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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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AMotherWho helps to cheer the daily round?

A Mother!
Or smoothes our cares when they abound?
A Mother!
Who makes the home a haven sweet
With love and comradeship complete?
Where turn each night the eager feet?
A Mother!

Who softly croons a cradle song?
A Mother!
Or soothes her babe the whole night long?
A Mother!
Who tends with such unwearied care
Her household, and her children, fair?
Who bears them up to God in prayer?
A Mother!

Picture: Leah Thurber. Leah used to be one of our Above Rubies girls. Now she is a happily married wife and mother. Here she is enjoying motherhood with one of her little ones.

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GreatestNeed“Women can give up their jobs as clerks, engineers, doctors, etc., and other people will step in, and the world will go as smoothly as before . . . not so with mothering. When we leave this job, the world does not go on as before. It falters and begins to lose way.”

~ Unknown

Painting: “Mama” by Kathryn Trotter

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ScatterProverbs 31:26 gives another definition of a woman: “In her tongue is the law of kindness.” Kindness personifies a woman. That’s a challenge, isn’t it? For when we resort to our fleshly ways, we lose the anointing of kindness. The Hebrew word is “chesed” which is one of the most wonderful revelations of God in the entire Bible. It’s closely related to “grace” in the New Testament. It’s God’s unfailing love even when we don’t deserve it. It reveals His mercy, forgiveness, loyalty, goodness, and kindness.

It’s more than kindness. Lovingkindness is a better word. It’s a kindness which involves two parties. It speaks of God’s covenant with Israel which is an everlasting covenant. His dealings with Israel show how He deals with us. Because of their waywardness and rebellion, God had to continually judge and punish His people. Because He is God, He cannot let go His justice and righteousness, and must execute judgment on sin. Eventually, He could not tolerate the evil of the Israelites any longer and scattered them to the four corners of the earth.

Nevertheless, God had made a covenant. He is lovingkindness (chesed). His lovingkindness will not let go. He will not wash His hands of Israel, nor of us. He judges, but never gives up. Rebellion cannot destroy His love. It is the essence of that lovely old hymn, “O love that will not let me go.”

After vomiting the Israelites out of the land because of their sin, God sent hundreds of promises through His prophets to tell them that He will one day bring them back to the land again. These prophecies are being fulfilled before our eyes. We saw the miracle of Israel become a nation again on 14 May 1948 and now Jews are pouring back to the land from all over the world. This is God revealing Himself as "chesed."

It is also related to the old English word “troth.” Have you heard this word before? At the end of their vows, the bridal couple says: “And thereto I give thee my troth." Our children used these original wedding vows on their wedding day. I was pleased that our eldest grand-daughter also used the same vows. It was quite fun to hear her practicing to say "troth" on their wedding rehearsal night. It’s not an easy word to pronounce! It means that the couple confesses publicly that they will be faithful to their marriage covenant.

Because God is a God of lovingkindness and we are created in His image, He desires us to show forth this grace too.

Let’s practice being kind. Kind to our husband. Kind to our children. Kind to the people around us. Do you notice this Scriptures says that the virtuous woman reveals kindness through her tongue? Are your words kind? Did you speak kind and loving words to your husband today? Did you speak kind words to your children?

Let’s seek to be the women God wants us to be.

In His love,

Nancy Campbell

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WomenExaltedYou notice that I am sharing descriptions in God’s Word about women. God’s Word also pictures the career of motherhood to be higher than every other career.

In Ezekiel chapter 19 we read an allegory. God talks about the tribe of Judah and likens her to a mother. As we read this passage, we understand God’s value of motherhood. Ezekiel 19:10, 11: “Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.”

The Hebrew word for “exalted” is “gabahh.”
It means “to soar, to mount up, to lift up, to raise up to great height.”

God exalts motherhood. He places it high in society. Higher than all other careers. It is manifold and involves many different areas. God made men to be focused; they like to concentrate on one thing at a time. However, God created women with the ability to do many things at one time. He gives her this capability in order to care for several children at once.

Dear mother, God wants you to soar in your great role of motherhood. He wants you to mount up above the petty things that often pull you down and the trials that make you despondent or get into self-pity. You are not meant to be flapping around like a chicken. God wants you to soar like the eagle.

Sadly, this allegory in Ezekiel 19:12-14 ends on a bitter note: “But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; and the fire consumed them. And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground. And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a scepter to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.”

This passage is an up-to-date picture of motherhood in our society today. God exalts motherhood to a high place, but (notice the “but” in the above Scripture) angry hands seek to pluck m others out of the home. They end up in a wilderness. The wilderness in this passage literally speaks of Babylon, which is a type of confusion, deception, and delusion.

This is where many mothers are planted today. They are misplaced! God purposes for them to be in the home, but they are away from their children. Their wombs are “dried up” (v.12) because they no longer have time to have children. The children they do have are “devoured” (v. 14) by the enemy because they have vacated their post. They are not home to care for them. They have, often ignorantly, been sucked into the sly strategy of the enemy of our souls who wants to rob children of their mothers and mothers of their children.

Satan knows that if he can get mothers out of the home, he can get his hands on the children and consequently steer the course of the nation. He is terrified of mothers who understand their divine calling and who will not be pushed out of the home, no matter what the situation. He is afraid of mothers who are prepared to sacrifice new homes and many material things to stay home with their children.

One of Satan's biggest threats is godly mothers who have a vision to raise godly children and diligently teach and train these children to be pure and ardent in God's truth.

The world cannot do without mothers! When mothers abdicate their role of mothering in the home, they lay down their power to lead the nation in God's ways!

Love from Nancy Campbell

Painting by Cecile Veilhan

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WomanStrengthI amazed by the descriptions about women in the Bible. If you want to feel good about being woman, read God’s Word. God lifts women to a high status. We haven’t yet mentioned the other description in Proverbs 31:25 which says she is a woman of strength: "Strength and honor are her clothing" (Check the two posts below).

Two different words are used to describe a woman’s strength. The Hebrew word in Proverbs 31:25 is “oz” and means “majesty, might, power, and strength.” Proverbs 31:10 gives us another picture of a woman’s strength: “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” The word virtuous is “chayil” and means “might, strength, power, valor, and wealth. It is used mainly in the context of an army or war.” “Chayil” is used to describe men of valor. Here’s an example in 1 Chronicles 12:8 where the Gadites are described as: “Men of might (chayil), and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as roes upon the mountains.”

It’s interesting that translators used the word “valor” for men, but the word “virtuous” for women, and yet it is the same Hebrew word. That doesn’t mean that we go out to fight in an army. I believe that is the place for men, not women. But God also wants us to be strong. Strong to fight, not flesh and blood, but principalities and powers. Because God ordained marriage and family, Satan hates it. He is out to destroy it. Therefore, we are in the fight against the enemy. We fight against all his temptations to destroy our marriage or fragment our family life.

We need to be strong in the Lord, strong in faith, strong in truth, strong in our convictions, strong in embracing our femininity in a deceived world, strong in commitment to our marriage and to our family, and strong in faithfulness. We need to be strong spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Who knows that motherhood is not for wimps? We need to be strong in every aspect of our lives for this high and noble calling. No wonder God pictures women clothed with strength.

Proverbs 31:17 says: “She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.” Have you found that you have become stronger the longer you mother? Your arms certainly get stronger holding babies and toddlers. You become more mature and stronger in every aspect of your life.

Of course, we know our strength comes from the Lord. We can confess “I am clothed with strength,” knowing that we walk in His strength.

Be blessed today,

Nancy Campbell

Painting: “Climbing Mother” by Brian Kershisnik

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