Monthly archive for August 2016

The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” Oswald Chambers. Prayer has not always come easy for me. I have had to work at the great work of prayer. That is one of the reasons I am asking you to join us this month for a great work of prayer. We are setting aside the week of September 18-24th as a focused time of prayer and fasting.  Each day will have a specific prayer request.  You can use this as your prayer guide, but these requests will also be posted daily on our Facebook page. Our staff, board of directors and networking leaders have all committed to petition the Lord for an outpouring of His Spirit in several different areas of need for our ministry.  Many of you will be launching your fall session and this will be the perfect way to focus on what is

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A Change in Attitude Begins with Prayer

Author Dick Eastman suggests in his book The Hour that Changes the World [1] to divide an hour into twelve, five minute periods. During each period, one prays a different type of prayer presented graphically in a Prayer Wheel. At first I could not comprehend praying for an hour. I started with twelve minutes—one minute for each section. PRAISE:   Acknowledge God for who He is. Exalt Him with your words. I name God using the ABCs: Almighty, Beautiful, Counselor, and so on until “Z”. WAITING:  God is always with us; surrender your time and wait with hope. I quiet myself, ready with expectation. CONFESSION: Ask for forgiveness of sins. Time flies in this section. I ask, “Reveal my offensive ways, oh Lord.” PRAYING SCRIPTURE:Remind the Lord of the promise His word provides. I recite my memory verses as a prayer. “Lord, I believe I will receive whatever I ask for in prayer.” WATCHING: Tell God where

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How to Build a Salad Like a Boss

How to Build a Salad Like a Boss

When you think salad, your first thought may not be “mmmmm—yummy!”  Salad gets a bad rap for being plain or boring.  Many associate it with “dieting” or as something you shouldeat.  Well, I’m here to tell you that a salad can be delicious, filling and downright yummy.  Did you roll your eyes?  I’m serious!  So, are you ready to build a salad like a boss!  It’s easy if you stock up with a few of your favorite ingredients from five different categories.  You can even make these at the beginning of the week for an easy grab and go lunch (details below). BUILD YOUR SALAD  First – Choose Your Greens.   Your greens are your base.  Mix it up and try different greens.  You might choose Romaine, Spinach, Red Leaf Lettuce or even Kale.  Kale is very chewy and I recommend chopping it well. Layer One – Fruits & Veggies.  It’s all about color! 

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Check Your Clothing

Check Your Clothing

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Colossians 3:12  When I think of people who are compassionate, my friend Amy comes to mind. Amy is the youngest member in our First Place 4 Health group and she has been such a blessing to the rest of us. Amy has not been able to have any biological children, but she and her husband adopted a dear little boy for whom they provide a loving home. She has such genuine love and compassion for children and orphans that she went to Chinalast summer to volunteer her time in an orphanage to just love on those children. Recently, God opened the door for her to adopt a child with special needs, and it has been very exciting to watch this process unfold. We group members feel like we are going through the adoption

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