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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.

MotherMakeHmWe often say that “Heaven is my home.” Why is Heaven home? Because God is there. Jesus is there at the right hand of the Father. Would it be Heaven if God was not there? Not at all.

What about our homes? The presence of God makes home feel like home. And the mother in the home makes a home. Is there any joy walking into a home when no one is in the home? Back to four walls? It’s cold and boring.

It’s people who make home. Mother and father and brothers and sisters. I remember as a child coming home from school. Arriving home my mother would be there, either in the kitchen or in her sewing room. I would say Hi, throw my bag in my room, and run out the door to play with my friends. I was happy and carefree. I felt secure because mother was at home.

However, on some occasions, when I arrived home I found no one at home. My mother was late home from shopping. Instead of running out the door to play with my friends, I moped around the house. Something was wrong. Had Jesus come and left me behind??? I didn’t feel the same freedom to run out and play.

The security that comes from knowing mother is there is powerful. One of the names of God is Jehovah Shammah which means “God is there.” To know that God is always available is so steadying to our lives. In the same way, we as mothers show to our children a wonderful characteristic of God when we are “there” for our children. We show them what God is like.

To be “there” in the heart of the home reveals a little of what Heaven is like because Heaven is only Heaven because God is there. And home is only home because YOU are there.

Dearest mother, you are not wasting your life when you are in your home and available for your children. You show to them a God-like character which brings great stability to their lives.

Be blessed today,

Nancy Campbell

Painting: Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863 – 1935, American).

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SpreadInflenceCan I ask you to do something right now? Stand up and stretch out your arms. As wide as you can! I want you to get the feel of your spreading influence as a mother. Don’t feel embarrassed. Only your children are watching. In fact, you can ask them to do it too. They need to know that God has chosen them to influence the world.

Dear mother, you often feel as though you are insignificant as you are hidden at home raising your children. I want you to know that you are doing a powerful work. And your influence will not be hidden forever, but will spread abroad across the world.

No one has more influence than a mother.

Society will tell you the opposite, but they purport lies.

As you raise your children for God and diligently teach and impart God’s ways into their lives, you work with God to prepare them for their destiny. As they go out into the world they will influence society according to how you have taught and trained them.

Although my husband and I have traveled to many nations of the world, our children have traveled to nations we have never been to take the gospel. How did they get there? Only because we brought them into the world and imparted godly convictions into their lives.

God spoke through Balaam and prophesied: “How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob; how lovely are your homes, O Israel! They SPREAD before me like palm groves” (Numbers 24:5, 6 NLT). The ESV says: “They STRETCH AFAR.” Their Influence is powerful. Every new godly couple who gets married and builds a strong marriage and family spread the blessing of God in the nation.

Hosea 14:5, 6 (ESV): “I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; his shoots shall SPREAD OUT . . .“ Your children (your olive shoots) will spread out across the nation and across the earth to reveal God’s glory and truth.

Isaiah 54:2, 3 (HCSB): “ENLARGE the site of your tent, and let your tent curtains be STRETCHED OUT; do not hold back; LENGTHEN your ropes, and drive your pegs deep. For you will SPREAD OUT to the right and to the left, and your descendants will dispossess nations.” We know this Scripture speaks of Israel, but we see the picture of God’s heart for our homes and our families. They are to influence the earth.

Why don’t you stand up and stretch out your arms again? It’s good to do something tangible to realize the power of what you are doing in your home and how your children will go forth to influence the world.

May you be blessed in your home today,

Nancy Campbell

Photo: Shaina Streyle, my current Above Rubies helper from Wyoming, doing a Missions trip in Tanzania. Shaina is at the back in a white top.

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YouRRichIt’s easy to get into a self-pity attitude, isn’t it? We can gravitate to it without any problems. But it’s a lie! It’s a ploy of the devil to drag us down to despair!

When we think self-pitying thoughts and embrace the “poor me” attitude, we must take action and “bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). We must “gird up the loins of our minds” and cast out these thoughts in the name of Jesus Christ.

Then we must begin to think positive thoughts. Instead of “poor me,” what about “rich me”?

Do you have a home over your head to protect you? You are rich. If you have traveled to other countries of the world you know that we are all rich in America compared to the standards of most of the world.

Do you have a husband who works hard and provides for you? You are rich.

Has God blessed you with children? Oh my, you are rich! Your children are far greater than any material blessing you could ever own. Just before Christmas the home Pearl and Charlie were living in burned to the grown while they were away! When they heard the news, what was their reaction? Pearl knew the boys were out of the home, but she was screaming, “Is Autumn safe and alive?” Although they lost absolutely everything they owned, she didn’t care about one bit of it as long as her children were safe!

Not only are our children our greatest riches on this earth, but our eternal riches too. They are the only eternal riches we take into eternity with us. Everything else will be left behind.

Do you have clean water? The water out of your tap water may be fluoridated and chlorinated, but you can purchase clean water anywhere. I have just been in Bolivia where many poor families only have contaminated water and not enough money to buy clean water. This is the experience of so many in the world.

Do you have an electric stove on which to cook? You are rich. The above picture shows how a family in Bolivia cook for their whole family. Once again, this is familiar to so many countries of the world.

Have you received God’s salvation and eternal life? You are rich. You are “heirs of God, and joint-hears with Christ.” You are an inheritor of the glory of eternal life for ever and ever. This life is only a vapor, but you have eternal riches beyond compare. To have “Christ in you, the hope of glory” is the greatest riches of all!

Do you have friends with whom you can communicate and fellowship? You are rich. To be lonely is a curse.

I have only just begun. When those negative thoughts begin to plague your mind, cast them out and begin thanking God for all your riches and blessings.

Speak aloud Psalm 103:1-5: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemed thy life from destruction, who crowned thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Blessings to you today, Nancy Campbell

I took this picture when I was in Pa Paz, Bolivia recently. This is all this mother had to cook for her big family.

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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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