Tuesday, May 3, 2016

God Always Keeps His Promises by Laura V. Hilton

Laura V. Hilton
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6

If you’ve been reading my blog posts for the past year or so, you know I’ve been struggling with my oldest son. We’ve been through a lot with him, court appearances, picking him up from jail, job losses, bailing his car out of the impound yard… and so much more. A line from a song comes to mind as I write this:

It's a heartache

Nothing but a heartache

Hits you when it's too late

Hits you when you're down
(© Bonnie Tyler)

Yesterday he came home in the middle of the afternoon and said “Hi, Mom. I’m moving out. I’m getting some of my things now, will be back for the rest later.” And he did. Where he moved to, I don’t know. My younger son gives him a week before he calls in trouble. Because the friend he moved in with has a warrant out for his arrest. (Probably why I don’t know where they are living!)

I’ve been praying—well, we all have: the whole family and our church family—for our son to come to Jesus. To make wise decisions. To think before he acts… and right now it seems for naught. My heart is broken. I cried after he left. I wanted so much more for the boy than this. But God pointed me to this verse. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

I trained him up the way he should go. I had him in church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, and in Bible clubs. He memorized scriptures and won awards. Even now he can quote Bible to anyone. I homeschooled him with strong biblically-based curriculum. And yet… Satan wanted my firstborn. Satan got my firstborn.

As I write this I'm struggling with doubt that God will keep His promise. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. My heart is crying out for this promise to be kept now! Not when he is old.

And I’m trying to remember promises God has kept.

He forgave my sins. Every one.
He healed my diseases. Every one.
He redeemed me from Hell. Saved my life!
He crowned me with love and mercy.
He wrapped me in goodness.
God makes everything come out good. He puts victims back on their feet.
Psalm 103:2-6

As David did, before going to fight Goliath, he remembered the times God fought for him. He killed a lion and a bear! He remembered that before going to fight Goliath. And he reminded the Israelites: “Remember whose you are!”

I don’t know what Goliaths you’re facing in your life, but join with me in remembering the times God has fought for you and kept His promises. Let’s go to the trophy room and thank God for His faithfulness before facing this new giant.

Remember whose you are!

Lord God, sometimes it seems as though life is nothing but a heartache. The troubles come in waves. Crashing in on us relentlessly. Hits us when it’s too late. Hits us when we’re down. Please comfort us in this time of adversity. Help us to remember Your promises and the times You have already proved that You are able, that You do care, You do hear, and You will answer again—in Your time. Thank You for this reminder. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the Author

About the Author

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and three of their children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Laura also has two adult children.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as a three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Bird House in September 2015. See below for information on Laura's latest, The Amish Firefighter. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.

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The Amish Firefighter
by Laura V. Hilton

The Amish Firefighter

A Beautiful Young Woman Banished from Home
Abigail Stutzman thought it was bad enough being dropped at the nearest bus station and sent to live several states away with some relatives she'd never heard about, much less met. But now, just a week after her arrival in Jamesport, Missouri, she finds herself at the scene of a barn fire. An intentional barn fire. And all fingers are pointed at her. She's desperate to prove her innocence and protect her reputation, but nobody's making that easy to do. And God certainly doesn't seem willing to help.

A Brave Firefighter with an Agenda of His Own
Sam Miller is in the process of turning over a new leaf. Determined to atone for the follies of his past, he is a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and a doctor-in-training. When local barn fires escalate, everyone suspects arson. And since the Miller family are among the victims, no one is more determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice than Sam.

A Kindled Flame Neither One Could Have Anticipated
When their paths first cross, at the site of a barn burning, the emotional intensity rivals the warmth of the flames. Soon, they must decide whether this fire is one they should feed or extinguish. And they'll discover that the truth can prove more dangerous than a blazing inferno.


  1. I'm sorry you and your family are going through these struggles, Laura, but I believe in that verse. Keep pressing on!

  2. His promises are true! Sending prayers.

  3. Laura, I truly believe in that verse too. One of my daughters stepped away from God for a while, and I wondered if she'd ever return. But she did, and now she has such faith, she inspires me. She's involved in various ministries in her church, and is constantly seeking God for direction in her life.

    Hang in there!God hears a mother's prayers.

  4. Laura how my heart breaks for you. i too have struggled (am struggling) with my grown children. i've lamented time and again how i failed them.
    last week, however, in my devotions, Father spoke to me and said i did not fail them, i equipped them. I taught them the Word, and it IS in their hearts. and they know it. Father's Word does NOT return void and it WILL manifest a good harvest in their lives. and in your son's life as well.

    1. Robin, I will pray for your children, too. Thank you.

  5. Laura, I think so many of us can sympathize (or commiserate) with you. But I know your heart is broken and that makes your message so much stronger: God is in control; He always keeps His promises.

    Amen, sweet friend.

  6. Laura, thank you for sharing the struggles you are facing. It encourages and strengthens others. Praying the memorized scripture turns into a heart changing revelation for your son.

  7. I share all of these same sentiments, Laura, that our sisters have written so well. May the Lord uphold you. May your son return to his faith. May you grow in ways you never wanted to encounter and suffer. No one loves like a momma. But Jesus loves him more.

    1. Yes. Jesus loves him more. Thanks for stopping in, Melinda.

  8. Laura, I think your new book looks great! I also know you've dealt with some rough times. A breast cancer survivor, and a wayward son. I know people pray for loved ones to come to the Lord for years, and since he did as a child, I believe this time of absence and rebellion will end. I know we don't always get to see the fruit of our labor, but I do hope you do; and I encourage you to continue to reach out and invite him over and have hope. It's hard but God is faithful and His word is. Blessings to you as you continue to share God's love in your writing. :)


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