Debbie W. Wilson's Blog (255)

You Can Be Freed From Regret

Does a particular regret continue to taunt you? Certain disappointments can replay through my mind. Recently, a regret slipped in as fear, dread, and self-reprobation. Do you have decisions you wish you could do over?

I know Jesus paid for my sins, but sometimes I’ve felt I must pay for my mistakes. Continue…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on July 18, 2017 at 7:43am — 1 Comment

3 Ways to Secure Your Marriage

I looked for a hidden camera when a woman in our circle shared her prayer request. “My daughter’s getting married.” The group shared their delight. Then this concerned mother dropped the bomb. “My daughter’s future in-laws have rented a cottage at the beach for their honeymoon—and they’ve rented the…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on July 11, 2017 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

3 Reasons to Pray for Our Leaders

From the grief our guide in Israel expressed over the destruction of Jerusalem and Solomon’s temple you might think it occurred recently instead of in 70 AD. Yet after almost 2000 years, the Jews still have no temple. An Islamic shrine sits over its ruins. Our guide blamed human error for this travesty. If only a leader hadn’t delayed the armies going to Jerusalem.

His words show why we need to pray…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on June 28, 2017 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

What to Do When Faith and Feelings Collide

Why are we able to take some challenges in stride and others level us? I’m not sure, but I know I’m more likely to stumble when emotions connected to past wounds are unleashed. Of course, my spiritual enemy is right there to magnify any offense.

I consider myself to be pretty resilient. But recently something small, very small, caused me to stumble. Actually, it was two small things on top of each…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on June 23, 2017 at 3:08pm — 2 Comments

How Faith Helps You Make Better Decisions

How do we live and make decisions that please God? How can we be sure we don’t miss His plan for our lives?

Hebrews says, “My righteous ones shall live by faith” (Heb. 10:38 NLT).

Faith pleases God and directs the steps of those who honor Him. Since faith puts us in the center of God’s will and garners His smile, let’s examine how faith looks.

To live by faith is to live with…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on June 13, 2017 at 8:07am — 2 Comments

Shalom, Shalom—How Israel Impacted Me

Larry and I recently returned from a 10-day tour of Israel with one of our favorite Bible teachers Ken Boa. Larry described our first trip to Israel as drinking out of a fire hydrant. In other words, we sped through the paths Jesus strolled!

The day we walked the Via Dolorosa (“Way of Grief” in Latin) an unexpected sorrow touched me not…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on June 6, 2017 at 6:47am — 2 Comments

What Does God Want You to Do?


A friend in Bible study recently said she desperately wanted to know her calling. She looked around our group, “God made you a Bible teacher,” she said to me. She pointed to the friend next to her and said, “God…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on May 9, 2017 at 7:37am — 3 Comments

What You Need to Know to Protect Your Heart

How many times have you heard someone say, “Follow your heart”? Is that sound advice? Can we trust our hearts? Do they consistently tell us the truth and what’s best for us? I’m sure you know they don’t.

Applying these seven principles will protect you from much confusion and pain. They will also bring about a satisfying life that pleases God. …


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on April 25, 2017 at 9:02am — 2 Comments

The Remarkable Benefits of Knowing These 6 Names of God

God uses many names to describe Himself. Knowing His different biblical names gives us confidence when we face various challenges. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, knowing Jesus called Himself “the Resurrection and the Life” reassured me when I faced a scary medical situation. I realized the Lord is bigger than any prognosis. He has conquered even death.…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on April 19, 2017 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

What You Need to Know About Easter

Did you know that you could grow up in the church and still miss the meaning of Easter? I know, because for many years I did.

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I started attending church nine months before I was born, so I could recite the historical facts of Good Friday and Easter to anyone who asked. I’d even memorized John 3:16. But,…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on April 12, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

How God Rescued Me From Despair

Last year at this time I was celebrating the release of my book Little Women, Big God and facing the possibility of cancer. The month my book released my doctor sent me for a sonogram for a mass around my right ovary. Then she sent me for an MRI. Then she sent me to an oncologist.



Added by Debbie W. Wilson on April 4, 2017 at 6:17am — 2 Comments

Why It’s Reasonable to Trust God in Your Pain

When someone recommends a book, I want to know if it has a good ending. Knowing it will end well helps me wade through the challenging parts of the story. Would it make a difference if you knew your pain had a purpose? What if you had an abiding assurance that you’re deeply loved and cared for in the midst of your suffering? What if you knew your pain was a necessary prerequisite for great gain? Would it help if you knew your story was going to have an amazing ending?…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on March 29, 2017 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

Why You Need to Know Life Is Brief

When a university student asked Billy Graham what had been the biggest surprise in his life, he answered, “My biggest surprise in life is its brevity.”

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James would agree. He wrote to those bragging about their big plans for the future, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on March 21, 2017 at 8:20am — 1 Comment

3 Simple Ways to Release the Brakes

I’m delighted to have Dawn Wilson share her wisdom on how to “release the brakes” that hold us back. Dawn assists Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth with research and works with various departments at Revive Our Hearts. Learn more about this talented gal in her bio below.

Now here’s Dawn…

A Clinical Psychologist who motivates Olympic athletes, Dr. Larry Iverson, once said, “You can go amazing places when you quit stepping on the brakes.” …


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on March 14, 2017 at 6:43am — 2 Comments

3 Sure Fire Ways to Better Engagement

Is there someone you care for but can’t seem to reach? They seem detached or don’t understand you. What’s missing is engagement.

Webster defines engage: “to mesh with.” Being with someone and failing to connect is as satisfying as hugging someone wrapped in vinyl. In helping folks engage, I’ve noticed three factors that make a difference.

  1. Ensure Safety

    A friend…

Added by Debbie W. Wilson on March 7, 2017 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

How Do I Protect Myself From Manipulation?

A counseling professor told a woman in one of Larry’s lab groups, “Your tears don’t move me.” His words stunned the group, but the woman stopped crying. “Those were tears of frustration,” he explained. “They weren’t tears of brokenness.”

Photo by: Natalie Heathcoat

I’ve thought of that many times when someone’s tears haven’t moved me and wondered what was behind them. Crocodiles shed tears when…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on February 28, 2017 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

Is God Hiding From You?

My favorite games of “hide and seek” took place at night with my older cousins at a friend’s log cabin on the marsh. The smell of salt air, twinkling lightening bugs, and the moon shining over the water created a magical setting for our childhood fun. The goal was to hide so well the seeker would give up looking for you.

Photo by: Toa Heftiba

When Hebrews says God “rewards those who earnestly seek him” (11:6) we may picture a game of “hide and seek.” But God is not hiding from…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on February 21, 2017 at 7:28am — 3 Comments

True Religion in Four Letters

When people ask me if I’m religious, I’m quick to say “no, but I love Jesus.” To be called religious has a bad connotation today. When I asked my small group to describe pure religion, words like formal, solemn, and rigid emerged. If that came to your mind then you may be surprised by the Bible’s description of pure religion.

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The book of James cuts through pious platitudes and…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on February 14, 2017 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

Why Are You Trying so Hard?

What do you think you need in order to be productive, valuable—or pleasing to God? What do you find yourself wishing you had more of?

By: Jon Clegg

A friend who battles arthritis and runs a ministry wants more energy. Some of us long for more experience or…


Added by Debbie W. Wilson on January 24, 2017 at 9:06am — 3 Comments


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