Spiritual

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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Ten Things I Love About Our New Materials

Ten Things I Love About Our New Materials

I’m getting out my tambourine and dancing–  praising God for His faithfulness to us. Our new materials are ready. The materials have exceeded our wildest expectations. We think you will love them as much as we do. Here are my special top ten:   Remains Christ-centered – some things are going to look a little different, but this fact will remain true forever. Our materials are Christ-centered and Biblically-based. The foundation verse for First Place For Health is Matthew 6:33 NIV, “Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Seeking Christ first and foremost is the key to all of our wellness endeavors. That will never change. It is the power behind the transformation process that happen in First Place For Health. Continued deeper focus on the Four-sided person– we are commanded to love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and

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IT’S HERE!

IT'S HERE!

I would like to introduce you to the new face of FIRST PLACE FOR HEALTH.Take a long look and process what you see. Give it a little time to grow on you. I did! We prayed long and hard about a new name and we concluded that nothing says it better than Matthew 6:33 Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.First Place is the proper place for Jesus Christ in our lives. This is a fresh and unique symbol using the numerical 1 connected with the letter “P” to reference the name First Place. We chose the color green because it is fresh and a sign of growth and purity. The full symbol forms the shape of a digital map toggle pointing to a location. We are on a journey and YOU determine the specific destination! This is a great way to reinforce

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Read Your Shirt

Read Your Shirt

By the third eye roll, I was becoming a little frustrated. She came to me for fitness coaching and when I suggested she start exercising just a couple of times a week, she responded “I can’t because of my back.” When I suggested cutting back on calories, she responded “I live by myself and it’s not possible for me to cook healthy for one person.” She said she was hoping that I would tell her something new and different, not the same old stuff. I sat quietly praying and thinking. Then I noticed her t-shirt; it was just a regular t-shirt with lots of crazy designs going on. But in the very middle was a small bubble that read “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Underneath that was Philippians 4:13 Brilliant! I said, “Read your shirt.” I’m not sure she remembered what she was wearing

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Healthy Hacks for Summer That Last All Year

Healthy Hacks for Summer That Last All Year

At First Place 4 Health we celebrate whole- person wellness.  We understand that to be what Jesus meant when he said in Mark 12:30 to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” I am always looking for ways to be totally sold out in my commitment to whole-person wellness. Summer hacks are just perfect for me! SOUL CARE.  Everyone needs friends. Summer is the perfect time to meet and pray for your neighbors.  People are outside working in the yard or playing with the kids. It will take some effort to walk across the lawn, across the street or across the room and introduce yourself.  True friendships are hard to come by. My Facebook page says I have 1,590 friends. This is not true. I probably have about 10 people in my life that are true friends. But I do have a lot of acquaintances. I want to

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Power Friends

Power Friends

When I read the statistic, I wanted to cry. I remember what it felt like to be overweight, but I never considered ending my life as the solution. According to a study by researcher Brene Brown, the single largest group of high school teenagers considering or attempting suicide are teenage girls who feel they are overweight.   Were they obese because they were lonely or were they lonely because they were obese? Doesn’t matter, does it? Despite all of the connection on Facebook and social media, loneliness is on the increase.  Loneliness is now proved to be connected to health problems. The survey, conducted by Cigna, the health insurer , found widespread loneliness, with nearly half of Americans reporting they feel alone, isolated, or left out at least some of the time. The nation’s 75 million millennials (ages 23-27) and Generation Z adults (18-22) are lonelier than any other U.S. demographic and report

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5 Things You Need to Know About Jesus ~ Vicki Heath

I have a folder in my Outlook email account created to keep a record of what God is doing through His Son Jesus. Jesus is happening in the lives of men and women around the country. A lot of this freedom work is a result of what God is doing through our FP4H Bible Study, Be Free by Gari Meacham. Jesus is the shame taker– According to Brene Brown’s bookI Thought It Was Just Me1of the hundreds surveyed, the number one shame issue for women is appearance and body image. Jesus is changing that. A quote from one FP4H member: “I finally believe my husband. He has told me for years that I am beautiful, but I never believed him. Finally, because of what Jesus is teaching me in my FP4H Bible study, I believe him and I feel loved and cherished as never before.” Jesus is the chain breaker-In March I

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Your Place — It’s Coming!

Your Place -- It's Coming!

Have you felt sometimes that you just don’t fit? That you haven’t found your happy place on this wellness journey? Good news! Your Place is coming. Our new materials are designed with you in mind. Your Place and My Place—personal space for health and wellness. My Place for Nutrition – Imagine a place for super foods alongside suggestions for gluten intolerance or special foods for diabetes? Yes, you will find all that and more in My Place for Nutrition. My Place for Fitness – Imagine a place where you will find inspiration, education and application for what can move you. A place full of workout suggestions that lengthen you, strengthen you and fire you up! My Place for Discovery – This is your place for digging deeper; your place to help you find answers to the hard questions like, “Why do I eat when I am not hungry?” A place to help you

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Let it Go!

Did you give up something for Lent? If so, “How’s it going?” How did you decide what to give up? I think about this every year. Should I give up something I love to eat? If so, “What?” Most of us choose something like a food we really enjoy, and maybe we enjoy it a little too much. Some choose to give up a bad habit, hoping it will help break the habit for good. According to Christianity Today*, a recent article cited only two food-related items in the top five for 2018: alcohol and chocolate. The other three were social media, Twitter and swearing. I found this curious. It started me thinking that I don’t have a particular food that has a hold on me—not any more. I’m not addicted to social media, I don’t tweet and rarely use swear words. Is there something that tempts me to act

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Words Have Power

Words Have Power

When you think of libraries, you probably think of books and that would be correct. If you think about the Library of Congress, then you would be partially correct. The Library of Congress contains many spectacular and remarkable collections—items from our nation’s history. There are things that retell the story of who we are and from where we have come. One of those one-of a-kind collections is related to Abraham Lincoln. It is the odd collection of items contained in Lincoln’s pockets on the night he and Mary attended the play at Ford’s Theater. That was to be the last night of his life. On that night, Lincoln was carrying in his pocket: Two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher. One pair of spectacles was broken and had been repaired with string wound around it to hold it together. A pocketknife – ivory inlaid with silver. A watch fob.

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