Families – Spend Time Together

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July 8, 2022

Family Playing Games

Families - Spend Time Together!

I like to use the above picture in our newsletter and on Facebook. Playing games with children of all ages is an excellent way to spend time together.  Spending time together is one of the six traits that build strong, healthy families. Our daughter and her family love to play games together. Dana Herbst told us that playing games helped her family grow into a loving blended family during a radio program we did with her last year. Did you know there are six traits that research has documented can build strong, healthy families? We have a six-part series on this topic on our website. Check it out: Family Ministry - Family Shield Ministries.

What are the Six Traits that Build Strong, Heathy Families?  

  1. Commitment to each other’s welfare and happiness.
  2. Appreciation and Affection. Show appreciation and affection for each other. (Gen. 2:23-24; Ps. 127:3-4).
  3. Positive Communication. Have good communication skills and spend large amounts of time talking with each other (Eph. 6:1-4).
  4. Spending Time Together. Strong families spend time-quality time to generous quality time with each other (Deut. 6:7; Prov. 22:6).
  5. Spiritual Well-being. Strong families believe in God. That belief in the Lord gives them strength and purpose (Acts 2:38-39; Deut. 11:18-21; Eph. 6:4).
  6. The Ability to Cope with Stress and Crises. Members of strong families are able to view stress or crises as opportunities to grow (Eph. 6:4; 1 Thess. 2:11).

Think about your family. Which one of these traits do you need to work on or improve? I think everyone needs help with stress. I'd like to recommend Rev. Christopehr M. Kennedy's new book Grace under Pressure: Responding Faithfully to Stress to help you learn how to handle stress more effectively. I'll be interviewing him soon about his newest book. Watch for it!

Yvette Marie Seltz and Kay Meyer in the Family Shield studio.
Yvette Marie Seltz and Kay Meyer in the Family Shield studio.

Radio Programs, Podcast Topics, and Guests

with host, Kay L. Meyer, founder & president of Family Shield Ministries

Conflict in Marriage and How to Fight Fair
June 21-27
Guest: Marty Lindvedt

Traveling and Summertime Activities for Families 
June 28-July 5
with Kay Meyer & Nancy Stallard

Overcoming Life's Sorrows: Learning from Jeremiah
July 6-12
Guest: Rev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing
Guest Host: Mark Frith, Chairman of Family Shield Ministries

Joining Jesus as a Family:
How to Raise Your Children to be Followers of Jesus, Part One

July 12-18
Guests: Greg and Susan Finke

Joining Jesus as a Family:
How to Raise Your Children to be Followers of Jesus, Part Two

July 19-25
Guests: Greg and Susan Finke

Grace under Pressure-Responding Faithfully to Stress
July 26-August 1
Guest: Rev. Christopher Kennedy
A Book Give Away: Family Shield has one of Rev. Kennedy's books to give away through a drawing to an email newsletter reader. If you would like to participate, email us at witnesstofamily@gmail.com. The book will be mailed, so please include your physical address when you write us. 

Joining Jesus on HIs Mission
August 2-8
Guest: Greg Finke


Sharing Your Faith with Muslims
Guest: to be announced


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