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Part 1 What

I encourage you to make this craft before January 1, 2020. You might want to make a few to place all around your home and to share with others.

Part 2 Why

My husband and I attended the Christmas Eve candlelight service with our daughter and granddaughter at their church.  The pastor’s wife shared with us no matter how many times her young granddaughter viewed the lighted Christmas tree she would say “Oh Wow!” 

When I experience overwhelming joy it’s an “Oh Wow!” moment too.  Just a few nights ago my husband and I were coming home and we saw the most magnificent sunset.  It was definitely an “Oh Wow!” moment. 

on the 1097 bridge in Montgomery, Texas

When I think of God I want the words “Oh Wow!” to come into my heart and be on my lips. I believe God is someone who should hear “Oh, Wow!” over and over.  I want to recognize God’s involvement continually in 2020 and say “Oh, Wow!”   When God gives me another day here on this earth, when God’s love is expressed to me, when God expresses love through me, when a child is born, when someone accepts Jesus into their heart and life, when I see a field overflowing with bluebonnets, when I look into the faces of my loved ones, when someone who is sick is healed, when someone who is struggling is victorious, when someone who is sad overcomes, in all these and more I want to remember to say “Oh, Wow!”

Part 3 How

Supplies needed to make the “Oh! Wow!” plaque: 12 jumbo craft sticks (they are larger than popsicle sticks and can be purchased at a craft store such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels), glue, acrylic paint, brush, permanent marker or cardstock.

Lay out 8 of the craft sticks side by side.  Use the edge of your desk or another straight line to help align them.

Now place glue (I like tacky glue) on one side of another craft stick.  Then lay the craft stick across the end of the 8 craft sticks that are side by side. Repeat this at the other end of the 8 aligned craft sticks.  Let dry.  Then if you want more stability turn the craft sticks over and apply craft sticks on the opposite side.  Wait for these to dry. 

Then paint one side of your plaque with whatever color you want.  Let it dry.  Now you are ready to either cut out the letters from cardstock or free hand with your marker “Oh, Wow!” on your plague.   You can paint the plaque whatever color you desire.  I wanted mine to look like graffiti on an old fence. Perhaps you want to use something else for the plaque base. And perhaps you want to embellish your plaque. Use your imagination. The easiest way to display your plaque is by using a sticky hanger and attaching it to the wall as I did.  

Prayer

As I think about that short but powerful statement “Oh, Wow!” I’m encouraged in my heart to look up scripture with words of awe and wonder in them. And remind both myself and you of our wonderful, awesome God. In 2020 I plan to share with you as much of God’s “wow-ness” as I can.  Lord I pray we and our loved ones will worship You and serve You with reverence; that is awe-inspired fear and submissive wonder.  I pray we will say “Oh, Wow!” continually.   Lord I pray all the earth will say “Oh, Wow!” too.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN. 

Scriptures

Psalm 33:8 AMP Let all the earth fear and worship the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

Psalm 65:5 AMP By awesome and wondrous things You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You who are the trust and hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;

Psalm 66:5 AMP Come and see the works of God, He is awesome in His deeds toward the children of men.

Psalm 68:35 AMP O God, You are awesome and profoundly majestic from Your sanctuary; The God of Israel gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!

Psalm 77:14 KJV Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

Psalm 78:4 KJV We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

Psalm 96:3 KJV Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

Psalm 107:8 KJV Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

If you make a plaque send me a photo, I’d love to see your finished craft.