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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.

GodLiveHmI love the fact that our God is a “Dwelling God.” He loves to dwell with His people. Jesus loves to dwell with us. The Holy Spirit loves to abide in us. He created us for His pleasure and for fellowship with Him.

At Family Devotions this morning we read John 1:14: “The Word was made flesh, and DWELT AMONG US, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.”

The word “dwelt” is “skenoo” and means “to encamp, to occupy, to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion).” How wonderful that Jesus was willing to leave the glory of Heaven and become a man to dwell with us.

But now, greater than dwelling amongst His people on earth, He dwells in our hearts by His Spirit. He is full of grace and truth and wants us to be full of grace and truth in this world.

He also wants to dwell in our homes. God who created the first home loves to dwell in homes. He walked and talked with Adam and Eve each day in their garden home. He wants to do the same with us today.

Invite Him to come into your home. Invite Him to your table as you sit together as a family each day. Establish an altar (a time and place) where you meet with God each morning and evening. Fill your home with the praises of the Lord. Create an atmosphere for His presence.

When God is in your midst, it doesn’t matter what is happening outside. Live in His dwelling presence.

Have a beautiful day,

Nancy Campbell

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ArmyHomeShould women go to war? I don’t believe that mothers with children should leave their precious children and their homes to go to war. This is the opposite to God’s plan.

God shows us something of His heart about this in Psalm 68:11, 12 (HCSB): “The Lord gave the command; a great company of women brought the good news: The kings of the armies flee—they flee!” She who stays at home divides the spoil.”

What is happening here? The enemy has come to attack and therefore the soldiers (the men) prepare and go out to war. They are the army in the field.

But there is another army at home—the women. They are also called an army. The word “company” means those who are part of an army, a military, a war! My KJV Bible gives the word “army” in the margin. It’s the same word that is used of God who is THE LORD OF HOSTS! The One who is the mighty, powerful Warrior, ready to intervene for His people.

Where is this army of women? They are not out fighting the enemy in the field. They are at home. Do you notice it says: “SHE who stays home?” It is not the men who stay home, but the women. Some fathers stay home to look after their children while their wives go to work. This is opposite to the Scriptures.

While the men fight to save their homes and families out on the field, the women fight to protect their families and “hold the fort” in the absence of their husbands.

And when they win the battle, they go forth as a conquering force to proclaim the good news! Back in Bible days they danced and sang. And when the men brought back the “spoil,” the gold, silver, and beautiful garments, they didn’t give a little to the women. They gave it all to them. They gave them the authority to divide it and share it among their daughters, handmaidens, the poor, and all around them.

They were all in the fight together, but each one doing the task God intended for them!

French and Skinner’s Translation states:
“The Lord giveth the word!
A great company of women announce the glad tidings!
Kings with their armies flee—they flee!
And those, who dwell within the house, divide the spoil!
Although they lie among the hearth-stones,
They are become like a dove’s wings overlaid with silver,
And like her pinions overlaid with yellow gold.
When the Almighty scattereth kings,
They glisten therein, as snow upon Salmon.”

Dear mother, you are part of a mighty army of women. Your place to fight against the enemy is in the home! You keep the home fires burning. You strengthen your home, your marriage, your family. You keep pushing back the enemy who wants to subtly come into your home with his deceptions and destruction. If you are not there to watch, the enemy will take over!

You support your husband in his work. You release him to do his career and you embrace your role of motherhood with all your heart.

You seek after truth and teach it to your children. You proclaim the good news of the Gospel and of your love for family wherever you go. You are a proclaimer of truths,

Oh, for a great army of women to understand the power of their homes, to come back to their homes and raise godly sons and daughters. Oh, for a great army of women to proclaim God’s truth in society instead of being deceived by the humanistic values of today which are opposite to God’s living Word.

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

Painting by Jessie Willcox Smith

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BabyCelWhen Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist, what did her neighbors, cousins, and friends do? Luke 1:58 says they all “REJOICED WITH HER.” The word also means “to congratulate.” I am sure they must have held a great party!

It’s the same word that’s used in 1 Corinthians 12:26: “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members REJOICE with it.” Sometimes it’s inconvenient to attend a baby celebration, but I believe we should always try to celebrate new life, don’t you?

I love the words of K. Wiggan: “Every child born into the world is a new incarnate thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.”

We are meant to rejoice when a baby is born. Psalm 107:41-43 tells us that when the upright see God increasing families like a flock that they REJOICE. They are not negative about new babies coming into the world. They understand it is the lovingkindness and goodness of God. It even goes on to say that the wicked are reduced to silence.

Therefore, on Monday evening we planned a Baby Celebration at our home for Serene and her new baby, Solace. We often have the celebration after the baby is born rather than before, so we can celebrate the baby.

Although little Solace is No. 14 in Serene and Sam’s family, it is as important to celebrate her life as if she was the firstborn. In fact, I think that Serene and Sam are more doting parents than ever. Isn’t it true that the older you get the more you appreciate and value life? Serene says she is “smitten” and Sam says he is “besotted” with little Solace.

We had a wonderful celebration of joy. We ate beautiful Trim Healthy Mama food, fellowshipped, celebrated motherhood and the new baby, and played some meaningful games. I’ll post some pictures to let you feel the joy with us.

Many blessings to you today,

Nancy Campbell

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DrudgDelightWhen God blesses you with a precious little baby, He gives you a very special gift from His heart. A gift that is eternal. Designed and planned by God. He knew this baby before time began. And when God gives you this precious life, He doesn’t give it to you to give to someone else to nurture and mother. He gives this child to you.

Therefore, as you nurse your sweet baby, pour out your love on your little one, and mother and train the other children God has given you, you are in the perfect will of God! You are doing what God intended you to do. And remember the wonderful promise in 1 John 2:17: “He that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”

What attitude should you have to fulfil the perfect will of God? We read about the attitude of Jesus when He answered God’s call to leave Heaven and come to this earth to die, shed His blood, and to take our sins upon Himself. The prophetic word in Psalm 40:8 says: “I DELIGHT to do thy will, O my God.”

Are you delighting in your motherhood? We decide what attitude we will have each day. We can choose to delight in our mothering. Embrace it with all out heart. Praise God even on the challenging and difficult days. When we delight to do God’s will, we will live in joy (Psalm 113:9 and Hebrews 12:2).

Or we can give in to self-pity and complaining. What does that do? It changes everything into drudgery!

Does someone who serves God in a foreign country and suffers hardship for the name of Christ become disillusioned and grumble about their difficulties? No. They embrace it all with joy because they are serving God. They know they are walking in God’s will. The perfect will of God is not always the easiest path, but it is the eternal one. The greatest one. The only one.

You determine your attitude of mothering. You determine the atmosphere of your home. It’s either delight or drudgery.

Will choose to DELIGHT in will of God for you today?

Love from Nancy Campbell

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FearLiesGuard against fear, ladies. There is a healthy fear which God gives us for our preservation and safety. However, we are often plagued with unhealthy fears which come from the enemy. One of Satan's greatest ploys is to tyrannize you with fear. Not realistic fears, but unrealistic fears.

Psalm 53:5 says: "There they were in great fear where no fear was." The literal meaning is: "They feared a fear!" This is what Satan wants you to do. Fear a fear! And he is good and getting you to do that. In Job 15:21 it says: "The sound of fears is in his ears." Not a true fear--only the SOUND of fears! Only the suggestion of what MIGHT happen! How the devil loves to deceive us!

Remember, God does not give you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Don't give into the phony doubts and fears the devil puts into your mind. He especially loves to put fears in your heart about having another baby. Or wondering how you could ever provide for another baby.

Fear stops you from doing the will of God. That's why the enemy uses fear against you. It immobilizes you. Debilitates you. Paralyzes you. Instead, fill your mind with God's Word. His truth LIBERATES you!

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

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