Monthly archive for June 2009

50th Wedding Anniversary

On June 26th, Johnny and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. As I look back over fifty years together, I can see such a correlation between our earthly marriage and the marriage with Jesus Christ when we become believers. The Vows Taking our marriage vows was just the beginning of our marriage and when we accept Jesus, it is just the starting point of a lifetime together. The early years of most marriages are difficult, because two very different people with different backgrounds and personalities are now living together under one roof. I am so glad we both believed that our marriage vows were binding and permanent and I can honestly say that divorce was never an option for either of us–murder maybe, but never divorce! In the same way, when we become the bride of Christ, it is a permanent relationship that can never be severed. As in

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Vacation: Interval of Rest

Vacation:  Webster defines as:  “freedom from any activity; rest; esp., a specific interval of rest from work, study.” An interval means a break in between things. What is meaningful to some may seem like punishment to others. Some families love traveling in a travel trailer for two weeks to see some of America’s beautiful sights; however, others would see this as torturous – the very thought of being trapped in one vehicle for hours on end and sleeping shoulder to shoulder in a travel camp site. Some families love enriching vacations; going to some of the cultural centers of the world, viewing great art, classic monuments at historic locations and fine arts productions. But to others the idea of an “educational vacation” would be no better than a school field trip complete with a research paper at the end. Some families prefer active vacations; going to classic sports venues, watching

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A New Chapter

Dear First Place 4 Health Family, Erin DuBroc, our FP4H Registered Dietitian, has resigned to become a full time Mom.  Erin came on staff in January, 2007 and helped write the food plan for our new First Place 4 Health program.  Although Erin won’t be in the office any longer you will still have the pleasure of seeing her on our FP4H DVD’s. Below is a letter Erin wrote to the staff here at the church.  If you would like to send Erin a card, you can send it to 7401 Katy Freeway, Suite 337, Houston, Texas 77024. Dear Staff, What a blessing it has been working at Houston’s First Baptist with First Place 4 Health.  I have so enjoyed getting to know many of you over the past 2.5 years and always being greeted by sweet smiles in the halls.  My experience here has been such a blessing and

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Strength Training Does Burn Fat

We knew it was true all the time—we DO burn fat when we work out with weights, crunch those abs, and go for those pushups! Yes, when we are doing resistance exercise, we burn fat and now there is new research to back it up! How fat works! Now, I’m going to get a wee bit technical here, but it’s interesting to hear how all this works. Fat is stored in the body in the form of triglycerides, which are made up of three fatty-acid molecules held together by a molecule of glycerol. Through a process called lipolysis, these triglycerides are released into the blood where they are broken down through oxidation to be used as energy by the body. In a recent research study cited in the IDEA Fitness Journal , they found  that energy expenditure was elevated for 40 minutes after resistance training work  and even more importantly,

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Attitude of Gratitude

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalms 126:3 Yesterday, I was wiped out.  I was sad at the death of an elderly friend, discouraged at learning that another friend’s cancer had returned and frustrated from trying to teach a class of students who had given me their silence and their attention for exactly 10 minutes.  I hadn’t followed my food Live It plan, and I was angry at myself. When two friends came over to walk with me, I started to fill them in on my complaints.  As I was talking, I listened to myself and felt ashamed.  I had left all those issues at God’s feet in my daily prayer time earlier that day.  To change tack, I said, “Hey, let’s take turns saying what we’re thankful for.”  My friends were surprised and alittle skeptical, but they decided to humor me. 

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