Monthly archive for October 2016

Year-End Giving

Year-End Giving

2016 has been a year full of blessings and challenges for First Place 4 Health. We launched several virtual classes, published a new bible study, a new holiday devotion and a long awaited cookbook. We celebrated 35 years of ministry and we have plans for much, much more, but we need your help. Publishing our own materials is a great benefit to us, but it means we have to carry the burden of providing all of the funding necessary to produce the materials. Our materials need to be updated and we are working diligently to bring new and fresh products to you. There are two ways you can help the ministry during these exciting, but challenging times.  The first is by including First Place 4 Health in your year-end giving plans.  I know many of you love this ministry and it has changed your life. This ministry matters and we

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Organic on a Budget

Organic on a Budget

With the higher costs of organic foods, you may be wondering if the organic bananas you’ve been putting in your cart are worth the extra money.  There are a few reasons that some organic foods are worth the cash. They Have More Nutrients:  Reports of organic food not being better for you are outdated. A brand new analysis of about 100 studies, including more than 40 published in the past 7 years, found that the average levels of nearly a dozen nutrients are 25% higher in organic produce. They May Help you Lose Weight:  Research in rats found that those fed an all-organic diet (versus conventional food) had lower weights, less body fat, and stronger immune systems. Plus, the “clean diet” animals were calmer and slept better. You Consume Fewer Toxins:  Eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables exposes you to about 14 pesticides a day. A study supported by the EPA

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Fitbit Faith

Fitbit Faith

“I’m going downstairs and make sure the doors are locked,” announced my husband one night after I’d already collapsed in bed. I smirked at his hasty chivalrous exit, as I knew his true motivation was either he had yet to make his daily Fitbit step goal, or he was close to beating me or another friend on the number of steps in friendly competition. I wearily thought, “Did I get my daily time and steps with Christ today?” I call it my “Fitbit faith”—a modern version of putting on the “full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11-16). Verse 11states, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” For the fitness enthusiast hopeful or the beginning soul exerciser, here are four launch pad ideas to use fitness trackers to increase your activity and increase your Fitbit faith. Obtain equipment for success.  There

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Small Victories, Great Reward

Small Victories, Great Reward

So often, when I declare the victories I’ve experienced through Christ, I get stuck on the “big ones”—those huge nuclear wars in life where simply surviving is a victory in itself. These big victories are easy to identify; they come to mind quickly, and they often draw an attentive crowd when revealed. When God gives us victories such as these, it’s hard not to say thank you frequently and with great fervor. After all, Christ ultimately gave us complete victory over sin and death. That’s a very big deal. But what about the smaller, less obvious victories won in our daily lives? I remember a very specific Thanksgiving Day dinner. It was rapidly turning into what I refer to as a family fiasco. The kids were bickering. The grownups were grouchy with the bickering kids. And, of course, the turkey couldn’t get trimmed fast enough. Tradition in our family has

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Thankful for Weird Things

Thankful for Weird Things

Cleaning out under the house after Hurricane Matthew, I came across an old prayer journal from my first year as a Christian, 1972. My Sunday School teacher at FBC Jacksonville had challenged us to list 100 things for which we were thankful. But there was a catch.  The items could not be the typical things like your family, your church, friends etc. Those things are not trivial, but I think she really wanted us to understand thankfulness on another level. Just a few from my list: electric curlers, backpack, chewing gum, softball and pay phones. Those are weird things. I wish I could remember why I listed them. Let’s start a new list of weird and unusual things to give thanks for. First on my list: pain. I never thought I would find myself giving thanks for the physical pain I have in my body.  It’s been several years now

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