Monthly archive for October 2008

Give God a Year

Last month, I issued the challenge to “Give God A Year.” No sooner had I finished the article than I heard the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit whisper in my ear, “Will you give me a year and see what I can do in your life?” I had to pray about that for a day before I accepted the challenge to actually do what I had asked others to do. What a novel concept! Well, God and I started out with a bang. Within a couple of days, the Lord began putting a book together in my mind and within the next two weeks, I had written the first six chapters. As I stayed close to the Lord’s side, He was empowering me to obey His will for my life. I even lost five pounds in the process. The early morning hours of Saturday, September 13, changed the

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Why don’t we do what we know to do? – Part 2

This is the second in a series that explores the many reasons why we do not have as much success in the Christian life as we think we should. Part Two of discipline is – Physical Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. I Corinthians 9: 26-27 Run with purpose – Never forget the reason for the restrictions and activities needed to accomplish the goal. The reason will give the motivation. Make our bodies a slave – Instead of our urges controlling us, we control them and for a greater good. Not be disqualified- Taking care of ourselves is important to us, to God and our influence on others. It

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Practical Examples with the New Food Plan

In my class this past week, I had my members participate in a group brainstorming session. I brought in some foods from home (including the labels) to use as examples for teaching how to put the new way of thinking our FP4H food plan encourages into practice. I literally just pulled a few things I already had in my pantry and freezer, and one by one we went through how to assess the quality of the product, the quantity or serving size, and what to “count” it as on our Live It Trackers. The questions I asked them to first answer in order to help them determine how to count the items were, (1) what category does this food most likely fall under (grains, fruits, vegetables…), (2) what are the first five ingredients, and (3) what does the label tell me about what counts as an ounce, cup or teaspoon?

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What is “Pilates” anyway?

One of the popular new trends in the exercise world is “Pilates.” The Pilates method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises developed over 90 years ago by Joseph Pilates. It strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance and creates a more streamlined shape. In Pilates you treat the body as an integrated whole and each exercise is designed for many muscles groups to work together to perform it. Pilates developed his exercise system in Germany in the early 1900’s. Plagued by ill health as a child, he used these exercises to strengthen his frail body. He called his method the “art of contrology” as it required great mental focus to control all of the major muscles groups. Pilates set up his first studio in New York City after immigration to the United States, and this method of fitness training has been

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Wear Your Joy

Wear Your Joy

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. – Psalm 126:3 “You say you’re a Christian? Please let your face know!” I laughed when I read this on a church sign while driving home from the grocery store. Although meant to be humorous, the saying packs a powerful message for us. Does our joy in the Lord, show on our faces? When unbelievers are around us, do they want what we have? Can they see our joy? Do we have thankful and grateful attitudes, or do we whine and omplain about everything? I used to be a chronic complainer. I often found myself joining in when my friends and family complained about everything from the weather to the high cost of prices at the grocery store. I realized that studying God’s Word that ungratefulness has no part in a Christian’s life. It’s hard to

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