Monthly archive for May 2005

The day of Small Things

Titus 3:8 (KJV) This is a faithful saying and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that thou which have believed in God, might be CAREFUL to MAINTAIN good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. When I began First Place, I was so “diet program” minded, all I could think about was getting finished with this diet. Through the First Place Bible studies and Scripture memory, the Lord revealed to me how important each pound lost and each mile walked was to the big picture. More importantly, I learned that there was no end to this; there would come a point where I would have to become a good steward over the good work the Lord had done with my health. I would have to learn to maintain the work the Lord and I had labored to obtain in my life. I would hear my First Place

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Good Bye to Getting By

Some may think that maintenance means just barely holding on or just getting by. However, it can be part of a very meaningful plan of being prepared for future success. All new vehicles have a prescribed maintenance program that is designed to ensure a lengthy, smooth running and reliable transportation machine. It is a way to be a happy car owner. God has a manual for successful living that requires a check up and fine-tuning once in a while. Some times it is standard adjustment but other times requires a complete overhaul. My mother raised me, my five sisters, and my three brothers on these basic rules for living: * Go to church. * Love others. * Work hard. * Stay clean. * Give generously to others of your time, talent and encouragement. From Mama’s Rules For Livin’ , by: Dr. Mamie McCullough Biblical Reflection “…applying all diligence, in your

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Maintenance

Maintaining a healthy bone structure is a serious issue in our country. The Surgeon General recently announced: Ten million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. Another 34 million have osteopenia-bone density that is lower than normal, though not quite low enough to be called osteoporosis. Four out of 10 women. age 50 or older. will break a hip, spine, or wrist during their lifetime. Nearly one in five hip fracture patients end up in a nursing home within a year. By 2020, half of all Americans over the age of 50 will be at risk for fractures from weak bones. We all have learned how important calcium and proper exercise is for building and maintaining healthy bones. Research continues to support those facts. However, researchers now believe you can do more. Bess Dawson-Hughes of the USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in

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