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.
Hurricane Matthew was no joke. We were so scared and stayed up all night because trees were falling on our house. Thank you God that no one was hurt! The trees were tearing up our roof while my husband and I were praying hard all night long. We did so much to prepare for the storm. Why don’t we as Christians, spend much time and energy preparing for our personal storms. When we have hurricanes we spend a lot of time gathering things together to keep us safe. God wants us spending time with Him in the Word and on our knees. I have started kneeling at my bed again to be submissive to God. It seems simple but really powerful. You should try it sometime because it is a humbling experience!
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!!!