- 5/19/2013 Shepard designs dream room
- 5/19/2013 Sue Jolly Award will honor student Mock Trial Team member
- 5/19/2013 Anglican Church to host homeless meeting
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta bookings
- 5/19/2013 Suspect sought in theft of Walmart cell phones
- 5/19/2013 STEMfest exposes students to principles of science, technology
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta crime blotter
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta High School hosts 309 student runners
- 5/19/2013 Predators fall to Knights in walk-off fashion
- 5/12/2013 Predators stumble against Knights, face uphill battle
- 5/12/2013 Lady Predators have to win to stay in
- 5/12/2013 Phil Schaefer reflects on North Augusta history
- 5/12/2013 North Augusta golf team’s season ends in Sumter
- 5/12/2013 NAHS grad named SEC Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year
- 5/12/2013 World’s No. 1 disc golfer pays a visit to Hippodrome
- 5/19/2013 Column: Downtown developments: Vacations less and less important
- 5/19/2013 Wrinkles: Recognizing mothers and angels
- 5/19/2013 Phragments from Phyllis: A mother’s a mother for the rest of her life
- 5/19/2013 Letter: Bring the troops home from Afghanistan
- 5/19/2013 Column: New PASS exams intended to benefit student performance
- 5/19/2013 Chaplain's corner: In his hand
- 5/12/2013 Column: The best of both borders
- 5/12/2013 Chaplain’s Corner: A mother’s joy
- 5/12/2013 Downtown developments: Bad customer service, part two
- 5/12/2013 Letter: Riverkeeper is a benefit to North Augustans
News from the front porch for Nov. 1
God did not allow man to eat meat before the Great Flood but gave us permission to do so after Noah and his family began to repopulate the earth. At the same time, the Bible tells us in Genesis 9:2 that God placed the fear of man into the animals so that they would know they needed to protect themselves.
However, those animals we generally refer to as "domesticated" remained in close relationship with man. Even animals we don't often think of as pets can offer benefits to man. Researchers have found that when autistic children interact with dolphins, the children become more communicative. Researchers said that eye contact with pets is especially valuable. Animals generally find it very important to greet each other after a period of absence. That's why our pets are so eager to greet us when we come home. It's an important ritual for them, and my husband and I always enjoy the warmth of the moment when our kitties greet us.
Researchers have also found that when pets are introduced into a family setting, families generally show more signs of closeness and warmth. There is healthier playing and less arguing. One of the most surprising findings was that when people give attention to their pets, blood pressure drops. Even gazing into an aquarium lowers blood pressure. People with the highest blood pressure benefit the most from this interaction.
There is an aquarium in the waiting room of the company I work for as marketing manager. When I walk by it, there is a large pink and peach-colored blood parrot fish that watches me as I walk across the room. I feel instantly calmer when I take a few minutes and give her eye contact. She looks at me like she thinks the waiting room is a people-aquarium that she enjoys watching.
The unconditional love offered by our pets is truly a blessing from God. Additionally, our creator's unconditional love toward us through the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ is greater than any other love we can ever experience.
"So don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession." James 1:16-18 NLT
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.