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Sep 1, 2023

On this episode of Flourish-Meant, we delve into the topic of finding strength and opportunities in challenging situations. Our guest, Debbie W. Wilson, shares her personal experiences as a mother and her unexpected role in heading up a decorating committee for her church. We explore the story of Deborah and Barak from the Bible and the need for support in difficult times. We discuss how our view of God can greatly impact how we face our problems, and how shifting our focus from ourselves to God can lead to strength and growth. We are joined by Debbie W. Wilson, an ordinary woman serving an extraordinary God, with 24 years of experience as a former Christian counselor and bible teacher. Debbie shares her personal connection to the topic of needing a big God, drawing parallels to Moses and his journey of self-doubt. We explore the significance of knowing who God is and how seeking reassurance from Him can transform our faith. We also touch on the story of Gideon and the power of obeying God and taking the next steps. Our guest shares her own journey of shedding burdens and finding rest in Jesus, emphasizing the importance of trusting in His strength rather than relying on our own. We discuss the importance of aligning our image of God with the reality of His greatness, and how studying Bible stories can provide strength and guidance for desperate times. The episode concludes with a personal story of perseverance, reminding listeners to not give up, even in the face of challenges and doubt. We explore the concept of a "cloud of witnesses" as a source of encouragement from Hebrews 12. Tune in to this episode of Flourish-Meant for stories, insights, and practical advice on finding strength in a big God when faced with overwhelming circumstances.

Debbie W. Wilson is an ordinary woman serving an extraordinary God. Drawing from her walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a former Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie writes and speaks to connect sojourners to the heart of Christ.

Debbie W. Wilson, a senior in college, initially had no desire to go into ministry. However, after attending a conference and feeling God's calling, she reluctantly applied for a position in International Student Ministry. Wrestling with self-doubt and believing she was not the right fit, Debbie eventually joined the ministry and grew in her faith. Through this experience, she discovered that God chooses individuals not based on their qualifications, but as an opportunity for personal growth and reliance on Him. Despite continually feeling inadequate when faced with God's calling, Debbie has learned to trust in His strength and has embraced her love for ministry.

In this episode we cover the following topics:

  • - Personal experience of difficulty with children's sleep patterns and feeling overwhelmed
    - Finding strength and opportunities in challenging situations
    - Heading up a decorating committee for church despite lack of experience
    - Feeling overwhelmed but still desiring to do what is asked
    - Reference to the story of Deborah and Barak from the Bible
    - Small view of God and big view of problems
    - Importance of stepping out in faith and following God
    - The guest, Debbie W. Wilson, introduction
    - Debbie's experience as a former Christian counselor and bible teacher
    - Focus on shifting from self-focused mindset to focusing on God
    - Comparison with Moses and the importance of focusing on God rather than oneself
    - Seeking reassurance from God and experiencing transformation, using the example of Gideon
    - Shedding anything that is holding someone back, not necessarily sin
    - Personal experience of wanting to make everyone happy and realizing the need to give the burden to the Lord
    - Encouragement to cling to Jesus and ask Him for rest when overwhelmed
    - Witnessing how Jesus carries people through tough times and provides rest
    - Importance of recognizing it's not about our strength, but what God can do
    - Questioning the size of our belief in God and aligning it with the true image of God
    - Personal experience of being called into ministry and feeling inadequate
    - Importance of studying Bible stories for strength and guidance
    - Specific mention of the story of the midwives in Exodus 1
    - Personal experience of hiking to a waterfall and the importance of not giving up
    - Need for encouragement from those who have experienced the reward
    - Advice for someone feeling overwhelmed in their own journey
    - Reference to Hebrews 12 and the concept of a "cloud of witnesses" for encouragement

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