Monthly archive for June 2007

How do you keep the problems of life from derailing you?

The question above is one we hear a lot from First Place members and leaders across the country. They are doing well when all of a sudden, a curve ball comes their way. Before they know it, they are down in the dirt and unable to get up and back into the game. Yesterday, I was given the opportunity to walk out the answer to this question. It was Tuesday and I led my First Place class. We are doing the First Place Bible study, A New Creation, and went over Week Four in class about “Recognizing Your Obstacles.” Class was over when Pat walks into my office and says, “Well, you got all the mail today.” I turned around and the first piece of mail I opened contained a letter with some disturbing news. All at once, I was shocked and saddened and thrown into what could have been

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What is the Relationship Between Feelings, Faith and Food?

Will my personal faith have any impact on how I take care of myself physically? The First Place model is based on the concept that God cares about all areas of our lives and that they cannot be compartmentalized. Each area impacts the other when they are in proper balance. Sometimes we have great success in one area of our life while we struggle in another. If we do not address our struggles, they will negatively impact our successes. Jesus said: “…I say to you, do not be anxious for your  life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?”  Matthew 6:25 (NASB) “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious

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Q&A with the RD

One of the best aspects of my job is having the opportunity to communicate daily with the members and leaders of First Place. Whether via email or telephone, I love being able to connect with and assist you in every way possible regarding question about nutrition or the Live It plan. Recently, I answered a couple of questions I feel are important enough to share publicly. Due to the depth of some questions, they have been condensed for the purpose of sharing the most relevant content. I look forward to hearing from you again soon! Question: Is the First Place food plan biblical? In the past several months, I have been reading books such as The Maker’s Diet…and find myself honestly believing that biblical eating habits truly are healthier than those of the ADA…I am a devoted Christian and I believe that renewing your mind for God’s principles is probably

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Leave the Fighting to God

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. – Deuteronomy 20:4 My husband, Johnny, loves history. He once asked me if I knew why the first movies during World War II always depicted the Japanese as our enemies, even though we were at war against both Germany and Japan?  When I didn’t know the answer, as I usually don’t, he said, “Because the Japanese looked different. If the movies showed us fighting the Germans, we would have looked too much alike.” As I looked at this verse, I was reminded of yesterday’s history lesson and what I could learn from it. Today, most of my enemies probably look a lot like me and much of the time, my greatest enemy is me. The greatest danger in trying to fight my enemies instead of allowing God

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