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Devotions

I grew up in a Christian family where every morning after breakfast we would gather as a family for “devotions.” In my teenage years this turned into personal devotions. Although these daily personal devotions have remained a strong pattern in my own life, devotions as a family was a far more challenging and erratic pattern than my family of origin. However, in our latter years Beth and I have managed to develop a fairly regular pattern of devotions for us as a couple.

What are devotions? Devotions is simply a time “devoted” to being in the presence of God by listening to the Word of God and responding to God’s Word in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

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I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.

Martin Luther

Here I stand

Posted in Health

How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure

It’s strange that I’m starting my website with this post because although I’m conscious of leading a healthy lifestyle (exercise and nutrition), I don’t do a lot of reading in the subject area. However, my wife wanted me to read a chapter from Michael Greger‘s book How Not to Die and I thought, why not begin this website by posting a summary of what he has to say about high blood pressure (which I may be developing).

Who is Michael Greger? He is a medical doctor who has specialized in the role nutrition plays in addressing disease and in maintaining good health.

He notes that the medical journal Lancet identified the number-one risk factor for death in the world as being high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 while anything above 140/90 is typically considered hypertensive. Increased blood pressure puts strain on the heart, damage blood vessels and increase the risk of stroke. Ideally though, blood pressure should be 110/70.

High blood pressure seems to be a chronic condition of Western society that worsens as people grow older whereas people in Africa of the same age who naturally eat a low sodium, planted based diet, show no such issue.

So how can one reduce blood pressure?

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Prayer on entering a church

Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells. In the multitude of Your tender mercies prepare my heart that I may enter Your house to worship and confess Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, my God and Lord. Amen.