Praise is not a response to our circumstances, which constantly fluctuate, but Praise is a response to the goodness and love of a God that never changes.
Wow! Where does the time go? Today marks the 4th year that I decided to stop drinking pop (soda). It was so hard to do, but by the grace of God i’m able to continue on and actually lose some weight from all of this. Some people say that giving up pop is stupid or pointless! Actually it’s one of the best things to give up because its so bad for you (especially diet drinks). Many times when someone starts talking about choosing healthier options, we just ignore them because we think that we don’t need to change our ways (Many times I still ignore that). We have that mindset of “if my parents survived or family survived then its fine for me,” Yeah that’s what I thought too. A lot of my family struggles with being overweight (myself included). We always complain about our bodies aching and we get out of breath so easily and most of us have a hard time saying no to that second or third plate of food and we normally drink two to three glasses of pop along with our meals. (Well I’m Mexican so it’s actually really hard to say no to authentic homemade food. Especially grandmas or moms flour tortillas hot off the stove, Yum!) But anyways in my freshman year of high school a doctor told me that if I don’t start changing my eating habits little by little then I’d become diabetic by my sophomore year in high school. Yeah that’s not something a then 15 year old wants to hear. I really didn’t take her seriously because after that appointment I went home and had myself a king size candy bar (no joke). So on May 9th, 2009 I finally made the choice to have my last drink of pop (of course I miss drinking it). I am now 21 and feeling pretty excellent about my actions. Every year I try to share something new about my experience of living without pop wether or not it’s inspiring to others. This Is Rachel Soto and I approve this message. Amen.