Monthly archive for March 2007

Winds of Change

I have a good friend who will be the keynote speaker at a women’s retreat next month. She e-mailed today and asked a few questions about “intentional living.” As I was answering the questions, I thought that some of these tips might be of value for all my First Place friends this month. The theme for March is “Winds of Change,” and without living intentionally, none of us will experience permanent lifestyle change. It might be a good idea to ask yourself these questions and think about what intentional living means in your own life. What does intentional living mean to you? It means that I make an appointment to do the things that really help me lead a balanced life, such as exercise, healthy eating, stress management, Bible study and prayer. Then I keep the appointment! How do you demonstrate or live out intentional living in your relationship with:

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Fresh Breeze or Threatening Storms

Change is sometimes welcomed and at other times is very troubling. There are times that we long for something new. The old routines of life can get rather monotonous and tedious. They cause us to lose interest and search for fresh experiences or relationships. This can be a sign of desiring to grow. There are times we long for something familiar. The constant barrage of change can be exhausting and unsettling. The onslaught of the unexpected can cause us to feel off balance, threatened and fearful. This can be a sign of desiring stability. Most of us find that a rhythm of stability and change can be a wonderful balance in life. Unfortunately, we do not have complete control on the ebb and flow of life experiences. What we need is to find our “ sails and anchors.” Sails are those attitudes that help us catch fresh breezes that will

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Adjusting your Attitude

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz Would you agree that many people in First Place still have not chosen to change…their attitudes? Are you one of them? This month I want to tackle some issues that are possibly precluding many of you from enjoying the fruits of your labor in First Place, specifically in the Live-It plan. First, let me ask you some questions to bring you aboard my train of thought. Do you or fellow members you know tend to see the practical disciplines within the Live It plan more like arduous chores as opposed to tools for success? I can almost hear the resounding yes being said aloud right now. If so, the next question is why is that the case for you? Are you confused about the purpose of these tools for

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Changing Your Exercise Habits One Step at a Time!

We are thrilled that Jeannie Blocher, President and Founder of Body & Soul Ministries, has agreed to write a monthly article for our 2007 First Place E-Newsletters. Did you know that your muscles adapt to the exercises you do to the point that it is important you change your exercise routine from time to time? It’s true! Your muscles can get in a rut justlike your mind and your life. You can change the type of exercise you do, such as changing your cardio routine from walking to swimming as the weather gets warmer. In fact, just changing from indoor mall-walking to outdoor walking is a refreshing change for both the body and the spirit! Change things up to walk with a friend and see how the motivation and accountability of having a partner help you get a better workout. You may need to change your strength routine to work

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