Be Utterly Amazed!

We have a little girl dress up box in our guest room upstairs. It was started for our daughter Julianna when she was just a wee babe and is now well over 20 years old. It is filled with priceless and sparkly treasures.

It has Tiaras and hot pink Boa’s. It has ballet slippers and tap shoes and clear glass high heals. It has evening gowns and cowgirl suits; capes for super hero want-to-be’s and Dr scrubs. It has Karate outfits and Tutus. It is filled with dreams and possibilities.

One day when our firstborn “G” girl was about 4 or 5 years old, she bounced down the stairs all dressed up in creamy pink tights, ballet slippers and a sweet pink dancing leotard with a frilly skirt.

She presented her “Imagine Me” self as a Prima Donna Dancer squarely in front on me and announced


Oh my.

I wasn’t sure weather to cry tears of adoration or burst into Giggles of “G” Glee. I wisely chose neither and fixed my most serious face right on her and declared that I was “READY to BE AMAZED”!

AMAZE ME my beautiful little treasure.

So she did.

She began to twirl around in a wobbly circle. She twirled and twirled and twirled until she kind of plopped backwards on the steps in an exhausted heap of pink lace.

At this point I could not contain, neither the tears nor the giggles.

It was a moment a “G” does not forget.

Habakkuk 1:5 says

“Look at the nations and watch and BE UTTERLY AMAZED for I am about to do something IN YOUR DAYS that you would not believe, even if you were told”

In this verse from the Bible, I kind of imagine that scene as I imagine a very tickled and excited God, position His majestic self squarely in front of me, cup my chin in His strong hands and say daughter—Prepare yourself to be UTTERLY AMAZED.

Habakkuk 1:5 is the word God gave me for 2012.

I felt like God was reminding me—

“Look Pat! Don’t miss this! Pay attention! Get ready! Be excited! I am about to do something in your day that you are hardly gonna believe.”

It has been my experience that God is always doing “a new thing” but we have to LOOK and WATCH and PREPARE to be Amazed.

Let’s Do it!

Let’s expect, BY FAITH, to see God do something AMAZING….

In our Nation.

In our church.

In our ministry.

In our marriage.

In our homes.

In our families.

In our hearts and in our lives!

And when we see it, we will cry and we will giggle.

Because that’s the kind of God we love.



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  1. when I read this post I immediately thought of the age-old hymn…I Stand Amazed in the Presence of Jesus the Nazarene. And wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean. How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me.

    I truly believe He longs to amaze us….we simply must have eyes to see and hearts to hear. Blessings to you, sweet woman.

  2. good morning!
    I loved your post and I stand amazed every day that God loves me so. My husband, Keith and I saw the premier of October Baby last night and I cried buckets of tears, but through it all I stood AMAZED at how God had brought me to a place of healing. This time last year I was a basket case but now I am anticipating all that He has for me to do. Yesterday was my first day to work as a volunteer at my local prc, Refuge.
    Amazing grace that set me free!
    And…I am sooo excited: me and a good girlfriend have registered to come hear you speak in Tampa on April 27, 28!!!!
    love in Christ!!

  3. Anita,
    Good Morning!!
    Doesn’t that movie just blow you away! God is using it in a might way to set the nation on notice that EVERY LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!!
    I can’t wait to see you at our Freedom Weekend 🙂

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