Someone emailed me the other day asking if I knew where they could get a printable Halloween tract to hand out this weekend. I didn't. So I made one!
I know you can order Halloween tracts from various places, but if you're like me, you never think about it until it's too late to order and receive them in time. Thus, printables to the rescue!
I am not even going to go into the question of whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween, but just for the record, our family chooses not to. “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness” seems clear enough to me. Yes, millions of people are celebrating Halloween “just for fun” and are not out to worship the devil. But many are. I'd prefer not to associate myself with the evil that is going on behind the scenes. (A good book that we have for our kids is called “Mommy, Why Don't We Celebrate Halloween?” It may even help you think things through for yourself.) I'm not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't do; I just hope that you have put thought into why you do or don't participate in certain activities and have evaluated them under the light of God's Word. Where your decision falls is between you and Him.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, regardless of what your family chooses to do, the fact of the matter is that millions of people are taking their children out for a night of trick-or-treating. Dozens of children and parents will be showing up at your door. If you are a Christian, you have a responsibility to spread the gospel to every creature. You may not be able to spend an hour witnessing to every person who comes to your door, but you can send the gospel home with them!
If you're typically a “stay away from home on Halloween so I don't have to pass out candy” type of person, let's change that this year!
Go buy some candy, print some tracts, and be ready to give the Gospel to dozens of people with whom you would otherwise have never crossed paths!
A few thoughts:
1. Please, please, please do not just give a tract without giving some candy! Do you honestly think a disappointed child who was hoping for some good candy wants to read your tract? Do you honestly think a parent with a disappointed child wants to read your tract? (I know most of us around here are trying to be healthy, so if you can't stand the thought of giving candy, get some little prizes – pencils, little plastic animals, superballs, etc. to hand out. But to be honest, the parents apparently don't care if their kids get candy, and that's probably what they really want anyway, so you might just want to give them the candy!)
2. It would be good if you could attach the tract to the candy or prize in some way. (Put them in a baggie together or punch a hole in both and tie together with a ribbon.) If the parents didn't come to the door with their child and they see a tract when they look through their child's candy bucket, they may not know you actually gave them something else. If you google “Halloween tract”, you would not believe how much of what comes up is people on atheist forums mocking the tracts that their kids get from people who are too stingy to give them candy. “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness” and people who hate God will always find some reason to mock, but let's eliminate as many of their reasons as we can!
3. It would be doubly good to make up 2 candy/tract packets – one that says “For You” and one that says “For Your Parents”. Put some of the good kind of candy in there – the kind that parents raid their child's stash for – and you will make their night! They may actually want to hear/read what you have to say when they see that you put effort into doing something thoughtful for them.
4. I tried to leave a little room on the back of the tract so that you can write your personal or church contact info on there. If someone is truly interested in receiving the gospel, they need a place to find more information! Don't leave them to figure it out on their own.
I am very blessed to come from a Christian home. My parents are Christians, my grandparents are Christians, and even most of my extended family are believers in Jesus Christ. As a third generation Christian, I thank God for my grandparents and their godly influence on my life.
On my mom’s side, my grandmother was saved at a Youth for Christ crusade prior to marrying to my grandpa. After they were married, and she wanted to be baptized, the pastor led my grandfather to the Lord. Shortly after my mom was born (she is #5 of 6 kids), the family moved from Iowa to Denver, Colorado. Since I grew up in Colorado also, I was very close to my grandparents. They were there for every “major” event in my life – from piano recitals, to birthdays, and everything in between.
Now there are 12 grandkids and 14 great-grandchildren on my mom’s side. Many of us are in vocational ministry. I know that my grandparents pray for us all, and they also give financially to the different ministries in which their children and grandchildren are serving.
My Grams and Gramps are on my dad’s side. I didn’t get to see them as often when I was growing up because they lived in Oklahoma. My Gramps had several health issues and went home to be with the Lord in August of 2010. As we sat around the living room sharing memories after the funeral, Grams told us that Gramps prayed for all of his grandchildren by name every morning. Now my Grams keeps a picture of all her “grands” and great-grandkids inside her quiet time briefcase. She often sends us a text as she updates the pictures, reminding us that she is praying for us. Many of her children and grandchildren are in full-time Christian ministry also.
Now that I have children of my own, I am getting to watch my parents and in-laws interact with my children. I see the excitement on Grandma’s face when my kids Skype her to say a new memory verse or sing the Countdown song together. I watch my kids playing in the backyard with Grandma pretending to be scared, and I hear Grandma tell them to pray. These interactions from godly grandparents are re-enforcing what I am teaching my children on a daily basis.
When I think about Grandparent’s Day, I think of the godly heritage that has been passed down to me.
I think of the Scripture readings on Christmas Eve.
I think of sitting on the porch with my grandpa and discussing Bible prophecy and Israel in the End Times.
I think of the prayers – so many countless prayers – that have been offered on my behalf by four praying grandparents.
I think of praying parents and in-laws holding me up as I shepherd my children (their grandchildren) to the Savior.
I think of the spiritual investment in my life and the lives of my children.
And then I think, “That’s the kind of grandparent I want to be.”
I won't wake up one day as a grandmother and decide that I am going to be a godly grandparent. I am making the decision now what kind of grandparent I will be then through my daily choices as I influence my children in their youth. By pouring the Gospel and the Word of God into my children now, I can reap the reward of godly grandchildren later. By giving up my own desires now in order to mother my children, I can rejoice in the future as my children and grandchildren are serving the Lord. By praying for my children and their future spouses, I can influence the next generation for Christ.
Yes – I feel so blessed to be from a Christian home. Maybe you are a first generation Christian. You don’t have that godly heritage to look back on, but you do have the opportunity to start passing it on now to the next generation. Give your grandchildren the gift of a godly heritage. << Click to tweet that!
Happy Grandparent's Day!
Special thanks to my mom for taking the time to post tons of gifts ideas for Mother's Day! It's nice to get inside a Mother's head and know for sure exactly what she'd like!
I am blessed to be a mother. I am more blessed because my children love and honor me as they are taught to do from God's Word. I am even more blessed because I am also a grand mother. And I feel I am even more blessed because at this point, God has allowed all my children and grand children to be near me! Wow! Now what a responsibility I have to be a godly example to them and to teach them the things of the Lord.
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
By God's grace and mercy, I am blessed with children who love the Lord with all their hearts and are working at training their children to do the same. As Mary pondered all these things in her heart (Luke2:19), so I often do with wonder and amazement. I pray daily and earnestly that all my grandchildren will be saved and will have a deep and burning desire to serve the Lord Jesus with all their hearts. So, children and grandchildren, are you wondering what special gift you can give your mom or grandmom this year? Give the Lord your heart and I promise, that will be a special gift and probably the best gift ever for your mother or grandmother.
The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
Our children are the only “thing” that we can take with us to eternity and I am looking forward to all of them being there with me in the presence of our Savior. Have you, yourself, received the greatest gift? You can have that gift of eternal life today! It is for anyone and everyone!
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
My children and grandchildren have blessed me with many other material gifts. Many of them are treasures to my heart. Why? Because they came from people who love me and are very dear to my heart. Below is a list of some of the things I have received. Perhaps, the list (more than 50 listed below) will give you some good ideas for a mother's day gift or birthday or anniversary gift. Or if you have another idea, maybe you would like to leave your comment below so it can be added to the list.
Gifts from my grandchildren
Gifts from my husband
Here is another collage picture of some of my favorite things:
Gifts I have given my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law is the only mother that I have left on earth. My mom, grandmom, grandmom-in-law and great grandparents are all in heaven. I miss seeing them and giving them gifts, but I am blessed with the gift of the promise of seeing them all again one day and spending all eternity together.
Many of the gifts I give my mother-in law come from Christian Book Distributors. I can order online and have them shipped directly to her. She has been very happy with these items and they do offer some great gift ideas. You can see some of the ideas in the pictures below.
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
She loved it! She has since had more great grandchildren. The nice thing about this project is that I can print another one and she can easily replace the first one by swapping them out.
Below is a list of places you may be able to find a special gift for that special mom or grandmom in your life.
|Family Photo Pillow Decorator pillow is also a photo frame and a beautiful gift to give. 9″ square linen and cotton pillow is embroidered and includes a ribbon-trimmed sleeve to display your best 4″ x 6″ horizontal photo.|
|Chevron Tote Bag – Patterned chevron stitch bag with faux leather trim and rolled double handles; zip top closure, interior slip pocket. Bag is fully lined; 14.5″ x 12″ x 5.5″; roomy and stylish; professional fashion accessory.|
|Mom Mug – mug for Mom with printed Scripture verse in stylistic typography design. 14 ounces; white mug with blue lined inside. Boxed in color gift box.|
|Door Mat, As for Me and My House Grey Inspirational doormat for the Christian home displays the best-loved Scripture quote from Joshua 24:15, with decorative scroll trim and non-skid rubber backing. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord on polyester black felt mat; 27.5″ x 17.5″; may be spot cleaned. Upscale design for today's Christian decor, suitable for indoor and outdoor use.|
|Mom I Love You Photo FrameUnique photo frame in bronze tones is perfect for mom's dresser, shelf, or any room in the home.Overall dimensions are 8″ x 5″ x .5″|
|Mom, He Gave Me You Memo Pad and Pen SetUnique and special gift for mom, perfect for birthday, mother's day, or any occasion. Green memo pad with pen; front floral design with heartfelt sentiment. 80 page pad; measures 3″x 4.25″.Mom, I've learned so many things from you, what to say and what to do, but most of all you taught me who loves me even more than you. So thank you, Mom, for now I see how faith in God has strengthened me. I know how much He loves me, too, because dear Mom, He gave me you!|
|Mother's Daily Prayer JournalClassy gift journal with the look and feel of soft leather is debossed just for mom, a keepsake place to record her prayers.Days are full and time is short, but it only takes a few minutes to fill in the date, the day's prayer requests and answers, plus a few lines for a thought or words of praise to God. Undated, so you can use on your own schedule, each page is banded in designer trim; an inspiring quote or Bible verse is displayed across each page spread.Book is 8″ x 6″, with satin ribbon marker; a beautiful gift journal worthy of a mother's prayers.|
|Quilted Purse, Joshua 1:9, Black and WhiteFashion tote bag, Traveler size, in quilted black and white print with double handles and roomy interior for all your essentials. Fastens securely with button flap over zippered closure. Features include two inside slip pockets, one secure inside zipper pocket and a zippered pocket on the back. 15″ x 12″ x 5″. Embroidered Scripture quote inside the bag God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9. Designed by Nicole Brayden; from the Contrast line at Divinity Boutique.|
|Sing to the Lord Mini Mounted PrintMounted art print with Scripture quote, elegant wall decor and home accent, has the appearance of stretched canvas and adds beauty to even a small area of your room. 6.25″ x 2.5″ x .75″; inscripted: Sing To The Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things. Psalm 98:1.|
|Praise the Lord Flag – Hummingbird flag design with Scripture verse quote, designed by Karla Dornacher in bright, contemporary design; Praise the Lord flag with Bible verse from Psalm 150:6. let everything that has breath praise the Lord..|
|Trust in the Lord with All Thine Heart Decorative Wall Lettering– Add a decorator touch to your home decor with our inspirational wall vinyl lettering in stylistic font with heart embellishment Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5. May be applied to a window, wall, mirror, or just about any smooth surface!|
|Vinyl Wall Expression, Cross, Names of JesusAdd a decorator touch to your home decor with our inspirational wall vinyl lettering in stylistic font, featuring names of Jesus collage in unique cross design. May be applied to a window, wall, mirror, or just about any smooth surface! Approximately 24″ x 18″; removable; easy instructions included.|
Still need more ideas? There are some great ideas HERE.
Well, I guess that about wraps it up. As I walk through my house I am overwhelmed with all the lovely treasures that have been bestowed upon me, but once again, it makes me thankful for the love that is shown to this mother through all of them.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Last year a friend gave me a framed picture for Mother's Day that had this quote on it:
“Good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens, and happy kids.”
I put that little picture frame on the back of my oven. I had just had the twins, and life was really in a big transition period. Many times I would be standing there at the stove cooking supper, frustrated and overwhelmed with the piles of dishes, the dirty bathroom, and the volume of laundry. I would see that quote and be reminded about what is truly important – how I am raising my children. It helped me not to feel so guilty during those months when I simply didn't have enough time or enough hands!
I was very sad when my picture accidentally fell into the pot of french fry oil and was ruined! I made another one, and I thought you might enjoy it too! I created several different colors so hopefully you can find one that works for you! (Each one is an 8×10 jpg file).
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Since Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, I decided to turn my winter vase into a collection of Valentine's Day Vases.
I took 4 of these vases from Dollar Tree and applied fabric glue with a paint brush. Then I wrapped some brown yarn around them until they were covered.
I used various white or off-white items from around the house to spell out the word “LOVE” – a piece of lace, a felt rosette (here's a tutorial), buttons, and a piece of white yarn.
And there you have it.
And now, my dear readers. Here's a question I have for you.
I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to filling vases. And, to further add to my problem, my decorating budget is $0. I have to use what I have around the house. And in this case, these are the only flowers I had that were white or pink, or any sort of Valentine-y colors. So, do you have any ideas for how to fill the vases using only these flowers or things I could find outside? I'm no good at this. Help!