Thursday, October 21, 2010
For Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Being a Christian is just like a pumpkin!
First, God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you in from the field. The Bible says He selects us out of the world. We are in the world, but no longer of the world.
He then washes all the dirt off the outside that we received from being around all the other pumpkins. All the outside influences of our former life must be cleaned up. Old things are passed away and all things are become new.
Then, He carefully removes all the yucky stuff called sin out from the inside. Look at this! Yuk! Sin will not have such internal power. He then changes us from the inside out by the Power of His Word. That’s why it is important to go the church and learn about God’s Word.
He carefully removes all those seeds of doubt, hate, greed, and fear. He replaces them with the seeds of faith, hope and love. After Jesus is invited inside, you begin to experience the changing power of God’s love in your life.
Then He carves a new smiling face. Our countenance is changed by the power of His presence in our life. We then become so grateful. It can even show on our face!
Now we are going to light this candle inside. Look! This pumpkin now reflects the light from inside out. So too, when Jesus, who is called the Son of Light, lives inside of us, He shines through our life for all to see. We can let His light reflect through us to reveal His presence.
Let your light so shine before men that they may be able to see your good works and glorify your Father, who is in heaven.
So you see, we Christians are really like this pumpkin! We will
never be the same with Jesus inside of us. We can say like this jack-o-lantern, Thy presence, my light!
In a mixing bowl, beat ingredients until very smooth.
Set aside and prepare cake batter.
Pour into glass dish on top of batter as described in cake instructions below.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and beat well.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Mix in pumpkin and sour cream. Blend thoroughly until smooth.
Pour 1/2 of batter into a buttered 13x9 inch glass baking dish.
Add the filling mix, spreading the batter evenly in the dish.
Add remaining batter and lightly swirl into filling.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.
Allow to cool.
Cut into twelve servingsAdd Whipped cream on top when serving
cut off top of pumpkin
Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you.
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you.
Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.
cut open eyes
Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me.
cut out nose
I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned my nose at the good food you provide.
cut out mouth
Let everything I say please You.
light the candle
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do.
My idea of fun is not usually associated with entertainment and recreation. It is more about squeezing as much enjoyment into every day as I can. Instead of looking for something fun to do, I try to make whatever I do a little more fun. And if I can't always do things I enjoy, I can learn to enjoy more of the things I do.
now Grandmothers cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!
A bit of love from someone near…