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The Perfect Song For Christmas Eve

I’ve shared some of my favorite Christmas songs before.  Today I thought I’d share one of my wife’s favorite Christmas songs. It might even be her most favorite.

The song is “God Is With Us” by Casting Crowns.  As I listened to the song again this morning it seemed like the perfect song for Christmas Eve.

The birth of Jesus truly does represent that God Is With Us! There’s not much more that I need to say.  The song and the lyrics speak for themselves.

Merry Christmas!

 

The skies don’t seem to be as dark as usual
The stars seem brighter then they’ve been before
Deep within I feel my soul a stirring
As though my hope has been restored
The shepherds say they’ve heard the voice of angels
Confirming rumors spread across the land
That a child protected well from Herod’s anger
Is our Father’s Son, and the son of man

Love is raining down on the world tonight
There’s a presence here I can tell
God is in us, God is for us, God is with us, Emmanuel
He’s the Savior we have been praying for
In our humble hearts He will dwell
God is in us, God is for us, God is with us, Emmanuel

I feel compelled to tell all who will listen
That peace on earth is not so out of reach
If we can find grace, mercy and forgiveness
He has come to save, He is all of these

Love is raining down on the world tonight
There’s a presence here I can tell
God is in us, God is for us, God is with us, Emmanuel
He’s the Savior we have been praying for
In our humble hearts He will dwell
God is in us, God is for us, God is with us, Emmanuel

Love is raining down on the world tonight
There’s a presence here I can tell
God is in us, God is for us, God is with us, Emmanuel
He’s the Savior we have been praying for
In our humble hearts He will dwell
God is in us, God is for us, God is with us

You’re the Savior we have been praying for
In our humble hearts You will dwell
You are in us, You are for us, You are with us, Emmanuel

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Memory Monday – Learner’s Permit

This past Saturday was a great day! It’s when I took my oldest to get her learner’s permit. Where we live, if you pass a written test, you can drive at age 14 if you are accompanied by a licensed driver. This means either you can teach them or you get buy them Driving Lessons Durham to help get them going a bit faster!

I was looking forward to her getting her permit and teaching her to drive. It’s a milestone. A right of passage, if you will. Thinking about it in the car on the drive that morning gave me a lump in my throat and made my eyes get a little misty.

Fortunately, Adele’s “Hello” was playing on the radio so I could play it off as a joke being overly dramatic and singing along. Who would’ve thought that such an emotional song could actually help me hide my emotions.

For as much grief as the D.O.T. gets I have to say our experience was great. We arrived 15 minutes early and got in line (about 30 people back). Ten minutes before they actually opened for business we were all let inside to wait in warmth.

Once 8am hit and the line started moving my daughter was in and taking her test in no time. I think I was more nervous than she was. There really was no reason, though. She’s a good student and had been taking (and passing) the practice tests online all week.

In 45 minutes we were in, out, and on our way to a celebrate at Starbucks.

Starbucks Red Christmas Cups

Later that afternoon it was time for our first driving lesson. I’m happy to report that it went well. There were no accidents, raised voices, or tears. To be honest my daughter picked it up rather quickly.

I look forward to her getting more comfortable behind the wheel and giving her as much seat time as possible in the next 8 months. That will calm my nerves a bit when she gets her school permit and drives on her own for the first time.

My daughter getting her learners permit had me thinking back to the time I got mine. I don’t remember much about it but I do remember my Dad picking me up from school on my 14th birthday and taking me. One of the most important things he told me even before taking lessons was to make sure that I knew who had the right of way at different types of junctions. As this leads to a car accident and could severely injure someone, or worse. That’s why I’m going to teach my daughter this too so she can remain safe at all times.

I remember appreciating that he took time off from work to take me. That’s probably why I really wanted to take my daughter to get hers.

Who took you to get your first driver’s license? Were you excited to get it, nervous to get it, or a little of both.

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Best Practices In Marriage

If you listen to Dave Ramsey with any regularity you’ll hear him use the term “best practices”. It usually comes up when he’s talking to a budding entrepreneur about to venture into a small business.

Dave suggests they find someone who’s doing what they want to do and model them. Want to start a cleaning business? Go to a town several hours away (so you won’t be seen as competition) and spend the day following the most successful cleaner in the area.

You’ll be able to observe how they do things and ask questions… potentially saving yourself money and frustration in the future.

Best practices are great for business but I think they can also be valuable in marriage. If you think about it, I bet there are a few couples in your life with the kind of marriage you’d like to emulate.

Wedding Photo 4

I do! There are several in my Church family. My Aunts and Uncles are also great examples… but perhaps the couple I look to the most as showing “best practices” in marriage is my in-laws.

Their faith, love, and generosity is evident in all they do. It’s a great formula that has served them well… and had them recently celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

I have no doubt that if my wife and I continue to follow their example we’ll be able to celebrate our own 50th in 2047. However, if it doesn’t work out we’ll most likely have to get in touch with family law attorneys to help us out with our divorce, and to resolve any issues regarding the kids and our parental rights. But for now its all going swimmingly, and its although 50 years is a way off, it’s good to have a goal!

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner. – Genesis 2:18 (NRSV)

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