New Beginnings

Blog-land, a public place to share your private thoughts…who coulda thunk it?  I started Prayers and Promises as a place to share prayers and promises, and to testify about the goodness of God.  I have to say I have learned more from by brothers and sisters here than in many relationships I have had.  There is a freedom when you write – no constraints – I love it!   So, here’s a few pics that let me dance today.  God bless you all!

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Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.

 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers—out of here!—
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheap god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, God,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies! (Psalm 139:12-22 MSG)

The Message (MSG)    Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

More on the Daily Prompt: Origin Story

Why did you start you blog? Is that will why you blog, or has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEGINNINGS.


  1. Not “like” – “LOVE IT!!” Especially the little dancer in her boots and tu-tu. That one’s me! I love to dance.

    Thanks for sharing.

    (As for hating – hatred is not the opposite of love…indifference is.)

  2. I’m not too sure about the hating in your post. If you read the New Testament, Jesus Christ was not about hating at all.

    • Thank you so much for bringing that I up. I had to look for myself because I wasn’t sure about the “hate” part. I know that God is love, but what does that do with hate? I did a search at to see for myself, here it the link, if you are interested. There were 166 instances of “hate” in the Amplified version, and 34 times in the New Testament. I have lots more reading to do. Thank you so much for your comment. You helped me learn today, God bless you!

      • You helped me as well. We may hate the things that someone does, but we should never hate the person. Why? Because we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and to hate someone is to judge them, which is not our place to do. Everything Christ did and does even now, is out of love. If he looked on the sinner and thought, “You are unworthy so I hate you”, none of us would be saved.

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