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Making promises to God

I was home for a few days over the Christmas holiday. While searching through dusty boxes of old memories amid report cards, old worn out Bibles, and school pictures I found this index card.

This card represents just one of the many promises I made to God as a child. As a church, we were constantly telling God what we promised we would do or wouldn’t do. Pastor Nolan constantly asked us to make him promises. And this one obviously made when I was very young.


I was almost six when I made this promise to God. Obeying parents was a very popular promise to make as a kid. We didn’t steal. We told fibs but promising to not lie was sort of easy. And we hadn’t yet become old enough to commit adultery.

And since we really wanted our parents to like us… and for our parents to be liked by others in our church (parents with obedient children were treated better than those with disobedient parents)… we were always promising to be obedient to our parents…

Plus, if we did, we’d live long upon this land!

For some reason, old age was a big selling point for Baptist children.

Do you make promises to God?

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Amy Nabors

posted December 29, 2010 at 8:59 am

I think all of us at some point in our childhood and teen years and even young adult years make promises to God. Now in my 30s I don’t. I know I won’t be able to keep them. Thankfully God gives us grace.

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posted December 29, 2010 at 9:00 am

I love it! Just last night at our Disciple Bible study we talked about our tendency to make promises (usually empty ones) to God.

My promise is to always flush…I mean floss…okay, both.

Stay blessed…john

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posted December 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

I kind of do. I promise to *try* to be better about certain things (and no, I don’t promise just to get around the whole actually having to do it thing – that kind of thing worked on my parents since they didn’t know how much effort I was actually putting into something, but I think The Big Guy knows better).

I will, however, turn around and then ask for help to do said thing. A common one is going to church more – I am almost always very happy and at peace when I go, but try telling me that on a wintry Sunday morning when my bed is nice and warm!!

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posted December 29, 2010 at 9:41 am

I grew up in a baptist church and I also bite my nails…

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Joe Crenshaw

posted December 29, 2010 at 10:35 am

I’ve made promises to GOD and all of them concern pornography. I was heavy into Internet porn in late 1999 early 2000 and I made a ton of them to GOD with sweat, tears and pain.

I kept none of them. Eventually I went through roller coasters of periods of porn obsession to months without it. Even recently I have gone one year with out Internet porn and only seen 5 movies non internet (4 movies, saw one twice).

That is still too many and my mind still gets filled with pornea’esque images from time to time.

The thing I learned is don’t promise GOD . . just keep working, sharing your faults with folks you can trust and making that decision in your heart to go forward and not go backwards.

I have had a twist in my life on the promises of GOD, and I realized that much of what I thought he promised, he actually didn’t.

Being charismatic/pentecostal for many years I thought it was a dance, I moved this way, GOD Moved that way, looking back, I was just shadow dancing and missing GOD the whole time.

As we all mature in CHRIST and as people, we see that it’s faith, relationship, trust not a quid pro quo . .

I still miss porn somedays. So much hot stuff is out there, so much stuff I didn’t get a chance to see . .. then I found something out yesterday.

One of my favorite nude models, committed suicide four years ago. I was shocked!!! They pretty much wiped out her stuff on the net and her name which used to prevalent has become almost ghostlike.

The adult industry does that, it chews up dimes and spits them out, looking for the next hot thing. I used to question why pornography was a sin, asking GOD in promises to make things easier for myself.

Now each day I am seeing why it is . . .

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    posted December 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, just read your comment and it was pretty intense. My husband struggles with a spirit of lust and addiction to porn also…but we have found that it’s when we struggle with sin that we please God the most. If you didn’t struggle it would either be because you weren’t tempted or you didn’t love God enough to care…may God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace! Keep fighting the good fight!

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posted December 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I try not to make promises to God because I don’t want to break them and I don’t trust myself!

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posted December 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I agree that kids should obey their parents, but what is the point of writing something down like this for a kid whose writing shows that he is too young even to read cursive? What did his parents do when he messed up, dig out the card in wave it in his face?
I always found you get more cooperation from kids if you explain WHY they need to do whatever it is, instead of putting a big guilt trip on them.

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posted December 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm

*hugs* Joe

I hear ya! Have a lot of issues that I continue to deal with & have also tried the “promise” route failing. Now just confess when I get back into it & keep trying.

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posted December 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I promised God (when I was still a Christian that is) that I would spend my life/ career helping other people if he would heal me of the pain and trauma of the abusive childhood I experienced.

I kept my end of the bargain, but God didn’t.

It’s one of the (many) reasons I’m no longer a Christian.

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