Spiritual

How do you keep the problems of life from derailing you?

The question above is one we hear a lot from First Place members and leaders across the country. They are doing well when all of a sudden, a curve ball comes their way. Before they know it, they are down in the dirt and unable to get up and back into the game. Yesterday, I was given the opportunity to walk out the answer to this question. It was Tuesday and I led my First Place class. We are doing the First Place Bible study, A New Creation, and went over Week Four in class about “Recognizing Your Obstacles.” Class was over when Pat walks into my office and says, “Well, you got all the mail today.” I turned around and the first piece of mail I opened contained a letter with some disturbing news. All at once, I was shocked and saddened and thrown into what could have been

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Most Frequently Asked Question About Spiritual Life

What is the most important part of leading a balanced life? Most people who join First Place need balance in all four areas, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. I believe that if we will begin practicing on a daily basis the four areas of spiritual balance, the other areas will fall into line. Remember the founding verse of First Place, Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” When I neglect the spiritual area, all of the other areas suffer and I find myself floundering. Let’s take these one at a time and see if there are some tips that will work for you as you aspire to be balanced spiritually. Scripture Reading I try to read a specific book of the Bible at a time. I read my Bible each morning while the coffee is brewing

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Winds of Change

I have a good friend who will be the keynote speaker at a women’s retreat next month. She e-mailed today and asked a few questions about “intentional living.” As I was answering the questions, I thought that some of these tips might be of value for all my First Place friends this month. The theme for March is “Winds of Change,” and without living intentionally, none of us will experience permanent lifestyle change. It might be a good idea to ask yourself these questions and think about what intentional living means in your own life. What does intentional living mean to you? It means that I make an appointment to do the things that really help me lead a balanced life, such as exercise, healthy eating, stress management, Bible study and prayer. Then I keep the appointment! How do you demonstrate or live out intentional living in your relationship with:

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A New Year – A New Start

I’m a person who loves new beginnings and fresh starts so January is one of my favorite months. Not only is it the first month of a new year, it signifies an entire year for me to make changes that will help me lead a more balanced life. Last year started out with me feeling the same way I do right now; however, by the end of 2006, I was glad the year was finally coming to an end. We began the year anticipating a grand year of celebrating the 25th Anniversary of First Place and a grand year of celebrating it has been. The downside of the year was that 2006 brought major staff changes that made the entire year one of the hardest we have ever experienced. What do you do when you have major changes in life that you didn’t pray for and don’t like one bit?

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