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I used to love dressing up and going trick-or-treating as a kid, and even as a teenager, I loved pretending to be someone else. But as I have come closer to God, I’ve felt a discomfort to opening my door to strangers dressed in scary costumes. I do not like being scared as I did at one time. As a parent, I had to balance between having kid fun and keeping the focus away from the scary parts. I did the best I could.

 

Now, there are some fun ways to enjoy Halloween with Christ as the center of it all. I’ve listed some resources here for you to check out. I’m sure there are more resources out there, but these were a few of the ones I liked.

 

Books

The Pumpkin gospel uses the concept of carving pumpkins into becoming a new creature in Christ.

I’ve not read this book, but I chose it to add to the list because it was written by a mom who needed to explain why their family didn’t celebrate Halloween.

This is a favorite of mine. Again, the pumpkin is a symbol of becoming new and shining for Jesus.

A cute little book for giving God thanks.

This rhythmic book shows how we are surrounded by blessings.

 

Treats

Treat bags representing Jesus are great to give to the trick-or-treaters.

Christian tracks with Halloween themes to give out.

Christ-related treats.

 

Fun T-shirts

Holy Ghost shirts

Fall-o-ween (Following) Jesus

It’s Here!!! Dating Divas All Things Holiday Bundle!

 

Introducing Our All Things Holiday Bundle

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  • Thanksgiving Countdown
  • Thanksgiving Planner
  • Thanksgiving Table Decor
  • Christmas Countdown
  • 12 Days of Christmas
  • Christmas Memory Pages
  • Christ-Centered Christmas Service
  • Cookie Exchange Party Printables
  • Holiday Gift Bags and Gift Tags
  • Letters from Santa
  • New Year’s Goal Planner
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WANT TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Thought so! We are seriously obsessed with Every. Single. Thing. in this whole dang bundle. Just wait until you see all of the festive printable goodness…

 

HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES

1. Dia De Los Muertos Party Pack by Mod Podge Rocks Get everything you need to host a colorful and FUN party for Dia de Los Muertos! Do this as an alternative/in addition to your Halloween festivities. Included is a printable banner, favor bag toppers, candy bar wrappers, cupcake toppers, water/soda bottle labels, photo booth props, and a decorative sign. This all in one party kit allows you to focus on the food since you’ll already have the decorations!

THANKSGIVING PRINTABLES

2. Thanksgiving Countdown by A Lively Hope A 12 page kit with everything you need to make a darling and memorable countdown to Thanksgiving! Includes an activity idea for each day (plus extra blank cards so you can include your own family traditions). This is the perfect way to help your family express gratitude for your blessings and make the most of the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

3. 2 Thanksgiving Countdowns PLUS 30 Gratitude Prompt Cards by TimesavorsCountdown to Thanksgiving with this darling turkey or fall tree advent calendar! Simply print, cut, and you’re ready to go! Each day, say something you are grateful for as you by using the included prompt cards to stimulate ideas and dinner conversations. Happy Thanksgiving!

4. Thanksgiving Table Printable Bundle by Paper & TaighImpress your guest with these swoon-worthy Thanksgiving Table Printables! It’s everything your table needs for an inviting Thanksgiving dinning experience!

5. Printable Thanksgiving Planner by Peoples Life On Paper This 23-page kit includes everything you need to plan and host a successful Thanksgiving dinner. From planning checklists and recipe organizers to menu planners and cooking schedules, you’ll stay organized and stress less!

6. Apple and Cherry Pie Favor Box Set by Piggy Bank Parties Send your guests home with a slice of pie without having to turn on the oven! These yummy full-color digital favor box templates are great for holiday gatherings, backyard picnics and afternoon playdates. We love filling these mouth-watering slices with wrapped caramels and sour cherries!

7. Kids Table Manners Kit and Thanksgiving Bonus by The Little Inkspot Co.This Table Manners Kit is perfect for teaching basic table manners to kids and toddlers (ages 3 – 10). Kit includes 2 printables, 1) 11 x 14 poster to hang by the dining table and 2) 8.5 x 11 table manners reward chart to help kids and parents keep track – a great way to help make family mealtimes less stressful and more enjoyable for the whole family and teach basic beginner table manners that will last a lifetime! Add these adorable Thanksgiving Tags to fresh baking, james, or your garden’s harvest and give as a thoughtful token of thanks to neighbors, friends, and family!

CHRISTMAS PRINTABLES

8. Christmas Town Advent Calendar by Little Paper Racoon This beautiful paper Advent calendar is also a great Christmas decoration and a great construction game ! Once the boxes are filled with chocolates or trinkets you can create your very own Christmas town. Each box has its own design, and represents a piece of building (window, door, roof) or a Christmas tree. These building boxes let you choose between two colors, red or light brown to create different houses or buildings, so the combinations are endless!

9. Christmas Advent Countdown Activity Jar by While He Was Napping Ever wish you could simplify Christmas, focus on family and make memories instead of your stress taking over during the holidays? Then you need this Christmas Countdown Jar because that’s exactly what it will do. Make lasting memories with your whole family during the cold countdown to Christmas with easy and fun activities that focus on the important things – each other! Use the activities as an advent calendar by choosing one per day or use them as boredom busters over the winter break.

10. 12 Days of Christmas Service Idea by The Dating DivasTis the season for giving! Get your family in the holiday spirit with our 12 Days of Christmas. Each night for the 12 nights leading up to Christmas, you can use this festive printable pack to leave little surprises for a lucky recipient. We have created not one, but TWO options for your holiday service spree. We have an entire pack of tags, poems, and more for gifting a neighbor, as well as an entire set of poems designed specifically with your spouse in mind! This Festive Pack Includes: Shopping List and Organizer- Gather ideas for gifts in advance and keep track of them all with ease! Bag Covers- Give your Gifts in Style! Your service recipient will look forward to these colorful bags night after night! Gift Tags- Each tag coordinates with a day and includes a poem. There are two versions available in this pack, one for your neighbor and one for your spouse-be sure not to mix them up!

11. Camp Christmas by 4 The Love of My Heart Celebrate Christmas with the family in a new fun, creative way with Camp Christmas! This bundle has everything you need to plan your “camp” with crafts, activities, care packages, and more for the entire month of December. Who doesn’t love Christmas, and who doesn’t love camp? When you combine the two together, just think of all the fun your family will have this Christmas!

12. Christmas Memories Printable Pack by A Girl and a Glue Gun Keep track of all those fun Christmas memories with these great printables! There are printables to help you remember the food you ate, movies you watched, songs you sang, how your Christmas tree was decorated, people who visited, and presents you gave and received! Print it year after year and your kids will have a blast reading about all the fun things they have done over the years! (I wish I had this growing up! Don’t you wish you could remember what you got for Christmas when you were 10!!)

13. Disneyland Holiday Bundle by Beauty, Baby, and a Budget Thinking about taking your little elves to Disneyland for Christmas this year? Or maybe even giving them a Disneyland trip for Christmas (because who wouldn’t love that?). Then this is the perfect bundle for you! It comes with a 2017 Disneyland Holiday Checklist which includes 25 things you MUST do at Disneyland during the holiday season. It also comes with a Disneyland countdown and a “We’re going to Disneyland sign” perfect for a photo op with your cute family!

14. Christ-like Christmas Service by Chicken Scratch n Sniff Light your Christmas with acts of service this year with over 40 pages of adorable and festive printables to help you fill your season with acts of love. Sprout candy canes in your friend’s yard, leave random acts of love behind, say Thank You to those with the most festive houses. From bag toppers and advents to gift tags and candy wrappers; you’ll discover what you need to make this the best Christmas yet.

15. Cookie Exchange Party Printables by Everyday Party MagazineThe Printable Rustic Cookie Exchange Party Collection Includes the following: Cookie Box Labels, Recipe Cards , Voting Card, Favor Hang Tag, Folding Label, Party Circles, and Editable Invitations. Instructions and printing recommendations are also included.

16. Holiday Cookie Exchange Bundle by How Does She Have you ever done a holiday cookie exchange? It’s one of our favorite traditions and a great reason to throw a party with your BFF’s. This bundle includes everything you need to throw a mean cookie exchange…well, everything except the cookies!

17. Printable Holiday Gift Bags by Homemaking OrganizedThree printable Holiday Sparkle gift bags give you a PERFECT way to present your tokens of appreciation this season.

18. Letter from Santa Printable by Hoot Invitations Create some magic and surprise your child with a personalized letter from Santa this holiday season! Let them know Santa is watching and on his way with this 8″ x 10″ PDF editable letter from Santa. All text in main body can be edited. Just print at home on a color printer – fits on 8.5″ x 11″ paper or A4 paper.

19. Vintage Santa Letter Kit by The CreativiDee Workshop This stylish Vintage Santa Letter Kit has everything you need to create fun holiday memories for everyone! From Wish Lists and Letters to Treat Labels for Christmas Eve, your family is sure to have a great time with this festive collection.

20. Holiday Jam Labels & Matching Cards by Our Kerrazy AdventureThese cute jam labels make it so easy to give gifts to neighbors and teachers. Print and place them on your canning jar. You can even print out a coordinating card to write sweet note. Our printables make gift giving a breeze this holiday season!

21. Christmas Gift Name Tags, Wish Lists, & Treat Gift Tags by Papers & PlentyThese adorable, buffalo plaid Christmas gift name tags are fun and easy to use! Set includes 8 tags, personalize them with a name(s) or special message on the back, the perfect addition to any Christmas gift! Then, make Christmas shopping a little easier on Santa this year with these adorable, kid-friendly, buffalo plaid Christmas wish lists! These fill-in-the-blank lists are fun and easy to use for kids and adults! Finally, dd these adorable, buffalo plaid Christmas treat gift tags to any special holiday treat! Set includes 6 tags, write in a name(s) or special message at the bottom, fun for kids, neighbors, teachers and more!

22. Fun Holiday Gift Tags by Pretty Paper VioletGive your family and friends a smile this holiday season with this collection of printable gift tags. Perfect for your DIY gifts and anything else that lands under your tree. Print as many as you need for this year and next!

23. Holiday Fun Coloring Pages by Printable CrushEnjoy Coloring these Holiday Coloring Pages for adults or kids! Includes 10 pages for the major US Holidays. Print these pages over and over again and try new coloring styles for gorgeous holiday art.

24. All Inclusive Holiday Binder by Thirty Handmade DaysGet ready for the holidays with this awesome All Inclusive Holiday Binder. Not only is it fun and colorful but it will help you stay organized during the chaos. You can download party prep, calendars, checklists, budgeting sheets and more!

NEW YEAR’S PRINTABLES

25. New Year’s Photo Booth Props by Simply Everyday Me You’ll enjoy ringing in the New Year with these whimsical & kooky photo booth props by SimplyEverydayMe. This kit consists of 45 DIY printable props including: Top Hat, Happy New Year’s Hat, Bowler Hat, Party Hat, Party Crown, Champagne Bottle with Cork, Champagne Glasses, Martini Glasses, Father Time Beard & Mustache, Sickle, Pocket Watch, Hour Glass, Big Clock Face, Baby New Year Hat/Hair, Baby New Year Sash, Baby New Year Mouth, Binkie, Glasses, Star Glasses, Bow Tie, Pearl Necklace, Party Blower, Party Blower Fringe, Camera, Snap Burst, Fizz Burst, Pop Burst, Mustaches, Lips, and Instructions. Plus information for materials needed & paper suggestions.

26. Make Over Your Year Course by Money Saving MomMake Over Your Year is a simple, effective 4-week, hands-on course to help you take your big dreams and ideas and turn them into realistic goals and a doable action plan. When you download this course, you’ll get immediate access to 4 group coaching session videos, a 47-page printable PDF workbook, weekly projects to break down the goal-setting process & set yourself up for success, and printable worksheets to take you step-by-step through each of the projects in the course.

27. New Year- New Marriage Pack by Enduring All Things Commit to making this year the best yet for your marriage! We make all kinds of resolutions in the new year, why not add your most important relationship to that list? The New Year – New Marriage Pack includes a cheat sheet to use for weekly couple check-ins, a list of fun holidays to celebrate together this year, a template for a date night bucket list and more. Use these to bring your marriage back to the top of your priorities this year!

28. Couple’s Journal by The Happy Life Balance Co. Bring positivity and kindness into your relationship with this Couple’s Journal. In this journal, you will complete a series of daily and weekly exercises which are designed to help you gain a deeper appreciation for each other and learn to enjoy the time you spend together more.

29. Printable Goal Planner by Jessica Marie Design Stay organized and keep up with your goals with this printable Goal Planner. The printable planner can be instantly downloaded and printed at home or a local print shop. The Goal Planner is perfect for organizing and keeping track of your goals. The Goal Planner includes 10 unique pages including yearly overview pages, goal overview pages, a goal breakdown page, and goal tracking pages. Simply download the PDF files, open them in Adobe Reader, add text to the fillable sections, print on Letter size paper, and insert into a binder. Use the files over and over every year!

30. Clean & Colorful Cooking by Ashley’s Fresh Fix 32 deliciously colorful recipes made exclusively with whole, real food. All are dairy free, sugar free, and grain free! Including a variety of breakfasts, entrées, light fare items, dips, and desserts! Perfect for helping you stay on track during the holidays and into those New Year’s resolutions.

31. Printable Meal Planner by Carrie Elle This printable meal planner has everything you need to take control of dinner once and for all! Plan your weekly meals and also holiday gatherings and parties with this pretty and functional planner.

32. 11×17 Themed Table Setting Placemats by Linda Winegar Themed Table Setting Placemats meant for families, teens & kids! Perfect for at home practice, at a restaurant as a reminder, while teaching an Etiquette Class or for table setting relay races! Patterned after the official standards of etiquette which The Emily Post Institute continues to teach for proper Table Settings. Each theme adds a special flare to your table!

BUT WAIT…

There’s a BONUS!

Anyone who purchases this bundle through my site will receive a Free Christian Women & Teen Resource Guide filled with resources you can use to live the Christian life! You’ll receive the freebie within 24 hours of your purchase!

 

WHEW! So there you have it. Pretty much everything you could ever want for the holidays. We are dying from all that goodness and we just CAN’T WAIT to get our hands on it.

And for only 15-18 buckaroos {for OVER $300 worth of goodies?!} SHEESH! Sign. Me. Up.

Three super, duper important things to remember:

The price JUMPS tomorrow!
It’s only available for THREE DAYS!
Midnight MDT on the 13th, this deal is gone FOREVER!

What are you waiting for?!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

The Fight

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The Fight

“Why do they have to be Christian!? Are the rest of us not good enough, kind enough and smart enough? … Dividing us all into groups and such..what a shame.”

This was a response to an ad I placed in a group on Facebook. I was looking for a Christian College student who might be able to help my son get his
 school work organized and caught up.

I knew I’d get some kind of response, because it seems like anytime you mention the word, “Christian,” the boxing gloves get put on and there’s usually a fight of words.

Why do we have to be on the defense when we mention our affiliation with Christ? Why are people offended?  Why does there have to be a war of words?


I believe it’s because we live in a fallen world. We were born into a state of sin. For those of us who claim

Christ as our Savior,

we believe He took our sins on the cross for us so we can be saved from our sinful state. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t sin. We all sin and fall short (Romans 3:23). 

How Satan is Involved


When Lucifer was kicked out of heaven, God gave him dominion over our world for a time.  So, it’s no wonder that unbelievers are pawns used in Satan’s game plan against believers.

Unbelievers are ready to fight against believers because Satan uses them to get inside our heads and the heads of other bystanders. He wants us to question what we believe is true.

Once we start questioning our beliefs and God’s Word, he has slipped his toes into the crack of the door of doubt we now have left open, and he sets out to place a stronghold there.

But don’t forget:

Ephesians 6:12New International Version (NIV)

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, 

against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

 

That’s hard to remember when you feel like you’re being attacked.


How did I respond to this person who felt I was unfair? I’ll tell you the way I wanted to respond would not have been honoring to God, and Satan would have been able to move his pawn forward if I had done such a thing. 

However, I simply stated that I had nothing against anyone else and that it was just a personal preference.  There was only one other response to the woman who questioned me. It was from someone else who felt I had a right to my preference. Nothing more came out it, and I deleted the ad because I wasn’t receiving any responses to what my ad was looking for. It was all about the woman’s comment instead.

 

Perspective


Yes, we are in a fight, but we must remember that it’s Satan and his minions that we fight against, not other humans. We need to remember that he uses people to do his dirty work if he needs to. So, let’s keep that in perspective the next time we are faced with someone who’s spewing fighting words against us and our God.

Stay strong in your stance!
Michelle

P.S. Are you ready for the holidays coming up? I’m excited to be a little part of a fun holiday bundle from Dating Divas, All Things Holiday which is available for purchase Oct. 11-13.  

Here’s my little bundle:  Camp Christmas! You can purchase just my bundle for $5 HERE or grab the entire amazing All Things Holiday Bundle HERE on Oct.11-13.


 

All Things Holiday Bundle

New Facebook Online Bible Study–Starts Sept. 9, 2017

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Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to get this study going! I hope you’ll join me!

Here are the details:

  • When Godly People Do Ungodly Things–Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction is a study on how Satan’s main plan is to seduce us into following his ways rather than God’s ways, and none of us are immune to this attack. It’s a vital study for us to gain wisdom and discernment in a time and age when that seems far away.
  • This study is PERFECT for followers of my blog since it goes along with standing firm in your faith. It’s great for teens and women of all ages.
  • This will be done online in the Facebook Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/4TLOMH/
  • If you’re not a member of the group and want to participate in the study, just ask to join.
  • All assignments and discussion will be done on the group page.
  • It starts Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, on the FB group page. I usually try to post by 9 am MST.
  • We will be taking this slow, so it will be 12 weeks long rather than 6 weeks. (Sept. 9-Dec. 2). So, we will take one chapter and divide it in half to do in 2 weeks rather than 1. I want to do it this way for a couple of reasons. 1. We all have busy lives. 2. I want this information to really sink into our brains, so I want to take our time.
  • I will give assignments on Saturdays and facilitate discussions on Wednesdays. Of course, you can always post a comment anytime.
  • You will need either the workbook or the hardback book. Both will be fine. I have both. However, the hardback book doesn’t align with the workbook, but I will try to include the reading pages that do align with the workbook so you can follow along. I highly recommend the workbook rather than the hardback book simply because our discussions will be drawn from questions asked in the workbook. But, it’s up to you which you prefer. You can order the workbook here on Amazon or the hardback book here on Amazon.
  • I love Beth’s videos, and this study does have them, but I looked everywhere online and couldn’t find a free version. It’s up to you if you want to do the videos. I will just be doing the study in this group.

That’s about it, I think. Let me know if you have any questions, go get your book, and watch for postings in the FB group page on Sat. Sept. 9.

See ya’ then!