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I count it a great privilege to be on the air every morning!  I mean, let's face it, I've got a pretty important job to do each day here on the Glow Morning Show.....I've got to get you up!

Not only that, but I want to help you start your day the right way.  I start with great music to inspire and encourage you. Then I get into God's Word and pray with you.  We hit some great topics, give away amazing prizes and laugh at every opportunity!

Yes its a BIG job but somebody's got to do it...I'm just glad I get to!

VERSE, THOUGHT & PRAYER 6/13/19

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

How serious are we about sin? The Bible reminds us how seriously God views it. The power of sin to entice us, entrap us, and ultimately engulf us in its power can be offset by loving Christian friends who encourage each other daily.

My Prayer...

Father, I know sin's power is deceptive. Help me see those who need my encouragement today, so that together, we can help each other escape sin's traps. In the name of Jesus, who withstood all of Satan's tests, I pray. Amen.


 

 

6/13/19

“Resentment can kill.  Physically - with high blood pressure and other conditions.  Emotionally - with anxiety and depression. Spiritually - as it shrivels the soul. ” – Max Lucado


Parenting Tech-Savvy Kids - 6/13/19

Timothy Diehl

TIMOTHY DIEHL

Parenting tech-savvy kids is challenging. Sure, there are lots of ways technology makes our kids’ lives better. Tech simplifies communication, provides ways for us to connect easily if we’re working and they’re home alone, offers immediate access to information at the touch of a screen, etc. But there are downsides: lack of focus, access to harmful content and increases in symptoms of anxiety and depression, to name a few. In fact, sometimes it seems the bad outweighs the good. And the real problem is that while we have tech-savvy kids, we are often not-so-tech-savvy parents.

Author Andy Crouch, in his book The Tech-Wise Family, observes, ‘When previous generations confronted the perplexing challenges of parenting and family life, they could fall back on wisdom…that had been handed down for generations. But the pace of technological change has surpassed anyone’s capacity to develop enough wisdom to handle it.’

We have tech-savvy kids and not-so-savvy parents. And the gap is widening. So how do we develop wisdom? Well, in part, we learn from each other. That’s why you’re here, right? While my wife and I have made a ton of mistakes around parenting tech-savvy kids over the last 18 years, I’d like to share some wisdom that’s been passed on to us that has served us well. For their protection, here are 3 boundaries to keep when parenting tech-savvy kids.

1. No phones until twelve and no smartphones until 16.

This is counter-cultural. The average child gets his or her first smartphone at 10 and by 12 about 50% of children have social media accounts. However, we’ve felt that there is little reason for our children to have their own cell phone prior to the point they would be spending large amounts of time getting around on their own (after school activities, etc.). This enabled us to focus on developing lots of other habits when they were younger – such as reading and playing games together when bored. Sure, ‘all’ their friends got smartphones before they did and we certainly heard about it, but we’ve never once regretted that decision.

Of course, every situation is different and there are a variety of reasons why this rule may not be the best for your specific circumstances. But in general, waiting on a smartphone until the teen years is a smart move.

2. No screens at the dinner table.

There is no reason I can think of for a child to have any electronic device with them at the dinner table. Parents either. I know, you’re kind of a big deal at your workplace and people need you. But at this moment your family needs you more. Put the devices away. Granted, you might be chuckling over the notion of a ‘family meal’. While doing this daily may be impossible, prioritizing frequent family meals has a big payoff. (If not a meal, why not try a regular snack before bed where you all check-in about the day? Whatever you do, make it device-free.)

3. You have the right to check your child’s device.

You should have access to your kids’ passwords (teens included) and they should know you can check-in at any time. They won’t love this, and you’ll need to negotiate privacy and expectations based on age, but as much as you lack wisdom with tech, your kids’ lack it more. They need you engaged. Talk with your children about having access to their devices early on so this expectation is built into the privilege of having a device. None of this is easy and all of us are groping in the dark a little. But this is what we signed up for as parents. Being on top of tech is hard, but important, work. And know this – you’re not alone in it. Trust your gut. Ask for help. Give yourself (and your tech-savvy kids) some grace.


 

FIVE WAYS TO DRAW MORE ONLINE ATTENTION TO YOUR VBS - 6/12/19

By Aaron Earls

As temperatures begin to rise, so does the number of people searching online for local Vacation Bible Schools.

According to analysis of Google search trends, online searches for VBS and Vacation Bible School spike every year in June.

Is your church ready for the cyber visitors? Here are five ways to draw more online attention to your VBS with the hopes that you have more real-life visitors.

Have contact information readily available. Say parents find your church’s website while searching for VBS. That’s great, but what if they can’t find your location or any contact information?

While few people may call your church, make it as easy as possible for visitors looking to connect with your church this summer.

Sure, most people will be able to navigate Google maps to find your location. But give simple directions to your church for any apprehensive parent looking for a local VBS.

Make sure your website is up to date. It’s not enough to have information online—you have to make sure it’s correct and current.

If people discover your church or your VBS while online, it will not help them or your church if all the information is outdated.

Every few months and right before big events like VBS and Christmas, go through your website to make sure everything is current.

Have a consistent VBS page on your website. The easiest and most helpful web address would be YourChurch.com/VBS, but whatever address you choose, make it something that can be used each year.

Before VBS, print the web address on all your promotional material and post fun videos on the site to get students and volunteers excited. During the week, update parents on all that is happening. After it’s over, use the webpage to promote VBS-related outreach activities.

As school starts back, start promoting next year’s VBS by giving the dates and posting some of the fun activities from this year. If you want to keep all the old material online, create a year-specific page like YourChurch.com/2017VBS.

Promote your VBS through other online sites. While your church might not be the first to show up on someone’s Google search results, there’s a good chance a combined list of local Vacation Bible Schools will be high on the page.

Submit your VBS to local papers, Christian music stations, and even popular local parenting websites or Facebook groups.

The point is not necessarily to have people find your website online. The goal is for your church to attract more visitors for VBS.

Post on social media. Parents may never think to Google “VBS,” but they’ll probably scan through Facebook between now and the kickoff of your Vacation Bible School.

Encourage your church members to post on social media about the upcoming VBS. Ask all of the volunteers to share on social media why they’re excited about participating in your Vacation Bible School.

Create an image to share on social media with all the relevant information about your VBS. Post it on your social media accounts and ask church members to share.

Drawing as many kids as possible to your VBS will allow you to follow up with them throughout the year and hopefully see some families come to Christ.


 

BEACH, BOATING & OPEN WATER SAFETY TIPS - 6/6/19

Being around the water is almost a given in the summertime. Whether it’s the beach, the lake, or your favorite river, there are dangers involved with being on the water. To help keep your family safe, here are 5 beach, 5 boating, and 5 open water safety tips for your family to follow.


Beach Safety Tips

1. Only allow kids to swim in areas designated for swimming.
2. Enter water feet first.
3. Learn infant and child CPR.
4. Never allow a child to swim unless a lifeguard is present.
5. Understand the consequences of (rip) currents.

 

Boating Safety Tips

1. Teach your child how to put on a life jacket.
2. Obey posted signs and flags.
3. Be proactive.
4. Do not let kids use personal water crafts such as jet skis.
5. Take a boating education course.

Open Water Safety Tips

1. Be aware that drowning happens very quietly and quickly.
2. Don’t rely solely on the lifeguard. Swim with a buddy.
3. Get swim lessons.
4. Teach caregivers the swimming rules.
5. Don’t rely on floaties.


 

Swimming Pool Safety Tips - 6/5/19

Swimming pools are part of the joy of summer. Whether it’s relaxing poolside or playing Marco Polo with your kids, the hours of fun can be endless. But pools come with risks and every parent must be careful when kids and pools mix. To that end, here are tips to keep your family safe at the swimming pool.

*Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket, or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.

*Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.

*The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60” tall that includes a self-closing, self-latching gate.  The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.

*Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened.

*Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.

*Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient. Solar/floating pool covers are not safety devices.

*Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone and can call for help if needed.

*Learn CPR and rescue breathing.

*Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook, and CPR instructions mounted poolside.

*Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.

*Never leave water in buckets or wading pools.

*If a child is missing, always check the pool first.  Seconds count.

*Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.

*Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.

*Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.

*Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim and that adults know CPR.

*Do not consider children “drownproof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.


 

TOP 10 Things to Teach Your Sons For a First Date - 6/10/19

10. Bring her flowers

9. Be on time

8. Clean your car

7. Open all doors

6. Pull her chair out for her

5. Use all manners you've been taught

4. Let her order first and don't eat until she has taken a bite

3. Be pleasant and charming

2. Pay the bill

1. Close out in style