What or Who is Truly Awesome?

Society uses the word awesome rather freely. “My day was awesome!”, “My boyfriend is awesome!”, “This burger is awesome!”, “Did you see that wave? It was awesome!”,  or the general “That’s awesome!”  We use it so nonchalant that it has lost all of it’s power and impact!

Joy what do you mean, “it has lost all it’s power and it’s impact!”?  I’m glad you asked. When this very issue was brought to my attention in church last Sunday I did not only some soul searching but I looked up the definition of the word awesome it means; extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear. – extremely good, excellent. Now that we have the definition of the word let’s use it as a mirror agaisnt what we say it is.

Can my day really be extremely impressive or daunting (which means: seeming difficult to deal with in anticipation; intimidating), [if you look at part of the definition it might seem to apply but you have to look at the entire definition as a whole.] inspiring great admiration, apprehension or fear – extremely good, excellenet? When have you ever had a day that was all of these things? I can tell you from experience that I’ve never had a day that has been, extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration apprehension or fear – extremely good, excellent. I’ve had a gracious, selfless, chivalrous, and spiritual leader boyfriend but never one that fit the definition of the word awesome.

I hope that you can see now that neither a can a burger or a wave be awesome. They just don’t fit the definition.

Then what or who does fit the defiition? It would have to be something that is very grand yet intimidating at the same time, while inspiring great admiration and at the same time fear and be extremely good – excellent. The only entity that fits that description is God. No boyfriend or day or anyother thing that you can think of can fulfill that description. When it comes to being extremely good – excellent, we know from scripture that there is only one who is good and that is God. It would be pride to call anything awesome other than God for He is the only one that is great enough to inspire great admiration and fear at the same time.

What I learned from last Sunday’s service from Chuck Swindoll is that; “If there is one thing the church needs to learn. is only God is awesome! This church must come to realize the only God is awesome! All the churches need to learn that only God is awesome! Your car isn’t awesome! Your dinner isn’t awesome! Your dog isn’t awesome and definitely not your cat!…There is only one thing that is worthy of being labeled awesome and that is God and God alone! So stop deluting the meaning of the word by using it for anything other than refering to God!” quote to the best of my recollection.

I stand with Chuck on this church let’s guard our tongue and minds and only refer to God as being awesome and expand our vocabulary for other things. Maybe we could try to be more precise in our compliments and thus make them even more sincere. Instead of saying my husband is awesome talk about all the attributes that you appreciate about him, if he’s a good listener, caring, respectful, compassionate, a spiritual leader, helps you, knows just when to say the right thing and just when to hold you, let him know these things that you love about him. It will build him up, reinforce these good attributes, and strengthen your marriage.

So what or who is awesome? Only God is awesome. He is holy. He is all powerful. He is omnipotent and omniscient. He is all love. He is full of mercy and grace. The only truly good being. Worthy to be the only one called awesome. So let’s be cautious about how we use our words.

Joy – A Fellow Sojourner and A Woman After God’s Own Heart!

Seeing the Awe in God’s Creation

There is something about nature that just calls me to praise God.  The time that He took to make the orchid in all its splendor and all its various forms.ImageImage

Flowers in general are such a gift from God.  Just the beauty of them causes me to smile.ImageImageImageImage

To think of the creativity it took to think up all the different trees and ferns and mosses.

To think that He took this amount of time and pride in making nature so amazingly intricate and beautiful, what does that say about how He cares for you His child?  Pretty awe inspiring isn’t it?

To think that He gave us dominion over all that He had created. Genesis 1:28  Gave us not only great responsibility but made us very privileged of all creation.  That’s just how much God loves His mankind.  He longs after us for fellowship.  Just as the tulips petals reach heavenward for God so God eagerly waits for us to do the same.

Joy – A Woman After God’s Own Heart

We Serve An Amazing God!

This is a graduation photo of Tessa.  This is more honorary than deserved as her mommy did not work with her enough to get her really trained.  Had I trained her better maybe Sunday could have been avoided.

As I came home from church Sunday and running errands I came home to find out the my sweet little Tessa a Chihuahua Shitzu mix had gotten a hold of a bottle of Cytomel a thyroid medication and overdosed on 25 of my 30 pills.  I was panicked stricken and didn’t know what to do other than pray that God would protect my dog and not let her die and take to the pet hospital.

The made her throw up and did blood work and I was to watch her and take her back the next day.  The cone was to stay on because they didn’t want her chewing on the IV.  They wanted it in incase I had to take her to the emergency hospital.

We slept together (If you can call it sleep) on the sofa and every time I felt her soft face I had to wake myself up completely to put the collar back on.  It kept popping off.  I also checked to make sure she was still breathing.  She was fine.

I later found out that her blood work was through the roof and there may be some residual damage but since she is doing so good the doctor is very hopeful.

Stress like this would have normally sent me running to food. I’ll admit amongst my constant praying I did eat 4 ding dongs but that is nothing compared to the bad behavior I had recently been doing.

God not only helped me with the crisis at hand but He helped me on how to deal with the crisis.  The answer as always, turning to Him.

It never ceases to amaze me that it is just that simple.  God wants more of us.  More dependence.  More faith.  More trust.  More resting in Him.  What does He do in return?  He shows more of Himself.  He proves Himself dependable.  He proves Himself faithful.  He is that soft place to lie down.  All this the creator of the universe does for us!

Why you may ask would He care to bless me with the life of my dog?  He knows how much joy that little one brings to me and He doesn’t want to see me grieve.  Why would He do anything for us?  He surely isn’t obligated to.  He chooses to because of His great love for us.  A love so amazing that it is awe inspiring!

So thank You Lord for loving me and loving me enough to protect me naughty doggy.  I don’t deserve it.  I can’t earn it.  But I’m so grateful for Your mercy and grace and love shown to me and my beloved Tessa!

What have you got to be thankful for?  Praise Him for the amazing, awe inspiring God that He is!  He deserves it and you’ll feel better for it.