Monthly archive for January 2007

A New Year – A New Start

I’m a person who loves new beginnings and fresh starts so January is one of my favorite months. Not only is it the first month of a new year, it signifies an entire year for me to make changes that will help me lead a more balanced life. Last year started out with me feeling the same way I do right now; however, by the end of 2006, I was glad the year was finally coming to an end. We began the year anticipating a grand year of celebrating the 25th Anniversary of First Place and a grand year of celebrating it has been. The downside of the year was that 2006 brought major staff changes that made the entire year one of the hardest we have ever experienced. What do you do when you have major changes in life that you didn’t pray for and don’t like one bit?

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Go Home a New Way

The Christmas season is over and a new year has been birthed. Many traveled a long way to be with family and friends. Coming home means putting away all of the trappings of the celebration: the worn nativity scene on the mantle, simple faded ornaments made by the hands of children, who have long been adults, and strings of lights that next year will take time and patience to untangle. With the close of this season of comfort and joy of tradition, there may be a need for something fresh and new! A New Start Matthew 2: 10 – 11 And they came into the house and saw the child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, they

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Exercise is a Balancing Act

Picture someone walking on a high wire in the circus. Our life is like this balancing act, isn’ t it? We are balancing all of the important things that we know we need to do. We need to prioritize time alone with God. We need to take care of our family and household. We need to take time to serve God in our local church and in charity work. And …we need to take care of ourselves so we have the energy to do all the other things! Too often we neglect to take care of our physical health. We put exercise on the bottom of our priority list, and we simply run out of time to do it, especially if it is not our favorite thing to do! We know we should exercise; instead, we just throw our hands up and say I’ ll try again tomorrow. Have you

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Run to Win

Run to Win

For what seemed like many years I dreamed about becoming a runner. I already had the signature slogan, Run to Win! (1 Cor. 9:24), but I didn’t run. I remember talking with a gentleman at the 2004 Leadership Summit about my dream to run someday and he shared about his running plus gave me some tips on how to train to run a 5K. Then it happened! Shortly after the summit I got an email from Beverly Henson with a challenge to run the Houston Marathon in January 2006, to help kick off the First Place 25-year anniversary. I immediately (without really counting the cost) replied with an “I’m in!” Couch Potato to 5K Runner Many months went by and my dream was still just a dream. Then in March 2005, I realized the marathon was only 10 months away and I’ d better start training. I started a couch

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