So here we are at the second meeting of a 13-week weight loss session at a big church in my hometown. The woman leading the group is flamboyant with a bright, tri-colored blouse, dark capris and heels. She is all made up and her hair is held up with matching hair attire. The co-leader is a third-grade teacher whose comments has to be well-timed to be inserted only when the flamboyant leader has to take a breath.
After weighing in and saying our memory verses, the educational portion of the evening begins: learning the food program and how to count food so that we will lose weight. Perky Patty uses http://www.myplate.gov to make her point about emphasizing fruits and vegetables and keeping meat and grains in their proper ratios as you can see on the plate to the right. We have a good time of learning to make healthy platefuls of food.
Then we go to what I call the “meat” of the program. First Place 4 Health is about putting Christ first in our lives. When that happens everything else falls into place–even our food choices, fitness and attention to our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional selves. This portion of the evening involves sharing what we learned all week during our personal Bible study, Scripture memorization and prayer time.
This is how we prepare for the discussion section of the evening. All week long each woman completes a portion of the Bible Study lesson for the week from the Bible study book. Each day there is portion of Scripture to read and several questions to answer that takes about 7 minutes to complete. The study books are brought to the meeting and women share what was revealed to them during the week. We begin to do that and as we do, it is obvious that we are really going to lose weight over the next couple of months.
- One woman shares about the shame of she carried from childhood.
- One shares the guilt she feels in not trusting the Lord in her singleness.
- Several say they crave food all the time and never feel full.
- One woman says she is afraid to have her second child because she gained so much weight with the first and doesn’t want that to happen again.
- Several are there to get balance in their life: to lose some things and to gain others.
We are going to lose
- unhealthy cravings
- and pounds.
We are going to gain
- sister support
- wisdom through Bible study and Scripture memorization
- knowledge through mastery of the nutrition plan
To get the power I have plugged myself into a community of believers all looking to Jesus and working together to live healthier. This is where I will be every Tuesday evening for the next 12 weeks. I am sharing this story as a practice of Gospel: Looking for New Life with the Walk with Him Wednesday community at Ann’s.
Feeling energized because the Son’s eye is on His sparrows (of which I am one),