Sunday, October 23, 2005

Pumpkin Painting!

Saturday was a fun filled day of painting.. Pumpkins!  Ya, I know that is different but we are not into Jack-O-Lanterns (too messy and not too happy about the origins)  The girls are in AWANA and they are holding a pumpkin painting contest tomorrow and Zane's is taking his in for his Cub Scout Pack Meeting Monday.. so ofcourse I waited till the last min. to get it done.  The girl's contest is for best painted pumpkin with a scripture theme.

I had to do one too.. you know for fun.  When the contests are over we will display them all on our porch.  I thought I had gotten the right stuff to spray on them after they were finished so they would be sealed and hold up under the elements but I need to go back and find something else..ugh.

Mine is inspired by:

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

It is Jesus's blood that cleanses us of our sins.. thus the  dripping blood on the pumpkin is supposed to look like it is dissolving into white.

Lilly's is based on this scripture:

Isaiah 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: [when] I call unto them, they stand up together.

I had in mind the song, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands..but it is not a scripture so I had to search to find something that fitted.  It works well I think.

Annie's is obvious, based on Jonah and the Wale.  I guess on her's it is just before Jonah is swallowed up by the big fish.  She even put the detail in with seaweed and jellyfish lol .. but I think jelly fish are not found in that part of the ocean where Jonah was thrown over board.. still she had fun.

Zane's is based on this scripture:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Zane had wanted to do a scene showing Daniel praying and then being thrown in the Lion's Den by the King and then coming out alive because the Angels had shut the lion's mouths.  But I told him that would be too much detail for such a small pumpkin.. think simple and to the point.  The boy needs soooooo much work on his penmanship but it is the thought that counts.

Sophia's is based on:

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

That is one of her memory verses from AWANA and I thought since she basically painted the pumpkin black by mistake.. falling short.. it was fitting.  She loved doing the glitter on it. 


This is from a post I did last year but I thought it was worth reposting:

A woman was asked by a co-worker, "What is it like to be a Christian?"
The coworker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."


  1. pretty cute ideas

  2. At least this is a good way for kids to get in on the "fun" of the holiday, to do things thier friends might do, yet stay tuned in to Christ.  Who knows?  They may be little witnesses when they tell their little friends about thier jack-o-lanterns!!  :)  -  Barbara

  3. What wonderful ideas and creativity your children had with those pumpkins and the verses chosen. My kids years ago participated in AWANAs, such a great program to get the Word of the Lord in their hearts and minds. All your kids and you did a great job painting!! Do update us on how well they did in the contest.


  4. What a wonderful idea. Wish I'd been creative enough to think of it when my children were young. Well, I'll pass this on to my grandchildren. Thanks, hon.

  5. Thats a cute idea & gets the point accross. Your children are beautiful. Helen

  6. Great idea, love the pics. I sure miss those days of old, they grow up so fast.


  7. Wow, Awana's that brings back some memories.  Wonderful memories that I miss so much.
    Great ideas for the pumpkins!


  8. I can see all the kids winning...those pumpkins so are inspired and well done!! Love you, lisa jo

  9. hey i like your blog!!!!  the kids in the pics are cute i like the pumpikns!!