To be candid and completely honest, I was plumb tired. That saying, "Plumb Tired," is one that Evangelist Jerry B/ Walker used from time to time in his revival meetings. I have been doing a Hugh's News every day, I think, and I needed a rest. After all, it was Sunday, and after Melvine, Greg, and I ate Sunday dinner at Outback Restaurant in Athens, GA, I felt sleepy and I came home and took a long nap.
It was in January that God gave me a Word for the New Year of 2017. I was getting ready for Sunday school and church. Melvine and I are members of Christian Life Worship Center in Athens. It was called Tarkenton Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church when I was the pastor. However, after if I resigned in 1995 as the senior pastor to accept a call from the Richmond First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Richmond, VA, my successor convinced the church board and congregation to change the name.
The Word God gave me was just one word: "Room." Immediately, a peace swept over my entire being and I knew it was God. I didn't understand it and asked God for the meaning. I received no answer. In the meantime, God was working in my thinking processes to reveal the meaning.
First, God was telling me that I need to make room for more people in my life. He impressed me that I had inadvertently overlooked some people, and others, I had ignored because I didn't think they had the same values I admire. I felt God was saying to me, "Hugh, you've got to get over it. Your role is to love people, pray for them and let God doing any changing He may want to do." In essence, God has relieved me of being a judge. That is His department.
God has called me to encourage younger men and women as opportunity arises. I am not to stop there. I am called to blessed the older people who need encouragement and affirmation that God loves them.
Second, as I was reading on the Internet I came across a prophecy by a Prophetess by the name of Jennifer LeClaire. She is a senior editor of Charisma. Here is what she wrote: "Through the eyes of faith make room for a season of plenty." Then, she quoted from the Book of Genesis, chapter 39, about Joseph who was brought up out of prison to interpret the Pharaoh's dream. Joseph let the Pharaoh know that only God could do that and not man. Joseph gave God the glory. He told the Pharaoh that there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.
Well, I received the word that Jennifer gave. God is blessing Melvine and me. One day, Melvine said, "Hugh, I am tired of trying to climb up in our 2007 Honda CRV. That is difficult for me to do. I want us to drive a Lincoln Towncar again." You see I fell in love with a beautiful woman who used to be 5 feet 1 inch tall. We have had two Lincoln Towncars in the past and they served us well as we drove each one over 200,000 miles before trading.
In talking with my Great American and a war hero friend, Colonel Charles Dixon of Elbert County by phone, he told me to call Casey Jackson who owns the Ford Dealership in Royston, GA. I called him and he said he did not have one, but he could find me one. He immediately went on the Internet and found one at a dealership in New Jersey and sent me the extensive photos of a 2010 Lincoln Towncar Continental Series, the top of the line with only 60,383 miles in mint condition. He told me he would purchase it for me and have it hauled to his dealership. His men detailed it and it looked like it has just come out of the showcase. It is far more than Melvine and deserve, and I was able to trade my 2007 Black Honda CRV for a difference of $6,000. I had them to finance it through the bank I use, BB & T. There is where we do our banking. We will begin making payments this month.
Casey Jackson put four brand-new tries on my car as well as a new battery. He is giving me a full year of free service to change the oil and filters, check the tires, rotate them and balance the tires if needed. That is God's favor and the beginning of a season of plenty. This season of plenty is not just for us to keep, but to give back to others or special needs of our missionaries or church institutions. A friend of mine and his family are Baptist ministers. In fact he pastors a church near Franklin Springs. God has called them to go to Vermont where there are no evangelical churches. I want to invest in them. This man is a soul-winner, and his son, Andrew, is too. His wife is a great asset to him and loves people. New church plants are the best way to evangelize in any area that God calls men and women to go.
Although God is prospering Melvine and me, it seems that my efforts to raise money to pay the bills for Hugh's News, Inc. by being a part of my 20th Anniversary of Producing Hugh's News has failed to meet our need. I am not sure we will make it financially through the month of May unless we get contributions soon.
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