GUEST: Caryl McAdoo's Keep Believing
Renee, thank you so much for inviting me to your Inspirational Moments blog. It is both an honor and blessing to be here and get to share an encouraging word with all your readers.
Have you been waiting on God? I think we all have. Do you believe there’s something more, some way for you to impact His Kingdom in a wonderful way? He gives us a Word or a vision and we grasp hold of it full of anticipation of being in His service. Then days pass, weeks, months, and sometimes even years go by—a lot of years.
Certainly this has happened in my own life, more than once. Most recently when my husband and I agreed He was leading us to pick up roots more than fifty years old and move from our home in Irving Texas about a hundred and fifty miles northeast to Red River County—called the Gateway to Texas—with the grandsons we were rearing and all our horses and goats, chickens, dogs, and cats.
In many instances, to the chagrin of family and friends, we had done what we believed the Lord told us to do. This was only another test, and obedience not a question. Lyrics of a testimony song the Lord gave me, ‘Red River Ballad’ goes: “So we packed up all our bags and loaded up the livestock. Took our sons and grandsons, too, for a brand new start. Our hearts’ desire was to obey—do His will, bring Him glory, so we headed north to parts unknown on a sunny spring Sunday.”
I expected a great revival to begin within weeks. We moved into a thousand square feet 1940s farm house we said would be temporary until we could build. After we took in another homeless family of four, thirteen souls lived with one bathroom in that small house. The couple got married, saved, and clean living with us a year. Looking back, that alone would have been enough of a reason to move.
But I anticipate so much more. It’s been six years now, and still no great revival, but I’ve been praying and fully expect any day that His Holy Spirit will move here and all of Texas will be affected for righteousness by what begins here in Red River County. I know it is coming. I have never doubted God’s plan, this vision He gave us. It will come to pass. It is just not the end yet.
Here’s an excerpt from VOW UNBROKEN in which I worked this encouragement into my story for all my readers—a message from God to those who have ears to hear. My heroine Susannah is very discouraged over bad news and her nine-year-old daughter runs out of the trading post:
“Mama! I have a surprise for you! Pick a hand.” She held out both fists in front of her.
Sue shook her head. She did not feel like playing any games. She did not want to be happy. Her life was ruined, and all she wanted was to be left alone.
“Go ahead! Pick one, Mama.”
But should she make her daughter share the weight of the world? No. But how could she act like any surprise pleased her? Becky was obviously so excited about it, but Sue couldn’t think of one thing good at that awful minute. She tried to smile and tapped her left hand – since nothing was right, after all.
Becky opened her fist, revealing a golden piece of hard candy. “It’s butterscotch! You get the butterscotch!” She opened her other hand showing a red piece. “Mine’s cherry!” She popped it in her mouth and closed her eyes. You could tell she enjoyed it. “Ummm, oh, Mama! Roll it around so it’ll touch every part of your mouth. It’s like Heaven.” She opened her eyes. “Why aren’t you sucking yours?”
Sue shook her head. “Watching you, I guess.”
“Don’t be sad, Mama. Eat your candy. Suck it slow, so it’ll last a long time, and it’ll make you feel better.” She popped her cherry piece back in her mouth then put her sticky little hand on Sue’s cheek. “Everything will be alright. You’ll see.”
“I love you, Becky.”
“I love you, too. It just isn’t the end yet. You have to wait for the end to know how everything turns out.”
…She studied the candy a little longer, then closed her eyes and popped it in, sending it with her tongue to every part of her mouth. And she remembered to suck it slow.
Ummm, it was like Heaven.
Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Never, never, never quit believing!
Caryl McAdoo and her husband Ron—high school sweethearts—live with four grandsons in the woods south of Clarksville, the county seat of Red River County in Northeast Texas. She enjoys four-wheeling over the 916-acre McAdoo Ranch, horseback riding, and singing the new songs God gives her. For every blessing in her life, including ten children (counting in-loves) and fourteen grandsugars, Caryl credits her relationship with the Lord, and her heart’s desire is to glorify Him.
Susannah Baylor believes her cotton crop is sold to a local business man and waves goodbye to her neighbors’ wagon train. Four days later, her charlatan buyer tries to bilk her offering only half what he originally agreed to pay. Left with few choices, she reluctantly hires Henry Buckmeyer—according to gossip, a lazy drunk—to help get both her wagons along the Jefferson Trace, the hard trail between her Northeast Texas farm and the cotton buyers at the port. It won’t matter that it’s her best crop ever if she doesn’t get a good price; she’ll be forced to sell off the land her husband and his brother left to her and the children.
Henry’s ne’er-do-well reputation is well known, and she’s prepared for insolence, but not for his irresistible good looks or gentle manner. Romance soon entwines her heart with his, but she’s made a vow never to marry again without her father’s blessing, and learning Henry doesn’t really know God further complicates everything. Plenty of dangers arise on the trace—but none more difficult than the desires of her heart.
Will love overcome all? Can she get her crop safely to market and sell it for enough? Or marry a man without the blessing of her estranged father? In this heartening adventurous tale, Susannah’s family, fortitude, and faith are put to the ultimate test.
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