Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson
commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress
them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when
you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
God is so good, it is hard to find the words to express that goodness
and blessing---but we need to find the words and express the gratitude.
As a pastor/counselor, I have been grieved by the lack of communication
which characterizes many of our modern family relationships.
It seems that often the only time there is communication between family
members is when someone wants another person to do something. This is
usually transmitted in a demanding tone, which results in the other member
becoming resentful, and responding in a negative manner. Do you get the
I may have previously mentioned about a wall hanging
in our guest bathroom. It is called, "Life's Little Instructions." It has hung there
for several years. There are such suggestions as, "Sing in the shower," "Rekindle
old friendships." "Count your blessings," and the last
one that always was the source of an admonition when my mom was still
alive and came to visit from Idaho---"Call your mother."
We laughed a lot about it, but it was a big joke between us since we
talked daily on the phone. In other families the suggestion is not a joking
matter. There is a real need in some families to establish or re-establish
I have conducted many funerals across the years. I always meet with family
members prior to the services. These times are not just for me to learn
about the person who had died, but it is a time of sharing heart with
heart. Healing often takes place and old hurts are forgiven.
Many times as I return from these meetings, I find my wife, Joyce, sitting
in her cozy little reading area writing in her journal. It is a delight
to sit across from her and share some of the things which the family has
Some of our friends are surprised at how freely and frequently we take
the time to talk with each other. Over the years we have developed a communion
of hearts that causes us to look forward to our times together. I guess
that is what comes from being each other's best friend for over 60 years.
We never think of it as being out of the ordinary.
Today's Scripture gives a wonderful pattern for families to follow in
communicating. It is strong medicine for sick families. It starts with
God's Word. Without the Word of God and His commandments, we are left
with our own human thoughts and imaginings, and they are a poor basis
The Word of God is to be in our heart in such a manner that they flow
out in our conversations. We are often very critical of what our children
say and do, only to realize that they so often act as mirrors of our very
statements and attitudes.
It is the responsibility of fathers to take the lead in this area of
communication. Please, men, go back and read the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy.
See what God has placed upon our shoulders as an awesome responsibility.
If your are a wife and mother with an unsaved husband, you can assume
this roll in a tender way without becoming an offense to that unsaved
husband. Remember that wives are told that the godly wife can win the
unsaved husband, not by words, but a gentle and quiet spirit.
Well, perhaps I have stirred the pot sufficiently for you to have a wonderful
family conversation about the rabble-rousing E-mail pastor. That may be
your jump-start to begin talking together.
Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and
be a blessing.
--- Pastor Cecil
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