April Fool’s pranks for parents

On Tuesday’s show, we shared a BuzzFeed article about fun, mostly harmless pranks parents can play on their kids.  Some of our favorites:

  • donut seeds
  • carrots or Cheetos?
  • swapping cereal bags
  • April Fool’s lollipops

Find more ideas by reading the article here.

Today’s Word of the Day was EXPIATE (EX-pee-ate). It means to extinguish the guilt incurred by or to make amends for something.

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Emily

Mystery Monday and Parks!

Monday’s Mystery Monday item was CHOCOLATE PUDDING!  Thanks, Jess!

Monday was also “Take a Walk in the Park” Day – we talked about some of our amazing parks in Mount Vernon and Knox County:

– the Kokosing Gap Trail (and Memorial Park)

– Wolf Run Regional Park

– Honey Run Waterfall and Highlands

– Ariel-Foundation Park and the smokestack spiral staircase READ MORE HERE

Here’s the Knox County Park District website for more: CLICK HERE

Today’s Word of the Day: RHADAMANTHINE…meaning rigorously strict or just

NZ Top 10 from 3/27/15

This week’s top songs:

10. Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be

9. Plumb – Lord, I’m Ready Now

8. Third Day – Soul on Fire

7. Francesca Battistelli – He Knows My Name

6. Crowder – Come As You Are

5. Chris Tomlin – Jesus Loves Me

4. Big Daddy Weave – Overwhelmed

3. Mercy Me – Greater

2. Matt Maher – Because He Lives

1. Jeremy Camp – He Knows

New Music Friday:

Francesca Battistelli – Holy Spirit

Mandisa – Press On

Thursday 3/26/15 show

Here’s a summary of today’s show:

Praise Thursday – we shared a devotional from Crosswalk.com about the symbolism of hunting for Easter Eggs and trying to become more like Christ.

We also talked a little bit about For King and Country’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s concert series.

Our word of the day was sprightly, which means spirited or marked by a cheerful lightness and vivacity.

I’m Broken

I’m broken.

Saying that I am broken is not something that I am fond of at all. But, in all reality, I am just a piece of shattered glass.

I have been through pain and situations that I never thought possible. I never saw them coming. I can’t describe to you how events in my life this past year have completely torn me apart and how I have just wanted to give up on everything. I struggled to find meaning in anything and sometimes still do. I hurt continuously and long for answers to questions I don’t even know how to ask. It was unthinkable to lose both of my grandpas in less than six months.

With the help of a devotional and a song from one of our artists, I am starting to salvage what’s left of me and start to build anew. I have always been the kind of person that has to be perfect in every aspect of life. I hate sharing feelings and being vulnerable; showing weakness is unacceptable for me. But in reality, I am so weak I can’t do anything on my own. In the midst of all the trials and pain, I lost hope and didn’t look to God like I should have.

I am gradually finding hope again. One song in particular helped me realize that there is always hope and healing in God. Danny Gokey’s “Hope in Front of Me” has helped me tremendously. Sometimes healing doesn’t always mean a cure to a sickness, but it also means “to be repaired” or “to be set right.” This has been a marvelous revelation for me…and has started getting me back on the right track in my spiritual journey.

I encourage you to listen to this song. Really listen to the words and becoming familiar with Danny Gokey’s story. He has had incredible loss, and his entire album has been written out of that painful journey. Through his story and music, God has been making me new, giving me hope and fixing the cracks.

It doesn’t matter what kind of leadership position you are in or if you’re in one at all. Admitting you are broken to the people around you is something I admire, but don’t see very often. When you do, people will judge, but let them. It doesn’t matter in the long run. I’ve heard it put in a profound way, “Who would you rather please, people who are here one day and gone the next or God who is here for eternity?”

I encourage you to let people know you are broken and struggling; it will help you heal so much faster. I know it’s hard, trust me, I am struggling to write this, but I know it is what God wants from me.

Being broken isn’t something of which to be ashamed.

I hope you read his story, listen to the lyrics, and start to find the healing you need.

Here is a link to Danny Gokey’s song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5GFiDdGGGM

Here is a link to his story: http://www.dannygokey.com/about.html

Emily Porter

Afternoon Drive Co-host

He Knows…because He Walked a Mile.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of my move from the world of commercial broadcasting to teaching communication and media at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (and joining the WNZR team).

I had a chance to reflect back a bit this past Sunday when I shared part of my story with our Sunday School class.  We’re reading the book AHA by Kyle Idleman (Not a Fan, Gods at War) and we were asked to share some of our AHA moments in life.  AHA stands for Awakening-Honesty-Action.  Those moments when we realize we’ve stumbled, messed up or just dropped the ball, decide to get honest about where we are and what we’re doing, and then take action to change.

The blessing of working at MVNU and alongside my wife, Marcy in ministry may not have become a reality for me if not for an AHA moment.

You see, growing up as an MK (Christian-speak: Missionary Kid) overseas was a major factor in my pursuit of this career, since short-wave radio made such a big impact in my teenage years.  The ability to connect with far away places showed me the power and the positive impact this medium could have…and that was WAY before the internet!  The legacy of service my parents gave me also consistently stirred a desire to do this for God, a desire that grew when I married Marcy, and she returned to MVNU in 1996 and started managing WNZR.  The connection to listeners and their lives, the impact on students and their lives, the ability to glorify God directly and openly, were all very appealing to me.

Still, as I look back, I was lazy in my prayer life.  I was doing the opposite of Proverbs 3 – I was leaning more on my own understanding, not trusting in the Lord with all of my heart.  Not letting Him direct my path.  I loved my job and the people I worked with, but I kept thinking “if I’m going to spend this much time doing this, it needs to have more significance!”  Still, I just went through ebbs and flows of inconsistency.

The problem with inconsistency is that it many times results in what author Craig Grosechel calls ‘drift.’ We drift away from what we know to be true, and start feeling sorry for ourselves…maybe sometimes even blaming God.

I distinctly remember driving home one night in 2003 feeling sorry for myself. Drifting. It had just been a rough couple of weeks at work and I was in that pity-party mindset. And as I flipped the radio over to WNZR, just to hear something different, a song started with a chorus that got my attention…that song was ‘He Walked a Mile’ by Clay Crosse.

“And every time I close my eyes, I see the nails, I hear the cries…He did not keep himself away…he was no stranger to my pain. He walked a mile in my shoes.”  That song checked me where I was right there in that car.  An AWAKENING. A reminder that this Jesus, who I claimed as my savior, had been there before and was right there then!

The HONESTY came when I realized how selfish I had been…how my drift had carried me away from what I knew to be true – that my experiences paled in comparison to what Christ had done for me.  That he really did walk a mile, and so much more, in my shoes!

The ACTION started that very trip in the car, when my prayer life stopped drifting and I started getting serious about it.  Trusting Him and submitting to His timing.  About 18 months later, I got a call from MVNU and the process of joining the team here started.

I was reminded of that moment in the car recently when I heard Jeremy Camp’s new song, ‘He Knows.’  The message is the same one that Clay Crosse wrote. “Every hurt and every sting, he has walked the suffering – He Knows. Let your burdens come undone, lift your eyes up to the one who knows!”

So know that this WNZR broadcaster shares the same story as many of you – that it was a SONG that led to an awakening!


Hot Chocolate with a Twist

For Who Knew Wednesday we talked about different ways to give your hot chocolate a little boost. Here are the links to the four we shared from allrecipies.com. If you try them, tell us how they work out. Did you go by the recipe or try a little something different?

Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Mexican-Hot-Chocolate/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate Italian-Style): http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cioccolata-Calda-Hot-Chocolate-Italian-Style/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Peanut Buttercup Hot Chocolate: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peanut-Buttercup-Hot-Chocolate/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Candy Cane Cocoa: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Candy-Cane-Cocoa/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

We hope you have fun with these recipes. Share some warmth and make memories with your family and friends!


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