In Awe & Wonder Podcast!

I apologize for some sections of poor audio quality. This is my first go at publishing a podcast and editing audio. I’m learning, so please bear with me. I likewise apologize for too many “um”‘s, “ah”‘s, “but”‘s, or “and”‘s. Hopefully I’ll get more polished and succinct as I record more.

Podcast Notes:

Welcome! I’d love to give the feeling via “podcasts” or audio on the blog that we are sitting down for coffee or tea together. I’m normally very quiet and do most of the listening, so to be on the spot for all the talking, there were some pauses and “um”‘s, as I processed through my thoughts. If we were actually getting together for coffee, I would for sure be letting you do most of the talking!

It’s been a long while since I have posted a blog. Many changes and adventures have happened. We moved to Maine in 2015, starting off renting a house on the ocean and homeschooling our three girls. Then we bought a house and moved more inland. Last school year, two of our girls went back to school and I continued homeschooling our oldest. This year, all three are in school. I’m digesting the fact that I am now a mom of a teenager!

Another change is spiritually. I have done a 180 degree turn in my theological and doctrinal beliefs. We began attending a charismatic church (unbeknownst to us) when we first moved to Maine. But due to disagreeing with many aspects of what they believe, I could not continue attending that church. We found a new one. In this process of getting back into the Bible, wrestling with some theological questions, and finding different preachers/teachers/music/podcasters to listen to, I have embraced the Doctrines of Grace and Reformed theology.

I renamed the blog, “In Awe & Wonder.” To help explain the new name and focus/direction of the blog/podcast, I read from the book, Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do, (affiliate link), by Paul David Tripp. Here are the points I went over from the first chapter, under “Awe The Helicopter View”:

  1. Awe is everyone’s lifelong pursuit.
  2. God created an awesome world.
  3. God created you with an awe capacity.
  4. Where you look for awe will shape the direction of your life.
  5. Awe stimulates the greatest joys and deepest sorrows in us all.
  6. Misplaced awe keeps us perennially dissatisfied.
  7. Every created awe is meant to point you to the Creator.
  8. Awesome stuff never satisfies.

I read parts of an article by Jen Wilkin from Desiring God on July 14, 2016, called, “Women, Trade Self-Worth for Awe and Wonder.” (Click to go to the article and read it in its entirety.)

Bible verse I read on fear:

  • Psalm 2:10-12

Bible verses I read on wonder:

  • Psalm 9:1
  • Psalm 77:11
  • Psalm 77: 14
  • Psalm 78:4
  • Psalm 89:5
  • Psalm 136:4
  • Psalm 139:6

Bible verses I read on awe:

  • Psalm 22:23
  • Psalm 33:8
  • Psalm 65:5
  • Psalm 65:8
  • Psalm 66:1
  • Psalm 66:3
  • Psalm 66:5
  • Psalm 99:3
  • Psalm 111:9
  • Psalm 119:161
  • Psalm 145:6
  • Exodus 15:11
  • Exodus 34:10
  • Deuteronomy 7:21
  • Deuteronomy 10:17
  • Deuteronomy 28:58
  • Hebrews 12:28

New focus and direction on the blog:

  • Bible study
  • Biblical literacy
  • Discernment
  • Doctrines of Grace/various theological topics
  • Five Solas
  • Recommended Resources (there is a page I made for this on the blog)
  • Combining writing (blogging) with audio (podcasting)

I am open to questions, comments, resources, and topics for discussion and learning. You can contact me the following ways:

In the Tea & Scripture group, we are going to start studying 2 Timothy and also the book, Women of the Word, (affiliate link), by Jen Wilkin. I’ll be doing podcasts on the blog to go along with those studies. You can ask to join the Facebook group, where hopefully we will be discussing things further together. If not, you’re still welcome to follow along via the podcasts here on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope we can learn and grow together!