Monthly archive for August 2010

My Prayer Journal

My Prayer Journal

What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?  –DEUTERONOMY 4:7 Ready, set, pray. “Dear Lord, thank You for this day . . . (wait—gotta feed the dogs) . . . Sorry, Lord, please bless my husband and please protect our children . . . (did I take the meat out of the freezer?) . . . Okay, then; also, Lord . . . (what’s that noise?) . . . and thank You for hearing my prayers.” When I joined First Place for Health and learned about the prayer journal commitment, I was scared to death. Who has time to do that? What if someone found the journal and read it? Reluctantly, I bought a $2 school notebook, determined to write at least one sentence a day.  I could carefully word my

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Better Together…continued

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.  If one falls down, his friend can help him up…”  “…A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 Most of our fall groups will be starting back this month.  I absolutely love the e-mails I have gotten from my group members who took a break this summer.  They are all so excited that we will be together again for another 12 weeks. Last month I began writing about why we are “better together” when we are in a First Place 4 Health class.  This month I want to take the thought outside the confines of the class. A First Place 4 Health class is a safe place to bring our neighbors and friends. On a recent survey sent through our website, we learned that 40 of the respondents had received Jesus as their Savior in their First Place 4

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Abs, Abs and More Abs

Can you strengthen the abdominals while in a seated or standing position? Yes! We are all familiar with working on our abdominals by lying down and curling forward, but stop and think about what you do in your everyday life.  How many times a day do you actually curl up from a lying down position? Probably once—to get out of bed in the morning! There’s nothing wrong with strengthening the abs this way, and it does particularly work the rectus abdominus, the most exterior of the abdominal group. When you curl and add torso rotation you are also working the internal and external obliques, your natural girdle that God gave you.  A group of diagonal abdominal muscles that wrap around the torso. But did you know that you can also strengthen these muscles in an upright position either standing or seated? Here are a few exercises that we added to our Body

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A.L.O.H.A. ~ A Life of Hope Awaits

A.L.O.H.A. ~ A Life of Hope Awaits

Here’s a picture from our Monday Night Ladies Summer Session Celebration. Our theme was Beach Retreat-A.L.O.H.A. (A Life of Hope Awaits) — Pray and Obey -Give God the Summer! We lost 27 lbs. together and logged 276 miles. We used Carole’s book, Give God a Year, for our 6-week session and everyone loved it.

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Created to Be Active

Created to Be Active

What a miracle is each new life! I just became the grandmother of twins, Claire and Will, and as I help my son and daughter-in-law get through these first few weeks with their ‘first-borns’, I am touched anew with the wonder of it. Some of you are new Moms and others are new Grandmoms, Granddads and Dads, too, so I know you know what I mean. If you have any little ones around, stop and observe their activity level—whether they are just barely 5 pounds, waving their arms and legs in the air as they lie face up on a little comforter made by a friend, or whether they are older and running around on two short legs, it is amazing the output of energy and physical activity you see. How many of you have said at some point, “I wish I could bottle that energy?”  Me, too! Actually, we

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Don’t Just Stand There

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says. –JAMES 1:22 First Place for Health has developed some practical and godly principles to follow, as well as some incredible tools to use. The handy-dandy Live It Tracker is one such tool. When I’m discussing filling in the blanks, estimating my totals and sharing the practicality of this tool with others, it seems so much simpler than actually getting down to the nitty-gritty of recording my own eating choices. Okay, so I’m being a bit dramatic. Or am I? How can something so simple suddenly become so difficult when it’s time for me to pull out my pen and scribble “extra French fries” on the lines across my card? Sometimes we tend to enjoy talking about accountability, reading about it and planning for it better than actually following through and doing it. When I step

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