Sheila Walsh: God Matters
By Cheryl Wilcox and Scott
The 700 Club
Scott Ross talked with the Scottish-born Women of Faith
speaker at her Nashville home.
SCOTT ROSS: Sheila, I remember years ago you, when Pat
Robertson and I were co-hosting The 700 Club, and we all simultaneously
realized [speaking with a Scottish accent] we are all Scots. Of course,
you and I are real ones. We will say nothing about the third member of
the party! You were born in Scotland, as I was. Why do you still speak
the way you do, and I speak the way I do?
SHEILA WALSH: Because you paid a lot of money for expensive
elocution lessons, and I just decided to be the woman God had called me
SCOTT (reporting): Yes, she still has that fiery passion
for Christ, coupled with her fantastic wit. Of course, we remember Sheila
Walsh as a former co-host of The 700 Club. Today she is known to
packed audiences around the nation through the Women of Faith ministry.
SHEILA: Its five women talking about, 'Heres
what Ive gone through. Heres how I met Christ in the middle
of it. Heres whats available to you. Dont be afraid
to live your life. Come and live your life.'
SCOTT (reporting): Its a message that is resonating
with women in city after city. The Women of Faith ministry team laces
humor with candid talk about their brokenness. Sheila speaks openly about
her own struggle with clinical depression.
SCOTT: You had already achieved a great deal of 'success'.
You were well known. You had written books. You were singing. You were
selling albums. You were co-hosting The 700 Club. You were married.
And yet you end up in a shrink ward?
SHEILA: Because I was one of the loneliest people on
the planet. You can be incredibly well known and very alone. And thats
who I was. I was a well-known person who was very alone. The first day
at the hospital the doctor said to me, 'Who are you?' I was in a very
flip, angry, depressed-kind of place. I wanted to say to him, 'Listen,
buddy, youre getting paid a lot of money. Read your notes and thatll
tell you who I am.' But I came out with this pathetic answer: 'Im
the co-host of The 700 Club.' I thought that was a good answer.
He said, 'No, no, I dont mean that. Who are you?'
SCOTT: Not what you do.
SHEILA: Yeah. 'Who are you?' I said, 'Well, Im
a writer and a singer.' He said, 'No. Who are you?' And I said, 'I havent
SCOTT: How long did it take you to find out who you
SHEILA: Quite a long time. I mean, somebody said to
me the other day in an interview, 'How long did it take them to fix you?'
I said, (laughs) 'They havent actually signed off on the job yet.
They are still working on that.' It was the beginning. Its almost
like they gave me a compass and said, 'That way is north. Keep walking.'
of the days I remember, Id been in the hospital maybe two weeks, and
I got a pass on a Sunday to go to church with a couple of the nurses. I sat
in the back of this little Episcopalian church in Washington, D.C. I didnt
know anyone. The sun was streaming through the stained glass windows. The
pastor, who I had never met before, said, 'Some of you in here feel as if
you are dead inside and you are already six feet under, but Jesus is here.
If you would simply just reach out your hand you dont have to
get yourself out of the place youre in just reach out your hand,
and call on His name, He will reach in there and grab hold of you.'
Ive never walked to an altar in my life. I gave my life to Christ in
my bedroom as a child. But I said to the nurse, 'Can I go?' She said, 'Yeah.'
I ran to the front of that church, and I lay flat on my face in front of the
altar, and it was like, 'God, Im done. Im absolutely done. I have
nothing left. And you either help me here, or I'm done.' God said, 'Yes. Youve
been done for awhile. You just didnt know it.'
Paul said, 'Theres not one good thing in me.' I never got that before.
I thought, 'Oh, come on! You wrote a fairly decent part of the Bible, buddy.'
I totally get that now. Theres not one good thought in me, apart from
God. Thats the good news.
When I work with Women of Faith, I probably talk to anything from 15- to
20,000 women a weekend. They are dying to hear somebody tell their story out
loud and not self-combust, to bring all the secrets out of the shadow into
Gods light and say, 'You know what? Heres who we are, and heres
who God is. As you are, at this moment, you dont have to tidy yourself
up. Just come as you are, and God loves you.'
Its my absolute passionate belief that every single human being, man,
woman, or child, is aching to find a face-to-face relationship with God. But
sometimes when they look at us, we dont look like what theyre
SCOTT: Us being...?
SHEILA: Us being the church. I have a book out called
All That Really Matters. The reason I wrote it was because I thought,
'OK. Im now a mom of a six-year-old son. What do I tell him about
God that actually is important, as opposed to my own ideas, my prejudices,
the things that I wanted to do and then pretend theyre in the Bible
but I just cant remember the verse? God, what do You actually want
me to tell my son about You that matters?' I came down to realizing there
is just one thing. Its like when the guy said to Jesus, 'Is there
one thing that matters more than everything else?' Jesus said, 'Yes. Love
God with everything you have and are, and love your neighbor as yourself.'
SCOTT: You are a mom. You are a wife. Youre doing
all the other things. You came out on the other side of this thing.
SHEILA: Its a different thing, though, Scott,
because before if you took away all the stuff around me, if you took away
I think I hear wee Jimmy coming even as we speak. Christian, come
SHEILA: I want to introduce you to some people. Come
here. Come over here and sit in my lap.
SCOTT: Were talking about you.
CHRISTIAN: Momma, I just wanted to get some food.
SHEILA: (laughs) You just wanted some food? So, you
actually have no interest in saying hello?
SCOTT: Thats the priority.
SHEILA: OK, well
SCOTT: Thank you for visiting.
SHEILA: Thanks for dropping by.
SCOTT: (laughs) Its a perfect example. This is
a role that you have now that you didnt have before. Any childs
a gift, but this has to be so fulfilling for you.
SHEILA: I got pregnant and turned 40 at the same time.
SHEILA: That was pretty amazing.
SCOTT (reporting): Our brief interruption so clearly
illustrates the biggest change in Sheila over the last decade. Her ministry
is not just performed on a platform but lived out in relationship with
her husband, Barry, and her son, Christian. Away from all her creative
endeavors, like authoring books and writing childrens stories, while
still singing and performing, she has a family. This is where she draws
her strength and purpose. They help her keep it real.
SCOTT: There are a lot of people watching this, listening
to this right now, who are living secret lives, who are dying quietly
in corners. They go to churches, raise their hands, or worship and go
through all the games, marriages, failure, sexual problems, drug problems,
whatever it is, wounded inside, but they have nowhere to go. What do you
say to them?
SHEILA: What I want to tell you is God has seen your
movie, and He loves you.
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