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Fresh Start Devotionals

Promises, Promises

“But Daddy, you promised!”

These four words strike terror in my heart. Usually the conversation they refer to goes something like this.

“Hey Daddy, would you like to get some Ice Cream?” Or, “Daddy, can we go to the mall sometime?” Of course, I say, “Sure, that sounds like fun, we’ll do that sometime.”

My children never forget a “Yes,” to a “Can we” question.

They forget to clean their room.

They forget to do their homework.

They forget to do their chores.

But they never forget a “Yes,” to a “Can we” question.

What I meant as a noncommital, let’s-get-around-to-it kind of answer, they take as a written-in-stone, we’ll-definitely-do-it commitment.

I’ve learned to be careful how I answer those questions now. Instead of giving a positive answer to any request, I say “We’ll see.” I hated it when my parents said, “We’ll see,” almost as much as they hated me saying “But, you promised” when I was a kid.

It is one thing not to keep a promise that I really didn’t make, and a…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 27

Carrie E. Breck, 1855–1934
  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (1 John 3:2, 3)
For some the concept of heaven is a place of peaceful resting. Others envision it as filled with golden streets and sounds of beautiful music. For most of us the thought of reuniting with loved ones is comforting. However, the most thrilling anticipation for every believer when he reflects about heaven is surely the moment of seeing our Savior “face to face.”
The thoughts so well expressed in “Face to Face” were written by a busy wife and mother who by her own admission could not carry a tune. She had only a sense of rhythm. She said, “I penciled verses under all conditions; over a mending basket, with a baby on my arm, and sometimes even when sweeping or washing dishes, my mi…