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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.

ThankYouWould the word “thankfulness” describe you and your family? I don’t believe we can be too thankful. Firstly, to God for His wonderful salvation given to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. None of us will ever be able to fathom that enormity of His grace to each one of us. The fact that He, who lived in the glory of eternity, was willing to not only become a man and die, but take upon Himself our sin (the vilest of sins) is incomprehensible (Philippians 2:5-8). Eternity will not be enough time to reveal the wonders of his grace and salvation.

I love to thank God, every day for providing such a great salvation. I try not to miss a day. I think of how back in the Old Testament God required the Israelites to sacrifice a lamb every morning and every evening. They sacrificed at many others times, but this was the foundation of all sacrifices. It pointed to the Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who would come to take away our sins (John 1:29). When Jesus became our sacrifice, there was never any need for the daily sacrifices again. Hebrews 10:10 tells us of “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL.”

The Israelites looked forward to this ultimate sacrifice. But now we look back to the sacrifice of Jesus, once for all. I never want to forget or take it for granted, do you? That’s why at our Family Devotions each morning and evening I seek to praise the thank the Lord Jesus Christ for His great and eternal salvation.

But that’s just the beginning. We have been given everything we need in Christ to live this life (2 Peter 1:2,3). We are overloaded with blessings every day. Each new day is a blessing. We are blessed with family, a home to live in, food, and all of God’s glorious creation.

I think we should get into the habit of thanking the Lord for everything we think of.
A new spring flower appears. Thank Him.
Your baby laughs and smiles. What joy. Oh, thank You, Lord.

Water pours out of your tap. You don’t even have to go to the well. Thank you, Lord.
You throw your disposable diaper in the trash. You don’t even have to wash your diapers in an old ringer washing machine! Praise the Lord.
And this could keep going for pages. Get into the habit of being thankful for everything. And not a little thankful, but hugely thankful.

Thank your husband for every little thing he does for you, and just for being him. Become an extravagantly thankful wife. Thank your children when they finish their chores, when they do something for you, or when they are polite. Become an excessively thankful mother. And watch your children become thankful people too.

Some time back a wonderful missionary family stayed in our home. They also loved fellowshipping with the Johnsons (Howard and Evangeline’s family). They noticed how their children were very thankful about everything. They didn’t say “Thank you” in a monotonous voice, but “Oh, tha-a-a-a-a-a-nk you SOOOO much.” Our visiting family and their children got into the habit also. When they waved goodbye to us, they all puts their heads out the window cried out: “Tha-a-a-a-a-a-nk you SOOOOO MUCH!” You can never be too exuberantly thankful!

Have an extravaganza day,

Nancy Campbell

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BabylonIn my post NO LOOP HOLE, posted below, I shared with you an important word that God wants proclaimed and broadcast to the to the ends of the earth. Do you remember what it was? We find it in Isaiah 48:20 (CEB): “Go out from Babylon; flee from the Chaldeans! REPORT this with a loud shout, PROCLAIM it; BROADCAST it to the end of the earth. SAY, ‘The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob!’”

God wanted His people out of Babylon in that day. He wants us to get out of Babylon now. In God’s Word, Babylon speaks of confusion, delusion, and deception. It also speaks of mixture.

The amazing thing about deception is that we usually don’t know we are deceived. Deception deceives us from knowing we are deceived! Satan’s deception is so subtle that he successfully deceived Eve. And yet she walked and talked with God personally every day! Help, what about us?

I believe our greatest deterrent against deception is God’s Word. We must live in it. Meditate on it. Talk about it. And of course, share it with our children. We have an awesome responsibility as mothers to not only save ourselves from deception, but save our children from the deception of this humanistic society.

Sadly, a large proportion of the church is deceived. It is filled with mixture. People love God with their hearts, but their minds are filled with the humanistic agenda. It permeates this society. Most people in the church have been educated in the humanistic, feministic (and now, increasingly influenced by alternative lifestyles and the homosexual agenda). The most popular doctrine in the church today is “tolerance.” The devil makes sure that we are silent about sin. Or look out, we’re judgmental! On the other hand, God wants it exposed loudly, like a trumpet (Isaiah 58:1). This shows up whose side we are on!

My constant prayer is that God will save me from deception and that He will fill me with discernment. I’m sure this is your prayer too. It’s so easy to be deceived by that which looks good. That’s how Eve was deceived. Satan made the temptation look “good” and “wise” (Genesis 3:6). Everything from God is good, but not everything that looks good is from God! We must have godly discernment. We’ll get it from God’s Word.

As you pray together as a family each day, pray that God will show you any mixture that has come into your lives or your home. Ask Him to expose every tiny bit of deception. Ask Him to show you the spirit of Babylon in your lives. Ask Him to give each one of you such a love for His Word that you, your husband, and all the children will love to read it.

It isn’t the people in the world that God tells to flee out of Babylon. It’s God’s people. If the spirit of this world is more important to us than God, His Word, and prayer, we’re obviously still in Babylon. Every time the word “saints” is translated in “The Scriptures” it translates it “set-apart ones.” This is who we are as the people of God. Living in this world, but liberated from the spirit of this world.

Be encouraged today,

Nancy Campbell

P.S. Further Scriptures about coming out of Babylon: Isaiah 52:11; Jeremiah 50:8; 51:6, 45; Zechariah 2:6-8; 2 Corinthians 6:17, 18; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17; and Revelation 18:3-5.

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ProclaimNewsI often hear people say that they like to keep their faith personal. They don’t like to talk about it. However, that is not biblical. Did you realize that our Christianity is a confession? 1 Timothy 6;12; (Hebrews 4;14; and 10:23).

We are born again into God’s family by believing and confessing. Romans 10:9, 10 says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou SHALT BE SAVED.” If we believe in our hearts only, we are only half saved. To truly receive salvation, we must believe and CONFESS.

This is the beginning. But this is how we continue our walk with Christ. We keep on confessing. It is not a one-time confession, but a daily confession of our salvation. A daily confession of God’s truth. It’s only what we confess that we keep.

I was challenged by reading Isaiah 48:20 (CEB): “Go out from Babylon; flee from the Chaldeans!
REPORT this with a loud shout,
PROCLAIM it;
BROADCAST it to the end of the earth. (the whole world)
SAY, ‘The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob!’”

God doesn’t tell us only once to share about our redemption, but in four different ways in one Scripture. He doesn’t give us a loop hole to be silent! He wants us to broadcast His truth through the whole earth. God miraculously redeemed Israel from the hand of Pharaoh. He miraculously delivered them from Babylon. But we have an even greater redemption.

What a wonderful redemption!
Never can a mortal know
How my sin, the' red like crimson,
Can be whiter than the snow.

Ephesians 2:7 tells us that it will take “the ages to come” to “show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

Are you confessing every day? Are you teaching your children how to be confessing Christians? If not, we are not teaching them correctly. If they are not confessing, they will grow up weak in the faith.

Be blessed today,

Nancy Campbell

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LearnToFocusDo you ever get into a dream when reading or listening to God’s Word? I have the best intentions to not let my mind wander, but it still happens. Even this morning at Family Devotions as Colin read the Word to us I found my mind wandering. I started thinking about Bowen and Kahoru’s wedding that is coming in May. Help! I had to immediately focus again.

I notice the pattern God sets when He wants to tell us something. He wants to tell us something new every day! His Word is filled with truth and the way He wants us to live. Filled with treasures waiting for us to discover.

When God wanted to speak to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 40:4 the angel (or was it Jesus Himself) said to him: “Behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee.” We must see by the eyes of faith. We must hear with our spiritual ears, listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit who is the interpreter of God’s Word. And we must set out hearts upon it. I cannot find a verse in the Bible that talks about getting it into our minds (although of course we will do this), but He commands us to get our eyes, ears, and heart involved.

That’s why I believe it is imperative to ask questions at Family Devotions when we read God’s Word to our children. If it is easy for our minds to wander, what about our children? They can begin dreaming about other things. Questions keep them focused on what God is saying. Questions keep them interested and attentive.

I find I need the questions too. There are times when Colin asks a question and I am guilty and must ask, “Darling, can you please read that Scripture again?” I didn’t comprehend it properly as I was not intently focusing at that moment.

Ezekiel 40:4 also speaks about our mouths! It says: “Declare all that thou see to the house of Israel.” Our mouths must become involved too. God wants to us to share with others what He tells us. We can only declare what is deeply imbedded in our hearts. If it’s not in our hearts, we have nothing to say. That’s why the Word must get into our hearts.

“Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?” exclaimed the disciples about talking with Jesus. There’s nothing like true Christian fellowship when you can talk and discuss the Word together. However, I find it hard to find this today. When meeting with fellow believers I love to ask, “What’s God been saying to you from the Word recently?” It is so deflating to be returned with blank looks and silence. They have nothing to declare!

Dear precious believers, if we are opening God’s Word and tuning in our eyes, ears, and hearts, we’ll have so much to declare! To confess! To share with others to change their lives.

This is not only a challenge to ourselves, but in the training of our children. What kind of children are you training? Those who are being trained to stay babies, go to church once a week and open their mouths like little birds to receive food from the pastor or minister? Or are you training children to discipline their eyes, ears, and hearts to hear what the Spirit is saying. They are learning to hear personally. To hear for themselves. Not second hand. They are the children growing into mature Christians. I am sure no mother wants her children to stay babies in the Lord. We want them to be declarers of God’s truths and they can only do this as they get it into their hearts.

May you be anointed of the Lord today as you prepare mighty young men and women for God’s purposes,

Nancy Campbell

Don’t you love this famous painting? "Way to Emmaus" by German painter, Robert Zünd (1827-1909). My parents had this picture on the wall of the home where I grew up and I loved looking at it.

There are many paintings of the story of Jesus walking with the two disciples to Emmaus. I'd love to share two or three more of my favorites: This is a painting by James Tissot from "Pilgrims on the Road to Emmaus" (1884-1896).

PilgrimsRoad

Further to my post above, LEARNING TO FOCUS, here is another of my favorite paintings of the scene on the way to Emmaus: This is a painting by William Brassey Hole.

WayEmmaus

Here's just one more painting of the Scripture: "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?" (Luke 24:32). Painting by Ira Thomas.

HeartsBurn

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TVAddicts1. The TV is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2. It makes me lie down on the sofa: it leads me away from the
faith.

3. It destroys my soul: it leads me in the paths of sex and violence for the sponsor’s sake.

4. Yea, though I walk in the shadow of Christian responsibilities, there will be no interruption, for the TV is with me; it’s cable and remote control, they comfort me.

5. It prepares a commercial for me in the presence of my worldliness; it anoints my head with humanism and commercialism; my coveting runneth over.

6. Surely laziness and ignorance shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house watching TV forever.

~ Anon

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