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The Joy of Hospitality

Hospitality and entertaining are not the same thing, even though we often think of them as interchangeable. Hospitality is a practice. It is always being ready to help—even if your house is a mess. It’s giving, sharing, communicating. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one and another without grumbling. use. 1 Peter 4:8-9 Let’s look at a few ways to love others through hospitality. Be available. While busyness is often the way we live these days, especially during the holidays, we need to make room on our calendars so we can be available to be hospitable with our time and our lives. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Your home doesn’t need to sparkle and shine before you invite people over. It doesn’t need to have fancy decorations or exquisite place settings for you to host

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Just Shut Up and Pray

My friend and I have a slogan we jokingly say to each other when one of us starts to stress out about things that are happening in our lives: “You know what you need to do: just shut up and pray!” It’s a reminder that we can’t fix a thing by dwelling on our problems. It also reminds us that we need to run to God, because He is our joy and our hope when the world seems to be falling apart around us. Our little slogan brings much-needed laughter into our sometimes very stressful lives. I’m thankful I have friends who remind me that my hope is in God when things seem to be spiraling out of control. We don’t need to be experts on anything to reach out and offer encouraging words to others. Often a simple reminder to keep going and keep looking to God are all

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Get a Jump on a Joy-Full Season

Thanksgiving and Christmas – Yikes! Here already? Yes, already! I’m thinking of all that needs to be done and in the midst of having a knee replacement. In spite of limitations, I plan to hang on to my JOY. How do I keep my joy in the middle of family dynamics, finances, food and weight management? It’s a lot to think and plan for. How about something different? Let’s think of new ways to celebrate the holidays this season. And perhaps new ways to manage the ever-mounting stress that often comes with the holidays. Joyful Idea for Thanksgiving Instead of the traditional question “what are you thankful for this year?” consider another kind of question. “What is a favorite holiday memory growing up”? Or, ask your family to share a favorite church person they are thankful for. I love this for several reasons. As we answer these questions, it gives

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One Thing to Help You Cook More

One Thing to Help You Cook More

We’ve become savvy in the choices we make in restaurants, using restaurant websites to look for nutritional information before we head out to eat. But even those choices are no match for the health benefits of anything you cook at home. Restaurant meals generally use much more salt and fats than you would normally use at home. Chances are if you’re reading this, it’s because you already realize that you should be cooking more. The question is, how to get started? Two reasons I hear most often for not cooking: don’t have the time or don’t know-how. But I think the reason is we’re not prepared.  We get home, open the fridge, and wonder what to make.  We’ve already put in a long day, and the challenge of figuring out what to make with the random things in our fridge seems just too difficult. It’s much easier to pick up

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Do it Again and Again

Do it Again and Again

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 1 TIMOTHY 4:7 A dear friend of mine was an ice dancer and spent countless hours on the ring doing the same four-minute routine again and again. I noticed that others would even break down the free dance and do a specific lift or jump that may only be 10 seconds long, dozens of times. Why? Because amateurs train until they get it right, while professionals train until they can’t get it wrong. The question before us today is, “Are we amateur Christians who do just enough to get by, or are we professional Christians who train ourselves to be godly?” To train ourselves in godliness takes three things: knowledge, practice, and coaching. Obviously, the most logical place to gain knowledge about godliness is through the study of God’s Word. But we can

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Just One Thing

Just One Thing

Is it possible for just one thing to change your life forever? It is absolutely possible! What changed my life forever was an event in Dallas, Texas in 1972 called Expo ’72. It’s been historically referred to as the Christian Woodstock. Hosted by Campus Crusade for Christ, 75,000 high school students gathered in the Cotton Bowl; one of those was my best friend. With her renewed vigor for sharing the gospel, I was impacted by her love for Jesus and give my life to Christ. My life was radically changed forever. Just one thing, just one book, just one person or even just one habit has the potential to change your life for the better. In the FP4H Bible study Stronger Every Day, Janet McHenry challenges us to incorporate just one new healthy habit for the week. Can you imagine the impact of committing to read your Bible every day

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Walk with God

Walk with God

Have you found yourself heading in the opposite direction of God? The enemy will do his very best to distract us, knock us off track, or lull us away from God’s purpose with his sneaky lies. I get off track if I’m not focused on God. The one thing that makes the difference is an intentional walk with God. My walk includes: WATCHING Watching where God is at work helps us focus on where we can join Him. During prayer time, ask God to show you where he is at work, in your life, in your family, in yourself. During my watching time, I’ve discovered in amazement how much he has transformed how I think, my perspective, even my physical appearance.  What about you? Watch where HE is working in your life. ASKING Now that we’ve come to a stop, no longer running ahead and willing to wait and watch,

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Are You All In?

“I need to be in community with other people who have the same goal.” said one of my group members. Another said, “I joined your group because I need a kick in the ….” Me too, I need the accountability and encouragement. I’ve been in a First Place group for thirteen years, and I’ll likely be in one for another thirteen years. Today, I talked with a future leader who said she felt the Lord was leading her to start a group.  She recently read about the program in Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word, in the Food Strongholds section. Then a friend, knowing she was interested in healthy living, gave her two books written by First Place for Health.  Just in case she needed more encouragement, she was talking to a family member, who told her about a local Christian weight loss group. You guessed it, a First Place group.

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Three Things I Need

Encouragement, Accountability Nourishment These are a few of my personal needs. I need encouragement daily. On those occasions, when I receive a timely, encouraging text from a friend, it can make all the difference in my day. Our new membership model will give you just that. You can receive an encouraging daily text message that will do the same for you. I need accountability daily. I need people in my life I can be gut-level honest with. I need those around me to spur me on to good works when I become weary in well-doing. We all do.  One level of our membership offers quarterly wellness consultations that will help you identify and overcome obstacles holding you back on your wellness journey. I need nourishment. I get bored easily with food, so receiving a variety of new and healthy recipes is going to keep me interested in feeding my body

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Stay on Track

Summit is over, and you are motivated. Great speakers and information have spurred you on. You’ve recommitted to tracking, moving, and accountability. Congratulations! Now what? What steps do you need to take to stay on track? Plan for success. First Place for Health® is not a place where you do any of this alone. With both our virtual and live groups, you will be surrounded by a community of support, cheering you on, and encouraging you when things feel hard. I happen to be in two virtual groups. We often use FB Messenger and email to stay in touch throughout the week. There have been many times I’ve reached out to ask for prayer when I’m feeling weak and about to make decisions that will keep me from reaching goals. Another FP friend and I use the Marco Polo app to keep each other accountable and share prayer requests because

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