Monthly archive for January 2009

Thinking about the New Year

As we think about the New Year and all the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead, I would like to propose one surefire way to be up to all God has planned for you. This is not a New Year’s resolution, but a request that you try something this year that has the power to change your life forever. What is it that I am suggesting? Is it biblical? Is it practical? Is it possible? The answer is yes, but it depends on your willingness to give up your old “tried and failed” way of doing life. I am suggesting that in 2009, you begin getting out of bed one hour earlier each day to spend time with God. Is it Biblical? We say that we want to be like Jesus. Well, scripture is clear that Jesus got up early each day. Jesus prayed early; He worked early, and He

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Put On the Big Kid Pants

Well, here it is January 2nd, and I was supposed to have finished this newsletter article weeks ago.  Luckily, I work with a loving staff that give me more than enough grace and have patiently waited for me to funnel all the thoughts swimming in my head into a coherent and concise essay.  You see, 2007 was a huge year for me.  Maybe it was this way for you, too?  In chronological order, I got married, moved into a new home (and soon began decorating), started my job at First Place, finished graduate school (praise Jesus), adopted a furry son from the SPCA, and passionately tried to do all of these things (marriage, home, job, training a dog) with perfection and a smile.  Many of you older and wiser than I am are likely chuckling to yourself and thinking, “Oh honey, perfection? You’ll soon learn!” Oh yes, I have definitely

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Nutrition Trends for 2009

If I could encapsulate the nutrition trends of 2008 in a few words, I would use these buzz terms: organic – sustainability – authentic – local – omega-3 – probiotics – gluten-free However, with the current economic downturn seemingly a constant topic of conversation and making a significant impact in all aspects of industry, what will the dietetic trends of 2009 look like? Will the New Year turn a grayer shade of green with many consumers desperate to make their food dollar stretch more than ever before? Will consumers do an about-face when it comes to eat out versus eating in? Allow me to make some predictions secondary to articles I’ve read by dietitians, chefs, economists, and consumer researchers.. Eating Out vs. Eating In Most everyone can relate, but the average American is quickly finding that their dollars must stretch farther than before. According to the USDA Consumer Price Index,

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Where Does Your Strength Come From?

In Ephesians 6:10 it says Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. In this Biblical context of spiritual warfare, we naturally think of this strength as mental fortitude and emotional trust in God—in effect, spiritual strength, and we certainly need that! But we need to fight the enemy of our souls by getting strong physically, too. The demands of this world require spiritual, mental, emotional and physical strength! It all goes together, as we well know from personal experience! When we feel healthy and strong physically, it spills over and gives us power and strength to face whatever comes our way in other facets of our life. Consider these benefits of physical strength training: It helps combat osteoporosis. It helps us improve our lean-to-fat body composition. Muscle is the primary calorie burner of your body. The more lean tissue you have the more calories you burn all

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Commitment

A commitment is a pledge or a promise. We make commitments big and small every day. We make a commitment to our husband and to God when we get married. We make a commitment to raise our children to know and love God. But what kind of commitments do we make to ourselves, and do we keep those commitments once we make them? Do we commit to take care of our own personal health, or do we place that low on the priority list and only think about it when life slows down, (and when is that, by the way?) Do we want to make the commitment and then sigh and say ‘I don’t have time to take care of myself?” Let me encourage you to commit to placing your personal health higher on the list—without guilt! Think about this- -when you are eating properly, exercising often, and feeding your

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Progress, Not Perfection

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing. – GALATIANS 2:21 You can find how-to books on just about anything you want to know more about-how to sell your home, how to lose weight in 10 days, how to love yourself more, how to save more and spend less. Books are written every day suggesting that we can be better if only we follow the book’s directions and implement them in our lives. Isn’t God awesome for giving us an owner’s manual on ourselves? Reading the Word teaches us about God and how to be disciples of His. We learn that no matter how perfect we try to be, it’s not our perfectness that God longs for. No, it’s our heart he wants. He longs for our attention and devotion. Our works and deeds will never

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