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  • Being Me | The Family International
    was thin but for me that was impossible The more I tried the more I failed and the more I failed the more depressed I became Once I decided to go on a starvation diet and my younger sister decided to join me We secretly starved ourselves for 10 days and finally became so weak that all we could do was lie in our beds Thankfully that diet didn t last any longer than that and wasn t repeated One day after three months of an exceptionally tough diet and an overly intense three times a day exercise routine I stepped on the scale and my heart sank I hadn t lost a pound I was out of ideas and at the end of my rope My desire to lose weight had become an obsession a nightmare an insane vicious cycle where I kept trying to gain control but couldn t Finally I was fed up I tried eating whatever I wanted but I d abused my body so badly for so long through extreme diets that it took some time before my metabolism stabilized Then a thought came to me What if I acted like I thought I was a cool person just the way I was Maybe other people would think so too What would happen if I wasn t always obsessing over my weight Sure I was chunky but I liked chubby people Maybe others would like me if I accepted myself I determined to not talk about my weight or dieting in front of others Why draw more attention to it Who knows Maybe they wouldn t even notice This may sound like a dumb idea but it actually worked Around that time my family moved The next several years were some of my chubbiest but they were also the source of some of my fondest memories In new surroundings I made a lot of friends and the boys seemed to like me more Suddenly people thought I was really cool I couldn t believe it The decision to just be me was one of the best decisions I ever made because ever since then I have been able to think a lot more positively about myself Even though I knew my flaws I never let myself dwell on them I made a conscious effort to only think good things about myself and after a while I started doing that subconsciously I eventually lost a lot of my teen chubbiness but I never became slim At 27 I m a lot more comfortable with myself Plus I see that there are more important things in life than my weight I may never look like a cover girl I ll always be me but I might as well be the best me I can be I m going to keep on being happy just as God made me If you feel like you ve been handed a raw deal you re not alone But consider this Today

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  • Less Is More | The Family International
    to face reality As I reflected on the matter I was reminded that the Bible says our bodies are the temple of God 1 Corinthians 3 16 6 19 If that were true my temple was due for remodeling I read on the subject and the solution seemed pretty straightforward If I wanted to lose weight I needed to eat less and exercise more Easier said than done I like food and as everyone knows it is hard to give up something you like The crux of my problem I realized was that even though I had reached middle age my servings were still the size of a growing teen s I didn t need to cut back on the enjoyment of eating only the size of my meals My goal was to lose 25 kg 55 lb in order to get back to the normal zone I invested in a scale and wrote down my weekly progress which encouraged me as I began to shed weight My long term goal is to keep that extra weight off I also adopted a few slogans to keep me on track Eat to live don t live to eat helped me eat smaller portions It s okay to feel hungry helped me break the habit of eating something the moment my stomach began to growl A day without panting is a day without progress helped me fight the other giant exercise Getting in the daily exercise habit was hard at first but eventually I began to look forward to it Healthy living means healthy lifestyle choices reminded me that losing and then keeping the weight off would require a long term commitment to eating better and exercising more A few months down the line I m still a work in progress 15

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  • What to Do When You Feel Frazzled | The Family International
    give you a chance to pray together for the Lord s help You can even ask your children to pray with you Their faith and simple prayers can be a wonderful encouragement Whatever you do don t give in to feelings of frustration and discouragement Shoot up a prayer and ask Jesus to give you power for the hour and grace for the space and He will Ask Him to help you see your children as He sees them to see what they are going to become He will help you view the situation optimistically and with hope The outlook may be bleak but the uplook looking up to Jesus is always bright Because children are often a reflection of their parents it s very easy to get discouraged and feel that you have failed when one or more of your children isn t doing well in some area But remember they re also God s children and they are a work in progress just like you are It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure Philippians 2 13 All He expects is that you try your best give them your love and leave the rest up to Him Now that doesn t mean you should just throw up your hands in despair let God take care of it and quit when the going gets rough He probably intends for you to be part of His solution You need to find out from Him what He wants you to do and do it then put the rest in His hands and let Him do what you can t do What to Do When You Feel Frazzled is excerpted from the booklet Power for Parenting by Aurora Production Reposted courtesy of Activated

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  • Things Every Parent Should Know | The Family International
    our children do with their lives they are watching us to see what we do with ours I can t tell my children to reach for the sun All I can do is reach for it myself Joyce Maynard Don t worry that children never listen to you worry that they are always watching you Robert Fulghum If there is anything that we wish to change in the child we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves C G Jung Children have more need of models than of critics Carolyn Coats Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children Charles R Swindoll What a child doesn t receive he can seldom later give P D James If you want your children to improve let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others Haim Ginott In bringing up children spend on them half as much money and twice as much time Author unknown What s done to children they will do to society Karl Menninger You have a lifetime to work but children are only young once Polish proverb Kids spell love T I M E John Crudele The guys who fear becoming fathers don t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do but something that perfects the man The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent Frank Pittman If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again If I had my child to raise all over again I d build self esteem first and the house later I d finger paint more and point the finger less I would do less correcting and more connecting I d take my eyes off my

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  • A Cupful of Joy | The Family International
    grow With this joy in your heart you won t be so easily pulled down by problems or worries you will be encouraged and strengthened in spirit This short exercise may help You ll need a cup a stack of paper any scraps will do cut into pieces just large enough to write a phrase and a pen or pencil Take one of those small pieces of paper and write one of the things you re thankful for Wad the paper into a ball and put it in the cup Take another piece of paper write another blessing wad it up and put it in the cup Keep repeating the process Be specific Cover topics such as recent successes members of your family and circle of friends experiences you ve enjoyed sicknesses that are now behind you problems that have been resolved material comforts your favorite things and so on Continue until the cup is filled to overflowing and you can say with David the great psalmist of the Bible My cup runs over Psalm 23 5 You ll probably be surprised at how many things you have to be thankful for as well as how strengthening it is to thank God for them I ve learned to sing the song of joy My cup is running o er With blessings full of peace and love And still there s more and more Jonathan Bush Atchinson A Glad New Song 1891 Reposted courtesy of Activated April 2008 issue Tweet All Topics Views on Issues The Future Reflections on Life Relationship with God Hearing from God Bible Studies What are Viewpoints These articles are a small sample of our literature which covers a wide variety of spiritual and practical topics For more posts and podcasts featuring TFI s writings visit Anchor

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  • You'll Find Me Running | The Family International
    my own reaction to this approach to exercise helped me realize how that attitude affected other areas of my life Important things were going undone because they required small steps repeated over time Meanwhile the only people who really ran marathons or became fit or reached their life goals were those who worked up to it slowly day after day over time I determined to make that change starting with my exercise I began slow tried to pace myself and told that ugly What good will this little bit do voice in my mind to shut up About that time I also read a fantastic article on healthy living that emphasized bringing spiritual power into the health and fitness equation I started praying more asking God not only for His help to make progress in my running but also for His guidance in knowing how to go about it Dragging myself out of bed earlier wasn t going to happen but I did have a little flexibility in my work schedule so I came home a little earlier and ran At first it was at a slower pace and not for as long as I would have liked but I tried to do it every day Each day I could run a little farther in the allotted time and I began to really enjoy it I also found that I had more energy At one point a flu knocked me for a loop Even after the fever left the fatigue remained for several weeks When I was finally strong enough to resume my daily runs I figured that the level of fitness I had worked up to in the previous months had been undone completely All that time and effort lost I didn t even want to try and kept procrastinating Maybe tomorrow One day I tossed my excuses out the window I would just take it slow and easy and see how far I got To my surprise I was at about 75 compared to what I had been able to do before my illness All my hard work hadn t been in vain What s more as I ran I started to feel better Breathing deeply running through fields and beautiful places surrounding my home was invigorating I think that was the day I realized I loved running Fitness was a worthwhile goal and the thought of running in a marathon had given me the incentive to get started but the day to day doing was great fun in itself As I ran I thought about other things that I d been putting off because they required the same planning and pacing plugging away day by day The joy was in the running in doing what I could each day to keep fit and healthy to stay connected with family and loved ones and to make progress in my work I also learned to use those times of relative solitude while I was running to not only think

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  • Cancer Casualty to Triathlete | The Family International
    as well as from the symptoms of manic depression that were setting in as a result of the treatments In response to requests for additional prayer that we circulated among our friends and over the Internet hundreds of people all around the world also prayed for me At my lowest point I asked Jesus for a special miracle not only to be healed of the cancer which eventually I was but for a stronger body and better fitness than I had ever had before I set as my goal competing in a triathlon an endurance sport involving back to back swimming cycling and long distance running After one and a half years of extensive research on how to rebuild my body and intense physical training I got my chance In 2004 in my first Olympic distance triathlon 1600 meters 1 mile swimming 40 km 25 miles cycling and 10 km 6 miles running I placed 11th out of over 200 in my age category Since then I have competed in many events presently ranking among the top multi sport athletes in this country But more important in answer to my specific prayer I have enjoyed a level of health and fitness that I only dreamed of before As Jesus has encouraged me to do I also use my newfound health to bring hope to others who face life threatening health problems like I did I have started a sports team called Team Live Right which participates in various races and events to promote healthy living and raise awareness for cancer prevention I now travel giving seminars and motivational talks to encourage others to strive to reach their full potential I have Jesus to thank for my recovery and a new life No problem is too difficult for Him to take

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  • Snail Patrol | The Family International
    calls no chores no meetings no messes to clean up and none of the myriad of other things that keep us quite busy most of the day Time can seem to stand still while out in nature at least until the kids excitedly holler Ladybug or Spider But even such sudden alerts are okay because just a few minutes of peace is usually all I need to clear my head Then I m ready to jump back into action and run into the bushes to get a photograph of the latest cool bug they found and to take in the moment with these little explorers When Jesus said that unless you become as little children you cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven Matthew 18 3 maybe He wasn t just talking about Heaven to come but also about the peace and little bit of heaven we experience in our hearts here and now when we take the time to put our cares aside quiet our minds and spirits and tune in to His voice speaking to us through creation The children I was with seemed to do that naturally They weren t worried about the work that still needed to get done back home or the bills that needed to be paid they were simply full of energy excited about life and happy to have a big guy along to watch out for them and take snapshots of their activities How much more peace should we have knowing that we have the ultimate Big Guy looking out for us and I m sure taking snapshots of our lives too Reposted courtesy of Activated April 2008 issue Tweet All Topics Views on Issues The Future Reflections on Life Relationship with God Hearing from God Bible Studies What are Viewpoints These articles

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