Friday, January 27, 2012


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: awe

What does the word awe mean to you?

What is one thing in life (besides God) that inspires awe in you?

What does it mean to hold God in awe?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. I tend to equate the word awe with the idea of speechlessness. It's that feeling that what you have seen or heard or experienced is so completely stunning that you are stunned into silence.

    Funny... when you asked us to give you something BESIDES GOD that fills us with awe, I found it to be an impossible task. That's because everything awesome to me ends up pointing right back to God.

    What a great exercise.

    Awe from nature? God.
    Beautiful music? God.
    Stunning art or architecture? God again.

    I'll be contemplating this throughout the day to see if there is anything that I can think of which inspires awe without God behind it.

    I think awe, apart from God, is impossible.

  2. What does the word awe mean to you? Something that takes my breathe away, amazes me. What is one thing in life(besides God) that inspires awe in you? The way my husband loves me unconditionally.What does it mean, to hold God in awe? To be so amazed by His awesomeness.

  3. Awe for me is seeing something - feeling something - that I think God made and has no exact words - it just warms you up. I am in AWE of God in other ways - speechless. sandie

  4. Grace.
    Grace inspires awe in me. I can't understand it; I can't duplicate it very well; I can't get enough of it. I am constantly in awe of God's grace.

  5. All of it points right back to God. The nature and attributes of God, are GOD! And that is what amazes me more than anything else ever will.

  6. Awe is an awesome word. I looked it up in the dictionary. "a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder." Like others I am in total awe of the things God has done both in nature and in my life and the lives of others.
    Thank you for sharing on Spiritual Sundays.

  7. I believe it means to revere Him. To recognize His holiness before my wretched sinfulness.
    A sunset is one of my favorite "awe" moments.

  8. One of my friends in grade school had an older brother. I was in AWE of him. In a small part that's how I feel about God. In awe of who He is and what He does for me. So much more that a brother -- In awe of His creation, the salvation He freely gives and the joy He put in my heart.

  9. Blessings Sharon,

    I'm tackling your 2 "Fan the flames" that I've missed because I thought I could do them quickly... perhaps even 'short and sweet'...
    yeah, right, dream on... on all 3!!! I don't want to read the others, so I can't scroll up to look at the particular questions... but I do know the word is AWE... ahhhhhhhhhh, oh not that one.

    To me "AWE" is that hushed sense of wonder, of stepping back and just trying to grasp the inspiration of the moment. I always am in awe in God's Presence, when I'm truly in that moment! I think that you asked us for something other than God that strikes us with awe... as in creation, but we all know that this is all linked to God's AWEsome power! Yet I think what you wanted was for us to capture some breathe taking experience that is similar and I cannot imagine any more than the gift of watching new life born... of course, God is in this moment (and I'm never experienced giving birth, but I would think that would be) just like the long awaited new birth of a lost soul or prodigal return being birthed into the awesome family of God! As my son said when we adopted him and he was being questioned at 5 for wanted to be baptized, "it's like starting over and being born again, I have a new family, a new home, a new church, everything is new." Pretty profound for a 5 yo not in church until then.

    And I have not seen the majestic scenes of the Grand Canyon or other such inspiring sites (due to deathly fear)... but I do sit in awe as I watch an eagle soar or a deer tenderly lick her fawn or my mom dog as she tended to her 6 pups popping out with me as her birth coach... yep, I think each day from big things to some very small things, I could find a moment of "awe"... I know heaven will be filled with "AWE" moment by moment. As I think of God, and some powerful godly moments in His Presence, besides the warmth and serenity that comes over my being from the inside out... I hold God in such awe, means to me that it's a holy moment of reverence, just standing, laying, kneeling, gazing into His Holiness and that has got to be the REAL AWE!!! Not sure if I covered them all... but far beyond, quick, short or sweet... I was captured by the "awe"...

    Love and peace

    1. ohhh and I forgot one of the most spectacular "AWES" for me... are in SUNSETS! Sorry about all the errors above!
      me again...


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

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