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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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SarahAbramThe only woman in the Bible we are encouraged to look to is Sarah. Isaiah 51:2 tells us to “Look unto Sarah that bare you.” We go to the New Testament and read in 1 Peter 3: 6 that we will be “Sarah’s daughters” when we do what is right and good.

Names are very important in the Bible and each one has a meaning. Sarah was first called Sarai, which means princess because she was born of noble birth. But in Genesis 17:15 God changes her name to Sarah. This is a sacramental name because God Himself names her. It still means princess, but this time not only within her family, but in a greater way, yes, even worldwide. When God renamed her, He said: “She shall become nations; kings of people shall be of her.” Sarah means "lady, princess, noblewoman." It also means “to rule, or chieftainess.” It is the feminine of “Sar” meaning a “captain or commander.”

Sarah ruled as a queen in her home and wherever she traveled. She was queenly in her demeanor, her spirit, her graciousness, her beauty, the ruling of her home, and in every manner of life. Although queenliness revealed her personality, we read many other things about Sarah.

1. She was a submissive wife (1 Peter 3:5, 6).

2. She honored and revered her husband (1 Peter 3:6).

3. She wholly trusted God, no matter what the circumstances (1 Peter 3:5).

4. She was a woman of faith (Hebrews 11:11-13).

5. She was beautiful (Genesis 12:11-14). Not only the Bible, but Hebrew tradition informs that Sarah was exceedingly and bewitchingly beautiful. One writes that she was “One of the four most exquisite women in the world and was regarded as the fairest, even in comparison with all the women in the nearby lands. Of all women, only Eve was comelier.”

It caused her problems. Imagine ravishing kings wherever you go! When Abraham and Sarah went to Egypt, the princes noticed her beauty and she was taken into the Pharaoh’s house. King Abimelech of Gerar was also captivated by her beauty (even when she was 90 years of age) and took her to his house. Praise the Lord, God delivered her in these situations.

6. She was beautiful on the inside “with the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4).

7. After a lifetime of infertility, she embraced motherhood and nursing a baby even as an older woman (Genesis 21:7).

But of all these great attributes, we go back to the meaning of her name--lady, princess, queen. As Sarah’s daughters, shouldn’t we seek to also live and act like queens? We are not only Sarah’s daughters, but royal daughters of the King of kings and Lord and lords!

It’s sad that there are some women who don’t really want to be a lady today. They would rather be like a man--dress like a man and take on the man’s role. They do not rule as queen in their home because they are either not there, or there is nothing much to rule over. What does a mother do when she limits the number of her children and sends the limited number off to school? She has to find a life elsewhere, and usually this is working for someone else, not being a queen and ruling her own domain.

Let’s aim to be Sarah’s daughters.

~ Nancy Campbell

Further to my post above, you will be encouraged by reading this article about Sarah.


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PersonalForYouI love the words of God to Abram in Genesis 17:7: “And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, TO BE GOD TO YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU.” God wanted to be God to Abram. God also wants to be God to you. He is the One who seeks us out. He wants to have a personal relationship with us--every day and all through the day. As John the disciple confessed, “We loved him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

When David prayed to God, he prayed to One who was so personal to Him. Over and over again he addresses God as “MY God.” David understood God as the God of creation and King over all, but he daily experienced God personally in his life. He not only addresses God as “MY God,” but also as . . .
MY rock,
MY fortress,
MY deliverer,
MY buckler,
MY Savior,
MY high tower,
MY refuge,
MY shepherd,
MY exceeding joy,
MY strength,
MY defense and more.
David experienced God personally ministering to him in all these ways. And this is how God wants you to experience Him too.

But not only you. This promise is for your children. He wants to be God to your children. He wants them to know Him personally and to experience Him personally in every part of their lives. This is more important than all the education you give your children. They can be the most educated children in the world, but if they don’t KNOW GOD, the One who created them, died for them, and who planned their destiny before the foundation of the world, they are deprived of their destiny.

In John 17:3 Jesus said: “And this is life eternal, that they might KNOW THEE the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Amen.

When Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, he proclaimed the words: “For the promise is unto YOU, AND TO YOUR CHILDREN.”

Claim the wonderful promise in Isaiah 44:3 (NET): “I will pour my Spirit on ;your offspring and my blessing on your children.”

Let’s seek to know God personally and pray earnestly that our children will also experience God personally in their lives.

Blessings to you today,


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ThanksMemoriesHow blessed we are in this nation to have a day to celebrate together as families and give thanks for God’s goodness throughout the year. It’s one of my favorite days in the year and along the way we have gathered many traditions.

We began at midday with a big family sit-down meal with name places for 82 people! And even then, 21 of our immediate family were not able to be with us. And there will be more next year as the family keeps enlarging.

Because we originate from New Zealand we love to celebrate with not only turkey, but lamb. I cooked a huge turkey and a big leg of lamb (well actually mutton). Our son, Stephen, also brought two pieces of lamb. We have a competition every Thanksgiving and Christmas to see who cooks it the best. And forgive me saying it, but you have to be a New Zealander to really know how to cook lamb. Although once again, I rarely cook lamb. I prefer hogget (which is a one year old sheep) or even mutton (which is two years or older).

But, we actually had a lamb feast this Thanksgiving. Our grandson, Zadok, recently led an Islamic guy to the Lord, who now loves His Savior with all his heart. We asked him to join us for Thanksgiving. The night before he arrived with not a piece of lamb, but a whole, live sheep! Can you believe it? All the guys killed and dressed it at about midnight and began cooking it in an outside oven ready for our Thanksgiving.

We also had many extra dishes and after our wonderful meal and fellowship we began toasting which we love to do. It was a rich time of sharing God’s goodness and giving thanks to Him.

After this we moved outside. We were certainly blessed this year in Tennessee. It was such a warm glorious day. We usually have to put on coats and are often shivering, although we still never give up our traditions, no matter how cold. We were just spoilt this year. We began with our egg-throwing competition. Each person has a partner to whom they throw the egg. Those whose eggs broke go out of the game. The others move back so they have to throw it further, and so it continues until the last couple are left throwing quite a long distance!

We then have tug of war with the adults against the children--always fun. The children then have their running races, three-legged races, and sack races and so on which they love.

Now it’s getting later and time for dessert. Back inside for a table full of desserts and more great fellowship. After this the children like to gather around and share poems and Scriptures they have learned, etc. Toward the end of this time last night, one of our Above Rubies girls received a call from their family in Montana to say that her 15 year old brother was lost out in the wild. He and his sisters had been out hunting elk. They shot two elk, and he went off to find his but the tracks were covered and they couldn’t find him. He had been out for many hours and it was now getting late. We all gathered round and cried out to God that he would be found. Praise the Lord, before we went to bed, we got the news that they had found him. We were all praising the Lord.

We thank the Lord for another Thanksgiving and we’re already looking forward to next year’s celebration. And of course, wondering who else God will have brought into our family in another year. We already know of one as Rashida and Jack are expecting a precious little baby. They rejoiced to receive a honeymoon conception after their wedding in August.

~ Blessings from Nancy

P.S. This picture is from last year--our son, Stephen and someone else on the father’s side. These days the children are getting so big and strong that they are winning. I’ll try and post some up-to-date pictures for you this coming week.

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GiveThanksHAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your precious family. May you be filled with thankfulness, today, and every day of the year.

Some good Scriptures to read today are Colossians 2.7 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18. And say out loud, “I am thankful today.” Thank God for specific things for which you are thankful. Here are some things for which I am grateful.

T I thank God for TEACHING me His ways
H I thank God for giving me my HUSBAND
A I thank God for ANOINTING me to be a mother
N I thank God for creating me to be a NURTURER and NOURISHER to my family
K I thank God for His KINDNESS to me
F I thank God for my FAMILY and His daily FAITHFULNESS to me
U I thank God for giving me UNDERSTANDING of His truth
L I thank God for LOVING me enough to die for me and shed His precious blood for my sins

Today, let’s take positive action to thank God for each little thing—the joys of our children, their unconditional love, food on our table, or a smile or kind word someone says to us.

Let’s choose to be thankful.

~ Nancy Campbell

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FillHeartsAlmighty God, You have given us this good land for our heritage. We humbly ask You that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Your favor and glad to do Your will. Bless our land with honorable endeavor, sound learning and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitude brought here out of many nations and tongues. Endow with the Spirit of wisdom those to whom in Your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Your law we may show forth Your praise among the nations on earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble do not allow our trust in You to fail. Amen.

~ President Thomas Jefferson, Washington D.C. (March 4, 1801).

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