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The message You’re enough permeates our society, at least on the surface. Yet women (men too?) struggle to accept what people try to say with those two simple words. Why is that?

Could it be, perhaps, that our vision is skewed to some perfect standard that we think others achieve but we will never hit? What if the more accurate message — the better message — is that you are not enough, and that’s exactly as it should be.

Curious? You should check out Sheila Walsh book It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time.

You don’t need to be okay because Jesus has made you all right. He’s paid the bill in full. He’s covered our “not okay-ness.” Okay doesn’t live here, but Jesus does. All He looks for in us is a willingness to take the next step. Sheila Walsh, It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

Description from Amazon: It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

We’ve all experienced that moment where we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can sometimes leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila Walsh encourages readers to face the pain head on and then start again, from right where they are. She shares that when she discovered “I’m not good enough and I’m good with that,” everything started to change.

In It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, Walsh helps women overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way they think about God, themselves, and their everyday lives. She shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help women move forward one step at a time knowing God will never let them down.

What I Thought

Whether I was dealing with loss, or depression, or financial or relational struggles, I did my best to fix things. I tried to do better and then asked Jesus to help me. It was as if prayer was an add-on and Christ was only involved once I’d given it my best shot. Sheila Walsh, It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

I love this book! In my first read-through, I highlighted dozens of passages. She challenged my thinking and spoke healing words to my heart. When she told me I am not enough, my heart looked at the words hopefully, like maybe I’m not failing as badly as I feared. When she lovingly told me I was never supposed to be enough, my mind came to a screeching halt, desperate to know where she was going. And then, with words that felt as gentle as a loving momma drawing me close, Mrs. Walsh reminded me that if I were enough, I would have no place for, no need of God.

And deep in my soul, I felt a sigh of relief.

Step by precious step, Sheila draws the reader into dumping the shackles of high expectations and perfect lives. She challenges us to look at the behaviors we hold dear to see if they line up with the Bible. And she reminds us “that although life can be very painful, pain and loss have a shelf life, suffering and struggle have an expiration date. They will not last forever.”

The Bottom Line – 5 stars

We’ll never have enough to fulfill all the demands made on us, but that’s okay. We’re not supposed to have enough. We’re supposed to bring what we have, our clearly not enough, to Jesus and ask Him to meet us where we are. Sheila Walsh, It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

While we put forth stories from the Bible like the boy with his loaves and fish as examples of what Jesus can do when we offer what we have, we behave like Jesus won’t do the same for us. We act as if we must first go buy or barter more loaves and fish before we allow Him to see what little we have.

In this book, Sheila Walsh fights back with the truth that the children of God need only present to Him what we actually possess at this moment. Because when God’s children depend on God’s provision, our lack is never a hindrance. It is a showcase for His glory.

 

About the Author

Sheila WalshSheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and best-selling author with more than 4 million books sold. A featured speaker with Women of Faith, Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with God’s Word.

 

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