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Shine the Light

30 Sep Posted by in Rhonda's Blog | 1 comment
Shine the Light

FUN ACTIVITY!  And a great way to make a wonderful memory with your children (or grandchildren), plus at the same time help them understand what God has done for us.  He truly does turn us into new creations…just like His Word says.

WHAT TO DO: Take your children to a pumpkin patch (or Wal-Mart) and pick out a pumpkin? Make sure it’s a dirty pumpkin!  Take it home and together with your children…wash the outside, cut it open and take out the yuck, cut out a smiley face, and put a candle inside, then set it outside on the dark porch to be a light in the darkness.  Use the following devotion for ideas.  This devotional book, “Rise and Shine” by Liz Curtis Higgs was given to me by a dear friend, Diane Musil.

Harvest Time by Liz Curtis Higgs (Pages 164-165)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old

 things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”2 Corinthians 5:17

February 1982 I received Christ.  You can imagine what my coworkers thought when they saw me leave work Friday ready to party as I danced out the door

Friday afternoon heading for a bar and then Monday morning I arrived to work dancing and saying, “Praise the Lord, I’ve been baptized!”

People notice stuff like that.

They watched me like a hawk as spring turned into summer…summer turned into autumn…and me?…I changed from a wild woman to an enthusiastic Believer.

One autumn day a curious coworker asked me, “Liz, what does it mean to be a Christian?”

Glancing at a ceramic pumpkin on her desk, I said, “Oh, it’s just like being a pumpkin!”

“Really?” she asked.  “What do you mean by that?”

I gulped, having no idea what I meant.  I prayed, “Lord, please help me.”

I took a deep breath and big leap of faith, “First, God brings us into His house out of the pumpkin patch of life.”

My friend nodded her head, yeah, and said, “Tell me more.”

I thought to myself, “More?” Ummm…and said, “We have a choice–bake in an oven, or be turned into something brand new.  Because we’re dirty from rolling around in the dirt, God washes us on the outside. Then he pierces our skins with the double-edged sword of his Word so he can clean out all the yucky stuff inside.”

My coworker made a face, “Pumpkins are so slimy on the inside.”

I agreed, “Slimy as sin and full of seeds of bitterness and discontent. God is the only One who can make us clean, inside and out.”

Coworker asked, “Then what?”

I responded, “God gives us a brand-new face! Eyes to see like he sees without blinking or turning away.  A nose to capture the fragrant aroma of his sacrifice  And a mouth that smiles with joy. Finally he puts the light of his Spirit in us and puts us out in the dark world to shine for him.”

Coworkers eyes widened as she said, “Wow, that makes so much sense!”

Liz Curtis Higgs thought to herself, “I need to write that down so I remember it.”

And she did write that down and wrote a book titled, “The Pumpkin Patch Parable”.  It’s a book for children…showing them how God makes us into new creations.

Dear friends, May we shine brighter than a pumpkin on a dark porch!

* I shared this idea last year on Precious in HIS Sight.

 

One comment

  • Yamile says:

    THANKS DEAR RHONDITA, FOR SHARING THIS POWERFUL PARABLE OF THE PUMPKIN AGAIN, AS IT HELP ME TO REMEMBER, AND WILL SHARE THIS WITH THE DEAF CHURCH!!! THANKS LORD FOR CLEANING MY SIN, WITH HIS PRECIOUS PURE, AND MIGHTY BLOOD, AND FOR GIVING ME HIS ETERNAL LIFE, AND TO EXPERIENCE AND LIVE MY CHRISTIAN WALK COMPLETELY FREE, AND FULL OF HIS MARVELOUS BLESSINGS IN MY LIFE!!! TO GO EB ALL THE GLORY, FOR THE GREAT THINGS, HE HAS DONE, AND KEEP DOING IN MY LIFE!!!LOVE, YAMILE.


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