So, I’m sitting at lunch with a group of writers at a recent conference. We chat about our food, the weather, where we’re from, and our present work-in-progress.

The nice man to my right seems genuinely interested in sharing our work and we exchange a couple of minutes of conversation. Then, as he turns to respond to someone else, my gaze drops to his name tag.

How about that. He has the same name as…

Oh. My goodness. Doug Peterson. Mr. Veggie Tales. I’m having lunch with one of the Veggie Tales writers. Not to mention a best-selling novelist.

Be cool, Leigh Ann. Think of something semi-intelligent to say. Sing a Veggie Tale song or something.

Nothing. Complete brain glitch.

To put it simply—I was rather, um, awestruck.

I can laugh about it now, but the experience did make me think. 

Am I still filled with awe in the presence of my Lord? Has coming before Him in worship and prayer become a casual, ordinary thing?

When I see evidence of His Hand—in creation, in the people around me, in my heart—do I pause in fascination?

Am I ever stunned and spellbound by the Almighty?


Keeping a Jesus heart in an upside-down world has to begin with an awareness of His greatness and my poverty. His fullness and my need.

It has to begin with HIM.

Join me in the coming weeks as we pause in God’s presence and attempt to soak in a portion of His magnificence. What better way to keep a Jesus heart than to study His?


Yahweh is great and is highly praised;
His greatness is unsearchable.
 One generation will declare Your works to the next
and will proclaim Your mighty acts.
 I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty
and Your wonderful works.

(Psalm 145:3-5)


Have you ever been awestruck? What amazes you about God?

And, um, what’s your favorite Veggie Tale? 🙂


Have a blessed beginning to your summer!


Leigh Ann

2 thoughts on “Awestruck

    • Andy, thank you! I’ve been so convicted of this–of taking for granted the joy and privilege of being in His presence. Thanks so much for your encouragement. God bless your ministry!


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