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Strengthening Families Across the World through the encouragement of women in their high calling from God as wives, mothers and homemakers.

BeggingBreadHow we live, what we do, and the decisions we make not only affect our own lives, but our children’s lives too. Our obedience to God’s commandments also determines the destiny of our children. Here’s a sampling of Scriptures regarding this truth:

Deuteronomy 4:40 (ESV): “Therefore you shall keep his statues and his commandments, which I command you today, that it MAY GO WELL WITH YOU AND WITH YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU.”

Deuteronomy 5:29: “O that there was such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep ALL my commandments ALWAYS that it might be WELL WITH THEM, AND WITH THEIR CHILDREN FOREVER!” Do you notice that this Scripture has an exclamation after it? It must be important in God’s eyes.

Deuteronomy 12: 28: “Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it MAY GO WELL WITH THEE, AND WITH THY CHILDREN AFTER THEE FOREVER, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.”

Psalm 112:1, 2 (ESV): “Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! HIS OFFSPRING WILL BE MIGHTY IN THE LAND; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” Do you notice another exclamation mark in this Scripture?

What a responsibility we have as parents. Even our attitudes, negative or positive, ugly or godly, pass on to our children and future children. Parenting is not just for today. We are building dynasties—for good or for bad, for God and His kingdom or for the enemy.

May we pour out lives into building godly dynasties.

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

For those who would like to check out further Scriptures, here are some more Scriptures for you:
Read also Deuteronomy 5:16; 6:2, 3; 12:23-25; 28:1014; 30:1-20; Psalm 25:12,13; 37:25, 26; and 102:28.

God blesses the future generations of righteous parents:
Genesis 9:9, 22:15-18; 26:1-5; 35:11, 12; Exodus 33:1; 34:6, 7; Numbers 14:24; 25:10-13;
Deuteronomy 1:8; 4:37, 40; 5:10, 29; 6:2, 3; 7:7-10; 10:15; 11:19-21; 12:23-25, 28; 28:1-14; 29:29; 30:19; 2 Samuel 22:51; 1 Kings 2:33; 2 Kings 10:30; 15:12; 1 Chronicles 28:8; Ezra 9:12;
Psalm 14:5; 25:12,13; 37:25, 26; 102:28; 103:17, 18; 106:30, 31; 112:1, 2; 128:1-6; 132:11, 12;
Proverbs 20:7; Isaiah 44:1-3; 61:9; Jeremiah 32:39; 35:18, 19;
Luke 1:50; Acts 2:38, 39; 3:25; and 2 Timothy 1:5.

The sins of the fathers are passed on to the third and fourth generation:
Exodus 20:4-6 (Exodus 34:6,7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9 and Jeremiah 32:18);
Numbers 14:33; Deuteronomy 28:15, 18, 41, 45, 46, 58, 59;
1 Samuel 3:11-14; 1 Kings 2:33; 2 Kings 5:25-27; 17:41; Job 21:17-19; 27:13, 14;
Isaiah 14:20, 21; Jeremiah 9:13-16; 16:10-13; 29:31, 32; 32:18; 36:29-31;
Lamentations 1:5; Hosea 4:6; 9:9-17; Amos 2:4; and Matthew 27:25.

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IHaveHiddenIn Matthew 13:10-17 Jesus says that not everyone who has eyes will see and not everyone who has ears will hear, but then He says to His disciples in verse 16: “But blessed are your eyes for they see: and your ears for they hear.”

Are you training your children to have blessed eyes and ears? I believe this is a principle that we as parents must get a hold of. We can’t glide over it. Unfortunately, many children grow up in Christian homes with eyes that don’t see and ears that don’t hear all that God wants them to hear.

Yes, they hear a lot of stuff. They hear big doses of the garbage of this world system which is all around them-- the media, their iPhones, school, and just living in this warped society.

Are we training them to see spiritual things and to hear God speak to their hearts through His living Word? I have just finished reading a wonderful book, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” by Nabeel Qureshi, a devout Muslim who came to Christ. He didn’t come easily or quickly. It was a long and painful process because he was so ingrained in the Quran and the Hadith from the time of his birth.

He mentions in this book how Muslim children are infiltrated with Islamic doctrines at “family devotions.” Yes, he used the word family devotions. And yet most Christian families don’t take time in their day for family devotions. He talked about how their faith is forged into their very beings around the family meal table. Help, so many Christian families don’t even sit around the family meal table. If they do, it’s just to eat a meal, with no thought to speak God’s truths into the ears and hearts of their children.

I was also challenged when he said that Muslim children are schooled in Muslim apologetics from young children. He was trained in all the answers against Christianity and was surprised when he talked to Christians that they didn’t know the answers to the questions he asked. They had no depth of understanding.

Are you consistently and daily filling your children with the word of truth (Colossians 3:16)? Are you teaching them to have eyes to see and ears to hear? Or are they dull and glazed to spiritual things?

For what reason do you raise your children? Do you allow them to be slowly propagandized by the spirit of this world or are you constantly, daily, diligently, passionately, and thoroughly teaching them God’s truths? The Amplified version of Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says: “You shall teach them diligently to your children (impressing God’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with His truths).”

Above all pray over your children. Don’t allow the enemy of their souls to blunt and deceive them. Don’t allow them to grow up with insipid eyes and ears to God’s truths.

Amen and amen.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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ZealIt's difficult to accomplish anything very powerful when you are apathetic about it, isn't it? Many things can only be accomplished by the "zeal of the Lord." Isaiah 9:7 tells us that "Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end." How is this going to be accomplished? The rest of the Scripture says: "The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." It is the passion and zeal of God that will perform this wonderful promise.

When Jesus beheld what was happening in the temple which was called "The House of Prayer" He didn't stand by indifferently. He rose up in righteous indignation and drove the sheep, oxen, and money changers from the temple, kicking over all their tables. When the disciples saw it, they remembered the Scripture: "The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up" (John 2:17 and Psalm 69:9).

Isaiah 59:17 gives a picture of God preparing to take action: “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.” He wrapped His coat of zeal around Him.

I believe we also need the zeal of the Lord as we tackle the greatest career in the nation, that of mothering and training the next generation who will detriment the course of the nation. WE CAN'T DO IT HAPHAZARDLY. WE CAN'T DO IT APATHETICALLY. WE CAN'T DO IT HALF-HEARTEDLY. WE CAN'T DO IT PART TIME!

We must rise up in the zeal of the Lord, knowing the power and destiny of our calling and the urgency of this hour. It should consume us. Titus 2:14 exhorts us to be "zealous of good works" and the greatest work you are doing is raising your family. Do it with zeal.

May you have a wonderful day,

Nancy Campbell

Picture: Dianne Dengel photo: “Bathtime for Children.”

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ComeTableFrom Psalm 128

“Come to the table, supper’s ready to eat!”
All the children come running to find their seat,
At the head of the table father takes his place
And with all gathered round he says the grace.

He’s made an effort to be home from work,
From his place at the table he will not shirk,
He affirms his commitment to his family and wife
And his presence at the table eliminates strife.

Mother has taken time to prepare a nice meal,
Full of nutrition, not a pre-packaged deal,
She delights to cook for her growing brood,
Knowing it’s a sacred task to prepare their food.

The table’s inviting – a clean tablecloth too,
The plates nicely set, perhaps a candle or two.
The children all help and do their part
To make the table look great and very smart.

What joy to be together at the end of the day,
To laugh, communicate, and each have a say,
To share the day’s happenings with one another
And tell what they’ve learned to father and mother.

The plates are now empty, they’re full to the top!
Is it time to leave the table? No! Stop, stop!
We’ve fed only the body and the soul so far,
The best part’s to come, and it’s not out of a jar.

It’s time for devotions; we must feed the spirit,
Of the blessing from this, there is no limit.
Father opens the Bible and to his family he reads
Sowing into their hearts God’s eternal seeds.

Now it’s time to pray, each one takes a turn,
They pray for needs as God’s will they discern,
They give thanks for blessings with a grateful heart
And develop a spirit of gratitude right from the start.

God’s blessing is on this family we know
As around the table their “olive plants” grow,
God’s smile is upon them as they follow His way
And establish this principle for now and always.

Nancy Campbell

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