Halloween

Something that has lain heavily upon my heart lately has been certain holidays and their true meanings, particularly the one with all of the costumes, carved pumpkins and candy. You know exactly which one I’m referring to—Halloween, of course!

Every holiday season, I ask myself, “What exactly is the history behind such and such tradition,” or “why do we celebrate such and such holiday”. I’ve personally never been able to answer such questions when it comes to Halloween.

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It’s the same every year— I see houses with fake grave yards and ghosts; and youngsters (sometimes adults too) dressed up as ghastly characters (think vampires, witches, zombies, devils, grim-reapers; you get the idea). I’ve even known people, who call themselves Christians, participating in these “festivities”. Well, you might ask me, “Why does this bother you? Just get over it.” As a Christian and follower of The Way, the Truth and the Life, I must look at these questions through Biblical ‘lenses’. And the reason I’m bothered by this holiday— I remember passages in the Bible that say things like, “The devil was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him.” (John 8:44) and “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10)

Why are Christians ‘celebrating’ death and things pertaining to death, when our Savior (Jesus) came to abolish death (2 Timothy 1:10)? He died so we might live, and focus on things pertaining to eternal life. Those who participate in Halloween festivities are really reflecting the character of the Devil, who was a murderer and has come only to steal, kill and destroy (John 8:44; 10:10). They are living as the world lives, are being in the world and of it (John 15:18-19; 17:3-16), are being conformed to the world, not transformed from it (Romans 12:2), and are not remaining unspotted from the world (James 1:27).

So, fellow believers, what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul (Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:26)? We have died to sin and are freed from sin; let us not live in sin any longer (Romans 6:2-7, 11-23). “Let us throw off everything that hinders us, and the sin that so easily entangles us. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1,2a)

“Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all.” (Acts 19:19a)

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Hello, Dear Old Neglected Blog…

…I’ve missed you, I guess. But then again, I have been almost too busy to miss you! Whatever the case may be, I have not been keeping up with my blogging “duties”, and I apologize.

My life {between the lines} has been anything but dull or monotonous! Since I last posted, I have done a great many things and been a part of many an event. The biggest news of all is, I have moved from TX to OK! I’ve been up here for nearly a month, and I still don’t know what to think about it. I’m delighted that my Dad got a job here, but at the same time, terribly forlorn to have left behind so many dear friends and family members. However, I am sure that God is in this whole situation, and that He will teach my family and myself many a lesson through it. Praise Him!! =)

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I recently did a mini photoshoot with my sister, Phoebe, at our new house. 🙂 It was fun, and we got to do our make-up (with the help of our other sister, Abby) and dress in some new dresses of ours. 🙂 Oh, a side note– I had NEVER seen Phoebe wear eye-shadow or eye-liner before– she isn’t your typical “girlie-girl”. It was a bit of a shock! But a pleasant one. 😉

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Isn’t she gorgeous, y’all?! 😀
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Showin’ off her lovely new dress

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Our church has also had VBS, which you can read more about here. Phoebe blogged about it on our family blog. 🙂

Before we moved, some very dear friends hosted a going away party/gathering for us. I wish I could post photos, but most of the ones we took didn’t turn out very well (because of poor lighting). Fun was had by all (think Pictionary, playing musical instruments, singing, Airsoft guns, etc.), but there was also not a few tear shed. I’m glad we were able to fellowship with some of our peeps before we moved!!! =) Each of them are such a blessing to my family and myself!

My sisters and I had the opportunity to film the sessions at a young ladies retreat. It was a blessing, and I even got to see my best friend and her sister who were also helping with the retreat. 🙂

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Sunday morning at the retreat

 

 

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Some of the attendees
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Building up one another in the Lord

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Miss Mirren M.
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It’s my bestie!!! ❤
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And… the traditional photo together. 😉 My fave of us so far!

 

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Our church had a girls sleep over a couple weekends ago. The next day we baked cookies for the firemen and policemen. 🙂 Fun!!

Dad’s brother (Jim) was in town this past week, and so he came up (along with Dad’s mom, our cousin Rachel and Joel) on Friday to see us and celebrate the birthdays of Phoebe and Rachel. 🙂

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Enjoying Italian Cream Cake and ice-cream 🙂

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The Italian Cream Cake (in the form of cupcakes) that my sisters and I made. 🙂
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Oh, how I’ve missed having this guy in the same house with us! 😦

They came again on Sunday, bringing Rachel’s brother, Jason and his girlfriend (Jessica) along with them. 🙂

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Trampoline enthusiasts
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Catching up

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Sunday afternoon discussions

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Yet another trampoline photo. 😉
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Family photo time! 🙂 Thanks to Jess, who took this photo. 🙂

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Lastnight, we went out to eat at Jason’s Deli (down in TX) to celebrate Phoebe’s birthday. 🙂

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After eating and visiting there a while, we headed to see and play with our peeps at our TX ultimate frisbee group. 🙂

And I’ll end with a funny photo. The other day I was doing some craft projects (involving beads) and saw that my beads were somehow arranged in the shape of Africa. 😀

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Yeah, I did tweak it a bit before I snapped a photo– just to make it look a bit more like the real continent. 😉