I think it may have been the best anniversary ever.
I didn’t get a spectacular present. We didn’t have some fancy dinner.
And somehow, it seemed more special than ever.
The day was completely normal. Work, busyness, go, go, go.
Then we only had a few minutes for dinner before heading off to church that night.
When we had gotten home, Mary, the wonderful woman that watches our daughter, had made us dinner. She set it up in our dining room by candlelight with linen napkins and fancy placemats.
I felt loved and it didn’t cost a thing.
My 7-year-old daughter had helped to decorate the table. As we were eating, she had a hard time leaving the room. She really wanted to celebrate with us.
She finally stood with her toes off of the dining room carpet and she said, “Technically, I am not in the dining room.”
Again, I felt loved and it didn’t cost a dime.
My Very Own Crooner
Then we headed to church and from the stage my husband sang for me. This is where some ladies would melt. However, he does this for me every year.If he did NOT do this for me, I would know that our marriage was in trouble!
It is a great tradition and knowing that I had been in a marriage long enough to have traditions felt wonderful!
I felt more love and it didn’t cost a dime.
Then the surprise came. He asked me to preach with him on stage. Impromptu.
No notes, no study. “That’s sweet,” you may think. But to me, the meaning was so much more.
You see, to me it showed that my husband believed in me. Trusted me. Valued me. It showed me that he thought I could preach a live service at the drop of a hat. He thinks I’m it.
I felt immensely loved and valued – and it didn’t cost a dime.
The best gifts in life are free.
Figuring out how to give those kinds of gifts is really difficult. But the result is unbelievably valuable.
What is the best gift you have ever received that couldn’t be bought?