We Are Premier – Kent Meier

You Can’t Out Give God

Joan_&_Andy_-_kids When we signed up in Premier in August of 1986, we were looking for something for Pauline to do when we started a family, so she would be able to quit her job and still have some money coming in. We were so excited with the opportunity Premier provided for income and friendships. We never knew the incredible impact Premier, as well as Joan and Andy, would have in our lives!!!

There was just something amazing about spending time with the Horners that changed our perspective on many things. Their love and compassion for others and their concern to help people know Jesus has been an incredible testimony. It was special having them in our home. Andy has always loved getting to know the Premier Leadership personally. It was amazing how Joan remembered our kids’ names and asked about them by name each time we were together! It was amazing for our kids to know them as well since they grew up hearing stories about Joan and Andy.

Growing up around a lot of pastors, I saw them act differently in public than they did in private. But being around Joan and Andy for over 25 years, I saw what it meant to live a real and genuine life. It was humbling when they would call us personally and pray along with us about our personal, non-Premier lives – whether it was about a job, the kids, or moving back to Texas! I remember one time Andy cared enough to call and pray with me when when I was working long hours and traveling a lot – getting frustrated and burned out at work. That meant so much to me.

From the beginning, Andy has never talked about making money or achieving titles, only about enriching lives by loving others and helping them succeed – making money would happen as a by-product. He said remember that God created everyone with value and worth! He always talked about people needing a dose of hope!

Joan and Andy had a profound impact in our lives. These are just a few of the things they have taught us about over the years:

  1. Loving and Serving others – expecting nothing in return. For most people this is not easy to do, but they were such loving examples of how to repeatedly show love.
  2. Accepting others – as they are. They constantly set the example of letting others know what they believe, but they accepted them as they were because Christ accepted us.
  3. Keeping It Personal – We implemented Joan’s mission early on in our Premier career. It is a great feeling appreciating and caring for others by writing notes and being a part of their lives.
  4. Being a Servant Leader – They were always putting others first, even in difficult situations. I will never forget the time we went to Florida and Andy served as our bellman.
  5. You can’t out give God – The more you give away, the more God blesses you. We have been able to see them live this out in their lives in numerous instances. They were just the most giving people we have ever been around.

Joan and Andy were incredible business leaders – but more than anything, they had such practical advice for loving people where they were and encouraging people! When you think about it – their legacy can have a profound impact on your life!!!Toronto Loving people, encouraging them to be all God called them to be, doing life together – you will build a business.

It was so refreshing and impressive to witness their concern for others and then giving of their financial resources. They genuinely and faithfully have lived out their motto – you can’t out give God!!

Because of the example that Joan and Andy lived, they have had a tremendous impact in our lives towards local and national missionaries! Their example has given us a passion to use our time, talent and treasure for missions.

I can’t even imagine where our lives would be without the examples of Joan and Andy Horner, as well as being a part of Premier Designs!

 

 Kent and Pauline Meier joined the Premier Family in August of 1986 and are 7 Diamond Designers serving in Colleyville, TX. They received our 2003 Servant Leader Award, Pauline is our 1994 Princess and Kent our 2013 Mr. Premier. 

Joan’s Tree Lighting

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Christmas was a very special time of year for our beloved Joan.  She enjoyed transforming her home into a Christmas wonderland with beautiful wreaths, lighted garland and poinsettias on every mantel, her nutcracker collection proudly displayed at the top of the stairs, Andy’s Irish Santas and beautiful nativities from all over the world.  In the kitchen she hung hand-knit Christmas stockingJoans trees for each grandchild.  Many rooms in her home had its own themed Christmas tree, but her favorite was her 16-foot tall Christmas tree she decorated in gold for her living room.  It was graced with crystal ornaments, beautiful crosses, angels and garland.

Joan loved to use her gifts of homemaking and hospitality especially at Christmastime to spread the love and joy of the season to all those in her life – her family, her church, her friends, and her Premier Family.  In the spirit of Joan’s love for sharing at Christmas, we brought her favorite tree to the office in 2011 and began the tradition of lighting her tree on the anniversary of her home going, December 5th.  This morning, we will have a beautiful celebration as many family members, church and Premier friends gather at the Home Office to remember Joan and celebrate the joy of the season.

Remembering My Honey

When I think of my sweet wife Joan, I always thank Him for how He had gifted her.  She was my best friend.  She was almost the opposite personality of me – a quiet person.  I remember well how when she was first asked to give a talk or lead a bible study or speak publicly on any occasion, she would cry and get very nervous.  I used to joke with her that she couldn’t even lead a silent prayer.  But she trusted God and prayed a lot and developed into a powerful speaker.  She developed five things that she loved to share about with others – love, true joy, service, the act of giving and especially the importance of Keeping It Personal.  She was so faithful to carry out our Philosophy and Purpose and by God’s grace and a lot of courage, she impacted thousands of Jewelers – many of whom were her friends. We will remember her and thank God for her 25 years of serving and leading Premier.  This Christmas, let’s follow her example together in those five things.  It is with great joy that I know confidently that as believers, someday we will be again in our heavenly home.

Merry Christmas,

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Happy Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingtimHorner is one of the greatest holidays we celebrate in America.  It is not just a day to spend with family and share our thankfulness for the “fruit” of our labors in the form of a feast.  It is a day to set apart in thankfulness to God.  In wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, I want to remind you to focus a bit more on what God has done for you, your family, your church, and your community.  Nothing we have is really the “fruit” of our labor.  It’s the blessing of an all-powerful and wonderful God.

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.  Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.  In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.  And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”  I Chronicles 29:11-13 ESV

In his most recent UPDATE article, Dad reminds us all to be thankful to the Lord for all He has done for, through and with Premier.  It is truly amazing what He has done for us.  If you missed seeing it, you can read his complete article below.  You will also see a video of Mom sharing a Thanksgiving message with the Home Office at our Thanksgiving lunch in 2010.  We did not know at that time it would be her last in this life.  She is now expressing those words of thanks directly to her Savior.

May each of you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

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“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness.  Let the whole world know what He has done.”  Psalm 105:1, 2001 Verse of the Year

8121632928_00fefa53aa_mAs the leaves change and the temperature drops and our days become shorter, we are reminded to be thankful to the Lord for His abundant blessings on our lives.  While there are so many things that I am grateful for, I want to share two with you.

First, I am so grateful to the Lord for my sweet honey, Joan, and the wonderful family we have.  I miss her deeply but with great gratitude, daily I praise the Lord for her life and impact on me.  As you know, she led me back to Christ and ultimately through that decision, we followed the Lord’s path and founded Premier together to honor the Lord.  Her impact on me, our family, and in Premier is still strong. We Will Remember.

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And I thank God for Premier Designs – for all He has done for, through and with Premier.  This is God’s company.  This has never been about Andy and Joan, but to God goes all the glory.  He really has blessed us to be a part of His purpose and brought so many wonderful people (that’s you) to be a part of the Premier Family!  I am grateful for each and every one of you!  You are so important and special to me.   God has been so good to Premier.  We just celebrated our 28th Anniversary and began our 29th year on November 5th! Can you believe it?  Words cannot express all that God has done for us!

As Thanksgiving arrives, let us be reminded to give thanks, to share and to give to others.  Gratitude is a choice.  It is often forgotten but is an important discipline that helps us draw closer to God.  We must be grateful in all situations, no matter how difficult.  Joan has told us, “A thankful heart is like a magnet.  It attracts gratitude, happiness, and cheerfulness.  Take time to thank God for all He has done.”

Yes, let’s be sure to express our thankfulness for everything the Lord has done for us.  May you all have a joyful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.  Remember, the past is gone.  We are in the present and doing well.  Looking to our future – it is bright.  Be thankful and pray for America, our country we love, but may we forever always “In God We Trust.”

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High.”  Psalm 92:1

Grateful to God,  Andy

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