Several months ago I had the honor of being asked to make a guest appearance over at Faith Beyond Fear. Of course, I was eager to accept, and when we decided on a publication date of last week I realized it would fall right in the middle of our Redeeming Thanksgiving series. So, I decided to tie what I wrote into that topic.
If you’ve never checked out the Faith Beyond Fear website, I highly recommend you spend a little time over there. Not only to read this post, but the wealth of others as well. There are so many wonderful articles for anyone who struggles to allow their faith in Christ to overcome the fears of this life.
More than a dozen contributing writers share testimonies, devotionals, and how-tos all designed to help you move beyond fear to a place of confident faith in the One who holds our future.
Here is a short snippet of what I wrote and a link to go read the rest of it. And come back next week as we continue with our own Redeeming Thanksgiving Series.
6 Steps to Redeem the Holidays from Fear of the Past
If I had to guess (simply based on the pins that fill my Pinterest feed around mid-October) I’d say I’m far from alone in finding the holiday season a potentially difficult time. For too many of us, the holidays trigger terrible memories of years past. Personally, they mark the anniversaries of terrible days on which I discovered heart-breaking details about my husband’s sexual addiction and repeated infidelities. For many of us, time that should have overflowed with love, thankfulness, and rejoicing in the work of God is tainted by neglect, abuse, betrayal, and unfulfilled hopes. As the days on the calendar tick through September and into October, our hearts quicken with the anticipation of repeated heartache. What we need is some redemption!
Turning to the Redeemer
So, how are we supposed to move from a place of dread and fear to a place of faith and joy this holiday season? I’m thrilled to tell you, God has spent the last few years teaching me how to do just that. He’s given me great victory, and I’m excited to share some of it with you today…
*How about you? Which of the six steps comes most naturally to you? Which do you struggle with the most?