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The Importance of Family Dinners

 hmullan    Dec 23 : 16:31
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Since becoming a Christian, I am busier than I ever thought possible.

Well, Yes we could read your blog...  or you could just tell us about your school day.Since becoming a Christian, I am busier than I ever thought possible. Don't get me wrong. I am not complaining. If I wasn't a Christian, I would be busy doing all sorts of things that I had no business doing. In fact, when I look back at my past and the damage I was doing, it is more likely that by now I would be dead or at least dying due to substance abuse.

As it is i am very much alive and it is thanks only to Jesus and the Godly men around me that persevered with me and helped me when I was too prideful or stupid to help myself. And of course my wife of almost 15 years come January 12th, 2006. She had her work cut out for her - of that there is little doubt.

Anyway, one of the great gifts of having a wonderful wife is that she reminds me of the importance of "family times". I need and enjoy these times as well but am not always the first to think of them. Too many times, the busyness edges out my ability to see the importance of this time. Now I'm sure that I'm alone in this and that no-one out there can relate, however I'll keep talking.smile.png

One of the great family times that we do our best to adhere to is family dinners. You may have grown up in a household that always ate together as i did or in one that rarely ate meals as a family. Either way it is up to us to make it happen for our families!

"You must be joking?" "Do you have any idea how busy I am?" Yes I probably do have an idea of how busy you are but the truth is you were never too busy to get high were you? You never said "I've had this rock lying around for ages and I just haven't had a minute to smoke it." We always had time to get high.

Lets use these skills now for a better purpose and figure how we can sit down as families and eat together. Below are 10 benefits that studies have shown to arise when families that ate together regularly were compared with those who didn't. The Bible tells us in Acts 2: 46 - 47 NIV

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Meals together was an integral part of the first century Church. They cannot be relegated to an afterthought today without serious consequences.

Ten Benefits of Frequent Family Dinners

The more often children and teens eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink and use drugs.

Children and teens who have frequent family dinners:

  • are at half the risk for substance abuse compared to teens who dine with their families infrequently 
  • are less likely to have friends or classmates who use illicit drugs or abuse prescription drugs
  • have lower levels of tension and stress at home
  • are more likely to say that their parents are proud of them
  • are likelier to say they can confide in their parents
  • are likelier to get better grades in school
  • are more likely to be emotionally content and have positive peer relationships
  • have healthier eating habits
  • are at lower risk for thoughts of suicide
  • are less likely to try marijuana or have friends who use marijuana 

In the battle for our childrens souls, lets make sure we don't miss the obvious opportunities to build them up and prepare them for life ahead.

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