Holding on to God’s Promises

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Blog | 46 comments

Holding on to God’s Promises

Watching someone firmly hold on to God’s promises in the midst of hardship can be a powerful, life-changing experience.   I’m often inspired to grow in my faith when I observe others trying to trust God and His Word in all circumstances.

One special woman and her testimony will always stand out clearly in my mind.  She endured a painful miscarriage and two long years of trying to conceive.  Yet, with the support of her husband and many believers, she made the choice to stand firm in God’s promises and not falter in her faith.  There were days filled with deep sadness and frustration.  However, I greatly admired her courage to use the pain to change her into the strong woman God desired her to be.  In her situation, she eventually gave birth to a son and I rejoiced when I witnessed his birth in the hospital.  This summer as I look forward to celebrating this precious boy’s first birthday, I’m reminded that God is faithful and He promises to love, cherish, and adore each of us.

“And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:21).

Do you trust God and His Word?  Have you witnessed someone stand firm on God’s promises?   What steps are you taking to hold on to His amazing promises along your spiritual journey?

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    Awesome, Praise God He is always at work

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      Yes! I agree, Dorrene!

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      Very well said Danielle. I believe you were able to capture Elisa’s heart as well as her faith in her Lord which was tested more than once.
      The good news, Elisa endured and came forth Victoriously Praising her Savior for the victory!!!
      “He did not waiver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthen in faith giving glory to God,and being fully convinced that what HE promised HE was also able to perform.” (Rom.4:20-21).

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        Praise the Lord! Thank you, Joseph. I’m so glad you mentioned what it says in verse 20 in Romans 4! What beautiful and powerful words we need to remember!

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    Great message Danielle! Very inspiring to many!!

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      Thank you, Jes! “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

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    The journey to Elisa and Paul’s answer to prayer was one of steadfast faith. Psalm 23 so perfectly describes the journey from beginning to end. It was a great privilege and at times exquisitely painful to walk with this couple through the valley up to the high ground. The Lord longs to plant hopes and dreams in His children and then take us through to sometimes long awaited fulfillment. Our God is worthy in all things big and small. I too anticipate the 1st birthday celebration of one little boy who was and will always be a BIG answer to prayer.

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      Amen! I love what you wrote, Kathi. Praise God! May we all remember the journey, not just the end result, to all our “God at Work” stories!

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    such great Truth, Danielle…at the doctor’s office just yesterday sharing with someone how precious God’s Word is to me – for without it, nothing would feel secure or firm – even on the “typical” days, let alone those seasons that bring me to my knees. Thank God for this treasure He’s given us!

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      So true, Lindsay!! Thank you for adding your thoughts. I love knowing how much God’s Word means to others. It motivates me to continue to trust in Him and His awesome promises!

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    Great story Danielle! Thanks for reminding us this truth. 😉 love, hester

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      I’m so happy you read my new blog entry, Hester. Thank you! May you continue to hold on to God’s promises as you follow His call!

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    Stories like this never fail to encourage me to persevere in faith. I cannot hear of them often enough! We must be on the same wave length Danielle, for my most recent post was about faith as well:). In faith, Judy

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      Yay! That’s wonderful you wrote something recently about this topic on your site. I look forward to checking out your new post, Judy!

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    I’m praying this very thing over my younger sister-in-law and her young family. In the last few months, she and her husband have encountered some struggles in their marriage. My precious sister-in-law has drawn closer and closer to the Lord, while my brother-in-law seems to have quenched the leading of the Holy Spirit in his life. A few weeks ago he decided not to come back home and just last night he made a definitive move toward divorce. They’ve only been married a couple years and they have a 2 year old daughter, who is showing signs of anxiety and abandonment. It’s heartbreaking for our family to witness and sometimes I wish we could do so much more than pray. At the same time, prayer and intercession is the single most important thing we can do to support my sister through whatever may come. I pray for reconciliation, but as I told her, no matter how her husband decides to live his life, she can hold on to the promises of him whose name is Faithful and True.

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      Rebekah, I will lift them up in prayer, too. It makes me very sad to read what your sister-in-law is going through right now. Marriage isn’t easy. As you know, my husband and I had a very rocky marriage that was heading towards divorce. Holding on to God’s promises was what helped us get through those rough years. It wasn’t easy and I needed other believers to counsel and pray with me. I’m so glad your sister-in-law has someone like you to encourage her to depend on God’s love and His Word during this very difficult time. I will take a moment and pray for her and her family right now.

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    Thank you for sharing Elisa’s inspirational journey of faith. After meeting Rocco the other day, I envision his smile and laughter to exemplify all the love and faith that went into his miraculous creation. I’m inspired, thanks Danielle

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      Awilda, thank you for taking the time to read my new blog post and learn more about her journey. I truly look forward to getting to know you more. May we all continue to encourage one another to stand firm on God’s promises!

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    Danielle, How special for you to honor Elisa for her strength. Love the happy ending (beginning!) GOD is GOOD… All the time! Xo

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      Amen! I agree, Ali. God is good all the time! Even though the circumstances around us may change, God and His promises never change and His love endures forever!

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    Danielle, thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us. We live in a fast paced world marked with bars that we continually set for ourselves. We can think that it us our own will that enables us to reach these goals. Paul and Elisa’s story reminds us that God is in control and we must lean on his promises for our lives. In peace and in pain, we have to remember to find comfort and direction from his word.
    Thanks for your blog and the comfort it brings!

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      I love what you wrote, Meg. So true. It’s very easy to forget to hold on to God’s promises and allow Jesus to take the wheel in our lives. Like you said- we live in a fast paced world. We need to slow down our lives, pay attention to God’s Word, and allow Him to guide us! Thank you so much for posting a comment. I always learn so much from you!

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      Aw, thank you, Camille. It makes me smile knowing more people have read what God was teaching me and have learned how her story touched my heart!

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    Thanks for the encouragement Danielle. Reading this reminds me of Paul’s letter to the Romans:
    “And we are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have–for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently.” Rom 8:24-25

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      Great verse, Theresa. Amen! It reminds us God will keep His promises and we need to put our hope, confidence, and trust in Him!

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    I am encouraged by this scripture right now ( Romans 4:21 ) as I have watched others & have experienced my own struggles of different degrees. God has brought me through so many things in my life, but the going through part is when we are clinging closely to him and afterwards we come out more connected and grateful to God. Our faith is strengthened.

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      I love your eternal perspective on life, Cindy. You’re right. When we draw close to God and His promises, we are rewarded with eternal strength and a more intimate relationship with Him.

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    Praise the Lord…He is good! Thank you for sharing your story on how God works through others. God is also working through you. The Mighty Woman class was an inspiration in knowing God. Your website is amazing….You are some teacher!

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      Aw, thanks, Lisa! Your encouragement and feedback mean a great deal to me. It motivates me to continue to follow God’s call in writing and teaching. Thank you for reading my new blog post. Yes, God is good!!

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    Danielle, my dear friend Kathe Wunnenberg lost five babies…including one she delivered at full term. She and her husband adopted a son and then she conceived and now has three boys. She held on to God’s faithfulness and has used her difficult journey to minister to countless others who have lost children, love ones and not been able to conceive. Her book Grieving the Child I Never Knew is a great comfort.

    God always wants to give us the desire of our heart but His ways are higher than our ways and His purpose (like the way He used Kathe) may not be revealed until the other side of Heaven.

    Thanks for reminding us to stand on the rock that He has set before us.

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      Wow! That sounds like a powerful book Kathe wrote about what God taught her through the painful grieving process. You’re right. Sometimes we may not see the bigger picture that God sees, but we can continue to trust that He loves us and is watching over us. One of my favorite promises is that God will never leave us or forsake us.

      “…For He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

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    This brought tears to my eyes. Very inspiring. Such a great reminder of God’s faithfulness 🙂

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      Laila, thank you for taking a moment to read my new blog entry. I truly admire the beautiful relationship you have with your sister. Her story really touched my heart and brought me closer to God. 🙂

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    As always, great word Danielle! Blessings! 🙂

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    God is truly faithful to His promises!! It was a hard journey, but one that allowed me to realize that many other women have gone through and are still going through the very same struggle. And as one women wrote about her friend who experienced 5 miscarriages and one at birth (!) is some of the deepest pain.
    One of the greatest lessons I learned was the value of spiritual family. We are not an island and need the support of Godly sisters in our lives that are willing to pray, cry, and believe God with us!!! You were one of those friends… So thankful for the many times you would ask me how I was doing.
    If anyone is believing God for their promise, I encourage you to find people that KNOW the word of God and will pray, walking with you on your journey!
    To God be all the praise 🙂

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      Yes! Amen! Elisa, I’m so happy you added your thoughts. I agree. I am so thankful for the body of Christ where we can receive encouragement and support during the ups and downs of life. We need one another to grow. I’m grateful God placed you as one of my sisters in Christ. Your friendship is a gift that I treasure. May you continue to fix your eyes on Christ and His promises, and use your story to glorify Him!

      “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (I Thessalonians 5:11).

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    Awesome post and testimony, Danielle!
    As we read in Hebrews chapter 11, faith is all about holding on to God’s promises even when, especially when, things look impossible. As I said in one of my posts, I would rather die looking for a miracle than live not believing in them.
    God is good!

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      I agree, Bill! Our God is an awesome God! We have so many things in our lives we can’t control and look impossible. Thank you for reminding us to believe, accept, and trust the Lord and His Word!

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    Danielle, what a beautiful post! What a pleasure to stop by!! Sweet blessings!

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      Thank you so much, Kristi! May you continue to hold on to God’s beautiful promises as you follow His call in teaching and writing!

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    I enjoy reading stories of “overcomers.” Thank you for sharing hers.

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      Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed reading it, Coach Liz. I truly appreciate it. God is awesome!

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    Danielle, thanks for sharing! I have enjoyed reading your posts and checking out your website. I googled “stories of faith in action” and somewhere along the line, found your blog and website. I am looking up stories of faith (for encouragement and a challenge) to present to others, when I ran across this blog. I was personally encouraged reading this because I experienced a miscarriage almost one year ago. My husband and I are still believing for a child, and I was encouraged when reading this story and seeing all the comments below. Thank you!

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      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for taking the time to post a comment and let me know how you came across my blog. I’m continuously praying that Lord will use this blog to encourage people. It brings me so much joy to know this post gave you hope and motivated you to hold onto God’s promises. We all need to remind one another daily that God will carry out what He promises in the Bible. I will take a moment right now to pray for you and your desire to have a child. Keep believing!
      Many Blessings,

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