After a recent visit from grands, I thought about how different childhood is today from my days as a Mom of girls.. Reminiscing about my daughters growing up and outside summer play, led me to images of biking with friends and picnicking in the nearby gazebo. As little girls, they also had clapping games, like “Miss Mary Mack”.  I heard it over and over. If they planned to play a board game, they determined who would start by using “One Potato, Two Potato”.

        Children’s games and songs are universal, including the ritual of pinky swear—two people locking pinkies to signify their promise. Girls loved keeping secrets, so they promised not to tell. Or perhaps the pinky promise was a plan to play again tomorrow morning after breakfast. They hoped their friends would do what they promised.

Promises are serious words of honor. As adults we depend on promises too—that a friend or family member would keep a commitment to do something or be somewhere. We expect others to mean what they say and keep their word.  Sometimes breaking a promise has serious consequences. At the very least, we are disappointed when a promise is broken.

God doesn’t break His promises. He is trustworthy and reliable.

As I thought about writing this series—mostly to remind and encourage myself—I laid out some of God’s promises: His commitments, declarations, or assurances that He will follow through on what He says. He gives His guarantee and word of honor. He does not disappoint.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature.

2 Peter 1: 2-4 NIV

My girls promised with “pinky swear” because they needed or wanted to be assured that something would come to pass as they said and hoped. We count on God’s promises to do the same. When we look at what He says and know He will keep His word for our needs, we can be sure we will have

  • Comfort in sorrow
  • Peace in anxiety
  • Strength to meet challenges
  • Clarity and wisdom when unsure of a decision
  • Joy when circumstances say otherwise.

      His promises tell us He will do that and more.

Before we dive in on a new series, let’s start with the foundation of His unconditional love and faithfulness–the basis for knowing He will keep His promises.






For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. (Isaiah 54:10  NLT)

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. (Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV)

The Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3  NIV)

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NIV)

Which of God’s promises mean the most to you?  What has sustained you in hard times?  What gives you hope you can count on because you know God keeps His promises?

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