No, it’s not because I’m nipping on the Smirntopf. I’ve met my November 30th deadlines and it makes me footloose and fancy free.
But back to the Smirntopf. If you follow my blog you know that way back in the summer I was inspired by Rosella to try making Rumtopf but I called mine Smirntopf because I used Smirnoff Vodka with the fruit and sugar instead of Rum. Here’s another post about Rumtopf on Rosella’s blog.
This is what it looked like when we added the last bit of fruit, sugar, and vodka and before we stirred and strained it.
Dear and I stirred the Smirntopf and strained our Smirntopf and have a pot of the fruit wondering what we will do with it. After straining the liquid from the fruit I stirred it real good and strained it again through cheesecloth before I filled the containers.
Now I’m wondering who might enjoy a little container of our Smirntopf…
Today is the last day of November and I have some final Grace Challenge thoughts to post.
I’m thankful for the inspiration and encouragement from my blogging friends.
I’m thankful to God that he gave me the words I needed to complete a project.
I’m thankful that we are entering the Christmas season and I’m turning my thoughts to focusing on Jesus during Advent.
When we focus on all we’ve been given it’s easier to give. At our church our pastor said “Grateful people give in response to God’s grace.”
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
~ 2 Corinthians 8:9
My brother had a great suggestion for continuing the Grace Challenge.
“As you enter the advent season, a season traditionally marked by gift giving (graciousness) make your giving not out of obligation but truly out of grace. Here are some Grace Challenge encouragements for your gift giving, for your abundance of good deeds:
- Make a list of the people you are buying gifts for this Christmas season in your Grace Challenge Notebook.
- Pray for them daily; Give thanks for them daily.
- With your gift, write a note that expresses the content of your prayer and thanks for the person you have been gracious towards. Use Ephesians 1 and Colossians 1 as examples for your writing and prayer.
- Believe that your prayer and thanksgiving is worth more than the monetary value of the gift given. “