Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Real Meaning of Halloween

It's such an innocent holiday right? I mean the kids dress up as their favorite character and are more than happy to go around getting loads of candy. But where did the skeletons, evil, demonic faces and ghosts come from? Is it just a silly coincidence that they are used as decorations for halloween?
No, they come from the superstitious beginnings of halloween.
It started as the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st, as it was the end of summer and the time of harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter; which was a time that was associated with death. They believed that on October 31 the worlds of the living and the dead crossed. The souls of the dead were believed to return to their homes in hopes of food and shelter, if these were not provided the evil spirits were believed to cast spells on those who did not give them what they wanted. The spirits caused crop damage and were thought to be able to make predictions of the future.
To celebrate the event, they would build bonfires and burn crops and make animal sacrifices to the Celtic deities. They would also dress up in costumes made of animal heads and skins and then try to predict each others futures.
It was widely believed that at death, the good spirits took the good people to paradise, but the wicked men were banished to the unseen world. These spirits were known to haunt the living and in order to exorcise these spirits, people had to offer them food and shelter during the night and if they were satisfied they would leave you alone, but if not they would cast a spell on you.
Today, Satanism and Witchcraft say this is the day that Satan comes to fellowship with his followers.
In 609 A.D. the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church and later included all saints as well as martyrs. It was celebrated on November 1. By the 9th Century Christian influence would spread into the Celtic lands and the church called November 2nd All Souls Day, to honor the dead.  The All Saints Day celebration was called All-hallows or All-hallowmas and October 31st began to be called All-hallows Eve, which eventually turned into Halloween. It appears that the church was trying to replace the evil Celtic festival with a church-sanctioned holiday, but without making the pagans drop their evil practices and accept Christianity, it just made it easier to miss the real meaning of halloween.
Did you know that Jack o' Lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits? That was their intended purpose.  To read the whole story, go here.
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
- I Peter 5:8
"reject every kind of evil."
- I Thessalonians 5:22
"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."
- Deuteronomy 18:10
I know that this post is likely to not be very popular. It will likely step on toes and it is often a subject that people are totally for or against. I am simply hoping that through this post, that you will do some research of your own and see what the Bible has to say about such subjects. Then let God give you the conviction for how you are to treat halloween.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Savings Tip-Cleaning

Today I have a little money saving tip. Do you have a swiffer? The one where you have the handle with a head on it and you're supposed to use those nifty pads to clean the floor?
Well, I got one because before we put some carpet in about a year and a half ago all but 3 rooms of our house (kitchen and living room being the two biggest rooms of the house) were hard floors.
I LOVED the swiffer and how easy it made cleaning those biggest area of floors in my house, but I hated the price I had to pay for those nifty overpriced pads. So I decided why not use my over abundance of rags instead?!
So I started to just simply put the rag on in place of the pad. Now it probably would work a little better if I would cut the rags down to size, but this is working just fine.
Then, you simply go about cleaning your floor as usual. I found it works best if you have some kind of cleaner to dampen the floor with. (I found a diy floor cleaner on pinterest and I just put it in a spray bottle and mist sections of the floor as I go.)

When you're done, just simply remove the rag and throw it into the laundry and you still get to clean the floor with a clean "mop" every time, just without the expense.

Since I've started doing this, I think I saw this idea in pinterest; so if you look on there they may have some even better tips.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Evil or Good?

So my husband and I were talking the other day and he made such a good point.
"Think about the things you did in the last couple days, the activities you participated in, the music you listened to the movies you watched, the conversations that you had. Now place them in 1 of 2 categories good or evil. For some it seems difficult but there really are only 2 categories."
Now at first this seems so so hard. Many of the things we do during our day are in between right? As we were talking about this, we said how it is really embarrassing to think how many things in our day would truly need to go into the evil category.
For instance, my husband said that every morning on his way to work he listens to some comedy show on the radio. At first glance this seems like it's not good or bad, but he said that a lot of the things that this comedian talks about aren't really glorifying to God so actually it would need to go into the evil category. I used to always listen to country music (some of which is not bad like a song about loving your spouse), but since I now have an almost 3 year old with me all the time, I've realized that some of the words used in a lot of those songs on the country stations are not words I want my son picking up. Therefore, if my son can't listen to it, it's probably not going to fit in the good category. We also like to watch a certain detective show on TV. There is shooting on the show and I guess I do struggle with that one when I think about it, because the detectives are trying to do good by stopping the bad guy and not letting him hurt others. The bad guy is obviously intending his shooting for evil. Also, the two main characters have been "attracted" to each other for seasons and seasons of the show, now this season they are often shown waking up in bed together and they are not married...this is against God's word, so therefore it is evil.
Those are just a few examples, but really EVERYTHING in our lives can be put into those two categories. God is pretty clear about what is good and what is evil (look at the 10 Commandments for starters), so if you put the things in your life up against God's word, it's not too hard to figure out which category it fits into. God only sees black and white, there is no gray area.
"What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter."
Isaiah 5:20
"Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good."
Romans 12:21

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Some thoughts on politics

My husband has always been into politics, but just in the past few years have I really started having interest of my own. Now with, in my opinion, one of the most important presidential elections just 3 short weeks away; I have been seeing many different posts on politics and of course hearing all kinds of campaign ads and such.
Passivity to politics has amazed me ever since I've started having interest in it myself, but this election it is hitting me exceptionally hard.
God puts different people in different places of leadership over us and we are commanded to submit to that authority (as long as it is not going against God's Word) even if the authority figure is one that we wanted or not. And God IS in control no matter what and God's will will be done no matter the outcome of an election.
BUT this DOES NOT give us an OUT to not care about the issues or to not vote.
God gave us brains and minds that have a great complexity to think and figure out a multitude of things. God did not plan for us to just be passive figures on this earth, that just say 'God's will will be done and I don't need to do anything in the meantime'.
"Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you." - Deuteronomy 1:13
"But select capable men from all the people-men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens." - Exodus 18:21
So I believe that we should vote, we should pray for and about our leaders and make the decision that God is leading us to.
 Yes, there are things that I do not 100 percent agree with with almost any candidate, but I feel that I must make the decision to vote for the person who will most line up with God's Word and work to get our country closer in line with God's Word.
Just please do not take the road of least resistance and not pay attention to the issues and what is going on. It takes a little work to look into what the candidates stand for and to make an informed decision as to who the best candidate would be. Pray and ask God to lead you to the decision that He would have you to make when you go to cast your vote and feel good that you have made an informed decision.

Friday, October 12, 2012

"My own little world"

My husband and I have thought about adoption for some time now, in fact we talked about it before we were even married. In my mind, we would have our children and they would be older (still at home, but older) and THEN we would adopt. But over the past year and  half getting closer to two years all the time, we have been waiting to be blessed with another child of our own and we are still waiting.
During these many months, adoption has come to mind time and time again. The radio programs that I listen to, more times than I can count have talked about adoption. It appears that God has pointed us in that direction in many different ways.
We started "researching" on the internet and finally decided to look into foster care. We are currently taking classes to become foster parents.
These classes are so eye opening (we've only been to two) to what these children face.
It really makes you realize what really goes on outside "My Own Little World".
I was listening to this song today and it really touches on what I've been feeling lately as we take a look outside of our own little world and into the world of the many hurting little children in our country.
Take a minute to listen to the song and think and pray about how you may be able to help the hurting children all around us.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"To every thing there is a season"

Well, fall has come! (Yippee! I have NEVER been sooo ready for fall. We had the hottest, driest summer we've had in a LONG time.) Yesterday morning when I got up, it was FREEZING in our house and there were reports of freezing temperatures around our area. So yes, I do believe fall is here! I've been hoping for fall ever since oh say the beginning of JULY...I'm usually a summer lover, but the initial 2 weeks of 110 degree temps did it for me!
So the first cooler days leading into fall were like a part of God's words telling me that there is a time for everything.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1
There may be times that it feels like we're drowning in all the things that we need to get done, or maybe we feel like we're drowning from the emotional burden of trials we're facing. Whatever we're facing, God is with us and He will guide us through. Just like I never thought the long HOT days of summer were going to go away, God will bring you through  you're season of life. (that may not mean that there won't be a new "season of trial" but God will help you through that one too.)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

To wash or not to wash?

So this is a little bit of a different post, but I would LOVE some input! I've read and been told that it's best to not wash your hair EVERYday...well, I am an absolute clean FREAK so the idea of NOT washing my hair EVERYDAY freaks me out! But ever since my son was born, my hair has been thinner and just not as healthy so I'm considering trying to only wash it every other day (unless I find myself in a really sweaty/dusty/or other dirty, dirty situation).
SO the input I'm looking for is...do you wash your hair EVERYDAY? And if you don't is there good ways to keep your hair looking/feeling clean even if you don't wash it? I've found a recipe for diy dry shampoo on pinterest that I thought might be helpful and also have found a diy recipe for leave-in conditioner which I just thought might help with the health of my hair.
So speak up any and all thoughts are welcome!