Chris Tomlin Artist Spotlight Weekend

Join the New Shine.FM this Memorial Day weekend for our Artist Spotlight as we highlight Chris Tomlin. We will hear stories and music from Chris and a chance to win his latest CD “Burning Lights” featuring the new hit song “Whom Shall I Fear.” To get qualified text WINMUSIC to 66937 or “like” and “share” the cover photo on the Shine.FM Facebook page.


With Much Appreciation!

Hey, it’s Kurt, Rob & Lisa from Shine Mornings. On behalf of the entire Shine team, we want to say thank you so much for your faithfulness this week. Because of your generosity, not only did you continue to support the “clean air” through the ministry here, but also 156 Water of Life filtration systems will now be released by a dear friend through Compassion International. If you missed our chance to participate, just click here to make a difference! Have a great weekend!

Flying a Kite with No Wind

Well you and the boys gave me a kite the other day and you were so excited, you said lets go to the beach and try this thing out, we did, there was no wind once so ever.

Very disappointing for the two little boys who think this is the best gift in the world and you know, it just wasn’t working.

So were running up and down the beach and just, nothing is happening. Were dragging it along the sand.

So we finally just stopped and played. Then finally, one last time, before we left we tried it.

And it just took off, and I mean it really took off. The boys were cheering. Ya know, sometimes that happens in our marriage, doesn’t it?

Yeah, we’ll try something and it just doesn’t work. We think you know what, we’re going to give up and then we try one last time and turn a corner as a couple.

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Kid Culture: Disney’s Newest Princess Gets A Makeover—And Fans Aren’t Impressed!

Don’t mess with Merida. That’s the message Disney got loud and clear after announcing that the character from Pixar’s film “Brave” would become the their11th official princess.

According to, the honor came with a makeover which included a smaller waist and a bit more cleavage. Also Merida’s wild, untamed hair got a new do and her bow and arrow disappeared completely.

Within days, over 200,000 protesters had registered their complaints about Merida’s makeover at the website “”

Even the film’s co-writer and co-director was upset.  Brenda Chapman, whose daughter reportedly served as one of the inspirations for Merida, complained “I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida.”

“When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘comehither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible!”

Brenda went on to say “Merida was created to break that mold—to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”

So how did Disney respond?  Well, the new images of Merida magically disappeared online almost as quickly as they had arrived. And Disney now says that Merida’s new look was planned as a “temporary one.”

They issues an online statement that said “We routinely use different art styles with our characters, and this rendition of Merida in her party dress was a special one-time effort to commemorate her coronation.”  Uh…sure.  I buy that.  ;-]

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Dreaming Venti Together

Well you know I don’t drink coffee but I seem to go to Starbucks quite a bit with you.

You do, thank you so much. I love coffee. And we have some of the best conversations because were just dreaming together when were there.

There is something about that atmosphere that kind of brings that about for us. And the other day you said “That’s always where we dream venti”.

Yes, which is the hugest coffee drink you can get by the way. But I love how it feels when we have something that were looking forward to together, that were both passionate about, that

shared dream together.

Friend, the next time your in a coffee shop and ordering your cup of joe, think about how the two of you can dream venti together.

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Advice About GERMS & A 4-Month-Old Baby!

Dear Dr. Bill,

I’m a new mother of a 4-month-old.  I worry constantly about my baby’s health and well being, and I have a great fear of her getting sick.  I insist on my family & friends washing their hands before they touch her.  I also refuse to let her visit anybody who is sick.

However, my husband’s family is VERY laid back, and they don’t agree with my concerns.  In fact, my husband thinks I’m trying to put our baby “in a bubble” and that we can’t protect her from everything.  I disagree and this is a big issue with us…what should we do?


Dear Jeannie,

You and your husband should meet in the middle on this issue.  You need to relax and he and his family needs to be more sensitive your concerns.  Most new moms are a bit anxious about their baby’s health.

I can speak from personal experience.  My wife Lisa was very cautious with our first child, Joseph.  She kept anyone with a cold a full football field length away from him when he was an infant.  She was a lot more relaxed with Anna, our second child.

If you are nursing, you’ll be happy to learn that your baby is more immune to contracting infections due to the antibodies in breast milk.  But even if your baby is receiving formula, the fact is that a four-month-old baby should be able to weather a cold just fine.

The major concern is the possibility of contracting an ear infection along with a cold, but most ear infections can be easily treated with antibiotics.  The flu can be more problematic, and pediatricians recommend that babies over 6 months of age receive a flu shot.

In order to calm your fears, I would suggest you order Focus on the Family’s “Complete Book of Baby and Child Care.”  It’s a wonderful resource written by top pediatricians and family doctors.

Thanks for writing Jeannie.  If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

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Date Club

You now I came up with a pretty good idea this last month, didn’t I?

You’re kind of proud of yourself aren’t you?

The Date Club! I love this idea.

Yeah, you came out of your study and said, “I’ve had a stroke of brilliance…I think we should call another couple…at least one, maybe two and just trade nights and share our children, so

we all get a date night without paying for a babysitter.”

Yeah, so that one couple that night will take everybody’s kids, while we go have fun and we’ll kind of go around the circle. And it’s worked out pretty good.

It’s actually working, which is amazing and we’ve enjoyed it so much. Our kids actually enjoy playing with the other children.

Friend if you’re struggling to find some time together as a couple for your date night, consider a Date Club and exchange your kids with another couple.

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Could Teen Suicide Be Contagious?

Could suicide be “contagious?”  If you’re a teenager—it just might be.

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, new research has confirmed what some experts already suspected. When a high school student commits suicide, other kids at their school may think about killing themselves—or worse yet, attempt to take their own life.

For several years psychologists have believed that  suicide is “contagious,” meaning exposure to it can increase the risk, but there have been few studies that actually looked into that possibility.

In a study published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers surveyed thousands of teenagers about their response to a classmates’ suicide.

The researchers said “Adolescents may be particularly susceptible to this contagion effect.”  They found that more than 13% of teen suicides may be explained by so-called suicide “clustering.”

School-wide interventions after a suicide often last a few months , but the researchers say that’s not long enough.  It appears that effects of suicide contagion may last at least two years

By the age of 16 or 17, more than 24% of the students surveyed reported that someone at their school had committed suicide, and 20% said they knew the person who killed themselves.

If a teen at your child’s school has committed suicide, ask school administrators if they are aware of the new research.  And if your child ever reports feeling hopeless or hints that they’ve been thinking about taking their own life, take their words very seriously and seek professional help.

To learn more about the warning signs of adolescent suicide, go the American Psychological Association’s website.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Are You Lying To Yourself About The Sun?

I am, and am not proud of it!  I love being tan, and although I don’t fake and bake, I try to get as much sun as possible during the summer months.  It’s for the Vitamin D, right?  Well, in Lisa’s Home School, learn the scary truth behind the sun.

Good News: Teen Leaves Amazing Legacy


Zach Sobiech got diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 14. He celebrated his 18th birthday on May 3, and was told by doctors last June that he had possibly less than a year to live. That December, he released “Clouds.” The song about facing death got more than three million YouTube views. He passed away last week, but not before leaving the world with an incredible legacy.  “It’s really simple, actually,” Zach says of learning to make the world a better place: “Just try to make people happy.”  Watch the moving video of his last days here.