Monday, January 28, 2008
I have lost almost 30 pounds since Christmas!!! I am so proud of myself for sticking with the changes I have made. The first change was "I AM NOT GOING TO DIET!!" Instead I opted for a overhaul on my personal and my family's eating habits. It has made all the difference in the world.
Today I started the 10 Day - Better Body - Challenge, with a group of my friends. If anyone is interested in checking out the website here is the link: Leslie Sansone's 10 Day Challenge (and it's FREE!!)
AND NOW I HAVE A DIFFERENT CHALLENGE FOR YOU......
Psalms 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
Think of all the Christians you know personally. Now, can you think of just one of those who is filled with praise for the Lord—but is HOPELESS???
How about this - of all those Christians you know can you find one who is hopeful about the present and future but never praises the Lord???
Hope and praise seem to go together in the Christian life—and why shouldn't they? For the Christian, to have hope is consistent with having faith in a gracious God, meaning He is worthy of our praise. The two go together.
Think about it - the more you have hope in the things of God, the more you praise Him. This is an unending cycle. The two feed off of each other.
What about you? If you find yourself hopeful but lacking praise, check the object of your hope. If you're praising but lacking hope, check the object of your praise. Our hope and praise should always be on the Lord - in Him all things are possible.
Praise keeps hope alive while hope becomes a reason for praise.
"Be not afraid of saying too much in the praises of God . . . . All the danger is of saying too little." Matthew Henry