My favorite place to eat is a freakish establishment called Freebirds. It’s more like a burrito bar than a black napkin-type restaurant. Most date nights, Chad and I drive to another city for a $5 taco meal, wrapped in foil. They don’t even serve Coca Cola products (Eek-Gads!) but I can overlook their poor decision-making in the soft drink category – because I cannot get enough of the chips and salsa; the roasted corn and garlic; the cilantro, and did I mention the chips and salsa?
One of their trademarks is foil; and creative-types use it to make objects adorning the whole restaurant. So when we saw a frame that looked as if it had been shaped from foil last year, I bought it to place a picture of our infamous date-night ritual. Today, seeing that picture across the room reminds me of the fun Chad and I have had together in the midst of the crazy life we lead. I remember…and I smile.
Remembering what God has done with us and for us, through us, even in spite of us, requires being intentional, a lot like buying my frame, and prominently placing it with a picture of one of my favorite combinations—Chad and chips/w salsa.
November is the month of the year you and I are most mindful of all God has accomplished in our lives; and all He continues to do. So why not find ways of prominently placing reminders of our relationship with Him? How might you display your gratitude, intentionally, this season? What will help you remember…and smile?
You are probably more creative than me, and Pinterest is a wonderful resource!
Here is what the Strange family is doing:
Each day, every family member is writing something they are thankful for on a card. Then I’m punching a hole, tying a ribbon to it, and hanging it on an arrangement in the dining room. (I’m also hanging last year’s cards because it marks the beginning of our full house.) Soon there will be no branches left to hang cards and our arrangement will spill over into another area. It’s simple and cheap, but serves, at least for me, like my foil-framed reminder. I look over at that arrangement, and remember how greatly God has been working in my life and the life of my family. I remember…and I smile.
What can you do to help remember how great is your God?
Because really, what god is so great as our God?
(If you come up with something you think works well, please post it in the comments. I would love to read about it and give it whirl.)
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