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Today was an incredible day of Faith.  My husband preached a message entitled, “The Eyes of Faith”.  WOW!  As he preached, it was if you could see the “lights” go on in people’s head.  “Don’t look at the circumstances around you, but instead, lift up your eyes and see through the eyes of faith.  This is not a escapest mentality.  It is only learning how to see things as Jesus sees them.”  I saw men receive blessings today like I haven’t seen in a long time.  I saw one man fall to his knees and worship and worship.  Another was shaken under the power of the Holy Ghost.  I watched as 3 men began to pray for one another with their hands on each other’s shoulders and then watched as they began to dance.  They danced and danced until I thought surely they can’t dance anymore, but they did.  It was awesome.  I watched as fathers prayed for sons and daughters and vice versa and how the power of God touched them.  One of the most precious sights for me today was watching my natural children (grown now), as God moved in their lives.  Both of them with hands upraised and tears streaming down their faces in praise and worship to a God that never fails.  What better father’s day present could there be then for this kind of out pouring on God’s children.  God, our heavenly father visited us today in a mighty way.  There is strenghth in this kind of atmosphere.  God is GREAT and He is GREATLY to BE PRAISED!

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ABC’S  OF BEING A FATHER

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A—Always trust them to God’s Care

B—Bring them to Church

C—Challenge them to high goals

D—Delight in their achievments

E—Exalt the Lord in their presence

F—Frown on evil

G—Give them love

H—Hear their problems

I—Ignore not their childish fears

J—Joyfully accept their apologies

K—Keep their confidence

L—Live a good example before them

M—Make them your friends

N—Never ignore their endless questions

O—Open your home to their friends

P—Pray for them by name

Q—Quicken your interest in their spirituality

R—Remember their needs

S—Show them the way of salvation

T—Teach them to work

U—Understand they are still young

V—Verify your statements

W—Wean them from bad company

X—eXpect them to obey

Y—Yearn for God’s best for them

Z—Zealously guide them in biblical truth

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

 

 

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Just another little tidbit about my Dad. Enjoy!

Daddy had an incredible love for young people. When he was young he was the Youth President of the Western District, U.P.C.I. I hear stories even today from pastors and their wives in the Western District of how much Daddy and Mother meant to them as teenagers going to camps and conventions, etc. When he pastored in Fresno, California back in the sixties, he was driving in town one day and saw a young “hippie” boy on the side of the road. He said that his first inclination was to say, “go get a haircut and a job, boy”. However, when he had that thought he said that God spoke to him and said, “why don’t you try to see that boy through my eyes”? And he began to weep. He later preached a sermon entitled, “Seeing the Lost through the Eyes of Jesus”. It was a great sermon. He also experienced great revival with just those kind of young people. Well over 100 of them received the Holy Ghost and was baptized in Jesus Name. Some of them are in ministry today and some are still in the church there in Fresno and in various congregations around the nation. God led Daddy and Mother from Fresno to Houston to Rialto, CA to Mesquite, TX to traveling for 5 years and then going to be the leader of the Lighthouse Ranch for Boys in Louisiana. Everywhere they went they impacted young people! I just wonder, when the rewards are handed out in Heaven how many jewells will be in their crowns?

Daddy had an incredible love for my mother, Lila Marie. I remember as a girl when Daddy would leave to go pray for someone or just take care of business in town, that he would stop at a pay phone and call Mother just tell her that he loved her. We would get tickled about it but it left an impression on me that I will never forget. He treated Mother with utmost respect, and she returned that to him. I believe that the greatest gift you can give your children is that you love one another. There is security in that for kids.

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This coming Sunday is designated for Father’s Day.  What a great day!  I probably had the best Dad in the world.  He was a man of “Steele and Velvet”.  My Dad was strong in his beliefs and convictions.  He was a preacher/teacher par excellent.  I loved Wednesday Night Bible Study.  Daddy’s teaching was incredible.  Oh yes, he could go awhile but it was always good.  The wisdom of my father astounded me at times.  I would sit and listen to him talk to young people, friends and ministers (when I was allowed to) by the hour and gleaned so much from these times.  He just made sense. 

On a more personal level:  I remember one time when I broke up with a boy that HE wanted me to break up with.  Afterward, I went to my room and laid across the bed and cried.  In a few minutes I heard a light knock on my door.  I didn’t answer because I knew it was Daddy and I thought he was going to reprimand me for crying.  However, he came on in and he just sat on the bed and put his arm on my back and then I heard him crying.  That’s when I looked up at him with tear stained cheeks and red eyes and said, “Why are you crying? You wanted me to break up with him”.  And he said, “I’m crying because I know you are hurting.”  He was just that kind of father.  How could a girl want for more? 

Daddy always was the more serious type when it came to church. He was always joyful in his worship but he didn’t want any foolin’ around in church and sometimes funny things just happen.  Why is it always more funny when you know your’re not supposed to laugh?  One time my older sister, Linda, a friend named Patsy and myself sang a song on Sunday Morning called “Things are Gonna Be Better Afterwhile”.  It was horrible!  Patsy sang the lead,  Linda, alto and I was in the rafters on tenor.  We finally made it to the end of the song and when Daddy got to the pulpit he simply said,  “I sure hope things will be better afterwhile”.  Linda was humiliated and I was laughing so hard I was crying and Patsy had the nervous giggles.  I could write a book about funny things that happen in church.  One time Daddy was preaching and he said, “I’m so glad to be in the widdle (middle) of God’s mill (will)”.  Needless to say we had a good laugh over that one. 

I loved it when I heard Daddy pray.  He sounded like he was talking to one of his friends.  When I was young we lived right across the street from the church and on many occasions I would walk over and sneak into the church or stand by his office door and listen to him pray.  I always wanted to have a walk with God like him.  It just seemed like as soon as Daddy said, “Jesus”, that He was right there.  So many times when we was about town, in a resturant etc.  Daddy would simply say, “Thank You Jesus”, ” I love you Jesus”, “Hallelujah” or “Praise God”,  and give praise to God wherever he was.  He walked with the Lord on a daily basis.  His relationship was not just a Sunday thing.  It was all the time.  He was a friend of God.

Daddy didn’t have much in this life by some standards, although we were always blessed.  But he left me a legacy that is far more precious then any amount of money, houses or lands.  Even in Daddy’s death he was preaching.  Oh, not like he use to do when he stood in the pulpit but nevertheless preaching just the same.  The nurses loved to come into his room and listen to him talk about the things of God.  I watched them as he would talk about heaven and their eyes would fill with tears.  I knew they were feeling the presence of God.  I was feeling it as well.  I remember one nurse in particular that came into the room and you could tell she was a little frazzled.  I said, “Are you okay”?  And she said, “Oh it’s just been a rough day.  I love to come into Mr. Layne’s room because it is always so peaceful in here”.  Yes, I would say he was preaching, even on his deathbed.  There is a peace of God that passes all understanding that comes with a life that has been completely sold out to Him. 

Daddy passed from this life on April 5, 2004.  I am so blessed to have had such a Godly, loving father.   

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