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 The Quick Start Program 
I don’t know how many of you are aware of “Weight Watchers” and the programs they have, but they have what they call the Core Program and the Flex Plan.  I chose the Flex Plan because, for me, it is easier and quicker and I actually get it.  Now, on this plan, basically I can have anything I want to eat as long as I keep track of my allotted points each and everyday.  It is something I have chosen to do for myself so I can finally stabilize my weight.  But every day I have to make a clear decision to stay on this program.    

Now, to bring God down to earth for you in a simple and clear way, I have designed the “Quick Start Program” with God.  For those of you who have never had any God in your everyday life or have a little God with no seeming results in your life, and especially for those of you who have little or no time, this is the plan for you!  These simple but effective tips practiced every day will assure you the success you need to climb to a new awareness in Christ for your life.
STOP (Start to Pray)
In my life I felt as though I had little or no time to do anything, much less stop and pray.  What I discovered was that I was wrong (for the millionth time!) Stop doing everything else in the morning and pray FIRST, Not 2nd or 3rd , but first thing.  I discovered when I gave God my best or first, that he was faithful to come along side to help me for that day.  This will take some getting used to, but if you will purpose in your heart to do it, you will be amazed at the outcome. You don’t have to say anything fancy either.  I learned that right away cause I knew nothing of praying.  If He got to me, He will get to you.  The key word here is used all over the world in Stop signs, so you will always be reminded to do this every single time you stop.
Set a clock if you have to.  I would get up at least 15 minutes early so I could pray.  Then and only then, would I get my daughter up for school.  When you are not used to praying and actually setting aside time just for God, you would be amazed at how long 15 minutes can be. I started to set a clock just for myself, so I would know how much time I was actually giving to God.  Of course, the phone will ring, you will hear all sorts of noises, but make a commitment to yourself to do this each morning and see if the results will not pay off for you.  I started noticing that everything just went a lot better in my day.  I started not being so grouchy in the mornings….which was, in and of itself, a true miracle.  There are 168 hours in each week.  To give God the first of it so my life will be better each and everyday, was the least I could do.
Ask God.   There is a scripture in Luke 11:9 that says,  “Ask and it will be given to you.”  Well, I started asking at least thirteen years ago and I haven’t stopped.  I started asking Him everything.  It got so I could picture God, in Heaven, telling the 12 disciples, “ I sure will be glad when Molly gets home.  I will have much more time for everybody else!”   God is on the throne 24/7.  He never says, “times up’’; see ya next week! Give me your $100.00 and hold everything else till next time.  Learn to talk to Him and ask Him!
Believe He heard you and will help you.  You have to start some where and trust that He isn’t in outer space somewhere.  As I learned to walk with the Lord, everyday I would just get up from my prayers and believe He heard me.  I just believed that He would answer me.  In the Bible, Jesus tells us that we have to have the faith of a child to receive. He states that for ‘of such’ is the Kingdom of Heaven.  (Matthew 18:3)  Think about it for a minute.  When you are little, you believe everything your parents and the adults you are around tell you.  You are young and like a sponge, and you believe everything you are told.  You don’t know any different yet.  It is the same way with God, only He is not going to make you do this…you have to want a change…you have to want something more, something better for yourself.  You have to get back to the little child within you who needs a Father’s love and care.
Last, but certainly not least, use your EARS to hear.  I had someone tell me one time that ‘I needed to put my spiritual ears on.’  Well, what are those?  Where do you get them?  I want some!  All I could imagine is some great big oversized ears on the side of my head.  One thing is ‘key’ in learning to hear from God.  You have to keep your mouth closed.  There is no getting around it.  For me, this was a great big hurdle to overcome.  I was the one who always, and I mean always, had to have the last word, the first word, and everything else in between.  I was amazed at what I was starting to finally hear when I shut up.  Remember, silence is golden……

So, that’s it in a nutshell.  Anything new will take time.  I grew up in a generation that states if you do anything for 30 days straight, it will become a habit.  Well, try it for 30 days. Haven’t you tried everything else?  I don’t know about you, but I can stay on Weight Watchers for 30 days straight and then I want to go right off of it again and stuff my face with a great big piece of chocolate cake.  But I keep on trying and I keep on going…I don’t quit.
Remember:  Quitters never win and Winners never quit!

To recap the Quick Start Program:


If you will just make the effort, you will find that your whole life will be different than it is right now.  It’s only an ASK away.  God helps those who help themselves.

Get Up and Move forward! 

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