What a night. The kids had a ball and there is more candy in our house at this moment than there is collectively for the entire year. Today we will sort, save a little and throw out the rest. If it's not in the house... I won't be tempted. I'm reading Candace Cameron Bure's book Reshaping It ALL and it has been such a blessing in more ways than one. The book is very encouraging. In chapter 10 she addresses bullies... We need to avoid trouble when it's lurking around, pretend to be brave even if were not and find a buddy who will stand by our side... we've all encountered bullies, even as adults. They turn when you go to address them, or they give you the look over... it's always easier to avoid them, and it's much easier when you have a buddy to stand with you. I love that Candace addresses food much in the same way... "instead of focusing on conquering the bullies, we need to focus on conquering our thoughts since harassment travels throughout our brain before settling in." She goes on to say that "We can't change the world, but we can change the way we react to it. Neither words nor people can affect us without our thought pattern allowing them. Temptation acts much the same way. It's a smell, a sound, or a visual cue that travels through our thoughts before it becomes a desire." What she's telling me is take the CANDY out of the house , AVOID the bully, pretend that I am brave while tossing it in the trash. Okay I may have to invite a buddy over to help me on this one! James 1:14 tells us that "Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed." But here is the good news and the hope... "So I say live by the spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature." Gal 5:16 and here is even more hope for us today. "Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Heb. 12:1-2... Wow that is some good news for me this morning. I'm ready to press on and conquer the bullies and the candy.
Good to spend time with Him this morning!
Random photos from All Hallows Eve.. Enjoy
Hoots best buddy, a neighbor friend came over to pass out candy. These two are hilarous together. They are both rebels in their own minds
They crack each other up. This is the cutest kiddo
This year we stayed in our neighborhood to treat and it was awesome. I had no idea the traffic and we even had a couple trailers with loads of kids come through.
A few houses in the neighborhood go ALL out.. Really ALL out. I wasn't sure how Hoot would respond... but he did okay. His buddy kept reminding him... it's just a costume with a normal person indisde." Good to have that buddy by your side:)
My dad would have LOVED these houses. He's a big kid at heart and loves to scare the littles! We did this every Halloween at our house growing up. He had several creepy masks that he would bring out only for Halloween... the kids loved it. Last night Hoot shook a lady's hand and it fell off when he grabbed it...He was sooooo scared. My dad would have pulled this type of stunt
Then we had the sweeties too..
She went from cupcake to KIKKY KAT as she likes to say.. Time for bed. She was out in two minutes and so was Hoot
But before Hoot drifted off... he reminded me that he did not like this guy at ALL