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How to Have a Healthy Hope and a Happy Heart as Halloween Hastens: Truth 1

The SuperPower Sunday series will return in November!

Has anyone seen the end of September? I think I misplaced it. How is it October already?

Unpopular truth bomb: I’ve never been a fan of October. I’ve entitled this series “How to Have a Healthy Hope and a Happy Heart as Halloween Hastens”. It is for two kinds of people: those who are like me and those who aren’t. Do you FALL (pun intended) into either of those categories? Great! You’re just who I’ve been expecting.

I know it isn’t popular opinion, but I will quickly explain my position. I feel that taking part in festivities which, even loosely, pay homage to the sworn enemy of my Savior and Lord should be completely out of the question. Witches, demons, violence, fear, and the horrors of Hell are all very real and dead-set against my King. Courting them feels like treason to me.

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I’ve held this position my whole life, so I’ve always seen October as a month through which to endure. My neighbors put out their creepy decorations and the stores have aisles of grotesque things which cackle and frighten the kids (and me) as we are forced to pass by. November 1st dawns new and beautiful, because Halloween is over, everyone turns to giving thanks, and candy is 50-75% off!

These past couple of years have been different, though. God has been showing me some ways to appreciate Him as well as maintain a healthy hope and happy heart as Halloween hastens toward me in the rush that is October. I plan to share 1 each Sunday as we count down to the 31st.

How to Have a Healthy Hope and a Happy Heart as Halloween Hastens: Truth 1

The Halloween season reminds us to be on our knees.

Our prayers have the power to overcome darkness with light. With Halloween décor, we are literally inundated with visual reminders of what goes on in the spiritual realm and it should remind us to pray. We might be able to use the excuse that it is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ the rest of the year, but not in October. The gory, horrific, lure of evil is front and center and should drive us to our knees with prayers of both petition and praise.

Petition

As much as humans can contrive of scary things, we cannot conceive of the fright with which hell is fraught. We all know people who are headed there. This season, as we get a glimpse of what is in store for them, we should be on our knees in petition for their souls. Satan woos them, not because he cares at all about them, but because he hates God. He only wants them so Jesus cannot have them. We need to fervently pray for their eyes and hearts to be open to the truth.

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Its a Trap!

Praise

At no other time in the year can we be more aware of the contrast between our salvation and that to which we were doomed before we were saved. Jesus died an excruciating death and bested evil so we could live free! Even when they’re whitewashed and googly-eyed, the frightening feels of Halloween should remind us that our faith gives us victory over fear. Because we belong to Jesus, Satan is our defeated foe. To Him be the glory forever!

I also have a personal gift, for which I praise God in this season. He gave me a precious baby girl, born at the end of October. Her birthday gives me a joyful distraction and I’m so thankful for the blessing that she is!

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October birthdays are especially special!

I realize not everyone struggles to have a healthy hope and a happy heart as Halloween hastens near. If you do, I see you! I hope the posts in this series will give you something positive to focus on.

If you are all about this time of year and don’t understand why anyone would feel differently, I see you too. Thank you so much for reading. Maybe this series will give you insight into why some people feel the gravity over the revelry.

There is no time like the present for all Christians be on our knees. This is true as Halloween hastens and it is true as Easter dawns. Any day which can be found on the calendar is a good day to pray. In fact, a healthy hope and a happy heart are hard to find apart from prayer.

White pumpkin and fall decor: How to Have a Healthy Hope and Happy Heart as Halloween Hastens: Truth 1
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Today is the day to pray!

What are your thoughts about Halloween? Do you embrace or endure the festivities? Either way, would you be willing to join me in a challenge to use the Halloween season as a reminder to pray?

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Ephesians 5:8-11

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15 replies on “How to Have a Healthy Hope and a Happy Heart as Halloween Hastens: Truth 1”

I agree with your position on Halloween wholeheartedly! I cringe to see the evil in the decorations and costumes, and wish that it never came to my corner of the world! But you’re right about the thought-provoking aspect of it all – It definitely brings to mind God’s righteousness, and His purposes for how we are to act.

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When I was a kid in the 60s we would dress in Dad’s and Mother’s old clothes, smear something on our faces, and go out trick or treating. My brother and I would come home and unload our PILLOW CASES of candy, swap outfits and head out again for another haul! 😂
But it was all in lighthearted fun; no axes in skulls, bloody walking dead and very few witches, and even they were always clean and nice.
But it is the insidiousness of the enemy to make even children’s games more and more evil. My church in RI in the 70s had a dress-up party where all the kids were encouraged to dress as a favorite Bible character, and the holiday felt somewhat ‘purified’ as our pastor presented a devotional on recognized the devil’s disguises.
Much better than ghouls, goblins, perverts and supernatural evil that is par for the course now. ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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Yes, some churches have gotten very creative in their attempts to provide alternative festivals to redeem the season. It is nice to see evangelism happening any day of the year! 😉
When I was a kid, my parents made a game where we had to look up scriptures which provided clues, and follow those clues to find candy. As we got older, we had to know the scriptures by heart- no “open book” allowed 😄.

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I am with you 100%. In fact, I hate Halloween! But, I like your idea to let it remind us to pray. I didn’t let my kids celebrate Halloween and I know people thought I was weird. My kids went to a Christian school and they got to dress up as Bible characters. I remember the year my daughter dressed up as Queen Esther. She loved it! Thanks for posting on this subject. Blessings, ML!

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I see and hear you, Cindy! I figure that if God can redeem the incredible evil that was displayed on Good Friday, and turn it into the miraculous victory that is Easter, He can show me how to re-look at Halloween. It has taken Him several years to get me to open my eyes and look at it. I’d rather just turn away and ignore it altogether. But, as He has walked with me past the neighbor’s decorated houses (I used to live by one who went all-out with especially horrific things) and through the aisles at the store, He has shown me things to focus on which can grow my faith. It has been very helpful to me and I hope it will be to other people too. Thank you so much for coming alongside and reading along! Blessings 🙂

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Good morning! I agree with you about Halloween. And I also agree that October is special bc of your daughter’s birth, and mine. Heehee And I love the changing leaves and the feel of autumn. You’re a great writer. Happy day!

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Thank you – you’re a great encourager! And Happy Birthday Month to you! Fall is a wonderful season – I agree! I like summer and all that it offers, but I’m so thankful that God came up with a cycle of seasons with such variety. He is incredibly creative and so, so good to us!

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