I have been feeling for quite some time that God has a special task for me but I have been unable to understand what it is He is asking me to do. At least until now. I believe God is leading me to hold a Bible study for people, like me, who want to get ourselves healthy. Yes, weight loss is part of it, but not the only part. I don’t want to focus on strictly weight loss. There are several aspects to getting yourself healthy and that’s what I want to focus on, all aspects. Physical health, mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health. I believe that you can not have one and be successful, without the others included. Each aspect of our health directly affects the others. But we have to start with the most important aspect, our spiritual health.
We have to get our spiritual health in order before the others can be successful. Without our spiritual health being in order, trying to get any other aspect of our health in order is useless, a waste of time. Unless we give control to God, over ALL aspects of our health, and then we study His word so we know what He wants us to do, then we are just treading water. While treading water might be fairly good exercise, it is not enough by itself. We cannot survive by simply ‘treading water’.
So, spiritual health being first and most important, our second most important, at least in my opinion, is going to be our mental health. If we are not ready mentally for weight loss or exercise, or healthy eating, or ready to deal with our emotional “baggage”, then again, all of our efforts are going to be a waste of time. In other words, if we want to get our whole body healthy, we can not leave out any single aspect. That is why I am planning this Bible study using the First Place 4 Health program.
This program addresses each and every aspect of getting or being healthy, and once reaching your personal goals, then maintaining those goals, and it does so while teaching us to follow Gods plan for us. I think the most difficult part of this is going to be realizing that different plans for each of us. While our paths may cross, or we may serve in the same capacity at times, He has other plans for us, and this is just a step on that path God is leading us down. Our job is to make sure we stay on that path and don’t venture off on our own thinking we know a better way.
I know for me personally, I tend to want to see results quickly, if not instantly. That is why I have had such a difficult time with weight loss. Any amount of weight loss is good, but if you truly want to lose weight, and KEEP IT OFF, then you must, absolutely MUST follow God’s guidance. If you think for one second that you will be able to lose weight and keep it off, and get yourself healthy, all on your own, you are sadly mistaken. You cannot do it alone!! You have to depend on God to help you. That is the ONLY way that a person with 75+ pounds to lose, recent back surgery, three surgeries on the right knee, c-spine surgery, will EVER be successful.
I know that I have to have Gods help in becoming healthy. What makes me so sure? Because I have tried repeatedly to lose weight. Oh, there have been times that I would lose weight, significant amounts of weight! I would be so proud of myself! And then, it would inevitably happen. The weight would start coming back on. The worst part about all of this is that the weight I had lost would come back, and bring a few more pounds with it! Talk about discouraging!!
Presently, I weigh more than I EVER have in my entire life. I am carrying around an extra person with me! I have never had blood pressure problems. In fact, I have always had a low blood pressure, 110/60 typically. My last two visits to my pain management doctor’s office, for my back, my blood pressure has been significantly elevated. That is a sign to me that I am in dangerous territory physically. High blood pressure, diabetes, various types of cancer, and arthritis all run in my family. I have to do whatever I can now, to avoid having to deal with any of these problems later in life. I see that chance in the First Place 4 Health Program. I know that God wants me to be healthy because He has much more in store for me to do for His kingdom, and if I am not healthy, I won’t be a very productive worker!
So, beginning in January, my household will be following the FP4H program, and hopefully, I will have a group of people ready to join me by participating in the Bible study group I will be starting. I have not finalized any details yet, but, if you are interested in participating, and live close enough to attend our weekly meetings, please do!! If you live too far away, I will be more than happy to help you find a group that is closer to you. Or, if there is enough need, who knows? Maybe we can do a video chat or something of that nature to include those who are unable to be there personally. Right now, I primarily need to know what kind of interest level there is. Are you interested in participating in something like this? If it sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please, either leave me a comment here or on FB (scrappinmama253), and I will keep you posted on the details as they become official or finalized.
I will be speaking to my pastor about use of the church fellowship hall for these Bible study classes. And once I receive the approval from the church, then I can really get some plans set in stone. My plan at this time is to offer the same class twice a week. I know, huh??? I want to be able to reach as many people as possible that want to participate, therefore, I want to hold a daytime class and an evening class. This way, if you work during the day, you can come to the evening class, or if you would rather come during the day, that will be available also. Another great feature of offering the same class twice in a week, if you miss a class, you can come to the next one for that week!
Again, none of this is official yet, but hopefully and with much prayer, it soon will be. Please be praying for me and for this project, and the success of this Bible study for everyone that chooses to participate. Pray that things will fall into place so that materials needed can be provided to anyone who cannot afford to purchase them, and pray that I am following God’s will and continue to do so.
I have to say, once I made my decision to follow this program, I felt such a sense of peace about it. Now, that has turned into a sense of determination. As I said, the greatest need from anyone right now, is prayer.
I do not work, which is why I will be able to offer the Bible study two times a week, but it will also prevent me from doing what I would really love to do, which is to purchase the study guides for everyone interested. But, I just can’t. I pray that God will help each of us who wish to participate the ability to find the funds. Each study guide, covering approximately 12 weeks is around $14.oo. There are also other products that can be purchased, though not necessary. But we can talk about all of that later, at our first meeting!!
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am extremely excited about this and so ready to get started!! Again, if you are interested, or have suggestions, please leave me a comment here or on FB.
Have a wonderful and blessed day everyone!!