Spiritual

Is it really worth it?

Is it really worth it?

What’s worth it? What’s worth making a sacrifice for? Is it money; a nice home; private school for your kids? What about your health? Getting healthy and staying healthy does not happen by accident. It is costly. It costs time to get up early and work out. It costs money to join a gym. It costs time to make a shopping list and stick to it. It takes effort to cook healthy meals. But is all this work really worth it? You have to decide. For me, it’s worth it. Even though it is painful and difficult, I continue to teach exercise classes even with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. I have to. It’s worth it to me to stay strong enough to help care for my grandkids. It’s worth it to me to be okay by myself while Rob is away traveling. It’s worth it to me to be strong

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That’s My Kind of Joy!

That's My Kind of Joy!

I hung up the phone laughing; I could not contain myself. I just spent 40 minutes listening to a dear friend share with me her new found Joy in the Lord. She just completed the Bible study, “Forever Changed”, and she is. And she could not stop laughing at what God has done in her life! Every other phrase was interrupted with spontaneous uncontainable joyful laughter! All I could do was listen and smile. Joy is contagious. Mother Theresa said, “Joy is the net by which we catch souls”, and she caught mine. Rejoice – re Joy, re joying all the time, Joy over and over. We are commanded to rejoice in the Lord at all times. That may seem difficult and almost impossible. It bids me ask: can Joy and sadness exist in a woman’s heart at the same time? I think so. I have great Joy that my

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Rise Up O Church and Honor Thy Health

Rise Up O Church and Honor Thy Health

During our recent trip to the Holy Land, we had an amazing opportunity to worship inside a beautiful cathedral with a group of Chinese believers. I commented to my friend “they all look so fit.” He replied, “They have to be.”  All over the world, it is costing more and more to identify yourself as a Christ follower. In some places, it may cost you everything, including your freedom. This is one more reason for the Church to be healthy, to be strong, to be ready. How fit is your church? George Fitchett, a researcher for Rush University, recently found that people who attend church or participate in some sort of weekly religious service are 62% more likely to be obese than those who do not attend church. An article in Medical Daily reports a study from Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences, where it was found more than

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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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Giving Up Too Soon

Giving Up Too Soon

A man meets a guru on the road. The man asks the guru, “which way is success?” The bearded sage does not speak but points to a place off in the distance. The man, thrilled by the prospect of quick and easy success, rushes off in the appropriate direction. Suddenly, there comes a loud “SPLAT.” Eventually, the man limps back, tattered and stunned, assuming he must have misinterpreted the message. He repeats his question to the guru, who again points silently in the same direction. The man obediently walks off once more. This time the splat is deafening, and when the man crawls back, he is bloody, broken, tattered, and irate. “I asked you which way is success,” he screams at the guru. “I followed the direction you indicated. And all I got was splatted! No more of this pointing! Talk!” Only then does the guru speak, and what he

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Live Forward

Live Forward

It’s February, and I am still thinking goals for 2019. I want to live forward that’s for sure. How do I live strong, happy and healthy as long as I can? By living forward. These are the best living forward ideas, straight from the Bible, on what you can do today for the future. Take care of your health. I do this by choosing to live a life of worship. Romans 12:1 says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. “ (NIV) Living a life of worship requires daily sacrifices. I lay on the altar daily my eating and exercise as an act of worship. I choose the best food I can find to feed my body. I exercise as hard as I can with my limitations. And

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Getting Healthy Is Not For the Faint of Heart

Getting Healthy Is Not For the Faint of Heart

I can’t memorize verses. I can’t track my food this way. I don’t have time to do the study every day. I am tired and busy, so I cannot make a meeting every week. I did not want others to know my weight, so I can’t weigh-in in front of people. I have had too many surgeries, so I couldn’t exercise; I have physical limitations. I worked hard all day; I deserve to eat or to take a break. I have a lot of food allergies and I felt deprived of all the things I could not eat, so I ate what I could (and more of it). These are some of the reasons I have heard why FP4H does not work. There is just too much work involved. It’s true, getting healthy will take some major effort on your part. But we are without excuse really. The Bible tells

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35 Things I Learned in FP4H

35 Things I Learned in FP4H

Food is not my family. Friends matter. A potato is a vegetable. The scale does not define me. I can exercise. You have to pay the price for success. God is here to help me. I can resist temptation. Prayer makes a difference. I can understand God’s Word. Love is a great motivator. I can push through pain. I don’t have to medicate with food. I have boundaries I will not cross. It is okay to enjoy my food. Sleep is important. Overeating is not healthy. God will provide resources. It does matter. The truth will set me free. God cares. The Bible is nourishment to my soul. It is okay to ask for help. Two are better than one. Everything is permissible, but not everything I eat is beneficial. Even small changes can make a difference. Sometimes I just need to do the next right thing. Get back on

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No More Boring Gifts

No More Boring Gifts

How do you get what you really want for Christmas? How do you get something you really need for Christmas? Ask for it! The My Place Member’s Kit is a bundle of hope mixed together with a practical and powerful food plan alongside exercises you might actually do, while at the same time laughing all the way with a genuine smile on your face because you have finally discovered the keys to freedom from emotional eating! My Place for Nutrition, My Place for Fitness, My Place for Bible Study and My Place for Discovery are all here in the My Place Member’s Kit, waiting for you with your name on them! And…it’s affordable, it’s doable and He deserves the best temple we can provide. My Place is the perfect Christmas gift.  We have developed tools to help you make those New Year’s Resolutions come true! It has eternal value and benefits. You really can’t put a price on being

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You’re Thankful for What?!

You're Thankful for What?!

My pain! Yes, I just said it. I am thankful for my pain. With Thanksgiving coming so quickly this year, it’s time we ponder our blessings, make our thanksgiving list and prepare to answer the traditional, round the table before we dive into the turkey question: “What are you thankful for this year?” Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was not a happy day; however, as a result of daily pain and physical limitations I am truly better for it. How’s that? Let me list the ways: I cry out for help. There are some days I can barely get out of bed. And it’s usually on my busiest days. I am learning to cry out to God every morning from inside my pain, much like Jonah from the belly of the great fish. Jonah 2:1-2 says, “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In

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