From Bondage to FREEDOM…. That is the story of singer/songwriter, Shelly Wilson. She was swept off her feet when the Lord captured her heart and sat her at His feet in complete surrender. Promise and hope began in reading the last page of a Bruce Wilkinson book, “The Dream Giver.” One moment she will never forget was when the Lord spoke these words over her, ‘I am giving you back your dream, now go use it for me.” Her journey had just begun. But do not overlook that her music has taken her to a place where her name is also synonymous with phrases such as Speaker and Publisher. Two titles now added to her “immeasurably more” story. For you will find a woman who has learned the vastness of God’s reach when you surrender all.
This journey for Shelly has seen many firsts by God’s hand. She released her debut album ‘In the Midst’ with the title track enveloping the emotions and struggles the Lord saw her through in those recently past years. The albumwas placed in over 40 downloadable sites such as I-tunes, MSN Music, and Napster, to just name a few.
Upon the birth of her music ministry, the Lord gave Shelly and her prayer group a scripture, Eph 3:20 “Now unto Him who is able to do immeasurably more than you could ever think or imagine, according to the power that worketh in us.” Close to her heart is the desire to reach outside the church walls to share the love of Jesus Christ so that they too may know He will do “immeasurably more” for them as well.
4 years later, Shelly released her second album. Not only as an artist, but as a blossoming songwriter. With the tender care and production of Gary Leach at Rosewood Studios, this album is the essence of Shelly’s heart. Each song whispered to her in the midst of personal pain, struggle, joy, and extreme adoration for her Savior. “Moments with Jesus”, as she calls them……..Now put to music, with a command from above to NOW GO! Woven tightly together by Psalm 91 brought to life in the title track “Under the Shadow of Your Wings.”
The Lord has broadened Shelly’s boundaries into speaking and writing of His presence in her life. Facing each personal fear with victory on a journey of learning the wonders of His Majesty. His message to her has been specifically “to be transparent with my people.” Those very “Moments with Jesus” have been compiled in a book format and she is currently seeking publishing. Vividly remembering Bruce Wilkinson’s book once again, she often passes out white feathers to remind those she ministers to of their “Big Dream.” You will often hear her quoting Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Her question for you will be this…are you living the life God created you for? For in that place is where you will find fullness of Joy in Jesus. Take up your cross and follow………
I am married to my high school sweetheart and have 2 awesome kiddos, Allyson and Brady. As my daughter says, I cry over every sad movie, even if I have seen it a thousand times. I cry over commercials, other people’s suffering, and I cry continuously at my church altar…. my “secret place” with the Lord. I believe the Lord keeps my heart tender to see at times through His eyes. Without love and compassion we are unable to show the grace of Christ. For God is love.
Through fear and pain I found the lover of my soul who was simply waiting for me to “look up.” Out of the forced stillness, He tenderly drew me near and revealed Himself to me. Through a daily battle with Fibromyalga, l have learned to trust His sovereignty, His timing, and His healing power. He is the Lord who heals me! He is the same God who parted the Red Sea and He reminds me…..Nothing is impossible for Him.
I am burdened that many Christians are not experiencing the “fullness” of Jesus Christ and that many still do not know Him truly. I am burdened that we have become so enthralled in religion, rituals, and habits that we have no real relationship with Jesus! I know it simply because I lived it. I am burdened to share my struggles so others may learn and live. Jesus has taught me that through my weakness He is made strong. Jesus is REAL. Not fantasy, not theory. His grace abounds no matter what your past holds. No one is “too late” to have a personal relationship with the creator of the universe. As a matter of biblical fact, we all hold a unique purpose tucked in our hearts… with a yearning that will never be filled until we live it out in this present generation. It is our heritage to claim in the name of Jesus!