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Recently I read about a wife whose husband was unkind to her and didn’t want to spent time with her, choosing to spend all his evenings in other company. She went to a counselor. He didn’t spend hours counseling her, but instead gave her one simple message, “Always treat your husband with a smile.”
She began to put it into practice. A few months later she returned to the counselor to say that her husband no longer sought other company, but longed to be with her and treated her with constant love and kindness.
This secret works wonders for a problematic marriage, but also enhances a good marriage. Try it.
What about your children? Do they get more frowns than smiles from you? 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us that we grow into the likeness of Jesus the more we behold Him. It says, "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
In the same way, your children become like the image they see on your face? Do they see a grumpy face? They'll be grumpy? Do they constantly look at a smiling and happy face? You'll have happy children.
But, you don't feel like smiling? Don't live by your feelings. That's such a miserable way to live. Smile even when you don't feel like smiling. Soon you'll be smiling because you feel like it and everyone in your home will be smiling, too.
Have a wonderful smiling day, Nancy Campbell
Micah 4:5 says: “Though all the peoples walk each in the name of his god (whatever captivates their attention), as for us, we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.”
Do you want this confession to be the testimony of your family? I want it to be our affirmation: “As for the Campbell family, we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.”
What a great affirmation for you and your children to speak out loud each day: “As for us (put in your family name), we will walk in the name of the Lord our God.” Perhaps you could all say it together at supper time this evening.
What a privilege to walk in the name of the Lord God. What a responsibility to take His name upon us and our family, and all that His holy and awesome name represents. As we make this a family confession and testimony, it will remind us to conduct our lives in a way that will bring honor to His glorious name.
How long are we to walk in His name? Forever and ever. It is not only for your children now. God wants each continuing generation of your family and my family to continue walking in His ways.
Pray not only for your children, but for the coming generations.
Be blessed today,
Who is a crown to her husband? The one who . . .
C Cherishes her husband. (Titus 2:4).
R Reverences her husband. (Ephesians 5:33).
O Obeys her husband. (Titus 2:5).
W Watches over her husband to do him good. (Proverbs
N Never nags her husband. (Proverbs 19:13; 21:9,19; and 27:15).
Bless you husband with loving words and deeds today.
Love from Nancy Campbell
I am one of those people that need to wear an apron when I am preparing food. I am not like some women who can do messy things and still stay clean. I remember when we lived in Australia and were painting our new church. It was just as well I wore old clothes as I got paint all over me.
A friend arrived in beautiful clothes, high heels, and even her hat to match! I thought she had come to say Hi. But, no. She'd come to join the team. She began to paint and never got a drop of paint on her! I guess she doesn't have to wear an apron in her home.
Not me. I make sure I wear one. However, there is an apron that God wants us all to wear. 1 Peter 5:5 (Williams) says: "You must all put on the servant's apron of humility to one another, because God opposes the haughty but bestows His unmerited favor on the humble."
When we dress each morning, it is important to also put on our "servant's apron." The apron of humility. What a mighty difference this makes in the home and in our relationships with our husband and children. It’s not always easy to wear, is it? But this is the apron that makes you look the most beautiful–and it is precious in God’s sight too.
Love from Nancy Campbell