It’s not all about me?


Do you have children? Do you worry about the selfish nature of kids today? Well don’t worry because today we shared some tips from for teaching you kid that it is not all about them.  Here are some of the tips we especially likes

Self-absorption eventually saturates everyone around you.

If you have a “me-first” attitude, chances are your children will as well. Instead of immediately going for the easy chair after work, ask your wife if there is something you can do for her before unwinding. When your children see you putting others first, they’ll follow suit

Discuss the value of hard work.

When your children admire someone in the limelight, take time to talk about how much work goes into developing a talent or skill. It can be as simple as, “You know, it takes years of hard work to be able to sing like that.” Or a question, “Do you think it’s more important to be famous than it is to do the best you can with the gifts you’ve been given?” This will help your children begin to recognize the value of hard work versus cheap fame.

Praise your children.

Be careful not to honor shortcuts, cheating, or success that comes at the expense of others. While we applaud our children’s accomplishments, we shouldn’t do so insincerely or indiscriminately. If your child hits a dribbler to the shortstop, praise him for running hard to first base even though he was called out. But don’t make him out to be Babe Ruth unless he really does knock it out of the park.

For the full lest of tips, check out!


Deodorant and Smoothies?


That sounds like an appetizing combination I’m sure, but don’t worry we are not making a smoothie out of something you put into your arm pit.  Today we shared some crazy ways you can use deodorant that are not just putting it under your arms.  There tips in her about where else you can apply it and other ways you can use deodorant to your advantage.  If you would like to check out the full list of tips click HERE.

We also shared some pre-made smoothie recipes, stuff you can just freeze in a bag to make into a smoothie later.  Check out the info graphic below for tips on how to make a delicious morning treat!


Get Caught Reading: Tips To Start A Habit of Reading


Today on The Morning Thing we also talked about how to cultivate a lifetime habit of reading, especially in a world where it easy to get distracted by other forms of media.

For the full article and all the tips, click HERE.

It’s National Coffee Day! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!


What a glorious day – National Coffee Day! This is a day to celebrate the drink that wakes us up in the morning, gives us a pick-up for our late afternoon meetings and is perfect as an after-dinner drink. gives us the inside scoop for a good cup of coffee.
According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
Click HERE to read more about “good coffee”.

It is “National” Coffee Day, but do you know the coffee etiquette in other countries? Check out this list from

Don’t throw out your coffee grounds. You can us them! Abigail Albino is a caffeine-driven writer and artist on hyperdrive. Her so-called obsession with coffee is an understatement.
She shared 5 ways to use your used coffee grounds with

(1)    Plant Fertilizer

(2)    Exfoliant/Body Scrub
(3)    Deodorizer
(4)    Grilling Meat
(5)    Coffee Painting

Click HERE to find more information on each of these 5 ideas.

Please join The Morning Thing crew at WNZR’s 30th Anniversary Party on Saturday 10/1. We will be at Hunter Hall in downtown Mount Vernon from 6-8pm. And…GREAT NEWS, Happy Bean is giving 20% off ALL drinks during our party. YES! I would like a Venti Iced Skiny Hazelnut Macchiato with sugar-free syrup, extra shot, light ice, no whip.

It is See You at the Pole – the global day of student prayer.


This is the 26th anniversary for See You at the Pole, a student-initiated and student-led movement. This is the global day of student prayer!

This year’s theme is “WE CRY OUT” –A generation seeking Him!
The theme verses are Psalm 24:3-6:
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

This day of prayer is part of a week-long emphasis on prayer for young people.
The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER (Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1) encourages students to find new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the week. Whether you attend PUBLIC SCHOOL, PRIVATE SCHOOL, or HOME SCHOOL, gather your friends wherever and whenever and pray! The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER is dedicated to prayer and launching your on-campus Bible clubs, prayer strategies, and student ministries.

Reports from See You at the Pole from Knox County:
East Knox had 31 kids and adults praying together today. 25 at the high school, 16 at the elementary school.
Fredericktown had 50 kids and adults praying at the pole. They spent time praying together and then broke up into smaller groups for prayer time.
Mount Vernon reports around 100 kids and adults today. (85 kids and 15 adults). They spent time in praise and worship, group prayer and smaller group prayers.

*Please let us know what happened at YOUR school. Call 740-392-9090 and share the story of YOUR See You at the Pole experience.*

For the last 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. SYATP is still about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation.

Click HERE to read more about the amazing history of See You at the Pole. It started in 1990 with a small group of teens from Burleson, Texas. The movement now connects millions of students around the globe!

Click HERE for reports from around the world.

Make sure to use #syatp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when posting pictures and memories from the 2016 See You at the Pole.

Are you ready for Sonfest 2016 at MVNU? The Morning Thing 9/23/16


Sonfest is TOMORROW (9/24) at Mount Vernon Nazarene University!
The Morning Thing has been getting you ready by giving away tickets, talking with artists and sharing memories from past Sonfests.

Today, we shared a conversation with Jason Roy, lead singer of Building 429.
Click HERE to hear Jason talk about what the band has been up to this summer. Jason also gave us insight into their newest album “Unashamed.” He also talked about their Earth Shaker Tour and how we can be praying for the band.

For our Morning Thing Fave 5 this week, the co-hosts shared their favorite memories from past Sonfests. Click HERE to hear some crazy memories from Marcy Rinehart, Jenna Potts, Kelsey Bryte, Dan Monnin and Andy Krolik.

Make sure that you stop by Big Blue tomorrow when you come to Sonfest. You could win a Sonfest Survival Kit! Click HERE for more details.

Click HERE for a lineup of Sonfest 2016. We hope to see you at MVNU tomorrow!

Today is the first day of FALL! Yeah! The Morning Thing 9/22/16


It is HERE – the first day of FALL! How will you celebrate?
We found the Ultimate Guide for the BEST Fall EVER! Check out these 75 different ideas from
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Click HERE for the full listing of this Ultimate Guide.