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On the Purpose of Herbs and Dogs

Sometimes the purposes of God never cease to astound me. Nothing He does is by chance but by design.

For many years my husband and I have had an interest in herbs. We love to grow them, eat them and use them in various ways. At one time we had quite substantial herb gardens. Now, due to a different lifestyle, we simply grow a few herbs which require little maintenance.

Some we grow simply because they look good in the garden. Some are there because their history interests us. Some are edible herbs and we take pleasure in using them in breads and stews for example. One herb would often creep out of the garden and land itself in the lawn. Our neighbour would then comment on the wonderful aroma whenever the lawn was mowed. He said he and his wife would feel more relaxed at those times. Glad we could help!

As we learned about herbs we realized that herbs are more than just plants. In the spoken word of God at creation He actually planned to benefit man through various senses.

We just watched a T.V. show on “medical alert dogs”. These dogs both large and small have abilities way beyond our understanding.

On this programme we learned about a small dog which was trained to alert his owner whenever her diabetes was not balanced. He can let her know if her reading is too high or too low. Great news since she is not always aware of the changes in her glucose levels. Owning the dog gives her much more freedom.

In this same week we met a woman in the local shopping centre who had a medical alert dog with her. She suffers from epilepsy but has found that the dog can warn her of an oncoming seizure. Having the dog as her constant companion means that she can go shopping and is given enough warning to find a quiet corner, lie down and wait it out.

Dogs are used in many ways such as in rescue missions, hunting wild animals to protect them and in some animal eradication programmes to name a few.

Until recently I simply thought that God made dogs as pets but even in this area they serve us. Scientists now say that when we bond with our dog our blood pressure is lowered when we sit and stroke or pat them.

As I write this small article the family dog is lying next to my feet where he has been almost all day. He is a faithful little pet who adds a great deal of pleasure to all of our family.

As a thinking person I find it difficult to believe that all this happened by chance. No, for me, commonsense dictates that only a mind far beyond our comprehension could create such a world and place within it plants and animals for the sole benefit of man and I am in awe of Him!

P.S. I still don’t like the dogs to pee on the herb garden though!

Reschooling to Build Lasting Families

Oh my goodness, you found us, how cool is that? Let’s talk about families.

Ever feel that families today are under seige?  Do you often wish that you could take the family and live on a desert island just so you can be alone together? We need to relearn how to appreciate and build our children up to be all that they can be, all that God created them to be.  Yet many of us have had less than perfect pasts.  We have no idea  how to even begin! It seems such a daunting task.   Take a look at the “about” page to see how God taught me!

Your children are a gift from God, He trusts you to raise them for Him. Can there be any higher calling than that? Families Unplugged is really about going back to school in a sense and learning together how to spend time with our children.  It is about enjoying them, having fun with them and about introducing them to the love God has for them.

The desert island solution isn’t available to many but by joining Families Unplugged you will be making a deliberate commitment to one or two hours a week with your family.  It means unplugging from the outside world and focussing on each other. Joining us means that you celebrate each person in your family and extended family. It means that you appreciate the differences in people and the unique perspectives they bring to family life.

Building a family is a lifetime experience.  Here at familiesunplugged.com we want to help you to accomplish your task.  Check us out by trialling the programme.  This is your opportunity to unplug from the world by turning off all the electronic devices in your home (computers, mobile phones etc) and to plug into each other without distraction.

Here at Families Unplugged  we genuinely want to help you to build strong, loving and caring families where each member will feel valued and wanted. I can’t think of any greater goal than this.

So go for it! Start now to build a wonderful family built on love and respect for each other and for God.  We look forward to working together with you to raise contented, God reliant children who will make a positive difference now and in the future!

Your willingness to serve God in this way should be applauded.

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