SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015 FATHER’S DAY!

HAPPY  FATHER’S  DAY!   THIS  A  DAY  WHEN  I  ESPECIALLY  REMEMBER   MY   DAD.  HERE  IS  A  GREAT  PHOTO  OF  HIM  AND  MY  DEAR  MOM….

My parents, Gladys and Govenor Knauls

FEBRUARY  1951,  THE  PHONE  CALL  CAME  FROM  THE  HOSPITAL  TELLING  US  THAT  MY  DAD  HAD   GONE  TO  BE  WITH  JESUS.  WOW!  FOR  A  13  YEAR  OLD,  MY  LIFE  HAD  CHANGED.    HE  WAS   FATHER  TO  6  GIRLS/1 BOY,   FOUR  OF   THE   OLDER  ONES  WERE  ALREADY  OUT  OF  THE  HOUSE… ONLY    3   YOUNGER  GIRLS  WERE  STILL  HOME.   AND   WHEN  I  REALIZED  THAT  MY  MOM  WOULD  BE  RESPONSIBLE  TO  TAKE  CARE  OF  US,  THE  THOTS  OF  THIS  13  YR  OLD,   WERE   NOT  LADEN  WITH  FEAR,   BECAUSE  I  QUICKLY  REMEMBERED  HOW  WE  HAD  BEEN  TAUGHT  ABOUT  GOD,  (WE  WERE  AT  CHURCH  WHENEVER  THE  DOORS  OPENED).   trans-smiley-tiny  SOMETIME  I  TELL  THE  AUDIENCES  IN  MY   CONCERTS …THAT  AS  I  LOOK  BACK,  I  DID  HAVE  A  DRUG  PROBLEM,   I  WAS  DRUG  TO  SUNDAY  SCHOOL,  YOUTH  MEETINGS  AND  CHURCH.   trans-smiley-tiny  I  LEARNED  THAT  GOD  WAS  A  GOOD  GOD!    AND  HAD  PROMISED  THAT  “HE  WOULD  TAKE  CARE  OF  US.”     AS  I  TRAVEL  NOW,   AND  SING  MY  MOST  REQUESTED  SONG  “HIS  EYE  IS  ON  THE  SPARROW,”   I   REFLECT  ON  THOSE  DAYS,   I  BELIEVED  IT  THEN,  AND  STILL  DO!

FATHER’S  DAY  IS  A  DAY  SET  ASIDE  TO  CELEBRATE  FATHERHOOD,  PARENTAL  BONDS  AND  TO  GIVE  DAD’S  HONOR.  THERE  HAD  BEEN  MANY  ATTEMPTS  TO  HAVE  THAT  SPECIAL  DAY.  IN  MANY  DIFFERENT  PARTS  OF  THE  UNITED  STATES,   THERE  WOULD  BE  CELEBRATIONS  FOR  FATHERS. A  BILL  TO  GRANT  NATIONAL  RECOGNITION  WAS  INTRODUCED  TO  THE  CONGRESS  IN  1913,  THEN  IN  1917,  PRESENT  WILSON  WENT  TO  SPOKANE  TO  SPEAK  AT  A  FATHER’S  DAY  CELEBRATION   AND   WANTED  TO  MAKE  IT  OFFICIAL,  HOWEVER  CONGRESS  RESISTED,  FEARING  THE  IT  WOULD  BECOME  COMMERCIALIZED… (BOY,  WAS  HE  RITE  ABOUT  THAT).  trans-smiley-tiny   IN  1957,   A  FEMALE  SENATOR  FROM  MAINE  WROTE  A  PROPOSAL  ACCUSING  CONGRESS  OF  IGNORING  FATHERS  WHILE  HONORING  MOTHERS…. (THUS  HONORING  ONLY  ONE  OF  OUR  PARENTS).  WELL,   IN  1966  PRESIDENT  LYNDON  JOHNSON  ISSUED  THE  FIRST  PRESIDENTIAL  PROCLAMATION  HONORING  FATHERS,  DESIGNATING  THE  THIRD  SUNDAY  IN  JUNE  AS  FATHER’S  DAY.   HERE  IS  SOMETHING   I  NEVER  KNEW,  THAT  IT  WAS  STILL  SIX  YEARS  LATER,  WHEN  IN  1972   IT  BECAME   A  PERMANENT  HOLIDAY   AS  PRESIDENT  RICHARD  NIXON  SIGNED  IT  INTO  LAW.  AND  I  AM  HAPPY  HE  DID.   trans-smiley-tiny 

DO  YOU  REMEMBER  THAT  CUTE  LITTLE  KIDS  SONG  PERHAPS  FROM  YOUR SUNDAY  SCHOOL?   “FATHER  ABRAHAM  HAD  MANY  SONS,  MANY  SONS  HAD  FATHER  ABRAHAM”….. WELL,  I  WOULD  SAY  “FATHER  ABRAHAM  HAD  MANY  GIRLS”   trans-smiley-tiny    I  AM  CERTAINLY  ONE  OF  THEM  AND  YOU  KNOW  WHAT?   SO  ARE  YOU.   THE  REST  OF  THE  SONGS  SAY  “LET’S  JUST  PRAISE  THE  LORD”,  WITH  CUTE  INSTRUCTIONS  FOR   MOVEMENTS  AND  GESTURES  WHICH  WE  LOVED  TO  DO   trans-smiley-tiny .   I  THINK  OF  THAT  LITTLE  SONG  OFTEN  AND  THAT  I  HAVE  A  WONDERFUL  HEAVENLY  FATHER  WHO  WATCHED  OVER  AND  CARED  FOR  MY  DEAR  MOTHER  AND   3  GIRLS,   GRATEFULLY,  HE  STILL  DOES!    ANOTHER  SONG   I  LOVE  TO  SING,   AND  USUALLY  SING  IT  EACH  FATHER’S  DAY  THAT  I  MINISTER.    IT  IS  AN  OLD  SONG,   THE  CHORUS  GOES  LIKE  THIS…..

I  TRUST  IN  GOD  WHEREVER  I  MAY  BE;
ON  THE  LAND  OR  ON  THE  STORMY  SEA,
THO  BILLOWS  ROLL,  HE  KEEPS  MY  SOUL,
MY  HEAVENLY  FATHER  WATCHES  OVER  ME….

ISAIAH  41-10  ~  DON’T  BE  AFRAID,  FOR  I  AM  WITH  YOU.  DO  NOT  BE  DISMAYED.   I  WILL  STRENGTHEN  YOU.  I  WILL  HELP  YOU.  I  WILL  UPHOLD  YOU  WITH  MY  VICTORIOUS  RIGHT  HAND

YES,  HE  DOES,   AND  HAS  FOR  THESE  77  YEARS  THAT  I  HAVE  BEEN  ALIVE  AND  FOR  THE  39  YEARS  OF  TRAVELING  FULL-TIME  AROUND  THE  WORLD.    HE   SENDS  HIS  TWO  ANGELS  TO   GO  WITH  ME  EVERYWHERE,  GOODNESS  AND  MERCY….. GREAT  TRAVEL  PARTNERS.   trans-smiley-tiny 

THERE  ARE  WONDERFUL  SCRIPTURES  YOU  CAN  READ  IF  YOU  FEEL  LONELY PERHAPS   BECAUSE  YOU  HAVE  RECENTLY  LOST  A  FATHER…. AND  YOU  ARE  FEELING  LONELY,   PERHAPS  THE  FATHER  OF  YOUR  CHILDREN  HAS  WALKED  OUT  OF  THE  HOUSE,  AND  YOU  ALL   DO  NEED  HIM…. GOD  PROMISED  HE  WOULD  NEVER  LEAVE  US  NOR  FORSAKE  US. SO  MY  MOTHER  GLADYS,  GLADINE,  LORETTA  AND  LILLIE,  WE  WERE   FINE   BECAUSE  WE  DID  HAVE  A  HEAVENLY  FATHER  WATCHING  OVER  US.

PSALM  68:5  ~  GOD  IS  A  FATHER  TO  THE  FATHERLESS  A  DEFENDER  OF  WIDOWS… AS  HE  IS  GOD.

YES,  THERE  ARE  MANY  WHO  DO  NOT  HAVE  HAPPY  MEMORIES  OF  THEIR  FATHER,  THAT  IS  WHERE  FORGIVENESS  COMES  IN,  GOD  WILL  HELP   YOU,   IF  WE  CAN  FORGET  THE  BAD  AND  REMEMBER  THE  GOOD,   OUR  LIVES  WILL  BE  BLESSED.  THERE  ARE  MANY  WAYS  TO  HONOR  OUR  FATHERS,  AND  SHOW  RESPECT  FOR  THE  GOOD  VALUES  HE  TAUGHT  US,   JESUS  MODELED  FOR  US.

EPHESIANS  6:2A  ~  HONOR  YOUR  FATHER    ….

 I  DO  WANT  TO  BE  A  GOOD  DAUGHTER  TO  MY  HEAVENLY  FATHER,   TO  ALWAYS  DO  WHAT  HE  WOULD  HAVE  ME  DO  FOR  THE  KINGDOM.  TO  BE  CLAY  IN  HIS  HANDS,  AS  HE  IS  THE  POTTER.   HE  WANTS  TO  MOLD  ME  AND  YOU.   I  WANT  EVERYONE  TO  SEE  JESUS  IN  MY  LIFE,   AS  FOLK  WOULD  SAY  (WHEN  I  WAS  GROWING  UP)  THAT  THEY  COULD  SEE  BOTH  MY  DAD  AND  MOM  WHEN  THEY  LOOKED  AT  ME,   I  HAD  TRAITS  FROM  BOTH,  MY  MOTHER  HAD  A  LIGHT  SKIN  COMPLEXION,   I  HAVE  DARK  SKIN  LIKE  MY  FATHER….. MY  MOTHER  WAS  VERY  SHORT,   WHILE  MY  DAD  WAS  TALL,  SO  I  AM  LIKE  HIM  WHEN  IT  COMES  TO  HEIGHT,   MY  MOTHER  WAS  VERY  SOFT  SPOKEN,  KIND, COMPASSIONATE,  LOVING  AND  GENTLE,   WHILE  MY  DAD  WAS  DIFFERENT,   SO  LOOK  LIKES  I  DID  GET  SOME  TRAITS  FROM  BOTH  OF  THEM   IN  THAT  AREA. trans-smiley-tiny 

I  WAS  THINKING  ABOUT  JESUS  BEING  SENT  FROM  HEAVEN  TO  DO  “THE  WILL  OF  HIS  FATHER.”    HE  WANTED  TO  PLEASE  HIM,   SO  JESUS  TOOK  TIME  TO  BE  ALONE  WITH  THE  ALMIGHTY  IN  THE  GARDEN  THAT  NITE,   TO  ASSURE  THE  FATHER  THAT  HE  KNEW  WHY  HE  WAS  SENT  FROM  HEAVEN,   BUT  “IF  WAS  POSSIBLE… TO  LET  THIS  CUP  PASS  FROM  HIM” …..  JESUS  WAS  MINISTERED  TO  BY  ANGELS  AND  RECEIVED  ALL  THE  STRENGTH  HE  NEEDED  TO  “DO  WHAT  HE  WAS  SENT  TO  DO”   HE  KNEW  WHO  HE  WAS.

On My Father’s Side
by The Village Singers

Just a young boy in the temple one day,
Shared with the doctors, they were so amazed.
Never had they seen one so young speak so swift.
They asked him many questions,
The conversation went like this:

What’s your name, son?
On my Mother’s side, my name is Jesus,
But on my Father’s side, they call me Emmanuel.

How old are you?
On my Mother’s side, now I’m twelve years,
But on my Father’s side, I’ve just always been.

Where are you from?
On my Mother’s side, I’m from Bethlehem,
But on my Father’s side, it’s New Jerusalem.

What are your plans?
On my Mother’s side, I’ll be crucified,
But on my Father’s side, in three days I’ll arise
And I’ll sit by my Father’s side.

He was the Son of God, yet the Son of man,
And I can’t help but wonder how Joseph must have felt,
Through an open door that day,
He heard his Son reply;
You see, I am the King of Kings
That’s on my Father’s side.

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I  AM  BUSILY  WORKING  ON  MY  2015  SCHEDULE,   THERE  ARE  ONLY  6  MONTHS  LEFT,   SO  LET  ME  KNOW  IF  I  CAN  COME  MINISTER  IN  YOUR  CHURCH,  LADIES  MEETING,  SENIORS  FUNCTION.  AS  I  ALWAYS  SAY,  YOU  WILL  NOT  BE  DISAPPOINTED,  AND  YES,  YOU  CAN  AFFORD  ME.   trans-smiley-tiny 

I  WILL  ALWAYS  SAY  “THANKS”  TO  YOU  WHO  ARE  IN  PARTNERSHIP  WITH  THIS  MINISTRY,  TO  OF  COURSE,   PRAY  FOR  ME  AND  WHEN  YOU  SEND  GIFTS  OF  LOVE,  IT  HELPS   ME  GO  TO  THE  NEXT  PLACE.   I  AM  SOOO  THANKFUL  FOR  THE  STRENGTH  GOD  GIVES  ME,  SO  I  AM   ABLE  TO  STILL  TRAVEL  WITH  THE  GOOD  NEWS!…. YOU  CAN  SEND  A  CHECK,  OR  USE  A   CREDIT  CARD,    AND  NOW  I  HAVE  PAY-PAL.   IT  IS  ALL  VERY  EASY. trans-smiley-tiny   AND  YOU  WILL  RECEIVE  A  TAX-DEDUCTION  PLUS  A  REWARD  IN  HEAVEN.

2  CORINTHIANS 5:21   ~  FOR  GOD  MADE  HIM  WHO  KNEW  NO  SIN  TO  BE  SIN  FOR  US…THAT  WE  MIGHT  BECOME  THE  RIGHTEOUSNESS  OF  GOD  IN  HIM.

UNTIL  NEXT  TIME…..
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