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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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swift to blessHere is another little idea to add to my post below called "Swift to Bless." When Serene was a baby I used to sing a little song to her. I just made up a little tune to sing my love and blessing into her life. I sang this little song to her when she was a baby and right throughout her life, sometimes even when she was in her teens.

I love Serene
Yes I do
I love Serene
Yes I do
Serene is a lovely girl
Serene is a sweet girl
Serene is an obedient girl
Yes she is!

And each time I sang it I would change the lines to speak into her all the character qualities that I wanted to see evident in her life, e.g. Serene is a happy girl . . . Serene is a truthful girl . . . and so on. I wished I had written an individual song for each of the children.

You may like to make a little song for each of your children, or for all the children together. This is another way to be "swift to bless." Sing it to them over and over again. They will never get tired of it. And you don't have to be a great singer. I can't even imagine how Pearl and Serene grew up to be singers when all their lives they had a mother singing to them out of tune!

Love from Nancy Campbell

P.S. The picture is of Serene as a toddler, 37 years ago!

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mom and sonThe other morning at Family Devotions we sang the hymn by Henry F. Lyte, "Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven." I love the line which speaks of the character of God, "Slow to chide, and swift to bless." God is a God of judgment and justice, but He is also a merciful God. There is a day coming when He will roar from Zion, judge all evil, and bring all the nations into subjection. And yet He waits with patience and "is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).

As we seek to walk in the likeness of God, we should have the same characteristics, even in disciplining our children. I believe with all my heart that we have a responsibility to train our children to obey. We must discipline immediately for disobedience, rebellion, and defiance. But we don't do this out of frustration and anger, but out of love, knowing that we are preparing our children to have listening ears and be obedient to God.

However, I gradually learned in the raising of our children that if we are "swift to bless" and this becomes the habit of our mothering that we will often have to chide less. Sometimes children act out rebelliously because they are seeking attention and they do it in a negative way. But if we constantly bless and encourage them throughout the day, their "tank" is filled up and they will not be screaming for attention.

Try being "swift to bless" today. Don't wait until your children are being naughty to give them attention. Look at them and smile at them. Tell them you are so glad that God gave them to you. Tell them you believe they are going to be a blessing to the world as they follow in the ways of the world. Speak positive and good things into their lives.
Squeeze their shoulder. Hug them whenever you are near them.

Yes, you will still have to deal with disobedience and so on at times, but it will be much less.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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smileDid you smile at your husband this morning? Are you smiling at your children today? The more you smile at them, the more you'll have smiling children!

Love from NANCY

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Fear of the LordWhat a grief it is to parents to have a child grow up and depart from the Lord. There are a number of factors that can cause this to happen, but God gives us His answer in Jeremiah 32:40: "I will put my fear in their hearts, that they SHALL NOT DEPART FROM ME."

The fear of the Lord will keep us, and our children, from departing from the Lord. We read this again in Proverbs 3:7; 14:16; and 16:6.

How do we keep in the fear of the Lord? How do we keep our children walking in the fear of the Lord? This is a good subject to bring to your family discussion at the table this evening. Ask each child to share how they can walk in the fear of the Lord. Then you and your husband can share your convictions and Scriptures of God's Word.

A great way to learn is to discuss together.

Blessings form Nancy Campbell

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PrayingFamily"God didn't make the course and destiny of nations and of individuals dependent on the decisions of Congresses and Parliaments, nor did He lay this power in the hands of rulers and kings; but rather God placed it in the praying family! This is why the devil cannot ruin nations or men until he has destroyed the homes of prayer. That's why Satan hates the Family Altar."

~ Norman V. Williams

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