|Matthew, Michael, Kevin & Jennifer|
(1/2013 Pinkston Photography)
88% of those who grow up in Evangelical Churches leave at age 18 and do not come back...I want to see this change! All God's born-again children are my family and pray that they will stay in fellowship somewhere, and not fall out of church as this statistic shows.
Only 34% of American families eat 1 meal together each day...We may not have the best of meals but we try to have one together everyday.
Sadly, the average father only spends 10 minutes a day with his children...don't let this describe your family time.
Only 12% of American families pray together, OUCH! Wow, this must change if we want to see family values come back to Christ being the center. Pray with your family. Spend time reading God's Word together. Project 51 on YouVersion is a great way to begin. (3minutes and 45 seconds on average per day)
The average couple spends only 4 minutes of uninterrupted time together a day. Whoa, that would make me miserable! Kevin and I, try to eat lunch together several times a week, we have conversations throughout the day, we go out of town together (JUST THE TWO OF US) for our anniversary each year, and we try to have a little get-a-way quarterly. We also try to have a small vacation with our kids yearly. Spend time with the ones you love, show them they matter!
Where do you and your family fit in these statistics? Do you need more family time centered around Christ and one another?
(Family to Family, Leaving A Lasting Legacy by Dr. Jerry Pipes and Victor Lee is a great book where this information is taken from. (c) 1999)
One of our family verses for Kevin's Leadership as a husband, pastor, and father; My Husband, My Pastor, My Best Friend is:
A Glimpse At My Family,
My family with our bonus son, Dustin!
(Double M Photography 2015)