life on the unshakeable, unchanging promises of God!” —SHEILA WALSH

Where do you turn for shelter in the worst storms of life?

You know God’s promises, but are they for you, are they for now, are they for this? If you look to your circumstances alone, it may seem that
God has forgotten you. But He hasn’t. He can’t. And He wouldn’t even if He could. God is the only promise maker who is always a promise keeper. And God’s promises will never fail you!

In The Shelter of
God’s Promises
, gifted Bible teacher and inspiring Women of Faith speaker
Sheila Walsh searches Scripture for what God has promised us, what God’s promises mean, and how encounters with Christ are the eternal fulfillment of
His unrelenting commitment to us. Through vulnerable storytelling, new insights, and an in-depth Bible study, Sheila offers powerful, heart-filled teaching on ten bedrock promises of God, providing the foundation for daily confidence,
joy, hope—and shelter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400202447
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 279,378
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith® speaker, is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess® series, God Loves Broken People, The Shelter of God's Promises, anda new fiction novel, Sweet Sanctuary. Sheila lives inTexas with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction: In the Cleft of the Rock / A Night Alone in the Storm....................xi
1. Promises, Promises / I Need Something to Hold On To....................1
2. Provision / I Don't Have Enough....................19
3. Peace / I'm Afraid and Feel Alone....................41
4. Confidence / I Can't See God's Plan in This Pain....................57
5. Love / I Don't Believe That Anyone Could Really Love Me....................77
6. Grace / I Have Failed....................97
7. Hope / I'm Broken....................117
8. Strength / I Feel Things Are Crashing Around Me....................133
9. More / I Know There's Something Better....................149
10. Home / I Have a Future....................165
Notes....................187
Bible Study....................191
About the Author....................205
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First Chapter

THE SHELTER OF GOD'S PROMISES


By SHEILA WALSH

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Sheila Walsh
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0244-7


Chapter One

Promises, Promises I Need Something to Hold On To

The Promise For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. —2 Corinthians 1:20

When you think of promises, you don't want to think of what's broken, of brokenness. It's human nature to want a sure thing and for someone to back up the certainties, guaranteed, no questions asked. But it's just like God to think of the unthinkable, to show us that the impossible is possible, that there is one kind of brokenness that holds everything together and in which promises are kept.

But I am jumping ahead of myself.

For me, choosing to study the promises of God in depth began with a letter. I get very few actual delivered-to-my-mailbox letters these days. Most of my friends communicate via e-mail or text message, so a handwritten envelope on my desk was something of a novelty. I picked it up and tore at its seams with curiosity. Then I began to read.

I have never met the woman who wrote to me, but apparently she heard me speak at an event and sensed a connection with me. She wrote about some of the struggles she had been through in the past few years. These were not small things: illness, financial hardship, and the breakup of her marriage. Amid all these hardships, one line arrested my attention because of its profound simplicity:

"I would not have made it this far without the promises of God."

I read her letter again. On one hand, there was enormous human pain. On the other, words on paper from a God we can't see and the invisible help of the Holy Spirit. To some, the scales might have seemed imbalanced; the tangible hardships of her life left her body, heart, and soul stripped bare. Yet her confidence was compelling—beautifully and almost heartbreakingly compelling. Her words didn't read like wishful thinking but as a proclamation that has been lived out in an I know that I know, tear-bathed way.

I thought of friends and others I've met in my thirty years of speaking to women around the world. I remembered people who have faced similar, difficult circumstances and struggled to find hope in the middle of their messes. I've read through notes left on my Facebook page, notes slipped into my hand at the end of a speaking event. From the darkened caves of countless hearts, I have heard the same primal cry, the same questions over and again:

Has God forgotten me?

Does my life matter?

Is there a plan somewhere in all of this mess?

How am I going to make it?

How do I know God cares about my family?

What will happen to me when I die?

Will I die alone?

What if I outlive my children?

Why won't God heal my depression?

Why hasn't God healed my marriage?

How do I know that God even heard my prayer?

We want to believe that God sees everything, our comings and our goings, our slumber and our days, as Psalm 121 says. And we desperately need to know and feel that His promises hold true in the darkest of nights. We believe that God loves us, but bad things happen anyway. There are aftereffects and consequences, damage and wounds—pain that runs so deep that its presence, a reminder of the storms, invades our lives over and over.

The failures, disappointments, and regrets keep us questioning: Do God's promises hold fast when everything else is falling apart? What exactly does He promise us? Can we trust Him to keep His promises?

The Promise for Keeps

Our deep, soul-level need for a "yes" to those questions hit home for me during the time my father-in-law, William, lived with us. Although we never verbalized it, my husband, Barry, and I assumed his mom would outlive his dad since William was twelve years older than Eleanor.

That's not what happened. Eleanor was diagnosed at sixty-seven with cancer, and she lived just two more years.

I have a vivid picture in my mind of William on the day of her funeral. Barry had taken our son, Christian, to the car, and William asked for a few minutes alone at the grave site after everyone else had left. I sat down under a tree covered in moss, its leaf-covered branches spreading in every direction like a divinely designed umbrella. I wanted to rest a moment and savor not only the peace there, the quiet, but the beauty after the hard-hitting emotions and unmooring of death and uncertainty in previous weeks. When I looked up, William was standing in his dark suit, silver hair all in place, hands crossed in front of him, like a little boy who was lost and didn't know what to do next.

We settled it that day: William would move from his home in Charleston, South Carolina, to live with us in Nashville, Tennessee.

"What if you get tired of me being here?" he asked one morning at breakfast.

"Pop, we're not going to get tired of you," I said. "You belong here. We were a family of three. Now we are a family of four."

"What are the house rules?" he asked.

"Oh, we have a very long list," I said with a smile. "Be kind to each other, and if you fall down, roll over, laugh a lot, and get back up."

Barry, Christian, and I loved having William in our home. He was funny and sweet and a great cook. His okra soup became a thing of legend! We were so glad that we could watch over him and simply enjoy him. Then one day something happened that caused him to—mentally, at least—pack his suitcases. We were discussing something at dinner. I don't even remember what it was now, but whatever I was saying, William disagreed with me and said so. I was a little surprised by the edge in his voice, as this was not like him, but I supposed maybe he was irritable because his knees were bothering him and causing him enough pain to lose sleep. We were all quiet for a moment, then he pushed back his seat from the table and went upstairs to his room.

When he didn't come down after an hour, I decided to see if he was feeling okay. I knocked on his bedroom door, and William invited me in. Sitting on the edge of his bed, with his hands folded on his lap, he looked like that same lost little boy who stood by the grave site not sure what to do next. I sat down beside him.

"So, what now?" he asked.

"What do you mean?"

"So, do I leave now?"

I was stunned. "Of course not. Why would you ask that?"

"Well, I know you said I could stay forever." He paused. "But I broke the rules."

I thought back to his comment at dinner, and I guess to him, his leaving the table registered as unkindness toward me. Watching his hopelessness, my heart ached for him, and I needed to help him understand. "Pop, rules might give us some order, but love and grace make life worth living. You belong here now. You are allowed to mess up just like any one of us. You are family, and we're not going anywhere without you. We threw away the sales receipt when we brought you home. We're keeping you."

The Promise Older than Moses

Keeping is what we long for and what God promises us. We hope, we wish, we pray for promises that we can count on, come rain or shine, to shelter our hearts and our being, our dreams and our doings. We want these promises to be kept whether we mess up (or think we did) or someone else does.

It's an age-old longing, older than Moses, this yearning for promises made and promises kept. In fact, it is Moses I think of when I think about promises: Moses, who was called to lead God's people out of slavery and to the promised land. Moses, who was called a friend of God. Moses, who would talk with God as a man talks with a friend (Exodus 33:11). But there's also Moses the doubter (Exodus 3:10–4:13) and murderer (Exodus 2:11–14), the very human Moses who got angry and afraid, felt disappointment and discouragement. I think of the Moses who experienced—just as William found in our home, and I discovered one stormy night in the Cairngorm Mountains—that God makes and keeps His promises to us, regardless of our faithfulness to Him.

The moment of Moses' story that stands out to me is when he pleaded with God to remember His promises (Exodus 33:12–17). Moses had been given God's Ten Commandments and had brought them down from Mount Sinai only to find that the people were not ready to receive them.

Tired of waiting in the wilderness on God and Moses, the people had made a golden calf from their bit jewelry—rings and earrings. They were worshipping their own creation, looking for promises they could control themselves or make and break as they saw fit instead of trusting in the promises of God, the promise to be led to a promised land.

Moses came upon the scene and, enraged at seeing the golden calf, threw down the Commandments written on tablets of stone. How could the people not wait on God? How could they not see that even now God was bringing about all He'd offered? Pebbles and dust, shards and splinters of stone were strewn like broken promises at Moses' feet. Having just come from the glorious presence of God, he was heartbroken and devastated.

God was devastated, too, so shattered that He told Moses that maybe He should leave His people.

Oh no, no, Moses begs. If You don't go with me, with us, how can I lead? Where will we go? Let me know Your ways. Let me see Your glory so I can know You. "Then Moses said to him, 'If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?'" (Exodus 33:15–16).

God, moved by Moses and unable to leave those He loved or resist their cries, had already planned a way to stay and to keep them. In the dust and the rubble of the broken tablets, His Word remained true, His promises would be kept. God looked on Moses as he begged not only to stay in God's presence but to see all of God's glory. God, whose heart was broken like those tablets of stone, began picking up all the pieces.

Imagine God, after having witnessed the rejection of the people He just rescued, saying to Moses, "I will have mercy ... I will have compassion" (Exodus 33:19). It is as if God, having watched the people desecrate and decimate the shelter of His covering, was willing to offer those pieces of Himself again, collecting them, repositioning them. Then, in an act of great mercy, He told Moses to get new stones for new tablets on which the Word would be written for the people. Even when they had proven to be totally faithless, He remained willing to start all over again.

The shelter God made for Moses was the cleft of Horeb, a cleft meant not only for protection from the storms but for the chance to see His glory. What we learn from Moses, though, extends beyond the scene with the Ten Commandments. There was a greater theme of God's promise and provision happening in that moment. Bible commentator Matthew Henry explains it this way:

A full discovery of the glory of God would overwhelm even Moses himself. Man is mean and unworthy of it; weak and could not bear it; guilty and could not but dread it. The merciful display which is made in Christ Jesus alone can be borne by us. The Lord granted that which would abundantly satisfy. God's goodness is his glory; and he will have us to know him by the glory of his majesty. Upon the rock there was a fit place for Moses to view the goodness and glory of God. The rock in Horeb was typical of Christ the Rock; the refuge, salvation, and strength. Happy are they who stand upon this Rock. The cleft is an emblem of Christ as smitten, crucified, wounded, and slain.

The cleft in Horeb for Moses is a symbol and pointer to Christ, who is the ultimate cleft, the Rock of Ages, cleft for us. As Henry explains, for Moses, the cleft was not just for his protection. It was also the sanctified place whereby God could let him see a glimpse of His glory, His majesty. And so it is with Christ, the One in whom God poured His glory and majesty so we could catch a glimpse of the Almighty and be kept safe by the abundance of His provision.

Christ Is the Cleft, the Keep

This is the shelter of all God's promises: God not only keeps His promises but He longs to keep us in them. As it was in those castles long ago, made of rock and stone, the very center tower was called the "keep" and provided shelter, a place of habitation, an operating station from which defense, under siege, was centered. Usually a well was built at the center of the keep so those sustained there could not only endure but thrive.

In God's kingdom, there is a keep, too, and it is Christ. How beautiful that God designed a way to provide such strength for us through the Person we crushed through our sin. How fitting that the rebellion of the Israelites, which brought about the destruction of God's tablets, is a ref lection of the wounding we would cause to His Son. But light-years beyond these failures, our loving and promise-keeping Father would find a way to keep us, to say yes to us when we asked for forgiveness, protection, and a glimpse of His glory. That eternal Yes, that Shelter of the promise, is Christ.

In the face of some disappointments and discouragements, the apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians of this:

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 1:20–22)

Just rest for a moment in the beauty that comes with the phrase "He set his seal of ownership on us." God claimed us through Christ—He has made an eternity-long commitment to us that He cannot break. But He didn't just put a seal on us and set us aside like a near-empty jar stuffed way back in the cupboard. No, God has made many promises to His people, and they all come back to Christ. Here's how another Bible commentator explains it:

These promises are all "in" Christ; with and in whom could they be but in him, since he only existed when they were made, which was from everlasting? with and in whom should they be of right, but in him with whom the covenant, which contains these promises, were made, and who undertook the accomplishment of them? where could they be safe and secure but in him, in whose hands are the persons, grace, and glory of his people? not in Adam, nor in angels, nor in themselves, only in him ... by whose blood, the covenant, and all the promises of it, are ratified and confirmed, and in whom, who is the truth of them, they are all fulfilled.

But why would God do this? Why, when we break so many promises to Him? We build our own golden calves and break our word to God, our vows, our promises. We say we trust Him and believe in His promises when we need them or want something. But when things don't work out the way we think they should, or something bad happens, a storm comes, or we're left waiting for answers like an Israelite in the wilderness, we can be so unfaithful. Sometimes in our pain or in our panic we forget God, we forget His promises.

Why would God want to keep us and His promises to us when we mess up so badly?

The Bible reminds us of a truth we too often forget, a truth that shines as clear as daylight: because God cannot help Himself. The force of His righteousness and mercy, which were from everlasting and formed the covenant with us, are the unchanging foundation upon which His promises are built. God does not change, nor do the glories of His person and the salvation He engineered for us. God's promises are as dependable as He is. Because they are Him.

God's Promises Are Not Like Ours

There is a story in the Old Testament of a prophet named Balaam whose donkey talks back to him (Numbers 22:22–35). Balaam may be a prophet, but he is a heathen one and not looking after the interests of God, not counting on God's promises or commending them. He's only after his own purposes and gain. Even Balaam's donkey sees he's in trouble, so when Balaam sets off on a road for his own agenda, the donkey stops, turns into a field, presses Balaam's foot against a wall in a narrow place, and even lies down, refusing to go forward.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    She Doesn't Disappoint.

    "Yet I have watched in silent awe as women like Angie and others have learned to walk with this wound in a way that brings such glory to Christ." - Sheila Walsh

    Sheila Walsh has never disappointed me. Her writings cut like a cleaver to the heart of a matter, and yet she does so with humor and steadfast love. This time she cuts through the question, "Why do bad things happen if God is all-powerful and holy?" by examining His promises.

    "This is part of a test, scripture tells us. Jesus sends us out to stand on God's promises and retreat with Him when we're discouraged-but then go back out again. Will we believe in what He promises to do through thick and thin, dinner or no dinner?"

    Walsh examines biblical people who struggled in much the same ways as we struggle in our day-to-day. Her book digs deeply into scripture, examining the Greek, pulling from other sources, and showing us that God loves us too much to break His promises. He loves us in spite of our choices.

    "My new friend in the park had become someone unrecognizable even to himself, isolated and avoided. He lived in a place of unrest, lonliness, and self-loathing. Do you know a place like this?"

    In later chapters, Walsh talks about the woman at the well, "It was a divine neccessity and command that Jesus had to take (the road to Samaria)-there was a woman who needed to know that her life mattered." There are many quotable portions of the book and it loathes me not to post them all. She includes a Bible Study in the rear of the book. The Shelter of God's Promises is full of the scripture, personal stories, love and humor that her fan base has come to know and love.

    "You are loved just the same on the days when you feel you've done a good job as on the days when you know that you have blown it."
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  • Posted March 2, 2011

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    Wonderful encouraging book!

    I have finished listening to The Shelter of God's Promises by Sheila Walsh. I had read some reviews by other bloggers of this book and was excited to find it available to me to review through christianaudio last month. When we went to a Women of Faith conference a couple years ago, I enjoyed listening to speaker Sheila Walsh and looked forward to listening to her book.

    The best word I can think of to describe this book is encouraging. In a world of such bleakness and negativity, this is a wonderful book to encourage the reader of the promises we have from God. How the author presents the material is what makes it so encouraging I think. She chooses a different promise focus for each chapter. She chose stories as well as a familiar Biblical example to illustrate each promise. I really liked seeing the Biblical examples in a new light.

    This book is read by the author, which provides a special touch in my opinion. It is read with such real emotion which gives the text more meaning and makes you feel like she wants you to grasp and truly understand what she is telling you.

    Thank you to the christianaudio Reviewers Program for providing this audio book to me for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    The Shelter of God

    Where do you find comfort? Where do you feel safe? In "The Shelter of God's Promises" by Sheila Walsh, one is pointed to a never-changing hope. Hope not manufactured by man, but by God. Sheila explains that even in difficult times we can rely on God's steadfast promises. The book does not merely sidestep the amount of pain we feel as we go through such situations, but rather highlights them as perfect opportunities to trust God. The author does a wonderful job of entertaining the reader with stories and support without sacrificing substance and truth. It really is a wonderful read, no matter what you are facing in life. It is a beautiful book meant to inspire you to remember core promises and words of God!

    I was given this book by booksneeze. I am not one to highly rate a bad book, but in cases such as these am completely content in giving praise where due. Thank the Lord for people like Sheila!

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Excellent Book - The Shelter of God's Promises

    Although I am aware of the promises God has given us, it is nice to renew those. Sheila Walsh's book 'The Shelter of God's Promises' was a book that I did not want to put down. This book brought back more confidence, joy and continued hope of God's promises to me (us). She writes about personal testimony and backing it up with scipture to help understand more. Although we know the Bible and read it, having it relate in a different way makes you stop and relate. Just like Jesus did by putting the understanding into parables. Reading this book was spelled out clearly to understand the ten promises Sheila points out in the book. I have to admit, she chose the best promises for the NOW that we are living in. I felt such comfort reading this book and the renewed feeling that God watches out for me; not that I did not think He did, but we all need to be renewed to get our heart pumping again. This would be a great book for small Bible study groups as the chapters are sectioned off to provide more group discussions. For myself, I enjoyed the chapters sectioned off as it made me stop a bit and relate it somewhere in my life to grow more. At the end of the book, includes a free in-depth Bible study. I highly recommend reading this book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

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    Inspirational Book For Boosting Your Faith

    This is a wonderful book, very well written. The author has a very well developed sensibility to put in words what she is feeling, and at the same time involving the reader in her powerful words, through personal examples. The choice of the photo for the cover was simply perfect. The book itself is divided in ten chapters, trying to cover the most important promises made by God to His people.
    She covers the promise of a promise (I need something to hold on to), of provision (I don't have enough), peace (I'm afraid and feel alone, confidence (I can't see God's plan in this pain), love (I don't believe that anyone could really love me), grace (I have failed), hope (I'm broken), strength (I feel things are crashing around me), more (I know there's something better) and home (I have a future).
    In order for the reader to get really involved, there is a Bible Study at the end of the book, with questions for each Chapter, divided in sections like Discover, Believe, Live and finally a verse from the scriptures that you should memorize, all very well related to the Chapter in discussion. Definetely this is a wonderful piece of work by Mrs. Sheila Walsh.
    This book was written by Sheila Walsh and it was published by Thomas Nelson in 2011 and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Wonderfully encouraging book!

    Have you ever lived a dark time when you wondered if God had abandoned you? Have you ever felt such despair that you didn't know if you could ever find your way out? If you have experienced or are experiencing these feelings, this is a must read book for you. Sheila Walsh asks and answers the question, "Where do you turn for shelter in the worst storms of life?" The Shelter of God's Promises consists of 10 chapters with wonderful titles such as: Peace, Confidence, Love, Hope and Strength. Sheila looks at Scripture through fresh eyes, seeking answers on how God provides for us when we are most vulnerable. Sheila weaves her own poignant life stories through the powerful stories found in Scripture, touching on some painful and beautiful moments she has experienced. One of the things that struck a chord with me was when Sheila was sharing about spending time with her mother-in-law, Eleanor, during her final days here on earth. Eleanor was wondering if she had been good enough for God and Sheila wisely told her, "You are loved just the same on the days when you feel you've done a good job as on the days when you know that you have blown it". How many of us need to hear that message? I know I do! This is a touching, wise. hope-filled and encouraging book. I took several pages of notes while I was reading. An added bonus to The Shelter of God's Promises is a six-week Bible study that invites you to dig deeper into the Scriptures and promises Sheila highlighted within. I am thankful that Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy to review. I was blessed reading it and I am sure you will be to.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    A beautiful illustration and reminder of God's Promises and Love

    In this beautifully flowing book, Sheila Walsh paints a picture of God's unfailing, un-ending, unconditional love for us through her words, thoughts, anecdotes, stories, biblical references and scholarly quotes. Each chapter is broken down into short sections all contributing and flowing into the overall thought for the chapter, such as Promises. Well written and easy to read, whether in a complete chapter all at once, or in short sections throughout the day or even week, this book offers a lot of food for thought and contemplation.

    Offering insight on ten different topics under the umbrella of God's promises and the shelter and protection they provide, Walsh offers hope, joy, learning and confidence in walking daily with Christ. I found this book difficult to put down and also found myself really reflecting upon my own life in terms of each of the ten topics, finding times where each promise was indeed visible in my experiences. Written in a way that softly and gently reminds one of God's love and promises through some of life's most difficult times, the author brings in bible characters and their stories of struggle to illustrate His timeless promises.

    I would consider this book worthy of a small group study material as well as individual reading and reflection. Well worth the read, you'll find yourself at peace and understanding a little more deeply Christ's love for his children.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze . com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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    Posted August 15, 2013

    Starclans camp

    If youre dead join here

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Amazing author

    I love everything that Sheila writes. She shares her heart in all her books and she helps us all see the love that God has for us. I am grateful for her insights.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

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    Excellent Reminder of God's Promises to Us

    I received this book to review from Book Sneeze. I was extremely impressed with the style of the book and the ease of reading. It was a great reminder of all of the promises that one knows God has in store for us, but sometimes forget along the everyday struggles. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and certainly feel that it helped me to remember and not take for granted all the promises that are offered to me for today and everyday in my life.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Great book!

    I received this book several months ago from BookSneeze to review for my blog.

    Like so many other Sheila Walsh books I've read in the past, this one was fabulous! Mrs. Walsh has such a talent for story telling and applying Biblical truth. In this book, she shares story after story from her life where challenges about fear, self-confidence and strength arose. And then she turns around & points the reader to Scripture and applies her situation to a Biblical story & shines the light on her situation, thus encouraging her readers.

    My favorite part of this book is that it includes a Bible study at the end. Readers can take part in the study on their own or they can join with others to create a group study.

    I would definitely recommend this book to other women.

    I am so very excited to finish this book just a few weeks shy of Mrs. Walsh's visit to my hometown next month! I am going to take the book with me & see if she will autograph it! Such a beautiful woman, inside & out!

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Great Book with Great Truths!

    "The Shelter of God's Promises" written by Shelia Walsh provides much hope for those who feel like God may have abandoned them or forgotten to do what He says He will do. That's just it our God does what He says He will do. Walsh writes, "God's promises are as dependable as He is. Because they are Him." We may often feel like God owes us something, when in reality that is more of what our culture has instilled in us. "Culture has driven us to think of promises as a personal fulfillment, when God's promises are not about us, but about Him and being saved by Him. God's promises are an expression of His holiness." We are ultimately called to make much of Him as we watch Him fulfill promise after promise just as He did in the beginning with Adam and Eve. Because of their disobedience and now separation from God, God promised them way to make things right once again. This was the promise of His Son...Isaiah 53 tells us what was to come....Jesus' death and resurrection.

    Seeing promises fulfilled may not always on our time; but they are in His perfect timing. Walsh offers great insight into how we can embrace God's promises that offer peace, confidence, love, grace, hope and strength. Each chapter is written with captivating stories that share personal testimonies of how God's promises can be seen every day...whether it is a good day or a bad day. I was encouraged to live free in the knowledge that it is God's desire for me to transformed in the way that I think and live...and to understand that He is always a promise keeper!

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Nothing New

    I have read ALOT of books on the promises of God. And it's always interesting to see how different authors approach the same topic. However, with this book in particular, I had to force myself to get through a chapter. I just could not connect with her style of writing. Not to mention she didn't add anything different to what other countless authors have written on what God can do for us and who are in Him. Etc. So it was hard to get through. Aside from that, when I reached the last chapter, she wrote about John the Baptist and that had my undivided attention. Using that story as an example of how God doesn't always answer yet we need to love Him no matter what was probably the best part out of the whole book.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Great for reading and study

    Sheila lays out the promised of God in an easy to understand and extremely relatable way. Telling stories that have happened in her life to relay what God's promises can do. She touches on subjects of love, grace and hope while revealing promises in these areas.

    Sheila has packaged a very useful and uplifting message into this book. She is always reminding us how special we are to God and how He only wants the best for us and His promises reflect that. Claim them for yourself.

    As a bonus there is an in depth bible study in the back of the book relating to each chapter. With sections titled: Discover, Believe and Live she directs you to dive deeper into God's word and answer questions with deep personal introspection. A great resource for individual or intimate group study.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Promised Good Read

    BookSneeze sent me a complimentary copy of Shelia Walsh's new book The Shelter of God's Promises on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing. Every person has ups and downs in life, but Christians have the promises of God to hold on to during the storms. Walsh uses personal anecdotes and biblical examples of resting in the arms of God. In 10 chapters she brings to light the promises, such as peace, confidence, grace and strength, that we can rest in as we endure the valleys of life. At the end of the book is a corresponding Bible study for those that want an in-depth look at each promise.

    I have enjoyed reading a couple of her other books in the past. The Shelter of God's Promises is my favorite thus far. Walsh writes with a smooth style and what really comes across to me is her intelligence and knowledge of the material. Not every one is able to apply biblical principles in everyday life in a fresh manner. She likens resting in His promises as finding shelter in a cleft of a rock. No matter the pounding ferocity of the storm, there is a peace we can find in the shelter. We can stand sure in God's love and grace.

    Each chapter is great for a rather quick sitting or a bedtime read. Walsh conveys her love for God in every word. I found myself reflecting a lot on how God has answered my prayers and fulfilled many promises in my life. Though I am an avid reader not every book I read touches me so tenderly. When I do find a book such as The Shelter of God's Promises I make sure to peruse it's pages over and over to treasure the words deeply.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    Awesome resource

    In times of trouble and need, all we can really hold on to is God's faithfulness. We know He is faithful because He always keeps His promises, though sometimes not in the way or at the time we expected. But we know the promises He has given us because they are written down and recorded in His Word.

    Easy to read and relatively short, this is a powerful book that will change your perspective of God's faithfulness, and strengthen your faith in His plan for your life. We all need some encouragement during the low points of our lives and this book will be an excellent resource to reach for whenever you find yourself in that draining pit.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Very encouraging - highly recommend

    "Even in the eye of the storm, we our hearts to remember that no matter how hard life gets, we win!" (p. 147).

    I requested this book for my wife. She has been immensely blessed by Sheila Walsh, and I thought she'd enjoy this book.

    I choose to read it first, mainly so I could complete my review of the book. I was very impressed and very blessed by it. It wasn't what I expected; I'm not sure what I did expect, but this wasn't it.

    Walsh takes broad promises and applies them to our lives as believers. Many of the promises are eternal with temporal implications, but the promises are laid out such that they remind of a greater hope than the temporal of this world.

    The book seems to be written to women, which would make sense, given Walsh's ministry is aimed at women. That said, I was very blessed and encouraged by this book.

    I strongly recommend The Shelter of God's Promises.

    "Christ's promise to us is not that He will give us shelter, but that He will be our Shelter (p.183)."

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze[dot]com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

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    Where to turn for Shelter in the Storm

    In a world of uncertainty, pain, and struggle, where do you find solid assurance and unshakeable truth? Gifted Bible teacher and inspiring Women of Faith speaker Sheila Walsh offers powerful, heart-filled teaching on ten bedrock promises of God, providing the foundation for daily confidence, joy, and hope.
    When I read this opening it was easy to choose to read this book. This book did not disappoint, it was all I expected and more.

    Sheila Walsh searches Scripture for what God has promised, what those promises mean, and how encounters with Christ fulfill His unwavering commitment to us. In these pages Walsh shares some of the Bible's most compelling stories, and unveils ten foundational promises of God. Walsh uses personal experience with meaningful biblical insight to inspire readers to trust in God and His promise to sustain them for a lifetime.
    In The Shelter of God's Promises, you will find the comfort you need. You will find the faith that never fails and the strength to carry on in difficult situations through the promise of God's presence.
    In the chapter on the Promise of Strength there is this thought that I connected to: No matter what circumstances pull the carpet out from underneath us, I found, like millions before me who have walked this path of faith, that God will use the darkest of nights to let us know that He is there, that He upholds us.
    I agree with Walsh's conclusion: the promises of God are fulfilled in Christ to not only offer us shelter but that He is the shelter.
    This would be a perfect book to pursue further study on God's promises and to find your own promises God has for you. This book includes an in-depth bible study and a study guide is available for purchase.
    This book may be short but is full of truth and reads like a letter from a precious friend who needs to share her heart. I fully recommend this book.
    Per the recent FTC ruling, I am required to inform you that I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze Blogger program in return for my review.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Wisdom, wit, wonderful!

    I finished reading The Shelter of God's Promises by Sheila Walsh this week and it was definitely a 'God moment' kind of book. I'd been taking the reading kind of slow, even though it's a very easy read and now I know why. I got to the chapter about 'Strength' and read it on the anniversary of the death of a very dear friend. He left behind his wife of only two years and 3 children, two from previous relationships and their little girl. I'd been feeling very sad and depressed, and really empathizing with how she was feeling, and then I read this particular chapter. WOW, talk about an eye opener. All through the book Sheila addresses a 'promise' scripture and lays it out for you. The point is that our lives as Christians aren't supposed to be all pretty and perfect. We will face difficulties and pain and suffering along with everyone else, this is in effect, the curse of being human. However, we have God, who has given us the hope of eternity with Him, and we have the advantage of knowing that in the end, God works everything according to His purposes. This is the 'Shelter of God's Promises' not that we are exempt from the pain of this world, but we are exempt from the uncertainty of relying solely on ourselves. How Amazing is the grace of God!

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

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    A wonderful reminder of God's faithfulness

    This is a wonderful book. It's full of honesty and real stories from Sheila's life- no glossing over the hard times or making life look like it's always rosy. In addition to the personal experiences and stories of other Christians, Sheila uses numerous verses from the Bible to keep the focus on what's really important- that even in the tough times, God always keeps His promises and that there is no situation in which we cannot trust Him. Honestly, the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 have been challenging for my family, and I needed this reminder that there is purpose and meaning in it all.

    Chapters in the book are simply titled, with titles such as Provision, Love, Hope and Strength, to name a few. Each chapter begins with a Bible verse on the topic and goes on from there. The chapters are not overly long, but there's a lot packed into them! I like that many pages contain a quote from the chapter-in bold, so you can't miss it. So when you need a reminder of God's faithfulness, but don't have time to re-read the whole book or the chapter in question, you can still be encouraged!

    I highly recommend this book for anyone- we all go through tough times and all could use an adjustment of our perspective and a reminder of what's true.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the Booksneeze blogger review program. I was not under any obligation to post a positive review, and I was not compensated in any other way for my review.

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