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The Real Meaning of October

Have you ever wondered what “October” means? Where did it come from and what spiritual emphasis could it have for you this month?

Let’s find out…

The Really Meaning of October

“October” actually comes from the number “eight” (ôctō in Latin, like Octogon, a shape with eight sides). It was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar, but kept its name after January and February were inserted into the calendar. In other words, it has a name that is no longer true.

Throughout Scripture, God changed people’s names too. Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel, etc. This marked the end of who they were and beginning of who they are.

When I came to Christ, it marked the end of who I was and beginning of a new life.

The Bible says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

Although October is usually associated with Halloween, pumpkins and spooky monsters, October is truly a season of change and a time of ending. Perhaps it’s time for a change in your life. Are you ready for God to give you a new name? If you know Christ, are you living up to the name He has already given you?

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Build a Fort


✓1 flashlight
✓Your Bible marked at Psalm 56:3 and Psalm 18:1-2


Have your family members “ransack” the house to get pillows, blankets, chairs, and whatever else they can find to build a fort. Take your time making it and let your kids be creative with it. (For example, they might want to make a tunnel entrance.) Build it big enough for everyone to fit inside.

From inside the fort use your flashlight to read Psalm 56:3.

ASK—What is something you’re scared of?

SHARE—Share something you were scared of when you were a child.

ASK—What should we do when we’re scared? (Trust God.)

ASK—Why can we trust God? (He’s faithful. He’ll never let you down. He’ll always keep His Word, etc.)

Read Psalm 18:1-2 from your Bible.

ASK—How is God like a fort (fortress, stronghold) for you? (In old days people went inside a fortress to be safe. Its walls protected them from harm. God is a shield for those who follow Him and like a fort, you are safe in Him.)

ASK—Does this mean that bad things will never happen to someone who is living for Jesus? Why or why not? (Bad things still happen to good people, but there’s nothing so bad that God can’t turn it to your good.)

If they want a further answer, explain that sometimes we do wrong things and these bad choices bring “bad” things into our lives. But sometimes we do everything right and someone else does something wrong and we get hurt because of it. Even so, there’s nothing your children will ever do that is so bad that God can’t forgive them and there’s nothing so bad that can happen to them that God can’t turn it around to their good if they love Him and are walking with Him. (See Romans 8:28 for a great promise.)

PRAY—List prayer requests below and thank God that He will always take care of you.

After you’re done playing in the fort, feel free to have a pillow fight or time for your family to see how fast they can tear the fort down and put everything away. Have fun and enjoy!

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