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Thursday, October 29, 2015

There Is A Time For Everything ~ Trust His Timing

“My times are in Your hand...” Psalm 31:15

One thing I’ve learned is that God doesn’t always work on our time table. In fact, He rarely does, but, in a single moment, He can change my life! All throughout scripture, we see examples of how God was working behind the scenes and instantly turned things around for His people. ~ His people, those who believe in and trust in Him. Scripture tells us He is the same yesterday, today and forever which means if He did it for them, He can instantly turn things around for me and you, too!

You may be going through some difficulty today, but be encouraged because your times are in God’s hands. Trust that He has your best interest at heart and that He wants to pour out His favor upon you. He wants to take you further than you dreamed possible and work in your life in ways beyond what you have ever imagined.

The full scripture in today's key says "My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly, from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me." Let this truth sink down into your heart today. Resist discouragement by speaking His Word over your future ~ speak and believe He will rescue you from your enemies. Keep standing, keep hoping and keep believing because He is working behind the scenes. Have faith because your times are in His hands, and He will lead you in the life of victory He has for you!

Father, today I humbly come before You giving You all that I am. I trust that my times are in Your hands. I trust that You are working things out in my favor. I set my focus on You knowing that You are working things out for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Party Ideas That You Can Scare Up On The Cheap

Masked Portraits
Halloween is just a few days away, but there's still time to haunt your house. These ideas are so easy to do, it'll scare you. When prepping for the holiday, don't forget to costume everyone — even folks in paintings and photos. Black construction paper, scissors, and low-tack artists' tape ($3.53; dickblick.com) were all it took to ready this blushing bride for a masquerade ball. (Other easy embellishments: red devil horns and white fangs.) Just resist the urge to disguise priceless artwork that's not protected by glass.

Ghouls' Night Out
To call forth this gathering, use glue dots to stick construction-paper eyes and mouths onto white tissue-paper bells ($3.08 for two 9"H, $4.20 for one 18"H; partycheap.com), then drape them with cheesecloth.


Jack O'-lanterns in a Jiffy
Turn orange tissue-paper balls ($3.20 each; partycheap.com) into proper Halloween pumpkins. Simply cut facial features and stems from construction paper and apply to the balls with glue dots ($3.99 for a pack of 200; discountschoolsupply.com).

Friday, October 23, 2015

Last Minute Easy Homemade DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Meatballs and Spaghetti
Cut a hole for the head in the center of a red-checkered tablecloth (or 1.25 yards of 45-inch-wide red-checkered fabric) so that it can be worn like a poncho. Cut 1/2 skein off-white yarn into spaghetti-length pieces. With a hot-glue gun, glue them in swirls and bunches to a large, sturdy paper plate. Paint 8 small Styrofoam balls with brown acrylic paint to resemble meatballs. Let dry, then glue 4 or 5 balls to top of spaghetti. Mix brown and red acrylic paint to make a tomato-sauce color; drip that over meatballs and spaghetti. Smear a little on the side of a small pot. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth. Glue remaining meatballs to tablecloth where you like. Glue some strands of yarn to pot "hat." Tie under chin if needed to keep pot on head.

Bubble Bath
Cut a hole in the bottom of an inflatable baby bathtub (we used Munchkin's Inflatable Safety Duck Tub). Leave at least 2 inches for the rim. On the remaining bottom rim, punch two holes near the front and back. To make the suspenders from wide ribbon, measure your child from shoulder to waist and multiply by 2; cut two lengths of ribbon to that size. Thread through the holes, knotting the ends underneath to secure. Blow up 15 white balloons and attach them with double-stick tape inside the tub and to the sides to make it look like bubbles are overflowing. Accessorize with bath poufs as hair accessories.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fun, Cute and Unique Pumpkin Carving Ideas ~ Get ready to "cut up" with the giggles and grins you will get with these awesome pumpkin carving ideas....from silly skeletons to a pumpkin birthday party, each of these pumpkin carving ideas are sure to delight your Halloween visitors.

If you have a little more time, you'll have fun pulling together this cool carving idea. Add the bonfire centerpiece to a backyard table or use it as a focal point in front. You'll need about 10 to 12 pumpkins and flickering candles to make these flames come to life.

Calling all you who have October birthday!!!!!! Let's spice things up with a Halloween pumpkin birthday party! Download the party pumpkin stencils and carve out the smiling faces on pumpkins. Shape scrapbooking paper into cones, creating a variety of tall and short hats. Use tape to secure the paper in cone shapes and decorate with an assortment of patterned- paper circles. Trim some of the hat edges with paper fringe. Hot-glue the hats to the tops of the pumpkins.

Use a faux or real pumpkin to create this funny pumpkin carving -- a gourd invaded by mice! Light yellow spray paint turns this pumpkin into a block of cheese, and drill bits make it easy to create different-size holes.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Time of Favor

“ About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho. On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life....” Joshua 4:13 and 14

I love the promise that God gave to Joshua, He said, “Joshua, today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites.” He was saying, “Today, I’m going to start releasing more of My favor, My blessings, My increase upon you.” However we need to notice and be aware that there was a specific time in Joshua's life that God began to release this favor in a new way.

I believe God wants to do the same thing for us. He wants to release His blessing and favor in such a way that it makes us great ~ makes us a great parent, a great spouse, a great leader, a great employee, a great friend, a great business person. God is saying to us what He said to Joshua, “This day I’m going to begin to make your name great. This day I’m going to begin to release My favor in a new way. I’m going to open doors that no man can shut.” It is a set time of God’s favor so we need to get ready! Make room in your thinking, stay open to Him and keep an attitude of faith and expectancy because the time of God’s favor is here!

Father, I bless You today. Thank You for pouring out Your favor and blessing upon me. I open my heart and mind to receive every good thing You have in store for me today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Make Visitors or Passersby's 'Fall" for Your Front Entry With These Delightful Decorating Ideas

Play up small entryways with bold, attention-grabbing elements that make the space pop. A sunflower-and-burlap wreath and coordinating leafy garland draw the eye in, and layers of colorful decorations, such as baskets of gourds and a foliage-bedecked lantern, hold the viewer's attention. Welcome neighbors to your harvest-theme stoop with a space-saving vertical signboard.

Announce your house numbers loud and proud with this festive, DIY topiary (and reuse it next year, since the pumpkins are artificial!). White pumpkins are outfitted with vintage-style house numbers, then threaded through a dowel for stability and stacked neatly over a wooden basket foundation. Vivid Spanish moss peeks over the basket top for added color.

Monday, October 12, 2015

All-Season Long ~ Fall Decorating Ideas

Gourd Planters ~ Transform gourds into planters for the fall season. Simply hollow out the gourds and tuck in the root balls of ornamental grasses or sedge (a perennial herb). Draw jack-o'-lantern faces onto the gourds with paint pens for a Halloween-theme arrangement.

Pumpkin Tree Tabletop Decoration ~ Simple decorations can make a dressed-up tabletop for fall. A few cylindrical vases filled with birdseed provide a sturdy base for long branches. Small pumpkins -- suspended with bits of twine -- hover above a beautiful assortment of branches, berries, and pinecones. To craft the candle-displaying pumpkins, hollow out a few gourds and tuck in candles and berries.

Eclectic Fall Bowl Centerpiece ~ This decoration can be fashioned easily with a fall nature hunt and a halved globe used as a bowl. There's no need to plan the arrangement -- simply mix the treasures together: pinecones, bittersweet, acorns, and branches make the perfect fall centerpiece.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cute Ways to Decorate Your Pumpkins

Pumpkin Table Decor
Tuck candles and small pumpkins inside glass cylinders or canning jars. Chocolate- and caramel-covered apples make toothsome favors.

Bookshelf Tree
A sturdy bookcase provides the structure needed for this painted-tree idea to take root. Step 1: Begin by experimenting with the placement of pumpkins on your shelves. Your tree should gradually widen toward the top, with multiple smaller gourds on higher shelves. Also, if there's a good deal of space between two shelves, you may need to stack pumpkins to fill it (as shown here on the bottom shelf). In that case, trim any stems that interfere with stacking stability. Concerned about the heft of pumpkins on a particular shelf? Opt for lightweight, faux Funkins. ($16-$42; funkins.com) Step 2: Using a tree photo as a guide, draw the outline of a tree onto the pumpkins with a felt-tip pen. Start at the bottom and branch out as you move up. (You may need to use a stepladder to reach upper shelves.) Step 3: Working one shelf at a time, remove the pumpkins and fill in your outlines with a fine-tip brush and black flat acrylic paint. Let dry and replace pumpkins in your bookcase.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

9 Ways to Make Your House Look Haunted

Throw Sheets Over Your Furniture ~ When nobody has lived in a house for years, homeowners will often throw sheets over their furniture to protect the pieces from sun damage and dust. You can do the same, and we guarantee your guests will be totally creeped out. Bonus - it protects your furniture from spills during Halloween parties.

Sprinkle Spanish Moss Over Your Furniture ~ Here's a cool design idea - sprinkle dried Spanish moss on your furniture to make it look as though nobody has been around for ages. You can buy bags of the filling at craft supply stores.

Place Tombstones on the Floor ~ If a house is haunted, that means a death had to occur in your abode. We're hoping that hasn't actually happened to you, so purchase these chalkboard tombstones (our make your own) and customize them with any creative name you think of.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Sweets for Your Kiddos Halloween Party (and adults will enjoy these too) ~ What fun ideas to serve up some sweets for you little sweets school Halloween party, the neighborhood party or whatever function you need to take a Halloween treat!


Funny Bones
Ingredients
half package (7 ounces) white meltable candy wafers
36 pretzel sticks and thin rods of various lengths
72 mini marshmallows (about 1 cup)
Instructions
Follow the instructions on the candy wafers package to melt the candy in a wide bowl. For each bone, press marshmallows onto both ends of a pretzel stick or rod, with the marshmallows' flat sides parallel to the pretzel. Dip each pretzel into the melted candy to coat it. Lift it out with a fork, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Place the bone onto a sheet of waxed paper to set at room temperature.

Frankenstein's Jell-O Monster
Ingredients
Black and red 3-D paint and brushes (scars and mouths); we used Scribbles
and Tulip Slick brands
Ceramic plate
3-ounce box of Jell-O lime gelatin (makes 2 monsters)
9-or 10-ounce, 4-inch-tall clear plastic cup
Table knife or spoon
2 Maraschino cherries (eyes)
Double-sided tape
2 Rolos (neck bolts)
Crushed Oreos (enough for hair)
Instructions

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cheap and Easy Kid Costumes for Halloween ~ Don't Break the Bank Just Do it Yourself

Think the best Halloween costumes come from a store? Think again, well they eventually come from a store but not the way you think! You can make fabulous costumes using bread bags, cupcake liners, and other basic items for your local supermarket or hardware store. Each of these costumes start with leggings and a long-sleeve T-shirt (which don't even have to match). Then come the accessories: head bands, eye masks, chest letters, capes, lightning bolts, and belts.

Superhero Cape and T-Shirt
This one requires just one easy seam ~ you don't even hem the edges. If your kids can use scissors, they can help make costumes. When shopping for materials, explore your local hardware store: Most carry duct tape, painters' tape, and foil tape in a range of colors.
Materials:
Alphabet Templates
Lightning Bolt Template
Planet Template
Star Template
Felt or sparkly paper, holographic metallic-effect film, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, in Silver-Shine
Small sharp scissors
36-by-36-inch piece of polyester satin (or T-shirt)
24 inches of 1/2-inch chromspun grosgrain ribbon, 5/8 inch, in Neon Orange and Gray
Fabric glue, such as Magna-Tac
Safety pin
1. Make letter or symbol: Print a template of your choice. Cut out. Trace onto felt or paper, and cut out. 2. Make cape: Fold over 1 side of the fabric by 1 inch, and press with a cool iron. Sew down flap, creating a 3/4-inch channel. Attach safety pin to 1 end of ribbon, and thread through. (No-sew option: Snip holes along 1 edge and run ribbon through.) 3. Lay cape or T-shirt flat. Squeeze glue all over the back of the letter or symbol, and position on cape or shirt. Let dry.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Check Out These Bewitching Halloween Cakes ~ From Glam to Fun there is a cake for everbody here!

Bats, silver sparkles, and the moon. What more could you ask for from a Halloween cake? Click the cake title for the recipe.

Delicious caramel "slime" is the key to this gorgeous and gooey cake. Click the cake title for the recipe.