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With the precious blood of Jesus sprinkled upon Heaven’s mercy seat, there is no limit to what our prayers can accomplish.

Even under the Old Covenant, which was sealed with the blood of bulls and goats there was still great mercy shown to God’s covenanted people as they humbled themselves, prayed, and turned from their wicked ways (1 Chronicles 7:14).

When they called upon God, pleading His divine mercy to flow from His mercy seat which was the seat of His throne in the earthly tabernacle and temple, God answered their prayers. Why? Because of the blood of bulls and goats abundantly sprinkled upon the mercy seat.

But now, because of the blood of Jesus Christ, the sinless, spotless, Lamb of God, whose blood is on Heaven’s mercy seat, HOW MUCH MORE greater and abundantly above all that we could ask or even think shall our payers be answered.

Men, we must teach our families this great truth. I believe with all my heart that there is absolutely no limit to the leverage we have obtained in and through the precious blood of Jesus. Through His blood we can receive from God all that we could possibly imagine.

Psalm 81:10 says: “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” This means that God calls His people to ask Him for BIG requests. In this psalm God reminds His people of His great miracles when He delivered them out of the bondage of Egypt.

To see His mighty power again, all they had to do now was to repent, walk in His ways, and stop worshipping false gods.

Verse 11 states: “But my people would not hearken to my voice.”

Verse 14 says: “I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.”

Verse 16 says: "He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat; and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.”

This was all under the Old Covenant, sealed with the blood of bulls and goats.

HOW MUCH MORE shall the sinless, spotless blood of Jesus Christ prevail for us?

How wide do we open our mouths?

Teach your family the power of Jesus’ blood to receive answers beyond their wildest dreams.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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After40Because this year is the 40th anniversary of publishing Above Rubies, I recently re-read the very first magazine I published. I was amazed to see that I am still speaking and writing the same things I did 40 years ago. God’s truth doesn’t change.

The only wonderful thing is that over the years God has revealed increasingly more understanding of His plan and ways to me about women from His living Word. God doesn’t leave us in the dark, but makes His Word a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). We don’t have to sit in darkness.

The following is the FIRST little article I wrote for Above Rubies 40 years ago. I wonder who still has a copy of this magazine?

A GRACIOUS WOMAN
Did you know that God has given honor to women? Christianity does not put women down, but raises her to a place of honor and dignity. You are not significant. Nor are you inferior as a serving wife, mother, and homemaker, which are the greatest privileges God has given to women. Proverbs 11:16 says: “A gracious woman retaineth honor.”

The reason many are not happy in their role is because they have not accepted it and often resist it. It is true that there are times when it is not easy going, but there is a price to success in any career. It involves selflessness that doesn’t sit well with our lower nature. But surely it is this that matures us in strength and character and refines us to be gracious women.

Many women are crying out for their own rights. Feminists herald: “You don’t have to stay married. Put yourself first rather than serving your husband and children.” Does this really work? In fighting for her own rights, a woman loses the honor God divinely gives her.

It is the gracious woman who keeps her honor. What is grace? Jesus showed us what grace is like. We read the description in Philippians 2:6-8: “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

These words are preceded by the admonition: “Let this mind (attitude) be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (v. 5). Do we have the same attitude Jesus had? In our marriage and in our home? Are we prepared to lay down our lives for others? Do we show the same grace He showed?

We often feel we have the right to do what we want, but we don’t earn respect and honor by demanding our own way. There were times when I stomped through the house and exclaimed, “I’m just a servant around this place.” Then I hear the words of Jesus in my ear, “Nancy, didn’t I come to serve?” My heart softens again and I respond, “I’m sorry, Lord. Let me serve with love and graciousness.”

With this attitude, I find true happiness and contentment.

Be blessed today,

NANCY CAMPBELL

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MercySeat5Hebrews 9:14: “How MUCH MORE shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”

We should be eternally grateful for the blood of Christ to cleanse and purge our deepest conscience, no matter how greatly it has been defiled, stained, hardened, and contaminated by our actions or thoughts. It should never cease to amaze us. It is only through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from all dead works that we can serve God with a clear and clean conscience.

All our service, to and for God, can only be acceptable to Him based on the blood of Jesus Christ. All our so called good works become dead works if we think they can save us and make us more acceptable to God. Perish the very thought!

The only good works that are acceptable to God are the good works based on the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus. The power of His blood purifies our hearts from all the boasting and pride of all the works done through the energy of our self-life. It is only the blood of Jesus that makes our works acceptable to God.

Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling.

• It is not how much more good works we have done; it is rather HOW MUCH MORE POWER there is in the blood of Jesus.

• It is not how much more knowledge of the Bible we have; it is rather HOW MUCH MORE POWER that is in His blood.

• It is not how much more sacrifice we have made, even to the laying down of our lives; it is rather HOW MUCH MORE POWER that is in His blood.

• It is not how much more we have prayed; it is rather HOW MUCH MORE POWER there is in the blood of Christ.

• It is not how much more we have attended church; it is rather HOW MUCH MORE POWER there is in His blood.

• It is not how much more gifted we may be than others; it is rather HOW MUCH MORE POWER is in the blood of Jesus.

There is power, power, wonder-working power,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ShiningMotherDear mother, you are blooming like a beautiful flower
As you embrace your motherhood and rely on God’s power,
You are walking in God’s perfect will and plans
Who chose you to tenderly care for His lambs.

You are obediently fulfilling God’s great vision
To bring forth godly seed which is God’s commission.
He wants to fill this world with His glory and light,
A holy seed who will bring answer to this world’s plight.

May you raise sons and daughters who will be mighty for God,
Who will turn many to Jesus while on this sod,
"Arrows" who are polished and ready for the bow
To be sent forth in God’s time to attack the foe.

May you experience God’s strength and His help each day,
May you live in divine health as you eat the healthy way,
May you be filled with great joy, which is your strength
And know His mighty anointing for each day’s length.

Oh, I know that you often feel tired and worn,
But God’s promises are true, He has sworn
He will always be faithful; He will not let you down,
You can trust Him completely; He won’t let you drown.

Don’t get downhearted; throw self-pity out the door!
As you trust and obey, He’ll give grace more and more!
Keep pressing on, keep your eyes on the Lord,
Look beyond the day’s frustrations to the eternal reward!

The world is waiting to observe your radiant face,
To witness on you God’s glory and grace,
There is no greater testimony for this world to see
Than a joyful mother with a child on her knee.

Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
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HowBecomeWiseWe all want to be wise, don't we? It is only the wise who build a strong home and family.

Praise God, we are not left in the dark. Deuteronomy 4:5-9 gives us the secret. Moses reminds the children of Israel about the statutes and judgments God has given to them and says in verse 6: "Keep therefore and do them; for this is your WISDOM AND YOUR UNDERSTANDING in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statues, and say, Surely this great nation is a WISE AND UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE . . . And what nation is there so great that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?"

What guides our lives? Are we conditioned and shaped by the customs of this world, or do we adhere to God's principles which are true wisdom and understanding? Yes, they are usually opposite to the ways of the world, but if we want to be a wise builder, we must do it God's way. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:25 that even "the foolishness of God is wiser than men."

Jeremiah the prophet exhorts the people in Jeremiah 10:2-3 (ESV): "Learn not the ways of the nations . . . for the customs of the people are vanity." But God's ways are the ways of wisdom.

On which foundation are you building your marriage and home? [Matthew 7:24-27).

And what about your children? Are you training them to live according to the culture of this world or according to Bible culture? Are you educating them in God’s ways or are they being educated by the humanist and progressive public education?

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

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MarriageDestroyerOne of the biggest stumbling blocks in a marriage relationship is pride. Pride reveals itself when we are stubborn and not willing to yield. It rears its ugly head when we stay on our "high perch" or keep our "high look" and are not prepared to humble ourselves.

Conversely, one of the greatest building tools in establishing a happy and sweet marriage is to have a humble and tender heart. We certainly don't have this in our own flesh, but as we yield to the Holy Spirit, He works it in our hearts. And you will have the favor of God upon you. When you have God's favor in your marriage, you will enjoy all kinds of wonderful blessings.

God continually reminds us that He hates the pride. Psalm 101:5 (HCSB) says: “I cannot tolerate anyone with haughty eyes or an arrogant heart”. The CEB translation says: "I can't stomach anyone who has proud eyes or an arrogant heart."

God runs from pride! We won't experience His presence anywhere near us when we keep our proud heart (James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5).
But who does God want to dwell with? Those who have "a contrite and humble spirit" (Isaiah 57:15). When we follow the example of Jesus and humble ourselves, God comes right into our marriage with His mighty presence--melting stubbornness, softening hardness, and turning our hearts to one another.

May blessings fill your home today,

Nancy Campbell

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SavvyRecently I read about a wife whose husband was unkind to her and didn’t want to spent time with her, choosing to spend all his evenings in other company. She went to a counselor. He didn’t spend hours counseling her, but instead gave her one simple message, “Always treat your husband with a smile.”

She began to put it into practice. A few months later she returned to the counselor to say that her husband no longer sought other company, but longed to be with her and treated her with constant love and kindness.

This secret works wonders for a problematic marriage, but also enhances a good marriage. Try it.

What about your children? Do they get more frowns than smiles from you? 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us that we grow into the likeness of Jesus the more we behold Him. It says, "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."

In the same way, your children become like the image they see on your face? Do they see a grumpy face? They'll be grumpy? Do they constantly look at a smiling and happy face? You'll have happy children.

But, you don't feel like smiling? Don't live by your feelings. That's such a miserable way to live. Smile even when you don't feel like smiling. Soon you'll be smiling because you feel like it and everyone in your home will be smiling, too.

Have a wonderful smiling day, Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell

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As4FamilyMicah 4:5 says: “Though all the peoples walk each in the name of his god (whatever captivates their attention), as for us, we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.”

Do you want this confession to be the testimony of your family? I want it to be our affirmation: “As for the Campbell family, we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.”

What a great affirmation for you and your children to speak out loud each day: “As for us (put in your family name), we will walk in the name of the Lord our God.” Perhaps you could all say it together at supper time this evening.

What a privilege to walk in the name of the Lord God. What a responsibility to take His name upon us and our family, and all that His holy and awesome name represents. As we make this a family confession and testimony, it will remind us to conduct our lives in a way that will bring honor to His glorious name.
How long are we to walk in His name? Forever and ever. It is not only for your children now. God wants each continuing generation of your family and my family to continue walking in His ways.

Pray not only for your children, but for the coming generations.

Be blessed today,

Nancy Campbell

 
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AreUCrownWho is a crown to her husband? The one who . . .

C Cherishes her husband. (Titus 2:4).
R Reverences her husband. (Ephesians 5:33).
O Obeys her husband. (Titus 2:5).
W Watches over her husband to do him good. (Proverbs
31:11-12).
N Never nags her husband. (Proverbs 19:13; 21:9,19; and 27:15).

Bless you husband with loving words and deeds today.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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MercySeat4Hebrews 9:23: “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”

The mercy seat in the earthly tabernacle was made after the pattern of the heavenly one. Hebrews 8:5 tells us of the priests “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.”

The heavenly tabernacle, including the mercy seat, required purification, not with the blood of innocent animals, but with the precious blood of the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ.

If mercy flowed from the mercy seat on earth through the blood of animals for the temporary forgiveness of sin, how much more shall the blood on Heaven’s mercy seat obtain for us a FAR GREATER forgiveness and salvation? Through the mercy seat on earth the blessings flowed to protect, heal, prosper, and give victory over enemies. How much more from Heaven’s mercy seat? And we also have a stronger guarantee that our prayers will be heard and answered when we plead the precious blood of Jesus Christ rather than the blood of earthly bulls, goats, and lambs.

Why don’t we plead the blood more?

Hebrews 10: 4 states: “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” They only provided a temporary band aid until the true sinless, Lamb of God was slain and His blood applied to Heaven’s mercy seat. Jesus’ precious blood is the only guarantee for our prayers to be heard.

In Hebrews 9:7 we read that the High Priest of Israel could only approach the earthly mercy seat once a year and He could only do this with the blood of animals. But now we can come boldly through the name of our heavenly High Priest, Jesus Christ, who by His own blood entered ONCE AND FOR ALL into the Holy of Holies in Heaven, “having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12).

Men, we must teach our families this great truth so that our faith will be increased to see our prayers answered.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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DoWearApronI am one of those people that need to wear an apron when I am preparing food. I am not like some women who can do messy things and still stay clean. I remember when we lived in Australia and were painting our new church. It was just as well I wore old clothes as I got paint all over me.

A friend arrived in beautiful clothes, high heels, and even her hat to match! I thought she had come to say Hi. But, no. She'd come to join the team. She began to paint and never got a drop of paint on her! I guess she doesn't have to wear an apron in her home.

Not me. I make sure I wear one. However, there is an apron that God wants us all to wear. 1 Peter 5:5 (Williams) says: "You must all put on the servant's apron of humility to one another, because God opposes the haughty but bestows His unmerited favor on the humble."

When we dress each morning, it is important to also put on our "servant's apron." The apron of humility. What a mighty difference this makes in the home and in our relationships with our husband and children. It’s not always easy to wear, is it? But this is the apron that makes you look the most beautiful–and it is precious in God’s sight too.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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GodsUltPlanGod has a plan for every person He creates. He prepares our destiny before we are born (Ephesians 1:4;
2:10 and Psalm 139:16). Even more, He prepares our body for us. Each one is unique and different.

When God marvelously prepares our body in the utter seclusion of the womb He determines whether we will be male and female. He creates a specific male body for the male and a special female body for the female. There is something very special about the different sexes. That’s why we wait with baited breath to know whether our new baby will be a boy or a girl! And then we celebrate the sex of the child!

I believe that we should encourage our children in the way God created them. We should affirm our sons with their male body. God created them to be stronger to do hard physical work and to be able to provide and protect their families. We encourage them to be strong, hard-working, and not wimps. We should affirm our daughters that God created them so wondrously with bodies that have the privilege to conceive and bring forth life into the world. Our children should grow up embracing who God created them to be.

I am so challenged when I read about Jesus in Hebrews 10:5 where He states that His Father prepared a body for Him. Or rather “fitted for Him.” God planned and designed Jesus’ body, but also the purpose for His body before time began. He was the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:19, 20 and Revelation 13:8).

Hebrews 10:5-10 goes on to tell us that the very purpose for His body was to be offered up as a sacrificial victim for the sins of the world. He gave His body as a willing sacrifice to obey His Father’s will. The fitting of his body was not only for His incarnation, but for obedience “even unto death” (Philippians 2:5-8). He didn’t do this grudgingly, but with delight (Psalm 40:6-8).

When God gives us a body, it is not to please ourselves, but to fulfil the purpose for which God created and planned before the foundation of the world. Because God chose by His determinate counsel to create us female, we must embrace our femaleness and live it for His glory. We must embrace the anointing to nurture and mother and bring precious and eternal babies into this world, not only for the revelation of God’s image in the world, but for His eternal kingdom.

And just as Jesus came to give His body as an offering, so we should also “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1,2).

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

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GodsHeartGod beholds every minute detail of the baby in the womb. Oh, how He must grieve when women terminate the life of their baby, a life that God is so wondrously and marvelously creating.

Palm 139:15,16 (NLT) says: “You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

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MercySeat3Exodus 25:20: “And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.”

The doctrine of mercy is a major doctrine in God’s Word. All of God’s mercies, which are so enormous and great, flow directly from the mercy seat. The mercy seat is, without doubt, the greatest aspect of God’s throne.

We must never forget that all of God’s benefits and goodnesses towards us from the beginning of time have their source and foundations in the mercy seat of His throne.

The mercy seat reveals to us the greatness of our Heavenly Father’s heart.

However, the mercy seat would have absolutely no benefit to us if it were not for the blood of the innocent, pure Lamb of God sprinkled upon it.

Referring to the faces of the cherubims looking at one another as well as both looking towards the mercy seat, some commentators speculate that their faces would have a look of amazement, awe, and wonder. They saw the ark carrying the Ten Commandments which were righteous and holy, yet they condemned and judged us guilty and worthy of death because we were helpless to keep them perfectly.

If it were not for the blood-sprinkled mercy seat the cherubims’ faces would have appeared sad and grieved. However, the Scriptures say that their faces in unity were not actually looking at the judgmental law, but at the mercy seat which was sprinkled with innocent blood.

This is a picture of the righteous wrath of God being satisfied with the atoning blood of His innocent, sinless Son, resulting in His great heart of mercy flowing abundantly towards His fallen creation of mankind.

The truth is that God is more than satisfied with the blood of His Son. When we boldly approach the One who sits on Heaven’s mercy seat, we can plead the precious blood of Christ and know that God is totally appeased.

Hebrews 4:16 say: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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FulfillPurposeThis is the third post about having a purpose to build a home to the name of our God.

When Solomon publicly proclaims his vision to build a house for God in 2 Chronicles 2:1-9 he pinpoints his purpose more specifically.

Why does he want to build this house? Verse 4 says: "Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening. . .” What is this all about?

It was for these purposes that God asked Moses to build the tabernacle in the wilderness.

He told them to build a golden altar of incense where they were to burn sweet incense before him continually. To keep the incense burning they had to light it every morning and evening. In the Bible incense always speak of praise, worship, prayer, and intercession. Read the following Scriptures: Psalm 141:2; Revelation 5:8; and 8: 3, 4.

The shewbread speaks of the loaves of bread which were baked each week and placed upon the table of shewbread—speaking of Christ who is the bread of life and the Word of God which gives life to us daily.

The burnt offerings were sacrificed every morning and evening, each one pointing to Jesus Christ who was the pure, spotless Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. We no longer sacrifice animals to cover sin, because Jesus Christ died ONCE FOR ALL for our sins. This is repeated seven times in Hebrews 9:11-14; 25-28; 10:10-14; and 1 Peter 3:18.

However, we learn an amazing principle that God gave to us through the teaching of the tabernacle and that is the Morning and Evening principle. God wants us to come into His presence to worship Him, to hear from Him, and to intercede for the needs of the world every morning and every evening.

Solomon’s whole passion for building a house for God was to have a place where He could offer this sacrifice of praise to God continually. This exhortation also comes to us New Testament believers in Hebrews 13:15.

Can you feel Solomon’s passion when he says in verse 6: “But who is able to build him a house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? Who am I then, that should build him a house, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?”

“Except as a place . . .” This was his consuming passion. To have a place where he could sacrifice before God (Romans 12:1, 2). There was nothing more important to him.

As we build our house for God, it should also be our consuming passion to make a place in our homes and a time each day where we meet together to hear God’s Word, to worship Him, and to cry out to Him for the needs of others. This should be the minimum we give to God each day if He is truly Lord of our home.

We don’t try to fit this into our daily plan. If we have this attitude, we’ll never do it. Because it is our consuming passion, we make it happen, and fit everything else around it! If other things don’t get done, we have fulfilled the most important function of our home.

What kind of home are you building? A place where God is honored each day? A place where you meet with Him every morning and evening? A place that is hallowed with God’s presence?

Embrace the same purpose Solomon had which was to build a home that would be WONDERFUL and GREAT (verse 9).

Have a wonderful day,

Nancy Campbell

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GreatBuildingIn my last post to you I write about our great purpose to build a home for God’s name. What a vision! We are not building to our own name, but to the name of the Lord—the holy, glorious, awesome name of God.

After seven years of building, Solomon finished the house of the Lord and at the prayer of dedication he mentioned the name of the Lord 14 times (1 Kings 8:12-53)! He wanted God’s glorious name to be known in the city of Jerusalem, in Israel, and in the whole of the earth (1 Kings 8:60). Are your neighbors aware that you are building a home to the name of the Lord God?

As in all building projects, you’ll face insurmountable problems and challenges as you build your home and family. But never give up. Never lag. When you have a passion and a purpose, nothing will deter you. No matter how many friends and family members ridicule you or what setbacks you face, you keep on faithfully building.

What does it mean to build? The Hebrew word is “banah” and has three meanings in the Hebrew.

1. To build. You constantly build up and strengthen your marriage and each one of your children. You build into your home each day, making it stronger and more unified.

Every decision you make, you make with the intention to build up your family, not fragment it. You determine to speak words to build up your husband and children and never to tear down (Proverbs 14:1).

2. To repair. Unless we constantly repair and renew, our house will deteriorate around us. We must repaint, fix broken things, renew floors and so on. It is the same with our family relationships. Because we are human, they will never be perfect. We must constantly repair--to forgive, bless, encourage, renew, and heal relationships.

3. To bring forth children. This is part of the Hebrew word “banah.” Check the Strong’s concordance. Ruth 4:11 speaks of Ruth and says: “The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel.” How did Rachel and Leah build the house of Israel Not with hammer and nails? No. They laid the foundation and built it by bringing children into the world. Every child you bring into your family helps to build up your family.

Sadly, many families don’t have all the children God intends for them and don’t complete the building of their home!

And be reminded that your children are involved in building too. The most common Hebrew name for children is “ben” and comes from this word “banah.” This word children means “the builder of the family name.” Remind your children that they each one helps to build the family, not only to your family name, but ultimately to build a family to honor and glorify the name of the Lord.

Have a great family building day,

In His love,

Nancy Campbell

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