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GOOD MORNING TO YOU!!!

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

HEARTLIGHT VERSE, THOUGHT & PRAYER -7/24/17 

Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. — Ephesians 4:15

Thought: Our goal as believers is to mature into the full presence of Jesus Christ in the world by being his unified Body of believers. This challenging goal can only be accomplished if we speak the truth — God's Spirit-inspired message — and do so with an attitude of love. How can we expect to convey the message of God's love which sent Jesus if we don't live that love ourselves?

Prayer: Almighty and sacrificial God, please help me capture all my impure motives and ungodly attitudes and clothe them in your love. I need the purifying and transforming presence of the Holy Spirit even more powerfully present in my life each day, so please fill me and make the Spirit's fruit more real in my attitudes and actions. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.


 

6 Ways to Adjust Your Kid’s Attitude without Losing Your Mind - 7/25/17

A friend of mine decided to coach his son’s basketball team for the first time this past year. He made the effort of planning practice drills that were both fun and helped the players develop fundamentals. During the first practice while doing some of those drills his son started to whine and complain, eventually asking if they could do something else instead. As you can imagine, my friend was frustrated by his son’s attitude, especially since his son’s attitude affected the attitude of the entire team.

A child with a negative, complaining attitude can wear down even the best dads. Authors Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller offer some hope for parents trying to stop the complaining in their book, Good and Angry. Here are 6 practical ways to help give your kids an attitude adjustment without losing your mind:

1. Identify Emotions.

Help your child self-express via identifying feelings and choosing words carefully when frustrated or making demands. “It’s okay to tell me how you feel, but you need to speak respectfully. Even if you’re tired or upset, try to stay calm.”

2. Identify Influences.

Try to identify where some of your child’s bad attitudes come from. One dad noticed his son’s frustration worsened after playing video games. Perhaps your child is mimicking the behavior of someone else—a parent, sibling, friend, or even TV character—who complains or criticizes.

3. Point Out Attitudes.

“Identify a thinking error that needs to change. You can offer the insight of an objective outsider.” For example, if your child had a bad day and takes it out on his brother, he may need help in how to properly handle his emotions. Target more than the behavior; look deeper to see what’s causing the trouble.

 

4. Challenge Attitudes.

If your child is complaining about doing his chores or homework, offer motivation to change his attitude.

Dad: Son, how’s your homework coming?

Son: It stinks. Why do I have to do it anyway?

Dad: You can do it! Try working hard for the next hour, then take a break. We’ll get ice cream together.

The real reward of accomplishing something will be what motivates a change in attitude.

5. Teach Responses.

Rather than wait for your child to stop whining or complaining, actually role-play appropriate responses. Then, immediately, reinforce the correct response with some kind of encouragement.

6. Affirm Progress.

When you notice your child making improvements, praise him and let him know you’re proud. Even if you’re tempted, skip comments such as, “It’s about time!” Instead, encourage him in his progress and keep the focus positive.

Turansky and Miller summarize dealing with a complaining child with this: “Attitudes are windows into a child’s heart. If you help your children learn to adjust attitudes, they will have the skills necessary to develop healthy perspectives about life’s challenges and struggles as they get older.”

Used with permission from the book Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character…in You and Your Kids! by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller.


 

15 Parenting Lessons I’ve Learned in 15 Years as a Parent - 7/18/17

Our oldest child turns 15 this month…Wow, where has the time gone?! When he was born (2002) we didn’t really have a clue what a smartphone was, and 911 was still very fresh on our minds. But as the years have quickly flown by, and the world has rapidly changed since, so has our family and our parenting. We’ve learned some important things over the years that I truly believe have helped us to experience success in our parenting.

In reflecting back on 15 years as a parent, here are 15 lessons learned:

1. Be intentional in the younger years.

The youngest years are crucial, yet many parents coast through them thinking they have more to come to get it all right. Never underestimate the incalculable and foundational value of those early years.

2. Exercise consistency.

Children need it. Parents often lack it. It takes discipline and teamwork as parents to make this happen, but consistency is king when it comes to parenting. Even when it’s tough, do what it takes to be consistent.

3. Live by example.

More than your children will become what you say, they will become who you are. Because your children are simply mini versions of you. Whatever you are becoming, so are they.

 

4. Lavish them with love.

Kids need unconditional love and acceptance, regardless of their behavior. Even when a child has done wrong or disappointed you, may they never question your love for them.

5. Give them time.

Love is a four letter word spelled T-I-M-E to a child. And nothing takes the place of time. Not money, not gifts, not freedom. They want you, which requires that you regularly spend quality time with them.

6. Pay attention and show affection.

Kids love to be shown attention and affection by their parents. This includes more than just time, but your physical touch, words of affirmation, and gifts of love.

7. Honor their mother or father.

The way you treat your spouse is quite possibly one of the most important things you can do for your children. Their little eyes are watching and learning how to live life from your example.

8. Admit when you’re wrong.

Kids need to see lives lived that are honest and genuine. You don’t always have to be right because sometimes your child will learn more good from your mistakes than from you trying to cover them up. Be open, honest, and willing to say you are sorry when you’re wrong.

9. Remember it’s okay to ask for help.

Many parents have already walked successfully the path you’re currently on. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and seek out the wisdom and advice of others who have the voice of experience.

10. Time flies, don’t waste it.

It’s so hard to believe we only have a few years left at home with our oldest. How is that possible? Didn’t we just bring him home from the hospital yesterday? Everyone who ever told you that time flies, and you didn’t believe them… you should have. Never underestimate the life-long value of how you spend the moments, days, and years you have while your kids are still living at home.

11. Praise, Praise, and more Praise.

When I recently asked my son what makes him feel most loved, he said, “When you praise me for what I do right, not just notice when I do wrong.” Ouch. Kids need lots of praise and affirmation for doing things right. Whether positive or negative, you always get more of what you affirm.

12. Teach responsibility and work ethic.

A child who understands the value of work, will not only excel in it, but will more likely become a responsible and hard working adult. A child not given opportunities to earn what they have will be more likely to struggle with an attitude of entitlement.

13. Teach them the value of a dollar.

Most money habits for life are formed when we are children, but those habits affect us (and our future families) for good or for bad for the rest of our lives.

14. Don’t cry over spilled milk.

Kids will be kids. Be patient. Remember that they are still learning. There are some things that are not worth getting upset over as you keep the big picture in mind.

15. Talk to God about your kids as much as you talk to your kids about God.

All in all, we’ve learned that at the end of the day (or the 18 years), we will release them into the rest of their lives, and trust the One who gave them to us in the first place with the results. Our desire is to trust Him every single day until then, believing that He can do more in their heart and through their life than we could ever do on our own. 


TOP TEN WHEN REALITY SETS IN - 7/24/17

 

  1. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

  2. Don't let anyone tell you you're getting old. Squash their toes with your rocker.

  3. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

  4. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

  5. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

  6. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

  7. You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

  8. I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

  9. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.

  10. Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It is more often a succession of jerks.