I would like to welcome Jacquie from My Blessings Homeschool to Beauty in the Mess! While Baby Girl hasn't made her appearance yet, I am starting my maternity leave a little early. But don't worry, I'll definitely let you know when she makes her appearance! Thanks for stopping by!!
So often I hear of women who are constantly given negative comments about their pregnancy or family size. I'm sure if you have more than two children you've heard them too.
“You have your hands full.”
“Do you know how that happens?”
“Are you done yet?”
“Are you CRAZY?”
The list goes on and on. Even Christians will make these comments and honestly it saddens me. I want to take a look at some of the ways God's word differs from what the world says of children. We all know that labor isn't fun but the reward at the end is so worth it! Even the Bible tells us
John 16:21 (ESV)
When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
We have that joy of meeting our little blessing after all the hard work is over and the amazing thing is that we are willing to do it all over again! One of my favorite passages is from Psalm 127 and it tells us,
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! Psalm 127:3-5a (ESV)
The Bible says that children are a reward, not the hassle that the world tells us they are! I love this verse because it doesn't say that people should have just one or that they should have twenty. It simply states that children are a reward and the “full” quiver is a blessing! That “full quiver” will look different for each family but I love that God doesn't set a limit on the blessings that He can give us. In Genesis He tells Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply.”
Genesis 1:28 (ESV)
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
Deuteronomy 6:7 (ESV)
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Proverbs 23:24 (ESV)
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
The world tells us we are crazy for having children, that they are a hassle or burden. God tells us that our children are blessings and gifts from God! So, next time you hear a naysayer making negative comments about your beautiful blessings, no matter how many you have, remember what GOD says about them! Don't let people kill your joy or keep you from having more children because you already have “too many”.
Jacquie, from My Blessings Homeschool, lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband of almost ten years and four beautiful blessings who are homeschooled. She loves sharing their homeschool, Christian faith and family adventures.