Michael W. Smith
Becky gets to sit down with Smitty to talk about life and his show this weekend!
For King & Country
Luke joined Jerry & Blanca to talk about how being a part of one of Christian music’s fastest up-and-coming bands, and a musical family has meant to them. And with two boys, traveling, and some very personal life experiences over the last two years, there’s been plenty of material for inspiration for many of the songs on their upcoming album, which comes out September 16th.
Jerry & Blanca’s Ice Bucket Challenge
They thought they might be able to get out of doing it, but it’s come around to WGTS 91.9’s morning team. Overnight host & Digital Content Coordinator, Rob Conway, had challenged Jerry Woods last week. So today, he convinced Blanca Vega to join him in getting doused in support of some good causes. See what happened here:
I Used To Be So Organized!
Something happens when you become a parent. Things that once took you two seconds now take 20 minutes! And a new school year routine also adds to the stress this time of year.
Glynnis Whitwer can sympathize–she’s a mom of 5 kids, plus her other full-time job is the Executive Director of Communications at Proverbs 31 Ministries. But she also has learned how to not let balancing all of this overwhelm her.
Becky Alignay from Middays got to sit down with her and talk about her new book “I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Restoring Order and Peace.”
Watch Colton Dixon Live In Studio
Colton Dixon joined Jerry & Blanca live in studio on Thursday, August 21st to talk about and share tunes from his new album Anchor that just hit stores this past week. If you missed any of it or want to go back and watch, we’ve got the entire video here for your viewing pleasure.
Cherish Being a Parent
It’s easy for parents to be hard on themselves about how they’re raising their children–and all the expectations that go with it. Scott & Sam found this video from Protective Life they hope will encourage you. You can listen back to their segment with the play button below the video.
Listen back to what Scott & Sam had to say about it here:
Pays to Pray
UPDATE: Since this article was written, the diner mentioned here has come under fire with threats of lawsuits. As a result they have decided to no longer provide this discount to customers. The owner, Mary Haglund says she and her daughter Shama are very saddened by this. “This is a gift that we gave to our customers – this is a gift that has been taken from us. The gift of giving is just as important as receiving the gift.” They still encourage customers to take time before their meal to say a word of gratitude.
Here is the original article from August 5, 2014:
Bowing your head over your meal to say a quick prayer of gratitude may be fairly common in your house…maybe less common in public. It makes some feel uncomfortable–after all, it’s a private moment. But one patron of a restaurant in North Carolina was pleasantly surprised when they received the check for their meal, which contained a 15% discount for ‘Praying in Public.’
The news spread quickly when this was posted on an Orlando, Florida Christian radio station’s Facebook page. And it’s got people talking.
Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Greensboro, NC says, “It’s not really a ‘religious thing.’ It’s a gratitude thing. The restaurant goes on to explain on their Facebook page that it’s not about who you pray to or whether you’re actually communing with a higher power. They just want to surprise their customers by saying ‘thanks’.
So what do you think? Does this make you more willing to say a prayer in a restaurant? Do you wish more establishments did this? And would you do this knowing you might receive a discount? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
One thing’s for certain–apparently it can pay to pray!
Afternoons with Scott & Sam
Take Scott & Sam in the car on your way home every afternoon from 3-7pm. They can’t get you into the HOV lanes, but they can offer you something positive and uplifting while you’re sitting in traffic.
Get to know Scott & Sam better below…
I was born in Grangeville, Idaho. I learned to drive on a tractor. My first exercise program was “Bucking Bales” of hay onto the back of a pickup. Not bad for “Allergy Boy.”
How the radio thing started, “would you like paper or plastic?” I was a teenage high school guy working at the local grocery store, and every department would have me do their in-store announcements. Their sales increased and here I am today because of Jelly Donut sales!
How I hope the Lord uses me…first, I blow it every day, I forget I am supposed to be a spiritual creature instead of the fleshly creature that reaches for the Jelly Donut. My best ministry come from the Lord when I don’t recognize it. When someone compliments something I’ve done, and I know where it came from because often I don’t remember it.
The greatest loves of my life are my beautiful wife, I am still smitten by her! Four children … I had a hand in baptizing them all! What an honor! Gabriel is my man-cub, the youngest in the family with a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. McKayla Jordan is not named after Michael Jordan, she’s a Volleyball OH/MB and stellar! She’s the Daddy’s Girl. Tyler is in the Air Force Reserve, has served on tour in the Middle East (scary for parents) and is about to go to flight school to receive his pilots license. Whitney’s married to a man, Ben, who her Daddy approves of! With our first grand-baby, Theo. Whitney is a Mama’s Girl, but she and I have the deep CS Lewis, Chesterton, Tozier conversations. Jett is our Miniature Long-Haired Wiener-Dog…he thinks he’s a rock star and should sample all the food. And Luna is our Parakeet that the neighbors gave us when I said “No Way!” I lost.
What makes me a bit different…I believe I can play guitar well until my bubble bursts when I see others use more than two strings. I have an obsession with Black Bamboo, fresh home-made bagels and Arabica bean certified organic, Free Trade coffee.
It’s not something I’m proud of. I used to avoid church on Mother’s Day because it made me feel like I was missing something important in my life. I was a single girl with a dog for many years. Don’t get me wrong… I loved my life. It’s just that I wanted a family. I thought I’d be a good wife and mother, but it seemed like God had said no. Eight years ago God sent Carlos – a tall handsome businessman with a big heart and a good laugh. He also had three boys… I said “I do” to all of them, and have thanked God with all my heart. The oldest two are in college now and the youngest, Desmond, is 12-years-old.
We gave him a baby sister in 2012 – Zoe. This miracle girl was born with Down Syndrome and for five months suffered from a seizure disorder that seemed incurable. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done – watch an innocent baby go through pain and not be able to help her. I spoke about it at a church women’s group. The 300 women there prayed for her to be healed, and she was. She really was. Now she has no seizures. She is smart, gorgeous, fierce and hilarious.
God is faithful. He heals. He has given me life in abundance. Sometimes that means piles of laundry… grass stained socks balled up… the refrigerator door left open (again)… the highchair and the dog smeared with smashed sweet potato. Mostly it means great joy, lots of work, stronger faith, and huge admiration for those parents who have done it so many years more than I have. I love radio and Christian music and am so excited to be back on WGTS 91.9 in the afternoons!
Meet the Personalities
Jerry & Blanca
Weekdays: 5a – 10a
Weekdays: 10a – 3p
Scott & Sam
Weekdays: 3p – 7p
Saturday: 7p – midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 5a – 9a
Tuesday-Friday: 12a – 5a
Saturday-Monday: 12a – 5a
Sunday: 7p – midnight
Monday-Friday: 7p – Midnight
|Chaplain Terry Johnsson
Saturday: 9a – 9:30a
Saturday 9:30a – 2p
Sunday 9a – 1p
Blanca’s Nicaragua Journal
Tomorrow is the Big Day
I can’t believe tomorrow is the BIG day. I’m travelling to Nicaragua –by myself! Without my husband and without carrying a diaper bag and extra snacks for the kids, it almost feels too weird. After so many years, I get to do something that is all about me and God! I know you understand. I will miss my family so much but for five days I won’t belong to my own children –I will belong to the children I get to meet in the schools and churches that work with Compassion International. To those kids, I will represent you, and the hope of more of you. Your sponsorship changes their lives and I will experience this for myself and report back to you of the many ways your contributions help to make their lives better.
I’m in Houston now, meeting with two other people going on this trip. Mark is the leader and Mary works for another radio station.
Here’s the problem…
My stomach isn’t feeling well – and I don’t think it’s nerves this time! lol It’s a good thing I packed some Imodium!
We are headed to a Holiday Inn in Managua. The Compassion Nicaragua staff will be at the airport to take us there.
Hope I’m feeling better by then.
This is a day I will never forget. I met Felix who is 10 and Pedro who is 16. We also met their families and visited their homes. You can tell they were trying to look their best for us. With plenty of gel in their hair and with their shirts nicely tucked in their pants. They gave us a tour of their homes. Felix shares his home with two other families and Pedro shares his bed with two other people. Later, our host confessed to us that, their homes were the poorest she has ever seen.
Later, we visited one of Compassion’s sites –a school full of vibrant children who prepared a welcome ceremony for us! As the afternoon went by they made us feel like celebrities, wanting to be with us, hugging and playing with us. I can still hear their voices calling me “maestra” or “profesora” which means “teacher” in Spanish. I felt really good being there with them. I don’t know how else to describe it. All we were doing was blowing bubbles, but for them, this was a big deal. One container of bubbles can cost around $3, so for many of the children there, this was something they had never done before.
My biggest lesson learned today: Kids appreciate the money, but they prefer to feel loved. When a sponsored child doesn’t receive a letter, and other kids do, they feel like they don’t matter to their sponsor. Teachers try to keep them encouraged but it is hard because no answer really satisfies them. Sometimes they just have to tell them that their sponsor just doesn’t have the time.
On a positive note, I’m so grateful to be feeling better… tomorrow, I look forward to doing more home visits!
This has been an incredible experience I wish every person could do at least once in their lifetime… I’ve met children that have encouraged me and prayed for me when it should have been the other way around -I will never forget that.
Check out the pictures on facebook… more to come soon. It’s time to pack and get ready to return home. I’m exhausted -but what a trip!!!!
I’m home from the mission trip and I am a changed person. That doesn’t mean that I’m ready to sell my house and only eat two meals a day or dress in rags… I’m talking about an interior change.
I’ve realized I don’t have to be the mom that buys her kids all the latest games and toys to make her kids feel loved. I don’t have to kill myself working extra hours to get the house with a bigger living room, if the one we have is perfectly fine. And I can’t try to impress God or other people by just going to church or giving to the poor.
My lifestyle has to reflect my faith and my gratitude. I have to show love and live in love with the people around me -if that makes sense to you. I have to do more than just listen to a sermon, I have to share what God has done in my life to really be a follower of Christ. And I sort of knew all that before, but sometimes it takes walking in someone else shoes for a little while to realize how much you can be better and do better.
This is my last blog on the trip and I just want to say thank you for following me on this journey. It was a dream come true for me and an experience I only hope makes a difference in your life too. I asked many children, “if you could say something to your sponsor what would it be?” Without hesitation and with a huge grin, they all gave me the same answer, “I would tell them ‘thank you!’”