June 29th – Davidene’s reflections

Today is Kent’s birthday. God outdid Himself when He planned and created such a man. Kent loved God for as long as he could remember, and he gave his heart and life to Him at the age of nine. He was baptized on Easter Sunday that year, along with his sister Jan, who is also in Heaven with him. He never had a different focus from that time on.

He wrote in the front of his earliest Bible: “My Desire: Phil. 3:10     My Task: Matt. 28:19,20”

Phil 3:10 says: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” Throughout Kent’s life, he knew all of these things – he knew his Lord intimately; he was used by God in power and saw God’s power at work; he lived in fellowship with Him through years of suffering, and died like Jesus did, without murmuring or complaining, in physical torment, but with peaceful confidence in what was to come.

Matt. 28:19-20 says, “Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Again, Kent’s life was an example of these verses. He often marveled that an “afro-salesman from Oklahoma City” would be used by God to speak, teach, encourage, and mentor throughout the world. How did such a thing happen? God commanded, and enabled Kent to go. And he did. And he loved every minute of it. He relished life, family, business, and ministry with a zest and a spectacular passion.

He loved God and he loved people. And he is still doing exactly that – loving God and loving people. He is now with the folks he missed, like Jan and Poppy, Grandma Dixie, Aunt Enid, Bruce, Judy, and many others. And we are left here to miss him. I honor him today. He was God’s man, but mine, too. How blessed I am to have been his wife, his love, and his partner in all things.

 

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

13 Responses to June 29th – Davidene’s reflections

  1. Beautiful Message about a great man of God! He will be missed but now, he can see everyone at once. Praise be to God’

  2. Barbara Hayes says:

    The LOVELIEST TRIBUTE to a wonderful man of God and husband to you, Davidene! Your words speak volumes to all of us and to Kent in Heaven with his family. Thank you for sharing. Happy Birthday, Kent!

  3. Herman Reece says:

    Thank you for being such a special lady to such a special man! The verses he chose and Colossians 128 and 29 along with Psalm 37 four have been a tremendous guide to me too thank you again for reminding us of his birthday and his life. Thank you for your love and prayers for my sweet bride! Herman

  4. Robin Jones says:

    Beautiful Tribute to a beautiful life! I’m praying for you today, Davidene. May God give you peace and comfort! Know you are loved by many! Robin

  5. Bill Kennedy says:

    I know today is hard, but it also gives all of us time to reflect on a close friend and remember why he became very special to us. God puts His special people before us and Kent was one of them. I miss him and always will – in time we will all be together. Davidene we love you and are here for you.

    Bill Sent from my iPad

  6. Gib says:

    Thanks for your tribute to a great man and friend. Kent’s legacy lives on in the life of his family; you and the kids and their families. But also Kent’s life and passion for God lives on in the lives of the many people he touched around the world. I am grateful to God that he allowed me to be one of the many Kent called brother and friend. He is missed by many. We love you and continue to bear you up before our Lord.

  7. Jon Cook says:

    Davidene, I continue to miss my friend Kent. He continues to inspire me to be better!

  8. Oh Davidene, what a beautiful composition of Kent’s life. Those verses have slways been special to me. You truly wrote about the essence of the Godly man that Kent was and rightly so. He never ceased to amaze me
    ( and JD too). I loved listening to him talk, teach or preach, as it seemed that everything he said was profound and enlightening. I remember one time in particular at an FCCI conference. I’ll tell you at another time.
    Sorry that I didn’t write to you before you did. We are at the lake with family, and you know how time disappears when 6 things are happening all at once.
    You have been much on my heart this week, as I put a reminder on my phone to pray for you. Wish I was close enough to give you a warm hug, and I could cry a few tears with you as I am now. I pray that Gods grace and comfort will be a solace for you. Nothing will ever take Kent’s place, but I hope your precious family who all have a piece of Kent in them, will love on you and fill your day and the coming week with times of laughter and joy, despite the emptiness in your heart.
    Please know that we are praying for you, my dear girlfriend.

    Much love,
    Barb(and JD)

  9. Laura manahan says:

    He was an amazing man of God and he had a wonderful Godly woman at his side for his journey here on earth. Know you are loved and prayed for as you remember Kent today. You are an amazing woman and your strength, love and character are an example for all of us. I hope you find moments of joy today and laughter and love with family as you move forward during this time of reflection. God’s peace is transcending and He will lift you up each step of the way.

    Laura Manahan

  10. Guy Madison says:

    Blessings to you Davidene. I know today was a hard day for you. I still miss him.

  11. ynot1yesu says:

    A businessman Jesus transformed to be a fisher of men. Big footprints on the global business mountain of culture,,,,definitely will see him again at the forefront of the throng during Revelation 7:9.
    The Message (MSG) 9-12 I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing:

    Salvation to our God on his Throne!
    Salvation to the Lamb!
    All who were standing around the Throne—Angels, Elders, Animals—fell on their faces before the Throne and worshiped God, singing:

    Oh, Yes!
    The blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving,
    The honor and power and strength,
    To our God forever and ever and ever!
    Oh, Yes!

  12. Susie Munday says:

    Dave,
    I miss him!! His influence changed me and it changed my family. Now I pray his influence is in my marketplace.
    Suz

  13. Cathy Westrum says:

    So lovely. A forever beautiful family.

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