Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lesson on Pumpkin Carving

Found this link and was amazed. It must be wonderful to have such talent. Can you make your pumpkin like his :).
On that note here is a very cool lesson for youth during this time.

How a Christian is like a Pumpkin

A lady recently being baptized was asked by a co-worker what it was like to be a Christian. She replied, "It's like being a pumpkin:
God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you may have gotten from the other pumpkins.
Then he cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.
Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."

1. Take a pumpkin. "You aren't a pumpkin, but all of us are something like one. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you may have gotten from the other pumpkins." Talk about how a pumpkin is like us: it has an outside and an inside. The outside is what people see. The inside is like our soul or our heart. A pumpkin left to itself will soon rot and die. We will die some day too."

2. Carve out eyes and a small "o" shaped mouth. As you make the holes and pull out the pieces of rind, ask people what they see inside (yucky stuff). "This is what we look like to others and what we are like when are hearts are not changed. The hearts of men are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live (Ecclesiastes 9:3). How can we get rid of this icky stuff?"

3. "God is the only one who can change our heart. But in order for God to change our heart we must become open to him." Carve an opening in the top of the pumpkin big enough to put your hand through. You might want to quote Revelation 3:20: Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

4. Put in your hand and pull out the insides. "God scoops out all the yucky stuff inside of us. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, impurity, and greed." Talk about the cross and how Jesus was willing to become messy for us, so that we might be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:25b-27).

5. "But if we leave a pumpkin with just the insides taken out, then it's just hollow. We need to have a light inside that will truly make us alive! Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' Add a light to the inside of the pumpkin. "When Jesus lives inside of you, you can glow! You will want to be kind and honest. You will want to please God, to help others, and to tell other people about your Friend and Lord."

6. At this point you might want to carve the mouth into a smile! "God carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Reason's dogs hate their owners.

I confess, I am one of those people who think dog outfits are cute. Are you the type of owner in this video?

Monday, October 25, 2010

The purchase price

There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit.
Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak….
“I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.

I stopped the lad and asked, “What do you have there, son?”

“Just some old birds,” came the reply.

“What are you going to do with them?” I asked.

“Take ‘em home and have fun with ‘em,” he answered. “I’m gonna tease ‘em and pull out their feathers to make ‘em fight. I’m gonna have a real good time..”

“But you’ll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?”

“Oh, I got some cats,” said the little boy. “They like birds. I’ll take ‘em to them.”

The pastor was silent for a moment. “How much do you want for those birds, son?”

“Huh??!!! Why, you don’t want them birds, mister. They’re just plain old field birds. They don’t sing. They ain’t even pretty!”

“How much?” the pastor asked again. The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, “$10?”

The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy’s hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free. Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story:

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. “Yes, sir, I just caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn’t resist. Got ‘em all!”

“What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked.

Satan replied, “Oh, I’m gonna have fun! I’m gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke and curse. I’m gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I’m really gonna have fun!”

“And what will you do when you are done with them?” Jesus asked.

“Oh, I’ll kill ‘em,” Satan glared proudly.

“How much do you want for them?” Jesus asked.

“Oh, you don’t want those people. They ain’t no good. Why, you’ll take them and they’ll just hate you. They’ll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You don’t want those people!!”

“How much? He asked again.

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, “All your blood, tears and your life.”

Jesus said, “DONE!” Then He paid the price.

The pastor picked up the cage and walked from the pulpit.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Then Sings My Soul-Dogs of Glory

I read a Joyce Meyer's book this week Woman to Woman and it deeply blessed me. I came away from the book with the revelation that Jesus died that I might have life and have it more abundantly not that I might be so miserable. I have wallowed for years in unhappiness due to one thing or another but now I am clinging to the thought that I am meant to be happy.

I found this cute little song made me happy and I had to smile watching it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Found some more deals

I did some great deals at the drug stores today.
Went to Walgreen's and they have the new lemon raspberry halls on sale for $1 and it prints a $1 register reward plus the latest edition of all you magazine has a 75 cents off coupon for the same product in it so you will actually make 75 cents on this deal. Todays coupons has a coupon in it for $1 off 2 bags so you could still get 2 bags for nothing after the rr prints out. I have a couple more deals I plan to do at Walgreen's this week but had to wait until I clipped the coupons for them. Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste 4.2 oz or Oral-B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrush $2.49 = $1.50 RR Use the $1/1 Crest Pro-Health coupon from the 9/26 PG or use the $0.75/1 Oral-B coupon from the 10/10 PG) I only have the coupon from 10/10 so mine will be .24 for the toothbrush.
Final cost as low as FREE!

Went to CVS and scanned my card and a coupon printed out for 99 cents off brachs candy corn and it was on sale for .99 so that made it free.

I also got some more free toothpaste. You should never have to buy this as often as there are deals out there. Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength Toothpaste 4 oz. $2.99 = $2.99 Each (Limit 2). There is a coupon in the All You magazine plus todays paper or here so this is a money maker.

Also I had read this one online but my CVS had no sign to say it was a deal but I tried it and it worked, AZO Maximum Strength Itch Relief Cream 1 oz or wipes 12 ct $6.99 get a 5 Ecb (Limit 5!) There is a $2 coupon to print here that makes it free. I printed my 5 and will get a mix of cream and wipes. Never tried this product but you know how I feel about free.

I also did a great deal for Quaker instant oatmeal. I printed 2 coupons for $2 off from here and it was on sale for 2/$5 so the coupons made it $1 plus there was $2 ecb (limit of 1) back on it so I made a dollar on this deal.

Garnier Moisture Rescue from Target Just signed up to get one of these from Wal-Mart a couple days ago and now Target is offering one. I love samples. BTW these make great gift ideas to put in gift baskets for the holidays. I usually collect samples all year and give them to the elderly, my girls and teenagers. All three groups love to get these type baskets.

Also grabbed this coupon from the Parade magazine in today's paper. 2 FREE 5×7 HP Photo Greeting Cards Coupon (Valid a new HP Kiosks– located in Walmart) I got 3 Parades in my paper for some reason so I have coupons to get 6 cards free.

Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Sample this is from Costco and the first line asks for your Costco membership number but it doesn't have an astrick so you can order it without one.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Some freebies and deals.

I am burned out on Facebook games hopefully for good. I spent most of the last couple days catching up on some emails. I had quite a number of product review offers and some great freebies in there. I will be having another blog giveaway in a couple weeks. In the meantime, here are some freebies I have sent off for in the past couple days.

Garnier Anti-Dandruff shampoo I really like the Garnier line of products and can't wait to try this one out. Don't forget to check the Wal-Mart site often. They usually have 3 or 4 samples at a time. Right now they are also offering Tena and Crest samples.

Kleenex Tissues send a pocket pack to a friend.

Mercury Magazine Redbook offer I got a 3 month subscription from here but some people have said they got a year subscription.

Target Samples Target currently only has a Tide Original with Acti-Life Laundry detergent but when I was there a couple days ago they also had a Glad trash bag sample. So keep checking this page.

Advil they say the first 500,000 will get a coupon for a free bottle of Advil. I signed up for mine.

Shout Color Grabber
I have no clue what this is but figured I would find out.
These aren't freebies but are really good deals. McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's are all offering trick or treat coupon books for $1. They have coupons in them for free products.
McDonald's offers
(3) FREE Apple Dippers
(3) FREE Small Cone
(3) FREE Small Apple Juice or Milk Jug
(3) FREE Hamburger
Coupons are valid for use 11/1/10 – 12/31/10 Redeemable by children 12 and under.

Burger King offers
(7) FREE Value Size Fries
(1) FREE Small Soft Drink or ICEE
Coupons are valid 10/1/10 – 12/31/10! There is no age restrictions on the coupons, but they do limit one coupon per customer, per visit!

Wendy's offers (this one is my favorite)
10 FREE Jr Frosty Coupons! The coupons state no purchase necessary to redeem, one coupon per person per visit!
The coupons are valid 11/1/10 – 2/1/11

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Lord's Ballgame

found this will surfing blogs. I have no idea who wrote it. I googled it but never found it attributed to anyone. So here it is.

The Lord's Ballgame

Freddy and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord's team was playing Satan's team. The Lord's team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs.

They continued to watch as a batter named Love stepped up to the plate. Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because "Love never fails."

The next batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faith works with Love.

The next batter up was named Godly Wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch. Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass: ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked because he never swings at what Satan throws.

The bases were now loaded. The Lord then turned to Freddy and told him He was now going to bring in His star player.

Up to the plate stepped Grace. Freddy said, "He sure doesn't look like much!"

Satan's whole team relaxed when they saw Grace. Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen! But Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by. He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing on the ground; the roaring crowds went wild as the ball continued over the fence for a home run!

The Lord's team won!

The Lord then asked Freddy if he knew why Love, Faith and Godly Wisdom could get on base but couldn't win the game. Freddy answered that he didn't know why.

The Lord explained, "If your love, faith and wisdom had won the game, you would think you had done it by yourself. Love, Faith and Wisdom will get you on base, but only My Grace can get you Home"

For by Grace are you saved, it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory ; no good thin will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
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