Five Minute Friday — Promise

Friday. A day of reflection … and a day to put those reflections down on paper {or in today’s environment, in a post}.

We’ll follow the typical Five Minute Friday format. We’ll let the neurons loose, record the results, and link up at Kate’s place in the Community section at to share and visit with out link neighbors.

I’ve encouraged you to join in and have been including comments from fellow writers in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Maybe these words might make the difference to get you involved.

“I am an alumni of Five Minute Friday but have always been a huge fan! I saw the post by Lisa Jo today and wanted to send in one of my favorites. I stumbled on Five Minute Friday, I don’t even know how, about three years ago. I had literally only written a handful of blog posts and was brand new to the blogging world. Five Minute Friday gave me the courage to pick up the pen and write when I felt so insignificant in the whole wide world. Now three years later I am writing compilations with other authors and working on my first book! But the friends I met in FMF … those are priceless and words can’t do the value of their encouragement any justice. I am one writer who’s been forever impacted by this community! (and hope to jump back in as I tackle a few other projects.)”

So there’s the pitch. It’s up to you now whether you wish to join this very special writing group. And it’s time for me to tackle this week’s prompt, PROMISE. the timer is set, so, let’s GO …

Promises. Promises. We all make them. Unfortunately, we all often break them too.

Most of the time, because of our human nature, promises fall short because we can’t see the big picture. We’re mired in the now {Can we get a dog? I promise I’ll take care of it!} We have good intentions, but life gets in the  way {I’m busy right now, but I promise we’ll go to the park over the weekend.} Circumstances change.

We often are guilty when we make promises to God as well. {I’ll spend more time in the Word, beginning tomorrow.} It’s the same principle. We don’t have tomorrow’s vision today.

But, God’s promises to us are inviolate. Throughout the ages He has made  promises … to Adam and Eve, to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, to His disciples (and by extension to us). The  difference, God does have the big picture. He  knows not only now, but tomorrow and our hearts. We … STOP

can trust when God says He will be with you always He means it — even in those days when we try to ignore Him.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: You don’t need to attend every argument you are invited to. — Zig Ziglar

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8 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Promise

  1. I promised I would change
    when I set out to marry,
    but my heart had not the range
    for what I said I’d carry.
    I could not be like my wife’s dad,
    a good, upstanding man
    and so reverted to the bad-
    ass, and, well, here I am.
    I think I may have done my best
    though I can’t be all that certain,
    but I know I made a mess,
    and hurt someone not for hurtin’.
    But let her have the final say:
    “I would have picked you anyway.”


  2. Bruce R. Matthew says:

    Hi Joe

    Yes, we sometimes make promises, and end up not keeping our promises. Remember the old adage: To err is human, but to forgive is divine. If God makes us a promise, He will keep His promise to us. Jesus was often saying: Ye of little faith. Faith is another way of saying trust. I like St. Paul. I may not agree with everything he said, but he had a very good understanding of spirituality. He quoted: By faith are ye saved, through grace. This is the work of God. It’s not of ourselves. We can’t buy it. We can’t earn it. We are imperfect human beings, so we can’t be perfect either. We are simply asked to do the best we can.

    In essence, we are offered a gift, and God is saying trust me. We will all die a physical death at some point in time, but it’s the spirit within us that survives physical death. During my NDE, I felt like I was some kind of energy, and I was pure mind. My body was dead, but somehow I was still alive. I was perceiving everything I was experiencing, and for a period of time, I was in the afterlife.
    This was the most beautiful experience I’ve ever had.

    I have no fear of the unknown, because I already know where I’m going when it’s my time to leave my Earthly life.



  3. Lesley says:

    Yes, so often we have good intentions but fail to follow through. It’s encouraging to know that God never does that but that he always keeps his promises.


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