Monthly archive for June 2008

The Power of Prayer

Many of you know that my husband, Johnny, was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in October 1997.  At the time of his diagnosis, he was given approximately two years to live.  Praise God!  Johnny is still alive today almost eleven years after his diagnosis. Yes, he still has stage 4 prostate cancer, but it has not spread since his initial diagnosis. I tell you this story to say once again that First Place people are the most wonderful people in the world.  Many of you have read the story of Joe Ann Winkler, a First Place leader in Kansas City, MO.  I wrote about Joe Ann’s amazing story in The Divine Diet. Joe Ann, who has had MS since 1959, and confined to a wheelchair since that time, had an amazing experience with God in 2003.  Joe Ann read my book Back On Track and asked God if He

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Wise Up on Planning Meals and Shopping

It’s a common misconception that cutting back on food expenses means sacrificing good nutrition.  However, you can be healthier and wealthier by getting wiser about planning meals and shopping.  Here are some guidelines that can help. Choose Your Plate. Many people plan their meals around meat, and leave grains, vegetables, and fruit for side dishes. However, according to the USDA, the bulk of your diet should be made up of grains (bread, pasta, and rice) and fruits and vegetables. Meats and dairy foods make up a smaller section, and should be treated as side dishes and eaten less frequently. This is not only more economical but more healthful. For fruits and vegetables, you can choose fresh, frozen, or canned.  Frozen or canned fruits and veggies are a great choice, because you don’t have to eat them all at one time.  Just make sure you choose low-sodium canned veggies, and fruits

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The Slight Edge in Fitness

The Slight Edge in Fitness

Have you ever heard of “the slight edge principle?”  Jeff Olson, in his book The Slight Edge says that people are always looking for the big breakthrough, for an amazing quantum leap, so to speak, but he presents a “slight edge philosophy” that says small steps, compounded over time, are what make a difference in our life.  He says it is the things we do every day, the things that don’t look dramatic, and may even look like they don’t matter, that make all the difference.  And this difference can be in either a positive or a negative direction, so we need to understand this principle and live our lives by it! Let’s apply this philosophy to fitness and exercise.  Let’s say you are a person who is not exercising at all, and maybe you haven’t exercised in a long time.  You know you lack strength and endurance and that

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View from the top

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 Last summer, my husband and I spent a week at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico.  My husband is the hiker in the family, but I exercise four to five times a week, so I thought the four-mile mountain trail would be a breeze. The trail looked easy, but five minutes into the hike, I was huffing and puffing.  I’d walk a few yards, rest, walk a few yards, rest, walk a few yards, then rest again . . . at that rate, it was turning into an all-day event!  Maybe it was just the determination to make it, but before I knew it, we were at the top.  What an awesome view!  It was certainly worth all the huffing and puffing

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