The Land of the Free

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

 

WhentimHorner asked what defines America, many people would say it is “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Memorial Day is one of the most patriotic holidays Americans celebrate. It is a day when we pay tribute to the many men and women who, throughout our history, gave their lives while serving this country in the military.

During Ronald Reagan’s Inaugural address in 1981, President Reagan told the story of Private Martin Treptow, a barber who enlisted with the Iowa National Guard and became a part of the 168th Infantry of the 42nd Division (the famous Rainbow Division) during World War I. Treptow was killed during the war while delivering a message between battalions. His diary was found on his body and on the flyleaf under the heading, “My Pledge,” he wrote these words:

America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.

On March 30, 1961, long before that first Inaugural address, Reagan delivered a speech to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. In this speech was a powerful reminder to all of us of the importance of protecting the freedoms we hold so dear.

…freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.

This Memorial Day, I hope you will join others and raise your American flag in honor and remembrance of those heroes who paid the ultimate price in order for us to have the freedoms we enjoy every day – freedom of speech, freedom to worship and freedom to run our own business. I thank God for blessing America with these brave men and women. Let us never take it for granted.

To all who are serving in the military today and especially those who are part of our Premier Family, thank you for your commitment to America.  I pray that God will protect and bless you and your family.

I hope you will join us at our National Rally this year. We always celebrate America and our service men and women with a special Patriotic day on Saturday. We are forever indebted to them for the price they are willing to pay for us.

God bless America,

Tim Horner

President

 

 

 

 

Thankful for God’s Plan

I just can’t get over that Premier is in its 30th year. WOW! As you know, when Joan and I founded Premier, we had our own plan—to just sit back while others ran the company. We wanted to visit missionaries and stay in the background of Premier. Well, God had a very different plan for us.

As I think back about some of the times in our life when His plan was evident, I can’t help but think about how I arrived at Home Interiors and began working for my mentor, Mary Crowley. Joan and I were happy in Dallas with no desire to move, but the company I was working for at the time was relocating to California. We were all set to move when we decided that we just didn’t want to leave Dallas again. A few months later and still job searching, I asked a friend if he knew of 2015-05-11 09.44.46anything and he told me to go see Mary because she had started a company, Home Interiors and Gifts. By chance? No!

I knew Mary from First Baptist Church. In fact, she was Joan’s spiritual mentor back in 1950 when Joan accepted Christ. We had lost touch with her, but I thought it would be good to contact her in case she knew of any job opportunities. Well, she hired me on the spot and I spent 17 years with her. I learned about direct sales and the home show business under her. Was this by chance? Absolutely not. God had a plan.

When I left Home Interiors, God continued to guide Joan and me into starting Premier Designs. He had been working in our lives for decades to get us to that point and we never realized it. And I am so thankful to God for the wonderful opportunity Premier has had to enrich lives and impact thousands of families.

I am so excited about the future. As we remain faithful to God and seek His guidance, He will continue to bless Premier. Remember, this year can be the best year we have ever had!

To God be the glory,

Andy Horner

Co-Founder & CSO

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2 Diamond Designer, Georgia

I have been blessed to be a part of the Premier family since I was 7 years old when my mom joined Premier to just pay off a little debt. Premier quickly became a lifestyle for our entire family. After only two years, my mom was able to quit her full-time job and stay at home with me and my brother. Because of the flexibility of Premier, both of my parents were able to pour so much love and time into us—whether it was coaching our sports team, going on our school trips, or even driving me eight hours for 15 weekends in a row so that I could play in a more competitive basketball league. Yes, Premier allowed my family to take yearly vacations together, eat family dinners together, and create lasting memories. That is something that I can never thank my parents or the Horners enough for.

Not many kids grow up wanting to be a jewelry lady, and not many can say that they could do a Jewelry Show by the age of 10 either! As soon as I turned 18, I knew that I wanted to start my Premier business. The flexibility of being my own boss allowed me to go to college full-time, play collegiate basketball, and still earn extra spending money.

I worked my business part-time and full-time, all while solely focusing on profits and myself. After four years, I left Premier for the corporate world. Even after all those years of hearing Andy Horner preach about enriching lives, serving others and focusing on people not profits, I didn’t fully understand.  I wasn’t thinking about enriching other lives, just my own. Man, was I wrong! As it turns out, God had a completely different plan for me.

I started my second journey in Premier in 2008 with a whole different mindset. During this time, I felt God start tugging at my heart to go into ministry but I had no clue where to begin or where to look. 2011 National Rally changed my business. Something finally clicked. It wasn’t until then that I truly began to understand my purpose in Premier—serving others. God was already trusting me with a huge ministry of enriching lives every day. Premier helps challenge me daily to find a servant’s heart.

Now that I am officially full-time, God has opened up so many doors for me and my husband, Daniel. Because of Premier, I have the ability to contribute to our household income and I have the flexibility to now plan yearly mission trips for groups to go to Romania. Daniel and I have been able to grow closer to each other and to God by working together on the mission field. Through Premier, I have developed lasting friendships with girls on my team and ladies all across America. Premier has allowed me to not only work from home, but to enrich lives, love on people daily, all while contributing to my real passion, missions.

God has a plan for me to serve others and to be successful all through Premier. Success in the world’s eyes is judged by things you have or are able to do, but I believe that success in God’s eyes is reaching out and helping others. I’m so glad that Premier allows each and every one of us to reach a level of unimaginable success! Not only do we have a fun way of making money and providing for our families, but we also have a platform to serve God and others through Premier.

 

We Know God Called Us to Premier!

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Rebecca and Brad were recognized in last month’s issue as Top Sponsors in the Nation for January!

by Rebecca Southern

2 Diamond Designer, Alabama

When I began my Premier journey over five years ago, I was on crutches. After a horseback-riding accident and surgery just months before, I was having a difficult recovery. Since then, I have had three more surgeries. Two of those were in 2014. Also, through my exposure in Premier to the concept of “servant leadership,” I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership ( I graduate in May!). Plus, Brad and I have three boys, whom we homeschool. The oldest was diagnosed as bipolar at age seven, but just recently received a new diagnosis of high-functioning autism. Our Premier family has been huge in walking with us through these trials.

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Rebecca and Brad with their three sons: Alexander, 2, Gabriel, 11, and Micah, 12.

Premier has been a major influence in our life through the example of the Horner Family and marketing staff, and also our local leaders, upline, downline and sideline. Our Premier family is our closest circle of friends. They have become the people with whom we do life. They are the ones who helped us celebrate the birth of our third son, as well as the first ones to volunteer to bring food and offer help during my two surgeries last year. It has influenced us positively, in that while we were already walking with Christ, it brought a new level of integrity into our lives that we hadn’t previously experienced. We have loved sharing Christ and His plan of salvation through our business with others. Our business is not just a way to pay our bills, but it is truly our ministry. We know God has called us to Premier to be a light for others. We are humbled at the amazing things God is doing in us and through us.

During my first four years with Premier I continued to work my full-time job, but this past August, God called us to take the leap of faith and work Premier full time—both of us! Our current goals are to sponsor two new Jewelers a month and hold at least eight shows per month. I was able to attend Regional Rally, in a wheelchair pushed by Brad, and in the last two weeks of January, we not only achieved the Consistency Challenge, but also sponsored four new Jewelers! We give God all the glory for our harvest! Recently we reached our goal of Designer Circle and qualified for the Designer Trip to Canada. We are striving for Four Diamond Designer and praying to celebrate our 10th Anniversary on the Cabo trip! Our theme is “Pray as if it depends on God and work as if it depends on us!”

 

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