Monthly archive for November 2007

A Thankful Heart

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well… Matthew 6:33 We have just returned from our annual Fall spa week and we are all overflowing with thankfulness to God for His bountiful blessings to all who attended. Every October we meet at Round Top Retreat Center for a week of learning what it means to live a life of balance. This year’s theme was The Amazing Race and we had 36 who attended for the entire week and five weekend participants. Our participants came from 16 different states and four from Canada. Our memory verse for the week was Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

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A Thankful Heart for the Bounty He Provides

Fall brings a sweet assortment of memories to my mind. In grade school years, I remember our teachers discussing pilgrims and Indians, feasts and friends. Thankfulness and later generosity during Christmastime were definitely the overarching themes of our lessons towards the end of each year. In high school and college, this is when the anticipation of classes letting out for holidays began to grow, and I’ll admit doodling quite a few pumpkins in the margins of my notes. As an adult, I now look forward to decorating my house with pumpkins, gourds and swags of fall leaves. And since I live in Texas, as soon as there is even a hint of crispness in the air, I begin itching to break out my fluffy sweaters and tall boots – despite the fact it is still 75 degrees out. I also yearn for fall scents such as pumpkin spice and cinnamon

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Be Thankful for Our Physical Bodies

What is the first thing you think of when someone says ‘what are you thankful for’? What is the second thing? The third thing? I would be willing to bet that “ your body” is not in the top 3 things that you give thanks for on a regular basis! Me neither! But let’s stop and think—without our body, without our physical health and fitness, we would not have the strength and energy to do the other things that we are most thankful for. We need a ‘paradigm shift!’ Instead of waking up and thinking that we “have to” exercise, we need to think “Exercise is a God-given freedom, and by doing it I will stay strong enough to have the physical freedom in my life to do the things I love, for the people I love, with energy to enjoy it all!” Wow! That’s a change in perspective! Let

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Don’t Open the Door to the Enemy

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5:20 I used to groan and moan about my weight struggles. I’ d complain about every pound and every mistake I made along the way of my weight-loss journey. Every time I complained or wanted to beat myself up for a single bad choice, I opened the door to the enemy. I was allowing the devil to keep me knee-deep in despair and focused on my problems. Now I choose instead to be thankful for everything. I see things not as good or bad things, but as God things— which he will use for my good and His glory, as He promises us in Romans 8:28. I’m thankful now that He used my weight to bring me to First Place for Heath and used First Place for Health to teach me

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