Autumn Activities for You and Your Grandkids

Happy Harvest Time! Autumn is truly here in much of the U.S. Yesterday I went out in the early morning and it was around 70 degrees. Today, it was definitely in the 60s! And I’m loving it! I love the whole harvest season and now that we are into October I’m seeing more and more decorations going up. So far it’s mostly scarecrows and hay bales which are all my favorites so I’m a happy camper!

A friend sent me the sweet story that has been circulating in emails and blogs for years. As far as I’ve been able to tell, the author is unknown (if anyone does know the author, please let me know). It’s such a great story to read and enjoy and even better if you can ever use it to share the gospel with others. I love to read it to my grandchildren.

The Inspiring Pumpkin…
A lady had recently been baptized. One of her co-workers asked her what it was like to be a Christian. She was caught off guard and didn’t know how to answer; but when she looked up, saw a jack-o’-lantern on the desk and answered:

“It’s like being a pumpkin.”
The coworker asked her to explain that one.
“Well, God picks you from the patch and brings you in and washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. Then he cuts off the top and takes all the yucky stuff out from inside.He removes all those 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 to see.

It is our choice to either stay outside and rot  on the vine or    come inside and be something new and bright.”

Isn’t that great?! In trying to research who the author was, I discovered a great site with several other cute Halloween ideas for you to share with your grandkids. It’s at http://www.christiancrafters.com/pumpkin.html  and there you will find a variety of Halloween Alternative Resources – a pumpkin prayer activity, a craft, two stories, and a poem which were sent in by Diane Bracher. If you want to explore their site further, they have a wide variety of other craft ideas for general purposes as well as many for holidays. Some require a fee while others are free although I know they’d appreciate a donation. I’ve added them to my Delicious bookmarks and am looking forward to trying some of their projects with my grandkids this fall.

One other cute resource for having fun during the harvest holiday season while keeping our eyes and the eyes of our grandchildren firmly planted on Jesus is found at http://www.annieshomepage.com/halloweenprintable2.html . There you will find a cute poem, Pumpkins & Jesus. The writer (also unknown) has taken the letters for the word Pumpkins to spell out the gospel message for kids. I’ve enjoyed visiting Annie’s website many times over the years and highly recommend it. You can also find many other Christian-based Halloween and autumn ideas and projects there at http://www.annieshomepage.com/annieshalloweenpage.html .

Have a bushel of fun with all of these fun “harvest” goodies!