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Transform Your Life in 2021

Could it be possible to transform your life in three steps? God says it is possible, that all things are possible with Him. Three steps … Worship, Community and The Word of God. Three powerful components to a transformed life! Worship Most of us think of worship as something we do on Sunday morning with friends and family and the praise band playing. Or possibly, sitting in a pew somewhere in our beautiful stained-glass buildings or maybe at home watching via Internet. As we exit the building, or finish watching on Facebook, that’s where our worship stops … or does it? Many of us continue to worship, but at a different kind of altar. We head to the nearest “all you can eat” buffet giving praise to God, while we fill up our plates for a second and third time. What if we could make a connection between our eating

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Changed from the Inside Out

Changed from the Inside Out

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. EPHESIANS 5:19 I meet many women and men who have lost a lot of weight on the First Place for Health program. When I ask them how much weight they have lost, I get the same answer close to 100 percent of the time. The person will say, “I have lost weight, but that’s not the most important thing that has happened to me. The spiritual impact has changed my life.” Another statement I frequently hear is, “God has changed me from the inside out.” Even though most people join the First Place 4 Health program to lose weight, they find that the weight is a secondary problem that can only be addressed after the spiritual components are learned. When I joined the program in 1981, I had never set

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The Priceless Gift

The Priceless Gift

I just returned from spending five days with my sister. On September 30, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was a definite wake up call for her. When she found the lump, she knew in her spirit that it was more than just a cyst.  This discovery started her on a much-needed path toward health and wellness. She immediately started making changes. Her eating became healthier by cutting out sugar and processed food and choosing food in the simplest form.  She also increased her exercise by hiking and incorporating hills to increase cardio and stamina. As a result of these changes, she lost almost 25 pounds from the time of diagnosis to the date of surgery (5 weeks). The benefits of these simple changes resulted in excellent blood work and much-needed strength and stamina for post-surgery recovery. After a double mastectomy, there is diminished strength in the upper body

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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 Him. It pleases God 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 own strength. The secret is to ask

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Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

Do you remember when you first sensed the prompting to lead a First Place for Health group? I ignored the promptings and convinced myself: “The Lord can’t use me.” “I’m not qualified.” “I’ve failed at achieving a healthy weight my entire life.” I prayed for someone else to bring First Place to my church.  The “someone else” never materialized. Refusing to act on the prompts and nudges had its consequences. The longer I refused to listen, the less I sensed God during my devotion time. I went from having a wonderful, spirit-filled quiet time to complete silence. I entered what some refer to as a dry spell on my spiritual journey. I felt alone. I searched for devotions to rekindle my passion. One day, a question from my devotion asked: “What is God asking you to do today that you are not willing to do?” For the first time in

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What’s So Different About First Place for Health Anyway?

What’s So Different About First Place for Health Anyway?

What is one word that sets First Place for Health apart from other wellness and weight-loss programs? In a recent meeting with First Place for Health leaders, I asked that very question. The answers were all really good: community, accountability, freedom, non-judgmental, balance, faith, truth, and love. All of these words are correct but can be wrapped in two other words: Jesus Christ. FP4H is a Christ-centered wellness program. Jesus said it himself, “the son of man came to seek and to save those who are lost.”  And wow, are we lost. Lost in hopelessness, lost in guilt and shame, and lost in defeat. We cannot find our way to a healthy lifestyle, much more to an abundant life!   Through Christ, we have strength, peace, rest, wisdom, comfort, healing, joy, forgiveness, and POWER! Because in Christ:   ·      We can choose to live free from shame and guilt, even

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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 for 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 for Health journey was about “persistence, not perfection.” She would continue to speak that encouragement over us that entire session. My heart desired 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 our First Place for Health group and me. Temptation will rise, faulty thinking can make us feel entrapped, discouragement can trip us up,

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Special Delivery Faith

Special Delivery Faith

We are told throughout Scripture that the Lord hears us when we call to Him. A sweet illustration the Lord gave me was about the envelope of faith and His promise that He hears me. In our First Place for Health group, we were memorizing the Scripture Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” At the time we were memorizing this verse, I was burdened in my heart over several issues. I could see myself writing each burden, care and concern on a piece of paper and placing it in an envelope. On the outside of the envelope I wrote out the Scripture Hebrews 11:1. I addressed it to the names of the Lord and what each name stood for. I could see myself walking up to my heavenly Father and handing Him the envelope. It was marked

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More Easy Ways to Be a Better Cook

More Easy Ways to Be a Better Cook

Lisa Lewis shares more things you can do right now to shorten your time in the kitchen and make each meal better than the last. Get the Right Equipment There are essential types of pots for one-pot meals that include skillets, Dutch ovens, roasting pans, and casserole dishes. You should include a saucepan or two and at least two cutting boards, one for meat and fish and one for everything else. Use the biggest cutting boards your space will allow-the bigger the board. Trust me, a bigger cutting makes your prep so much easier. You should also have a set of mixing bowls, dry and wet measuring cups and measuring spoons. Make a List Every time you reach the bottom of a bottle of soy sauce you always jot it down on your list, you won’t come up empty-handed the next time you’re about to throw your ingredients in a

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Five Things You Can Do Right Now To Feel Better

Five Things You Can Do Right Now To Feel Better

Feeling a bit glum these days? It feels like COVID 19 affects every part of our person, body, soul, mind and spirit! I’m coming up with my personal checklist to make sure I am not falling into a dangerous mind set. So dangerous that I revert back to old habits like thinking food will get me out of the pit! Check out these ideas: Go outside – Studies show stepping outside into the sunshine can have a positive affect of your mood. Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin. You get it naturally when directly exposed to the sun. It has lots of benefits like aiding in absorption of calcium, boosting your immune systems, and helping grown healthy bones and teeth. Stretch – Stand up and touch your toes. I have to do this several times a to keep my hamstrings from tightening up and keeping my artificial

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