What’s So Great About God?

Praise God for His Greatness

In a word, everything about God is great.

His love. His mercy. His patience. His presence. His faithfulness. His forgiveness…

The list is so long, I could blog about His greatness until I depart this planet! Meanwhile, let’s dive in for the next 30 Wednesdays and see what God has for us. (Did I mention how glad I am you’re here?)

If everything about God is great, then everything about Him is worthy of our praise—both the truths that encourage us and the realities that (if we’re honest) unnerve us.

A frightening prospect, unless you know and love Him. A comforting truth, once you realize He knows and loves you. Intimately. Completely.

He is Worthy of Our Praise

It’s great to give thanks to the people who enrich our lives, but praise and worshipacknowledging His worth-shipis meant for God alone.

Moses declared, “He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes” (Deuteronomy 10:21). God knows us so well. If we’ve “witnessed” (CEB) something, we’re far more likely to believe it. Especially if His great “deeds” (GW) and His wonderful “works” (HCSB) turn out to be “mighty miracles” (NLT), way beyond anything we’ve ever seen or imagined.

Finding an empty space in a crowded parking lot? Pulling out a forgotten $20 bill from the pocket of your jeans? Answers to prayer, maybe, but not what Moses was talking about. God’s people watched some really big miracles come down. A stairway to heaven, a burning bush, a swept-aside Red Sea.

Miracles like that are both “awesome” (CEB) and “fearsome” (MEV), both “astounding” (GNT) and “staggering” (MSG), equal parts “amazing” (ERV) and “terrifying” (CEV), striking a healthy fear of God in our hearts. Even if we didn’t see those miracles in person, we read about them in Scripture and are humbled.

This is where we need to begin.

He is great, and we are small. He is “powerful” (NLV), and we are powerless without Him. He is Lord of all, and we are not.

Beloved, this is good news. We don’t want a God we can control. We want a God who controls the universe. One who can never be conquered or fully understood. We want to shout with triumph, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psalm 145:3).

Here we are, trying to wrap our heads around His greatness, when it’s “so vast and deep” (AMP), it can’t be grasped” (CEB). It’s immeasurable, “unsearchable” (ASV), and “beyond discovery!” (TLB). Sometimes the point of studying God’s Word is to show us how much we don’t know, and can never know.

This is certain. He is worthy of our worship. He deserves our deepest praise.

Heavenly Father, Your greatness takes my breath away. When I’m tempted to toss up my hands in frustration, help me lift up my hands in adoration. Worship isn’t about knowing things. It’s about knowing You, the One who knows me. It’s about praising You, the only One who is worthy.

Great is the Lord Psalm 145:3

Instead of asking a question, I’ll simply invite you to Share Your Thoughts below, perhaps telling us how God has revealed His greatness to you this week. Such a blessing, when we learn from and encourage one another. Happy 2015!

Your grateful sister, Liz
Your sister, Liz Curtis Higgs BibleGateway Blogger Grid  I am honored to write for P31 Ministries I love being part of (in)courage!

P.S. It’s not your imagination: my website has a new design! Bigger type should make it easier to read and less clutter will make it easier to find things. Take a quick look around and see what you think!

106 Responses to What’s So Great About God?

  1. Julie January 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Thank you for this new Bible study. I love Wednesdays because I know another of your amazing posts will be arriving in my inbox. Thank you for sharing God’s love with us. 🙂

    • Roxanna E. Dunn January 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

      I am looking forward to learning more about our GOD. Thank you for making it possible. I think the greatest thing about our GOD is His every lasting love for us. I thank Him for His mercy, grace and His Son Jesus Christ my Savior.

    • Donna January 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

      My church always has a bible study on Wednesday nights which I could not attend. I’ve prayed for change but instead received your post about this study! God is amazing in how he responds to our prayers!may not be what we expect but it is best! I’m so grateful for you doing this study! Hallelujah

    • Faye January 8, 2015 at 4:54 am #

      I have to wait until Thursday as I live in Australia. I’m thrilled to be part of this Bible study and pray it will lead me back to joyful worship.

    • Glenda Mayberry January 8, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

      I have M. S. and the Lord has eased my pain. Still confined to a wheelchair but I know his Mercy and Grace are for me is worthy of Praise. Loved reading your blog. Very inspiring.

    • lamisha January 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

      Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I am truly blessed and reminded of my view should be of God!

  2. Lauriann Sayers January 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    Love the new design! And, yes, it is easier to read. As always, you are so good at encouraging me to keep on keeping on – staying focused. Focus! Focus! Focus! Thank you, and may God continue to bless you and your family throughout 2015.

  3. jaime January 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

    So glad my “Lizzy letter” is here! I love your studies. God is so good for so many reasons. Without Him, I have nothing and I am nothing.

  4. Amy January 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    So grateful for this study! I am a teacher and so my only option for organized Bible study would be in the evenings a fair drive away and I go to bed pretty early 🙂
    My goal for this year is to be a woman of faith and I am using this Bible study as a part of that endeavor.

  5. Elaine Steil January 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    Like you said Liz, all of us can go on about His greatness, but do we? It is good to take time and reflect on how much He loves us, unconditionally, does not keep score, forgives, restores, renews and the list goes on. I am certain it was not only last week but each day that He shows His greatness to all of us.

  6. Minister Cozi Davis January 7, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    Liz, I have a chronic pain disorder. I started off this year 3 days in, in severe pain. I could barely open or close my hands. I read my scriptures daily and I have several scriptural plans too. I pray often during the day and I connect with women like you. Today, the pain is still present but I can open and close my hands without wanting to scream. I know that’s GOD working it out for me. Hallelujah!

  7. Debbie January 7, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

    I see God’s greatness every day in the beauty of His creation, but also in His abundant grace and mercy. I am so unworthy, yet He loves me and forgives me anyway. Only He can love so. I am blessed.

    Like the new website-very colorful and welcoming!

  8. Michele Morin January 7, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    Liz, I admire your persistent, consistent blogging and writing. I don’t know how you do it, but you always manage to come up with something relevant and inspiring.
    I’m aware this week of how God uses the community of believers to motivate me to be faithful. Sometimes the routine of ministry cycles, repetitive housework, endless details bog me down, but I know that God is interested in the details of my life — especially my attitude about those details.
    Thanks for your faithfulness.

  9. Vicki Johnson January 7, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    This is the first time I’ve joined an online Bible study, and I am so glad I did! Your writing is infused with energy and excitement in drawing the reader closer to God; truly a breath of fresh air. Thank you!

    God is great and greatly to be praised! A simple statement, yet so awesome in its scope. To be a part of a numberless throng of people praising God is easy to imagine. Having a private audience with the King of Kings and seeing the bottle containing my tears and the book inscribed with my latest hair count, among other things, is so great that I can’t describe it. What an awesome God we serve!

  10. Deb January 7, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    I have not been pleased this week where my mental thoughts are going. I have been emotional and having a pity party. God has shown me through television shows, reading materials, it seems everything I picked up this week showed me in a mirror. I have been praying to regain my normal optimistic and loving self. God has been active in my life this week to lead me out of this funk. Thank you God for always knowing what I need.

  11. Danelle January 7, 2015 at 10:50 pm #


    Yes, Almighty God is worthy of our praise. I praise Him for you and the way He uses you to speak His word (His simple truths) into our hearts and minds. Your sense of humor is so appreciated, your laughter infectious. The love you have for God is felt through your writing and such a beautiful gift to so many. Thanks for ALL you do. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesdays.

  12. Sherry January 7, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    Growing up I was taught to say the dinner prayer “God is good, God is great, let us thank Him for our food Amen.” Reading your bible study today, reminded me of this prayer. As a child I didn’t fully understand how the greatness of God! God is much more than great …. He is worthy of my unending praise! Thanking God for His faithful daily presence with me… walking with me, carrying me at times, and constantly guiding me. In the past few months… even this week, God continues to give me His strength and unbelievable amounts of patience that I could not have without Him. God definitely is great and deserves our unending praise!!

  13. Pat January 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    I love your Bible studies. God seems to give you so much
    insight in His word. He has shown me so much this week
    already. Cannot wait for what is ahead. I started the
    “Daniel Fast” on Sunday and already has helped me so
    much. God is showing me how great He is.

  14. Jeanne January 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

    I am so glad you chose this subject to start off the year! But I am sure any subject would have been good. Nothing as great as God, though!

    I need to keep my focus on him. I ended 2014 with a cancer diagnosis. I am starting the year facing surgery very soon. I try to keep all my thoughts on God and who he is so I don’t go all crazy. And its working! Oh, I have tears once in a while, but I know if I concentrate on that, I will get in a pity party. Whatever I have to go through is nothing compared to what Jesus did for me on the cross.

  15. Kathy Andrews January 7, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    I love your blogs. I was wondering if it would be possible to make them printer friendly??
    Keep up the wonderful work!

  16. Beth January 7, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    God has given me peace like I have never felt before, yet I face a battle as I type this.

    I am THRILLED!!! that God is in control! AMEN!

    • Ginger January 8, 2015 at 7:38 am #

      Amen! I am dealing with multiple crisis in my family and my friends are equally stressed but God graciously gave me a week of resting in prayer and praise last week so my cup would be full. It is His Presence that is so great and knowing He is Sovereign that gives peace.

  17. Retha Coleman January 7, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    I was so excited about this new Wednesday study with you that I checked my email at 5:30 am this morning! Silly me, of course you were not even awake at that time of day! Then I checked my home email off and on all day during work – I thought I was going to miss it! I get home from work, and there it is! Perfect timing, as always. Knowing we would be sharing the Greatness of God I could not help but be in total awe of the sky this morning on my drive into work. Cold and clear, but the sky – oh the majestic painting that God shared with me this morning. God was just beginning to sprinkle light across His canvas with streaks of white and pinkish-red clouds flung far and wide. It took my breath away. It was as though God was saying to me “Look how much I love you – I painted this for you!” How sad that so many missed His glorious work of art this morning. God’s greatness is fresh and new to me each day if only I will seek it out. Happy Wednesday Liz. Yep – LOVE, LOVE the new look of the website.

  18. Sabra Penley January 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    Liz, I can always count on you to glorify God in every one of your posts. They make me smile. Yes, God is so very worthy of praise, and the more I learn about Him, the more I realize I have so much more to learn. God’s great faithfulness and constant presence have filled my week and I have been amazed by what He is showing me in His Word. I look forward to all of these lessons about our almighty Lord. Praying God will fill you with awe and wonder and words of His truth as you study and share with us this year.

  19. Jannie Ensing January 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Dear Liz:
    I was waiting all day for your study and could hardly wait to see how you would start this series. I love it already.
    I do need to know how great God is before I realize how much He loves and cares about every detail of my life.
    It goes past all understanding and sometimes with our own small understanding we think He is not even around with all my pain and feelings, but praise Him He is.
    Please Father keep reminding of Your greatness.

  20. Reeda Francis January 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Yes God is greatly to be praised-everyday-and every chance we get– we have to thank him for everything-our health and things he does for us that we don’t even recognize. He has done so much for me-one thing I have quit smoking since Oct 27 2013 and without his help I could never have done that. Praise his holy name! Plus my husband passed June 2012 and God has helped me every day –one day at a time–thank you Liz for your encouraging words- they have also helped me. God Bless

  21. Jannie Ensing January 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Dear Liz:
    I was waiting all day for this new study and excited about what you are going to do for 30 Wednesday ‘s.
    And there it was at the end of my “snowy day”
    “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.” Psalm145:3 When I realize how great He is and what He is like, I will desire Him more and trust Him more. That is why this study is for me at this time. WORTHY!

  22. joyce January 7, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    God is good! My daughter had a car accident this week in which she wasn’t hurt and her car wasn’t damaged much. It could have been so much worse. She was pretty shook up, but yet greatful that it was a minor one. I believe God was looking out for her as she couldn’t afford another car repair right now.

  23. Linda Weems January 7, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    Yes Liz we have a most wonderful God.I have serveral different disabities and so thankful to Him that He keeps me going cause I sure could not do it on my own.I love Him with all my heart ,soul,mind all of me.God Bless you Liz!

  24. Lesa January 7, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    This is my first time to receive your bible study. “What is so Great about God?” Your words brought peace to my soul as I read your words. A reminder that he knows all and is in control of all. Very Encouraging! I was also thoughtful about your statement that if we do not know HIM their may not be feeling of peace. Reminds me to continue to pray for those that I know that do not know HIM as LORD.

  25. Jane Spencer January 7, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    Just finished “Your God is Too Small”, and today comes your meditation regarding the awesomeness of our God. I discovered while reading Phillips’ book that my mind really had diminished the God I’ve been worshipping all my life. We can’t really wrap our heads around the power that is God….our intelligence is just a little too puny for that. But it can acknowledge and begin to “get” the enormous love that He has for His “children”. A God who diminished Himself to become incarnate, to live and die as one of us, and to take upon Himself, if we let Him, our cares, our faults, our sins; defeating once and for all time, Death.

    Yes, my God was too small. St. Paul “got it” immediately. It’s taken me a little more time. I saw death as a dark portal to be transversed to Jesus. Not so. There is no dark portal in death, for the believer in Jesus Christ/God. The dying might not be much fun, but the last breath here gives us the first breath there. Praise the Almighty God!

  26. Ann Blomgren January 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Thank you for this wonderful verse Liz. I have learned that no matter the situation The Lord is Great! Sure helps to remember that nothing is difficult for Him. keeping my eyes on Him takes away fear and discouragement. How awesome is He!

  27. Nancy Siders January 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    God is so good in everyway. My son Cpl William “Billy” Crouse was KIA in the war on December 21, 2010. OEF. He was a dog handler, he and his canine companion died together. God has laid a path before me of such compassion and love for the men and women who serve. I went back to school. I am a Certified Medical Assistant and I am beginning to give to people the way God really intended. I always said if I help just one, I have made the father in heaven proud. It is his journey for me, his hand that leads. Every day is an example of what he can do if we get out of the way and let him.

    Many Blessings
    Nancy Siders
    Proud Gold Star Mother of Cpl Crouse and War Dog Sgt. Cane

  28. KariB January 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    I love my Wednesday’s with Liz! I am so glad for the reminder that God is Bigger than anything we come up against, He is in control and thank Him for that. With Him I am nothing and can do nothing! What a privilege we have in knowing that He is God over all!

    I will love you, O Lord, my strength.
    The Lord is my rock and my refuge,
    and my deliverer.
    My God, my strength, in whom I will trust.
    My shield, and the horn of my salvation,
    my stronghold. Psalm 18:1

    • Barbara Peterson January 11, 2015 at 4:35 am #

      Thank you Karib, that is a well needed verse for me and an encouragement to God being in control of all that comes my way. The Lord is Great and greatly to be praised. Seemed like the enemy of our soul is tearing up my whole family in so many directions; but I praise God that he is in control and so I look at it like a jigsaw puzzle and know that God is the only one who knows where all the pieces go, even though at this time they are all apart and sent in so many directions!

  29. Fran Gumprecht January 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    Thank you for this Bible Study! This is my first one with you! Looking forward to many more! Wonderful words of wisdom!

    • Retha Coleman January 7, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

      Welcome Fran! You are gonna love this! Liz has such a way with words you can’t help but fall in love with The Father.

  30. Heather Smith January 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    I think im going to enjoy your group you have here. God is amazing to me He never fails me. I love him so dearly I never want to be without him again. Once again, thank you very much.

  31. Jerri Harrington January 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    Liz, I’m happy to find your blog! You are a true encourager, like Barnabas. I have been struggling with a change in my autoimmune disease, lupus. It has been attacking me in strange and frightening ways just as I have been able to study the Bible with people who are hard to reach. Several have given their lives to Christ, and we had 7 baptisms from our English as a Second Language outreach in the past several months. Also, a great source of wonder and joy to me and my husband has been the birth of our grand daughter, the first girl born to our family of four sons, two daughters in law, a dear sweet grandson and now a precious grand daughter. God’s strength is perfected in my weakness. Go God!

  32. Kerri January 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    I am inthe midst of a very stressful time at work- it’s a new job and I am under a lot of pressure. I recently changed my computer password (that I use dozens of times a day) to a simple reminder to trust Him. Each time I enter my password I pause first and then immediately feel a little lighter and less tense. God is with me and He is so great!

  33. Rebecca "Becky" Mick Frith January 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    So happy to start this year again with you Liz. I couldn’t get out much last year, and now that I am more mobile (PTL I am walking some with a cane!) I can get out to church again and spread the news of His Greatness! Love the new look and thanks for the reminders that God is in control and He counts every hair and step and catches our tears. Oh Praise His Name! I, too Deb, was in a funk, but Our Lord carried me through as He will you.

  34. Sheila January 7, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

    I’ve been going through some mental turmoil lately, but God has shown His greatness to me by encouraging me to attend a new church this week (a big move for me, and I went alone). Attending bible study at a friend’s home and then Lizzie’s newest study started today. His greatness is showing something to me everyday. I need to keep my eyes and mind open to the greatness He is offering to me as I work through some issues and see where He wants me to be in my work life.

  35. Annetta January 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    God’s greatness is being revealed to our family in a powerful way today. Our grandson who is autistic has been accepted for IVIG therapy. He has been in a major anxiety crisis for several weeks. We are praising God that the local specialist was able to accept our grandson as a patient even though her practice was closed. Please pray for peace for our grandson and for his parents tomorrow. We are trusting that miracles will happen tomorrow.
    Thank you for your prayers and praises to the greatness of God.

  36. Judy Waddling January 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Spent months going over an exhaustive concordance pulling out words God used to name himself, describe himself and explain himself. What joy came out of that exercise! Now I better understand who he is. I have such joy, peace and security when I read something like your words here, Liz. God is so good and so worthy of praise. We don’t really have enough words to worship him as he deserves.

  37. Laurel Shaler January 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi Liz and Ladies! God has revealed Himself to me through a great start to a brand new year full of hope and opportunities. I “prayed in” the New Year, and I am already seeing prayers answered!

  38. Vicki January 7, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    I love it! God is a stalker! And He loves us so much He cares about us the same way as someone who is giving us their full attention. What an awesome God!

  39. Linda N January 7, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

    Love the way you used the different translations to shed light on the depth of God’s miracles. It really helps encompasses the awe of Him.

    • LN January 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

      Sorry! Strike the word “helps”

  40. Carrie January 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Thanks Liz! Just had a conversation with my daughter this afternoon about how we tend to put God in a box…a pretty small one at that! God has given me a huge new challenge and I was trying to squeeze it into a box…a box bigger than I could accomplish without God, but oh so small in comparison to what God can do when I get out of the way. He opened my eyes and a flood of Scriptures filled my mind about His awesomeness!
    Then came your study! Of course!

  41. Shelley January 7, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Thank you for this great reminder Liz, needed to hear it I guess. 🙂 I had just decided that I needed to get closer to God and after reading your study today I think it’s going to be a great way to achieve this!
    Looking forward to the next one!

  42. Patti January 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

    2014 has been so trying, from having to pay a full tuition for my daughter’s school, my husband going on disability for 5 months, having to put over 1000$ repairs into our vehicle, to falling behind in all our bills, I am amazed how we got through the year. It sure was easy to take my eyes off Him. I did take my eyes off Him. It is easy to have a pity party and forget who is really in control. I did not like my trials we went through, but I need to learn on His understanding, not my own. GOD is worthy to be praised, I was still in my pity party when I read this, but know that we are almost caught up on rent, utilities, and our bills. All the glory goes to God~that is truely how we are where we are. Thank you, Liz, for your Godly in-site, I have enjoyed your Proverbs study. I am always encouraged or reminded what I need to do. I look forward to learning what God directs you to teach me.

  43. Dee B. January 7, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Exciting to be learning more with Liz and the amazing group here. My eyes enjoy the large print and words shared here…
    Looking forward to more…

  44. DEbby January 7, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    2014 I hope to write about in length I’m a writer of sorts never published ..yet, I do poems too
    Since my hubbies death almost 6 years ago Gods reliable faithfulness in impossible situations, mountains, valleys of many sorts..is what stands out to me.

    This is my first time finding your blog and study.
    I’ve been off work a year, no money coming in, weird mold illness, am in my new apt with Big changes again..Rejoicing in all 2014 He led.

    Ive seen first hand some big miracles in these last years, stepped into another jordan 2014 we left our house of memories of 20 plus years , me and my 2 college age kids ,a short sale, estate sale, released from debt huge debt moving one kid to college another to his own place and first job and me to my apt,seemed impossible but here I am.in just 2 months God accomplished it.

    Looking forwarding to this study as I get winter blues and after Holiday blues, and adjusting to living alone now.

    Coming off a high of this miracle , I will praise the God who loves me reminded me my deliverance was at hand, and that nothing was too hard for him.

    As he calls me to trust him again with a challenging health issue no money coming in and trusting His plan, as he has never led me astray, nor will he.
    His faithfulness ,his plan for good. I stand on even though my earthy self is tired of yet more mountains, I know Im in His hands.Wondering what 2015 will hold how He will provide and do and lead.

    Looking forward to diving in with this blog and bible study even starting one of my own someday as I am an encourager as well.

    I love your writing Liz I’ve yet to finish that christmas book but tried 2 years now but I’ve been blessed by it.Consistency is not my strong suit especially fighting illness.

    Hoping I can get out of the winter hum drums that seemed to have got me again, cold days where we live no sunshine in winter .back to my faith and His voice in my ear, and my voice lifting praises to Him who alone is worthy of that praise!

    • Cynthia January 8, 2015 at 8:11 am #

      Debbie, I wish the best for you and your family in 2015. I know God will see you through this adjustment time.

      I just wanted to share this about your winter hum drums. I have a friend who has this same feeling. She went to the doctor and there is actually a clinical name for this (forgot what she said it was, sorry). The doctor has told her about a special light to buy and he wants her sit under it so many times each day. I is something she needs from not being able to get enough sun during the winter months.

      I just felt this need to share my friend’s story with you. God bless you.

      • Debby January 8, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

        Thanks for reminder the disease is called sad or seasonal affective disorder
        My dr mentioned one year but I had so many issues we weren’t sure it was just winter but I’m definitely worse in winter .
        Thanks again for the reminder on light will have to pray about it I felt better in fall when I moved and got outside in the sun

  45. Melinda January 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    Thank you for just lifting me up. I have been in the dumps lately. I started to cry as I read this study remembering how much God loves my to know everything about me. Oh how we forget the simple things when the world gets in the way. Thank you! Thank you!

  46. Susan January 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    God is good, he has healed me of so many things – when you deal with auto immune – only God – Amen — I love you Liz you are a blessing –

  47. Susan G. January 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

    Thanks so much for this Liz!
    Where does one start indeed, to say how great is our God?
    For me this week (and many other weeks as well!) He shows me that He is always Present. I think He wants me to know that He is always aware at what I am studying, reading, hearing (as in a message), that He is always with me. Not that I don’t already know this, but He really wants me to get this. 🙂
    Sunday morning I listened to a favorite pastor’s message online. It was on Psalm 1:1-6. Sunday evening I started reading the next chapter (9) in my study book for my women’s small group bible study that I am facilitating at my local church. It started with the verse Psalm 1:2,3. 🙂 The pastor spoke a few minutes at the end of his message on “divine interruptions”. As I was doing the questions at the end of the chapter, the author wrote about “divine interruptions”. 🙂 This pastor isn’t even in the same state than I am in. 🙂
    Yep, it’s totally God! And this happens quite often…I think He knows how it thrills me!! 🙂
    How can we not praise a God like that?!
    Bless you Liz!

  48. Julie Sunne January 8, 2015 at 12:00 am #

    Love the new design and the new Bible Study. God is great!

  49. Sheri January 8, 2015 at 12:09 am #

    I think you are one of the most wonderful Christians I know. You are down to earth and you share your own weaknesses. It gives me hope for my own failings. You are an encourager!
    God has done amazing things in the last few months for my husband and I. We left a church after pastoring there for seven plus years and it was under difficult circumstances. We could not imagine what was next. It hurt and left broken hearts, but the Lord had plans for us. He lifted the heavy hurt and burden and gave us a new place of worship and new friends. Many of our old friends

  50. Sheri January 8, 2015 at 12:11 am #

    I meant to add that many of our old friends joined us in this new adventure.
    We KNOW God is n all this and we stand amazed at His plans and guidance.

  51. Michelle January 8, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    my 16 y/o don Logan passed on 12/18/14. The Holy Spirit gave me strength I didn’t know existed. To help my family & spread His word. But we’re heartbroken beyond belief. Plz pray for my family please! God bless & thank you ❤️ Michelle Banks @grievingParent

    • Penny January 8, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Dear Michelle,

      I am deeply sorry for your loss. Although I am at a loss for words please know that you and your Family is in my thoughts and prayers for peace , comfort and strength through your pain.



    • Loretta January 8, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      Dear Michelle,
      I, too, have faced the death of a son. Only with God have I been able to function through and beyond the stabbing grief. It has been 16 years since Paul passed away and I think of him every day, but it is with thanks, now, that I had those 27 years with him. God has held my hand and picked me up when I fell and He will do that for you!! I will be holding you up in prayer. 2 Cor 1:3-5

  52. Kathy Anderson January 8, 2015 at 2:07 am #

    Thank you for such a vibrant, encouraging Bible study. I have been praying for my youngest daughter lately since her family transferred to Okinawa. Today she was happier than she had been in a while. I know it’s God answering prayer.

  53. Jenni Moon January 8, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    I am busy reading and being blessed by a Lineage of Grace. Just before reading today’s blog, I read of God seeing the heart and God will judge us all, but God is also merciful to all who repent. How awesome, intimidating, wonderful, fearsome is that. What amazing grace. How worthy (worth our praise) is He.

  54. Glenda Jensen January 8, 2015 at 3:20 am #

    I am so happy to join with all of you wonderful ladies to worship and praise our heavenly Father!!!!!

    “He is Lord of all, and we are not.” Hallelujah!!!! I am so glad He is in charge! He has a lot more love, mercy, grace and patience than I do! 😉

    I got so excited about the study, I forwarded it to my sweet friend and sister in Christ in Australia! She signed up too! Isn’t it amazing that we can do a Bible study with sisters in other countries at the same time due to the internet? Amazing!!!!!

    God bless you all! Buckle your seatbelts! This is going to be a great study!!!!!

  55. Kathi Sanguedolce January 8, 2015 at 5:36 am #

    Having recently moved to an area of Texas that is far from a big city, we are having a hard time finding a church that we can call home. Thank you for bringing a community to us who are without one, even temporarily! I praise God for the ladies who are sharing here.

    • Johnette Murphy January 31, 2015 at 9:30 am #

      What part of Texas do you live because I live in Texas too moving from NJ.

  56. Robin T January 8, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Love the new look of your website, Liz. Looking forward to doing this new study with you. God is indeed great!! I’m so grateful He knows me and loves me so well. My goal for this year is to get to know Him better.

  57. Paula Timpson January 8, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    God is great in people who love from their hearts and help others with out any motive in mind. God is good in teaching us how to trust and pray and ask for help daily.

  58. Jan January 8, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    Liz, I love the new Bible study! Looking forward to EVERY Wednesday!!! Yes our God deserves our praise and worship! So thankful for our GREAT GOD who loves and cares for us. Some ladies from my church are reading through the Bible together this year and I’m excited as I read and experience the Word afresh and new every day! Our God is so faithful!
    Thank you for being faithful and obedient to share His Word Liz!! Love and blessings

  59. Cynthia January 8, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    As I was rocking my new grandbaby yesterday, I was thinking of how precious she is to all our family. I was thanking God for this gift.

    I thought how He knew her before she was even born and how He knows each hair on her head. She was wonderfully made.

    This miracle of life is way beyond me~~I just thank God for all He is and all He does. I am peaceful about her future because I know that God already has a plan for her.

    God is good and God is great! Amen!

  60. Linda H. January 8, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    Love the new look! So thankful that the Lord knows me better than I know myself and still loves me. My goal this year is to know Him more intimately than ever before. To let His word grow deeper in my heart. I want to see what He sees and His love for me. I want to pay closer attention to what He is doing in my life and Praise Him more!!! Can’t wait to see where God leads me that will fill this desire in my heart♥

  61. Ann Bursey January 8, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    the awesomeness of God leaves me speechless

  62. Name* January 8, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    My Mom just went on Hospice and normally, I’d be an emotional wreck and my body would be falling apart just knowing she was not feeling well. However, God’s grace has been resting on me, and I’m fine. I’m holding on to Him and trusting Him to see us both through this. He is our Lord and Savior and so I need not, and will not, fear. His grace is sufficient for me!

  63. Jeri January 8, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    I love the new clean and simple design of your blog. And the writing ain’t bad either 😉 Like a proud father, He loves us unconditionally. Forever. Amen.

  64. Penny January 8, 2015 at 10:12 am #


    I missed this post yesterday. I really like your new design but I really enjoyed you other one as well.

    I feel that without God it would n’t of been possible for me to be where I am today in all aspects of my life. I feel that in my heart and soul he has been there for me every step of the way.

    Take Care,


  65. Sue January 8, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    I have a long history of depression but have had such a sense of peace and comfort that is lasting. Yet, I always worry about my relationship with God, feeling that I am not worthy of His love. One small piece of today’s study really opened my eyes to the truth. “He knows the everything about you. All of it. A frightening prospect, unless you know and love Him”. This does not frighten me and now I know that the peace within me is God and His love for me.

  66. Cheryl Anderson January 8, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    I love this. Can you make printable verses again? I love to have the verse with me and hand out each week to others.
    Thank you.
    Cheryl Anderson

  67. Debbie Brant January 8, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    What’s so great about God, is, He understands in His mercy all my cares and concerns and He forgives and still loves me.
    Looking at the fresh fallen snow untouched I think of that
    passage in Isaiah, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow”:
    That to me is His goodness –

    Debbie Brant –

  68. Jane January 8, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    I love the new format – especially that all the links lead to the verse you are referencing.
    Coming up on a year since losing my wonderful husband…God has been with me every second…I cannot imagine facing life now without the loving care of my Lord and the sweet, sweet love of Christian sisters who love Him as I do.
    Thank you Liz for your writing – inspiring and encouraging – I share you with anyone who will listen.

  69. Yvonne January 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Dear Liz,
    I love getting your studies and messages on Facebook. It always makes me smile when I think of hearing you at a women’s conference years ago. I am learning to trust God more as I meditate on how much he knows me and loves me.
    Have a great day.

  70. beth January 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    Through a doctor’s office visit, God showed me He loves me way more than I could imagine and He is worthy of all my praise and honor. Nothing on earth can compare to Him! He knows me and loves me!!

  71. Diane McElwain January 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Thanks for the bullet words, Liz. Blessings to you this new year.

  72. Dianne January 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    …how God revealed His greatness to me this week….
    He reminded me again, through two patients I performed a breast mammogram on (this frequently happens as His timely reminders), that I have truly been put right where I am …this kind of career, this particular place, in Texas for now instead, of Colorado where I was recently uprooted due to husbands job loss. They tell me what a great job I have performed for them…calming their fears & having conversations that takes them mentally elsewhere. It’s truly amazing and awesome and no words can accurately describe this spiritual experience other than your lesson using Gods word. Thank you.

  73. Martha T. January 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    Thank you for the reminder of God’s greatness! To realize how little we are and how great God is, puts things into a proper perspective!

  74. Liz McKellar January 8, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Happy New Year, Liz I have seen God’s greatness in my family over the past few weeks. Only recently have I been reunited with my one brother and one of my sisters. I am quite a few years younger than they are and growning up alone, I never felt like they loved or cared about me. A few years ago I developed severe osteoarthritis and had two total knee replacement surgeries in 2014. After a serious work injury and two divorces, I live on a small pension in subsidized government housing. My siblings are very well off and quite successful in their lives. My sister bought me a beautiful second hand car, scooter and lovely recliner chair where I can put up my legs to rest them during the day. My brother bought me a warm lovely wool new coat. I am used to buying my things a thrift shops. I cried and was overwelemed with their kindness. I am the only Christian amongst us and they know what I believe. I pray God will bring the opportunity of chosing salvation to all of them. I never thought that I would see all this caring and kindness from my sister and brother. God is great!!!

  75. Summer January 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    God created such an astoundingly lovely sunset a few nights ago! The colors were absolutely amazing! The way He put it all together against the silhouetted trees was fabulously wonderful. Indescribable…and yet, I felt like He did it just for me, to show His greatness, His nearness.

  76. Debbie Newsom January 9, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    Praise God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. The Bright Morning Star. Our Light in a dark world. Our Bread and Living Water. Our Provider and our Healer. The Lover of my soul. I am nothing apart from Him and I have nothing apart from Him. Bless His Holy Name!

    • Cynthia January 9, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      Debbie, this was so beautifully said. Thank you!

  77. Brenda January 9, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    God is so Good I got to see my first grand daughter yesterday at the doctors office they did an ultrasound she is due the first week of February..’ll can’t wait to meet her.

  78. Cheryl January 9, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    A heart stopper, when you realize the God of the universe is listening and answering your prayers. “What is man that You are mindful of him?”I have seen and been on the receiving end of many acknowledgements and answers to prayer, so possibly a better way to phrase this is I have taken for granted the holiness and great awe of God when I enter His presence! The swiftness and manner of His answer in two situations actually frightened me! I had forgotten and/or taken for granted that I was approaching a holy, fearsome God, all powerful, worthy of all my honor, respect, and devotion

  79. Debbie January 9, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    This week I have seen God answer specific prayers regarding our ladies’ small group – what to study. I am also seeing answers regarding my need to slow down, be still and know that He is God. I want to be in awe of Him. I have become too complacent. I believe this study, Liz, will help me regain the awe factor. Thank you for leading us in learning more about our wonderful God!

  80. Rebecca January 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    I agree that That His greatness is too much for us to comprehend. I have a hard time putting into words my feelings about the greatness of God. I think this study will help me tremendously. Thank you Liz, for your insights. I enjoy them so much.

  81. Mama03 January 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    Thanks Liz! God’s love has pulled me through some tough times. The fear and worry that overcomes me at times is so overwhelming. It’s only through him that i find comfort and the fear subsides. Everyday is a miracle and a blessing. I know longer take this for granted. The biggest miracle i’ve witness is when my daughter lay in a coma for over a week. The drs. said there wasnt any brain activity, to be prepared for death or taking care of her in a vegetable state. Today she is alive and healthy. I had thanked the dr. for keeping her alive with the machines but told him i believed God was bigger than all that and i had to trust in him whatever way it went. He pulled her through. I think about that day daily and it’s been almost 6 years. I’m forever grateful for this miracle. I’ve learned through that experience it’s only God’s will everyday and that no matter what i go through he’s there. I can’t deny that we’ve had several very hardships since then, but again his love has never failed.

  82. Donna Lee January 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Yes, he is worthy of our love, and shows us everyday how” worthy” of
    His love we are, whether we are good, bad, moody, happy, sad! He is worthy and so easy to love, because he forgives, provides, and blesses us when we are not even aware of it. Now that is How Great God is!!! 🙂

  83. Barbara Peterson January 11, 2015 at 4:03 am #

    God provided all our needs this week; and then some. We were short on food and God sent an extra $450 we were not expecting and more work for the family to earn extra income. Praise Jesus for his loving kindness and mercy that is renewed to us each day.

  84. MARTE SIMPSON January 11, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    God is good! In the past several months, He has protected family members in a car accident, as a pedestrian struck by a hit n run driver/car, by a fire and the quick thinking action of a little sister putting out the fire and saving her sister’s life!

    Praises, Glory to God, our Heavenly Father for watching, protecting our loved ones and allowing us extra time to love them!

    Looking forward to Wednesdays in study with Liz and her Ladies!

  85. Dawn Detering January 11, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    This week the Lord has showed me His greatness by sparing my daughter’s life. She spent 3 days in the ICU and 2 days in the medical unit. She was admitted in critical condition and the doctors told us if we had not brought her in when we did, she would not have lived much longer. Through this whole time, the Lord faithfully brought people, verses, and devotions that spoke exactly to the situation. She is now home resting and recuperating, and, once again, the Lord in His greatness is meeting our every need.

  86. Sharon Macri January 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    What is so great about God? Our God is a God of reconciliation. It is not in our timing it is in His. I received a positive letter from my step-daughter. She is currently serving a five year sentence in a correctional institution in a nearby state. God is whispering to her as only He can, in that still small voice. God is great because in His timing….His grace becomes evident.

  87. Tammie January 12, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    The Lord has saved my marriage and my husband. 29 years of ups and downs due to alcohol and addiction and all of the chaos that goes with it makes for one exhausted, and guilt ridden girl. Today i can say that the mercies of today are that of a peaceful and rested mind. We have a long road ahead but one that will be taken each step with Jesus leading the way.

  88. Cheryl January 12, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanks so much Liz for your ministry, the writings today are ointment to a Frustrated me! Since the first of the year so many bad things have been happening I couldn’t go on if it were not for the Lord. I am giving all of the problems to Him and with His help I can leave them there. I can’t wait for this Wednesday! Thank you again.

  89. Connie Morley January 13, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Dear Liz,
    I was first introduced to you through your wonderful Bad Girls of the Bible books, I loved them and recommended them to everyone. So glad to have found you here through Idisiple. Looking forward to more of your wonderful words.

  90. Olga January 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    I thoroughly, enjoyed reading “What’s so great about God anyway?”
    I want to thank you for the gentle reminder of his love for me, through the reading of the scriptures written on this blog.

    I come to visit the library to check my e-mail. How very sweet.
    I mentioned the same words, Monday, to a minister of the word of God “He knows every hair on my head,He knows everything about me the good and the bad, and still loves me. Almost reminding myself, again,when he asked me how I was doing.
    As he approached my counter in the work- place to pay for his account that he has in our place of business.

    Then, I check my e-mail and read Proverbs 31 Ministry.

    I have been studying the Psalms for awhile as well.

    Thank you,

  91. Johnette Murphy January 31, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    God keeps amazing me with His Greatness. He woke me up this morning at the crack of dawn just to tell me to get in my presence with Me my child and He lead me to Liz blog. God really knows our hearts ladies. I have not stop crying tears of joy this morning from praying in tears for others reading Liz’s blogs and still crying tears of joy. I can’t begin to tell you how Wonder, Gracious, Merciful, Redeeming Lord we serve and what He is doing continuously in my life and others. When we are obedient to His will Our Lord will show up and show out!!!! I’m just so exited for what He will do for ALL who serve Him FULLY and with JOY. God bless you and and Liz God is using you and thank you for this AWESOME Saturday morning!!!!!!