Friday, October 5, 2007

Happy Fall! Full of mixed feelings.

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff-- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see. This was passed on to me from another pumpkin. Now, it is your turn to pass it to a pumpkin. I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch. Happy Fall!

I got upset at the Halloween thing in the last post. My kids are wanting costumes, and I offered to help their teachers that day.I HATE this holiday! I think however I would do better by the kids to be present to hear what they hear and have a chance to guided them into the truth afterward. So, I am going to challenge my re-actions and try to act in wisdom on their behalf. I so,do not want, it to be like the "red food coloring". I never let Miss fiction have red food coloring for many years and now that is the only color she chooses. If they are ignorant or deprived then the temptations have a greater pull. I must let them see the truth of both sides of such a celebration. It is made to be so much fun, and so innocent. It just rips me up! How gullible a nation we have been, and are, to what we are doing! We are desensitizing our children to the dark side.
Sometimes I so wish it could just be as much fun and as innocent for me as it seems to be for so many of you!


Denise said...

Let God guide you dear one.

Vicki said...

I totally understand your heart. My three are all grown now, and we handled this holiday all sorts of ways, to the mockery of others. Now I have grandchildren and their parents don't share my views at all. So they celebrate naively and innocently, avoiding all the evil aspects. I have always emphasized the Harvest season and God's plentiful supply, over Halloween. You are right to teach them truth. But I wonder if over-reacting would defeat the purpose? Yes, do pray and let the Lord lead your heart. I'll pray with you.

Amy said...

I'm with you on this one. It's a difficult holiday when your kids want to do what everyone else is doing...getting candy! What we typically did was let the kids dress up in something like a kitty or a princess and then take them to their grandparents and a couple of aunts and uncles and that's it. I'm glad those days are over!

SingForHim @ Real Life said...

Oh, you beat me. I was going to post this on Monday. It is one of my favorite lessons to do with the kids. They want to decorate pumpkins like their friends, so i can steal what the devil meant for harm, and use it for God's glory. I'll like to you on Monday.

Lynn said...

Oh Donetta,

I truly understand your feelings. My heart is breaing for you today. Know that you are free and loved. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for we know the truth and the truth has set us free. Love and hugs, Lynn

Amrita said...

We don 't celebrate Halloween in a big way, but its here too. I hate it. And would strongly voice my opinion against it.

my sis and family who live in canada don 't celebrate it either and their church has taken a stand against it.

its difficult for kids but we can tell them about its ungodliness

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