Here’s To Days Filled With…

Beach view sunrises:

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Natural beauty:

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Kicking back with family:

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Super Moist birthday cakes made from scratch:

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And falling asleep next to the best thing that ever happened to me:

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45 is good.

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12 thoughts on “Here’s To Days Filled With…

  1. Ran across that song a couple of weeks ago. I hadn’t heard it in years, but the words…yeah. It totally reminded me of my husband.

    Please superspiritual people, refrain from the need to remind me that Our Savior is the best thing to ever happen to any of us. Me and the Creator of the universe are good.

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  2. Yeah, I hear that! Self-imposed critics. I get it all the time, I think they call me a carnal Christian because I enjoy Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum. Or, when I say the song, Free Ride by The Edgar Winter Group, reminds of God’s invitation through Christ.

    ** OKKKKK, my rant is done!

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  3. Well yes Robyn, there is certainly a strain of the Faith which would argue that anything (including art) that does not point directly and unambiguously to Christ is suspect -at best.

    I know some really good people who would fall into that camp. It seems though that this particular train of thought is loosening up, sometimes for better, often times for worse.

    More than that though are the thoughts about the song lyrics. For instance she mentions “luck” and “fate” before stating that what is good is good and what was bad was bearable because of the “best thing” that ever happened to- her true love. This assertion is one I gave assent to.

    There are people who would argue that my statement is giving glory to a man which should only be offered to God. But I see it like this:

    Every good and perfect gift comes from above, including my husband. Now whether I say that God has used him to provide for me, protect me, guide me, and grow me or whether I just say that my husband has done all these things, it’s really the same thing in my book. There are a many numbers of life’s difficulties I have not experienced precisely because my man is in my life and has been there protecting me for the better part of 23 years (that includes the year before we made it official).

    Ergo, I feel perfectly comfortable saying that he is the best thing that ever happened to me. Or I could be more theologically correct and say he is the best thing God ever gave to me, but seriously. What would be the point of that except to sound more spiritual? God already knows I am profoundly grateful for the gift of my marriage, and it does my husband a great service to just say point blank, “You’re the best thing that ever happened to me”.

    So yes to your comment, with a bit of elaboration of my thoughts.

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  4. Count me as well as one who appreciates Greenbaum’s “one hit wonder”, with the exception of the line claiming he never sins. OK, he’s an observant Jew, not a brother in Christ, so I can cut him some slack on that one. :^)

    But otherwise, I think every CCM musician needs to do some serious listening to work like Greenbaum’s to figure out what music really ought to be.

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  5. True fact: Some time ago, my kids got me the soundtrack to the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. The song by Greenbaum is on it, but when I went to transfer the songs I wanted from the CD onto my phone to make a playlist, I left it off.

    Liked the music and the intro -always have been a sucker for some great guitar- but his voice left me underwhelmed.

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  6. Most hippie singers leave something to be desired in the vocal department–say “Bob Dylan”. No? Here’s another one by Greenbaum that is, um, quite different. But clean, unless you’re a big fan of the Windy City.

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  7. Elspeth:

    Yeah, “good” can sometimes be a problem, I find. “Good” doesn’t always fit for me: as defined as someone else’s predefined parameters of their righteousness that “I” should be wearing to look like them, or do it like them.

    “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, including my husband. ”

    Not only husbands but any good we can find in a circumstance, person, song, book, art is what we are to drill down on in our focus, rather than ruminate and chew angrily on the negative parts that we really have no business in.

    Philippians 4:8 says 8 “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” I find it more telling of the hearts that cannot find *any* good thing for their own mind’s dirt. Take for instance the song, How He Loves by Jesus Culture. There is a poignant phrase the “righteous” in their ignorance have sanitized (yes with permission but still wanted to change): “sloppy wet kiss” to “unforseen kiss” …. they are dirty in their minds. If you watch video and hear the story behind the lyrics of the song, you know there is nothing “dirty” about the beautiful SLOPPY kiss of a daughter that is a toddler. The ignorance of the young contrasted against the weight of the reality of life is surely like the bliss of “heaven meeting earth …. like a sloppy wet kiss”

    … and the sometimes sloppy wet kisses between a husband and wife …. even a better “good” thing!!

    “What would be the point of that except to sound more spiritual?”

    Sadly, I believe that they (the religiously educated, the pious, the legalists. However you want to term them) believe the more spiritual you sound the more ‘righteous’ you are. All you need to do to fit into the club is sanitize your real human speak to be christianese speak.

    OOPSIE, just slipped into another rant. Sorry! (not really) 😉

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