It is cool and rainy in Georgia. Wonderful times to create. After reading so many posts about getting out the fall decorations I had my hubby to dig out my pumpkins. (These are NOT ordinary pumpkins these are my Blessed Pumpkins!!)
I wanted to show you the center pumpkin first. I made this five or six years ago out of dryer vent tubing. I wired the hose with a strong wire at the top and bottom/spray painted it with neon orange/added a tree branch stump to the center with a touch of glue. It has served me well for at least five long years. (It is very orange but the flash makes it look yellow)
Second I wanted to talk about the three pumpkins in the background. (I painted a jack-o-lantern on one side and turned it to face the mirror.) In the fall of 1989 my ex-husband had lost his job, we were flat broke and struggling to take care of our two kids. I remember that I went out to the workshop and called out on the Lord to "PLEASE, Lord help us!!!!" I saw alot of scrap pieces of lumber laying around the shop and thought "fall? What could I do for fall?" Thus my pumpkins were born. I began to free form the shape of a pumpkin and went to the jig saw and cut it out. "Now what was I to do for the stem?" Out in the yard I found a branch that was just right. (Mind you this was three or four o'clock in the morning) By morning I had 100+ pumpkin "hopefuls" waiting for HomeDepot to open to get neon orange spray paint. Sometimes the Lord doesn't just drop money from heaven, He intends for us to use what He gave us. I knew that I knew I was on the right track. I continued to make pumpkins, then Santas, then severl full size Santa & reindeers. I made a business out of a cry for help! God answered my plea and He helped me to raise the money to pay the bills until my ex-husband got back to work. (An interesting side note: Once we did not need the money as much, the business went flat.)
I remember the bad & the good times but it is in those bad times that we reach out, pray, & get answers.
If you are going through some rough times, Our God is Faithful to Hear our Prayers & He WILL answer one way or the other। He always answers! It may be Yes, it may be No but it could be Not NOW.
Sometimes I have to remind myself of the miracles that He has blessed me with. My pumpkins always make me remember back to my answer from God.
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