Debi Greer’s daughter was preparing to leave for college when she asked her mother to take up running. That way, she reasoned, she and Debi could run together when she was home on school breaks. Debi was dumbfounded. Running? “I hate running and I am terrible at it,” she said. But one Sunday at church, she asked her friend, Suzanne, if she would run with her. Suzanne agreed and this began a transformation in Debi’s life. “Our times running were really full on discipleship sessions for me,” Debi shared. Suzanne would tell her stories from the Bible and Debi was hooked. She couldn’t wait to see Suzanne and hear more. “I could tell my heart was changing and I started asking questions,” Debi said. “I could see God’s hand working in my life”
One day, Suzanne asked Debi to attend Bible Study with her. Debi quickly asked what time it started. When Suzanne said 9:00 in the morning, Debi thought of how busy she was in the mornings and wasn’t sure she would be able to attend. But she soon realized that is where she needed to be. “I prayed about it and placed my plans in front of Jesus.” Debi related. She registered. Her husband, Mike, asked her if Suzanne was in the same group with her. When she said she wasn’t, Mike asked if she was going to change groups. Debi said no - she knew that God had her where He wanted her and she began Bible Study at RiverLakes.
As Debi continued in Bible Study, she saw a change in herself. “I was on the road to really get to know Jesus,” she said. “I was listening, learning and there was a passion for His Word pouring into me.” She learned so much from the leaders and the other ladies in her group. “I wanted God’s Word to speak to me like it was to them,” Debi shared. At the end of the year, Debi was asked to speak at sharing day. This was a time when all the ladies gathered together to hear others share about what the Lord had taught them during the study. Debi was terrified to stand up and speak in front of everyone but she agreed. On the day when the microphone was handed to her, she began to speak and she shared what the Lord had taught her through the book of Exodus. At the end, Debi wondered, “Who is this person! I had never done anything like that in my life!”
Today, Debi is a leader in Women’s Bible Study. She coaches and disciples women as they are on the road to know Jesus. Debi said she never thought that she would be a leader. “When they called and asked me, I wondered if they had the wrong person! But then, I thought of Moses in our study of Exodus and I realized I had to get out of the way. It wasn’t me they were seeing - it was Jesus in me. How could I say no when Jesus has done so much for me?”
Debi has the verse Romans 6:23 written on a chalkboard in her kitchen: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” It has really been taking root in her heart. “It has shown me the depth of His grace and mercy, how painful sin is and how we have a God who loves us anyway. We all need a Savior. It causes me to worship Him at a deeper level. I am so thankful that I have a Savior who loves me enough to convict me and change me.” And this all began by asking a friend to go running.