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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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OneNeedsGodI recently read two opposite views of two of our presidential candidates. Charlotte Underwood writes: When Dr. James Dobson interviewed Ted Cruz he told him he had worked with three presidents over the years, but he had never seen the nation in “a situation as dire as it is. I believe you are strong enough to stand up and take on Washington. Are you ready for that job?”

Cruz paused ever so slightly before replying. “I hope and believe I am. But you’re right – it is an incredibly difficult job. The challenges facing this country, the challenges facing the world – it’s a job that is definitely too much for any one person – and if you don’t begin every day on your knees asking God for his wisdom and support, I don’t believe you’re fit to do this job.”

ONE DOESN’T NEED GOD

Last year Moderator Frank Lutz asked Donald Trump, “Have you ever asked God for forgiveness?”

“No” he answered. He also stated, “I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness.”

In a recent interview with CNN Donald Trump says that after months reflection he still doesn't regret his decision not to ask God for forgiveness for his sins . . . partially because he says he doesn't have much to apologize for.

I think I would feel safer in a country with a president who relies on God than one who doesn’t need God, don’t you?

~ Nancy Campbell

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ChristAtHome~ J. R. Miller.

Parents are the custodians of their children's lives. If they would meet their responsibility and be able to look God and their children in the face at the judgment, they must make their homes as nearly “gardens of Eden” as possible.

The way to save your children from the temptations of the streets is to make your home so bright, so sweet, so beautiful, so happy, so full of love, joy and prayer that the streets will have no attractiveness for them, no power to win them away. "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).

The place of the home-life among the influences which mold and shape character is supreme in its importance. Our children are given to us in tender infancy to teach them and train them for holy, worthy, beautiful living.

It is not enough to have an opulent house to live in! It is not enough to have fine foods, and luxurious furniture, and expensive entertainments! Most of the world's worthiest men and women, those who have blessed the world the most, were brought up in plain homes, without any luxury!

It is the tone of the home-life, that is important. We should make it pure, elevating, refining, inspiring. The books we bring in, the papers, and magazines, the guests we have at our tables and admit to our firesides, the home conversation, the pictures we hang on our walls—all these are educational. As in everything, LOVE is the great master-secret of home happiness.

The religious influences are also vitally important. In that first “garden home,” the Lord came and went as a familiar friend. Christ must be our guest if our home is to be a fit place either for our children or for ourselves. If there is no sincere prayer in it, it is not a true home at all—it is only a heathen lodging-place!

How can we make “new Edens” of our homes? What are some of the secrets of home happiness? I might gather them all into one word and say—CHRIST! If we have Christ as our guest our home will be happy! He must be welcomed into all our life. He must be in each heart. He must sit at our tables and mingle with us in all our family interaction. Christ can bless our home, only through the lives of those who make the home circle.

Make your home so sweet, so heavenly, with love and prayer and song and holy living, that all through it, there shall be the fragrance of the heart of Christ!

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SharpSensesMost animals have sharp senses in order to detect danger. Have you watched a dog prick up his ears? He hears or senses someone coming before we ever hear them.

Hebrews 5:14 talks about those “who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” It is important to keep our spiritual senses heightened and on alert. Many allow them to become dull and insensitive.

How do we keep them sharp? The margin of my Bible explains “reason of use” to be a habit. Another translation says it is by “constant use.” We constantly use our senses to discern what is good and what is evil. We are not conditioned by a humanistic society, but daily sharpen our minds in God’s Word. That’s the only place to receive discernment. If we don’t know what God says about a subject, we won’t know God’s discernment about it.

We have a responsibility to train our children to have sharp spiritual senses in this deceived world. That means we must put God’s Word into them daily so that it is the habit of their lives to constantly discern what is righteous and what is evil. Many times evil can have a “nice look” and it takes godly discernment to know the truth (Leviticus 10:10; Jeremiah 15:19; Ezekiel 22:26; 44:23-24).

Many so-called Christian young people today are conditioned by their education to accept same-sex marriage, excuses for abortion, and the whole liberal agenda. Their spiritual senses have been totally dumbed down because, instead of being filled with God’s Word, they are programmed with feminism and socialism.

What about all the Christians who are enamored with Donald Trump? He has many good things to say, but do we have discernment? There is more to fixing our nation than the economy. How can godly people vote for a man who does not walk with God and who has built an empire building casinos and all the evil that goes with them? That includes the first American casino to have a strip club and all-male revue club for women. And who boasts of sleeping with many women. The Bible says that “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34 NLT).

It’s time for God’s people to have their “senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

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DoubleTalkMy husband and I listened to the GOP debate on Saturday evening. Two of the candidates were asked their stance on abortion. Both governors boasted of their pro-life work in their states and that they were against Planned Parenthood selling body parts. That’s great. However, they both said they believed in exceptions for rape or incest.

That sounds very caring, but it is double talk. They, and you and I, are either pro-life or not! If we are pro-life, we believe in protecting the baby in the womb (because it is a newly conceived human life) no matter what the situation.

I have read many testimonies of babies who have been conceived through rape and grown to be happy and well-rounded people, enjoying useful life. They certainly did not want to be murdered. I am printing a testimony in this coming issue of Above Rubies of a woman whose mother chose life even though she was raped. She gave her baby up for adoption and this child was raised in a loving Christian home, enjoyed a happy childhood, and is now happily married today.

I personally know a friend of mine who was raped and chose to keep the baby she conceived. Her daughter was the delight of her life and grew up to be a beautiful Christian woman. It certainly was not the end of that mother’s life. Of course it was a difficult time for her, but she came through victoriously and with the blessing of a beautiful daughter. And she will never have to go through life carrying the burden of knowing she killed her own child.

We have to follow through our thought patterns. We can’t be distorted in our thinking. How can we think it is lawful to kill a baby in the womb because it was conceived through rape? It is still a living human being. If someone was to murder that person at twenty or thirty years of age, would that be okay? No, the murderer would be guilty and charged with life imprisonment.

We have in our very own family an adopted granddaughter who was conceived through incest. Should she have been murdered in the womb? No, she is a delightful, sweet child and a joy to us all. Let’s get our thinking straight.

We cannot be clouded by humanistic thinking, but need to understand the true meaning of life. We also must know how our presidential candidates think, because they affect the nation and also the future of our progeny. After listening Saturday night, I decided I better check out all the candidates. I’ll share what I found with you.

The current GOP candidates who are continuing the race all say they are pro-life. However, some are not totally pro-life, but compromise according to situational ethics.

Ted Cruz: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.
Marco Rubio: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.
Ben Carson: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.

Donald Trump: Supports exceptions for rape and incest. Trump would rather this issue was a “personal issue” and "should be left to the women and their doctors." I think that is cop out. It is very much a political issue when our nation stands guilty before God for the killing of over 58 million babies since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Jeb Bush: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Chris Christie: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
John Kasich: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Carly Fiorina: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.

~ Nancy Campbell

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ProcessProgressWhy do we correct and discipline our children? Because we want them to grow up prepared to be successful in life. Some parents scream at their children and lash our when their children irritate them and get on their nerves. This is opposite to training children. Responsible parents diligently discipline bad behavior. They correct their children and bring them into line when they are out of order, disobedient, tell lies, talk back, pout, and have moods. They will not tolerate these negative habits.

Why? Because they are preparing their children for life--to one day be the best employee in the company, to have good attitudes, to be a vessel ready to be used by God, and also to enjoy a happy and successful marriage If we allow our children to grow up with negative habits, those habits can destroy their marriage.

Dear wife and mother, in the same way God diligently works in our lives. His wants to conform us into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). This certainly doesn’t happen without some serious working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Paul said to the Corinthians: “Our one prayer is for the complete correction of your lives” (2 Corinthians 13:9 Barclay). The KJV uses “perfection” for the word “correction.” I checked my Lexicon and it says the word “denotes a process in the progress.” This can only happen through correction of what is wrong in our lives.

We must always be open to God’s gentle correction. He uses many ways to do this. He speaks to us as we read His Word and shows us what grieves the Holy Spirit in our lives (Ephesians 4:27, 30). He uses other people to correct us (sometimes our husband). We don’t usually like it, do we? But we must remember that it is ultimately God who wants to correct us and conform us into His image.

If we don’t listen to God speaking to us through His word, or we don’t have a soft heart to receive correction from our husband or other people, He often has to resort to allow difficulties and trials to come into our lives to wake us up and to refine us and bring us into line with His will.

Let’s keep soft hearts, always open to correction. If our children are stubborn and do not receive our correction, they become willful and rebellious. It’s just the same with us. We either have soft and tender hearts to God’s correction in our lives or we become stubborn and rebellious.

The Amplified version ;says: ”And this we also pray for: your all-round strengthening and perfecting of the soul.” I want this, don’t you? It only comes through CORRECTION.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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