Sunday, August 12, 2007

Goosebumps! (for Sunday Scribblings)

What give you goosebumps - what I often call "chills"? What makes you shiver? For me, it's a number of things, but not the typical scary movie kind of shivers/chills/goosebumps.

First, there is that kiss my husband gives me on a certain spot on my neck. That is my weakness. It never fails to produce goosebumps all along my arms and legs. It is the sexiest thing I have ever eperienced. It's not a wet, mushy kiss or a firm, solid kiss. As baby bear would say, it's just right. But it is the most reliable way to give me chills.

Sometimes something I read gives me chills, often something that might seem inconsequential to someone else. For example, I offer the following words: "The dedication of this book is split seven ways: to Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to You, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end." This is the dedication page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I am one of those who have been with Harry since the beginning until the end. I don't know exactly why, but J. K. Rowling's dedication gave me goosebumps.

Sometimes I get chills when singing a song at church such as "How Great is Our God" or "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High." When I feel the spirit moving me in worship, and I realize how much of a treasure our lives are because of God's bountiful blessings, and I am praising His name, I get goosebumps.

There are some movies that give me the shivers. One of them is "Pay it Forward," particularly at the end when everyone is singing and holding candles gathered in front of Arlene's house. The magic of that movie, the reason it produces goosebumps, is the way everything comes full circle in the movie. A good deed done beforehand sparks other good deeds across the country. Now THAT is awesome!

Of course, I get goosebumps any time my children show me natural affection out of the blue. They can be so sweet, and they can sense when we're hurting and need that extra hug, even if we give no outward sign of sadness. They know. And that gives me chills!


  1. Fascinating sources of goosebumps! ;)

  2. Your quotation from Ephesians gives me chills, especially: "which God prepared in advance for us to do". That's what puts us in a constant state of being in eternal time. No past, present, or future with God. It's all one eternal framework of time. As mortals, we experience past, present and future, but we experience the taste of eternity as we realize that our good works were there all the time for us.

    I also liked the description of the kiss...I would have to say that kiss you enjoy so much was prepared in advance for your husband to give you. A good work indeed!

  3. How good God is to us to give us a built in mechanism to enhance our experience of solething awesome.

  4. You summed that well.

  5. You've just reminded me of an ex who was really the first lover I can remember who ever cared to discover those special places on my neck! It gave him some sort of thrill to get me all buzzing and he would know just what to do on my neck to get goosebumps going all over me! He would always get into it and then stop and reach down and feel my thigh to see if I had 'chicken skin' as he called if he were proud of his accomplishment. I won't lie, I really miss that among other things about him. I can only hope my future husband will be this interested in my thrills! Thanks for the reminder....and oh yes, I get the chills sometimes when I'm singing and praising the Lord in my car! I must sound horrible but it's a joyful noise unto my Lord!!!

  6. Great music gives me chills. Our church has some pretty amazing singers and they never fail to bring tears to my eyes and chills down my spine!

  7. I get goosebumps every time i hear Luciano Pavarotti's version of Nessun Dorma. especially the end.
    "All'alba vincerĂ²! vincerĂ², vincerĂ²!"
    Gets me every time


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