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Many years ago—I’m unsure exactly when—someone I came upon asked innocently as we all do at one time or another, “How you doing?” It’s a casual question, and you’d probably agree ninety-eight percent of the time, the most often response is ‘good’ or ‘fine.’ But I wasn’t, my heart hurt over something that happened earlier. But what did I answer? “I’m fine, just fine.”
Now I profess to be a guardian of the Truth, have for decades. I hate lies. Holy Spirit said to my heart, YOU JUST TOLD A LIE. I couldn’t argue. I had, an out and out, bold faced lie. I repented and from that day forward, made a conscientious effort never to do that again. I prayed and the Spirit and I came up with blessed and highly favored. That is always the Truth. No matter the circumstances, I am always blessed and highly favored. If we belong to Christ, then we all are, no matter what happens.
Highly favored I am among women to be the wife of my wonderful wise and Godly husband; I’m mama to four healthy children; and fourteen grandsugars call me Grami. Forget new cars and houses and food and electric bills. Forget the opened doors and His favor that goes ahead of me. Just to be His, just to be called according to His purpose, I am so blessed.
I’ve made it a habit, for nigh on to thirty years now, ninety-eight percent of the time, I answer I am blessed and highly favored. This response offers many advantages in glorifying God which is my goal in life—to bring glory to His name. Answering “I’m blessed and highly favored!” brings a myriad of reactions.
Christians will say, “Well, Praise the Lord, I am, too! I like that answer, we are blessed!”
So it gives them the opportunity to speak up and praise the Lord. Others might give a weak smile and say, “Uh, that’s good.” So I give them the short version of my testimony how that’s ALWAYS true where saying good or fine is often a lie. How I’m a guardian of the truth. Some think about it and say, “You know, that’s right!” Others repeat, “Uh, that’s good.”
Another benefit of this positive confession is that Almighty God creates the fruit of my lips (Isaiah 57:19). Think about it. He spoke everything into existence—light, the world, all the fish in the seas, the birds in the air, and all the animals; everything that creeps and crawls, too. All except man who formed and fashioned in His own image, made us to be like Him.
Why wouldn’t we expect the things we say to come into being?
I am here to testify. For all these years, I’ve confessed I am blessed and highly favored—thousands of times, maybe tens of thousands. God Himself has created my words and I. AM. BLESSED. And HIGHLY FAVORED. You can be, too. Get into the habit. May be hard at first, but try it, you’ll like it!
Excerpt from THE PREACHER’S FAITH:
A big cow, maybe the biggest, had her nose to the ground, chewing. “What’s she eating?”
“That’s number one, except her real name is Eighty-six.”
“She’s the boss cow, but she was the sixth heifer born in 2008, so her registered name is Eighty-six, plus her mother’s number and whichever bull was her daddy. I can’t remember now, maybe Jester or Lex. Back then Daddy traded bulls pretty regular.”
“So you number the cows, but name the bulls?”
“Yeah, it’s easier that way.”
He glanced at the side mirror. The line of cows steadily grew. “Why?”
“We don’t ever keep a bull very long, and the cow’s number tells us their age. Plus, their ear tags are color coded.”
“Wow, and I thought all you did was buy a cow and turn them out into a pasture.”
“Wish it was that easy.”
“Don’t do that.”
“What’d I do?”
“Wishing is witchcraft.”
She wrinkled her nose and sneered. “What in the world are you talking about?”
“Wishing is not praying. Stars don’t make good things come true. There’s no such thing as luck either. According to the Word, we’re blessed or cursed. Period.”
Seemed she wanted to argue, but held her peace. He liked that, her examining exactly what she believed, then finally she nodded. “You’re right. Hadn’t ever thought of it really.”
Wow, what more could he ask for? A chaste lady who could so quickly see and admit the error of her ways, a treasure for sure. “Sad, but most don’t. They never realize the power of their words and how every single one affects their lives.”
“Hey, I learned a little chorus about that.” She grinned then burst into song. “Choose, my child, the words you speak, for I will create the fruit of your lips. Your words get to your future ahead of you, what you said yesterday, you’re now walking through.”
“I like that. Never heard it before.”
“A friend of mine, Mary Esther Baylor, wrote it.”
“I know a Christian singer Mary Esther, but her last name is Robbins. Wouldn’t think there were that many with such an old timey name.”
“No, she’s one and the same. She came home a year ago and married Samuel Baylor. They were childhood sweethearts before her daddy died and her mother moved her back to Dallas. They’re the ones who started the Prayer on the Square at the School of the Prophets.”
Isaiah 57:19 “I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is faroff, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.”
Watch what you say. Your words will come to pass. Don’t complain, “My back is killing me” and don’t confess “I’ll never get that job.” I know it sounds like you’re lying at first, but God’s Word is more Truth than what you can see or the circumstances you’re walking through. Don’t lose heart, try it with something easy to start with. Next time someone asks, “How are you?”
Answer, “I am blessed and highly favored! Oh how I wish I had time to testify how He has brought this to Truth in my life!
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About the Book:
Can the orphaned preacher and the heartbroken rodeo queen navigate the path to true love with a lie and an ex-beau blocking their way?
Learning of Faith Johnson’s rash promise to her father, New Hope Baptist’s interim preacher Asa Davidson shows up to apply for the position—of husband. The cowgirl was only trying to give her dying father hope promising to marry the first thirty-something-year-old Christian virgin to ask. Who’d ever dream one existed in all of Texas, much less Red River County? But sure enough, one comes a’courting the very next day thanks to the Lord and Daddy’s baby sister, loud mouth Aunt Iris. Faith’s appalled, but a promise is a promise. She only needs to figure a way out.
Originally, Asa sees matrimony as a career move. He hopes a godly, local wife will seal the deal for a permanent call. Then asked right out about that very thing, he lies. Sparks fly when her past love and the preacher meet up, but as the days pass, she finds herself admiring the man and his relationship to God more and more. He’s a hard worker and wonderful, fun companion. Maybe she could learn to love him. But what if New Hope doesn’t call him? She loves it right where she’s at. Plus what about her dying father? And there’s that untruth between them….
And to make things even harder, her ex comes to Christ through it all!
About the Author:
With sixteen titles released by six publishers, Simon & Schuster’s hybrid author Caryl McAdoo is excited about her newest Biblical fiction, volume two of The Generations series, THEN THE DELUGE COMES. The novelist also edits, paints, and writes new songs. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes the books will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to all their readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.
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