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The Kitchen Table #34: An Epidemic of Loneliness

This week on the Shine.FM’s The Kitchen Table podcast, ministry director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake look at the loneliness epidemic in our world, what is our response as a church, and how we can overcome. In Music Matters, music from Jonny Diaz, United Pursuit featuring Will Reagan. and an oldie, but goldie from East To West. In Culture Shock, does our social media actually increase our loneliness? Be sure to subscribe to get all our Shine.FM podcasts.

The Kitchen Table #31: Pursuing Meaningful Friendships

This week on The Kitchen Table podcast, Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake dive into a conversation on meaningful relationships and why an inner-circle of friends is important. In Music Matters, new music from Switch, Kings Kaleidoscope and an oldie, but goldie from Mylon & Broken Heart. In Culture Shock, what Netflix star Marie Kondo gets wrong. Be sure to subscribe to get all our Shine.FM podcasts.

The Kitchen Table #29: Sibling Guilt – Living with a Special Needs Sibling

By far the most raw and emotional episode of The Kitchen Table. Join Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake as they share their own personal story of the guilt and emotions of siblings in families with special needs children. New songs in Music Matters from Elias Dummer, Ben Rector, and a 1994 oldie, but goldie from Clay Crosse. In Culture Shock, the lessons we can teach of children when sports figures have a major failure. Subscribe today to get all the episodes.

The Kitchen Table #26: As Followers of Christ, How Do We Deal with Divorce?

This week on The Kitchen Table, Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake welcome around the table, Shine.FM program director, Don Burns, as they look at the issue of divorce, the effects it has on children, and what the Bible has to say. In Music Matters, new music from Lincoln Brewster, a Christmas song from Chris Tomlin & Audrey Assad and an oldie, but goldie from Wayne Watson. In Culture Shock, some important things kids should know about Christmas. Be sure to subscribe for all the latest!

The Kitchen Table #24: Does God Call People to be Single?

Join Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter, his son Jake and guest Jennifer Lambert for another conversation across the kitchen table as they discuss God’s call on singleness. Also, in Music Matters, new music from Jesus Culture, Christmas music from Relient K and an Oldie But Goldie from Steven Curtis Chapman. In Culture Shock, remembering the faith of President George H.W. Bush and we hear Chris Pratt go off script at the Disneyland Christian Candlelight Ceremony.

Brant and Sherri’s Deal Breaker Question

Deal Breaker Question for the ladies: Let’s say you’re single and a FANTASTIC guy wants to marry you. He’s incredibly attractive. Smart, handsome, a provider and protector. Spiritually mature kinda guy. Loves kids and “gets” you. ONE little quirk: He wears big floppy clown shoes. Yes, they squeak when he walks. He will them for the rest of his life. That’s just how he rolls. That’s his only quirk. Otherwise, he’s AWESOME. Do you marry him?

Deal Breaker?

DEAL-BREAKER from the show today, for the ladies: Let’s say you’re single, and you meet the best guy. He’s intelligent, a great provider, loyal, incredibly funny and fun, great-looking, and a spiritual leader. Everything you ever wanted. Only quirk is…

He keeps a dozen mice. And they get to roam freely through the house. If you marry him, it’s just part of the deal. You will be living with a dozen free-running mice the rest of your life. (When one dies, another replaces it.) IS THIS A DEAL-BREAKER?

I certainly hope not. I would certainly hope a dozen mice would not come between you and your dreams. Sherri says, without hesitation, “Yes. Deal-breaker.” So strange.

Learning from the Previous Generation

Shine.FM this is Dr. Les Parrott, and I’m Dr. Leslie Parrott, your Shine.FM relationship experts.

Well it’s that time of year again we’re gearing up for our marriage class at the university, always a fun experience.

 

This is a highlight because these college students are beginning to learn about what it takes to have a great marriage.

 

And the cool thing about this class is not the lectures but the couples we bring in to interview in front of them.

 

These are couples of every age and stage of married life and they are so transparent.

 

They let students peer into their married life and ask any question they have.

 

And they’ll ask any question that is the fun part about it.

 

You know I love seeing that when we tap into a pervious generation that we can learn from.

 

You don’t have to be in a class to do that, you can do that in your own marriage today.

 

 

If you have a comment or question for Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Appreciation List

You know, there is a little tool that marriage and family therapists have in their tool bag that seems so simple, yet when we rely on it, we know it’s going to make a difference. It’s just the activity of making a list of the strengths and the things you love about your spouse. Yeah, it seems like how could that make any difference, but when you sit down and do that, no matter your age or your stage of your relationship, you begin to cultivate a new sense of appreciation for her. And that’s what it is. You take each other for granted in marriage. It reminds you of the things that are really exceptional about your spouse. Friend, think about this in your own relationship. Try it tonight. Make a list of the things you appreciate about each other and watch how that draws you closer together.

If you have a comment or question for the Shine.FM Relationship Experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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A Good Night’s Sleep

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I can’t believe this. A study came out on sleep this week. It shows that sometimes people get, obviously, too little sleep, but sometimes they say we get too much sleep.

 

That sounds impossible. I can’t ever imagine that situation. In fact, I’d like to test that study out.

 

I don’t think that’s going to happen in our house with little ones around, but I think it has something to do with finding the balance and getting a good nights rest.

 

That’s really true, and as a spouse you have the power to impact to impact the quality of sleep that you give one another.

 

That’s exactly right. We wrote a little book called Pillow Talk and discovered the last words you give your partner before they dose off sets the tone for how they sleep.

 

If you have a comment or question for Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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