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Faith Filter: Bible studies help women refresh their faith

Debbie W. Wilson leads a women’s Bible study at Lighthouse Ministries in Cary. She is the author of two Bible studies: ‘Giving Yourself a Break, Entering God’s Rest’ and ‘Little Women, Big God.’
Debbie W. Wilson leads a women’s Bible study at Lighthouse Ministries in Cary. She is the author of two Bible studies: ‘Giving Yourself a Break, Entering God’s Rest’ and ‘Little Women, Big God.’ LIZA WEIDLE

Participating in a women’s Bible study is one of the ways I stay sane in a sometimes crazy world.

The title for the study doesn’t matter as much to me as having an encouraging group of women who commit to praying for each other. Include freshly baked bread with Starbucks coffee and I am a happy girl.

Two of the Bible studies I recently completed were written by Debbie W. Wilson, 62, who co-founded Lighthouse Ministries with her husband, Larry.

I enjoyed being part of a test group who completed Wilson’s “Little Women, Big God” study last fall. The 10-week study shone a light on some of my favorite women in the Bible, including Mary, Jesus’ mother.

Wilson broke the study down into five daily lessons that helped me see that the quality of my life is determined more by the size of a great God than my problems.

After completing the personality test in the “Little Women” introduction, I discovered I am most like Ruth, who is not afraid of hard work and stands up for her convictions. Ruth also is my middle name, given in honor of my grandmother, who was known for her faith and role in the community as a pastor’s wife.

At the end of the “Little Women” study, Wilson encourages participants to write their own story of faith.

I like the suggested prayer in the last section of the book: “Grant me the grace and courage to share the wonderful story of Your amazing grace in my life with those You bring across my path, In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

“Little Women” is Wilson’s second Bible study and is set to be released for sale in 2016. Her first study, “Give Yourself a Break, Discover the Secrets to God’s Rest,” was published in December. Wilson offers a women’s study time in her Cary office at Lighthouse Ministries.

Sandi Brown helped Wilson format “Give Yourself a Break” for publication and has been friends with Wilson for more than 25 years.

“God has gifted her to be able to teach Scripture in such a way that you can clearly see how it applies to your various life situations,” said Brown, who lives in Apex.

Although Wilson started going to church as an infant, it wasn’t until middle school that she began to understand the depth of the Christian faith and started reading her Bible more. While at Georgia Southern Institute, Wilson became involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and shifted her studies from nutrition to ministry work.

Wilson met her husband while working at Campus Crusade for Christ. Since moving to the Cary area 28 years ago, Wilson has served as a biblical counselor, Bible teacher, blogger, speaker and writer.

Each week, Wilson posts a new blog to her website that offers ways for women to refresh their faith. “I love teaching the Bible, helping people grow in their faith and enjoy a relationship with a living God,” Wilson said.

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