Donna C. Terrell

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Take-Me-Back-Tuesday: Songs of the Christmas Season

Here are some cool songs that I currently have on my iPod Christmas playlist. We don’t have a lot of time to enjoy the songs because the season is so short. I also refuse to play any Christmas song before the week of Thanksgiving, and somehow, listening to the songs after Christmas seems a bit moot. But here’s what I got:

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From the Polar Express, an absolutely delightful movie that I watch about twice during the season, Believe  (Josh Groban) and When Christmas Comes to Town (Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore).

From A Charlie Brown Christmas, The entire Vince Guaraldi Trio Charlie Brown Christmas album. You can actually play the instrumentals any time of the year, but the music conjures up such memories of Christmas and the classic show, I like to let the album be a once-a-year holiday treat.

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The Nutcracker Suite (Peter Tchaikovsky) I love this because when I was a theater kid back in the day, we did a really cool rendition of The Nutcracker. I still remember the steps to the Trepak dance! What fun!

Silent Night sung by The Temptations. This old standard is beautifully done. (What a voice Melvin Franklin (bass) had! I’d be falling out on the stage in front of him.)

Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt) I love her Christmas list! I wonder if she got any of her many requests.

Sleigh Ride (Boney James) I love any version of this classic, but I especially like Boney’s jazzy spin.

Wonderful Christmas Time (Paul McSleigh) This peppy song reminds me of shopping malls. This is the only song that’s played in malls during the season, it seems.

And I leave you with one of the many reverent anthems of the season—Christmas Rappin’ (Kurtis Blow). The long version is the coolest. It’s fun to rap along, and after all these years and years, I’m still learning all the lyrics! (Thanks to the person who posted this on YouTube.) What are some of your Christmas favorites?

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The Power of Peace and Perspective

So I’m up at 4:00 a.m. to get started on the weekly routine. I like to be at the gym as close to 5 as I can. Totally pumped. I have absolutely no motivation for 5 in the evening. It’s imperative that I get my Monday workout. I feel that working out on Monday sets the tone for the rest of the workout week. I rarely miss a Monday workout—been doing it for years and years. I also have been striving to spend the first 10 to 15 minutes of the day with the Lord, something we know also sets the tone for the day. I find that my morning goes remarkably smooth when I do this.

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So anyway, I’m up at 4:00 a.m. , which is my latest routine. I turn the TV on to get the Weather Channel. No cable signal. No cable signal!!!! What the heck????!!!!! We just went through this a week ago! They said my DVR crapped out, so they replaced it, taking stuff I hadn’t watched yet including irreplaceable shows. So I’m on the phone with Comcast at 4:10 a.m. I was for the most part cool, but I was like I just went through all this and yall better get somebody over here on this day before Monday Night Football!!!!!!!! The BEARS ARE PLAYIN’! I was also impatient because I didn’t want to get thrown off my gym schedule. Time is of the essence!

The problem was resolved and I made it to the gym by 5:15. I figured I’d recoup my time with the Lord when I got home, or while on the train. I also realized I hadn’t even spoken to my husband, except to shriek at him to not touch anything having to do with the cable situation.

It took me hours to calm down. I have no idea why, but I was hyped up until about 12:30 that afternoon. That was a lot of stress for so early in the morning. I had to really fight to get back into peace. I don’t remember if I actually spent time with the Lord that day or not. Probably not.

The devil knows what will push our buttons, and he has a list of custom-designed irritants for each one of us. The cable not working may not have bothered some people, but for me that’s supreme. I would have taken off work to get it straight. And on Monday night when the Bears are playing? C’mon now…

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Satan always wants us to go to the left, but we have to train ourselves to go to the right. It is important to maintain peace in our homes and within our spirits. How do we do that? We have to turn it around in our mind.

One of the meanings of the word perspective is the capacity to view things in their true relation or relative importance; the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed. The way you view a situation can turn things around. With what perspective do you even view your spouse? Is she the nag who’s always bugging you about going to the doctor, or the one who cares about your health? Is he the one who always forgets to tell you his debit purchases so you can keep track, or the one who brings every dime home? We gotta turn these things around in our mind so we can live in peace.

We need to learn how to employ peace and perspective in all phases of life, especially in marriages, because if there’s no peace there, there’s no peace anywhere in your life.  Perspective will help us keep the peace. Right now, my husband is working nights, so our schedules are totally flipped flopped. So instead of me flying off the handle when he’s in the bathroom in the morning (it’s hard to bite my tongue about that, I tell ya), knowing I just came home from working out and I got to get in there so I can get back out, perspective and peace says just get my breakfast and lunch ready.  He did avert an argument once when I was about to start one—he said “You should have just jumped in the shower with a brother.” Now that would have kept the peace, right?

And when my football coach husband is watching Basketball Wives at 7:30 p.m. on a Monday Night—don’t ask me why or how that even happened—I just go to my NFL Mobile app. Instead of picking a fight, perspective and peace says at least he’s not watching Honey Boo-Boo.

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