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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.

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ItsGloriousTo nurse a baby at the breast is instinctive. It’s natural. It’s normal. But did you know it is also glorious? Society disdains the beautiful role of mothers, but in the Bible, God the creator of mankind, reveals His ultimate plan.

Isaiah 66:10-14 likens Jerusalem to a nursing mother. As we read we get a glimpse of God’s plan for breastfeeding mothers. This passage speaks of how the breast satisfies, comforts, consoles, delights, and gives peace. It also describes the nursing breasts as “the abundance of her glory.” You may like to check out the HCSB translation also.

Isaiah 49 speaks of the restoration of Zion. Allegorically verse 23 speaks of nursing mothers and says that “queens” will be “thy nursing mothers.” Breastfeeding is elevated to queenship. You are a queen when you nurse your little babe.

I love the way Sarah describes her motherhood. She could have talked about playing with her baby, teaching her baby, and all the things required to care for him. Instead, she talks about breastfeeding. Genesis 21:7: “And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children su.ck? For I have born him a son in his old age.”

We also read a similar description about Hannah. After crying out in agony for a baby at the temple in Shiloh, God blessed Hannah and she conceived. The next year she didn’t go up to the temple because she wanted to stay home with her baby. 1 Samuel 1:23 says: “And the woman abode, and gave her son su.ck until she weaned him” after which she took him to the temple. It doesn’t say that she stayed home to care for her baby and enjoy all the the lovely mothering moments. Instead the Bible describes these years (maybe three to five years) as a breastfeeding mother.

Are you nursing your baby? You are doing a great thing. A queenly thing. A glorious thing.

Enjoy the nursing moments (and hours) with your baby today (and tonight). Don’t try to wean your baby too soon. Nursing is mothering.

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

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OpenYourMouthHow do you like to pray? Many people like to pray silently or just in their mind. It is natural to do this throughout the day as we walk and talk with the Lord. However, I have found that my prayer life is far more effective when I pray OUT LOUD.

When I pray aloud, I know when I stop praying! And this happens. It’s easy to get into a dream, isn’t it? When you start to do this when praying aloud, you come back to prayer with a jolt when suddenly there is silence! It also gets you used to praying aloud in corporate prayer meetings.

Teach your children to pray aloud too. Encourage them to pray aloud in their personal praying. Encourage them to pray aloud when you have Family Devotions each day. When we gather together, we get everyone to pray, right down to the youngest who can talk. Children should be comfortable with praying aloud.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He didn’t go into a great discourse on how to pray. Instead, He prayed. He showed them how to pray by praying. We learn to pray by praying. Your children learn to pray by praying.

I am frustrated when I go prayer meetings and end up listening to a message. Or people talk more about the needs than praying about them. I thought we came to PRAY! Why don’t we get stuck in and pray? The need is so great. The nation is in peril. Our only hope is to call upon the Lord. Let’s do it.

We all know 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and hear another sermon.” Ooops! Did I get it wrong? Sorry. But isn’t that what we do? We come together for another sermon. Prayer is the last thing on our minds! But God won’t save our nation by another sermon. He will save our nation when we pray.

Let’s get it right: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

But we don’t have to wait to go to a church prayer meeting. You can have a family prayer meeting every day in your home with your children around you. What a blessing.

Be a praying family,

Love from Nancy Campbell


Painting: “Lord, Teach Us How To Pray” by Ron DiCianni

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YourLifestyleThere are many wonderful resources and curriculums for you to use in teaching your children, aren’t there. However, apart from God’s living Word, what do you think is your most powerful teaching tool? Can I tell you what I believe it is?

It’s your lifestyle!

I am challenged how Paul tells the new believers to observe and follow him. He was God’s living example for them to emulate. 1 Corinthians 4:15, 16: “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.” Because Paul brought them to birth, he was responsible to show them the way. Because we bring our children to birth, we also have the same responsibility to show them how to live.

1 Corinthians 11:1: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

Philippians 3:17 (PHILLIPS): “Let my example be the standard by which you can tell who are the genuine Christians among those about you.” Do your children see that your walk with God is real? They see through hypocrisy easily. Your life should be such an example that it exposes the fake and sham in other lives. Your lifestyle shows them the true way.

Philippians 4:9: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God peace shall be with you.” Can we say to our children? “Children, watch me closely. God wants you to do what you see me do. God wants you to speak the kind of words you hear me speak!” Your children learn more from watching you and your husband than from all the curriculums you will ever purchase.

You teach them how to have a successful marriage (or an unhappy one) by the way you and your husband relate together and show love to each other. My parents gave me an amazing example of a godly marriage. This set my husband and me on the path of a wonderful marriage (54 years on Thursday). Although we give marriage counseling, Colin and I have never been to a marriage seminar. We learned it by example (and experience) which is the most powerful way. This is the best way for your children to learn too.

Have a wonderful day,

Nancy Campbell

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AbovePatienceWe need God’s strength moment by moment, don’t we? We need it physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Colossians 1:10-14 tells us that God strengthens us “with all might, according to His glorious power, UNTO all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” It doesn’t say He strengthens us to do mighty acts, but to be PATIENT!

Patient and longsuffering in our daily tasks– and joyful too! Patient with our children. Patient with our husband. Patient in trials, even when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel! We need God’s strength for this kind of patience, don’t we?

The MLB translates it: “unlimited patience”! Wow! Our patience runs out quickly, but God’s patience is unlimited. God promises to fill us with His glorious power so we can exercise His unlimited patience in our lives.

This reminds me of James 1:3-4: “Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” The strange thing is, most of the time we are not patient enough to let patience have its full work! We give up before God has finished working out in our lives what He wants to accomplish.

I love how The Living Bible puts it: “When the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.

Dear mother, don’t despair when everything is going wrong. Rejoice! Let God work out His patience in you. This is how He makes you strong in character. God doesn’t want to do a half-work in you, but a full-grown work!

Be blessed,

Nancy Campbell

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BoringDoing little things often seems so insignificant, doesn’t it? Especially menial things. Tedious things. The daily chores you do over and over again like making beds, doing laundry, doing dishes, and preparing meals. Can I remind you that no little thing is insignificant? Little things accumulate and add up to big things. And more important of all, God notices. He is interested in the little things as much as the big things.

When God, who is watching over the walls of your home, sees you faithfully and joyfully embracing your daily tasks, it pleases His heart. He takes notice of it. God takes as much pleasure in the little things as He does the big things. He created the huge mountains, but put even more intricate design to each tiny snowflake which you can only see under a magnifying glass. He created the giant redwoods, but He created the beauty of the little violet and forget-me-not flowers.

God poured beauty and intricate design into the tiniest of His creations, some that can’t even be seen by the eyes of men. You also are being transformed into the character of God when you make beauty and joy out of your little and menial tasks, tasks that you think are boring. Nothing is boring when God is in it! Seek ways to do your little tasks faster, better, and more creatively. Sing while you do them. Thank God that He is with you as you do them.

I am challenged by Frank Bunker Gilbert in Cheaper by the Dozen who sought to do every household task more efficiently and quickly. He timed his children doing each task to see if they could do it more quickly the next time. That’s why we have so many wonderful inventions in the world today because people seek ways to do things more swiftly and resourcefully! The little can lead to the amazing!

Make everything you do in your home exciting. Encourage your children to make each task they face exciting and adventurous. Inspire them to think of doing it a better and quicker way.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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