First of all My God is so able, big, real, still the same, bigger, stronger, and all around an awesome God. No one nor anything compares to Him!
Hi there. My name is Melanie. I originally joined First Place for Health (FP4H) because of an experience in my primary care physician office. He told me I was a walking heart attack. For someone who had been told I was obese by practically everyone, the statement by my PCP hit me hard. It absolutely scared the jeepers out of me. I wasn’t ready to have more physical (specifically my heart) problems along with existing emotional, mental and other kinds of physical issues. In other words I was a mess spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. I weighed 375 at my heaviest. That was March 2011. John 8:36 says: “So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed” I joined a bible study at the time which was developed by Beth Moore. I looked into weight loss programs but nothing tickled my fancy. That led me to thinking about combining the two.
Low and behold, there at my church, was FP4H. Matthew 6:33 was the first verse I memorized. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well.”
I expected to feel like I was the heaviest in the class. Since the first day, I have been welcomed, accepted and I fit right in. My relationship with Christ, prayer, bible study, and group support before FP4H was at best, mediocre. Throughout the years I’ve been up and down in and out of FP4H. After the first year my relationship with CHRIST, myself and others grew fast and deep. The second year…the improvement was amazingly a miracle. Years later I fell off the wagon again. The thing is, of all the weight loss programs, I always come back to First Place AND I have kept the weight off through Christ who strengthens me!
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” This is my favorite First Place memory verse from “The Life That Wins” bible study. My hope is in Christ and my future is in His hands. I have lost 250 pounds since starting First Place.
Today, I’m working on the 30 pounds I gained in March 2019 to Aug 2019 (the beginning of the pandemic – COVID) Christ is working in all areas of my life. He is meeting my needs by His grace, mercy and love. I have less aches and pains physically. I have a mind full of Christ mentally.
I feel right with God again emotionally and my intimate relationship (spiritual) with HIM deepens in amazement each and every day. I can not express or use the words to say exactly how HIS WORD has freed me. My cup overflows with JOY! Praise be to my Father!