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Women's Daily Encouragement Blog

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

GodHoversGod hovers over motherhood. He is with you from the beginning to the end. Are you waiting to give birth to a baby soon? God will be with you in your birth. David confesses in Psalm 22:9: “Thou art He that took me out of the womb.” Or modern translations say, “You brought me safely from my mother’s womb.” Whether you are having your baby at home or in a hospital, put your trust in God. He is the one who brings the baby safely from the womb. He is hovering over you for the life of your baby.

When the baby is born the very precious awareness of the presence of God comes to your home. It always comes with a new baby who arrives fresh from heaven. I reveled in this time when my babies came. Savor every moment of it.

David continues: “Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.” As the little babe nurses at the continually-available breasts of the mother, he learns that he can totally trust God. As the breast is always accessible, so he learns that God, Jehovah Shamah, will always be there for him.

Another Psalmist confesses the same thing as David: “Upon Thee I have leaned from birth; it was Thou who took me from the maternal womb. My praise is continually of thee” (Psalm 71:6 MLB). Dear mother, God watches over every aspect and every season of motherhood. You are not doing it on your own. He is with you.

Trust Him hourly and daily.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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ToughTenderLike a shepherd of sheep, we as mothers are shepherding the little flock God has given to us. A shepherd must be both tough and tender. He must brave and courageous as he protects his sheep from wild animals and enemies, but also tender as he personally cares for them.

As mothers, we must also walk in these two different roles. We equate motherhood with tenderness. A tender and nurturing mother is a beautiful testimony of God’s loving and nurturing heart. Every emotion and intuition of mothering comes from God Himself.

However, we must also be strong and brave to rescue our children from all attacks of the enemy. I think of David, who when a bear or a lion would grab one of his little lambs, he would strike down the animal and rescue the lamb out of its mouth! And if the lion or bear reared its head against him, he'd grab it by the throat and beat it to death! (1 Samuel 17:34-37). That's bravery! Nothing would get one of his little lambs!

What about us? The devil is intent on seducing and infiltrating the minds of our precious young children with humanism, feminism, socialism, and every other "ism" (and now the influence of the homosexual agenda) in our state schools. Are we happy for our children to be ravished in the mouth of the lion? Or, are we fearless and daring enough to rescue our lambs out of their deceiving and destructive mouth?

Let’s be tender mothers, but also strong and brave to protect our children from the enemy’s tactics.

Blessings to you today,

Nancy Campbell

Painting: “Reading with Children” by Jessie Wilcox Smith.

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ThankForHAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your precious family today. May you be filled with thankfulness, today, and every day of the year.

Some good Scriptures to read today are Colossians 2.7 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18. And say out loud, “I am thankful today. ”Thank God for specific things for which you are thankful. Here are some things for which I am grateful.

T I thank God for TEACHING me His ways.
H I thank God for giving me my HUSBAND. Marriage becomes more and more beautiful with time.
A I thank God for ANOINTING me to be a mother. Is there any greater blessing, apart from our salvation than to enjoy the blessings of children and grandchildren?
N I thank God for creating me to be a NURTURER and NOURISHER to my family and to others.
K I thank God for His KINDNESS to me.
F I thank God for my FAMILY and His daily FAITHFULNESS to me.
U I thank God for giving me UNDERSTANDING of His truth. My greatest delight is to receive revelation of God’s truth from His living Word.
L I thank God for LOVING me enough to die for me and shed His precious blood for my sins. I don’t like to get a day go by without thanking Him for His great and unspeakable and eternal salvation.

Today, let’s take positive action to thank God for each little and big blessing in our lives. Amen.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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BlessednessTomorrow is Thanksgiving, a wonderful time of the year for thankfulness and familyness. I am sure you’ll all take time to think of things you are thankful when you sit together for your Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. At the end of our Thanksgiving meal we have toasts. People get up and give a toast to someone they are thankful for in their life—people sitting with us, some who are not able to be with us, and others who have passed on and yet we want to remember with thankfulness the impact they have had upon our lives. This is always a very favorite part of our Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving is one of the wonderful “ness” words that should be part of our daily family life. Our “familyness” life. The following are some of the “ness” attitudes that should fill our home and also describe who we are as a wife and mother. Read them over and let God speak to you.

You may like to print them out in bigger type and pin it on your wall for Thankskgiving. You may like to print it out and take one word for each day for the next month or so and discuss them with your children. Most of all, make them your family experience rather than just words!

Blessedness
Cheerfulness
Cleanliness
Courteousness
Faithfulness
Fairness
Forgiveness
Generousness
Gentleness
Godliness
Goodness
Graciousness
Gratefulness
Happiness
Healthiness
Helpfulness
Holiness
Hopefulness
Hospitableness
Joyfulness
Kindness
Loveliness
Meekness
Maternalness
Motherliness
Oneness
Peacefulness
Politeness
Positiveness
Prayerfulness
Pureness
Richness in soul and spirit
Righteousness
Softness
Submissiveness
Sweetness
Teachableness
Tenderness
Thankfulness
Togetherness
Thriftiness
Truthfulness
Virtuousness, and
Wholeness.

This sounds like a blessed marriage and family life, doesn't it?

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

Photography by Erin Harrison

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