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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.

AmazingBlessinHave you thought much about salutations? They have power to affect people’s lives. What do you say when you greet your husband each morning? I am sure you start with the wonderful words, “I love you.”

And what about your children? When you go out to the breakfast table do you greet them with positive and loving words?
“Good morning, my most amazing and incredible children.”
“I love you and I love being your mother!”
“Good morning to my mighty world changers.”

And what about other people? Paul wrote to the Colossian believers: “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ. . . Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Do you notice that he called them “saints” and “faithful”? The word “saints” is “hagios” and means “holy, set apart, sanctified, consecrated, and pure.” He greeted them with positive words: “holy and faithful.”

Why don’t we try to encourage people when we meet them? How lovely to greet friends in a way that will uplift their souls:
“So great to see you today, dear faithful friend. How are you?”
“What a joy to see your smiling face. You light up my day.”
“What a joy to see you. May you be blessed today.”
“How wonderful to meet another sanctified saint.”

Change someone’s life every time you open your mouth.

Be encouraged and blessed,

Nancy Campbell

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Have you read about Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)? He was known as one of the greatest preachers and theologians in American history and was involved in the revival known as the Great Awakening. He married Sarah Edwards when she was 17 years and they had 11 children. Not only did this couple influence the nation through their lives and Jonathan’s preaching, but they influenced the nation through their children and continuing descendants.

Let’s peek at the family of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards. In 1900, A. Winship tracked down 1400 descendants of this family. By 1900 this godly marriage had produced . . .

13 college presidents
65 professors
100 lawyers and a dean of an outstanding law school
30 judges
60 doctors and a dean of a medical school
80 holders of public office including:
3 United States Senators
3 Mayors of large cities
3 State governors
Third Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr
Controller of the United States Treasury.

Members of the family wrote 135 books and edited 18 journals and periodicals.

They entered the ministry in platoons and sent 100 missionaries overseas as well as stocking many mission boards with lay trustees. They directed banks, insurance companies, owned coalmines, iron plants and vast oil interests.

Winship states: “There is scarcely any great American industry that has not had one of this family among its chief promoters.”

Because of the responsibilities of Jonathan Edwards' ministry, Winship goes on to say: “Much of the capacity and talent, intensity and character of the Edwards family is due to Mrs. Sarah Edwards.” The influence of one godly mother has continued down through the generations to affect the destiny of the world.

In his last sermon Jonathan preached: “Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by his rules. And family education and order are some of the chief means of grace. If these fail, all other means are likely to prove in effectual. If these are duly maintained, all the means of grace will be likely to prosper and be successful . . . Take heed that it not be with any of you as it was with Eli of old, who reproved his children, but restrained them not; and that, by this means, you do not bring the like curse on your families as he did on his.”

Elisabeth Dodds writes of Sarah: “Her system of discipline was begun at a very early age and it was her rule to resist the first, as well as every subsequent exhibition of temper or disobedience in the child . . . wisely reflecting that until a child will obey his parents he can never be brought to obey God.

She also writes: “Their children were eleven different people, proving that Sarah’s discipline did not squash their personalities — perhaps because an important aspect of their disciplined life was that, as Samuel Hopkins wrote, “for [her children] she constantly and earnestly prayed and bore them on her heart before God . . . and that even before they were born.”

In contrast to the Edwards family, 1200 of the Jukes family were tracked down. They originated with one immigrant who settled in upstate New York in 1720 and produced a tribe of “idleness, ignorance, and vulgarity.” Only 20 of the 1200 Jukes ever had any gainful employment and all the others were criminals or lived on state aid.

How are you influencing future generations?

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

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LookBeyondTodayDear mother, you are not mothering only for today. I want you to see beyond today. Maybe today was a frustrating day. Nothing went right. You felt like a failure. You’d like to give up. But of course, you can’t!

Get this truth. Your mothering does not hinge on one bad day. You have another day tomorrow. Have a good night’s sleep tonight. Give your problems to God instead of stewing on them yourself and thank God that He is with you as you mother your children with all the accompanying frustrations and challenges.

Believe God for a great day tomorrow. Confess you are going to have a great day. And even when things go wrong, laugh instead of getting upset! Your little problem is not the end of the world. It’s just a little hiccup, and we all have loads of them every day. They don’t have to be a problem at all if we trust God with them.

Even more than tomorrow. Think of the future. Dear mother, you are mothering for the years when you will no longer be here. Your mothing impacts future generations.

Get a vision beyond today, beyond the next few years--to generations ahead. It changes your mothering. You will understand the influence you wield as you mold your children and future generations to come.

I was reading the other day about Achan who disobeyed God and took silver and gold and Babylonian garments which God told them they were not to touch. I find it challenging to read that when the Bible pinpoints Achan as the culprit that it doesn’t only mention his name, but his father, grandfather, and even his great-grandfather (Joshua chapter 7). His great-grandfather’s name was marred because of his great-grandson’s sin!

Conversely, we read in Zephaniah 1:1 about Zephaniah who was a prophet to the nation. As it introduces him, it cites the names of his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and his great-great-grandfather! Wouldn’t you love to know that your great-great-grandson was a prophet of God to the nation?

How we need to pray for future generations. Do you do that? When Colin and I pray for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, we also like to pray for future generations beyond that. We want our progeny to keep walking with God down the generations “FROM NOW AND FOREVER” as it says in Isaiah 59:21.

Be encouraged. Look beyond today. You are doing a great work.

Love from Nancy Campbell

Painting: Bedtime Story by James Bernardin.

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DoYouWalkHow do you walk around your home? Do you walk with a spring in your step? Oozing joy and happiness? Pouring out encouragement and blessing? Or does this sound a bit over the top?

Perhaps you’d like me to come down to earth. Would you rather walk around with bent shoulders? Sighing and groaning as you go. Look out children or they’ll get a frown or a negative word. And your husband? He better not come too near.

Help. Are we meant to be earthly? Didn’t Jesus ask us to pray the words: “As in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2)? Colossians 3:1-3 says: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

Proverbs 20:7 (NLT) says: “The godly walk with integrity; BLESSED are their children who follow them.” The word “walk” means “to walk about; to walk to and fro.” It’s all about our walk—what we say and what we do. Starting in our home.

How do you walk out to the kitchen from your bedroom? What do you say when greet everyone in the morning? What does your countenance look like? Your walk will affect your children, now and for years to come. When you walk with joy and purpose, your children will be blessed. When you walk with negativity, you have nothing positive to impart to your family.

Walk in integrity, dear mother. It’s walking in integrity that blesses your children—and future generations. Do they see us walking uprightly? Making righteous decisions? Adhering to God’s Word even if it is opposite to our circumstances?

This is how we bless our children.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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GodToMoveWhen we gather together as a family to pray, we pray for one another of course. But we must look beyond our immediate needs to see the needs of the nation and the world.

1 Timothy 2:1-3 says: “I exhort therefore, that, FRIST OF ALL, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

We have a responsibility to pray for those in authority over us. Are you praying as a family for our president, Donald Trump, each day? He desperately needs our prayers. It’s not President Trump, but the prayers of God’s intercessors who can make America great again.

We seek to pray for him and others in authority each day in our home. When he became president the passage in Exodus 17:8-13 came strongly to my heart. Do you remember how the children of Israel went out to fight against the Amalekites? Moses was up on the hill, holding up his hands with the rod of God. When his hands were up, the Israelites prevailed. When he got tired and let down his hands, the Amalekites prevailed.

Therefore, his brothers, Moses and Hur, came and stood beside him and held up his hands. As they continued to hold up his hands they won the victory over the Amalekites.

We have “Amalekites,” haters of God and all that is righteous in our land. They want to impeach Trump or get rid of him any way they can. I believe the only way that righteousness can prevail in our nation is as we hold up our hands in prayer to God.

I think there is something very powerful about doing something tangible. Therefore, every time I pray for President Trump, I raise my hands to God, as a picture before God that I am holding up his hands on his behalf. For it is only God who can do the work. It is not my might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6).

Can you just imagine what could happen in our nation if every God-fearing family would pray for President Trump and our nation every day? We would see mighty victories. We would see the down fall of the “Amalekites.” These great miracles can only happen by prayer.

So, why don’t we pray? Don’t we want God to move? Don’t we want righteousness exalted in this nation? Don’t we want a great revival of people turning back to God?

Let’s encourage one another in this greatest of all ministries.

Be encouraged.

Nancy Campbell

P.S. In our home, we have PRAYER BOXES which we use each time we gather for prayer as a family. We use our Family Prayer Box each time and choose one other box. You can read about our Prayer Boxes and how you can use them in your home. Go to these links:
http://aboverubies.org/…/2663-prayer-in-the-home-revolution…
http://tinyurl.com/OurPrayerBox
http://tinyurl.com/IdeasForPrayerCards
http://www.worldwatchlist.us/world-watch-list-countries/

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