In Awe and Wonder Revisited [From the Archives]

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I am enjoying time away with my family for a couple weeks. This presents a great opportunity to revisit some of my early posts. I pray these will inspire and encourage you. Don’t miss a chance to enter the giveaway for Katie Ganshert’s inspiring first two novels. The giveaway ends August 9. Enter by clicking on Your Story Is Important {and Two-Year Blogging Anniversary Giveaway}.

I felt this post originally published last November captures what I’m experiencing on this amazing family adventure–nature at it’s finest in the mountains of Idaho and Wyoming. (The photos are from are current trip.) God’s love is truly expressed in the breathtaking beauty He blesses us with. Don’t miss it. 

When I open my eyes to the blessings of each day, I am amazed and astonished anew. View from balcony2

Who could imagine the glorious world we live in? Who could be so creative as to design the changes we see in the seasons, the weeks, the moments? The unfurling of a flower bud, the transformation of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, the appearance of a rainbow of hope after a fierce storm?

Who could plan the incredible variety of sights, sounds, smells and tangibles that assault our senses each day?desolatebeauty2

Who could imagine the impact of a sea of grass waving in the breeze, the sound of ocean waves crashing into shore, the soft skin of a baby, or the scent of new life awakening in the Spring?

Who could imagine the power of a smile … the gift of a touch?

Who could imagine the possibility of a helpless baby changing into a capable man or a woman? Or more, a single cell dividing and rearranging to be born an incredibly complex infant in the image of the Father Himself?


Who could make good come from tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, poverty, and illness?

Who could transform death into a wondrous opportunity to live forever?


Who would use a sweet girl born with less earthly ability to show a mama the important things in life? Who would have mercy on a fearful, self-righteous, sin-filled woman and use her for His glory?


Who, indeed, but an unfathomably great God? A God of wondrous deeds—abounding in love, mercy, and grace.

This is the Lord, the One we are honored to serve. May we all open our eyes to His wonders today.

“May the LORD God, the God of Israel, be praised, who alone does wonders. May His glorious name be praised forever; the whole earth is filled with His glory” (Psalm 72:18-19).

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  1. Rachel Wojnarowski on August 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

    love this, Julie!! Hope you are having a wonderful time together as a family!

    • Julie Sunne on August 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, Rachel. We are having a great time. God has provided amazing sights for our time here on earth.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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