Spiritual

Temptation

Temptation

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.  1 Corinthians 10:13 Our focus in this month’s E-Newsletter is thankfulness.  How in the world can we be thankful for temptation?  I will try to answer that question in this month’s article. Today marks 84 days (12 weeks) since I resolved to get to my goal weight once and for all.  Look at my archived articles if you missed the story of my journey for the last three months. It has not been quick, but I am thankful to have lost 13 pounds.  It has been relatively easy, except for yesterday.  I have shared with you that my problem is desserts, preferably creamy, but any kind will do.  When I don’t eat

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Get Serious

Get Serious

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11 Our annual FP4H Summit was held on July 26-27 this year.  The dates are forever etched in my mind, because I started getting serious about losing weight and finding balance again on Sunday, July 28, 2013.  Through some circumstances of taking steroids for a skin rash in May and gaining 10 pounds due to the steroids and my own rebelliousness, I found myself in a mess with Summit approaching.  You know how it goes: “Well, I have six weeks to lose this weight, and next week I have five weeks to lose this weight.”  On and on it goes until the event is one week away and it’s too late to do anything.  Raise your hand if you’ve been there! God is so creative in how he

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A Little Above Average

A Little Above Average

“Average” is the top of the bottom, the best of the worst, the bottom of the top, the worst of the best.” ~John C. Maxwell It was October 1984, and I remember the event like it was yesterday.  My sister-in-law Donna had talked me into attending a women’s retreat at a hotel in Houston.  The speaker was Florence Littauer and the theme of the weekend was It Takes So Little To Be Above Average, which is a title of one of Florence’s books. That weekend was memorable in so many ways.  We were eating dinner in the lobby of the hotel on Friday before the conference began and this strikingly-beautiful woman walks up and says, “Hi, I’m Florence Littauer,” and proceeds to meet every one of us at the table.  I was more than a little impressed because she had just modeled for me what it looks like to be “a little above average.” Over the twenty-five

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You’ll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This

I saw a video the other day of a wedding party who decided to go out on a dock to take pictures.  The weight on the dock caused it to collapse and the entire wedding party fell into the water.  After they were back safely on dry land, the entire wedding party declared that this was the best wedding ever. I reflected on this video yesterday as Johnny was having chemo on our 54th wedding anniversary.  What might have been a depressing day ended up a wonderful day together.  I asked one of the nurses to take our picture as he began the chemo.  I took pictures of Johnny during our six hours there and posted them on Facebook.  At the end of the day, I read to Johnny many of the kind words that were posted. I shared these two stories because many of you might be going through something really tough right now, and you

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Flee from Free

Flee from Free

As many of you know, we are going through some rough times right now with cancer treatment for my husband, Johnny.  I began posting regularly at  ww.caringbridge.org/visit/johnnylewis1 for those who would like to know how he is doing and how you can pray for us.  I share this fact so that you will understand why the story below was not one I needed in my repertoire right now. When we were helping our daughter, Lisa, move, she found a bottle of Laura Ashley #1 shower gel that was still in the box in the back of one of her bathroom cabinets.  I used to love that brand and when they quit making it at least 10 years ago, Kay Smith, Lisa and I bought up all we could find when it went on sale for 75% off.  When I saw the unopened box, I was so excited to see it

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One Perfect Word

One Perfect Word

I once read a great book written by a friend and fellow author, Debbie Macomber.  The title of the book is One Perfect Word and the content is about choosing one word each year, allowing God to work out that word in your life.   I have done this for several years and it has been interesting to see how God works through the simple choice of one word. Proverbs 30:5 says, Every Word of God is flawless and in Proverbs 10:19, When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.  Might it be that a perfect word, when chosen by God, could lead to the victory that has eluded us before? My dear friend, Nancy Taylor, who formerly worked for FP4H, shared with me that the first year she asked God to give her a word for the year, He gave her two.  They were, obey and finish.  Nancy shared that the

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Pass the Test with Flying Colors

Pass the Test with Flying Colors

This morning when I woke up, I began thinking about waking on Thanksgiving morning, 2001.  We were having 30 family members for Thanksgiving lunch that day and I had not planned to get up early.  The Lord woke me at 4 a.m. and began prodding me to get up and spend time with Him before the day began.  I lay there and argued for a few minutes reminding Him of how busy the day would be and that maybe I needed the rest.  After awhile, I was wide awake so I got up and went into the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot.  While the coffee was brewing, I opened my Bible and it opened to the first chapter of James.  I sat there and read haphazardly while the coffee was brewing and after I got my first cup of coffee, I read James 1 again and I meditated on verses 2-4 and verse 27 especially.  2Consider

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Crisis of Belief

Crisis of Belief

A dear friend Lavahn Stillwell joined the First Place 4 Health program when it was still very young.Lavahn reached her goal weight and began leading a group.  She soon became one of our original group of networking leaders and has directed the First Place 4 Health ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA, for over 20 years.  Lavahn recently called me and we had a wonderful visit over the phone, even though I was sad that the Lord has told her to step down from her leadership role in the ministry. Lavahn shared that she has battled with this decision for over two years and has been perfectly miserable, because she kept saying “no” to the Holy Spirit’s urging. Our conversation reminded me of all the times that the Holy Spirit has softly and quietly shared the Father’s will for me and I have stood my ground and said, “I don’t

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I am RESOLVED

I am RESOLVED

How can we Live Life Right Here, Right Now this year.  This is the only 2013 we will experience so let’s make it the best year we have ever had.  The year 2012 was to be my year and in many ways it was a great year, but weight-wise it was not what I had hoped. In January 2012, my trainer, Donna Roberts, issued a challenge to all her clients to fast from desserts for 12 weeks.  Our goal was to put $5 in a jar each week and at the end of 12 weeks, match the $60 in our jar, resulting in each client donating $120 to As Our Own, a ministry that rescues girls from the sex slave trade.  I signed up, but I was not wholehearted in my endeavor.  On the other hand, my friend Diane Hawkins signed up, gave up desserts and faithfully put her $5 in

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I Had a Choice That Day

I Had a Choice That Day

I don’t know about you, but I love every opportunity for new beginnings.  I love Mondays, the start of a new month and even the beginning of a new school year.  My very favorite new beginning is the New Year because it is a clean slate, a fresh start and another chance to do better. Our theme for the 2012-2013 year is Live Life.  My goal in writing Live Life Right Here, Right Now was to convey that today may be all we have.  Life is uncertain and we must do things that will propel us forward right here, right now. All of us reeled in shock and grief over the senseless killings of six adults and 20 children in Newtown, CT, just before Christmas.  As I read the stories of those precious children, I was struck by one in particular—the story of six-year-old Charlotte Bacon.  Charlotte was the little

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