Monthly archive for October 2012

Having the Right Attitude Today

Having the Right Attitude Today

But I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God.”  Psalm 31:14 I truly believe that “having the right attitude today” is the key to living life passionately and vibrantly. This is the title of chapter 4 in my new book Live Life Right Here, Right Now.  An excerpt from that chapter says, “Attitude is everything in life…You can make the choice in how you view any situation you find yourself in.  If you are to live life right here, right now, it is imperative that you maintain a good attitude in all situations.” Knowing that I can trust God with everything that comes my way keeps me from ever being fearful of the present or the future. Matthew 6 gives us assurance that if God cares about the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, then He certainly cares about what you and I are experiencing

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Don’t Lose Your Mind – Part I

Don't Lose Your Mind - Part I

You remember in September, we talked about seven steps to a healthy hundred birthdays. We identified such factors as optimism, engagement in something you care about, staying active, and others. The seventh and final step in reaching a hundred healthy birthdays is to keep your mind sharp. About 4 ½ million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s. By the year 2050, experts expect the number to be somewhere between 12 and 16 million. If you think it’s bad now, wait till the problem is four times as bad as it is now. Our current medications aren’t doing very much and who knows what, if anything is going to be developed in the future. Your best hope is to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia in the first place. And the time to do that is now. Before we start, I’ve got to tell you this. Don’t smoke cigarettes. One study showed that smokers were

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Be Strong in the Lord and His Mighty Power

Be Strong in the Lord and His Mighty Power

A couple of years ago Carole Lewis, our national director of First Place 4 Health, took a nasty fall from her bike and just a week later, she had an encounter with a dog leash attached to a very big dog.  Knocked off her feet twice in a row, she was okay (amazingly) and suffered nothing more than a couple of scrapes and bruises. A lesser woman would have broken a hip or shoulder. In fact, according to recent studies from the Center for Disease Control, one out of three adults 65 years and older will experience a fall, which in most cases will lead to head injuries, hip fractures and even in some cases, an early death.1  What made the difference for Carole? Two powerful words:  strength training.  “In 2007, over 18,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.   The death rates from falls among older men and women have risen sharply over the past

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Wear Your Joy

Wear Your Joy

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. –Psalm 126:3 “You say you’re a Christian? Please let your face know!” I laughed when I read this on a church sign while driving home from the grocery store. Although meant to be humorous, the saying packs a powerful message for us. Does our joy in the Lord show on our faces? When unbelievers are around us, do they want what we have? Can they see our joy? Do we have thankful and grateful attitudes, or do we whine and complain about everything? I used to be a chronic complainer. I often found myself joining in when my friends and family complained about everything from the weather to the high cost of prices at the grocery store. I realized through studying God’s Word that ungratefulness has no part in a Christian’s life. It’s hard to be joyful

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Make Wise Decisions One Day at A Time

Make Wise Decisions One Day at A Time

The last couple of months I have written about subjects that relate to my new book Live Life Right Here, Right Now.  This month I want to write about the theme of Chapter 5, “making wise decisions one day at a time.” Most of the time we know when we are making a wise decision, but many times we make the right decision, only to find out later that it was a wise one.  This very thing happened to me on Labor Day around 10:00 a.m.  Our granddaughter, Katherine, called to see if she and her boyfriend, Keith, might come to the bay to spend the day with Johnny and me. Instantly, my thought was that this is a holiday and I would need to clean the RV and go to the grocery store before they arrived at Noon.  My delight in getting to be with them overrode my hesitation and I

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First Place 4 Health book–Giving Christ Control

I was a not a heavy person as a child or a teenager, but my perception of myself was very different. I really started to struggle with my weight after my first child was born. Of course I was in the belief that it was baby weight. I then found out it was because I found out I had a tyroid problem. That is why I kept gaining and could not get the weight off. I started going to a new church and to their bible study. It was in a study called Decerning the Voice of God that woke me up to what had to be done. I had tried every weight loss program and had little success. But in this Bible study I heard him. I always thought the voice of the Lord would be a burning bush, the heavens would open and angels would sing, I never

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Subway Sinks the Sodium

Subway Sinks the Sodium

In the category of “What Took Them So Long?” the Subway sandwich chain has announced a reduction in the salt content of some of their products.  The Subway “Fresh Fit” six-inch sandwich will drop by 287 mg to 737 mg. Their average sandwich will drop from 1241 mg to “just” 1037 mg by using less salt in the bread and meats. Yes, that’s still a lot of salt, especially when you consider that the American Heart Association recommends you only take in a total 1500 mg of sodium for the entire day. And yes, that still doesn’t count all the extras like pickles, cheese, olives, and dressing, all of which can add a lot more sodium. But, let’s give credit where credit is due. Subway has more locations around the world than even McDonald’s and this seems to reflect a trend by restaurants and food manufacturers to improve the nutritional

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Hottest Fitness Trends…continued

I want to keep you informed that the fitness industry is changing at a rapid speed because of the availability of new research.  Every year IDEA (International Dance and Exercise Association) and several other fitness organizations release the newest trends for the past year and what is fast-growing on the fitness horizon.  Here are the next five: Buddy System.  “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  This verse from Ecclesiastes. 4:12 could never be more true than today.   If you really want to have success with your weight-loss endeavors, find a friend!  A university study cited in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that people who have three friends or family members to support them in their efforts to lose weight had better results losing and keeping off weight than those who chose to go it alone.  We are seeing healthy support

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Have a Great Day

Have a Great Day

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  ROMANS 12:18 This verse is broken into three distinct phrases. If we only look at the last phrase “live at peace with everyone,” we see the verse as quite impossible to live out in daily life. Some people are just not peaceful, and they seem to always be stirring up trouble. The keys to this verse, however, are the first two phrases: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you.” These two phrases put most of the responsibility for living a peaceful life on each of us. What would this look like? Here are some examples: I don’t react when someone shakes his or her fist at me in traffic. I show kindness to the clerk when she is rude to me. I sincerely apologize when a neighbor is angry because

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October 2002

October 2002

Nancy, I would like to share our recent First Place Celebration. We had a “Luau” theme and our group mascot is a FROG, because FROG is an acronym meaning, “Fully Rely on God.” We had a carved Watermelon with frogs, Hawaiian music, and Luau themed food. It was great fun. The picture of the lady and gentleman, Orth and Audrey Rader is the couple that brought the First Place program to the attention of our church and the rest is history. We celebrated our first anniversary on September 17. The group is larger in number than the little group we started with, but much smaller in body size! We have expanded to two classes this year. We will be offering the evening group and have added a daytime group. First Place is really catching on in our area. Kathy Geehreng First Place Leader Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church Olney, Maryland

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