Monthly archive for March 2019

When God is Pleased

When God is Pleased

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 1 JOHN 3:23 The verse just before this one tells us that we will receive whatever we ask from God if we obey His commands and do what pleases Him (see 1 John 3:22). And then the Bible tells us what pleases God. It pleases Him for you and me to love one another as He commanded us. It is easy for me to love lovable people. There are many people like this in my life. The problem is to love unlovable people. I believe that God places unlovable people in our lives to teach us more about His character— God is love. I learned many years ago that it is impossible for me to love unlovable people in my strength. The secret is to ask

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It’s Time for Real Change

It’s Time for Real Change

“Life is too long to keep doing the things we need to stop and too short to miss the things we need to begin.” Patsy Clairmont [1] It’s time. It’s time to make the changes necessary for you to live as God intended. It’s time to get serious and do the hard work. That’s what I love about our new My First Place for Health materials. These are the tools that, if you allow Him, God will use to bring you to permanent life change. Our new Bible studies are not for the faint of heart. They are deep and life-changing. The new food plan is doable and practical. After watching Mary Ward in My Place for Fitness video, who wouldn’t want her to be your exercise buddy? No judgment in that girl! Exercise is happening for many of you for the very first time, and you are not quitting. It’s

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Fresh Fruit Salsa with Sweet Tortilla Chips

Fresh Fruit Salsa with Sweet Tortilla Chips

2 pints strawberries (Remove stems and dice) 4 kiwis, peeled & diced 1 Granny Smith apple, diced 3 tablespoon orange all-fruit spread 1 orange rind, grated 1 pint fresh blackberries, diced 1 pint fresh raspberries, diced 1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped mint 1/4 cup sugar 6 6-inch reduced fat, flour tortillas 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup hot water Preheat oven to 225-degrees F. In a large bowl, mix strawberries, kiwis, Granny Smith apple, orange fruit spread, orange rind, blackberries, raspberries, and mint. Sprinkle on the sugar and toss lightly to blend. In a small bowl, mix sugar and water. Brush the tortillas with the sugar water. Cut flour tortillas in half and each half into 6 pieces. Place on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake 10-15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. (This recipe is ideal to prepare a day or two ahead and refrigerate. Store in a plastic container and

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Lemon Drop Cookies

Lemon Drop Cookies

½ cup granulated sugar 7 tbsp. butter or stick margarine, softened 2 tsp. grated lemon rind 1/3 cup honey ½ tsp. lemon extract 1 large egg 1¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt ¼ cup plain fat-free yogurt 1 cup powdered sugar 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 tsp. grated lemon rind nonstick cooking spray Preheat oven to 350° F. Beat first 3 ingredients with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add honey, extract and egg and beat until well blended. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Drop the mixture by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350° F for 12

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Lemony Cucumber Salad

Lemony Cucumber Salad

1 cup thinly sliced radishes 1/2 cup finely chopped orange bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced (about 6 cups) 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.   Combine lemon rind and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour over cucumber mixture; toss well to coat. Serve at room temperature or chilled.  Serves 8 Nutritional Information:  33 Calories, 1.8g Fat, .8g Protein, 4.3g Carbohydrate, .9g Fiber, 0.0g Cholesterol, .4mg Iron, 156mg Sodium

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Success Story – Monique Johnson

Success Story - Monique Johnson

I was a new Christian (two years old) when I received a catalog in the mail with an article about First Place 4 Health. I thought it was simply a weight-loss program, but if it was from God, then it couldn’t be bad. This time I had God helping me to lose weight. There were no groups in my area at that time, so I thought that if I wanted First Place 4 Health in my church, I would have to start a group. I looked online to get more information and really liked the program. As more time went by, I felt eager to get started and was looking forward to helping others, plus finally losing weight myself. I started First Place 4 Health in January 2008. At that time, I weighed in at 183, my highest weight, which consisted of pounds gained after being on so many different

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What’s Next?

What’s Next?

I’m repeatedly asked, “What Bible study should we do next?” Our next new study isn’t due out until fall, so If you’ve transitioned to our My Place Member Kit, you might be wondering what to do next. We recommend selecting something from our classic Bible studies or a book from one of our wonderful authors. Consider getting back to basics, with Seek God First. We have the largest supply of Balanced Living, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit, and Moving Forward Together We have a smaller supply (order soon) of Be Free, Training for Success, Living for Christ, Start Losing-Start Living, Celebrate Success, and A New Beginning Our virtual groups will spend six weeks reading through Gari Meacham’s Truly Fed. A Leader’s Resource is available with a schedule, outline and videos.  Her book Spirit Hunger is also available in our store, along with Leader’s Resources to go with it. Another

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Trip to the Holy Land – 2019

Trip to the Holy Land - 2019

  Thursday, March 21st, 2019–Saturday, March 30th, 2019   ISRAEL 2019 First Place 4 Health is going to the Holy Land! This is going to be an amazing, unforgettable adventure in the company of our First Place 4 Health friends and family.  We will visit the places you have studied in the Bible and visualized through your imagination. We will meet together at the airport, either in Houston or New York, and take care of you every step of the way. Speaking of steps, can you imagine getting your 10,000 steps on the Via Dolorosa – the traditional route on narrow streets where Jesus carried the cross in route to Golgotha? What an opportunity to bring faith and fitness together. We will have the services of a brilliant tour guide with years of experience. In addition, we will have my husband, Rob Heath, shepherding us through the special places. He

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Three Weeks to a Healthier You – Monday Nights

FREE ONLINE CLASS Monday • 7:00 – 8:00PM Central Time   Are you ready to get started towards a healthier you? Are you new to First Place For Health?   We’re kicking off a free, three week online class just for you.     CLASS DATES April 13th    •    April 20th    •    April 27th The first meeting is Monday, April 13, 2020, 7-8PM Central Time   First Place for Health is about community. For three weeks, we’ll meet together once a week and be encouraged and inspired and learn strategies for success. We’ll talk about food and scripture, exercise and prayer, and a whole lot more. Join us and take the first step to a healthier you. All materials needed for the class are provided. IMPORTANT NOTE: This class is for new members only.  

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