Monthly archive for May 2011

Face the Music

Face the Music

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3 I knew it last night when I went to bed.  I knew when I woke up at 4:00 a.m. this morning that I was going to face the music. There’s almost a sense of calm when we decide it’s time to take a long, hard look at our life and make some changes. When the alarm went off, I knew what I had to do after I started the coffee brewing; I pulled out the dreaded scale and stepped on it.  What I saw was not pretty, but it was a starting point for me to get going again.  By 4:45 a.m., I was on my way to Houston to work out.  I walked three miles on the treadmill and I am now sitting at my computer in our townhouse

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Super-size That

You my brothers were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love. –Galatians 5:13 How “Would you like to super-size that?” are words that can cause panic.  The old nature screams “Yes, and hurry,” as the new nature urges you to pretend you didn’t hear and to drive away quickly.  Who wins?  Is it the old sinful nature or the new exasperated nature? Every day is a battle.  The temptation of the food industry and the desire to make healthy choices is a constant struggle within.    Most of us have the luxury of well-fed bodies.  But our spirits are starving.  That unsatisfied feeling in us is the new nature craving its turn to be fed with the word of God. Think about it. Who loves you more?  Who will not lie to you—the billion dollar food industry that

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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

I love leading my First Place 4 Health class.  We just recently started a new session and we are going through the FP4H Bible study A New Beginning.  In the first week of study the writer clearly leads us to see that belief in Jesus Christ is the beginning of a new life in Christ. At our meeting last week, I asked members of our class to share about when they asked Jesus to come into their lives.  As different ones were sharing how old they were when they made this momentous decision, one of our ladies said, “I believe this happened for me during the last twelve weeks of Bible study.”  She went on to say, “I always knew, but I don’t believe I ever appropriated my belief into my personal life.”  We were all elated as this lady just began FP4H last session, and her life truly has a beginning point the day she

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Who Needs Old Bootstraps?

Who Needs Old Bootstraps?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  –2 Corinthians 12:9 How can I be so weak? How many times do I have to fall before I get it right? Questions like these plagued me for years—many years. As a woman who lived a very addictive lifestyle, I was familiar with failure. In fact, I was so comfortable with it that accepting a gift like God’s incredible favor and grace was difficult for me to comprehend, let alone embrace as truth in my life. When I first read 2 Corinthians 12:9, I was more than a little surprised. God’s Word said that when I was weak (and I was, often), His power would work best in me. Wow! What an

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Walking to Haiti

Walking to Haiti

At the Hope 4 You event in Brookings, SD in Sept 2010, Mike sat in on one of Carole’s breakout sessions where she shared the idea of having a goal of tracking your exercise by “walking” to “someplace” as a group.  When we returned from SD to our group in Rochester, we initiated a challenge (at the time we had 18 members and would split into two groups for bible study).  We challenged each group to pick a location somewhere on the map that would be a fun location to “walk” to and that would also be an achievable goal.  The members kept track of their exercise each week and then we recorded the progress as one team “walked” toward Disney World and the other “walked” toward San Antonio, TX. During our winter session, which started in Jan of 2011, we had a few less members so we stayed together as

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