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Pralking — A New Spiritual Exercise

Pralking -- A New Spiritual Exercise

I recently spent the day at a state park intent on seeking God. I arrived early in the morning to watch the sunrise and stayed until the sunset. I brought with me a hammock, camp chair, plenty of water, Bible, and a journal. At the last minute, I selected two prayer books  off my bookshelf I wanted to read and I set my phone on airplane mode to avoid the distraction of the world. I did check in with my husband twice during the day to assure him I was okay. I was more than okay. I had a glorious day. After a walk and a holy nap, I soaked in the Word of God, then turned to my prayer books. One prayer prompt asked me the condition of my personal needs: physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual. I used the assessment in Chapter 3 of my book Restored! and determined I needed to

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Attend or Host — The Choice is Yours

Attend or Host -- The Choice is Yours

When I attended my first wellness event in 2008, I discovered like-minded individuals who shared my journey and embraced the spiritual truth of a healthy lifestyle.  The testimonies of success and their honesty about the ups and downs inspired me. I left knowing I was not alone and had new friends to help me navigate the challenges I would face along the way. Ten years later, I am committed to help bring events to anyone who wants to host an event. Why should you attend an event?  To build relationships. We believe committed, authentic community changes everything.  Together we are stronger. We are more able to press onward in the face of difficulty. To benefit from new ideas. Only God’s Truth has the power to radically transform lives.  Hearing the ideas of those who have been very successful is a wonderful opportunity to learn. If you treat the event as a learning opportunity,

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Time Out For Tough Love

Time Out For Tough Love

Some of the best advice I’ve ever received was hard for the giver to give. I am ever grateful they provided helpful feedback that changed my perspective. They ultimately made me a better person. My choleric get it done personality can be impatient, overpowering and I’ll admit: tactless. Thank you to those who took me aside and showed me a better way. They taught me the need for compassion, listening and waiting on others. God makes us all unique. We need to embrace our strengths and work to improve our weaknesses. Over the years, I’ve learned I need help to identify my weaknesses. I’ve asked my friends, co-workers and those I lead to speak up when I’m headed down the wrong path. I need people in my life who will love me enough to suggest I take a “time-out” before I do or say something I will regret. Jesus was

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Floodlight for the Soul

Floodlight for the Soul

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” Luke 11:34-36 (NLT) At different stages of my life, the Lord’s light radiated from my face; other times it glowed, sometimes it glimmered, and if I’m honest, my light flickered when I sank into the dark corner. Thankfully, Jesus is always ready to illuminate our souls. The challenge for me is recognizing the darkness crowding out the light. Are you like me and need a floodlight into your soul? Are you ready for a healthy eye, with your whole body filled with light? Removing the darkness and

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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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De-Stress

De-Stress

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress (I Timothy 4:15). Hitting my first weight-loss milestone underwhelmed me. I lost 25 pounds, 10-percent body weight reduction. Who cares? I still had 91 pounds to go; I’d been there before. Big deal! This time, though, was different. My FP4H materials challenged me to identify a non-food related reward that I could gift to myself. I settled on treating myself to a luxurious full body massage. During this massage, I relaxed fully and thanked God for the weight loss. I enjoyed this indulgence so much that I decided I would get a massage each time I hit a 10-pounder goal—one at 228, 218, 208, 198 and so on all the way to 158. As the masseuse kneaded my body, I begged the Lord to continue my physical restoration. I learned to praise my

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What First Place 4 Health Has Meant to Me

What First Place 4 Health Has Meant to Me

I joined First Place in 1981 because I had once again gained back the 20 pounds I lost the last time I dieted.  The program was offered at my church and I thought it was a great idea to be in a group with friends from church. Little did I know that this program would be used by God to radically change my life in every area: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical.  I have learned what it means to live a balanced life in every area through the truths written into First Place 4 Health materials.  It didn’t happen quickly; it has taken years to learn the lessons I needed to learn and to change from the inside out.  Here are some of the highlights of what the program means to me. Spiritual.  I learned how to pray when I began writing in a prayer journal in 1990.  My journals were

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Refreshing Time Away

Refreshing Time Away

When I took time off to get away in the past, I would get off track. The enemy would try and persuade me to take a vacation from my healthy habits. I’ve even heard of people afraid to take time off for fear they will lose control. Bah! The enemy is mean and will do whatever he can to sidetrack us. Consider the following FEAR fighting steps to stay on track as you embrace your time off. FORESIGHT: Anticipate the obstacles. Where are you staying? What food options will be available? How often in your day will you be able to work in physical activity? Who will be the biggest challenge? What types of healthy snacks will you bring? How will you drink your eight glasses of water while you are traveling? Planning ahead reduces the stress of staying on track. EXERCISE: Walking may be the only activity you can squeeze out of a

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Freedom From Food Obsession

In the past, food was my primary strategy to cope with life. Each time I ran to food, I strengthened its connection to my emotions and weakened my ability to break free. In order to reverse the damaging connection, I needed to address the situations in my life and the source of my obsessions. First, I stopped numbing myself with food. I embraced the Live It food tracker and committed to write it down. In 2010, when I reached my healthy weight goal, I’d lost 116 pounds and thought I understood my eating habits. A deeper look at my tracker revealed I still obsessed about food and needed freedom. Second, I recognized food was still my go to for comfort. I retreated to the pantry and gazed at the shelves searching for a soothing treat. Instead of asking God for help, I chose food. Convicted when watching the Emotions and Eating DVD, I

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Feel Right

Feel Right

I started this journey in 2006, and more than a decade later I’m faced with the same questions I answered when I started this journey. WHAT – Initially, I desired weight loss. Now I treasure sustained health and wellness for my lifetime. WHY – Before, I longed to look great, feel great, and enjoy a great life. Now I choose wellness to honor God, which allows me to serve Him for as long as He has me on earth. WILL YOU – For decades I responded, “No, I won’t. I can’t. I’ve already tried.” Then I recognized God’s unimaginable love for me and responded “yes” when prompted to embrace my body as the temple of His Holy Spirit. HOW – I surrendered to God’s supernatural power. In obedience I relinquished my time and desires as I changed to a healthier lifestyle one day at a time and one pound at a time. I relied

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