Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How God Carves a Pumpkin, A Family Activity

Written by Lori at Heart of the Matter

With cooler breezes ushering in, autumn hues surrounding us, and shorter days, it’s clear that FALL has arrived! With this incredible season comes the bountiful harvest and fields filled with PUMPKINS!

One of our favorite FALL activities has been carving a pumpkin with a lovely and HAPPY face. Several years ago a friend of mine shared an incredible family activity that we have adapted for our family. It’s proven to be a FABULOUS BIBLE STUDY, even for the tiniest carvers. It’s a great way to share some wonderful passages while engaging in a FUN, family activity! Why not pop some popcorn, throw in some candy corn, invite a few friends from church and make it a tradition!

How God carves a pumpkin

Create a pumpkin. Make it big, little, short, tall fat or skinny. No matter which, it will be a WONDERFUL pumpkin.
“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being? Isaiah 66:2

Harvest the pumpkin when it’s fully ready.
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Hold the pumpkin gently as you cleanse the dirt outside, washing all the dirt away.
“Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sin. Acts 22:16

Make an opening at the top, Search into the dark cavity for anything that needs to be removed.
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind to reward according to conduct and deeds. Jeremiah 17:10

Remove all the stringy pulp and slime, and clean out the entire cavity.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God.” Psalm 51:10

Give that pumpkin a big set of eyes so that he may see all the good around him.
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.” Luke 10:23

Carve a nice nose so that he can take in the wonderful scents of the world.
“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart.” Proverbs 27:9

Carve a great big SMILE so that he can bring JOY to anyone who sees him.
“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart of others.” Proverbs 15:30

Make the pumpkin glow all over with a little white light inside.
“God said, “let light shine out of the darkness,” and made His light shine in our hearts.
2Corinthians 4:6

Rejoice in the “NEW” pumpkin that has been created and given new life.
“Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me, I have found my lost sheep.” Luke 15:6

Place the pumpkin in the perfect spot so that the light will guide others.
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise the Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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