Remembering My Family Heritage

John and Henrietta Thomson, on their wedding day in 1932

John and Henrietta Thomson, on their wedding day in 1932

My cousin Sandy Sheridan maintains a delightful and encouraging blog named:Verses From Mama— hearing God speak one Bible verse at a time.

Recently, Sandy blogged about our common Grandfather John Thomson. I encourage you to check it out.

Grandpa Thomson, as I called him, is literally the patriarch of our family. He, and his godly wife Henrietta, raised their family of three children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). All three of their children (including my father) became Christians and raised Christians families of their own. This third generation is the generation that Sandy and I are members of. All surviving members of our generation have professed Christ as savior, reached adulthood, and are now raising Chritian families of their own.

Grandma & Grandpa Thomson loved their family deeply. Though they have left this earthly realm, and are now at home with their Lord; we who are left behind continue to benefit from their godly example and legacy. One of my most cherished memories from my teenage years is from a weekend I spent with them in their home. The weekend was not an “exciting” weekend– we did not go skying or to a major league ball game– it was a simple, quiet weekend. However, that weekend made an indelible mark on my life…

When we sat down for a simple lunch grandpa prayed, thanking God for the meal. During his prayer he simply and quickly mentioned every family member by name. Including me. This made an impression on me. When I asked about this afterwards I discovered that this was their daily practice– to pray for every family member every day! Wow. See Philemon 1:4 and 1 Thessalonians 1:2.

God has, and continues to, answer their daily prayers– prayers that were made in simple faith. James 5:16.

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. ~~ Psalm 16:6 ESV

Thank you Lord for the godly family heritage that you have given to me. Praise be to God!

Thank you Sandy for your great post!

 

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My regular Wednesday post over at the Why We Web blog was just posted.

This week’s post explores seven helpful WordPress plugins for Christian bloggers.

Link: Top 7 WordPress Plugins For Christian Bloggers

 

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One of those bloggers is Jessica Morris who writes about her two greatest passions in life– her faith and her family. Her blog is called making the home a haven & nurturing those that live there. But make no mistake, Jessica is not another “mommy blogger” writing about another runny nose. She writes insightful articles about raising a Christian family in our modern environment. This, combined with her original photography makes for a truly engaging blog.

As a lead-up to Christmas for her family she has selected 25 personalities from our Lord’s genealogy to learn about. Through her blog Jessica is also sharing those lessons with a much larger audience. I highly recommend checking out her series of posts.

Link: Following the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.

 

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A new audience waiting to hear your voice

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Listen to this post read by the author Glen Steinson…

We thank our Heavenly Father for the excellent sources of Christian content on the internet these days. Many of the Lord’s people have taken to blogging and social media as a means to communicate the subjects they are passionate about (ie. the writers contributing to Digital Sojourner). Whether for ministry, personal use or online business ventures, the steady flow of information is only a click away for those who want to read it. Printed text with lots and lots of words.

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