When someone asks you how you are doing, do you ever wish you could scream, “I’M NOT OKAY!!!” instead of the generic, “I’m fine”?Well, for the past two weeks I have been reviewing a book by Sheila Walsh called, “It’s okay not to be okay.” Today I will be discussing this book and my thoughts on it. If you enjoy it, please make sure to share this, and comment below with something that really stood out to you.
In this day and age, especially as women, we tend to compare ourselves with others, and look at what we don’t have verses what we have been given. In the first half of the book Walsh shares that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, He doesn’t even want us to be okay, all He ask of us is to trust Him with our lives and take each day one step at a time. Mrs. Sheila writes, “You don’t have to be perfect, just present. You can pour out your what-ifs to the Lord. When you take a step and things seem to go wrong, God is working, God is faithful, and God is a God of grace.” One of my favorite verses in the bible is Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”* It doesn’t say that everything in life will be good; but what it does say is that God will cause what was bad in our lives to turn around for our good. So that child abuse? God didn’t cause it, but later in life you will meet someone who was or is currently being abused and you can tell them that life may seem like it’s over, but there will be a brighter day! Isn’t that awesome?!?! What about losing someone you love dearly? Yes, they may have died, but instead of asking why it happened, what about asking yourself how you can bring glory to God and share his love with others during this time? I know it looks bad, and I have seen my fair share of heartache and pain – whether in my own life, or in the lives of those close to me.
Mrs. Sheila ends each chapter with exercises to help you put into practice what you just read. These are really great, and I encourage you to do each one of them. About three weeks ago I lost a dear friend of mine, and this book couldn’t not have come at a better time. Doing the exercises at the end has really helped me during this time, and I have been able to really grieve well without getting lost in deep depression. In chapter seven Mrs. Sheila says something that I think really sums up the book as a whole, “Christ meets us where we are. He doesn’t leave us there, but that’s where our journey begins. What’s not okay is to pretend you are okay when you’re not. Moving forward takes courage, but you will never walk one step of that journey by yourself. Christ is always with us.” Throughout the book she talks about journey and taking steps toward our healing. I not only believe this is a book every human being on the face of this earth needs to read this, but I think by applying these tools she implements, we will start to see a difference in our churches and communities and begin to see true change all around us.
Get your copy of Sheila Walsh’ new book, “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” today at Amazon, or wherever books are sold. Remember to share this, comment below with something that stood out to you, and have an awesome day!