Skip to main content

The Six O'Clock Habit

sugarhillspace.wordpress.com
I and my wife have been very seriously considering doing it despite our impossibly hectic schedules. It's all worth it to have a six o'clock habit,  a time for laying everything aside and discussing the Word of God with gusto and in a relaxed atmosphere--you know, with a tall glass of iced fresh fruit juice and some fresh strawberries or grapes while in the cool comforts of our terrace overlooking the village. Every 6:00 pm.

We managed to do one successfully and are about to launch our second one. It's supposed to promote family bonding more, more openness with each other, and deeper Scripture familiarization. And health, too, especially when we also plan to do a short Zumba session right after--or something to that effect. I think every family needs to do this, I mean together, at home.

Church is good for spiritual health and gyms are superb for physical conditioning. Eating in health fast food stores is something else. But home is different. Families are grown at home. Some folks brag about always eating out with the family, some try to establish a trend doing gym with their loved ones. but still, nothing beats doing family stuff at home. Have you tried doing "church" at home with just your family?

When I was small my mom, grandma, and uncles used to have their own brand of six o'clock habit--doing a short rosary and novena I didn't understand (nor did my uncles) because it was in Latin. It did what it was designed to do--bond the family. I was close to them all, and because my dad wasn't around during the time, he made up for the loss through Saturday night rosary sessions. And we got real close then. I guess the saying, "The family that prays together, stays together," has its merits.

However, what I really believe in more is eating together, not so much praying together. I'm not saying I don't believe in praying together as a family. I do. But I believe in eating together as a family more. With eating, we have praying and bible discussions, too. But if we talk about prayer time, some people cannot imagine eating and laughing while praying. So it's better to talk about eating because prayer and bible discussions are easily incorporated into it, than talking about praying per se.

Thus, when we have our six o'clock habit, we sit casually on the cushion on the floor, some recline as Jesus' disciples did when they supped together, and then we discuss the bible. We may be eating something or plain discussing bible matters, and then talk about other related subjects, and then pray. We may also decide to sing to the Lord, if he prods us to. As they say, "as the Spirit leads."

The main thing is to join together as family in His Name.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

HOW HEALTHY IS BANANA CUE? For Banana Lovers Like Me

If you're a banana lover like me, you probably love eating banana cue and turon as well. Banana cue is dip frying "saba" or cardava banana rolled in brown sugar. Turon, on the other hand, is "saba" or cardava banana wrapped in egg-roll wrapper, the type used for spring rolls, sprinkled with brown sugar. Sometimes, they even put slices of langka or jackfruit in it. SM Save More outlets sellthem for only P15 per big piece.

Anyway, if you eat these cooked bananas, what health benefit do you get? Do you get all the health benefits bananas give?

Cooked bananas give you dietary fibers, nothing more, nothing less. Well, you also get some carbohydrates from the brown sugar and fat from the cooking oil. By the way, included here is sweetened "saba" which is banana boiled in water with brown sugar and sometimes added with vanilla extract. At least with this, you eliminate cooking oil.

Bananas are supposed to be super healthy with lots of vitamins and minerals …

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PATOLA: Don't Judge a Veggie by It's Rough Look

"Pulis patola" is a term popularized in Filipino movies on supposedly lousy cops. It denotes an inept policeman trained in a far-flung province where cops know nothing except probably to eat and sleep. But in the Filipino movies, the rustic "patola" cop turns out to be a good and skillful cop who manages to ruin a powerful syndicate singlehandedly.

Thus, "patola" or sponge gourd is a common rough-looking vegetable almost nobody pays attention to (some even smirks at the sigh to fit) and considered low class vegetable. Why "sponge" gourd? The core of the fruit looks like crude sponge, but it sure doesn't taste like one. Patola is  often mixed in soups, especially plain and ordinary miswa soup to add some sweet flavor to it. It's also cheap--just perfect for anyone aiming for health and fitness with middle income budget.

Here are some of its health benefits:
It's low in calories. If you're trying to lose weight, eat more of this to …

Apple Stem Cell Health Benefits and Why You Need Them

We all know how advanced aging damages skin quality. But plant stem cells, especially from apples, were found to powerfully delay aging and its toll on the skin. This was discovered in many plant stem cell researches.  Stem cells are plant cells extracted from plant stems. As simple as that. So they're all-natural. And they divide and renew themselves continually as long as they're alive. Imagine if your cells are like that. Swiss Malus Domestica Apple plant stem cell (malus domestica) grown and enhanced in Switzerland since the 18th century is most apt for stimulating aging human skin stem cell, lessening unsightly skin wrinkles. It prolongs or extends the life of skin cells so you get a more youthful and radiant look.  When you age your skin cells' ability to divide slows down, unable to create enough new skin cells. So you get lots more of old or dying cells than new cells. These skin cells in your body must be replaced---and here is where the Swiss apple stem cells ent…