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A New Kind of Offering

A New Kind of Offering

When we think of an offering, most of us think of the church service when the ushers “pass the plate.”  An offering can be so much more than that.  A few weeks ago, my pastor (my wonderful, adorable husband) challenged our congregation to give an outrageous offering to the Lord and it could not be monetary; it had to be one that would cost us something—maybe a praise offering!  One of his suggestions was to make up a praise dance and offer it to the Lord early in the morning as a part of your quiet time. That might cost some a bit of pride! Another suggestion was to sing a song to Him at the top of your lungs.  My friend Randy Kelly, whom I wrote about last month, actually got out the pots and pans and marched around her kitchen while banging them as loud as she could—“praising

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The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

  It is true that what you eat and how much you exercise can have a tremendous effect on your health, and you know that your health can also impact your attitude.  Does it really make a difference how you think about yourself and your health?  Proverbs 17:22 (HCSB) says, A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.  I love this verse and believe it to be true; however, I wanted to know if there was any scientific research out there to prove that it is true.  I didn’t have to search long.  There is a ton of scientific studies, from Harvard studies to University of North Carolina, linking optimism to good health. These are excellent studies proving the validity of Proverbs 17:22. I also had this verse proved to me in a more personal way. Last winter I had an unlikely person join my FP4H

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Five New Reasons I’m Thankful for Exercise

Five New Reasons I'm Thankful for Exercise

I Thessalonians 5:18 says Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I can give thanks for a lot of things in Christ Jesus: my family, my husband, my health, my church and my FP4H group. Can we give thanks for exercise in the same way?  I think we can if we just make a few mental adjustments in our thinking. I can give thanks for exercise when I educate myself on the positive effect exercise can have on my body, mind and spirit. Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning, says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, John Ratey. Now, more than ever, we need to stay positive, sharp and mentally focused.   These newly discovered benefits of exercise do just that: Exercise helps me stay happy.  According to the American Physiological Association, almost one in five adults is now

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Don’t Give Up on Exercise

Don't Give Up on Exercise

The folks who built our house here on Edisto Island were wonderful gardeners. As a result, I inherited a beautiful garden that is totally fenced in on the side of my house; however, I am not much of a gardener.  Last summer I was wandering through the garden, and I noticed a large pomegranate bush with several large fruit hanging. The fruit was large and greenish red.  It looked ripe for the picking!  I picked one and hurried into the kitchen to cut it open. I was so disappointed to see that it was not ripe at all. Sharing this experience with one of my serious gardener friends, she explained to me that a pomegranate is a fall fruit, not a summer crop like corn, and I must be patient for it to ripen even if it looks like it is ready.  I missed out on the wonderful fruit because of my ignorance and my impatience. Be

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Fit Cardio Into Your Routine

Fit Cardio Into Your Routine

AT THE OFFICE 1.      Be a stair master: But consider taking them one at a time, not two. Researchers found that while the rate of caloric expenditure is higher when taking two at a time, the burn over an entire flight is more when taking one at a time. 2.      Stand up: Think of your ring tone as an alarm to get up out of the chair. Throw in a few stretches before sitting back down. 3.      Hydrate often: Getting lots of H2O means more trips to the bathroom (Drinking water might also help ramp up metabolism.) Pick a bathroom on a different floor, and visit it often. ON THE GO 1.      Stuck in the airport because of a delayed flight? Don’t just sit there.Do terminal laps — but skip the moving sidewalks! 2.      Bike or walk to work. In addition to adding stress, commuting via public transportation or car can rack up sitting time and lead to weight gain CHORES 1.      Chores — they

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The Secret to Success is Getting Started

The Secret to Success is Getting Started

I am ready—I am way past ready! I am ready to see those group members who bless me each week. I am ready to meet some new friends. I am ready and armed with my wellness plan for getting started back. Some of you may be starting back. Some of you may be just getting started or maybe even starting over. It does not matter your circumstances. What does matter is that you have decided. Making up our minds to start is just the beginning of the process for change. The secret to success is getting started. This is my jump-start, quick-start, power-start START! START is a wonderful word. The English Dictionary definition: “start (verb) 1. Begin-to begin doing something or begin something 2. To begin happening, or make something happen.”  If you are reading this article, you are probably motivated towards a lifestyle of healthy living.  First question:  are you thinking about getting healthy, or are you getting healthy? Thinking about

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What’s New in Fitness: Base Training

What's New in Fitness: Base Training

When I was young, I loved gymnastics. I wasn’t the best on my team, but my coach said I was the bravest! How I wish I had that kind of balance and stability back in my body today! in our youth, our muscles, brain, inner ear and sight all contribute to good balance, which is the reason the average age for an Olympic gymnast is 15. As we age, these skills start to decline.  If we choose to be inactive, the process is accelerated at an alarming rate. Have you noticed that you may need to use the handrail on the stairs more often? Are you having trouble with things that were at one time simple, such as coming to a stop on your bike or getting out of the bathtub? John 21:18 says, Truly, truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressedyourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch

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Fired Up For Freedom

Fired Up For Freedom

KABOOM!  I remember jumping up and down with my sisters, holding our hands over our ears, as my dad launched bottle rockets from our backyard.  Even with our ears covered, we could still hear the yelps coming from my little sister when she stepped on the sparkler I dropped.  Growing up in a military family, the 4th of July was a special holiday.  My dad served in two wars: Korea and Vietnam. When I see the stars and stripes, I naturally stand a little straighter. My dad usually had fireworks for us, including firecrackers.  I am not sure whose idea that was!    The fireworks were a big deal, but so was the cookout.  We never had much money, but on the 4th of July my dad went all out at the grill – STEAKS!  He would wait until the t-bones were on sale at the commissary and each of us would get to eat a whole one, which was way

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Freedom to Play

Freedom to Play

Do you remember as a child going out to play?  From the time we awoke in the morning until we went to bed at night, all of our plans for the entire day revolved around having fun at play. We didn’t have to think about what time we could play or if we could work it into our schedule. As a child, everything was fun and play. Ask yourself this question: at what point in your life did you graduate from the concept of play and having fun? I see children every day who do not know how to play. Children know how to watch television, play computer games and some organized sports, but if I put them in a gym and say play, most children do not have the imagination to entertain themselves without some object. Why? The adults in their lives have lost the concept of play and going out

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Being Consistent

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” -Author Unknown I have a precious lady in my fitness class who had such limited range of motion for stretching that she was just about to give up on exercise altogether. Even a simple quad stretch was hard for her. In case you think this is an easy stretch, test your flexibility and try it: Lying on a mat on your side bend the top leg at the knee, reach behind you and grip your foot.  Gently pull the leg back behind you, keeping the knee down. This is a great stretch for the front of the thigh and may seem simple to some. For my friend, it was almost impossible. She decided she could at least push her knee back even if she could not reach her foot. After about three weeks, I noticed that she

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