Say “Yes” – Start a Group Now

Say “Yes” - Start a Group Now

I regret that I argued with God for a year before starting my first group.

“Lord I’m too fat.”

“Lord, I have no will power.”

“Lord, what will people think if I fail?”

“Lord, I want to lose weight, but I don’t want to change.”

“Lord, I don’t want to.”

I spent a year in all out disobedience. I knew He wanted me to lead a First Place for Health group. I said “No.” He did not give up. His relentless love was everything I would need. When I finally said “Yes” and embraced God’s plan, things fell into place.

When I asked my pastor if we could have a group at our church, he said “Yes.”

When I ordered the My Place Leader Kit it had everything I needed to get started.  The directions in the leader book were detailed and easy to follow. The videos included provided all the teaching.

When I placed an ad in the local paper and in our church bulletin, twenty-three people showed up to the Information Meeting.

When I stood in front of my group for the first time, I told them, “I’m doing this because God is making me.”  They smiled and encouraged me.

When I filled out my Live It Tracker and followed the Live It Food plan. I lost weight.

When I got overwhelmed with leadership, the first three people that received my prayer partner request forms stepped up to help lead.

It’s amazing what happens when you say “yes” to God’s plan. I had no idea when I learned to place Christ first in all things, I would lose 116 pounds over a four-year period. Now as we cross over to 2022, I celebrate twelve years at a healthy weight. Woo Hoo. A miracle that only God could provide. Why did I want to say “no” to the plan God had for my life?

In my last session we did the Be Free Bible study. The last verse we memorized was Romans 8:37, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” I love the “No” at the beginning. It is emphatic. There is no question. We are more than conquerors because of Jesus. When we place Christ first, we:

  • Conquer our fears
  • Conquer our prideful selves
  • Conquer our “I don’t want to.”

Are you sensing the nudge to lead a group? Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought? Maybe you are having similar arguments with the Lord as I did. I understand. There are a bunch of us First Place for Health Leaders who understand. Push through the fears. We are more than conquerors. Embrace change and say “Yes” to all God has planned.

Helen Baratta is Director of Development for First Place for Health. In 2006, obese and unable to walk without pain, Helen surrendered to the Lord, and He transformed her life. She shed and now maintains a 100-pound weight loss. Helen is author of the book Restored! Embracing Weight Loss God’s Way.

  1. I have felt God calling me to step up and lead a First Place For Health group since I saw the ad for it on my phone years ago but I have come up with every excuse not to! Lack of confidence and self control, low self esteem,among other things.I need someone to show me how to get started, would you help me?

  2. Would like to start a group. Need prayer and direction. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  3. I’ve lead several groups and feel the need to start a new group. Please pray for me to be the leader God needs.