Day 2716 – Christmas Eve Warning – Don’t Drink And Drive

I shared this last year, but I thought a repost was merited. Please don’t drink and drive this holiday season (or ever) folks. Getting arrested sucks, especially when it could be avoided with a cab ride or a friend’s couch.

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Originally posted 12/23/15

Yesterday, I was listening to a sermon and the pastor was talking about how God will protect us until we have lived out our testimony.

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” Luke 10:19 ESV

As I drove, I passed the public service announcements on the highway, along the lines of “spend the holidays with your family, not in jail, drive sober.” The sermon and those signs got me thinking about my past, near death experiences and stupid things I’ve done.

I was arrested for drinking and driving 9 years ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if I wasn’t pulled over, I might have driven off the road that night. Getting a DUI cost me thousands and thousands of dollars. It was part of the reason I came to our marriage with $30,000 in debt. It was something I was so ashamed of for almost all of the 9 years since. So, what makes me want to share this embarrassing fact about myself? Well, I hope it’s a warning for you. Friends, it’s NOT worth drinking and driving. It’s SO dangerous, not to mention expensive. Seriously, spend the money to take a cab or crash on a couch wherever you are. Deal with the minor hassle/cost. Thankfully, no one was hurt when I drove, but there are so many stories where that’s not the case.

I know I’ve been hinting about sharing my full testimony about drinking and how I quit for a couple of months, well, I have a date on the calendar at my church! I will be sharing on January 10th, 2016 at the 9 a.m. service as well as the 11 a.m. service. Our church is in White Marsh, Maryland and I’d love it if you came! The video will be available online later and I will share it here, along with my full text.

I love y’all, my dear readers. Please use my mistakes as a lesson!

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I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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