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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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ClosetPantryYesterday we talked about the LAW OF THE HOUSE. How do we make rules and laws for our home? Do we copy what other mothers do? Do we get ideas out of a book? No, we get it by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

How did David get the pattern for building the house of the Lord? God gave it to him by His Spirit. 1 Chronicles 28:11-13 tells us that he received “the pattern of all that he had by the Spirit . . . for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD.” Isn’t that wonderful?

God is interested in every detail of your home. Everything that is involved in the running of your home. Even the pots and the pans and how you should order your kitchen (1 Chronicles 9:-32). God will show you how to set everything in order and how to order your days.

Ask God to show you and He will give you the plan by His Spirit. Wait for His plan. When He gives it to you, it will work. Sometimes you try to follow the ideas of others. It may work for them, but it doesn’t work for you. The way God shows you will work for you.

Be blessed today,

Nancy Campbell

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LawHouseYes, this is an actual Scripture. Ezekiel 43:12 says: “This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.” It is talking about the temple, the place of God’s dwelling. God had laws for His house. He established many ordinances to make it run smoothly. In Ezekiel 44:5 it says: “Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning ALL THE ORDINANCES OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, and ALL THE LAWS thereof: and mark well the entering in of the house with every going forth of the sanctuary.”

Because I am also building a house to the Lord, a sanctuary for the living God and for my husband and family, I believe I can’t do better than God’s plan. If it was important for God to have ordinances to run His house smoothly, I think I also need laws and ordinances to make my home function effectively. God’s house had order and established daily times for certain functions. I need to make this happen in my home too. I believe in flexibility because every day of every year is different and we never know what is going to happen. However, we need to institute a basic plan to keep order.

And do you notice the ultimate vision? That God’s house will be MOST HOLY. Not only the house, but all around the house. This should be our ultimate passion and vision, to build a holy home for God’s glory. We seek God’s holiness on and in our home, but also on our land--the backyard, frontyard, and all around our house. It is all to be holy to the Lord. We should pray this every day upon our home and allotment or acreage, whether it be large or small. We must guard what goes on in our home AND around our home!

“Holiness adorns your house, O LORD, forever” (Psalm 93:5). Does holiness adorn our homes?

Blessings to you today,

Nancy Campbell

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CaughtVisionTHREE MASONS
Once a man came upon three rock masons at work. “What are you doing?” he asked of them.
“I am carving these stones into the different sizes wanted,” answered the first.
“I am earning six dollars a day,” replied the second.
“I am helping to build a great cathedral,” commented the last.
Only he had caught the vision of the great work that he was helping to do!

THREE MOTHERS
Once a woman came upon three mothers at work. “What are you doing?” she asked of them.
“I am doing the weekly washing,” answered the first.
“I am doing a bit of household drudgery,” replied the second.
“I am mothering three young children who someday will fill important and useful spheres in life, and wash-day is a part of my grand task in caring for these souls who shall live forever,” replied the third.
Only she had caught the vision of the great work she was doing!

P.S. The painting is by Jim Daly.

 

Forgive me, but I couldn't help posting this picture to add to the message below. I love the combination of daily tasks with schooling.

DailyTasks

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FavoritePlaceHow do you feel about your home? Is it a prison? Is it a place you know you have to be because your children are little, but you can’t wait to get on to something different? Or is your delight in your home? Is it your favorite place to be? This is God’s plan for you.

Psalm 106:24, 25 says: “Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.“ The “pleasant land” was the home God chose for His people, but they despised it and murmured and complained.

God has chosen a “pleasant land” for you too. It is your home. The first home, which was the prototype of all homes to come, was called the garden of Eden. Eden means “delight” and this is God’s plan for your home. The word “pleasant” in Psalm 106:24 also means “delightful, plus desirable and precious.” When God spoke to Daniel in Daniel 10:11, 19 He called him “greatly beloved” which is the same Hebrew word.

Dear sweet mother, I know life is not always easy in your home as you care for your little ones and face all the challenges of each day. But can I let you in on a secret? It is delightful or burdensome according to your attitude. Nothing influential or powerful in this life is easy. It takes hard work and commitment. It’s the same with mothering in your home.

If you are in the grumbling and despising state, change your attitude today. Embrace your home. This is where you are in the perfect will of God for you. Delight in it. And commit to making your home a delight--for your husband, your children, and even for yourself.

Love to you today, Nancy Campbell

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RUInfertileYou are well aware that on the Above Rubies Facebook we stand with God that babies are His blessing and His truth of the “blessings of the breasts, and the blessings of the womb” (Genesis 49:25). However, we don’t live in a perfect world and there are many precious women who long for a child and yet are infertile. They do not know the answer and they cry with anguish.

Dear mother, if you are one who waits and waits for a baby, I want you to know that my heart aches with your heart. I know the ache and yearning in your heart is so strong, many times unbearable. You are not strange for feeling this way. It is God-ordained. God created the womb to cry out for life (Proverbs 30:15-16). But never give up. God hears your groaning and He has His perfect time and He has His perfect will for your life.

Here is a prayer for you to pray. However, I would encourage you to ask your husband to lay his hands upon your womb and pray over you every day. Your husband is your covering and God hears his prayers on your behalf. The prayers of a husband are powerful and you can also claim the wonderful promise in Matthew 18:19: “That if TWO OF YOU shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask it shall be done for them of my Father which is heaven.”

"Dear Father, the Life-giver, You know the yearning and ache in my heart for a baby. I cry out to You to fill my womb with life. Please cleanse my womb. I confess any negative word I have ever spoken over my womb or my female cycle. I renounce any negativity or curse over my womb that could have come from past generations on both my mother's and father's side.

I ask that You will clear my fallopian tubes. Please heal every part of my womb. Make it ripe and ready to receive conception. I wait in anticipation. I come to you in faith, acknowledging that You are the Life giver. I will keep trusting You and never give up hope.

And I yield myself to Your sovereign will. Thank you for hearing my prayer. In Jesus' name, Amen."

Blessings from Nancy

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