The GOD of Every Moment

He’s the God of EVERY moment of your life! ~ Garrett

Random Blessing Weekend

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and Friday February 1st is our next Drive-Thru Difference here at the New Shine.FM.  But you don’t have to wait until then to randomly bless someone….you can start this weekend.  Maybe you have a story of how you blessed someone, or maybe how someone blessed you?  Would you share it with me this afternoon? Thanks!

Good News Story: Hope Rises From The Ashes

Ben and Norma are an elderly couple that spent last Thanksgiving in New York City.  They took in something like 6 plays, 3 jazz clubs, and a comedy club.  On their last day, they went back to their hotel, only to learn that their house had caught fire and they lost almost everything.  Read the story of how a community rallied around this couple to give hope, healing, and a fresh start.

Mini-Resolution No 18: Share Your Story

Today’s mini-challenge is to share your story with someone.  Now, this could mean sharing your entire testimony or just what you’re going through right now.  I’ll go first.

I’m working through a book that challenges me to make a list of 1,000 gifts that God has given me.  Not the obvious gifts, like family and friends, but the moments of blessing.  This has really helped me change my perspective because I’m always looking for the next gift to write down.  This morning, I opened a new jar of peanut butter and it struck me: this moment is a gift from God!  Call me crazy, but I LOVE being the first one to take a scoop out of the peanut butter jar.  I have always loved it, but it wasn’t until this morning that I saw it as a small moment of blessing from God.

It’s your turn!  Share your story by commenting below — or tell a friend today!

How Can We Pray For You Today?

How can we pray for you today? ~ Garrett

Did You Watch A Night of Hope and Healing Last Night?

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and I was up watching the live-stream of “A Night of Hope and Healing” from Bridgetown, CT last night with Chris Tomlin, Mandisa, TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Laura Story, Casting Crowns, Louie Giglio and Max Lucado and so many others. Did you watch any of the event? Oh, and don’t forget to pray for the families in Newtown, CT……they could really use your prayer support as they continue to heal!

Check out the Facebook Page set up for the event to see some home videos from the night.

Good News Story: Finding A Job…When You Least Expect It

A woman named Emily had to quit her job because of health problems.  Emily was collecting disability but wanted to get a part-time job to make ends meet. She kept applying and interviewing with no luck.  She was really discouraged, so she started performing random acts of kindness to make herself feel better. Then, one day, one of her random acts started a ripple effect.  Read about it here!

He is the same–ALWAYS! ~ Garrett

Are You Ready to Trust Him This Week?

A great reminder to “trust” Him as we kick off a new week! ~ Garrett

A Poem From Max Lucado

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and all of here at the New Shine.FM are lifting up lifting up the families and friends of those involved in last Friday morning’s tragedy in Newtown, CT. Max Lucado shared this poem over the weekend, and I thought it was a fitting way to start the week.

Dear Jesus,

It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.

These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.

The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.

Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.

Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.

This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.

Your Children

-Max Lucado