Learning to Recognize WOW

The wow is all around us. It occurs more often than we think. However, if we are going to get good at creating wow experiences for others, then we need to learn to recognize them when they occur.

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I started thinking of some of my wow experiences while on a run a few days ago. In just a few minutes I wrote down this list of 20. I’ll bet I could have gotten to a hundred or more if I had spent the time. My goal here is to ignite your thinking, so that you can come up with a list of your own.

These are in no particular order:

  • Catching giant halibut with my dad and brother off the northern coast of Elizabeth Island, Alaska. We caught seven!
  • Playing Augusta National Golf Club and seeing my friend, Tom, get a hole-in-one on number 12, one of the most famous holes on the planet
  • Kissing my wife, Gail, for the very first time, more than 31 years ago.
  • Swimming through the underground rivers in Xcaret, Mexico (outside of Cancun) with Gail.
  • Walking on the beach with my family in Búzios, Brazil, a little village about two hours from Rio.
  • Catching more than 100 Crappie with my dad when I was about six years old. We ran out of minnows, and my dad resorted to using pieces of his t-shirt. The fish kept right on biting!
  • Having dinner on the porch with one of my daughters and son-in-laws, enjoying a few hours of being fully present.
  • Driving through the Western Highlands of Scotland on our way to the Isle of Skye while listening to Dougie MacLean’s Who Am I album.
  • Fishing for rainbow trout in a mountain stream in Eleven Mile Canyon, Colorado—and actually catching several!
  • Watching the giant elk graze and bugle at sunset in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
  • Unboxing my first iPhone and being stunned by the attention to detail in the packaging.
  • Reading the Tom Swift, Jr. books when I was a young boy, hoping that the series would never end.
  • Watching The Fellowship of the Ring movie (the first in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and forgetting that it was just a movie.
  • Seeing each of my five daughters born—and then holding them in my arms.
  • Seeing Les Misérables performed in the Globe Theatre in London.
  • Looking down at the Aegean Sea from the balcony of the Simonas Petras Monastery on Mt. Athos, Greece.
  • Getting a call from my publisher, telling me that my first book had hit the New York Times list. It was initially rejected by more than 30 publishers. It stayed on the list for 28 weeks.
  • Sitting on the patio of the Skamania Lodge on the Columbia River Gorge in Washington, listening to an audio recording that Gail and my friend, Dan Meub, had prepared just for that day.
  • Finishing my first half marathon and coming across the finish line to the cheers of my family.
  • Talking with two of my sons-in-law on the porch during a mountain thunderstorm while attending a Wild at Heart Boot Camp.

And this is just the start. It is amazing how many wow experiences each of us has had, if we just take time to notice them. I was wowed all over again, just thinking about these!

Question: What are your 3–5 all-time favorite wow experiences? Share them with us here, so that we can all get better at recognizing wow.
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  • http://publishsmarts.wordpress.com/ Ben Dawe

    Thanks Michael. These moments remind me that grace is still with us.

  • http://publishsmarts.wordpress.com Ben Dawe

    Thanks Michael. These moments remind me that grace is still with us.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/PattiM PattiM

    let's see, wow moments:
    1. the first time I drove along the Highway of Heroes and saw hundreds of Canadians lining bridges waiting to honour fallen Canadians as the motorcade passed by. Now I stand on one of those bridges.
    2. catching the moment between my "wild girl" baby sister and her new born daughter when she looked down at her, promising to love and protect her above all else. She's done it too, her daughter is now 25.
    3. driving up into the hills of Northumberland County in Ontario and looking in awe at the carpet of fall colours alongside the expanse of Lake Ontario

    • Jenny B

      I remember the first time I drove past those bridges on the Highway of Heroes. I was so struck by the hearts of those waiting on the bridge to show their respect for our heroes. To this day I still cry when I drive past them. Definitely a wow moment for me!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/PattiM PattiM

    let's see, wow moments:
    1. the first time I drove along the Highway of Heroes and saw hundreds of Canadians lining bridges waiting to honour fallen Canadians as the motorcade passed by. Now I stand on one of those bridges.
    2. catching the moment between my "wild girl" baby sister and her new born daughter when she looked down at her, promising to love and protect her above all else. She's done it too, her daughter is now 25.
    3. driving up into the hills of Northumberland County in Ontario and looking in awe at the carpet of fall colours alongside the expanse of Lake Ontario

  • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

    WOW moments:
    1. Giving birth (times five). The amazement and privilege of co-creating life with the Creator is unmatched.
    2. Skydiving against a Colorado Rockies backdrop. Plunging toward earth at 125 mph+ just before floating like a feather under a brilliant canopy while gazing down at the world as God might was worth any risk.
    3. Kissing my healthy grandmother good-bye and suddenly knowing it would be the last time I saw her, then kissing her again and telling her how much I loved her.
    4. Hearing God speak audibly with peace surpassing understanding in an hour of need.
    5. Any Sunday morning when the Holy Spirit's presence comes over me as I lift praise to my Lord and King.

  • http://www.healing-story.com/ Joe Tye

    Every time I've been below the rim of the Grand Canyon (I wrote about life lessons from Grand Canyon at http://www.joetye.com/grand-canyon-adventure.html

  • http://www.healing-story.com Joe Tye

    Every time I've been below the rim of the Grand Canyon (I wrote about life lessons from Grand Canyon at http://www.joetye.com/grand-canyon-adventure.html

  • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

    WOW moments:
    1. Giving birth (times five). The amazement and privilege of co-creating life with the Creator is unmatched.
    2. Skydiving against a Colorado Rockies backdrop. Plunging toward earth at 125 mph+ just before floating like a feather under a brilliant canopy while gazing down at the world as God might was worth any risk.
    3. Kissing my healthy grandmother good-bye and suddenly knowing it would be the last time I saw her, then kissing her again and telling her how much I loved her.
    4. Hearing God speak audibly with peace surpassing understanding in an hour of need.
    5. Any Sunday morning when the Holy Spirit's presence comes over me as I lift praise to my Lord and King.

  • http://twitter.com/JazzPreacher @JazzPreacher

    1. Looking at my newborn daughter in the delivery room, and immediately noticing that she has my mother's hands.
    2. Sunrise over the mountains at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
    3. The first time I watched Richard Smalwood perform "Total Praise"

  • http://twitter.com/JazzPreacher @JazzPreacher

    1. Looking at my newborn daughter in the delivery room, and immediately noticing that she has my mother's hands.
    2. Sunrise over the mountains at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
    3. The first time I watched Richard Smalwood perform "Total Praise"

  • http://twitter.com/DavidTCopeland @DavidTCopeland

    1. The birth of my son in 1996.It was the first time I really understood love without limits__2. Sitting on top of a mountain new El Paso TX on a Sunday reading Wild at Heart. Realized the purpose God has for me as a man and leader of family.__3.Standing on the top of a Scout climbing wall and seeing the moment in a child's eye as he takes a step into manhood by overcoming fear__4.The day of my wedding.Realizing the wonderful gift God had given me in the love of my bride.__5. A simple walk in around the lake with my now 11 year old son.He took the time to tell me what a great dad I am. I just hope to live up to his expectation.

  • http://twitter.com/DavidTCopeland @DavidTCopeland

    1. The birth of my son in 1996.It was the first time I really understood love without limits__2. Sitting on top of a mountain new El Paso TX on a Sunday reading Wild at Heart. Realized the purpose God has for me as a man and leader of family.__3.Standing on the top of a Scout climbing wall and seeing the moment in a child's eye as he takes a step into manhood by overcoming fear__4.The day of my wedding.Realizing the wonderful gift God had given me in the love of my bride.__5. A simple walk in around the lake with my now 11 year old son.He took the time to tell me what a great dad I am. I just hope to live up to his expectation.

  • Mary

    I was wow'ed again thinking of my husband's first kiss … thanks for sharing.

  • Mary

    I was wow'ed again thinking of my husband's first kiss … thanks for sharing.

  • Mary

    but do you have to "learn" to recognize it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1648377108 Susan Cushman

      I was thinking the same thing, Mary. Children don't seem to have to learn this. Maybe it's only those of us who have dulled our senses with over-indulgence throughout life that need to learn this again. http://wwwpenandpalette-susancushman.blogspot.com

  • Mary

    but do you have to "learn" to recognize it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1648377108 Susan Cushman

      I was thinking the same thing, Mary. Children don't seem to have to learn this. Maybe it's only those of us who have dulled our senses with over-indulgence throughout life that need to learn this again. http://wwwpenandpalette-susancushman.blogspot.com

  • http://www.samanthakrieger.com/ Samantha Krieger

    1.) Getting to know my husband in our dating/courtship and thinking nothing but "Wow!" No guy I had ever met compared to him.

    2.) Getting through the pain and agony of a natural birth last October to my son John Samuel, and the euphoria and overwhelming gratefulness I experienced when I held him in my arms for the first time.

    3.) Training successfully and completing the Richmond VA Marathon in 2004 at 4 hours and 15 minutes… and a few bruised toenails later! The feeling at the finish line was indescribable.

  • http://www.samanthakrieger.com Samantha Krieger

    1.) Getting to know my husband in our dating/courtship and thinking nothing but "Wow!" No guy I had ever met compared to him.

    2.) Getting through the pain and agony of a natural birth last October to my son John Samuel, and the euphoria and overwhelming gratefulness I experienced when I held him in my arms for the first time.

    3.) Training successfully and completing the Richmond VA Marathon in 2004 at 4 hours and 15 minutes… and a few bruised toenails later! The feeling at the finish line was indescribable.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ScottWilliams ScottWilliams

    I'm In Wow Land Right Now… Let me get back to you! :D

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ScottWilliams ScottWilliams

    I'm In Wow Land Right Now… Let me get back to you! :D

  • http://twitter.com/grfdave @grfdave

    1) The birth of my first son. Not to diminish the rest but as a father, the first had WOW.
    2) Traveling to Singapore with YWAM on a missions trip. Orchard Blvd at night is a sight to impress
    3) beginning our new business 4 years ago and watching God make miracles happen still makes me feel small in comparison and amazingly love by a great Father

  • http://twitter.com/grfdave @grfdave

    1) The birth of my first son. Not to diminish the rest but as a father, the first had WOW.
    2) Traveling to Singapore with YWAM on a missions trip. Orchard Blvd at night is a sight to impress
    3) beginning our new business 4 years ago and watching God make miracles happen still makes me feel small in comparison and amazingly love by a great Father

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/fogbound fogbound

    Thanks Michael for reminding us to remember these moments. Top three are hard to choose, but here it goes-
    1. Being present for the birth of my two children
    2. Seeing God miracuously answer prayer for my son's critical health situation when he was a child.
    3. Stepping inside the chapel at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY and for the first time experiencing an Orthodox liturgy, even though it was in Slavonic- the presence of God was so tangilbe.
    And there are so many more. Of course there are hard times and trials, but there are always WOW times. God is good!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/fogbound fogbound

    Thanks Michael for reminding us to remember these moments. Top three are hard to choose, but here it goes-
    1. Being present for the birth of my two children
    2. Seeing God miracuously answer prayer for my son's critical health situation when he was a child.
    3. Stepping inside the chapel at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY and for the first time experiencing an Orthodox liturgy, even though it was in Slavonic- the presence of God was so tangilbe.
    And there are so many more. Of course there are hard times and trials, but there are always WOW times. God is good!

  • http://www.jharveyquest.blogspot.com/ JohnHarvey

    1. When my wife said yes when I proposed 19 years ago.
    2. The birth of all three kids.
    3. Hearing 70,000 men sing praise to God and knowing that he was listening to me.
    4. God speaking conviction and forgiveness into my life at the same moment.

  • http://www.jharveyquest.blogspot.com JohnHarvey

    1. When my wife said yes when I proposed 19 years ago.
    2. The birth of all three kids.
    3. Hearing 70,000 men sing praise to God and knowing that he was listening to me.
    4. God speaking conviction and forgiveness into my life at the same moment.

  • Rick Yuzzi

    1) Being baptized (I was 36). 2) The first time my daughter (now 6) said "I love you daddy". 3) And, this is no joke….. sorry if it grosses anyone out, but it was truly remarkable. My wife and I were in our bedroom watching a funny Saturday Night skit about this couple who were sitting around and saw the biggest roach they had ever seen, and it turned out it was another actor in a roach suit. The husband chased the roach around, the wife is screaming… it's chaos. The roach actor scurried around the room, and did the things that roaches do, like stopping in his tracks to hide behind a table leg, like no one could see him. Finally the husband and roach were both behind the couch. The actor in the roach suit ducked down so you couldn't see him, the husband took off his shoe, started pounding, and you saw some white goo fly up all over him as he swung his shoe. During the skit I heard a rustling sound to my left. There was a newspaper on the floor. Right as the skit was over, I went over and lifted the paper, and I saw the biggest roach I had ever seen, and the only one I had ever seen in our house. My wife screamed, I started chasing it around the room, it was chaos. It went over by a piece of exercise equipment and tried to hide under the leg. It got away. I chased it with my slipper in my hand, finally cornered it again, swung my shoe, and, you guessed it…. white goo. It completely mirrored the skit we had just watched. There are many more meaningful WOW experiences in my life, but this was truly one of the weirdest, and one I will never forget.

  • Rick Yuzzi

    1) Being baptized (I was 36). 2) The first time my daughter (now 6) said "I love you daddy". 3) And, this is no joke….. sorry if it grosses anyone out, but it was truly remarkable. My wife and I were in our bedroom watching a funny Saturday Night skit about this couple who were sitting around and saw the biggest roach they had ever seen, and it turned out it was another actor in a roach suit. The husband chased the roach around, the wife is screaming… it's chaos. The roach actor scurried around the room, and did the things that roaches do, like stopping in his tracks to hide behind a table leg, like no one could see him. Finally the husband and roach were both behind the couch. The actor in the roach suit ducked down so you couldn't see him, the husband took off his shoe, started pounding, and you saw some white goo fly up all over him as he swung his shoe. During the skit I heard a rustling sound to my left. There was a newspaper on the floor. Right as the skit was over, I went over and lifted the paper, and I saw the biggest roach I had ever seen, and the only one I had ever seen in our house. My wife screamed, I started chasing it around the room, it was chaos. It went over by a piece of exercise equipment and tried to hide under the leg. It got away. I chased it with my slipper in my hand, finally cornered it again, swung my shoe, and, you guessed it…. white goo. It completely mirrored the skit we had just watched. There are many more meaningful WOW experiences in my life, but this was truly one of the weirdest, and one I will never forget.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/stephenbateman stephenbateman

    @Rick's story pretty much was a wow experience for me right now..haha

    1. Walking out onto Turner Field for the first time to see a Braves Game
    2. Opening up my Macbook pro
    3. Being prayed for at a New Wine conference.
    4. Catalyst

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/stephenbateman stephenbateman

    @Rick's story pretty much was a wow experience for me right now..haha

    1. Walking out onto Turner Field for the first time to see a Braves Game
    2. Opening up my Macbook pro
    3. Being prayed for at a New Wine conference.
    4. Catalyst

  • Amy

    You are a blessed man Mike! Thanks for sharing just a bit of your heart with us here. :)

    My top three:
    1. Being saved. (thank you Jesus!)
    2. Finding and marrying such a Godly man – who loves me just as much as I love him! <3
    3. Working for a GREAT company – where co-workers are more than just co-workers… they are FRIENDS. :)

  • Amy

    You are a blessed man Mike! Thanks for sharing just a bit of your heart with us here. :)

    My top three:
    1. Being saved. (thank you Jesus!)
    2. Finding and marrying such a Godly man – who loves me just as much as I love him! <3
    3. Working for a GREAT company – where co-workers are more than just co-workers… they are FRIENDS. :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/richardhanrahan richardhanrahan

    1 – http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=cd2e… blows me away every single time and there is something in the majesty of this production that mirrors the hugeness of God

    1 – http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=cd2e… blows me away every single time and there is something in the majesty of this production that mirrors the hugeness of God

    2 – Being pulled from the Ocean having given up trying to save myself and having accepted that I was about to meet my creator…that first gulp of air as I was pulled back above the water by someone who had noticed I was in trouble and risked his life for mine…I've never written it that way before, what a metaphor….blog post coming up

    3 – Two Christmas's ago when my daughter was convinced there was no Father Christmas but somebody slipped out the back door and ran around the house to leave a present and hand written apology from the man himself because the present had slipped behind one of the seats in the sleigh. She just came back into the room after answering the door, checked out that everyone was present in the room and her mouth just fell open…Great moment (and she forgave me when she worked it out months later)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/richardhanrahan richardhanrahan

    1 – http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=cd2e… blows me away every single time and there is something in the majesty of this production that mirrors the hugeness of God

    1 – http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=cd2e… blows me away every single time and there is something in the majesty of this production that mirrors the hugeness of God

    2 – Being pulled from the Ocean having given up trying to save myself and having accepted that I was about to meet my creator…that first gulp of air as I was pulled back above the water by someone who had noticed I was in trouble and risked his life for mine…I've never written it that way before, what a metaphor….blog post coming up

    3 – Two Christmas's ago when my daughter was convinced there was no Father Christmas but somebody slipped out the back door and ran around the house to leave a present and hand written apology from the man himself because the present had slipped behind one of the seats in the sleigh. She just came back into the room after answering the door, checked out that everyone was present in the room and her mouth just fell open…Great moment (and she forgave me when she worked it out months later)

  • http://www.higherlevelgroup.com/danieldecker.html Daniel Decker

    We would all keep a WOW sheet nearby to remind us to look for the WOW, the positive aspects of life, even in the midst of negativity or strife. :)

    My list is endless but here are a few top of mind right now…
    1. The everyday laughter from my two daughters.
    2. Looking outside my window right now as the rain pours down to give life.
    3. Exploring the Ruby Falls cavern and seeing a giant underground waterfall.
    4. Opening my first IRS envelope (as a business owner) and actually getting a refund instead of owing taxes this year. :)

    Side note… would really love to see you do a post and expand on your book that hit the NY Times list. What you did back then from a marketing direction to help it grow legs or if the legs sprouted and ran off on their own, etc.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    Here are a few of my WOW moments:
    1.) When I was 8 years old, I lied to my mother about where I was going, and she couldn't find me . I was switched and grounded for two weeks. I learned to love truth.
    2.) When I was 18 years old, I was getting frustrated because my boyfriend wasn't responding to my efforts to evangelize him. God spoke to my heart with these words, "You're saying one and doing another." No more hypocrisy for me.
    3.) Back in 1978, my husband was on the point of death. Although the doctor gave me very little hope for his survival, my husband came through brain surgery just fine. We won the spiritual battle through Christ.
    4.) Giving birth to and nursing our seven children. I've spent a good chunk of my life being pregnant (63 months) and nursing babies (almost 9 years). I loved every minute!
    5.) Back in May, I received my first five-year license for English 7-12. Since I was offered my job in 2002, I have worked hard to achieve that English license. After 4 undergraduate English courses, 6 Praxis tests, and a master's program, I can say, "I did it!"

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    Here are a few of my WOW moments:
    1.) When I was 8 years old, I lied to my mother about where I was going, and she couldn't find me . I was switched and grounded for two weeks. I learned to love truth.
    2.) When I was 18 years old, I was getting frustrated because my boyfriend wasn't responding to my efforts to evangelize him. God spoke to my heart with these words, "You're saying one and doing another." No more hypocrisy for me.
    3.) Back in 1978, my husband was on the point of death. Although the doctor gave me very little hope for his survival, my husband came through brain surgery just fine. We won the spiritual battle through Christ.
    4.) Giving birth to and nursing our seven children. I've spent a good chunk of my life being pregnant (63 months) and nursing babies (almost 9 years). I loved every minute!
    5.) Back in May, I received my first five-year license for English 7-12. Since I was offered my job in 2002, I have worked hard to achieve that English license. After 4 undergraduate English courses, 6 Praxis tests, and a master's program, I can say, "I did it!"

  • http://www.higherlevelgroup.com/danieldecker.html Daniel Decker

    We would all keep a WOW sheet nearby to remind us to look for the WOW, the positive aspects of life, even in the midst of negativity or strife. :)

    My list is endless but here are a few top of mind right now…
    1. The everyday laughter from my two daughters.
    2. Looking outside my window right now as the rain pours down to give life.
    3. Exploring the Ruby Falls cavern and seeing a giant underground waterfall.
    4. Opening my first IRS envelope (as a business owner) and actually getting a refund instead of owing taxes this year. :)

    Side note… would really love to see you do a post and expand on your book that hit the NY Times list. What you did back then from a marketing direction to help it grow legs or if the legs sprouted and ran off on their own, etc.

  • http://american-book.com/ @AmericanBook

    Michael this is great! Wish you had a "Tweet This" button on this page as it would make it quicker to Twitter about this.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I'm glad you liked it.

      Actually, there is a "tweet this" button. It is right under the post in the section called, "Share and Enjoy." Thanks.

  • http://american-book.com @AmericanBook

    Michael this is great! Wish you had a "Tweet This" button on this page as it would make it quicker to Twitter about this.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I'm glad you liked it.

      Actually, there is a "tweet this" button. It is right under the post in the section called, "Share and Enjoy." Thanks.

  • Helen Kidd

    1. Playing playing Scrabble with mom and having some of the greatest conversation and laughter ever…and also knowing that somehow she will be able to make 7-letter words even with the Q, Z, X, & J in her hand.
    2. Sitting on the sands of the Pacific Ocean with my best friend every Labor Day evening catching up on what's going on in our lives and then holding each other accountable.
    3. Camping as a family at Yellowstone when a Grizzly bear grazes the tent. as we slept.
    4. Annual weekend getaways with 15 girlfriends. This is our 29th year!
    5. Sitting at dad's knee not only because I loved him and did this so often but because he had Alzheimers. His last lucid moment to me was, "I was praying for you to come." One month later the Lord took him home.

  • Helen Kidd

    1. Playing playing Scrabble with mom and having some of the greatest conversation and laughter ever…and also knowing that somehow she will be able to make 7-letter words even with the Q, Z, X, & J in her hand.
    2. Sitting on the sands of the Pacific Ocean with my best friend every Labor Day evening catching up on what's going on in our lives and then holding each other accountable.
    3. Camping as a family at Yellowstone when a Grizzly bear grazes the tent. as we slept.
    4. Annual weekend getaways with 15 girlfriends. This is our 29th year!
    5. Sitting at dad's knee not only because I loved him and did this so often but because he had Alzheimers. His last lucid moment to me was, "I was praying for you to come." One month later the Lord took him home.

  • http://evaulian-thebestoftheworst.blogspot.com/ Eva Ulian

    The first time I posted my blog- I pushed the publish button and it was there- wow… my heart was pounding…. I did it… I did it…. I did it…

  • http://evaulian-thebestoftheworst.blogspot.com/ Eva Ulian

    The first time I posted my blog- I pushed the publish button and it was there- wow… my heart was pounding…. I did it… I did it…. I did it…

  • Amy

    1) everything about the privilege of being pregnant, hearing the heart beat, (oh, the most beautiful sound), feeling my two sweet babies roll, kick and have hiccups, and being present through miracle of birth. Though as mentioned in comments above you sure don't have to be the one doing the pushing to experience the true miracle and evidence of God in this moment.
    2) the days our two precious boys accepted Christ. (I could ramble about this WOW and their baptisms too :-) )
    3) the heart-wrenching day I had to talk to two different sets of parents, back to back, as a preschool director about their children's behavior (after many attempts at communicating, modifying lesson plans, praying, redirecting, etc.). Being a die hard, people pleaser I was running on pure faith in God and fumes at this point and asked Him to carry me and speak through me cause I knew I could not do this. His presence and guidance was so OBVIOUS remembering the conversations and outcomes. I am shaking and tearing up to write about it.
    So in awe of Him and His love and faithfulness in all things!

  • Amy

    1) everything about the privilege of being pregnant, hearing the heart beat, (oh, the most beautiful sound), feeling my two sweet babies roll, kick and have hiccups, and being present through miracle of birth. Though as mentioned in comments above you sure don't have to be the one doing the pushing to experience the true miracle and evidence of God in this moment.
    2) the days our two precious boys accepted Christ. (I could ramble about this WOW and their baptisms too :-) )
    3) the heart-wrenching day I had to talk to two different sets of parents, back to back, as a preschool director about their children's behavior (after many attempts at communicating, modifying lesson plans, praying, redirecting, etc.). Being a die hard, people pleaser I was running on pure faith in God and fumes at this point and asked Him to carry me and speak through me cause I knew I could not do this. His presence and guidance was so OBVIOUS remembering the conversations and outcomes. I am shaking and tearing up to write about it.
    So in awe of Him and His love and faithfulness in all things!

  • http://www.pearlgirls.info/ margaret mcsweeney

    1. Introducing my dear friend Lisa Jefferson (the operator who took the 911 call from Todd Beamer on September 11th) to Mayor Rudy Giuliani when he was in town campaigning for my husband. These two American heroes had never met.
    2. Feeling the warmth of Dave's palm in front of the altar as he held my hand to take our vows.
    3. Watching Dave hold our daughters after they were born. What blessings they are!

  • http://www.pearlgirls.info margaret mcsweeney

    1. Introducing my dear friend Lisa Jefferson (the operator who took the 911 call from Todd Beamer on September 11th) to Mayor Rudy Giuliani when he was in town campaigning for my husband. These two American heroes had never met.
    2. Feeling the warmth of Dave's palm in front of the altar as he held my hand to take our vows.
    3. Watching Dave hold our daughters after they were born. What blessings they are!

  • http://writewithjanalyn.blogspot.com/ Janalyn Voigt

    Some universal joys go without saying, like experiencing the birth of a child and sharing wedding vows. Here are some specific to me.
    1. Giving my life to the Lord, and then looking at the world with new eyes.
    2. Negotiating giant boulders in Anderson glacier's terminal moraine for hours and getting only a little closer to the glacier.
    3. Sheltering in a flimsy tent at 5,000 feet in a summer storm.
    4. Hearing the unforgettable sound of tropical cyclone Karen trying to take the roof off my house in the Australian outback.
    5. Leading a young boy to Christ.

  • http://writewithjanalyn.blogspot.com Janalyn Voigt

    Some universal joys go without saying, like experiencing the birth of a child and sharing wedding vows. Here are some specific to me.
    1. Giving my life to the Lord, and then looking at the world with new eyes.
    2. Negotiating giant boulders in Anderson glacier's terminal moraine for hours and getting only a little closer to the glacier.
    3. Sheltering in a flimsy tent at 5,000 feet in a summer storm.
    4. Hearing the unforgettable sound of tropical cyclone Karen trying to take the roof off my house in the Australian outback.
    5. Leading a young boy to Christ.

  • http://ajhawke.blogspot.com/ A J

    There have been so many WOW moments from the plain silly to the most profound.
    1) When I was baptized and realized I would never be alone.
    2) The awe of sharing the story of the Christ and watching another soul being baptized as a results of my sharing words from a book, the Bible.
    3) Realizing that God has given me the possibility of helping change the population of heaven.
    4) The gift of standing on top of the Alpes and looking at God's painting.

  • http://ajhawke.blogspot.com A J

    There have been so many WOW moments from the plain silly to the most profound.
    1) When I was baptized and realized I would never be alone.
    2) The awe of sharing the story of the Christ and watching another soul being baptized as a results of my sharing words from a book, the Bible.
    3) Realizing that God has given me the possibility of helping change the population of heaven.
    4) The gift of standing on top of the Alpes and looking at God's painting.

  • http://www.karenevans.blogspot.com/ karen evans

    1.Kissing my babies and grandbabies with their newborn smell.
    2.Hugs from my son after stepping off the bus from his tour in Iraq.
    3. The smiles of pure love at my children's weddings.
    4.The day God kissed my heart, and saved my soul.
    5.My husband for putting up with me.

  • http://www.karenevans.blogspot.com karen evans

    1.Kissing my babies and grandbabies with their newborn smell.
    2.Hugs from my son after stepping off the bus from his tour in Iraq.
    3. The smiles of pure love at my children's weddings.
    4.The day God kissed my heart, and saved my soul.
    5.My husband for putting up with me.

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/wendysaxton wendysaxton

    1. When I first discovered that God never minimizes the circumstances that break our hearts, we do, when we deny Him access to our pain.
    2. When I realized that He (Christ) had freed me from the pain.
    3. The first year of sobriety for my husband after thireteen years of drug abuse.
    4. When I realized that God can use anyone mightily who will concede that they are not the center of the universe.
    5. The day I conceded that I am not the center of the universe…God truly became God in my life.

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/wendysaxton wendysaxton

    1. When I first discovered that God never minimizes the circumstances that break our hearts, we do, when we deny Him access to our pain.
    2. When I realized that He (Christ) had freed me from the pain.
    3. The first year of sobriety for my husband after thireteen years of drug abuse.
    4. When I realized that God can use anyone mightily who will concede that they are not the center of the universe.
    5. The day I conceded that I am not the center of the universe…God truly became God in my life.

  • http://wadetower.com/ Wade

    1. The first time I saw my wife (to be) across a restaurant. I walked over after my meal and introduced myself, I couldn't help myself and we were married 11 months later.
    2. The first time I saw my two adopted daughters. We were there at the hospital both times and they brought them in immediately after birth…
    3. Singing a solo at a AME church in the inner city of St. Louis. It was my first experience attending an African-American church and it still ranks as my all-time favorite place I have sung.
    4. Baptizing my 10-year-old daughter at church earlier this year. Knowing that she understood what giving her life away meant and seeing her smile was humbling.
    Micheal, thanks for taking me down this road this morning. It made a great day that much better. Keep doing what you do.

  • http://wadetower.com Wade

    1. The first time I saw my wife (to be) across a restaurant. I walked over after my meal and introduced myself, I couldn't help myself and we were married 11 months later.
    2. The first time I saw my two adopted daughters. We were there at the hospital both times and they brought them in immediately after birth…
    3. Singing a solo at a AME church in the inner city of St. Louis. It was my first experience attending an African-American church and it still ranks as my all-time favorite place I have sung.
    4. Baptizing my 10-year-old daughter at church earlier this year. Knowing that she understood what giving her life away meant and seeing her smile was humbling.
    Micheal, thanks for taking me down this road this morning. It made a great day that much better. Keep doing what you do.

  • Robert Hyatt

    WOW! You were one of my first!

    WOW, Mike I think you have started somethng.

    Love ya,
    Dad

  • Robert Hyatt

    WOW! You were one of my first!

    WOW, Mike I think you have started somethng.

    Love ya,
    Dad

  • http://www.cheerupnation.com/ brian papa

    As I always say, "Don't be a HOW? person. Be a WOW! person. http://www.cheerupnation.com/the-wow-effect/

    Also, my wife's Brazilian and I know the place you're talking about outside of Rio. Love it! Have you also been to Paraty? Amazing!

    And, yes, being from Kansas, I've caught quite a few crappie. They might just be one of the most fun fishes to land. :)

  • http://www.cheerupnation.com brian papa

    As I always say, "Don't be a HOW? person. Be a WOW! person. http://www.cheerupnation.com/the-wow-effect/

    Also, my wife's Brazilian and I know the place you're talking about outside of Rio. Love it! Have you also been to Paraty? Amazing!

    And, yes, being from Kansas, I've caught quite a few crappie. They might just be one of the most fun fishes to land. :)

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  • http://www.godmessedmeup.blogspot.com/ Pam Hogeweide

    (we just returned from a camping trip today just down the road from skamania lodge.)

    ok, three of my life's WOW moments:

    – when my husband proposed at Queen's Pier in Hong Kong in 1988

    – when we had dinner with our kids and closest family friends on the beach in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2007

    – when jim henderson texted me and asked me to collaborate with him on his new book project. I was driving south on I-5. After I read it, I said out loud to the highway traffic around me: Wow.

  • http://www.godmessedmeup.blogspot.com Pam Hogeweide

    (we just returned from a camping trip today just down the road from skamania lodge.)

    ok, three of my life's WOW moments:

    – when my husband proposed at Queen's Pier in Hong Kong in 1988

    – when we had dinner with our kids and closest family friends on the beach in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2007

    – when jim henderson texted me and asked me to collaborate with him on his new book project. I was driving south on I-5. After I read it, I said out loud to the highway traffic around me: Wow.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/PaulWallis PaulWallis

    Francesco Bernadone (known to the world as Francis of Assisi) quickly attracted thousands of young people from their comfortable middle-class lives to sharing with him in a life of poverty and radical compassion. How? In large part it was because Francesco had a gift for enjoying the WOW experiences of human life. Plants, animals, solitude, friendship, giving help, receiving none – Francesco had a knack for finding the WOW in all these things. He was known for having nothing and yet being able to find the WOW in that! It's because of that inspiring attitude that so many of all creeds and kinds find inspiration from Francesco eight centuries later. A friend once told me of the joy his baby girl found in discovering triangles in the world around her. Oh for a child-like, Franciscan ability to suck on the simple joys life! For Francis it took a war, time in prison and a breakdown to give Francis that new perspective. And for us…?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/PaulWallis PaulWallis

    Francesco Bernadone (known to the world as Francis of Assisi) quickly attracted thousands of young people from their comfortable middle-class lives to sharing with him in a life of poverty and radical compassion. How? In large part it was because Francesco had a gift for enjoying the WOW experiences of human life. Plants, animals, solitude, friendship, giving help, receiving none – Francesco had a knack for finding the WOW in all these things. He was known for having nothing and yet being able to find the WOW in that! It's because of that inspiring attitude that so many of all creeds and kinds find inspiration from Francesco eight centuries later. A friend once told me of the joy his baby girl found in discovering triangles in the world around her. Oh for a child-like, Franciscan ability to suck on the simple joys life! For Francis it took a war, time in prison and a breakdown to give Francis that new perspective. And for us…?

  • http://www.ecoquestintl.com/jmhandi jim oberschmidt

    Thanks Michael, My 3 top wows, are kissing Tammy, even the last time, The birth of my sons, and today, the emotion and the tears, that these bring to me.

    Great reminders of the blessings all around us. Jim

  • http://www.ecoquestintl.com/jmhandi jim oberschmidt

    Thanks Michael, My 3 top wows, are kissing Tammy, even the last time, The birth of my sons, and today, the emotion and the tears, that these bring to me.

    Great reminders of the blessings all around us. Jim

  • http://recoveryourjoy.blogspot.com/ M. Louise Gallagher

    Okay — so I am 20 weeks after the question, but I just found you today linking from the Blog Carnival.

    One of my WOW moments was sitting in a canoe, alone, at midnight on Gardom Lake in the interior of British Columbia. The water was absolutely still. The stars reflected so deeply upon the ink black surface that I felt like I could dip my hand into the water and pluck a star. Truly magical.

    Another WOW moment, hearing my daughter's cry while still inside my womb. She was a caesarean birth and I had an epideural. As the physician cut, she started to cry. Magical. Mystical. Miraculous.

    And one more, standing on the beach at Tofino BC after a rainstorm. The surf roared in. Clouds scattered across the evening sky. A crescent moon was just visible. A rainbow arced above it — and then, a star shot through the rainbow. It seemed too unbelievable and yet it happened. Magical. Mystical. Miraculous.

  • http://recoveryourjoy.blogspot.com M. Louise Gallagher

    Okay — so I am 20 weeks after the question, but I just found you today linking from the Blog Carnival.

    One of my WOW moments was sitting in a canoe, alone, at midnight on Gardom Lake in the interior of British Columbia. The water was absolutely still. The stars reflected so deeply upon the ink black surface that I felt like I could dip my hand into the water and pluck a star. Truly magical.

    Another WOW moment, hearing my daughter's cry while still inside my womb. She was a caesarean birth and I had an epideural. As the physician cut, she started to cry. Magical. Mystical. Miraculous.

    And one more, standing on the beach at Tofino BC after a rainstorm. The surf roared in. Clouds scattered across the evening sky. A crescent moon was just visible. A rainbow arced above it — and then, a star shot through the rainbow. It seemed too unbelievable and yet it happened. Magical. Mystical. Miraculous.

  • http://twitter.com/2020VisionBook Joshua Hood

    Two WOW moments;
    1. The moment I realized God would not stop loving me no matter what I did
    2. Traveling across the middle east, walking in the footsteps of Jesus

    Joshua Hood
    2020visiononline.org