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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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golddiggingI think that many young men dream of digging for gold or hidden treasure. I know my husband still dreams of digging for gold! However, digging for gold, diamonds, oil, or diving for hidden treasure is tough work. It takes sacrifice. It’s not a picnic. The early gold diggers went through incredible hardships just to find a bit of gold. It becomes a fever and they can’t stop.

A few years ago two of our grandsons went to Alaska to gold dig. They were only 16 and 17 years. It wasn’t all fun and they both got frostbite and were in excruciating pain. Zadok couldn’t feel his toes for a number of years until God healed him. .

You may be in your home with your children all around you, but you don’t have to give up your adventurous spirit. You can go gold-digging, oil-digging, and treasure hunting every day. And I hope you teach your children to have this same adventurous attitude.

Colossians 2:3 speaks of Christ “In whom are hid ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” A lifetime, and even eternity, will never discover all the treasures in Christ and God. And what about His written word which contains His heart and His plans for us? God’s Word is filled with treasures of gold. David was a gold-digger and describes his passion in Psalm 19:10: “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much find gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”

I have a friend who told me the story of her brother. He purchased land in New Zealand which he hoped would support him financially. However, it turned out that it wasn’t enough provision and therefore he used the land as a hobby farm. Eventually he sold the land. But when selling he discovered he had another ten acres which belonged to him--the best of the land which would have enabled him to have a good income.

His neighbor was using the land. When he accused him, he replied that he had never asked him for it. He missed out on all the blessings he owned because he did not even know what he had!

Dear mothers, too many in the church today approach God’s Word as a chore or read it out of duty. That’s not the way. We must be gold-diggers who look for treasures. There should be nothing more exciting than searching for the divine truths of God’s Word. When we find gold we are so excited to share it with our husband, our children, and everyone we meet.

Our children enjoy our excitement. They see how we love gold-digging. They get a LOVE for God’s Word instead of growing up thinking it is a boring book to be read out of duty. This should never be.

Become an adventurous gold-digging family,

Nancy Campbell

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OhTheWonderBefore the world began she was in God’s mind,
A God who loves to create and is very kind,
He’s the author of life and destiny,
And He already knows what He wants her to be.

What an amazing miracle--the birth of a child!
We stand in awe--and God has a smile!
He’s created a life that’s never lived before,
A life that is special, unique, with gifts galore.

She’s a gift to her parents and a gift to the world
As we wait for her destiny to be unfurled.
She’s a budding life that will come to full bloom,
And of course her parents are “over the moon.”

But the greatest wonder of all to see
Is to know she was born for eternity!
She’s not just a life, but an eternal soul,
Born to embrace a heavenly goal.

Oh the wonder, the privilege we have as a wife
To bring into this world an everlasting life!
Praise God for this privilege and praise God for this babe
Whom He has lovingly and intricately made.
~ Nancy Campbell

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LittleBoysFor mothers with boys--here is another little poem for you to enjoy:

Little boys are full of noise
It’s very, very true!
If you don’t ignore their jokes
They’ll do some more on you!

Little boys are full of noise,
And don’t say not always!
They stink, they smell, they scream,
They yell--every single day!

Little boys are full of noise,
If you have one you will know,
They cannot sit, they cannot knit
Or do quiet things like sew.

Little boys are full of noise,
Thousands do agree,
But they are also very fun,
I know, ‘cause I have three!

~ Unknown

Painting: “A Fine Day for Fishing” by Jim Daly.

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MotherBoysYes, I know there are stains on my carpet,

The traces of small muddy boots,
And I see your fair tapestry glowing,
And flash in your dresses so bright.

Now, I think I'm a neat little woman
And I like my house orderly too,
And I'm fond of all dainty belongings,
Yet I would not trade places with you!

No! Keep your fair home with its order,
It’s freedom from bother and noise,
And keep your own fanciful leisure,
BUT GIVE ME MY FOUR SPLENDID BOYS!

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NewVisionHow often do you use the word “edify” in your everyday language? It’s certainly not a very common word, is it? I wonder if your children know the meaning. I think the reason we don’t use it frequently is because it’s not a secular word. It’s a Bible word and occurs nearly 40 times in the New Testament.

It’s a building term and is often used of building houses and even the temple. The Greek word is “oikodomeo” which comes from two words: “oikos” = home, and “doma” = to build, especially a housetop.

It’s all about building up one another--encouraging one another, making one another strong and secure in the storms of life, and inspiring one another to grow stronger and stronger and taller and taller in the Lord.

It’s all about building up our home--building on the foundation of God’s Word, daily strengthening and encouraging our family unit, dispelling disunity, repairing rifts, hurts, and misunderstandings, and reaching forth for all that God has for us. As we build our family, we don’t want a half-finished building, but a magnificent building!

Paul said, “We do ALL THINGS, dearly beloved, for your edifying” (2 Corinthians 12:19). Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make this the vision for our family lives? Every time we open our mouths and whatever we do, we build and lift up one another to a higher place. Imagine the atmosphere in our home when every member of the family does this to one another?

Ephesians 4:29, 30: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.”

Romans 14:19: “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”

Of course, there’s a secret to having an edifying lifestyle--building up your own spirit first, and then because your spirit is strong, edifying all around you. What is the secret? It’s prayer. Jude 1:20 says: “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”

Would you like to implement this new vision into your whole family?

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

Painting by Tasha Tudor

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