Monthly archive for October 2013

Temptation

Temptation

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.  1 Corinthians 10:13 Our focus in this month’s E-Newsletter is thankfulness.  How in the world can we be thankful for temptation?  I will try to answer that question in this month’s article. Today marks 84 days (12 weeks) since I resolved to get to my goal weight once and for all.  Look at my archived articles if you missed the story of my journey for the last three months. It has not been quick, but I am thankful to have lost 13 pounds.  It has been relatively easy, except for yesterday.  I have shared with you that my problem is desserts, preferably creamy, but any kind will do.  When I don’t eat

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Holiday Goals

Holiday Goals

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.  Proverbs 16:3 During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, many temptations will come our way. It will become more and more difficult to remain faithful to our plan to get healthy, as we are bombarded with activities that will demand our time and attention. That is why we need a PLAN! The plan is to commit to the Lord your desire to reach your First Place 4 Health goals and to remain consistent in practicing the spiritual and physical disciplines you have already begun. Remember, this is a lifetime journey and one wrong turn doesn’t mean the journey is over! So one poor food choice or one missed quiet time doesn’t give us permission to give up. We must plan to succeed and when we fail, we must plan to begin again! Develop strategies that will help you be

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Five New Reasons I’m Thankful for Exercise

Five New Reasons I'm Thankful for Exercise

I Thessalonians 5:18 says Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I can give thanks for a lot of things in Christ Jesus: my family, my husband, my health, my church and my FP4H group. Can we give thanks for exercise in the same way?  I think we can if we just make a few mental adjustments in our thinking. I can give thanks for exercise when I educate myself on the positive effect exercise can have on my body, mind and spirit. Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning, says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, John Ratey. Now, more than ever, we need to stay positive, sharp and mentally focused.   These newly discovered benefits of exercise do just that: Exercise helps me stay happy.  According to the American Physiological Association, almost one in five adults is now

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Thankfulness Journal

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1 “Obedience is the cost of success” read the sign board in front of a local church, a poignant reminder that joyful obedience is the key that opens the storehouse of God’s blessing. Now, if obedience were limited to my outer actions, I could pretend that I am living a life God can bless. However, God doesn’t just look at the outer things—God sees my heart. He knows that cultivating a thankful heart is a continual challenge for me and that I often fall short of thankfulness. Yes, I can recite all the Bible verses that tell me to give thanks. Certainly my head knows that in order to reap God’s richest blessings—and repel the wiles of the enemy—I need to live a life characterized by thanks and praise. I can talk about being thankful; I can

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