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.
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.
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.