BENEFITS OF THE FAMILY MEAL
Close your eyes and picture a family dinner. A “June Cleaver” mom is in an apron and pearls, “Ward” in a sweater and tie. The children’s hands are washed and their hair combed. The savory aroma of a home-cooked meal fills the air. Everyone, including the family dog, listens intently to what is being said.
Is this what dinner looks like at your house? In real-life families dinner can be messy—there might be cooking and dining mishaps, arguing and complaining among family members, and other things competing for our attention. Though a sit-down meal as a family can be challenging to pull together regularly, and sometimes may appear dysfunctional, there are clear benefits. Countless studies have concluded that children who eat several times per week with their family are at lower risk for poor eating habits, weight problems, depression, and alcohol/substance dependencies, plus they tend to perform better academically than their peers who frequently eat alone or away from home.
The word valentine speaks to us of love. And to love is to be the most like God we can be. Let me repeat that: to love is to be the most like God we can be. For God is love. The disciple who most sensed the love of God wrote to early Christians and to us, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8) and “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (4:7).
8 Bible Verses for Depression to Shine Light Into Darkness
Verse #1: God Will Never Leave You It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8).
The angels’ message on that first Christmas concluded with, “…and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
That hopeful greeting, “Peace on Earth,” is often etched on Christmas cards and sung about in carols. But frankly, it doesn’t seem to be working.
There’s so much turmoil around us. The entire world is living nervously under the threat of nuclear war.
The United States is sharply divided by politics.
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