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BlindGuidesWhat kind of a home are you creating? We often carry on the same ideas and traditions of the home in which we were brought up. We do what we do because we’ve always done it and that’s the way our mothers did it! I was talking to a lady yesterday who said she always used Tide to wash her clothes because her mother always used Tide.

I will admit that some traditions are good, and we should keep them going for generations. Other things may not be the best. We should always be seeking to know what is the best way, don’t you think? This is a challenge for me too. I can get into a rut, although my aim is to be always open to the best way.

I am sure we’ll all concede that God’s ways are the best ways. Now we are not going to learn the best ways to clean our home or cook a certain meal from the Bible, although God will teach us as we seek Him. However, He does shows us the best way to live our lives and establish our families. That’s why we must constantly seek God’s Word to know if we are living in the truth or not. I believe this is especially necessary for us mothers. We have such a responsibility to lead our children the right way, or we are “blind guides” and both we and our children will fall into the pit (Matthew 15:14).

Let’s look at just two examples in God’s Word today. 2 Corinthians 5;15 says: “He (Jesus Christ) died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” These words are the opposite to the attitude that is prevalent today. Most Christian women confess they must have time for themselves, time to get away from their children, time to go out and relax, and so on. These things are nice, but it doesn’t always work out practically when we have little children.

Therefore, what is our attitude? Do we get into a state of self-pity because we don’t have all the time we want for ourselves? Do we have an entitlement attitude of “I deserve to have my time and I deserve this and that?” Or do we embrace the principle that we are not meant to live unto ourselves, but unto Jesus who died for us. Jesus didn’t live His life to Himself, but poured out His life for us.

Mot people would like to be great and known for something important into their lives. That’s why some mothers are discontent with motherhood. They feel they should be out in their career, making a name for themselves. But what is God’s principle? If you want to be great in God’s
kingdom, you must become the servant of all (Mark 10:42-45). “A servant,” did you say? Yes, that’s what Jesus was. And because He humbled himself to become a servant, God highly exalted Him (Philippians 2:5-11).

Which attitudes do you have? Are you building them in your family? Showing by your example and teaching your children these biblical principles? These principles make for harmonious and blessed living. God’s way is always the best. And they prepare our children how to live their lives.

Be blessed today,

Nancy Campbell

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NowIsTimeNow is NOT the time for coffee and tea gatherings or prayer breakfasts where we do more talking and breakfasting than praying. Now is not the time for levity, laughing, joking, and telling funny stories.

Now is the time for us to take military action in the spirit realm.

Now is the time for us to pray as families for those who are being downtrodden, beaten, and persecuted.

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET SERIOUS AND ARM OUSELVES TO DO BATTLE.

~ Colin Campbell

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CookingArtOne mother commented on the thread for yesterday’s post, GOD LOVES COOKING. She wrote that “cooking is an art.” I believe it’s true. God gifts people with different artistic abilities, but even these abilities need to be honed and practiced. It is the same with cooking. Many mothers come into marriage with little experience of cooking. They rarely cooked growing up in their own home, which, of course, is a detriment to their lives. All children should grow up knowing how to cook.

Some don’t like cooking because it has been looked upon as an inferior task. But Scripture reveals it is a God-like ministry. But cooking is an art. We must practice it. Learn to do it better. Learn to do it with love, not just the love of cooking, but to show our love to our husband and family.

It’s the same with everything we do as a woman. Birthing is an art. Many women never get to practice the art. They often let the hospital staff take control of their birth. I think most of us didn’t know what we were doing the first time we gave birth. But as each succeeding baby comes we learn more. We understand our body more. We learn out to go with our contractions and the way God has planned to bring the baby forth.

Breastfeeding is an art. Not many feel relaxed at nursing the moment they begin with their first baby. But as we press through with the little (or sometimes big) problems that occur, we learn the art. It becomes a beautiful art. We know how to do it. We learn that it is not just feeding our baby, but total mothering. Whenever need our baby has, we can usually pacify and console that need with nursing. It becomes part of our life.

Homemaking is an art. We continue honing and learning all the time. If we think we have learned everything, we are deceived. I am now into the great-grandmother stage and I am still finding out better ways of doing things.

Dearest wives and mothers, let’s not get bogged down into a rut. Let’s press on to greater things. Let’s hone all the beautiful arts we have the privilege of doing as wives and mothers.

Let’s become great artists. We all have creative gifts in different ways. Let’s use these gifts in our homes to make them beautiful, to make them filled with the presence of God, to make our homes a delight to ourselves, our family, and all who come in.

Blessings to you today,

Nancy Campbell

Painting by Stephen John Darbishire, British painter.

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MenBackboneIt takes men of backbone to speak the truth. Men who are wishbones wish that things were better. They wish they had the prosperity of past years. They wish God would answer their feeble prayers. They wish that someone else would speak up for them. But they themselves will not lift a finger or a toe to make a solid stand for truth. IT'S HIGH TIME FOR MEN WITH REAL BACKBONE TO SPEAK UP FOR TRUTH.

~ Colin Campbell

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GiveMountainGod looks for men who will deny themselves the easy road, especially if the easy road includes the lusts of the flesh and yielding to temptations. Everything is acceptable on the easy road, as long as it makes you feel good and requires no moral resistance.

Homosexuality is okay on the easy road, as is divorce, abortion, drugs, sex, alcohol, and witchcraft.

Matthew 7:13-14 says: "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth until life, and few there be that find it."

WHAT DOES THE EASY ROAD LOOK LIKE?

Little prayer
Little Bible
Little work for God
Little sacrifice
Little hospitality
Little giving
Little witness
Little families
Living close to the world
Enjoying the world
No to homeschooling
Living on handouts
Let others pay

WHAT DOES THE HARD ROAD LOOK LIKE?

The road of mountains and battles with giants. Caleb said: “Give me this mountain” (Joshua 14:6-15).
Calling upon the Lord
Sacrifice
Risk-taking
Hard work
Denying the flesh and worldly lusts (2 Corinthians 11:25-30)
The way of the cross

Which is your road?

Be encouraged,

Colin Campbell

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GodCookingAfter reading my post yesterday, some have asked to learn more about hospitality.

We can’t be hospitable without cooking and preparing meals. The biggest part of hospitality is feeding people! Therefore, we need to get the right attitude about feeding our own family, so we’ll have the right attitude to feed extra people around our table.

Some women think that cooking is a lowly job. They would rather do something far more important. However, we learn a big lesson from the life of Jesus. After He rose from the dead He wanted to spend some time with His disciples.

He knew where he’d find them. Down at the lake fishing as usual. He knew they’d be tired and hungry, so He decided to make a fire of coals on the shore and cook some fish and bread for them. He ministered to their immediate needs by cooking a meal.

But just a minute. Who was this person cooking? It was Jesus, the One who had just risen from the dead, the One who had conquered death and hell, the One who was King of kings and Lord of lords. What was he doing? Cooking! Did you get it? He was cooking! Jesus knew that real fellowship happens over a meal. No one wants to share their heart when they are hungry and desperate to eat. When we feed people, it prepares the way for deeper fellowship and ministering into their spirit.

After Jesus spent time sharing with His disciples, He also had a very special word to give to Peter. He didn’t grab Peter as he came out of the water, wet and hungry, and say, "Pete, come here, I’ve got a word for you.” No, he gave him breakfast first. They talked and fellowshipped. After he was satisfied and relaxed, Jesus spoke to him: “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” Three times he asked this question of Peter. Three times He gave him a divine mandate for his future ministry - “Feed My lambs . . . Feed My sheep . . . Feed My sheep.”

This only happened after Jesus had cooked for him and served him.

I love this account too in 1 Kings 19:4-8 where God sends an angel to minister to Elijah. The angel (which could be an appearance of Jesus Himself) makes a fire of coals and bakes a cake for him to eat. This is our God! Cooking another meal!

Whose footsteps are we following?

Love from Nancy Campbell

I love this picture of Jesus preparing the food for His disciples. i have it on my desk top in front of me.

 

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HomeWelcomeA hospitable home is like God's home. He doesn’t exclude anyone who wants to come from His home. He loves the word COME. His home is a welcome home. A " let him take the water of life freely" home (Revelation 21: 6 and 22:17). A "come to the waters" home. A “come buy wine and milk without money” home (Isaiah 55:1, 2)

God is an hospitable God and He wants His heavenly home filled. He sent His only beloved Son to die and shed His blood to "bring many sons to glory" (Hebrew 2:10). Because He dwells in us, He wants to reveal His hospitality through us.

Some people think that hospitality is for certain people who have that particular "ministry." No, hospitality is the lifestyle of the kingdom of God. It is a biblical doctrine that starts in Genesis and weaves through the pages of the Bible to Revelation. Hositality is an extension of your mothering and homemaking ministry (1 Timothy 5:10).

Your home is your greatest place to serve God, firstly to your husband and children and then to many who will be blessed by your food and love and encouragement at your table. As you open your home to the ones God lays on your heart, you will never have another boring moment.

Your home is the greatest place for people to feel the presence of God. It is the perfect place for lonely and broken-hearted people to experience God's love. It is where you encourage the saints in God and keep each other from going astray.

As Peter exhorts us how to live as we get closer to the coming of the Lord, he says, "The end of all things is at hand . . . Be hospitable to one another without grumbling" (1 Peter 4:7-10).

If God lives in your home, it will be an hospitable home.

Be encouraged,

Nancy Campbell

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NeverInfluenceGod looks for men who will stand out from the crowd--men who will not be crowd lovers, crowd blenders, crowd pleasers, or crowd followers, but men who will dare to be different (2 Chronicles 16:9).

~ Colin Campbell

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ByLoveWe can have many family mottos and change them from time to time. A great motto to have is the words of Galatians 5:13: “By love serve one another.” We read this Scripture in our family devotions this morning. We currently have ten of the Allison children staying with us, plus others. We have 17 living in the home at the moment.

Two weeks ago, Serene’s husband, Sam, left for Sudan and then China on business. Before he left he sprayed their concrete floor. Unfortunately, it left such a terrible chemical smell that they haven’t been able to go back into the house, although they are taking the plunge to go back today.

We discussed this Scripture with the children this morning. When we have family devotions, we don’t only read the Word, but ask questions to see if they understand and how they can work out God’s words practically in their lives. We talked about how they could each think of someone in the family to serve today by being kind to them and helping them. To tell you the truth, these children don’t need a lot of encouragement to do this. They are all servers and all work hard to bless the family.

Because Serene is pregnant, she didn’t want to inhale the fumes and so the children went back Saturday and hauled out all clothes, dishes, and everything in the home and washed them, put them all back, and left the home spick and span and shining clean. I went over to check-- it was perfection. I couldn’t have done a better job myself. These children are well-trained in how to clean and keep the house and they never complain, but love and rejoice to serve. They are all an absolute delight.

But I thought what a lovely motto to have in a home. If everyone in the family can be encouraged to serve, which means every person serving one another (husband and wife and children), what could be more wonderful?

Would you like to encourage this godly character in your home? It’s is the example of Jesus Himself who “came not to serve, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Philippians 2:7 tell us that when He came into this world He became “a servant.” The NLT translates it: “He gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave.”

Be blessed today,

Nancy Campbell

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FightBattlesOne of the great acts of courage in the Bible (and of course there are many) was displayed by Jonathan, King Saul's son in 1 Samuel, chapters 13-14. The Bible is full of courageous acts.

In 1 Samuel 13:5-7 we read, "And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horseman, and the people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude... When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits."

But in chapter 14 we read of how with great courage, Jonathan and his armor bearer discovered themselves to one of the Philistine garrisons. Jonathan spoke words of faith and courage when he said to his armor bearer: "Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restrain to the Lord to save by many or by few."

In that first encounter, Jonathan, with his armor bearer, slew about 20 men, then God took over. Remember that the only people in all Israel with sword and spear were Saul and Jonathan. Through the spiritual weapons God has given us, we can be like Jonathan. Through prayer (one of our greatest spiritual weapons), we can expose ourselves, slay about 20 devils, and just see what God can do with the rest!

Be encouraged,

Colin Campbell

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GetSparkyMen who do not have "spark" are bland and boring. Their eyes are dull and lifeless. They have no oomph in their personality or spring in their step.

We know how bad it is when we keep pulling the rope to start the engine of the lawnmower but there is no spark. You feel like throwing the wrench at it! No woman should marry a man like this and no one should ever hire such a man.

Spark denotes life. As men get older, they tend to lose their spark and zest for life, but I do not believe that it should be this way. Men should take all the corrective measures possible to stop themselves from oxidizing and getting rusty. We know that drugs, alcohol, and pornography can ruin a man's personality. Sitting around and living a sedentary lifestyle, coupled with laziness, and not showing initiative, also takes the spark out of a man.

Mountain climbers would never dream of taking a man without any spark on such a dangerous expedition. God also wants men like Abraham and Caleb with lots of spark to climb His mountains.

Let’s be reminded again of Caleb’s confession: “As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come. Now therefore GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN” (Joshua 14:12, 12). This mountain was inhabited by giants, but he was ready to take them on at 85 years of age!

Remember, it only takes a few sparks to get a fire going. The best sparks come from Christians filled with the Holy Spirit. Reading God's Word and praying daily are an excellent combination to create sparks.

~ Colin Campbell

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DearMotherYour mothering is not in vain! You may not feel appreciated or honored in your home, but God is watching. He sees your work and labor of love. Your sacrificial mothering is never wasted and you will receive your eternal reward. Be encouraged today. #powerofmotherhood #influenceofmotherhood #ilovemotherhood #eternalreward #aboverubies

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MeekWeekDo you think it's weak to be meek? Perhaps you could try being meek for a week! You then discover that meekness is an attribute of those who are mature. Any three-year-old can stamp their feet and demand their own way. That’s immaturity.

Meekness is not for weaklings, but our flesh doesn't like it. It can only be worked in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Meekness (to be humble and lowly) is a beautiful thing. God says that "He will BEAUTIY the meek with salvation" (Psalm 149:4).

1 Peter 3:4 talks about the “ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” Other translations use the word beauty:

ESV: “The imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.”
MOFFAT: “The immortal bleauty of a gentle, modest spirit.”
NET: “The lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit.”
NLT: “The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.”

Meekness brings sweetness to relationships and the atmosphere of the home. It reveals the character of Jesus who is meek and lowly (Matthew 11:29). On the other hand, the opposite of meekness, which is stubbornness and pride, is an ugly thing. It destroys marriages and wrecks the atmosphere of the home.

Does meekness make you feel miserable? No. Isaiah 29:19 tells us that the meek INCREASE their joy in the Lord, plus a load of other blessings.

Samuel Thodey writes: "Meekness is that calmness of spirit which grows not out of reliance on self, but out of reliance on God . . . Christianity is a discipline of humility. In making men Christ-like it makes them meek."

Ask the Holy Spirit to work a spirit of meekness in you. It will bring such blessing to your marriage and home.

Be encouraged today,

Nancy Campbell

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FamProjIt’s easy to slide into negativity, isn’t it? This is a big challenge. Who will take it on? #challenge #thankfulness #gratefulness #nogrumbling #nocomplaining #aboverubies

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DareDiffMen, if we are going to be men of courage, we must speak up for what's right when the opportunity presents itself. If you have any truth in you, for goodness sake, SAY IT! Do not hide truth behind closed doors. Edmund Burke wrote, "All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing."

God is calling for all Christian men to use every opportunity possible to be light shiners and salt preservers. It is high time for us men to tell it the way it is, no matter who is listening. We may get persecuted for it. We may lose our job for it. Even our friends at church, who we wish to impress, may despise us when we do not toe the party line. So what! It's time for men to "play the man" and get rid of all that is gutless.

No more time for powder puffs who hold their peace when the sword should be drawn.

~ Colin Campbell

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ForStrengthThe ark kept Noah and his family safe from the flood. But although they were safe, they had to go through the storm. We will never avoid going through the storms and tempests of this life. Consequently, we must learn how to navigate them. God shows the way through the example of Noah who built a strong home, a home that could withstand the biggest tempest that ever hit this earth.

Hebrews 11:7 says: “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

Each one of us faces our different storms. We may face even bigger storms ahead. The most important thing we can do is continually strengthen our inner man, our marriage, and our home. Ask God to show you any leaks where the destroying enemy can enter.

Our physical home constantly needs repair. I am glad I married a “Mr. Fix-it” as I call my husband. However, more than physical wear and tear is spiritual wear and tear.

Constantly check what is going on in your home. What are your children watching on the electronics in your home? The enemy hates godly homes and he looks for openings in the walls where he can enter in. He looks for broken down walls.

Close all holes. Take authority over compromise, worldliness, and all evil. Plead for God’s protection. Cover your home with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Make your home strong to resist the buffeting of the storms of life. Fill your children with God’s Word so they will be strong to face the storms. Become such a diligent watchwoman that you scare the devil!

Blessings to you today,

Nancy Campbell

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CollapseThe nation needs men who will not compromise their moral values, even under extreme pressure. It needs men who will not compromise truth, even if it financially advantages them to do so. Some men will say anything to get what they want, whether in marriage, promotion, election to public office, or government hand-outs.

God looks for men who will not compromise biblical values, no matter what! The Holy Spirit who indwells all Christians is not compromising. He must be grieved at the way we compromise so easily over divorce, accepting the children He wants to give us, and homeschooling them to save them from humanistic propaganda and morally corrupt peers.

~ Colin Campbell

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TheBlessednessI have been thinking of the blessedness of motherhood. Yes, along with the blessedness is hard work and heartache. However, I believe that the devil robs mothers of the joys and glory of motherhood. Because God ordained motherhood and created us for this high purpose, the devil hates it. He hates what God mandates. He feeds us with lies to think we are wasting our lives when in fact, we are fulfilling the very perfect will of God. When we embrace motherhood, we are on Gods side.

No other woman can compare with the highest favor that was ever given to a woman, a young teenager named Mary, who was privileged to carry the Son of God in her womb. The angel called her “highly favored” in Luke 1:28 and 30. This privilege was given to only one woman in the whole of history.

However, each time a new baby is conceived in a womb, it is also a God moment. It is God who gives the conception. It is God who creates this new, precious life in the womb—a life that has never lived before and there will never be anyone like this one again. And because God gives life and loves life, His favor is also upon every pregnant woman.

In the original Greek, the word for “highly favored” is “charitoo.” This word was never used before the New Testament! It means “to be accepted, to give grace to.” It was God’s grace to Mary to receive the privilege to carry Jesus in her womb. It is also God’s grace to us to carry a life in our womb.

Dear mother, don’t be deceived by the lies of the world and society around you. There is no higher mission you can do in your life than to carry a new human being, and more truthfully, an eternal soul in your womb.

Embrace the blessedness. Embrace the truth. Live in the joy of it. Live in the glory of it. Lift up your head for you are doing something eternal. Everything else you do in life will be left behind, but you will take this precious child into the eternal realm with you if you are faithful to lead him/her to salvation.

What an amazing assignment. You are giving a child the opportunity and privilege to experience the glory of eternity with Christ forever. It’s only in the “forever glory” that you will truly understand the enormity and power of carrying a child in your womb.

Be blessed,

Nancy Campbell


Picture of Meadow Hall, my granddaughter, expecting her first baby in January 2018.

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DVDFamilyLifeEach time Colin and I go to UK, a very dear couple, Phillip and Sheila White film all our conferences. They are all available on the following website: http://www.pdtmedia.com/shop/

This will be especially advantageous to all families in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Be blessed, Nancy

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GuardStandObadiah chapter 11 talks about foreigners entering the gates of Jerusalem. As mothers, we must constantly guard our home. We must watch for the “foreign” sneaking through the gates of our home.

The “foreign” is all around us. We live in the midst of it. God doesn’t want to take us out of it, but to be shining lights in the midst of it. Jesus prayed, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15).

However, although it is all around us, we must be on guard that none of the “foreign” enters our home. Our home should be a sanctuary from evil--all that is opposite to God’s standard, His Word, and His heart.

The Adversary looks for any opening he can find to intrude into your sanctuary. Guard your gates. Guard your home on all four sides. By intercession and prayer, put a hedge of protection around your home (Job 1:10).

Give no foothold for the enemy. Allow no estrangement in your marriage. Don’t allow any worldly spirit to come in through the media. Be ruthless against the enemy. 1 Peter 5:8-9 says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith."

Let's have the same testimony as Nehemiah when he confessed, “I purged out everything foreign” (Nehemiah 13:30 NLT).

Many blessings to you and your family today,

Nancy Campbell

P.S. Read these Scriptures also: Deuteronomy 7:25-26; Palm 144: 7-8, 11-15; Lamentations 4:12; Ephesians 5:11 and 6:10-13.

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