We took some time yesterday (finally!) to go to the "pumpkin patch" in our town and look for the perfect pumpkins.
SO, this is what we're doing this morning... The strainer is for the pumpkin seeds which I will roast later. We love those!
We will carve pumpkins this morning and read Pumpkin Patch Parable. Even though the kids are older, but we still do some of these things every year... they love looking forward to simple little traditions. I know Halloween has become somewhat controversial in Christian circles in recent years. I actually love that it has become a discussion as I feel we should really examine everything we do. After really looking at it and praying about it when our kids were really young, we really didn't feel convicted about what our family was doing... dressing up, welcoming neighbor children, getting out and about in our neighborhood and being a light (which, admittedly, we don't do enough of during the rest of the year...) THIS is the day the LORD has made! Every day is His. So, later we will dress up, have a great time, and most of all strive to bring glory to Him (our goal every day.)
Another thing my kids know to expect is that we will spend a fair amount of time talking about Reformation Day. Our hymn this month has been "A Mighty Fortress" and we will watch part of this classic Martin Luther video (though last year we watched this one with Joseph Fiennes and it was excellent. We liked it better but we don't own it.) I love reading about this great reformer!
For a "treat" today, here are some great Martin Luther quotes to ponder:
"Pray and let God worry."
"The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid."
"Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave."
"You are not only responsible for what you say, you are also responsible for what you do not say."
"Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God."
Have a blessed day!
Have a blessed day!