Good News: Teenager Gives Thousands Of Shoes To Homeless


16-year-old Nicholas says his interest in helping homeless children started at age 5, when his parents took him to visit a homeless shelter. His excitement over a new pair of shoes with lights turned to sympathy for children who barely had anything to wear. He started donating his outgrown shoes to shelters, but realized it’s uncomfortable to wear shoes broken in by someone else. For a community-service project tied to his bar mitzvah four years ago, he created a project to donate new shoes to homeless children, and what started as one bin in one temple dedicated to one shelter has grown into a national operation called Gotta Have Soles with several shoe retailers as sponsors. Way to go Nicholas!  See his story here.


10 Compliments Your Kids Need To Hear


Children look to their parents for encouragement.  Compliments go a long way in giving our kids the boost they need.  In Lisa’s Home School, review this list of compliments that your kids need to hear from you!


Shining Acts of Community Kindness (SACKed) 3/31

This week’s SACKed idea is to buy a flower seed packet, attach an encouraging note and a SACKed card, and give it to someone.  Some ideas:
·        Leave it in a neighbor’s mailbox
·        Mail it to a friend who needs encouragement
·        Stick it under the windshield of a car in the parking lot
·        Drop it off on a coworker’s desk
Just another easy and fun way to make a difference in someone’s day (and hopefully encourage Spring to come and stay)! 
Call us to share your SACKed story at 855-98-SHINE!

Good News: Michigan State Star And Childhood Cancer Victim Now Like Family


Adreian Payne and 8-year old Lacey Holsworth met each other two years ago in a hospital where she was being treated for Neuroblastoma, a rare form of nerve Cancer. The cliche of a star athlete visiting sick kids ended as soon as they met, and now Payne and “Princess Lacey” have become like brother and sister.  Adreian and Lacey were complete strangers prior to meeting in the hospital, but have become family over the last two years.  The two text daily and Payne has made sure that Lacey is part of his Michigan State family.  This was made obvious as Lacey helped Payne cut down the nets after the Spartans won the Big Ten Tournament.  Check out this sweet story here.


Texting Emergencies


Do you text while you walk?  It could land you in the emergency room!

UPI is reporting on research done at Ohio State University, showing that distracted walking—such as texting while walking on a street—results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving.

The researchers found that the number of ER visits for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking have tripled in the past ten years.

Dr. Dietrich Jehle, a professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo, says tens of thousands of pedestrians are treated in emergency rooms across the nation each year.  As many as ten percent of those visits result from accidents involving cellphones.

The consequences of texting while walking include bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over clutter or stepping into traffic.

Dr. Jehle says, “When texting you’re not as in control with the complex actions of walking. While talking on the phone is a distraction, texting is much more dangerous because you can’t see the path in front of you.”

Although injuries from car accidents involving texting are often more severe, physical harm resulting from texting and walking occurs more often.

According to Dr. Jehle, the number of injuries involving texting and walking is likely higher than official statistics suggest.  That’s because patients tend to under report information about themselves when it’s embarrassing.


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Knowing your Spouse


I’ve been on this kind of banana and peanut butter kick, haven’t I?


You have that—and your Lemon Sorbet. It’s so funny because as soon as I take for granted that I know exactly what you like, you change. You have this new thing, like the chocolate peanut butter ice cream or whatever it is.


There is something about that in marriage that we’re always in flux. We’re always changing and staying current with each other is the goal.


You can kind of get bored with each other if you take each other for granted and think, “Oh, I know you,” and make assumptions. The truth is we got to check in with each other, stay current, and really know our spouse.


Friend, think about that in your own marriage. Are you staying current today?


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

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Deception’s End


Deception’s End hails from the SW suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. DE is a rock band founded by long time friends Mike Gucwa and Shaun Ashley. Since 2012, the band has been primarily playing in the Chicagoland area doing concerts, clubs, conferences, and youth events.

Deception’s End combines their musical backgrounds of hard 90’s and progressive rock to create an unique sound. DE is more than just a rock band that comes through town, they are real people with a real past. These stories, combined with moving guitars riffs and uplifting worship, creates a sound people enjoy and relate to.

Deception’s End will be coming out with their first EP at the beginning of March. Their tireless efforts have produced songs that people can relate to and give inspiration. Steve Evan’s honest and transparent lyrics express where he has been and where he is going.

3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, DECEIVED, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3)


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Scared of the School Bus


Dear Dr. Bill,

Our family recently moved and now my six year old daughter is terrified of riding on a school bus!  The school is too far away for her to walk, and my wife and I both work—so driving her back and forth every day really isn’t feasible.  What can we do?



Dear Greg,

Your e-mail doesn’t provide much information on what might be causing your daughter’s fear of the school bus.  Did some kind traumatic incident occur on the bus?  Are there children on the bus who are bullying her?  Does the bus driver yell at the kids and threaten them?

Her fear could be based on any one of these things, but it’s likely it may have more to do with adjusting to the new school and being separated from mom and dad.

To determine if something occurred on the bus that scared her, you’ll need to have a conversation with the bus driver and perhaps with his supervisor.  If something did happen, you’ll need to discuss the experience with her and enlist the driver’s help to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

On the other hand, if she’s never actually ridden the bus to her new school and is afraid to get on it, the issue is most likely a fear of being separated from you and your wife. In that case, you’ll need to bite the bullet and lovingly but firmly insist that she get the bus and take it to school.

Here’s one way you might make her first ride less traumatic.  Ask the bus driver if you could meet him later in the day after the afternoon run.  Allow your daughter to meet the driver and tour the bus with you.

Make it a fun experience, exploring the different seats and perhaps asking the driver if she can honk the horn.  This will give her a sense of mastery and control over the situation, and should make getting on the bus the next morning much easier for her.

Thanks for writing, Greg.


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Gifts of Love


Okay, I’m the first to admit it I am not a morning person. If it’s up to me, I’d get up at the crack of noon almost everyday.


That is so true about you. That’s why this is so fun for me. The other morning we had to get up super early for a responsibility. The alarm went off, and I was supposed to get up first. You turned to me and in your sleepy voice said, “If you don’t want to get up yet, I’ll stay in bed.”


It made sense at the time to me.


I knew in your sleepy voice you were trying to offer me that extraordinary move of getting up first so I could sleep in.


Sometimes a gift comes out that way. The intention is there it just doesn’t sound right. Friend, think about those gifts of love even when they don’t come out right. They can still be received with an open heart.


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Simple Secret To Time Management


Ephesians 5:16 says to make the most of every opportunity, and that’s the key to time management.  Time either flies by or stands still, but in every circumstance, the way to really manage your time is to allow yourself to be fully present in each moment…even the small ones!  In Lisa’s Home School, read more about how you can live fully in each moment – giving you the advantage over time.