I used to have such a terror/fear/dread come upon me especially during the holidays. Thanksgiving was a SCARY holiday for me. I thought I would go out of control eating all the food. I couldn’t see the food without it being terrifying to me. Enjoying the holidays was not something I was able to do very well for a long time, but God has changed me. Jesus has transformed me by His cleansing blood and resurrection power! God has not given me that spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. And He is purging that fear of food from me; that’s why I wanted to share this for the podcast this week. This is something very close to my heart.
Holidays are supposed to be FUN. They are supposed to be celebrations. If you go to the Old Testament, God gave the Israelites different feasts for celebration, and they were for TASTING and seeing that God is good. That’s what holidays are about for me; that’s what they are about for me as the daughter of God.
But the holidays can even be a spiritual battle so I’m going to start with this precious mighty passage on spiritual warfare from Ephesians 6.
‘Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;’
So how do we approach the holidays? How has God taught me and is teaching me to approach them? Tomorrow is that BIG Turkey day. There will be a lot of good food from:
Bing Cherry Jello to Turkey to Sweet Potatoes to PIEEEE!!!!! (Pie is my favorite)
That’s what the podcast is all about this week. It’s just me on this week’s, but I wanted to share about 7-10 things I’ve learned.
1. Don’t think about the food before you eat it.
2. Make the food with your family. Enjoy making it. Lick the spoon. It won’t kill you.
3. Thank the Lord for every bite. That takes my mind off the anxiety.
4. It can even be a spiritual battle over the food as these are supposed to be celebrations but the devil doesn’t want us to be enjoying God, enjoying God’s goodness.
5. Don’t look up calorie counts on your baked goods if you buy them. Pray about it. Ask the Lord to help you not focus on the calories.
6. Listen to your body. Chew slowly. Savor it. Don’t feel like you have to eat everything, but don’t not eat something because it scares you.
7. Talk to people about your struggles. Ask them to pray for you.
Now I want to talk to you about the holidays: (I’m planning on making Laura’s AMAZING looking Dinner Rolls, our Bing Cherry Jello, Mashed Potatoes, and a few other yummy things.)
What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?
How are you learning to enjoy the holidays if you’ve had fear around them and the food?
What are your favorite holidays?