Shine 180: Amber

Your support of the New Shine.FM is allowing God to touch and impact lives. Meet Amber and hear see how a Meredith Andrews song was the right song at the right time.

Music News: Amy Grant “Don’t Try So Hard”

Listen to Amy Grant as she shares about her first new CD in more than a decade “How Mercy Looks From Here” on the latest in the New Shine.FM Music News.

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Music News

Couponing Lingo: Decoded


Couponing is a great way to save money!  You hear those stories and see those reality TV moms checking out with 3 shopping carts and then somehow they end up only paying $37!  But if you’re new to the couponing world, the lingo can be a bit confusing.  Find out more in Lisa’s Home School.

*Great news!  Couponing is just one of the many topics featured in The New Shine.FM’s iBelieve magazine – a new FREE lifestyle magazine that comes to the newsstand on your tablet.  Get info on subscribing here.

Good News: This Water Is Beautiful


The New Shine.FM General Manager Justin Knight will be appearing TONIGHT in a new film about the work of Team World Vision.  “This Water Is Beautiful” is a short documentary, featuring Justin and other runners as they share why they run. It will be shown in select cinemas nationwide tonight only, alongside the theatrical premiere of “Spirit of the Marathon II” – the sequel to the original award-winning documentary. After witnessing World Vision’s transformative work during a recent trip to Africa, documentary filmmaker Jon Dunham donated screen time to highlight the work Team World Vision is doing. Justin has already run 12 marathons for Team World Vision and currently leads Olivet Nazarene University’s Team Shine. “Running was always about me,” he said. “Running with Team World Vision is a way I can make it about others.”  Don’t miss this amazing movie!  Watch the trailer here.

Justin and Team Shine.FM is currently training to run 200 miles for kids in Africa!  Read his story and support him here.

What Are The Highs & Lows?

We tasted the freshest fish we’ve ever encountered this weekend, a King Salmon in Alaska.

It was so good and it was so much better because it was fresh. I hate to compare a fish to our marriage, but I’m going to do it because it reminded me that it is so much better when I have the freshest connection with you.

Well, how do you stay fresh in a marriage? We do this thing called “You’re high and you’re low.” For the day, what was it?

Yeah. It’s a simple check in, but I got to tell you, when we finish this little question, “What was your high? What was your low?” I feel like I know you in the freshest way and it makes it so current.

Friend, keep your relationship fresh by staying up to date, today and everyday.

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.

Shine Relationship Experts

Do Couples Who Meet Online Have More Successful Marriages?

Do people who meet online have more successful marriages?  Maybe so.

A new study from the University of Chicago has found that one-third of American marriages involve people who met online.  And it appears that those couples have higher levels of marital satisfaction than those who meet in more traditional ways.

According to a story on, the study found that of couples who got together online, 5.9% broke up, versus 7.6% of those who met offline.

Dr. John Cacioppo, one of the study’s authors, says  “Given the marriages that we studied were from one to seven years in duration, I was surprised we found any differences in marital breakups.”

One caveat–the study was funded by online-dating site  However, the results were analyzed by independent statisticians.

But some say it’s too early in the life of the Internet to be making bold predictions about the power of online dating.  Jason Krafsky, who co-authored the book “Facebook and Your Marriage” says “I’m not ready to accept that any marriage that begins on any online site is better quality than offline relationships.”

Krafsy says that’s because the phenomenon of meeting online is still relatively new, and only half of divorces occur in the first eight years.”

E-Harmony’s founder, Dr. Neil Clark Warren, is encouraged by the results.  Dr. Warren says it’s his mission to reduce the divorce rate from 50% to single digits.

He says “It’s not that it’s too easy to get divorced,” Warren says. “It’s that it’s too easy to get married.”

By the way, if you’re single and looking for a life mate, let me recommend a section of scripture you may find helpful—Galatians 5:22-23.  That’s the “Fruit of the Spirit” passage.  If you focus on those qualities in a dating partner, and ask God to help you develop them yourself—you’re more likely to have a successful marriage from the start.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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