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February 13, 2016 by Amy
Joy in my own holiday schedule
I’m a divorced mom of two girls. They are blessed to have two good parents, so we share custody. Every other year they are with their Dad for the week of Christmas, and this is one of those years. Most people will feel sad when they hear that I will be alone for Christmas. I am thankful for their compassion and their open invitations to go have family dinner with them. This year I am sharing my joy with all the single parents out there who are sharing their children for the holidays. I am more than happy to spend this week alone. I am so full of JOY! Why am I so full of JOY? I get an entire extra week to go shopping before my girls are back. I can take my time and I’m in no rush. We get to have our own holiday next week! #blessed! Because I’m a school teacher, and last week was so chaotic and busy, that I am happy to have some time to relax and sleep before spending every waking moment with my sweet girls. Because this year I get to attend as many Christmas Eve services as I want, and I can sing along without embarrassing my kids. Because I honestly do NOT have a talent for holiday decorating, nor do I have much money this year, and their dad and stepmom do, so this year I know they’re in good hands having a fabulous time for the holidays. Because I love reading and hiking, and I get a few days to do that before the kiddos get back. Because next week I get to hear all their stories. They tell me everything, and they love that I listen! So I get to hear story after story of their fun week. Their happiness brings me joy. (...so does the fact that the younger one will exaggerate her stories and the older one will insist on correcting her every time… cracks me up…) Because earlier this year I came to know Jesus, and I have been more at peace this year than any other year, and I thank Him for the gifts of Love and Peace He brings. To all the single parents out there who do not have their kiddos on Christmas this year: My prayer is that you will enjoy this week and I hope you get to have your own fabulous holiday when your kids get back. If you’re an extrovert, I pray you have family and friends with whom you can share this time. If you’re an introvert (like me), I pray you enjoy the quiet time with a fabulous book and hot chocolate. And I pray you will all feel God’s peace and love in your hearts.
February 13, 2016 by Donna
Choosing joy every day
I was married for 37 years and after struggling the last 3 years of my marriage to keep it together, I finally relented and gave in to the divorce. I had not been joyful in my marriage and had become quite bitter, but through trying to save my marriage, I chose Joy every day. Shortly after my divorce 2 years ago, I found a Godly man and we are sharing life together. I choose joy every day because I’ve been on the other side and it’s not pretty nor satisfying at all. I can and do choose Joy because of the sacrifice my Lord and Savior made for me. There’s no greater love than that He has shown me through His sacrifice on the cross. I praise Him for always being there for me. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. That’s the truth I hold on to.
February 13, 2016 by David
Amazing true story
On 12/15/15, I was in a store called Palais Royal. There was a man there who asked an employee if they could sell him the materials to wrap a gift and also help him wrap it because he couldnt do it himself. A young lady assisted him, and it turned out that all he wanted to wrap was a single sheet of paper. As she began to help him wrap the piece of paper in a beautiful box with a bow and all the trimmings, he started a conversation with her. He said that he had been diagnosed a few months earlier with a terminal illness and given only weeks to live. He and his wife had children, some of whom were still young, and the thought of leaving his wife and children without a husband or father had broken his heart. His oldest son had died a couple of years earlier, and the grief over his son’s death had devastated him so severely that he ended up becoming sick with this terminal illness due to his body having given up the will to live. It was very sad. Then the young lady wanted to know what the paper was and why he wanted it gift wrapped, though she was obviously too polite to ask him directly. It turns out that shortly after his diagnosis, he became confined to a wheelchair, had lost the ability to speak, and had some other things happen too. His family had even purchased his casket and made his funeral arrangements with his input. As the two stood there wrapping the gift and talking, the man turned away several different times to hide his face, but it was clear that he was overcome with emotion and trying hard not to cry in public. As it turns out, it was not tears of sorrow he was fighting back, but tears of joy. You see, with support from his wife and her prayers standing with him, he had at a certain point decided to CHOOSE JOY in spite of everything. Once he decided that, his body began to heal. He no longer needed the wheelchair, and he was speaking clearly as if he had never been sick. And the paper he was wrapping? He explained that he had received the paper earlier that day, and it contained results of medical testing. He said that it showed him to be one hundred percent healed and that he expected to be around for his wife and children for a long time to come. The young lady was so sweet and as they were finishing up she said that she wished him and his wife long lives together. He asked her to write the card for him, and to make it “to Mommy and Daddy”, and it would be a surprise for his wife on Christmas. She wrote out the card to Mommy and Daddy, then added below it: “Love, God”. This is a true story, and I know it is, because I was that man.
February 13, 2016 by Gina
God is always listening
My family has been struggling financially for sometime. In fact, my husband has moved temporarily to another state to earn some extra money to cover our rising medical bills, home bills, and life in general. With much struggle, we were able to pay for the mortgage, vehicle, and even save enough money for Christmas travel to visit him in the North. However, this took the entire paycheck leaving my son and I with $20 until payday. We were almost out of everything to eat on Saturday. At 4pm on Saturday, I made a decision to take some books and clothing to sell at a consignment store. It was successful and I was paid $38.25. I immediately stopped at the local grocery store to purchase meat, bread, and some staples to cover us for the remainder of the week. When I checked out at the counter my grand total was $38.10. GOD provided a miracle for me and my family. He always listens to our prayers. Thank you!
February 13, 2016 by Donna
My friends Niece
The Friday after Thanksgiving, my very good friend found out that her niece was taken to the ER. she is from Idaho, but, was visiting her relatives near Fort Worth, TX. She had been sick with what she thought was a stomach virus. She is an alcoholic and had been told by her doctor that she was going to die if she did not quit drinking. The 2 weeks she was sick, she hardly ate at all. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with liver failure, a severe infection in her colon which was about to rupture, her kidneys were not working and her ammonia level was deadly. Lots of prayers have been said for her, including those at KSBJ, she was not expected to live through the night. But, she did. She was not expected to make it through the next night. But, she did. I asked God for a complete healing for her. She has 2 young children and they need their mom. Well, this story is really long if I tell everything as it happened, but, to make it shorter, it is a miracle that she collapsed in the Fort Worth area and taken to the hospital she was taken to. Tonight, I received a picture on my phone showing her without the ventilator. She is responding to commands, breathing on her own, off of the dialysis and still alive!!! What a blessing. She has not spoken or really opened her eyes yet, but, what a long way she has come. All due to the power of prayer. Thank You Lord for always being there for me and for all the miracles You perform daily. I have seen one.
February 13, 2016 by Donna
This song has new meaning for me. While I tried to save a 37-year marriage, my husband just didn’t value it and it ended a couple of years ago. In God’s perfect timing, I found a new love and we have worked hard to build a wonderful relationship. It hasn’t come without baggage as people in their 50s and 60s often have after failed marriages. When I hear “Broken Together”, it reminds me that our love will never be perfect, there will be hard times and misunderstandings sometimes, and past lives to intertwine in our new relationship, but as long as we recognize we are all broken, with God, brokenness makes you stronger, not weaker. We both have broken relationships and are “broken together”. God can and does heal relationships, hurts, our past and forgives as we are called to forgive. I am so thankful for a loving God and one who truly cares not only about me, but about those in my life. I am thankful for my new love and for the healing God is doing in both of us.
February 13, 2016 by Enrique
My name is Enrique and my wife’s name is Jeffrey Genesse. We married September 2nd 2015. We have known each other since June 2015. We clicked right away, I have never been so connected to any human being like I am with my wife. I knew the first day, I was going to spend the rest of my life with this amazing person. I haven’t left her side once. My wife was born in El Salvador, moving to Houston Texas as a child, her mother raised her alone. I know of some awesome people (my mother raised four children while getting a Doctorates and fighting Leukemia), however my wife and her mother exemplifies true determination and living the American dream. My wife was diagnosed with Lupus as a young girl, having to go through chemo, she learned the value of a simplistic lifestyle. Her outlook on how life and great opportunities are, gives me the motivation to dedicate my life to ensuring her happiness. It has been an experience for the record books. Every moment we share is one of fabulous memories and lots of laughter. I was born in Houston Texas, my birth mother came here from Nigeria. I was adopted my mother is Caucasian and my father was Hispanic (hence the name). My father passed away from a tumor in 1995, moving me, my mother, and three sisters (my two younger sisters are adopted, all from different bloodlines), to Colorado. Regardless of what life has put in front of us, we have overcome it all with the love and favor from the Lord. We are a humble couple who have financial struggles, however we keep a attitude of gratitude. My wife and I have God at the center of our marriage and love each other unconditionally. We even got married without rings, ceremony, family, or anything. Just the Lord and our Love. Please and thank you for your prayers.
February 13, 2016 by Christine
God saved my daughter from dying
It was a regular day at my home with the kids. I had just got off of work and going through my regular routine of fixing dinner. My kids were playing outside and came in to ask if they can go to the high school across the street I said yes so they went. I get a phone call saying that my daughter just got hit by a truck and I thought it was a sick joke so I laughed a little bit and asked if this was a prank call the person said it again and where it happened. I ran with my one year old son in my arms across the street and saw people everywhere, cops and my daughter lying on the road. It was like I was in a movie. She was life flighted to the hospital and my friend drove me to the hospital. In that moment I was so mad at God I was kicking and screaming and yelling at God for letting this happen. The drive seemed like an eternity and I just wanted to be with my daughter. Finally got to the hospital where my daughter was treated. She only ended up with two concussions and a scar on her face. She made it out alive! Thanks to God for saving my daughters life.
February 13, 2016 by Sorangel
The beginning (of my understanding and faith)
I love God. He has done wonders for me and right at this moment I walk with peace in the midst of a storm. I put everything in his hands and rely on my faith for strength. It is my praise to God to share his blessings, his doings. God is a jealous God and deserves his recognition’s. I would love to share a few of my testimonies with you all, starting with this testimony. About 10 to 12 years ago, God sent me a message. It was a verbal message given to me by a total stranger. This stranger did not understand the message, all he knew was that he was bound (ordered) to relate this message to me.
How this started: Prior to receiving this message through this total stranger, I was questioning God’s love for me. I would ask God “how can you love me?” “I am a fake, how can you love someone like me when I smile at all these people, telling them to have a good day, to enjoy their day, but I don’t even smile at you God. I am empty, I am a two face person giving smiles away and to you nothing.” This feeling played heavy in my heart. I guess God heard me because he used someone to tell me that he LOVES me. I did not know this person and till this day I still don’t know who he is. The only reason I found this stranger was because I was an 18/19 year old female looking for an entry level desk job. A friend of the family offered to take me to this temp agency location that was mainly directed to people with skills in refinery or construction sites. My friend was a welder and I should have known better. It was around 7 or 8 pm at night when we got to this temp agency. The place was a minute away from putting their “close” sign up and there was only one person left in the building. I went to this person’s desk, introduced myself and told him that I was looking for a clerical job. He informs me that they really did not have any positions of my particular interest, however, he would try to help me out. I said thank you, turned around and headed towards the exit door, thinking why I even came to this place. Prior to me leaving I saw him standing up through the reflection of a window. He walked towards my direction saying he had a message for me. I turned around and looked at him. He then tells me that he did not know why he needed to tell me this but that the Lord kept bugging him to give me this message and he could not keep it to himself.
The message: He tells me “this might sound weird and I do not understand the meaning of the message and why I have to tell you this message. It sounds like it might be problems with your boyfriend or husband” (hahaha I had none) “but he wants you to know he LOVES you. No matter what, he loves you and you are okay with him”. He then asked me if knew or understood what God was talking about. I smiled and said “I know exactly what he (GOD) is talking about and thank you”
The irony: I went looking for a job, which was very much needed, but I did not ask him for a job. So a job was not given. Yet, something was given. An answer to my troubling, questioning heart. That is just too funny, I believe. He indeed answered my question. He answered me at a temp. agency that is meant to find people jobs and the reason why I went there. Guess God had other plans.
I did not know how this was possible nor did I understand it. But I will say this, I do not have to know how this was possible nor do I need to understand it and I really do not need an answer to that . I am just happy and amazed it happened. God works in mysterious ways and I am a proof of that.
February 13, 2016 by Allie
Understanding Unique Design
I have a special needs child and I used to think something was wrong with her. The world would say something is wrong with her because she is disabled. Through God’s love and grace He has showed me that she is uniquely made and just as God intended. No matter what she looks like or what her mental or physical capabilities are she is beautiful and pleasing to God. This realization has changed my life. I thank God for her every day and thank him for her disability. It has enabled me to grow so much in my faith and to see others with disabilities as God’s beautiful creations as well. She will have challenges in life, but God will use her disability to touch lives that might not have been possible otherwise. She has definitely touched mine!