These days Facebook makes us feel like we can’t live up to what everybody else has or does. Facebook seems to cause us to become jealous of others lives. I know that I have felt that I don’t make enough money or look as good as someone because of my weight gain. It’s a never-ending cycle. I am here to tell you, please don’t feel that way anymore! God has shown me and continues to show me that He loves me! He reminds me of this in Psalm 139:13&14 (NIV) For you created my inmost being: you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. God made us in His image. That is what makes us special, not because of what we have or what we look like. Focus on the good qualities that you have. Make a list on an index card and place the card on your bathroom mirror. When you are getting ready in the bathroom, look at your lists and say them out loud to yourself. Include: I am worthy, beautiful, dependable, loving, caring, etc… God wants you to read the Bible to get encouraged. Try to not get on Facebook everyday. Instead read your Bible and see how much better you will feel about yourself. Remember that God wants you to love yourself as much as He loves you!
1. Take your T.V. outside and watch a movie. We put the T.V. on a table, sit on big blankets and pillows on the ground and eat popcorn. The kids love it!
2. Bake desserts together.
3. Go to your local library. See if they have a local Zoo DVD to watch to receive free tickets to your local zoo. We can rent our DVD and go to the Atlanta Zoo for free! It includes 2 adults and 2 children tickets.
4. Go to church or city fall events. A lot of churches and cities have fall festivals. Also, if you live near a major college, the college students have trick or treating events.
5. See if your city has First Friday. A lot of times they will have events for kids there. Ours has Scare on the Square and Deck the Halls.
6. Have a Halloween Party at your house. Have it where parents stay and bring a snack. My friend Claudia used to have pumpkin carving competitions. Each child brought their own pumpkin and carving utensils. The parents and children worked together to carve out their pumpkins. Have small prizes for the scariest, funniest, happiest, silliest, most fat, most skinny, tallest, shortest, etc… Then we ate and the kids ran around and had fun! You could have Halloween games for the kids too! (Bob for apples)
7. A lot of farms have lots of fall activities for families. Ours has a corn maze, hay rides, playground, and a jump house.
8. Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores.
9. Go on a picnic.
10. Attend local plays at schools and performance art places.
I don’t live too far from Savannah, GA. Hurricane Matthew hit us pretty hard. It damaged our house and it was scary to wait it out. This storm reminded me of life. We don’t know exactly when a problem is coming or how hard it will affect us. The only thing I can count on is that God is my anchor. When I was 17 I became pregnant. My parents were so disappointed. Being a minister’s daughter put me under the microscope. My life was a whirlwind! I found out who my friends were and believe me it wasn’t many. Adults at my church let me know how disappointed they were of me. I had to find my strength (anchor) through God and my family. It was a lonely time, but looking back I can see where God took care of me. I learned that we as Christians need to be there for people in time of need with loving arms. Teach them what the Bible says about what they are doing in a loving way. The good thing is that the storm doesn’t last forever. It does end in calmness and gets better. Now I can proudly say, that my son loves our God just as much as I do. I am very proud of him and can’t imagine life without him. My son is my rainbow at the end of the storm!!!
My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. It hasn’t always been an easy road to travel for either of us. After a year of marriage we were separated for 10 months. We had combined our families and being a step parent is no joke. My husband and I had a hard time adjusting and agreeing on how to parent. One day I was watching the 700 Club and it talked about marriage. They talked about how love is a choice and not a feeling. I chose to return to my husband and obeyed God. It took counseling and layers of anger to fade away. We are completely in love with each other again. It took time, but we gave it the time that we needed to heal. God has to be your focus. My prayer at night, is not for God to change specific things that my husband does that bothers me, but for my husband to desire what God wants. When your husband desires what God wants and you desire what God wants for you, then you will find common ground. I can’t stress enough that doing marriage with God is hard, but doing marriage without God is harder. God loves you and desires for you to believe in Him and accept Him to be your Lord and Savior. He gave His one and only Son for us and we never deserved it! What an awesome God we have!