is an ordinary woman who has experienced an extraordinary God.
Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor,
and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie speaks and writes to help women discover relevant faith.
She and her husband, Larry, founded Lighthouse Ministries in 1991. The Cafe is excited to announce that Debbie’s newest Bible Study is now available!
Little Women, Big God: It’s not the size of you problems, but the size of your God
introduces you to the surprising women in Jesus’s family tree
as they journey through impossible circumstances and discover that quality of life
is not determined by the size of our problems but by the size of our God. Find a closer overview here in her own words, You dust your furniture and vacuum before inviting people into your home
because you don’t want them to see the dirt and imperfections.
But Jesus doesn’t hide the infamy in his family tree.
What’s more surprising than a holy God highlighting these women
is how he rescued and blessed each one–and how he wants to bless you. Thought-provoking questions and insights will reveal how to apply faith
when walking through grief, selecting a mate, facing rejection and temptation,
and forgiving oneself and one’s enemies.
Finally, you’ll learn faith in a big God is life’s only unshakable foundation.
So LifeLetter Cafe is excited to share this recent interview with Debbie Wilson
to learn more about the story behind Little Women, Big God.
Enjoy her answers below in the latest 7 Questions Sunday!
Today’s 7 Questions
LifeLetter Cafe: You mention “impossible circumstances” as a key theme in this book – how have you navigated through “dead ends” in your own personal life?
Debbie Wilson: Impossible situations have taught me my need to rely on God. Out of college, I joined a ministry where I was responsible to raise the funds for my salary. I didn’t have many contacts. God raised most of my support from people I’d never met and in a very short amount of time. I later learned a relative called my friends asking them not to support me. God showed me He was bigger than my challenges. Of course, I’ve had to lean on Him for very different types of challenges since. But it is in my weakness that I discover His strength.
LifeLetter Cafe: Why “Little Women, Big God”? Why now?
Debbie Wilson: In life, we encounter circumstances that crush our spirits and threaten to crush our faith. Our nation and world is in a dark time. People who follow Jesus are suffering around the world. We feel small next to these challenges. But Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is able to lead us through our trials just as He did these biblical women. We need a big God today as much as ever.
LifeLetter Cafe: How important is it for women to find their “authentic self”? Why is it so difficult to “be real” in our church culture?
Debbie Wilson: God created us to play roles in His story. He didn’t make a mistake in how He shaped our frames or our personalities. When we are true to who He created us to be, our lives will glorify Him.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17). I believe that when leaders accept their humanness, it gives others permission to be real too. When we believe our righteousness comes from what Christ did instead of how well we perform, we won’t have to pretend to be someone we aren’t. The better we understand that we are all in the process of sanctification, the more we draw our worth from Jesus and not from what others think of us.
“Faith is not a feeling.
God does not change with our circumstances.
Spring always follows winter, and morning always follows night.”
– Debbie Wilson –
LifeLetter Cafe: How is this extraordinary Bible study designed to be utilized? Individually? Groups?
Debbie Wilson: It can be used either way. Each chapter is divided into five bite-sized lessons. This makes it easy to cover a chapter a week. I learn more when I discuss what I’m processing. So I’m a proponent of small groups or even meeting with one other person. But the real benefit comes from doing it. So it is fine to do it as a personal study.
LifeLetter Cafe: What is perhaps the most critically important portion of the book to you personally?
Debbie Wilson: That’s a tough question. There are aspects of each woman that challenged me. Tamar expanded my view of grace. Rahab challenged me to apply the faith I proclaim. Ruth reminded me that God’s sovereign hand directs my steps but I’m responsible to do my part. And Mary showed me the peace that comes from total surrender. But, I think I learned the most considering the life of Bathsheba. She challenges us to forgive and trust God to use the wrongs committed against us for our eternal good.
LifeLetter Cafe: What can women expect to come away with who struggle with forgiving others . . and themselves?
Debbie Wilson: I hope women will come away equipped and motivated to receive Christ’s total cleansing and to forgive and release others.
Forgiveness is God’s tool to clean our wounds. Our job is to keep our wounds clean. He does the healing. Bitterness keeps us in a wounded state and bound up to the past. Forgiveness sets us free.
Our ability to forgive comes from God and recognizing that He has forgiven us. To not forgive ourselves is to say that what Jesus did on the cross for us was not enough.
LifeLetter Cafe: How do we best remember the size of our God when we are “stuck ” in a very prolonged season of challenge and setback?
Debbie Wilson: Great question! Just like we have to nourish and cleanse our bodies every day, so also we need to nourish and cleanse our souls every day. God’s Word does both. Spending time with Jesus, believing He wants to speak to us and will direct us, is especially important in challenging times. Faith is not a feeling. God does not change with our circumstances. We can trust Him even when our emotions and what we see distort our vision. Spring always follows winter, and morning always follows night.