Monthly archive for October 2010

Give Thanks Even During the Hard Times

My husband’s Mom, Thea Blocher, just went to be with the Lord at the age of 91 after a lifetime of love for her family and friends.  Roy’s Dad passed away in 1980, and she has lived independently since that time, most recently in a three story townhouse where she stayed fit running up and down the stairs, gardening, and being serious about an active lifestyle. We give thanks for her life and we give thanks that death does not have a sting because we know we will see her again in heaven. We do not grieve without hope. The story of her last weeks of life is a special one, as God used the time to work in the hearts of some family members who had not been walking with Him. So many times in my life I have been reminded to continually be praying for my ‘top ten

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Three Cs

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.  –HEBREWS 12:28 “I’m so fat.” “I can’t do anything right.” “Today is going to be another awful day.” “You-know-who always gets her way.” The dreaded three Cs—criticism, condemnation and complaint—occupy my thinking too much of the time, causing hours of discontent and emotional distress. Just the other day, I had fallen short of my health goals. Instead of choosing to be thankful for all the progress I’d made, and the fact that I was alive and breathing, I chose to criticize myself, condemn others and complain about everything. After a short time of this negative thinking, I found myself wallowing in the pit of despair. Somehow, I remembered that no matter what’s happening right now, my future lies in a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. God’s

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What Am I Thankful For?

November is the month when we are reminded to be thankful for all of God’s provisions this past year, and all of the trials that have made us stronger. Thessalonians 5:18 says, Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus I have found that a surefire remedy for lifting depression is the simple act of thanking God for who He is and for all He does in my life.  The year of 2010 has been a challenging one for Johnny and me personally and for the First Place 4 Health ministry. Personal Update Johnny began five months of chemo for his prostate cancer in January and finished up the end of May.  His PSA spiked in September to over 20 while on hormone therapy, which is a sign of hormone resistance.  I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux in August and have been experiencing pain in both knees

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As pastor of Southeast Baptist Church in San Antonio, Tx.

As pastor of Southeast Baptist Church in San Antonio, Tx., I have slowly, over the years, inched my way up in pounds gained. The potluck dinners, the low activity level, and the stresses of the ministry have all contributed to my unhealthy state. I have tried all my life to lose and keep the weight off. I decided, for better health reasons, to join FP4H to see if it would work for me. As I began to mold my new lifestyle into a better, emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical person, I was surprised to see the weight began to come off. It was hard to believe that I could go through each day without being hungry and yet see the pounds drop. At the same time, I found myself becoming even more disciplined in my Bible study, devotional time, and exercise habits. Even as a pastor I was being drawn

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Hope 4 You conference

Hope 4 You conference

Thanks for traveling to SD for the Hope 4 You conference. It was a great way to end my first year of FP4H. I’ve lost 25# and gained a deeper relationship with Christ. I look forward to the next year and a similar weight loss. I loved getting to know the staff, and Carole nailed my personality type. It’s also a great reminder from Vicki that “Love is the greatest motivator”–find your motivation to get active and improve your health while you can. I’ve been Christian forever and thought I’d made good progress in serving Christ. It was a real slap in the face when I started FP4H and find out I wasn’t managing my life his way. I anxiously await the changes in store for the next year. I know my sacrifice has been in tiny steps, but I delight in the hope that this change will be sustainable.

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Better Together Devotion Book

We are so excited to be able to announce that we will have a new devotional book coming out in July 2011.  The title of the book is Better Together and will include devotionals of how God has used the First Place 4 Health program for the last 30 years to change lives. This will be a five-day week devotional book (260 devotionals in all) and will include 12 great testimonies throughout the book. Here’s where you come in……. If God has done something wonderful in your life through your involvement in the First Place 4 Health program we are asking you to write about it for the new book.  Perhaps…  You found Christ through the program  Your marriage was healed  Your class ministered to you in a special way  God changed your heart Your health is restored You discovered that a life of balance is possible These are just

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Obedience as Strength

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left that you may be successful wherever you go.  —Joshua 1:7 This verse has three commands followed by a promise. The commands are for me to be strong, courageous and obedient. God’s promise is to give me success wherever I go, so long as I keep my part of the bargain. Most of us desire to have success in life. We want to have a successful marriage, raise successful children, succeed at our jobs, have financial success, and succeed at losing weight and keeping it off. Isn’t it great to know that success is God’s promise? We are not responsible for successful outcomes—that’s God’s job! We are responsible for following these three commands. Being strong, courageous and obedient are tightly intertwined. I

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