Spiritual

Winning the Battle

Winning the Battle

About this time in our FP4H sessions we are tempted to give up, throw in the towel, roll over, go back to old habits, or simply said…just quit.  It takes time to lose weight and get healthy and most of us are just impatient. We want results today without much effort on our part. To say that getting healthy is hard work is an understatement! I have been on this wellness journey most of my adult life. It has been some of the hardest, but most rewarding, work I have ever done. One of the reasons it’s so hard is because it is so daily. Every day I have to focus on tracking my food, settling myself in quiet time and planning out time for exercise. It’s a lot of work. Jesus never said it would be easy to love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, soul and

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The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” Oswald Chambers. Prayer has not always come easy for me. I have had to work at the great work of prayer. That is one of the reasons I am asking you to join us this month for a great work of prayer. We are setting aside the week of September 18-24th as a focused time of prayer and fasting.  Each day will have a specific prayer request.  You can use this as your prayer guide, but these requests will also be posted daily on our Facebook page. Our staff, board of directors and networking leaders have all committed to petition the Lord for an outpouring of His Spirit in several different areas of need for our ministry.  Many of you will be launching your fall session and this will be the perfect way to focus on what is

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My Trainer is Available 24/7

My Trainer is Available 24/7

Hiring a personal trainer has become a very popular way for people to meet fitness goals. Lots of people are finally experiencing success. A trainer can help encourage you to do the things you may not want to do. A personal trainer can challenge you to do more than you even thought possible. A great picture of this is watching Carole Lewis do her strength training in the gym at Houston’s First Baptist Church. She is pushing heavy 15 pound weights over her head and is just about at her limit. Her trainer gently lays a hand on her arm and says “one more” and Carole does it! That is what a trainer can do for you. My problem is that I need this kind of encouragement in every area of my life—all the time. As a fitness professional, I have seen all kinds of trainers with different techniques. There

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Firecracker 400

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, including firecrackers, for us,.  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

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Check Out This Power-FULL Lineup

Check Out This Power-FULL Lineup

Are you looking for inspiration?  Motivation?  Do you need tools to make your journey to wellness easier?  Or maybe you just need a kick to get you back on track?  Summit 2016 has that and more.  Take a look at the power-FULL lineup of speakers and seminars. CHRISTIN DITCHFIELD.  Keynote speaker and seminar leader. Christin has authored three FP4H studies, Living for Christ, A New Beginning and A Thankful Heart. Besides being an inspiring writer and speaker, she has an amazing testimony about her own wellness journey. Christin, in spite of debilitating knee problems, has learned how to persevere and press on to a goal of health and wellness. Her story is inspiring and her gifts are remarkable. LISA LEWIS.   Want to avoid processed foods and learn to eat a more nutritious and whole-foods based diet?  Lisa will give you practical, easy tips on how to plan, budget and cook delicious, healthy meals using real ingredients

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Joy Springs Up

Joy Springs Up

Every season reveals God’s majesty, but spring is pure joy. I see flowers starting to raise their little heads up out of the Edisto dirt; I see a new baby fawn among the “herd” of deer that visit my garden and I hear birdsongs again after months of cold winter silence. I am joyously in love with spring. I have put away my boots and not going back! All of spring brings me great joy. Spring is about Jesus and the new life He promises through the power of His resurrection. It’s interesting the role joy plays in our lives. Joy can get us moving way beyond our capabilities. Joy can be our strength when there is no strength. It is part of the fruit of the Spirit and is indispensable in my life. Joy should be cherished.  There are many forces fighting to steal our joy. We need to

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When the World Says,

When the World Says,

When the world says “Give up,” hope whispers “Try one more time.”   Today is the one more time. So many have experienced defeat in the area of health and wellness. You may be in that spot right now. On January 1, you declared, along with about half of the American population, that you would do whatever it takes to lose weight this year. Along with seventy-five percent of those who made this declaration, you have given up by now. I know from experience and from what the Bible tells me that fitness is really not about how determined you are, but about what kind of thinker you are. Wellness starts in the mind. We need some adjusted thinking about what it takes to become fit. You do have the power to change your thinking. The Bible says that as a Christian, you have the “mind of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:16)

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How’s Your Heart

How's Your Heart

Just as there are certain exercises you can do to strengthen your physical heart, there are spiritual exercises you can do to guard your spiritual heart. You’ll be amazed at how a few simple, small steps can have a huge impact on your emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing. One of the greatest missionaries of the first century knew the importance of guarding your heart. Paul spent a lot of time in jail, getting beat up and running from town to town (not for exercise!) in order to tell others about Jesus.  How did he keep from getting discouraged?  He lets us in on his secret in a letter he wrote to his friends in a city called Phillipi: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your

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Journey of a Lifetime

Journey of a Lifetime

Have you ever thought what your life would be like if you could finally resolve those issues with which you struggle? Do you ever wonder what it would feel like not to be plagued with thoughts of guilt, shame and regret? Have you ever considered how God could use you if you really learned what it means to live by faith? How about the physical you? What could God do with you if you finally got those health issues under control? All of these things are possible if we seek to love God the way Jesus described in Mark 12:30-31 (NIV). Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. This simply means to love God with your entire being, every part:

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Bring on Christmas!

Five Steps to an Emotionally Healthy Holiday Worry, hurry, traffic, presents, shopping, tree, food, kids, money, food, family, party, food and more food. Are you getting freaked out? Well, don’t! God does not want the celebration of the birth of His Son to be anything but joyful. The craziness of Christmas does not have to consume us. We can experience the true meaning of Christmas with a happy heart and attitude.  Here’s how: Set food boundaries.  The average American will gain three to seven pounds over the holidays. This might be the average, but I think Christians shouldn’t be average. We don’t have to participate in this statistic. Boundaries are just fences or lines that we decide we will not cross, for our own protection and well-being. I have written out my boundaries for the holidays. ©     I will enjoy my favorite foods, but I will not take large portions of

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