Monthly archive for June 2014

Truly Wonderfully Made

Truly Wonderfully Made

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14 At our Summit in 2003, one of our leaders, Joe Ann Winkler (who has had MS for over 20 years and has been in a wheelchair most of that time) gave a testimony that vividly illustrates this verse. At the Summit in 2002, Joe Ann bought my book Back on Track. As she began reading the book, she asked God if He would help her begin walking. She specifically asked God, “Walk through my legs.” Joe Anne shared how she first walked to the mailbox and back. Then she ventured down the block, her husband hovering close behind. Next she began walking in the mall, praying for a different group of people each time

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Life Lessons From Carole

Life Lessons From Carole

One of my favorite Carole Lewis quotes is from her book Live Life Right Here, Right Now: “You and I can only begin living life to the fullest if we learn to leave yesterday behind and let tomorrow take care of itself.” What a great way to live! Carole has shared her hope and positivity with hundreds of people through the years, and I am one of the many fortunate ones to be on the receiving end.  On January 1 of 2014, Carole retired as national director of FP4H and that day began my role as national director. But that was not the beginning of my relationship with Carole.  I first met her in the summer of 1995. I had been teaching FP4H for a year or so and decided to take my whole class (about 20 people) to the wellness track offered at Ridgecrest Conference Center.  That was when

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Supersimple Switches for Your Recipes

Supersimple Switches for Your Recipes

Applesauce for Oil, Butter or Sugar – Applesauce is a healthy cook’s best friend. Not only does it add sweetness to recipes, but it does it with fewer calories than sugar. And without butter, you’re cutting the saturated-fat content of things like muffins, breads and brownies. Not to mention the added dietary benefits of the fiber in apples. Nonfat Greek Yogurt for Mayo or Sour Cream – Nonfat Greek yogurt has a lot less calories and fat than mayonnaise or sour cream, but its consistency is very similar. Next time a recipe calls for either of those fattening ingredients, try using the yogurt instead. You can cut the fat while adding an extra punch of protein. Mashed Bananas for Sugar, Butter and Fats – Sliced bananas are yummy in cereals and oatmeal, but they can also be used in the kitchen as a sugar, butter and fat substitute in baking. Bananas are also high in potassium, which helps

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