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This was written by my good friend Jenny Lou Jones who is a wonderful Christian woman that has battled leukemia (almost died) but with her faith in God, an awesome attitude, and the support of her family, friends, and community BEAT IT!
She also has a funny personality! This is her story!

Pumpkin Head—Oct. devotional

Some Christians don't like the Halloween hullabaloo in the fall.  I'm not a fan of all the scary things, but I do like the toothy jack-o-lanterns and all the fall décor. I love kids and I love candy.  Any holiday that combines them both has got to be good.

When our kids were small, Lance and I thoroughly coached them about saying thank you when someone gave them candy.   We stood back and watched as Monster and Snow White walked up the neighbor's steps.  The costumed ones were polite as they got the candy and said the rehearsed thanks.  Then, before they'd take another step, they'd turn to us and in their best stage voice would yell, "Dad, it's a Snickers" or "Mom, M & Ms—-yeah!!!"

Growing up, my mom would take us to nearly every street in our small town.  I always hoped for waxed lips or the wax harmonica.  There was one house we'd go to though, that I always dreaded.  They were an older couple who invited us in for caramel apples and hot chocolate.  Any other day, it would be fine to do this but not Halloween!  I was greedy and I wanted as much candy as I could grab.

I tried to be patient; I tried to be calm.  But it's really hard to eat sticky caramel and drink hot chocolate fast.  I know they got pleasure in the "sit a spell" Halloween conversation, but I felt like it wasted precious trick or treating time.
Another Halloween, I wasn't thinking about candy or trick or treating.  This was the time I learned about having leukemia.  I had hibernated since the diagnosis because I was trying to form my psychological plan as to how I was going fight this big demon.

On that October 31st, Lance came home from work and asked what I wanted to do that night.  He expected me to answer his question with the usual reply of "Nothing." But that night, for the first time in a month, I said, "I want a really great mask so I can go trick-or-treating."

       Before I could change my mind, he got me in the car and we headed off to the costume store.  The store was as crowded as an elevator on a Friday afternoon at five o'clock.

I studied all the masks.  Did I want to be a fairy princess, a goblin, or possibly, one of the seven dwarves (probably Grumpy)?  Soon I spotted a bright orange, smiling face.  I picked a pumpkin head mask with a happy jack-o-lantern face.  I cajoled Lance into picking a mask too.   He got an old wrinkled man. There was no hidden meaning to either of them.  We even paid full price.

As soon as we got home, Pumpkin Head and Old Man set off for free candy.  It was freeing because no one knew who we were so there were no questions to answer.

 After going to a few houses and filling our bags with candy, we came back home.  I ate way too much chocolate.  And for the first time in a month, my name was not Cancer Girl, but Pumpkin Head.  As I looked in the mirror, I saw the first sign of hope for the future.  Not only was Pumpkin Head was was Cancer Girl.

So even on this anti-Christian holiday, God has taught me several things:

1.       Celebrate the little things.
2. Be still and know that they'll be enough goodies to go around.
3.      With God's help, we can find a way to smile through adversity.happy

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