The promise I'm thankful for this week comes from a scripture passage that God has powerfully and practically been using in my life for the entire last year. It's in Deuteronomy 30:15-20:
See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I
declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live
long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and
possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
There are so many great and challenging things in this passage but I am so thankful that God gives us a choice each day... He gives us today and he gives us choices each day. A Bible study I am doing recently had an exercise where you listed things that brought life and peace and things that brought sin and death in relationships, work, schedules, home, etc. And it was such a great exercise. It took some time to really think about and write down the triggers and heart-responses in my life that bring life and bring death. And it has been a great list to look back on when I start to feel overwhelmed or worried about things I can't control... am I choosing life in this moment? or am I choosing death? I'm so thankful that each day God gives us this choice and that He is with us and in us to enable us to choose life. Thank you, God, for your promise of a new day and your promise of life.