Are you a Proverbs 31 woman?

Coffee-Drinking-WomanAs we wrap up Women’s History Month, The Morning Thing dove into Proverbs 31 and pulled out the characteristics of a Godly woman. Check out this blog from Jenn, a self proclaimed wife, mother, follower of God, lover of coffee and classic movies. She dives into the verses and applies them to modern women of today. Take a few minutes to read through these characteristics and evaluate them within your own life.

Trustworthy: “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” 

Eager: “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.”

Purposeful and Savvy: “She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.”

Sacrificial, or just plain Responsible: “She gets up when it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.”

Diligent: “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.”

Physically Capable: “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”

Disciplined: “She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.”  

Compassionate: “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”

Prepared: “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.”

Tidy/Elegant/Neat: “She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.” 

Supportive/Submissive: “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.”

Humble: “She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.”

To read the full blog, click here!

We encourage both women and men to dig deeper into this topic and read Proverbs 31:10-31 for themselves!

Kathy Koch and Starting Point


Christa Adams, Office Manager and Underwriting Coordinator at WNZR spoke with Kathy Koch of Celebrate Kids about being a speaker and her ministry. Kathy will be coming to Starting Point to talk at their annual banquet. Check out the whole interview HERE!

Starting Point invites you to their Annual Spring Fundraising Banquet held at Faith Baptist Church, 8764 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH
The banquet is on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7, 2017.
Click HERE to register for a seat.

Monday the Start to a Great Week!

This month is National Ideas Month!


International ideas month is all about realizing the value of an idea, no matter how silly it might seem at first. If there’s something you have been mulling over for a while, an idea you’ve had but not really thought of making it a reality, then this month is the time to get your great idea rolling.


Dan and Kelsey took this topic and ran with it! They talked about some new inventions of 2017! 

Click HERE to see all of the new inventions from 2017!


Lastly, on the Morning Thing we talked about how to be more creative.

Click HERE to find out the 9 ways to be more creative in ten minutes!!!

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – Our favorite bible verses about LOVE

For The Morning Thing Fave 5 today, we shared 5 bible verses that talk about LOVE.

As we get ready for Lifeline 2017, we are focusing on what Jesus says about how we should “love one another”.

We will start with the theme verses for Lifeline 2017

 John 13:34-35
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Here are some other powerful verses:
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.:
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Philippians 2:1-4
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Please stay connected with us during Lifeline 2017. Go to

Will you take the Date Night Challenge? Insight from Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley


Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley are coming to Mount Vernon Nazarene University this weekend.

Click HERE to hear a conversation with New Life Church of the Nazarene pastor, Troy McNichols. New Life Naz is sponsoring this event.

The Morning Thing shared some insight from the Smalleys today.
(From “Take the Date Night Challenge) Common-sense reasons why committing to a regular date night can revolutionize your marriage:
1. Date nights are critical for the health of your relationship. Marriage relationships are dynamic; they are alive and always changing. And just like any relationship, marriages need to be fed and stimulated to stay alive and grow.

2. Date nights help you get reacquainted. The notion that you already know all there is to know about your spouse is a myth. There is always something new to learn about your spouse, because we all change. Dating is a great way to update and deepen your knowledge of your beloved. It’s vital that you keep that curiosity and interest in your mate flourishing.

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3. Date nights are a great investment in the future. Just like a savings account, the more you invest in your relationship, the more it will grow exponentially over time. Dates also lay the framework for future times together, encouraging you and your spouse to look forward to spending more time together.

4. Date nights put the focus back on your marriage. As you well know, day-to-day distractions pull your attention away from your spouse. Dates help you refocus and put that person back at the top of your priority list. When a date night is going the way it should, the only thing the two of you have to concentrate on is one another. (More on this later!)

5. Date nights help you remember the good times. A good date will often bring up fond premarriage memories. Recalling these memories can help you and your spouse generate positive feelings and anticipation for your next date.

6. Date nights send a positive message. To your friends, family, and especially your kids, marriage needs to be viewed as something valuable, special, and precious. Marriage is something important enough to put ongoing effort into. And date nights communicate to your spouse that he or she is valuable enough not to give all of your prime time to other people or things.

7. Date nights strengthen the marital bond. The more time you and your spouse spend alone enjoying each other, the stronger your bond becomes. This naturally deepens your intimacy and brings you closer together.

8. Date nights are a great way to reconnect. Dating helps you unplug from your busy and hectic pace of life in order to simply enjoy being together.

9. Date nights rekindle the romance in your relationship. Having a night out with your spouse is an important part of keeping romance alive.

10. Date nights inject excitement into a stale marriage. Under the stress of work, household duties and child-rearing, spouses can become nothing more than distant roommates. Just like the young couple at the beginning of this chapter, spouses need to feel that rush of excitement and adrenaline from time to time. They must never succumb to the idea that their marriage is simply a recycled union of two tired and bored souls.

11. Date nights help you both decompress. Every couple needs a chance to enjoy one another’s company without being weighed down by the demands of life. A date night should be free from the distractions of children, extended family, friends, or work. It should represent an opportunity for you to rediscover the person you fell in love with. We’ll explore this concept in much greater detail in the next chapter.

12. Date nights strengthen your commitment. By making date night a priority, you are communicating to your spouse that divorce is out of the question and that you are committed to strengthening your marriage by spending ongoing, quality time together.

Find out more about RUC – Relationships Under Construction


Jenna Potts of The Morning Thing talked with Catherine Woods, President of (RUC) Relationships Under Construction. Catherine shared the passion, mission and goals of this ministry. She also talked about their upcoming fundraising banquet.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Click HERE to find out more about RUC or to register to attend their fundraising banquet on 4/6/17.

It’s As Young As You Feel Day! Stay Young!


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Everyone is aging, but the key is to stay as young as you can, and this happens by loving life, and enjoying it.

Have fun, get out, and keep moving! Life is way to short to just sit around, and miss all that life has for you. Get moving, get going, and always, always keep going.

We found 33 ways to feel 10 years younger, and how to apply these to your life.

You can visit HERE to view these amazing ideas to keep you going, and enjoying life.