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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.

NormalI believe that converting to Christ should radically turn our lives around. Too many think they are Christians because they have recited the “sinner’s prayer,” but their lives don’t change.

I see something different in Paul’s conversion. He was on his way to persecute the Christians when “suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth and head a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”

When Jesus answered, Paul “trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:1-8).

I think it would be good to tell people that this is what it means to be converted, don’t you? When we turn to Jesus we say, “Lord Jesus, I now believe in You. I thank You for dying on the cross for my sins and taking my punishment. I turn from my old ways and want to live Your way. Lord Jesus, what do You want me to do now? Amen.”

This should be how we start our walk with God and this is how we continue it every day. “Dear Lord Jesus, what do You want me to do today?” This question means total abandonment to the sovereign will of God. This means yielding to Christ instead of the flesh. This means yielding my body to Him as a living sacrifice. This is normal Christianity.

It’s the same attitude Mary had when she said: “Be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).

And above all, it’s the same attitude Jesus had as He faced the cross: “Nevertheless not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).

Love from Nancy Campbell

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RTooBusyEach day my husband reads God’s Word to us from THE DAILY LIGHT ON THE DAILY PATH. It is a devotional with Scriptures on a certain theme for every morning and evening. He commented this morning on Luke 12:37: “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find WATCHING.”

“Jesus is coming for those who look for him,” he said. “Are we looking for his coming?” However, what he said next really got to me. “Dear family, did you know that Jesus comes to us every morning and evening? When we read God’s Word, He speaks directly to us. He comes to talk to us and show us His ways.”

This is the challenge to us all. Do we look for His coming to speak to us each day as a family? Is it our delight to meet with Him morning and evening? Do we plan our day around making this happen? Or are we too busy doing what we want to do?

I know myself that unless I make it happen, it doesn’t happen. Instead of hoping it will fit in, I plan each day around our morning and evening meeting with God. Everything else fits in with these appointments. And can I ask? What else could be more important?

If we don’t look for His coming to speak to us each day, are we really interested in His second coming? If He is coming for those who look for Him as the Bible states in Hebrews 9:28, surely, we will look for Him every day. Most translations of Hebrews 9:28 say “those who EAGERLY AWAIT for Him.”

How eager are we for Him?

God bless you today,

Nancy Campbell

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FamPrayTimeWhat did you do for your prayer time with your family this morning? After our Bible reading we always pray together. And yes, we use our Prayer Boxes. I find them such a blessing for our prayer times. I have eight prayer boxes on different subjects. Every morning and evening we use our Family Prayer Box (which includes all the names of our extended family) and we choose one other box. This morning we used Our Persecuted Christians Prayer Box.

We dare not neglect to pray for our precious persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. There are 60 different countries of the world that persecute Christians.

I am always challenged by Hebrews 13:3 (NCV): “Remember those who are in prison as if you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering as if you were suffering with them.”

The other week my daughter, Serene, was climbing down a tall ladder. Her long skirt caught the top of the ladder which caused it to fall. Bother the ladder and Serene fell to the ground with a thump. She could have broken her back and was in tremendous pain.

However, instead of suffering for herself I was really convicted when she said she was so glad to feel the pain. She said, “I know I am meant to pray for my persecuted brothers and sisters as though I feel their pain along with them, but because I feel great, I find it hard to really feel their pain. So, this time, as I suffered in great pain, I interceded for those being persecuted as never before!”

May God help us to remember them without having to go through so much pain!

Love from Nancy

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HowWillinglyEach Friday evening my husband, Colin reads Proverbs 31 at the dinner table. He often highlights specific verses. Recently, when he got to verse 13 about how the Above Rubies woman works willingly with her hands, he read “willingly, willingly, WILLINGLY.” That really caught my attention.

How do we work in our homes? Do we just work, or do we work willingly? Our attitude affects the atmosphere of our home. I was surprised to find that the word willingly, “chephets” in the Hebrew means “pleasure, delight, to like doing what you do.”

There may be many things we don’t like doing, but we don’t have to live by our feelings. We live by what’s right. Therefore, whether we like it or not, we decide to do it with pleasure and delight! The amazing thing is that when you tackle something with joy and delight, you soon feel happy doing it! Feelings catch up with action!

And when we do everything in our home with joy and delight, we teach this attitude to our children.

Challenge: whatever you face today, do it with an eager, willing, and delightful attitude.

Love from Nancy Campbell

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In my post below, A FEW GUIDELINES, I said I would tell you my thoughts of what rules we should expect for people who come into our home. Here we go:

BeautyOrderWhen people come into your home to stay, how should they fit in? Should you allow them to make their own rules and do what they usually do? Or should you expect them to fit into your lifestyle and the way you run your home? What about when children come into your home and are disrespectful to your home?

No matter what the subject, my philosophy is to find out what God says in His Word. I find the answer to all my questions in God’s Word.

The children of Israel had many strangers living amongst them. Egyptians came with them out of Egypt. So how did they work things out? Did the strangers live according to their own laws or did they fit in with the laws God gave to the children of Israel? God makes it very clear in His Word that the strangers were to have the same laws as the "homeborn.” Let’s look at some of the Scriptures:

Exodus 12:49, 50: "One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. Thus did all the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they."

Numbers 9:14: "Ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land."

Numbers 15:14-16: "AS YE DO, SO HE SHALL DO. One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance forever in your generations: AS YE ARE, SO SHALL THE STRANGER BE before the Lord. One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you."

Numbers 15:29: "Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them."

Therefore I use this biblical principle in my home. Of course, I have grace and mercy, but there are times when I need to lovingly, but firmly, state the rules of our home. If parents do not have the decency to stop their children jumping on my sofas, I will tell the children to stop. I have often seen them jumping on beds and had to curtail them.

We like to sit up at the table when we eat. I don’t allow eating throughout the house, except in the kitchen and dining room. It’s not easy to keep a home clean when crumbs are dropped throughout the house and drinks are spilt on carpets.

We expect people who stay or live with us (and because we open our home continually in hospitality, we have many people coming and going) to join with us for Family Devotions morning and evening. This is part of the lifestyle of our homeborn family, and therefore we expect “strangers,” although usually friends, to partake with us. Now if we have non-Christians sitting at our table, we won’t expect them to pray personally around the table as we usually do. However, we don’t forgo reading the Word, but my husband will pray instead.

I think this God-give law should apply in our nation too, don’t you? Strangers who come into our nation should learn our language and keep to the same laws of our country. They should not expect to make up their own rules. This is a God-givem principle.

In His love,

Nancy Campbell

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