What does love mean? Let’s ask 4-8 year old kids!

What does love mean to 4-8 year old kids? Slow down for a few minutes to read this…

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’ The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined!

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore… So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’  Rebecca – age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’  Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’  Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’  Danny – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.’  Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.’ Nikka – age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.’ Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.
He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ Elaine – age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’  Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’  Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image!) Karen – age 7

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross…’  Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ Jessica – age 8

And the final one: The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’

Now, take 60 seconds and post this for other to see. And then be a child again today!‚ú®ūüíó‚ú®

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – ROMANCE at the Movies!

For our Friday Favorites we celebrate ROMANCE! It’s Valentine’s Day!

Marcy Rinehart and Hunter Sutyak share their favorite romantic movies in honor of our ‚ÄúSilver Screen Serenade‚ÄĚ theme at this year‚Äôs Valentines Banquet.

Marcy loves “A Walk to Remember”. Click HERE to hear from Marcy.

Hunter loves “The Notebook”. Click HERE to hear from Hunter.

WOW! Nicholas Sparks gets our votes for romance!

Its LOVE WEEK on The Morning Thing! We Bring Back The Five Love Languages!

The morning is celebrating Love Week by talking about The Five Love Languages! Marcy & Lexie share about the five love languages, what they are, and what they mean for your romantic and platonic love. wanna take the quiz? find it HERE

Focus on The Family also has a great article on The Five Love Languages that The Morning Thing was able to use as a resource. If you want to check it out, click HERE

The Morning Thing also used imom.com as a resource to talk about how using The Five Love Languages with your children! check out the article HERE

It‚Äôs LOVE WEEK on The Morning Thing. Today’s focus ‚Äď another fruit of the spirit, LOVE

This week, The Morning Thing is diving into the topic of Love. Today, we continued our discussion of the Fruit of the Spirit, focusing on LOVE.

Dig in deeper with us!

Check out these articles about Love:
What does the bible say about Love?



(picture from www.ourkingdomculture.com)

1 Corinthians 13 – the perfect example of love and respect


Today, The Morning Thing talked about respect – this time focusing on husbands earning respect from their wives.

1 Corinthians 13 gives us the perfect example of love and respect for any relationship.
(New International Version) 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhoodbehind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

We shared an article from www.allprodad.com – 7 Ways husbands can earn respect from their wifes.
Click HERE to read the FULL ARTICLE.

1. Treat her with respect.
2. Never demand respect.
3. Be a servant-leader in your home.
4. Consistently put other people first, including her.
5. Always follow through on your promises.
6. Volunteer in the community.
7. Carry your weight around the house.

When men demonstrate humility, grace, and mercy at home, the strength of character that defines them as servant-leaders commands the kind of respect that is rooted in love and appreciation.

We also shared thoughts on respect from Kevin A. Thompson, lead pastor at Community Bible Church in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from premarital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. Kevin is a marriage and parenting conference speaker. He is married to Jenny and they have two children.

Kevin’s blog “Five ways a husband respects his wife” has some powerful thoughts.
Click HERE to read the FULL ARTICLE.

Women need respect just as much as men. Respect is an aspect of love within the context of marriage.¬†(See:¬†Respect‚ÄďA Necessary Ingredient for Marriage)
The need for a husband to respect his wife is just as important as a wife respecting her husband.

Five ways a husband respects his wife:
1. He seeks to fully know her and to woo her heart.
2. He is a true partner to her in raising children, making a home, and fulfilling her dreams.
3. He speaks to her and about her with respect.
4. He is influenced by her opinions and beliefs.
5. He nourishes a healthy emotional relationship with her.

Respect is a vital part of any relationship. It is a necessary aspect of a healthy marriage. Where respect is present, problems are negotiable, communication is helpful, and compassion is abounding. Where respect is absent, everything is toxic.
Husbands, love your wives by developing a deep respect for them.

Happy Valentine’s Day! You CAN have lasting love, past today.


Today is special ‚Äď it‚Äôs Valentine‚Äôs Day. What happens after today is over? We found 7 laws of lasting love to help you show your love once February 14th is over.

From www.psychologytoday.com

1. They share an ultimate vision about their relationship.

2. They are committed to unconditional love.  

3. They fulfill each other’s needs.

4. They trust the good intentions of the partner.

5. They master effective communication.

6. They keep curiosity alive.

7. They never get tired of starting over.

Click HERE to see the full article.

(Picture of Rachel and Andrew Yoder – former WNZR DJs)

It is National Spouses Day! Celebrate with The Morning Thing!

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Today is Spouse’s Day. This is a day dedicated to recognizing spouses everywhere. Be thankful for the fulfillment and security of a long-term relationship. Be thankful for the blessing of your spouse.

In honor of this day, The Morning Thing shared some easy date ideas from imom.com
Click HERE to read the full article and specific ideas to plan each date.

1. Coffee TALK Date.

2. Too Tired to Talk Date.

3. Seasonal Dates.

4. Dream Date.

5. Go on a First Date.

6. Falling in Love Questions.

For our Morning Thing Fave 5, we talked to our parents! They have all been married 20+ years! Listen in for the secrets to a happy marriage.

Gary and Lisa Swisher (Daria Mom and Dad)

Stacy Dilts (Eddie’s Mom)

Mike Moore (Trevor’s Dad)

Harry Street (Marcy’s Dad and Rachel’s Grandpa)

Joe and Marcy Rinehart

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – Our favorite bible verses about LOVE

For The Morning Thing Fave 5 today, we shared 5 bible verses that talk about LOVE.

As we get ready for Lifeline 2017, we are focusing on what Jesus says about how we should “love one another”.

We will start with the theme verses for Lifeline 2017

 John 13:34-35
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Here are some other powerful verses:
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.:
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Philippians 2:1-4
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Please stay connected with us during Lifeline 2017. Go to www.wnzr.fm

Showing Love and Grace on the Morning Thing!

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While Marcy and gang are down in Florida for the National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention (and enjoying the nice weather!) Christa and Cameron talked about 5 ways the Bible Shows us how to Live with Love.

For more information about Living with Love, Click HERE.

They also talked about great ways to show grace to others. You can find all the ways they talked about and more, HERE.

Josh Pope also spoke with Coach Doan about the MVNU Tennis Team. If you want to hear the whole interview, click HERE.

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