Monday, November 23, 2009

Farewell to one of God's "champions"

Sunday, November 22, 2009 will live in the hearts of many thousands of individuals as we said farewell to one of God's modern day CHAMPIONS - Billie Joe Daugherty, founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He became my pastor in 1979, the year I graduated from high school. He remained my parents Pastor until his home going some thirty years later. Although throughout the years, I have moved around and lived in many different cities and states, I always considered Billie Joe Daugherty my "Pastor". I drew a type of strength knowing he was also "back home" in Tulsa, doing the work of the ministry and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.

When I told my employers I would need to be gone the day of his memorial service I told them that to say he touched the lives of thousands of people would be a gross understatement. It is without reservation that I can he touched hundreds of thousand of live and yes, perhaps millions! His was a global ministry in scope.

There were many thousands of people earnestly praying for his healing and complete restoration for the glory of God. What I have been sharing with a few people when I speak to them about his passing is that he DID receive his healing! He didn't get the type of healing we all wanted but what he received was the ultimate healing as he passed from this life and into the loving presence of our heavenly Father!

Yes, I have questions. But I know that my finite mind cannot possibly comprehend the things of God. What I do know is that God is still sovereign, the devil is a defeated foe and Jesus Christ is Lord!

I know that Pastor Billie Joe has left behind a beautiful and incredibly powerful legacy regarding the work he has done for the kingdom of God. His level of integrity and commitment to the cause of Christ is one that I could only aspire to achieve. The world is undeniably a better place because of this man's life. He has been a champion for God but has also raised up and trained an untold multitude of champions for the kingdom.

We bid you farewell only for a short while, Billie Joe - until we meet again on the streets of gold, with walls of jasper........

Saturday, November 21, 2009

how Helzberg spoiled Christmas!

Okay gang, I thought I had it all together by arranging Mama T's Christmas gift WAY ahead of time. You see, back BEFORE her birthday on October 17th, I had not only purchased her birthday gift at Helzberg Diamonds but had put a special something on lay-away for her Christmas gift. I am using an antique financial concept for gift purchases - I am paying 'CASH'.

So, in early October, I walk out of one of Warren Buffet's stores before Mama T's birthday thinking I've really, really well this year by not putting it all off to the very last second.

Well guess what arrived in the mail this week? Yeah, a 'reminder' message that Helzberg hasn't received my lay way payment this month (there isn't a structured plan) and what is even worse - guess who comes bringing it to me? Yeah, you guessed it....Mama T brings it to me saying...."This came into the mail today".

To say I was furious.....would be a little understated! I was so disgusted that I didn't know what I was going to do.

So a little later today, I will be paying a little visit to the local Helzberg store that I have patronized for the last couple of years and ask them why I would even think of continuing to be their customer after what has transpired.


one more time.....Breathe -

Okay, I'm better now!

Honestly, what a blunder! I guess the lesson learned here might be that I could have gone ahead and paid cash for both purchases at the same time. But frankly I really didn't want to fork over that much cash. I thought I would be just fine by putting in on lay away. Lesson learned, huh?

Well, this isn't really going to spoil Christmas. I will do something, I just have to "re-group".


Saturday, November 14, 2009

the new movie - 2012

Well, Mama T and I did a "first" together last night - we went to a movie premier! We had seen the preview a month or two ago when we went to another movie and decided this was a movie we definitely wanted to see. If you like a 'thriller' or 'grip the edge of your seat' movie - then this one is one you might enjoy. We didn't really care for some of the language content of the movie though it was only a smattering here and there.

I walked out of the movie wondering "haven't they found ancient sea beds here in Kansas and other parts of the midwest?" After seeing a movie like this I have a clearer understanding of how that "could" have happened. Yes, it is "Hollywood" and yes, it's only a movie; but you leave thinking "that was certainly plausible".

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Personal Power

I remembered a couple of days ago that I had this little nugget of gold in my cache and thought I would share it with others.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love (from chapter 'Personal Power')