Dealing with Broken Promises

Words are a powerful thing. No matter whether we want to believe it or not words carry a lot of weight

What is that saying? “The pen is mightier than the sward”

One thing that my mom spent a lot of time working to instill in me and my siblings is that the words we say matter. We were always told to make sure we mean what we say because we can’t take things back.

We were also told not to make promises because they are just too easy to break.

I think that is why I struggle so much when people break promises to me. I know that, for the most part, the people that tell me they are going to do something or make a particular promise to me are trying to do it out of goodness. I don’t believe everyone sets out to lie and break promises for sport. However, more often than not, that is exactly what tends to happen.

That got me thinking about the promises that I can rely on.

When it comes to promises made by humans I feel certain I can rely on the promise made to me by my husband to love, honor, and cherish me all the days of his life. I can rely on the promise that my parents are going to support me and help me out as best they can when ever they can.

But there are better promises that I can rely on. Ones that come from my heavenly Father.

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

This is one of my favorite promises from God. Most people want to believe that this is all about making enough money, having everything they could ever want, However, this is about so much more. Plans for a future and a hope of life everlasting. Could it be more wonderful than that. God, the creator of the universe has plans for ME, for MY future. He isn’t saying these things to get what He wants then going back on that promise. He sent His ONLY son for this hope and future! How awesome!

Matthew 11:28-29
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

This is another promise that I lean on often. Life is heavy, and messy. There are days that by the time I crawl into bed I am amazed that I lasted as long as I did. Especially in these last few weeks I find myself relying on the promise that I can give all my cares, worries, and stresses over to the Father that loves me. I lay in bed drifting off to sleep knowing that no matter what challenges come my way in the next day or two or ten I will be able to get through it because, even when I feel completely alone, I know I am not. 
There are so many more promises that we can rely on in scripture. It give me hope that no matter how many times people in the world make me promises, and no matter how many times those promises get broken, I will always have the promise of eternal life with my loving heavenly Father to look forward to.


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