Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

Death is defeated!

This weekend we celebrate Easter in a different way, but still confident of the wonderful message of death being defeated!

Today I shared a devotional from Linda Washington about death being overturned and based in John 20. Click here to find the link from Our Daily Bread.

I hope you have a great Easter weekend!

Find WNZR’s latest COVID-19 updates here.

The value of wisdom

Over the last month, I’ve heard the topics of wisdom brought up in two different areas: in church, as our pastor started a series about Proverbs, and in a book I’ve been using in one of my classes. Authors Ken Wytsma and AJ Swoboda dedicate an entire chapter of their book, Redeeming How We Talk, to being wise in how we use words.

The Bible gave us a fantastic resource for wisdom – the book of Proverbs. These statements of truth help us in our daily decision making. Wisdom helps us balance acting on just our feelings. We know that our feelings can sometimes lie, so we should welcome wisdom and instruction.

So how can we become wise? Here are some tips our pastor shared recently from Proverbs:

  • fear God – Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools[a] despise wisdom and instruction.

  • follow the Lord – Proverbs 3:5-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.

  • make wisdom a priority – this is included in all of Proverbs 2

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

In the Father’s House!

Dear WNZR family,

Let me just take a moment to encourage you today…

This morning I was listening as I drove back to campus from a quick trip to the doctor’s office. Yes, I’m fine. I just was getting my regular blood draw and I am so thankful for the precautions my doctor and his amazing staff are taking to keep us safe. The song “The Father’s House” from Cory Asbury came on during The Morning Thing. For me, that song has been a HUGE one the last few weeks. I miss being in the father’s house – being with my church family. I’ll miss it this Easter morning. But guess what? The father’s house is ANYWHERE we invite Him to be. In our isolation of this crazy time, His house is your house, your car or truck, your office, and for me, the studio!

I’ve struggled with not having much control during COVID season, but I’ve learned this is a great opportunity to give it up! In the Father’s House, I don’t have to be ashamed to admit that I wrestle with control. He hears me and His love, like the song says, breaks through! What I see as weakness, He uses as a canvas for His strength.

Here’s a link to the video if you haven’t experienced “The Father’s House.”

For Artist Newsday, we shared more stories about the inspiring creativity during this time of COVID-19. Click this link to see what many of your favorite WNZR artists are doing to connect with us!

Well, I thought that I had seen most everything
And if jaded was a people, I’d be the king

The answer? TobyMac f/Cochren and Co. with “Edge of My Seat” – congratulations to Peter from Howard who answered correctly and wins the GameOn t-shirt!

Latest COVID-19 info by clicking here

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Grateful in all circumstances

Today we shared some Monday Motivation concerning the struggle with staying grateful in difficult circumstances. Today’s devotional comes from Bill Crowder. Find the link from Our Daily Bread by clicking here!

Our Family Feud-style question for today was:
Tell me something that has water in it.

The top answers were:
1. a swimming pool
2. an aquarium
3. the human body
4. a waterbed
5. the ocean
6. a toilet

We needed the top two answers – congratulations to Kris from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR Game On t-shirt!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

NZ Top 10 for 4/3/20

Find WNZR’s COVID-19 updates by clicking here.

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. TobyMac f/Cochren and Co. – Edge of My Seat
9. Cochren and Co. – One Day
8. Michael W. Smith f/Vanessa Campagna – Waymaker
7. Zach Williams – Rescue Story
6. Micah Tyler – AMEN
5. Big Daddy Weave – I Know
4. Cory Asbury – The Father’s House
3. Matthew West – The God Who Stays
2. MercyMe – Almost Home
1. We The Kingdom – Holy Water (6th week at #1)

New Music Friday
click the album art to see video links!

Bethel Music f/Jenn Johnson – Goodness of God

Jeremy Camp – Keep Me in the Moment

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

We have this hope – before we even ask!

Find WNZR’s latest local and state COVID-19 updates by clicking HERE.

In this uncertain season, our first devotional today deals with the theme of never giving up hope – it’s inspired by Luke 8 and these words from Xochitil Dixon – read more here!

Our second devotional reminds us of the promise of Isaiah 65:24 which says God knows what we need before we even ask! Read what Amy Peterson writes here.

Once again, let’s stay in prayer and support each other during this unprecedented time – we are better together! Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday

Today we featured Basics for Better Health. These tips and tricks are helpful for maintaining good health while practicing social distancing. For all COVID-19 related questions, click here:

No Excuse Exercising:
Can’t make it to the gym and don’t have a set of weights? Sorry, but you’re not getting out of that workout routine so easily. You can use stairs for a number of cardiovascular activities. Food cans and textbooks also make for great replacement weights. Finally, don’t forget about simple body weight exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups. Those are considered classics for a reason. You may not look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you can definitely stay in shape during this season of social distancing.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer:
Hand Sanitizer is getting harder and harder to come by as this situation develops. While it’s no substitute for the FDA approved store-bought brands, this quick and easy mix will do in a pinch. Make sure your mixing tools are properly sanitized before you begin! You’ll Need:

Isopropyl alcohol
Aloe vera gel
Tea tree oil

Just mix 3 parts isopropyl alcohol to 1 part aloe vera gel. Then, Add a few drops of tea tree oil to give it a pleasant scent.

Quick Fix For Desk Realted Back Pain:
With most work and education transitioning online for the foreseeable future, lower back pain may become a real issue for you. A simple, old home remedy for this is to elevate your feet slightly from the ground. An old phone book should usually do the trick!

Thanks for Listening
Todd McKinley-

Creativity and feedback

Today we shared a quick way that you can help us help you! Please take our Jacobs Media COVID-19 survey by clicking here

Today we shared more of the exciting creativity from our WNZR artists as they respond to COVID-19. Find the link here!

Today we shared stories about:
– Cochren and Co.
– Jeremy Camp
– Brandon Heath

Today’s Song Poetry was a stumper from two weeks ago:

This world can be cold and bitter
Feels like we’re in the dead of winter
Waiting on something better
But am I really gonna hide forever?

The answer? Unspoken – Start a Fire. Congratulations to Cathy from Mount Vernon who wins a WNZR Game On t-shirt.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Is relaxing ridiculous?

Today for our Monday Motivation, I’m sharing a devotional from Monica Brands about the challenge of relaxing in the unknown. I believe many of us are wrestling with this in our current situation. How can we relax? Is it ridiculous to even ask that of ourselves…or others?

Here’s the link to the devotional from Our Daily Bread, “You Have to Relax!”

Our prayer: God, help us to surrender our desperate attempts at control and let go of the burdens we weren’t meant to bear, to find rest in Your grace and goodness.

Today’s Mystery Monday question, Family Feud-style:
100 people surveyed, top 6 answers on the board –
Name something in your house with four legs.

the top answers:
1. Table
2. Pet
3. Chair
4. Bed
5. Insect
6. Couch

Congratulations to Katie from Mount Vernon, who guessed the top two answers and wins one of our new WNZR Game On shirts!

Find WNZR’s latest COVID-19 update by clicking here.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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