Posted in Anointing, Christian Men, Christianity, Counting my Blessings, Eternity, Family of God, God Called Ministry, Heaven, James L Kilgore, Memories, Rememberance on February 4, 2014|
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Words fail me and tears flow and I’m not even trying to stop them. Bro. James Kilgore & Ima Kilgore have always been in my life for as long as I can remember. I love reading all the posts of what Bro. Kilgore meant to so many people. We all feel like we was his favorite. 😊 It takes someone pretty great to do that.
When I was growing up the Kilgore’s were highly admired and respected in our home. When Bro. Kilgore visited, it was as if The Lord was walking into our home. At one point in my teenage years Bro. Kilgore spoke words into my life that I have carried with me since that night. There have been those simple yet powerful messages that put me in the altar, on my face, asking God to please help me and give me a burden for souls and love for people like Bro. Kilgore. The warm handshake. The gentle hug. The firm, “Sis. Ronda…”(wouldn’t you like to know). 😊
When Bro. Kilgore became our superintendent in the Texas district you can imagine my delight when Sis. Kilgore asked me to be the organist for Ladies conference. I played those years along side Jeanetta Orange on keys. We had some great times. Sis. Kilgore had a certain way she wanted the music for those conferences and we did our best to make it to her liking. Bro. Kilgore asked me to play the organ for him on numerous occasions at camp meeting & conferences and I was always a little nervous but he was a gem to work with. However, (this is just a little funny) one year he had preached a beautiful message on unity and the man that was leading music for that particular service got up and began to sing the Sunday School song, “when we all pull together”. Bro. Kilgore was NOT very happy about that selection and came to me and said, “Ronda! This song is not right”. I quickly told him I sure didn’t choose it and he said, “I don’t care. Change it, now”! Yes sir! I did and did it gladly. We went on to have a wonderful alter service but whew! We laughed about it later but at that moment I wanted to crawl under the organ and I could have killed the man that put me in that position. On another note, I loved how he would go to the pulpit and begin to sing, “What a day that will be”. Won’t it be wonderful there”, “Jesus is the sweetest name I know”, and many other songs like these. Those were the most precious times for me as an organist. I will cherish these memories forever.
I could go on and on with memory after memory of Bro. & Sis. Kilgore, but I’m just one person in a sea of people with memories of great people. What a giant of a man he was. You are missed already, Bro. Kilgore and will be missed until we meet again. Tell Mother & Daddy that I press on in apostolic doctrine and identity and I will meet them in front of the throne, soon!
Rest in Peace my dear Bro. Kilgore.
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This morning as I woke, my mind was filled with a childhood memory. I remembered those nights when Mother & Daddy would get a quilt out of the closet and say, “Let’s go outside and look at the stars”. Sometimes it would be with a cup of homemade ice cream and sometimes with a glass of Iced Tea or Dr. Pepper. Most of the time it was just them, a quilt, and me. We would lay down on the quilt looking up at the beautiful heavens and start commenting on the beauty and wonder of it all. Inevitably Daddy would talk about heaven and how “of the increase of His government there shall be no end”. It always made me want to go there. I remember thinking that if God could speak all of this into existence then He can surely take care of me. Mother & Daddy was always quick to point out that this great God that made this incredible sky loved me and cared for me more than His creation. An aha moment indeed! I still believe the same today. Maybe that’s why the memory filled my mind this morning, to remind me that He hasn’t changed. He’s still just as great as He was when I was just a child! He still loves me and cares for me more than all of creation! If he can make that beautiful sky and put all the stars in place, He can surely take care of anything in my life that needs attention.
🎶God is bigger than all my problems, bigger than all my fears; God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see. He’s bigger than all my questions, bigger than anything….!🎶
🎶Bigger than all the giants of fear and unbelief! Bigger than all the confusion! Bigger than ANYTHING! God is bigger! 🎶
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Posted in Aunts, Encouragement, Eternity, Family, Heaven, Inspiration, Memories, Music, Piano, Praise, Promises, Refreshing, Singing, Sisters, Songs, the rapture on August 31, 2009|
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Today I was taken back many years ago, to when I was just a little girl as Linda, Danelle and myself sang around the piano. Linda began to play as I was preparing potatoes to be put in the oven to bake. Danelle came in and she immediately migrated to the piano with Aunt Linda. She loves the old songs. I soon made my way in there too and we sang and sang and sang. Songs like, “A Crown of Thorns”, “Inside Those Pearly Gates”, “Longing for Heaven”, “When I Inherit My Mansion”, “The Next Step”, “Meet Me in Front of the Throne”, and my favorite of the day was “Lord, When Are you Coming”. Linda and I actually got teary eyed as we remembered Mother and Daddy singing this song. Oh! How they would sing…”Lord, when are you coming? Lord, I’ve waited so long. Come and get me Jesus. Lord, I want to go home”. I remember crying as a girl as they sang because it made me want to go to heaven so much. Linda and I began to talk when we finished singing, about how our parents sang so many songs about Heaven. It really seemed to make the things of this world grow dim. I wonder sometimes if we would sing more songs and talk more about going to Heaven, if the troubles we seem to be facing in our day and age would not also dim in comparison to the promise of Heaven. I think it would, because it did today. I would have been very happy had the trumpet sounded as we sang around the piano today. There was not a care in the world at that point. Because, my mind was imagining being there, in the presence of God, reunited with my family and friends, walking on streets of gold, seeing walls of jasper and gates of pearl, wading in the river of life and standing in front of throne, meeting with so many people that I’ve promised to meet there. Ah! “Heaven! Happy home above. Heaven! Land of peace and love. Oh! It makes me feel like traveling on. Heaven! Eternal. Heaven! Supernal….”
Come on! Lay down your burdens for just a few minutes and think about, sing about and talk about Heaven! It will make things here not quite so consuming. Lay aside the worry for awhile and think with me, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus”. Take a moment and forget about everything else, except the most important thing, and that is making Heaven our home. Lay it all aside for a little while and sing with me, “Come and get me Jesus! Lord, I want to go Home”.
Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!
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Posted in Celebrations, Church, Crowns, Encouragement, Eternity, Faithfulness, Heaven, Inspiration, Joy, Rewards on October 2, 2008|
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I have been thinking lately about my reward in Heaven. Matthew 5: 11-12 says:
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
I think that just getting to heaven is reward enough and to hear Jesus say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joys of the Lord forever” is reward enough. However, the Bible says that “great is your reward in heaven”, and so I have just tried to figure out what it could possibly be. Is it jewels in my crown? Crown? That would be another reward worth receiving, and then to add jewels to it is an incredible thought. I have never had any kind of crown put on my head. I cannot imagine what that will feel like. Will the reward be the streets of transparent gold, the walls of jasper, the gates of pearl? The Heavenly Jerusalem is going to be a spectacular place to see. Will my reward be: seeing all my loved ones who have gone on before me and being able to rejoice around the throne together with them? Oh! That would be reward enough. I really don’t know what our reward will be. We see through a glass darkly right now, but I can tell you for a fact that I am looking forward to the day I hear the trumpet sound. Can it be that far off? Can the Lord wait much longer to turn to Gabriel and say, “Sound that trumpet! I’m going to get my bride”. Oh! I can hardly wait for that day! Yes. I think that going to heaven where I will see Jesus face to face will be reward enough. However, I can’t help but think that God in all His Glory and Majesty has things planned for us that we cannot comprehend. I think he is really going to “blow our minds” with what He has prepared for us. Let’s stay faithful in hard and trying times, in good and fruitful times and just in everyday life, for Great is our Reward In Heaven if we stay faithful.
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