AJ Michalka – All I’ve Ever Needed

From the new movie, Grace Unplugged hitting theaters October 4th!

Having just turned 18, Grace Trey aspires to more than just singing at her church, where the worship leader is her father—a former pop star. So, with the help of Mossy, her dad’s former manager, Grace records a cover version of her dad’s old Top-10 hit, runs off to Los Angeles, and begins to taste the kind of stardom she’s always dreamed about.

Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values, further straining her relationship with her parents. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith … or rediscover it?

Healthier Substitutes For Butter


Mmmm, butter!  Who doesn’t love a big ole pat of butter on a baked potato?  A little butter every now and then is fine, but don’t overdo it!  When recipes call for sticks and sticks of butter, turn to Lisa’s Home School for easy substitutes that are lower in calories and fat!

Good News: 48-Hour Video Game Marathon For Child Protection


Matt Rossi, a member of one of our Shine.FM supporting families, started a 48-hour video game marathon yesterday at noon. He’ll be playing a variety of family-friendly video games on a live stream to raise support for Child Protection through Team World Vision. Matt is currently asking friends, family, and video game nuts to support World Vision’s Child Protection fund, which helps protect children from a wide range of abuses, from trafficking to violence to mutilation, in third-world countries. Matt’s father, Dave, along with Shine.FM General Manager Justin Knight will be running the New York City Marathon in November to raise awareness and funds for child protection. Matt is live streaming his ventures, and you can participate by requesting special tricks for your donation – for example: I’ll donate $100 if you play the next half hour sitting upside down! You can watch Matt’s gaming marathon here, but hurry! His 48-hour gameathon ends at noon tomorrow! Thanks to Matt and his family for their support of The New Shine.FM and of amazing organizations like World Vision.

Chris August “Restore”

“Mine is ‘Restore’ by Chris August. My husband had stop saying he loved me and then told me he did not love me and wanted a divorce. I heard this song for the first time. I was already asking God to restore my marriage and I feel God gave me this song just when I needed it. Love this Chris August song. It speaks to me from God.” – Lynn

The Extra Mile

You know I’ve probably said it a million times…the most revolutionary marriage principle I think ever taught was walking the extra mile.

Absolutely. Not just doing what is expected, but doing something that goes beyond that.

Yeah, something that…you kind of walk the first mile just because you’re a decent human being…the extra mile is something that catches people off guard.

Yeah, in marriage it is so amazing to experience that…when your spouse goes the extra mile for you.

You can walk the extra mile in big ways, little ways…taking out the trash. That’s the first mile.

Then not saying anything about it. Doing it without saying anything…that’s the extra mile!

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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Older TV Sets & Toddlers—A Deadly Combination

If you have a toddler in your family, there’s a danger lurking in your home you need to know about.

Every year in America, more than 17,000 children are treated in emergency rooms when a television falls on them.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting on a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  It found that the rate of kids hurt from TVs tipping over has nearly doubled in the past two decades.

The study was prompted in part by a rash of TV-related deaths in the Chicago area, and it found that kids aged 5 and under were the most at risk.  Injuries included concussions, lacerations and traumatic brain injuries.

Dr. Gary Smith, the study’s lead author and president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, hopes that the findings will serve as a wakeup call for parents.

Dr. Smith says “A home with a TV that is not anchored is not a safe home for a young child.

He points out that in a span of less than four months in 2011 and 2012, falling TVs killed four Chicago-area children and injured a fifth.

The study found that as newer TVs make their way into a home, the older ones are sometimes relegated to dressers and other unsafe locations.

Flat-screen TVs can also be dangerous, according to the study. They are much lighter than older TVs, and combined with their less bulky design, they are easier to tip over.

Safety advocates say the study reinforces the message that all TVs, regardless of type, should be anchored.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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What You Eat Can Put You In A Bad Mood


What’s your go-to snack?  Chips, ice cream, or cookies?  Did you know that what you eat can actually put you in a bad mood?  In Lisa’s Home School, learn which foods to steer clear of if you’d rather maintain a steady mood (and thinner waistline)!

Good News: Restaurant Comes To Aid of Bus Crash Families


Many individuals and groups are reaching out to the victims and families of involved in Saturday’s terrible bus accident on the northeast side of Indianapolis.  Jeff Mosley, manager of the Chick-fil-A at The Crossing on 82nd Street said, “Our hearts are broken. We wanted to help in any way we can.”  Jeff said as soon as he and his employees heard about the crash just a couple of miles away, they went to work preparing 100 meals for those gathered at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.  Read more about ways you can help here.


Friend, have you thought about the power of your voice?

Yeah, we thought about that this week. Because our little guy, Jackson, is 3. He’s kind of pondering things, and he came out with the statement, “When I was a baby, I wanted to have a voice like mine.”

It took us a little while to figure out what he meant by that.

Yeah as he began to talk, we realized what he was saying was, “Now that I can talk; I make friends, and I feel close to people. And I understood what he meant.”

And it is so powerful. We take it for granted, but that’s exactly what we have, is a gift. In our own marriages our voice is to pull us together.

That’s right. And sometimes people define marriage as one long conversation. I know why they do that.

Friend don’t take your voice for granted. It’s the life blood of your relationship.

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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Should Your Child Participate In An Overnight Outing Organized By His Public School?

Dear Dr. Bill,

What is your opinion on overnight group activities for grade-school children, especially those organized by a public school?  We want our children to have fun and participate with their friends, but we’re concerned about exposing them to inappropriate influences.  We worry that they could be exposed to things like inappropriate movies or music or even drugs or alcohol.  Are we overreacting?


Dear Dale,

In today’s culture every parent should be mindful about what their kids are exposed to when they’re in someone else’s care.  The sad fact is that we live in a world that is increasingly dangerous and unhealthy for kids.

By the same token, we can’t keep our children in a safe little cocoon forever.  Eventually they are going to have to deal with the dangers and temptations that exist outside the four walls of our home.

I would suggest you meet with your child’s teacher and principal and find out exactly what is planned for the overnight event.  Where will it be held, what sort of activities are planned, and who will be supervising the kids?

If you know your child’s teacher well, and trust his or her judgment, you probably have little to worry about.  On the other hand, if this event is being held in someone’s private home and other parents are providing the supervision, it’s a different story.  If you don’t feel comfortable with the situation, volunteer to be a chaperone for the event.

Most teachers welcome parental involvement, and they often have difficulty getting enough parents to volunteer.

There’s another important aspect to your question.  In addition to protecting our children from the dangers they may face in the world, we also need to teach them about making responsible choices.

Our kids need to understand that the decisions they make have consequences, and that there are times when they may need to say “no” when offered things that may not be good for them.

Thanks for writing, Dale.  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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