Monthly archive for October 2017

At the Top of My Thankful List – Friendship

At the Top of My Thankful List - Friendship

I was leaving choir practice when I heard behind me, “Hey, Vicki! It’s time to retire those jeans!” Who said that? A true friend is one who said that. Penny is a new friend and I adore her. She hoped she had not hurt my feelings with her comment about my jeans. “I want you to look your best,” she said, as we walked to the car. Penny showed up in my Body & Soul class about a year ago and has been speaking truth over me ever since. Proverbs 27:6 (NLT) says, “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”  I was not offended, not in the least. She has also prayed over my knees, calling down God’s healing mercies for me. I know she loves me enough to speak truth over me. She is a friend who is making a difference in my

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God’s Gift of Faith

God's Gift of Faith

I am thankful for God’s gift of faith.  A friend asked for prayer as she approached “one hundred pounds.” She sensed doubt and fear as she approached a weight she hadn’t seen in decades. For some of us, when we are about to realize a large victory, we begin to worry about what’s next instead of celebrating. First, I congratulated my friend for recognizing the perfect storm wreaking havoc on her emotions. It would seem the enemy was whispering lies creating unbelief in the plan God had for her.  His plan is to “prosper, give us hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Our enemy, the devil, is happy to deceive us and attempt to knock us off track. I remembered my struggle to believe reaching my long-term goal would be realized.  Unbelief leads to fear and emotion that can take hold and shackle our progress. Fear and faith do not exist together. 

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The Frump Factor

The Frump Factor

Frumpiness is born out of our attempts to be comfortable, and it develops slowly in our closet over time.  One client called and described her clothes as being “The 3-Ds:” Drab, Dull, and Dowdy   After surveying her closet, we realized that the frumpage had taken root in her casual wear, and was beginning to spread to her “out and about” wardrobe.  She confessed that it all started with a couple of extra pounds around her midsection, and the discovery that her husband’s jeans fit her and were more comfortable than her own. So she tried them on to prove her point. While they looked pretty good from the front, they sagged and bagged from behind, and too often we women tend to overlook that part of our appearance.   As we sorted through the rest of her closet, most of the clothes were oversized for her body and past

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Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

The American Council on Fitness estimates that the average person consumes around 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving and 229 grams of fat.  Yikes! It doesn’t have to be that way. The best defense is a good offense – prevention!  Here are a few tips to incorporate into your Thanksgiving holiday.   Get Moving – Exercising before the big meal will help jump-start your metabolism and declare that you are committed to your health goals. It will set the stage for good choices later.  So, go for a walk or run to enjoy some pre-festivities alone time, or grab your favorite second cousin to catch up. For something a bit more competitive, round up a group of family or friends and hit the backyard for a game of football.  Don’t have a lot of time? Check out this HIIT round of exercises from Vicki Heath that anyone can do in about fifteen minutes

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Persistence, Not Perfection

Persistence, Not Perfection

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. HEBREWS 10:24   Years ago, in my first session of First Place 4 Health, my leader, Joy Huber, spoke a word of encouragement to our group that has ministered to me ever since. She told us that our First Place 4 Health journey was about “persistence, not perfection.” She would continue to speak that encouragement over us that entire session. My heart’s desire was to learn everything I could about the program and follow it without fail. But in my struggles along the way, Joy’s encouraging words echoed in my mind—it’s persistence, not perfection. I am so thankful to the Lord for using Joy in such a practical way that continues to minister to me as well as to our First Place 4 Health group. Temptation will rise, faulty thinking can make us feel entrapped,

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