It’s Single Parents Day! Today, we honor you!

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(from www.daysoftheyear.com)

Single Parents’ Day celebrates those brave people that do it on their own, and in many cases without a safety net.

Most single parents didn’t intend to be single parents when they started. Single parenthood usually comes about due to unfortunate and stressful events. Raising children even with two parents can be hard work, so take a moment to applaud those people who, usually through no fault of their own, are having to fly solo.

Today, The Morning Thing shared encouragement for both single Dads and Moms.

Here are 5 Encouragements for Single Dads from www.allprodad.com

1. Too little time.

For a single dad, time is at a very high premium. Work eats up most of it, so task overload can easily swallow what remains. Mouths to feed, dishes to clean, clothes to wash, and all the chores and charms of home that need your attention. As a generalization, try not to feel guilty if you leave the dishes in the sink overnight. Place the emphasis and importance on being with your children to play, read, or just simply talk.

2. Financial difficulties.

A great many single parents find themselves in financial distress. Keep in mind that the thing your kids need most from you is your love and attention. After that, separate the true needs from the pile and place top priority on them—things such as food, shelter, and clothing. Children don’t always understand why they can’t have everything they desire, but one day they will.

3. Feeling overwhelmed.

It is difficult and challenging being the only adult in the room long term. Loneliness, stress, and depression are common for single parents. Know that you are not alone. There are 1.7 million others in your same boat who are experiencing the same things. Be sure to take time for yourself to recharge and strengthen your mind.

4. Relationships old and new.

With divorce, the ex-spouse is still a very big part of family life and always will be. How that relationship is handled and functions is extremely important, not only to the children but also to your overall mental state. In dating and new relationships, extreme care must be taken when introducing new people into the life of the family. Resentment or early attachments are just two of the standard pitfalls. Keep the hope of love in your heart always, but be mindful of far-reaching, unintended consequences.

5. Building a support system.

Family, friends, babysitters, teachers, mentors, and all sorts of people take a role in your family life. However, divorce can take a big toll on family support; judgment and bitter feelings can split friends. Try to display humility and understanding towards those in your life. In most cases, they won’t understand the entire picture and will see only what they want to see. Only time and a new stable reality will change those perceptions. Be patient.

Hey Single Moms, we have encouragement for you too from www.imom.com
Here are ideas from author, Lisa Appelo

1. Be a listener.

Your single mom friend needs someone she can trust. She may need to talk about a hard day, wrestle through an issue or talk about how she’s feeling. Be a safe friend who your single mom friend can confide in. Listening well is a huge gift you can give her.

2. Be a trusted adviser.

One of the hardest things about single parenting is the sheer number of decisions that have to be made alone. The single mom makes hundreds of decisions by herself every day. I cannot begin to describe how helpful it is to have a friend I trust for advice. As a friend, you can ask questions to help the single mom work through a big decision or bring an objective perspective to her decision-making.

3. Be understanding.

Going from married to single meant that my workload doubled. Between work, house, yard, finances and parenting, most single moms have way too much to do. Be understanding if your single mom friend can no longer do the things you used to together. If she can’t get out for coffee, bring it over to her house one night after the kids are in bed. Instead of the annual birthday shopping trip, offer to take her kids shopping for her birthday presents.

4. Be another driver.

This is a place where you can be a huge help. While my husband and I used to divide and conquer the parent meetings, practices, and lessons, nowadays I often have to be two places at once. You can always set up carpooling ahead of time but look for a spontaneous need as well.  If you see her child at practice, text her and offer to drive her child home.

5. Be a supporter.

Married parents can lean on each other when making decisions or encourage on the hard days, but single parents are going it alone. This is where a good atta-girl goes a long way. Be specific. A good report on character shown by one of her kids or affirmation of how your friend handled something will give her a huge boost to dig down and keep parenting well.

6. Be loyal.

When my husband died and I was suddenly single, I worried my friendships would change. Most single moms have already gone through a painful loss and the last thing they need with all the change and upheaval is to lose a good friend. It might look different, but find a way to include your single mom friend and make sure she knows that her singleness doesn’t affect your friendship.

 

It’s International Day of Happiness! SMILE!

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International Day of Happiness? 

This means to put that smile on today, and show others how happy you are to enjoy another day given from God.

When you are in a happy state of mind, nothing can bring you down, you are able to accomplish so much, and people will be led to you.

Being happy is a good thing, it keeps you going day in and day out. Stay happy, and enjoy life, its healthy to be happy!

Check it out HERE, to read some more about the holiday of happiness!

Also, we didn’t want to leave you without taking a look at the Bible, and seeing what it has to say about happiness!

There is 25 different verses that talk about happiness, and how beneficial it is towards your life. You really need to check this out! Click HERE to see the Word of God.

Photo: http://www.daysoftheyear.com

 

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – Our favorite green thing!

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Today we wear green! Did you know we wear the color green on Saint Patrick’s Day in honor of the green plains and hills of Ireland? Since today is the green day, The Morning Thing co-hosts shared their favorite green thing and why. Check out the links below to find how they plan to celebrate!

Marcy shares her favorite green food, here!

Joe has been supporting this green team since he was six years old! Find out more, here!

Jenna buys this green drink every time she goes home. Find out what it is, here!

Dan, remembers wearing this green thing almost everyday in high school. Listen here!

Andy has found two of these luck green things. Find out more, here!

What is your favorite green thing? Tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to let us know!

 

 

 

Babbie Mason is coming to the MVNU Women’s Auxiliary Spring Conference!

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The MVNU Women’s Auxiliary Conference is this weekend, March 17-18. Babbie Mason is the featured speaker. The event will take place in the MVNU Chapel Auditorium. Go to www.mvnu.edu/womensaux for details on tickets.

Friday’s session starts at 7pm. Saturday’s session starts at 9am.

Jenna Potts of The Morning Thing had a chance to chat with Babbie about her passion and theme for this weekend’s conference. Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Schedule:

  • Friday:
    • Registration 5-7 p.m.
    • Session 7-9 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Registration 8-9 a.m.
    • Session 9-noon

Cost: $40 for both days or $20 for one.

Speaker: Babbie Mason

Babbie Mason is an award-winning singer, songwriter, teacher and TV talk show host. Her ministry and career have blessed countless thousands for almost three decades, taking her across the globe where she has encouraged the hearts of young and old alike in churches, conferences and corporate conventions. She teaches women that they matter to God and that they can overcome any obstacle they may face. Women all over America and abroad have encountered Jesus in an atmosphere of acceptance, forgiveness and love.

Babbie Mason’s heart-felt lyrics and singable melodies have been translated in over twenty languages. She is the recipient of two Dove Awards, and many other award nominations. In 2010 Babbie was recognized for her contributions in Gospel music by being inducted into The Christian Music Hall of Fame. Although Babbie Mason is known all over the world for her contributions of encouraging words and beautiful music, she remains humble, recognizing her blessings come from above. When you meet her, you’ll meet a friend with a love for God and people.

Music: John Stone

John Stone is a seasoned worship leader that believes worship is a lifestyle. John’s mission and purpose can be summed up in this short statement: “delighting God should be our number one priority in all of life. When hearts are right in living out our faith, the manifest presence of God seems to always show up. God delights in the praises of His people!”

He serves full-time as Executive Pastor while still providing weekly worship experiences at Countryside Church of the Nazarene in Lebanon, Ohio. Conferences and various events have become a regular thing for him through the years and he has just released a new recording of original songs that he has been presenting throughout 2015, titled “Everything.”

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Month is March! The Babbie Mason is coming to Women’s Auxiliary!

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March is Nutrition Month! You know what that means, start eating healthy, and if you already are keep going! Start that New Years resolution a little late, no one will say anything!

Fun facts, nutrition ideas, and information is all loaded into that link above! Well go ahead dive in, and enjoy!

Also, Babbie Mason, renown award-winning singer, songwriter, teacher, and TV talk show host, will be at MVNU this weekend March 17-18 for Women’s Auxiliary Spring Retreat to talk about encouragement in teaching women that they matter to God, and that they can overcome any obstacle they may face.

Tickets are 20$ per person, and will take place at the chapel of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Friday’s session will be from 7-9p.m.

Saturday’s session will be from 9 a.m.- noon.

Don’t miss this great opportunity with a weekend full of fun and inspiration! You can register HERE to see Babbie live at MVNU’s chapel this weekend!!

What’s for dinner? The Morning Thing helps you answer that question!

Do you ever feel like you are in a dinner rut? Making the same 3-4 recipes each week? Do you need some new ideas? Great!
The Morning Thing shared the idea of a meal planning schedule from http://allyscooking.com/.

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Click HERE for Ally’s recipes for each day of this 2 week meal plan.

We also shared some sneaky cooking swaps that will make your meals even healthier!
Are you brave enough to try these food swaps?
Black beans for Flour?
Avocado for Butter?
Rolled Oats for Bread Crumbs?
Greek Yogurt for Mayonnaise?
Pumpkin for Oil?
or Applesauce for Oil?

Click HERE to read more about these sneaky and interesting Food Swaps.

Let us know if you have any food swaps. Email wnzr@mvnu.edu

 

March is Women’s History Month. The Morning Thing celebrates amazing women!

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Through the centuries, many courageous women have stepped forward to fight inequality and to champion causes for the benefit of society. Their work to break down barriers has allowed future generations of women to pass through without resistance. Women’s History Month honors these women. (from www.daysoftheyear.com)

Some suggestions for individual celebrations of Women’s History Month include:

  • Read a biography about a female pioneer, perhaps Amelia Earhart, one of the first ladies of aviation, paving the way for women in the flight industry
  • Watch a film about women’s movement origins and suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
  • Volunteer or make a donation to an organisation for women’s education
  • Post a link about your most-admired woman in history on Facebook

For The Morning Thing Fave 5 this week, we turn the spotlight on some amazing women! In honor of Women’s History Month, The Morning Thing co-hosts share about the women that have impacted their lives.

Marcy Rinehart – https://soundcloud.com/wnzr/marcy-woman

Jenna Potts – https://soundcloud.com/wnzr/the-morning-thing-fave-5-jenna-potts-shares-about-the-most-influential-woman-in-her-life

Dan Monnin – https://soundcloud.com/wnzr/the-morning-thing-fave-5-dan-monnin-shares-about-the-most-influential-woman-in-his-life

Kelsey Bryte – https://soundcloud.com/wnzr/the-morning-thing-fave-5-kelsey-bryte-shares-about-the-most-influential-woman-in-her-life

(guest co-host) Rachel Rinehart – https://soundcloud.com/wnzr/rachel-fave-5-inspiring-women