Friday, September 12, 2008

Standing in Awe of of the Love of God

What are some things that really "wow" you? I mean really make your jaw drop?

I salivate over beautiful cookware, good chocolate, and great books. Okay, so I don't get all slobbery, but I can browse for hours in a bookstore, I can sit for hours at a time reading, and I could max out a credit card on Le Creuset cast iron cookware.

How long has it been since I have really just all out praised God for His holy name and the fact that He alone is God? The question I asked myself today is if God still wows me. I am pleased to be able to answer, "He does!"

"No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power." ~ Jeremiah 10:6

"Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you - majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?" ~ Exodus 15:11

"For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God." ~ Psalm 86:10

I am in awe that the God of the universe knows me, loves me, and is involved in my daily life on an intimate level.

Out of 6,842,828,485 people on earth right now (and counting) God knows me. The God who is great, whose name is mighty in power, the God who is majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, the God who works wonders, is great and does marvelous deeds loves me.

"But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." ~ Psalm 86:15 (Emphasis, mine)

How does God show His love?

"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." ~ 1 John 4:9-10

How could we not be in awe of a God like that? The only God. The one TRUE God.

I asked myself another question today. "How do I show my love for God in putting Him first?" This morning I overslept and only had a few minutes before leaving for work to sit down. What I really wanted to do was read a book, but a glance over at the end table showed my Bible open to where I had left off in Matthew. I had a choice to make.

Steve knows that on Wednesday nights at 7:30, I enjoy watching Grant Jeffrey on TBN. He knows I won't miss it and if I do have to miss it, he records it for me. (I'm DVR illiterate at the moment.) I stop whatever I'm doing on Wednesday nights at 7:30 and catch that show! I can spend time with him, read, do chores at home, go buy food from afar at Walmart, or visit relatives, but I forego all that because I love Bible Prophecy Revealed. I have a choice to make.

When it comes to loving God, do I put Him first? If I haven't had my quiet time for the day, do I choose God or something else? If I haven't prayed, do I choose God or something else?

"You shall have no other gods before me" ~ Exodus 20:23

Above all, whether it's reading, cookware, chocolate or even a television show, I will have no other god's before You, Lord. I will give You my whole heart and praise Your awesome name. I will love You with the everlasting love with which You have loved me, and I thank You for that love and grace manifested through Your Son Jesus. What beautiful names You have, Lord God.


Peggy said...

Blessings Laurie...I LOVE YOUR WORDle
on God's Names...WOW!!! I can say that together I stand in awe with you! What a beautiful & inspiring
post with great scriptures & purpose!
Thanks for sharing!What a great guy
Steve is for you, so thoughtful!
May you seek God first and daily may He draw close to being in that awesome place with you so you know how loved you & your hubby are by the Almighty! Your Wordle is like the Fish that represents Christ! Cool! I have 30 or more of these
since Carol got me hooked but this
is far better than all..gotta go and try again! Enjoy your weekend!

Earthmommy said...

Beautiful and wise words!

Denise said...

I love being blessed by your words, thank you my friend.

Denise said...

Come by my blog, I have a couple more awards for you.

lori said...

Laurie Ann...
My girls turned me on to's SOOOO cool!!

You are so's all about our choices....:)
I see God the details...(YES, even in KITCHENWARE!:)) I have to give HIM what HE deserves too....

wonderful wisdom for my Saturday a.m.!!
thanks Laurie Ann....have a blessed one!

Lynda P. said...

Great entry - and lots to think about. Losing my sense of wow was one of the many factors which led me to relapse and I now see that there is a world around me which I under-appreciated.

Great books, smooth, delicious coffee and good conversation "wow" me as well as many other things. I just have to remember that life is full of these pleasures for the taking.

I enjoy reading the Biblical verses - they are soothing.

Susan said...

Oh Laurie Ann,

This was just great!! I want to be as passionate for Jesus that I am about so many "other things"...

Great reminder for us all.

By the way, I really like Grant Jeffery too, excellent show.

Blessings to you my sweet friend~

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Beautiful, Laurie!

I loved the "choices" part. Lately, I have had to choose to turn off Fox News (I can sit for hours watching politics coverage!) and fill up on Him (either with TBN or praise music).

Thanks for all of your awesome comments. Love hearing your "take" on things. BTW, I made a mistake on the Purity blog- I was flipping between Fox an CNN. MTV is in between. AHH. We have it blocked on our family TV, but haven't gotten around to it on bedroom TV. Need to do that!

Blessings, friend!