My friend, Debbie W. Wilson, graciously is stepping in today to share not just a powerful word, but a giveaway of her new book, How Big is Your God? Isn’t that amazing?
In today’s guest blog post, Debbie shares how little women, in the hands of a great big God, can change the world. ~ Suzie
How Big Is Your God?
If you were God, what type of people would you choose to belong to your family tree? Whose stories would you highlight in scripture?
- Would you choose—
• a woman who seduced her father-in-law?
• a professional prostitute?
• someone banned because of their treachery against God’s people?
While we work hard to look like we have it together, Jesus highlights the infamy in His family tree.
I’m convinced He showcased these women for us. Their stories remind us that it doesn’t matter how often we’ve failed, how much we’ve lost, or how small we feel.
Little faith in a big God is enough to change destinies
My dad, sister, and I buried my mother on Mother’s Day weekend of my senior year in high school. Nothing could have prepared me for the seismic shift my world would take following our loss.
The following year, Daddy married a woman who didn’t want any reminder of my mother around—including my sister and me. I returned from out of town to find my childhood home emptied. She’d even disposed of the monogrammed sheets and satin comforter I’d received from my late grandmother and mother. Soon, even Pepper, my white poodle, was gone.
In a brief year, the foundation of a stable home was swept away. I was powerless to stop the mounting losses.
Maybe that is why I was drawn to the women in Jesus’ family tree.
These women faced crushing problems with no power or resources to overcome them.
But, they had a big God.
Their stories show that security is not determined by the size of our problems or the size of our strength, but by the size of our God.
Working as a counselor, I have learned it’s not uncommon for Christians to become confused when pain touches us. We wonder how our losses could have happened when we’ve tried to honor God with good lives.
Is there something wrong with us—or with God?
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible shows God’s chosen followers suffered slavery, abuse, imprisonment, and even martyrdom while those who spit at God luxuriated in palaces.
The women in Jesus’ genealogy weren’t spared great difficulties and unfairness either.
Yet God was with each one accomplishing His good and perfect will.
Have you ever wondered how to practically apply your faith to such challenges as these?
Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary faced failure, loss, betrayal, and a murderous hunt. Their stories spotlight God’s care for ordinary women and show how He uses our weaknesses to reveal His strength and our failures as avenues for His grace. They provide the perfect backdrop for addressing our current issues.
What challenge or suffering has dwarfed your courage or faith? Trials teach us we need a big God. The women in Jesus’ family tree show us we have one in Jesus!
Debbie wants to celebrate the release of Little Women, Big God: It’s not the size of your problem, but the size of your God.
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Debbie Wilson 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. They, along with their two grown children and two standard poodles, enjoy calling North Carolina home. Share her journey to refreshing faith at her blog and on Facebook.