God Always Keeps His Promises

God Always Keeps His Promises



If you’ve been reading my blog posts for the past year or so, you know I’ve been struggling with my oldest son. We’ve been through a lot with him, court appearances, picking him up from jail, job losses, bailing his car out of the impound yard… and so much more. A line from a song comes to mind as I write this:


It’s a heartache
Nothing but a heartache
Hits you when it’s too late
Hits you when you’re down

(copywrite: Bonnie Tyler)


Yesterday he came home in the middle of the afternoon and said “Hi, Mom. I’m moving out. I’m getting some of my things now, will be back for the rest later.” And he did. Where he moved to, I don’t know. My younger son gives him a week before he calls in trouble. Because the friend he moved in with has a warrant out for his arrest. (Probably why I don’t know where they are living!)


I’ve been praying—well, we all have: the whole family and our church family—for our son to come to Jesus. To make wise decisions. To think before he acts… and right now it seems for naught. My heart is broken. I cried after he left. I wanted so much more for the boy than this. But God pointed me to this verse. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.


I trained him up the way he should go. I had him in church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, and in Bible clubs. He memorized scriptures and won awards. Even now he can quote Bible to anyone. I homeschooled him with strong biblical-based curriculum. And yet… Satan wanted my firstborn. Satan got my firstborn.


I doubt if God will keep His promise. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. My heart is crying out for this promise to be kept now! Not when he is old.


And I’m trying to remember promises God has kept.


He forgave my sins. Every one.

He healed my diseases. Every one.

He redeemed me from Hell. Saved my life!

He crowned me with love and mercy.

He wrapped me in goodness.

God makes everything come out good. He puts victims back on their feet.

Psalm 103:2-6


As David did, before going to fight Goliath, he remembered the times God fought for him. He killed a lion and a bear! He remembered that before going to fight Goliath. And he reminded the Israelites: “Remember whose you are!”


I don’t know what Goliaths you’re facing in your life, but join with me in remembering the times God has fought for you and kept His promises. Let’s go to the trophy room and thank God for His faithfulness before facing this new giant.


Remember whose you are!


Lord God, sometimes it seems as though life is nothing but a heartache. The troubles come in waves. Crashing in on us relentlessly. Hits us when it’s too late. Hits us when we’re down. Please comfort us in this time of adversity. Help us to remember Your promises and the times You have already proved that You are able, that You do care, You do hear, and You will answer again—in Your time. Thank You for this reminder. In Jesus’ name, Amen.





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Laura Hilton About Laura Hilton

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer. Find Laura online at: her blog or Facebook page.


  1. Bettilu Davies says:

    My heart goes out to you, Laura. I have had similar experiences. I will be praying for you.


  2. One of the most powerful testimonies I ever heard concerned Jim Cymbala’s daughter, who had turned her back on family and church for a life of drugs. Years of pleading with God, leaving her in His hands. And when God’s timing was ripe, a spontaneous prayer filled the sanctuary of his church, hundreds of people engaged in spiritual battle for this girl. Two days later, she came home, a changed woman, ready to serve the Lord.
    I’m trusting that God has a similar plan for your son. We must never stop praying.


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