Walking Healed

Dora here. I’m thrilled and honored to welcome my sweet friend, Shelley Wilburn, to Fiction Faith & Foodies today. She’s an encourager to the nth degree, always ready with a kind word and powerful message of hope. Which makes me even more excited to share that Shelley just released a companion workbook to her book, Walking Healed, A Journey of Forgiveness, Grace, and Hope. Who doesn’t yearn to unshackle the chains of anxiety and depression and walk in glorious freedom? Thought so. 🙂

Welcome, Shelley! Love that beautiful smile! ❤

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Shelley Wilburn

Being an Indie Author has its ups and downs. One of the downs is impatiently waiting on a physical proof copy of your latest book. This is so you can actually see that it is going to look like you wanted it to, before you approve it for release to the general public. It’s this waiting game that I recently played. However, I’m also glad it’s over.

I recently released for publication the Walking Healed Companion Study; Finding Healing, Forgiveness, Grace, Hope, and Your Purpose. Wow, that’s a long title! But there’s so much inside this little workbook that a short title just wouldn’t suffice.

The Walking Healed Companion Study is written to be paired with my first book, Walking Healed, A Journey of Forgiveness, Grace, and Hope. It is a five-week Bible study that will help the reader dig deep into not only God’s Word, but within themselves to find and put into practice healing, forgiveness, grace, and hope. The final week of the study focuses on finding your purpose and utilizes the previous weeks’ lessons and how God works all of them together to show you the path to finding your purpose.

God has a great big plan for your life. In Walking Healed and the companion study, readers will discover bits and pieces of His wonderful plan. They will discover that no matter what you’ve been through or are going through, God loves you dearly and wants to heal you and walk you through your journey to finding all the above mentioned things.

In the first book, Walking Healed, I culminated several blog posts into my journey of healing. It’s a process. Although God healed me of over forty hears of depression, anxiety, intimidation and self-esteem issues, He walked with me every day to show me His plan and has allowed me to write in such a way as to help others who are going through the same issues. No matter if it’s depression, anxiety, addiction, abuse, or whatever the issue, I know I was commissioned by God to write these books. My story could very well be your story, or help you in discovering yours.

Readers will gain a new outlook and hopefully realize that this is a life journey. Being healed is one thing. Walking it out every day is recovery, just like an alcoholic or drug addict. We don’t get healed one day and never have another issue. We learn to walk every day choosing to stay healed. We choose to move forward and not backward. In the Walking Healed books, readers are  encouraged to do just that. It’s like an extended road map from someone who has walked that journey and left pebbles for others to follow.

My hope is that anyone who reads the Walking Healed books will finish strong and discover the Light to lead them on their journey because, life is a journey. It’s an adventure that we are meant to live victoriously. Walking Healed… one day at a time.

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Walking Healed Companion Study

Walking Healed is a journey. Life is a journey. None of us have done it before. We choose to walk in healing, forgiveness, grace, hope, and our purpose daily. Therefore, we’re all just muddling through life trying to figure out how to get through it with as few bumps and bruises as possible.

Nevertheless, everyone has an issue or several issues to deal with on a daily basis. Whether you struggle with depression, addiction, oppression, anxiety, illness or disease, or abuse, none is bigger or less important than another. What does matter is that you have a God who loves you dearly and never meant for you to carry this alone.

Shelley Wilburn knows and understands a life lived in the “black hole” of depression and intimidation.  She suffered it for over forty years.  She also knows what it’s like when God heals you from it all, taking you on a wonderful journey of walking healed.

In the Walking Healed companion study, Shelley uses God’s Word (the Bible) and her book Walking Healed and walks you through five weeks of healing, forgiveness, grace, hope, and finding your purpose.  Each section will bring you closer in your relationship with God while also utilizing healing, forgiveness, grace, hope, and purpose in your own walk.  Don’t bother to buckle up for this adventure.  You’ll want to be free to move around and find each of these five treasures for your personal walking healed journey.

Bring a friend.  The more the merrier.

What People Are Saying About Walking Healed

“Such a great read! I didn’t want it to be over. It was encouraging and heart felt. A guide to forgiveness and God’s unconditional love!” –Amazon Customer 

“This book is a “Must Read” for anyone who has been hurt by someone or who at some time has hurt another (which is all of us). The author takes you on a life altering journey of forgiveness and healing. Anyone who wants to grow closer to The Lord and the people they love should read this book. I promise you that you too will have your “Aha!” moment.” –Jeffrey S. 

“Great read. Dedicated to helping women break free and live the life God intended. Shelley is going to be the next Joyce Meyer.” –Beth F.

“This book was a Blessing! It was well written and I could tell it was God lead and straight from the heart! Loved It!!!” –Harper 

“Shelley Wilburn’s enthusiasm is contagious! An inspiring read I hope to read again and again. The encouragement in this book is priceless.” –Karla A.

About the Author

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Shelley Wilburn

Shelley Wilburn was born and raised in West Frankfort, Illinois. She began writing when she was twelve years old. She has written several articles and devotions for various newspapers, women’s magazines, and newsletters. In addition to writing, Shelley is also an avid reader, book reviewer, blogger, and speaker. Using her love of writing, motorcycle riding, and wearing mismatched socks, Shelley has developed a unique ministry of encouraging others using biblical truths and stories from her own personal life. Shelley is married to her high school sweetheart D.A. and together they have celebrated over thirty years of marriage. They have three grown, married children and three grandsons.

Shelley loves to hear from her readers. You can find Shelley at

Her website:  www.shelleywilburn.org

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/authorshelleywilburn

Twitter:  @Shelley_Wilburn

Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/shelleyawilburn

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/shelleywilburn

E-mail her at shelley@shelleywilburn.org


Don’t Back Up by Shelley Wilburn

I have met so many wonderful people online who I hope to meet in person someday this side of heaven. Shelley Wilburn is one of those dear friends. Right now, I’ll have to settle for a glimpse of her beautiful face here! 🙂 

Don’t Back Up is a brief snippet from her debut book, Walking Healed, which released recently. If you suffer from mental or verbal abuse or depression, be encouraged that you can be healed and live a joyful life! ~Dora

Shelley Wilburn
So many times in our lives, when we are making progress, something or someone will come along and try to knock us back. In the past that happened to me a lot. Whether it was at school or at home, or somewhere in between, there were many times that I just felt like I couldn’t catch a break. And I would back up. It’s very frustrating.
Even though I endured much intimidation and “put-downs” through those times, I never stopped trying to figure out a way to get to where I knew I needed to be. That includes even the very night I went to the Lord for healing. I have learned that sometimes you just have to press through the jungle to get to the river.

I talk about healing a lot, I know. But it is crucial in what I do now, and even more important that I tell others. Because when it comes right down to it, without the healing, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. I can’t back up.

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” ~Philippians 3:12, NLT

The old saying, “You’ve come a long way, baby” is true even for me. While I’m not a walking billboard for cigarettes, I am a walking billboard for the Lord. I have come a long way, baby! And you can come a long way, too. Just don’t back up.

I have come too far to allow someone or something to stop me in my tracks. My pastor tells us repeatedly that if you are in the will of God, nothing can touch you, not even Satan! Oh, he may think he can and he may try his hardest to mess you up, but in all reality, he has absolutely NO power at all… unless you give it to him.

So many times I hear Christian people complaining about their problems and “how hard it is” to do things. It really breaks my heart to hear them when I know that if they would take their eyes off the past and what is bothering them and put them back on Christ, things would begin to work out. However, I watch as they continue on a downward spiral into the black hole of unforgiveness, bitterness, and anguish, blaming everything and everyone who crosses their path.

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead…” ~Philippians 3:13a, NLT

“Well, you just don’t know what I’M going through!” I hear. It isn’t directly about what you’re going through. It’s about where your focus lies. If you aren’t focused one-hundred-percent on Jesus, then don’t expect positive things to happen! Plain and simple.

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” ~Hebrews 12:1b-2a, NKJV (emphasis added)

If you aren’t focused, if you have backed up, then how can you expect God to help you? However, if you are moving forward, trusting Him with everything you’ve got, then when the attacks come you will know what they are and how to handle them. You will walk through the fire unscathed instead of crumbling and complaining because you are under attack.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” 
~Isaiah 42:2-3a, NLT

I’ve been there, too. I know. At some point you are going to have to ask yourself, “Is it worth it to continue to back up and let the enemy win? Or am I going to trust the One Who can get me out of it and make things better?”

Step forward today into the blessed life that God wants you to have! Start speaking positive things no matter what is going on. Speak to those things which are not as though they are. Put your foot on the neck of your enemy and declare your victory. And whatever you do… Don’t Back Up!

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“Sometimes… we have to get to a certain point in our lives where we are actually ready for God to use us. And God has to get us to that certain point in our lives when the clay is ready for the Master’s hands. I was at that point the night God healed me.” ~Shelley Wilburn, excerpt from Walking Healed

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you weren’t suffering depression, intimidation, or even verbal or mental abuse? Depression is a very real issue for many people. It causes health issues, affects relationships, marriages, your weight, and even your walk with the Lord. Many people don’t understand that even Christians suffer depression. Shelley Wilburn knows and understands a life lived in the “black hole” of depression and intimidation. She suffered it for over forty years. She also knows what it’s like when God heals you from it all, sending you on a wonderful journey of walking healed.

In Walking Healed, Shelley uses personal stories and biblical truths to encourage others and experience the hope that she walks in every day. She uses her story of healing to help others know that even depression is curable and that “nothing is impossible with God.”
Shelley Wilburn and her husband D.A. live in a house they built together on five and a half acres they lovingly call their Rinky Dink Farm. Along with their moody little dog Buster, they love to raise chickens, ride motorcycles, and watch the wild deer and turkeys cross their field. Shelley and D.A. have three grown, married children and three grandsons.
Shelley began writing when she was twelve years old. She wrote on the Junior High School newspaper but didn’t follow her love of writing until years later. She secretly wrote poetry but never let anyone read her poems, keeping them hidden in a notebook. She has written several articles for various newspapers, women’s magazines, and newsletters but didn’t start writing full time until God healed her. That’s when she knew that writing was her full-time calling.
Shelley tells of the complete change God has done in her life through her ministry, on her website and through the motorcycle ministry she and her husband share. Using her love of writing, motorcycle riding, and wearing mismatched socks, Shelley has developed a unique ministry of encouraging others using biblical truths and stories from her own personal life.
Shelley loves to hear from her readers.
              You can find Shelley at:
              Her website: www.shelleywilburn.org
              Her ministry website: www.where2.org
              Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorshelleywilburn
              Twitter: @Shelley_Wilburn
              Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/shelleyawilburn

              Email her at: shelley@shelleywilburn.org

The pain, the sorrow, the ache of empty arms and shattered dreams.

Luke was twenty-two. Mark was just seventeen. Matthew was in his thirties when he strung a noose around his neck.
All suicide victims, and all men who had crossed my path. The names have been changed to protect the privacy of their families.
Matthew lived across the street from us for ten years. Newly divorced, he hung himself, leaving behind two precious children, both under the age of ten. Mark was a member of our church.
But Luke…Luke was one of my son’s childhood friends, and although they hadn’t connected since middle school, he was my son’s age, and finishing his senior year of college.
Close friends admitted to being shocked and insisted they hadn’t seen this coming. He’d never shown signs of depression. He was well-liked, made good grades, and his whole glorious life stretched in front of him.
As a youngster, Luke’s parents poured their lives into their boys. I know because I was with them three nights a week for football practice and Saturday games, served alongside his mom in PTAs, saw them out and about town for various school and athletic events.
The pain, the sorrow, the ache of empty arms and shattered dreams.
What would make a father string a rope around his neck and kick a chair out from under him? What would make a teenager stick a gun in his mouth and press the trigger?
After more than a half a century of living, I can vouch that time, while it may not necessarily heal, lessens the pain. As a third-degree burn survivor, yes, the searing pain eventually subsides. And, yes, those intense wounds of betrayal took years to conquer and divorce is a long, lonely road, but now I’m married to my true soulmate.
Why am I sharing this?
To whisper in your ear that …. You’re not alone. The God who created the universe loves you with a forever love, something wide and deep and transcends time and understanding. He’s placed families in your life who love you, people in your path who care about you, and they will walk this road with you. Let them in. Let them help.
Maybe you’re standing on a precipice, one foot dangling in the air, life or death just a step away…and you take that step. What if there is a flash, a single moment of clarity, where you regret your decision? Where you wish your life back?
What if you could catch glimpses of your future? Perhaps you’d see your son or daughter all grown up, holding your grandbaby in their arms? Or you’re huddling over a beautiful wife who is gazing up at you with wonder and love in her eyes as she cradles a newborn to her chest. What if you could see yourself in a new job, enjoying it so much more than the one you lost? What if you could feel the sorrow in the loved ones you’ll leave behind…their lives tattered and torn, a huge gaping hole that only you could fill. Wondering what they could have done, what they could have said, what they could have been…
The pain, the sorrow, the ache of empty arms and shattered dreams.
God has the power to weave a beautiful tapestry out of fragile strands of pain and suffering and sorrow. God can take those dark places, those huge, gaping holes and fill them with hope. He can take the pain and suffering, meld them into something beautiful called joy.
I’ll remember the cute little boy with honey colored curls. The giant of a man, strong and powerful, who adored his kids. The tall, gangly teenager, not quite boy, not quite man, surrounded by a loving family.
But the families left behind…what will they remember?
The pain, the sorrow, the ache of empty arms and shattered dreams.
I pray that these three souls finally found the precious peace they sought and for the God of all creation to wrap His arms of comfort around the loved ones they left behind.

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. ~Psalm 30:5 NLT