Are you ready for Memorial Day? The Morning Thing 5/27/16

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It is a special holiday weekend. Are you ready for Memorial Day on Monday?

The Big Blue Crew will be in Mount Vernon’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday. Click HERE for more information on the parade route. We hope to see you there.

The village of Fredericktown will have a flag raising and laying of the wreath on the east side of the Square at 9:45 a.m. and a parade at 10 a.m. beginning at Forest Cemetery. There will also be a program to conclude the event in the Cemetery.

Danville Memorial Day activities include a parade from the Square to Memorial Park at
10 a.m. and a speaker at Memorial Park after the parade.

62% of people barbecue for the holiday.
If you are having friends or family over for a cookout on Monday, check out these wonderful party ideas. Click HERE for ideas for centerpieces, tablescapes and candles.

Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen. Today (5/27) is National Sunscreen Day. Be informed! We found 8 little-known facts about sunscreen. Make sure that you are informed as you head out into the summer sun. Click HERE to read these startling facts.

A BIG part of the Memorial Day celebration will center around food! The Morning Thing crew shared our favorite Memorial Day foods for our Fave 5:
1. Eddie Dilts loves macaroni salad. Click HERE to hear his thoughts.
2. Wesley Boston loves his Mom’s rainbow jello. Click HERE to hear more about this recipe.
3. Marcy Rinehart loves the perfect grilled hot dog. Click HERE to hear Marcy’s description of “perfectly grilled”.
4. Jessica Wells loves cheesy potatoes and begs Marcy to make her secret recipe. Click HERE to hear the recipe (it’s not a secret).:-)
5. Aubrey Bailey loves ALL picnic items. She is easy to please at your BBQ table. She loves hamburgers, potato salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad, corn on the cob – basically anything that appears on the picnic table.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!




The Weirdness of English- Idioms and True Weather Proverbs: The Morning Thing on 5/26/16

“I’ll just play it by ear.” “It’s raining cats and dogs outside.” “Oh gosh, I’m laughing so hard I’m in stitches!”

We say weird things sometimes. English is full of idioms, those phrases that taken literally mean something quite different than their intended meaning. Why do we say random things like “the pot calling the kettle black” or “driving me up the wall?” Turns out there are good explanations, a method to the madness if you will.

Usually it’s a lesson in history, perhaps linguistics. Either way, it’s helpful at best and fun at least to know why we say the things that we do. You can check out the origins of idioms here and here.

In addition to idioms we say weird things like “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning, red sky at night, sailors delight” to describe the weather. Turns out that a lot of these Old Wives’ sayings about the weather actually are true. You can check out the scientific reasons for it here.

What can Christians learn from the Olympics? The Morning Thing 5/25/16

We are constantly on the search for inspiring messages to share on The Morning Thing. What can be more inspiring than watching an Olympic athlete overcome numerous obstacles to win a gold medal? The crowds cheer, their family celebrates and their country feels a sense of pride.
We found a very insightful blog from about what Christians can learn from the Olympics. We hope it inspires you to lead a victorious Christian life.

They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. — 1 Corinthians 9:25
Faith + Family
What Christians Can Learn from the Summer Olympics
by Ramona VincentMeet Ramona Vincent

2 Corinthians 9:25

This summer, our family – along with 76 percent of the world’s population – will be gathering in front of the television to watch elite athletes from around the world compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in the sports that God has gifted them in.

What is it that makes the Summer Olympics so compelling that even individuals who do not normally watch sports take the time out of their busy schedules to tune into their favorite events and cheer for athletes whom they don’t even know?

Olympians inspire us to be our best – to strive for greatness – to believe that when we devote ourselves to pursuing our dreams, all things are possible.

Some of these Olympians are so young! We often wonder how can 13, 14 and 15-year olds be so strong and talented!

As each competition and human interest story unfolds, we can learn some valuable lessons from the Olympians about what it takes to lead a victorious Christian life.

We Are Called To Persevere

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Have you ever signed up to do something fun, only to throw in the towel the moment that things got tough? Olympian athletes remind us that in order to accomplish anything of worth in life, we must set a goal, keep our eye on the prize, and persevere.

We need to live our Christian lives like this. As Hebrews 12:1-3 says:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Athletes focus on their diets, their physical training, and their interactions with their coach and their teammates to prepare them for competition. Christians focus on the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, worship and fellowship so that we are prepared for our daily encounters in life.

We Are Called To Be Ambassadors For Christ

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20

Olympian athletes serve as ambassadors for their country. The eyes of the world are upon them at all times. They know that the things that they say or do bring glory or shame to their native lands.

Likewise, Christians are ambassadors for Christ. We represent the Kingdom of God. Jesus calls us the light of the world. He tells us to let our light shine before men, so that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. (2 Corinthians 5:20, Matthew 5:14, Matthew 5:16)

We Are Called To Glorify God

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17

Everything that we do, each and every day of our lives, should be done for God’s glory and honor. This especially holds true when we are in the spotlight, because we are given a special opportunity to magnify and glorify God’s name for the entire world to see.

Throughout the years, there have been many Olympian athletes who have used their time in the spotlight to share the love of Christ with others, including beloved gymnast Gabby Douglas, track and field sprinter Allyson Felix, and swimming gold medalist and world record holder Missy Franklin.

We Are Called To Impact The World For God

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12

One of the most moving moments at any sporting event – particularly a world class event like the Summer Olympics – is when a Christian athlete wins a medal and uses his or her fame and glory to testify of the goodness of God.

Young Christian athletes in the media serve as particularly powerful role models for children because they show them that they, too, can be a witness for God in their schools and communities, regardless of their age.

Swimming With Faith by Natalie Davis Miller tells the inspiring story of 21-year old Missy Franklin – a four-time Olympic gold medalist who holds several world and American swimming records and has earned numerous awards, medals and titles in her sport.

Despite her achievements, Missy does her best to live a normal life and to maintain a vibrant, vital relationship with God.

Missy says:

“God is always there for me. I talk with Him before, during and after practice and competitions. I pray to Him for guidance. I thank Him for this talent He has given me, and promise to be a positive role model for young athletes in all sports.”

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, best known as the first African American to win the individual all-around event at the London 2012 Olympics, is currently setting her sights on a comeback to compete in the 2016 Olympics. Douglas is very outspoken about her love for Christ and wrote the books Raising the Bar (for ages 8 and up) and Grace, Gold & Glory (for grades 6-9) after winning her medals.

“I love sharing my story and I love sharing about my faith,” she said. “God has given me this amazing God-given talent, so I’m going to go out and glorify His name.”

Both Missy and Gabby embody determination, perseverance and faithfulness – the types of qualities that every parent wants to impart to their children.

As your family counts down the days to the Summer Olympics, why not introduce your children to these star athletes by reading and discussing their faith stories with your family?

Are you burned out? The Morning Thing 5/24/16


What is burnout?
Burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to:
• physical and emotional exhaustion
• cynicism and detachment
• feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment

When in the throes of full-fledged burnout, you are no longer able to function effectively on a personal or professional level. However, burnout doesn’t happen suddenly. You don’t wake up one morning and all of a sudden “have burnout.” Its nature is much more insidious, creeping up on us over time like a slow leak, which makes it much harder to recognize. Still, our bodies and minds do give us warnings, and if you know what to look for, you can recognize it before it’s too late.

What are the signs of burnout?
Each of the three areas described above is characterized by certain signs and symptoms (although there is overlap in some areas). These signs and symptoms exist along a continuum. In other words, the difference between stress and burnout is a matter of degree, which means that the earlier you recognize the signs, the better able you will be to avoid burnout (IF you do something to address the symptoms when you recognize them).
• Signs of physical and emotional exhaustion:
1. Chronic fatigue. In the early stages, you may feel a lack energy and feel tired most days. In the latter stages, you feel physically and emotionally exhausted, drained, and depleted, and you may feel a sense of dread for what lies ahead on any given day.
2. Insomnia. In the early stages, you may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep one or two nights a week. In the latter stages, insomnia may turn into a persistent, nightly ordeal; as exhausted as you are, you can’t sleep.
3. Forgetfulness/impaired concentration and attention. Lack of focus and mild forgetfulness are early signs. Later, the problems may get to the point where you can’t get your work done and everything begins to pile up.
4. Physical symptoms. Physical symptoms may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal pain, dizziness, fainting, and/or headaches (all of which should be medically assessed).
5. Increased illness. Because your body is depleted, your immune system becomes weakened, making you more vulnerable to infections, colds, flu, and other immune-related medical problems.
6. Loss of appetite. In the early stages, you may not feel hungry and may skip a few meals. In the latter stages, you may lose your appetite all together and begin to lose a significant amount of weight.
7. Anxiety. Early on, you may experience mild symptoms of tension, worry, and edginess. As you move closer to burnout, the anxiety may become so serious that it interferes in your ability to work productively and may cause problems in your personal life.
8. Depression. In the early stages, you may feel mildly sad, occasionally hopeless, and you may experience feelings of guilt and worthlessness as a result. At its worst, you may feel trapped, severely depressed, and think the world would be better off without you. (If your depression is to this point, you should seek professional help immediately.)
9. Anger. At first, this may present as interpersonal tension and irritability. In the latter stages, this may turn into angry outbursts and serious arguments at home and in the workplace. (If anger gets to the point where it turns to thoughts or acts of violence toward family or coworkers, seek immediate professional assistance.)

If you answer YES (that’s me) to several of the signs above. It is time to take action.
Click HERE to see some ways to handle burnout (from the Mayo Clinic).
We also encourage spending time with God. Bible study and prayer can help you find balance. Click HERE to find 5 helpful bible verses if you are feeling burned out at work.

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Congrats Knox County Graduates! Morning Thing Fave 5 for 5/20/16

To the class of 2016: Congratulations! You made it through high school! What an awesome moment for you. Think of it as a video game. You just finished the tutorial and now you get to start playing for real! Don’t worry, it’s not so bad. You’ve got an adventure ahead of you. Contrary to popular belief, high school is not the best years of your life. You have the potential to have an amazing college experience and then to make an amazing life for yourself.

Don’t be fooled though. It’s not going to be easy. You are going to face things that you can’t even imagine. Some of those things are good and some are very bad. And despite what you might think, you don’t know everything. You’re going to need help at some points. That’s why we want to offer you some advice as you wrap up this stage of the adventure. You can listen to it here.

Good luck to you! Now go out there and have an adventure!

As Morning Show Hosts we are qualified to help you become a Morning Person

We get it. Mornings are hard. Trust us, we know.We’re there. It’s hard to get by working at 6:00am if you struggle in the morning. So we find our ways. For some of us it’s coffee, for some of us it’s food, for some of us a hot shower, and for others it’s sleeping in as late as possible. We all have our little tricks, but we’re also constantly looking for new ways to get better because, as I mentioned, mornings are HARD. It would be nice to have a Disney-esque wake up complete with melodic birds and charming little number where you sing about having a whole day of adventure and life ahead… instead of the harsh tone of the alarm clock pulling you from the sweet grasp of sleep into another bleak morning.

But it doesn’t have to be like that! There are other ways, and we want to help you with some advice that we found. Granted, it won’t be easy or immediate. But it will help. Here is the breakdown:

  1. Write down why you want to become a morning person.
  2. Choose a morning routine.
  3. Visualize your morning routine at night.
  4. Practice mindfulness.

You can find the detailed descriptions and instructions here. Here’s to happy mornings for you!

Baking Skills Not Up to Par for National Baking Day? We Got You Covered!

It’s National Baking Day! What a holiday. Time to celebrate with some cakes, cookies, breads, brownies, and… wait, what? You can’t bake? Well that is a problem. How else will you celebrate today? More importantly, what will you whip together the next time you’re supposed to provide a dish at a party or get-together?

Never fear, we’ve got your back. Enter our topic of discussion on today’s show: Simple, 3-ingredient recipes. Each one is classy, delicious, and, best of all, easy.There’s a good mix of content too. So give them a try. Flip through the list and find what tickles your palette.

You can find the entire list here. Feel free to let us know your results!