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Mornings With Rebecca & Burns
2 minutes | 3 days ago
Social Media In The Age Of Rage
Who do you follow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook? Dan Darling says, "What leaders do in moderation, their followers do in excess." Who we follow, what we watch, and the voices we listen to are shaping us. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should cancel our accounts and drop off the face of the internet. Join Rebecca Carrell, Liz Rodriguez, and Dan Darling as they have an honest conversation about social media in the age of rage.Listen to the full episode here: https://www.kcbi.org/honest-conversations/
4 minutes | 6 days ago
Daily Dilemma: My Wife Doesn't Want To Celebrate Thanksgiving With My Family
Dear Rebecca and Burns,We are going to my sister's house for Thanksgiving and have been looking forward to it. Here is the dilemma. My wife noticed that my sister's husband--our brother-in-law--has not only unfriended her from Facebook but has also blocked her. I suspect it has to do with differing political views, but my wife really doesn't post divisive things on social media.What should we do? My wife doesn't want to go.
2 minutes | 6 days ago
Walmart Is Giving Away Free Thanksgiving Dinners!
Ibotta, Campbell's, Butterball, and Coca-Cola have teamed up to launch the Free Thanksgiving Dinner program through an exclusive promotion with Walmart. The promotion was created in an effort to feed millions of American families this Thanksgiving.
2 minutes | 8 days ago
God Knows Exactly How You Feel Right Now
When I first got into radio, I had a friend and we would go out to eat all the time. I stopped going out to eat with her because I could not stand that she was not a good tipper. She would have a $6 meal and she would get her calculator out and she would determine the exact bare minimum percentage and that's what she tipped. So I ended up compensating because here's why: I waited tables when I was younger. I'm a firm believer that everyone should wait tables for a year just to gather the perspective of the service industry. When you wait tables, you see how hard it is, how hard they work, how fast paced it is, and how easy it is to forget something like bringing another basket of chips or something like that. When you experience that firsthand, it makes you empathetic and because she had never waited tables, she did not have that empathy. She was a really stingy tipper and I was thinking about Hebrews 4:15:"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin." - Hebrews 4:15When you think about the God of the Universe wrapping himself in flesh, humiliating it, and humbling himself to live on this Earth, you know that there's nothing you will go through that He wouldn't be able to empathize with. You will never have an emotion that He didn't have. He didn't sin in it, but he felt them! You'll never have pain, heartbreak, or heartache that he didn't feel. You'll never face anything that he didn't already face. That comforting!He is able to have such mercy and grace towards you because he's been there too.
2 minutes | 8 days ago
Fix Your Marriage In 21 Minutes With This Hack
If you choose to spend the rest of your life living under the same roof with the same person, guess what? You’re going to have conflict. That’s just a part of any long-term relationship and, once marriage, kids, and responsibilities come into the picture, the triggers for conflict multiply exponentially. As anyone who has been involved in a big or small marital spat knows, they tend to follow a pattern. One person points out something negative, the other person becomes defensive and escalates it by pointing out something else negative, and the two volley back and forth until the powder keg goes off. But for those who want a happier relationship — and who doesn’t? — there is an interesting marriage hack to break the cycle of negative reciprocity and getting you and your partner back on even ground — and it takes only 21 minutes: invite a third party.
4 minutes | 8 days ago
Daily Dilemma: My Father-In-Law Won't Let Me Grill
Dear Rebecca and Burns,I am a thirty-six-year-old woman who loves to entertain. I am also an excellent chef--having gone to school for it. But when I invite my boyfriend's family over, his father, without fail, will intercept me on my way to the grill, take the tongs from my hands, and insists on grilling. He has even told me it's a man's job. My boyfriend knows how I feel and shrugs it off. This drives me crazy! His father literally ruins the meal.What should I do? My boyfriend thinks I should just let it go and I want to spend the rest of my life with him.
2 minutes | 8 days ago
Places In North Texas Hiring During The Holidays
Are you looking for work? If so there are several companies in North Texas adding thousands of employees as they add staff in stores and at area fulfillment centers ahead of the upcoming holiday season.
3 minutes | 8 days ago
Jay Allen's App Of The Week: MeowTalk
This app is the cat's meow! MeowTalk by Akvelon gives your cat a voice! Using machine learning MeowTalk instantaneously translates your cat’s meows into one of nine general cat intents; these nine intents represent cat moods and states of mind. But each cat also has its own unique vocalization and vocabulary of meows that goes beyond these nine general intents.
3 minutes | 9 days ago
It Really Will Be Okay!
I was walking in my neighborhood the other day and I saw a mom and her very young child who was learning to ride a bike. As we all do, when we are learning to ride a bike, this little boy fell and it scared him. Naturally, his mom immediately scooped him up and comforted him by saying, "Oh, that hurt. That was scary. I know. I know. It's okay. It's okay, though. It's okay. See, we're okay."It truly was the sweetest moment and it reminded me of when one of my kids would wake up in the middle of the night from a bad dream or would fall and hurt themselves. I would do the same thing and run into their room, scoop them up, and would hold them close in my arms. I would say, "Oh, I know. I know. That was so scary, but I know it's okay. It's okay. Mommy's here. You're okay."Isn't it funny how we still do that? We still say that! In my inner circle, one of my people is dealing with some rejection and as I hugged this person, I said those same words, "I know, this hurts so much, but it'll be okay. It will, it'll be okay." I think we say what we want to hear because that tends to be the human response to pain. "I know, but it'll be okay."It will be okay! I think right now what we want to hear in the midst of our circumstances, in the midst of this pandemic, in the midst of uncertainty over the future, over the vaccine, over ________, I think we just want to hear that it'll be okay. It will be okay! Not because I say so, but because God promises us in His Word that it'll be okay.But Rebecca, you don't know the diagnosis. I know. But it'll be okay. Rebecca, I lost my job. I know. And it'll be okay. But Rebecca, _________. I know, but it'll be okay. God said this to Malachi, the very last prophet in the Old Testament:"But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty." - Malachi 4:2-3It really will be okay! Not because I say so, but because God promises you in His Word.
4 minutes | 9 days ago
Daily Dilemma: I'm Attracted To Another Man At Work
Dear Rebecca and Burns,I have been happily married for ten years. I work in a small office of fifteen people, and I am ashamed to admit that I am attracted to one of my co-workers. I love my husband and kids and would never cheat, but I can't stop these thoughts. I am the only one working at the moment and we need my income, so I can't quit.What is the right thing to do?
2 minutes | 9 days ago
You Can Get Paid $10,000 To Move & Work In The Ozarks!
Get paid to live and work in the Ozarks!The Northwest Arkansas Council is shelling out more than $1 million in the next six months to attract top talent to the charming small towns within the Ozark mountains -- and remote workers will get $10,000 to make the move, plus a bike to navigate the hilly terrain.
2 minutes | 10 days ago
Jay Allen Has A New Title!
Over the weekend, our own Jay Allen got a new title as he was asked to do something that he has never done before! His sister-in-law Mandy and her now-husband Cody got married and several months ago, they surprised him by asking him to officiate their wedding! Of course, he was honored to take this on, but let's just say he was nervous because he didn't want to mess anything up. Hear the full story of how the whole ceremony went!
3 minutes | 10 days ago
Daily Dilemma: My Husband Is A Terrible Gift-Giver
Dear Rebecca and Burns,My sweet husband takes great pride in gift-giving. And he doesn't like suggestions - he says that he loves finding the perfect gifts. The problem is that I never like what he gets me - ever. I took a gift back once and he was so hurt.How can I fix this? He throws money away every Christmas and birthday on stuff I don't like, want, or need.
2 minutes | 10 days ago
The Joy Of Special Needs Kids
When their daughter was born with a severe brain disorder, the doctor told Pastor Robin Steele and his wife that their newborn daughter would not live a meaningful life. Robin sits down with Rebecca Carrell and Liz Rodriguez on this week's episode of the Honest Conversations podcast to discuss what makes life meaningful and how their precious daughter Kennedy--who has severe special needs--has helped them discover the truth.Click here to listen to the full episode: https://www.heartstrongfaith.com/podcasts/
2 minutes | 10 days ago
The Truth About Rejection
My inner circle is pretty small and it basically just includes my closest friends & family. Recently, someone in my inner circle is dealing with terrible rejection and I think what makes it almost more difficult is that it's a dear friend. It's a friendship that's broken up and I have been so heavy-hearted over this. I know that rejection is a common human experience and when you go through it, you feel alone and you feel like you're the only one. But everyone goes through rejection.So I wanted to remind you of a few things about rejection that are true:Rejection is confirmation that you possess an achievable dream.Rejection reveals those incapable of distinguishing your personal worth.Rejection is a guide leading you away from dead-end relationships while directing you toward healthy, positive relationships. How you respond to rejection is a reflection of your self-worth.Rejection exposes who or what does not belong in your future.Rejection reveals who is intimidated by your potential.Rejection is the motivation to go in a new direction. "Rejection is powerless without your cooperation. If you don't cooperate with rejection, it cannot get under your skin. Rejection is a friend who withholds no secrets, exposes all enemies, and closes every wrong door." - Tracey MitchellSince I know you have dealt with rejection and perhaps it's been very painful, I want to remind you that because God is fully sovereign. I want to remind you that rejection is a tool that your heavenly Father uses to sharpen you, strengthen your character, and make you more empathetic/compassionate. Your heavenly Father says you are selected, not rejected. When when the Creator of the Universe loves you as much as He does, remember, no matter who rejects you, He doesn't. You are welcome in his arms anytime!
3 minutes | 10 days ago
3 Truths To Cling To While We Wait
Have you started to think about Advent yet? Advent is about the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas and I believe it starts on November 29 of this year.Advent means arrival and so the season of Advent is actually a season of waiting. But for the first century Jews who were longing for their Messiah, it was a season of longing. They had lived under terrible persecution and oppression for a very, very long time. In fact, in Luke 2:25, it says:"Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him." - Luke 2:25After reading this, I want to give you some promises that we can hang on to while we wait because we're not waiting for a baby, we're waiting for a warrior king. Here's a promise: He's coming back! But we still have to wait. Here's a promise: His grace is enough! There was a time I've spoken openly about my alcoholism and as of this year, I am 11 years sober now. But Mike and I were on a vacation at an all-inclusive resort and it was getting very lively out by the pool one day and I leaned back and I told the Lord, 'God, you tell me in Scripture, your grace is enough and right now I want to drink. I need you to be who you say you are to me.' I am telling you, He took the desire to drink from me like that. His grace is enough! It may not be more than enough, but it's enough.Here's another promise: He will comfort you with His nearness."The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and he saves the crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18I have found in the darkest, deepest valleys, that His nearness has been a constant comfort. The last promise is this: He will redeem your struggles. You do not struggle in vain and God never divorces purpose from your pain. Romans 8:28 says:"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28"We know that for those who love God", that's not for everyone, but for those who love God. All things work together for good and He will redeem your struggles!
3 minutes | 10 days ago
Daily Dilemma: Is This Relationship Taboo?
Dear Rebecca and Burns,My wife of over 30 years passed away suddenly almost 2 years ago and I was shattered. She was very close to her sister. In the months following, her sister and I would spend time on the phone together as a way of processing our grief. We have discovered we have deep feelings for each other. I brought the subject up with my son and he was horrified.Are we wrong to pursue a relationship?
3 minutes | 10 days ago
Welcome To The Future With Jay Allen: Virgin Hyperloop Completes First Test
Virgin Hyperloop gave the first ride on its test track Sunday in Las Vegas, but it will be years before the public can potentially take a high-speed ride on a hyperloop.
2 minutes | 14 days ago
The Difference Between Surviving & Thriving
I listen to the Bible oftentimes on my way to work during seasons where I don't have as much time to read. Currently, I am in the book of John right now and was listening to the part where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. It's such an interesting story because Jesus waited two full days while he was out with his disciples to go back after Mary and Martha had called for Jesus because Lazarus was His dear friend. Jesus gets there and everyone's grieving. He walks to the tomb and He has to roll the stone away and he says, "Lazarus come out." (John 11:43) Then it says, "and the dead man came out." (John 11:44)If you fast forward to the beginning of chapter 12 where it says six days before the Passover. Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus lived. And I thought, 'yeah, he did!' See, I think we forget that there's a big difference between surviving and thriving. I don't have any proof but I bet Lazarus was living like he had never lived before. I want you to know that Jesus can tear off your grave clothes. Jesus can break your chains so that you too can move from surviving to thriving and my prayer for you today is that you would live! Live in Christ like you never have before because you fight from victory, not for it! You were made to thrive, not survive.
3 minutes | 15 days ago
4 Ways To Make Managing Your Finances Easier
When it comes to how we manage our finances in today’s world, it looks vastly different than what it did 20 years ago. Whether people used the envelope system or kept track of their expenses in an Excel document, I think it’s crucial that we learn some ways that can take some of that stress off your shoulders if you find yourself being overwhelmed by your financial responsibility.1. Automate Your BillsFor me, this is a no-brainer because the last thing I want to do is sit down at the table and read paper bills while writing checks to everyone that needs my money. To me, this provides me with a negative experience of handling bills which ends up making it even more dreadful the next time I have to do it. Most companies love it when you automate your payments because it guarantees they will get paid and, in some cases, they’ll even give you a discount! Not to mention that when you automate your bills, your payments are always on time!2. Use Your Account/Routing Number Instead Of Your Card Number For Online Bills Or AccountsYou might be slightly puzzled by this because you might be asking, “what’s the difference?” Or some of you might not like the fact that when you put your account number in as opposed to your card number, it takes longer to withdraw from your account. But the reason that this is a smart idea is that in a world where identity theft is rampant, you want to prevent yourself from as little difficulty as possible. In addition to identity theft protection (which I suggest to EVERYONE), using your account number will ensure that if your credit/debit card was to ever get stolen, that you wouldn’t have to change your method of payment on all your bills. Of course, you’d get a new card number, but the account/routing number would stay the same, hence, making your life a whole lot easier during an already tumultuous time.*Not So Fun Fact: In 2019, 14.4 million consumers because victims of identity theft which amounts to about 1 in 15 people. Not to mention that 1 in 5 victims end up experiencing it more than once in their lifetime. Make sure you’re protected! *3. Spread Out When Your Bills Get PaidThis is such an easy mistake to avoid but sadly, a lot of people fail to consider this because if you’re not careful, you can find yourself strapped for cash at the same time of the month every month or even worse, facing overdraft fees. When you spread your bills out throughout the month, you always ensure that you’re in a good financial position on any day of the month and better yet, you won’t have to worry about reaching a dangerously low balance in your bank account. If this still remains to be a problem for you despite this change, I would consider inserting a buffer of about $500-$1000 (depending on the need) that just stays in your account without spending it so you don’t reach that consistently low balance throughout the month. However, under no circumstances should you spend that buffer! It’s there simply to protect you, that’s it.4. Use Online Software Or AppsWith technology innovated constantly in the financial world, it literally has never been easier to take control of your finances and track your spending. Most apps can even sync to your bank so that all you need to do is drop the transactions in the appropriate categories! Some of my favorite budgeting apps include:EverydollarYNABGoodbudgetMintOf course, these are just a few of my favorites but as I say, find one that works for you! There are tons of great apps that are out there and if you find one that you like, that’s awesome! You are officially on your way to rocking your finances and being a better steward of what God has given you! Remember, the goal is always to live generosity, save wisely, and live appropriately.
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