Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Be Blessed and Highly Favored!

Are you blessed and highly favored?

Good Tuesday! It's beginning to feel a lot like Spring! Caryl here, so glad to be a part of Faith, Friends, and Chocolate! I'm grateful for all three :)
Many years ago—I’m unsure exactly when—someone asked me quite 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 on that day, at that time, I was not. My heart hurt over something that happened earlier. But what did I answer with as big a smile as I could muster?
“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--says so in the Word. 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 for forty-seven years; I’m mama to four healthy children; and fourteen grandsugars call me Grami. Forget new cars and houses and food and electric bills. Forget all the doors He opens 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 with '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! to 'How you been?' 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.” That give me the opportunity to share 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 stick with, “Uh, that’s good.”

Another benefit of this positive confession is that Almighty God creates the fruit of my lips (Isaiah 57:19 "I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him."). 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. It may be hard at first, but try it, you’ll like it!

Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

Caryl is a hybrid author, published traditionally by Simon and Schuster and also an Indie (independently). She's currently writing three series--all Christian, of course--a historical Texas Romance series (Vow Unbroken, Hearts Stolen, and Hope Reborn with Sins of the Mothers due out in May); a contemporary Red River Romance (The Preacher's Faith and book two Sing a New Song coming in April); and The Generations, a Biblical fiction series (A Little Lower Than the Angels and The the Deluge Comes debuted this month. She and her high-school-sweetheart husband live in the woods south of Clarksville, Texas (seat of Red River County in far Northeast corner of the Lone Star State) with two grandsons, five dogs, and an ever changing number of barn cats.

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  1. Caryl, this is such an excellent post! What a wonderful way to respond, and I love how you've used your response to share the gospel!

    1. Awe, thank you so much Jennifer. It was such a little thing to do but has surely impacted my life!

  2. I've been so amazed hos God has used something so simple, Jennifer :) And thank you for your kind words! It is a little difficult to get used to, but becomes your habit :) Such a positive confession :) Love and hugs and blessings!

  3. Wonderful post and Caryl you have been a blessing to me. Our pastor has encouraged our church members to always respond to a question as to how we are doing with the answer "I am blessed." I have found that each time I do respond with that it reminds me anew of how blessed I really am and has also opened up some doors to share my testimony.

    1. I love it,Ann, when God causes two of His children to come together then bonds their hearts and causes both to be blessed by and in the relationship. You certainly have been a blessing to me too!

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    1. I'm brand new here, Bonnie, and am looking forward to getting to know all these sweet ladies more! Actually, this is my first post as a contributor :)

  5. Lovely Caryl! I will say I am blessed n have joy. That joy comes from God n I have His joy even when on pain. Hugs!

  6. Amen, sweet Carrie! God gives us so much! His joy, peace, grace, and mercy. All blessings :) I hate pain. I hate rejection. I hate many things in our society going on. Yet, I know in this world we WILL HAVE tribulation. Christ knew pain, loss, rejection, and abuse. We will overcome!! :) many nights as I lay down in such pain, I thank Him for keeping me and bringing me to the end of the day :) love you!

  7. Yes Ma'am, I am blessed and highly favored. God brought you, Caryl, and all of these other friends on FFC into my life. Blessed and Highly favored, indeed!