|Michael and me when he was 2 weeks old|
I became pregnant with Mikey about a month later.
|Mikey was due on this day.....but didn't come until almost 2 weeks later.|
While I was pregnant with him God continued to work in our lives and hearts. We discovered may families, both personally and in blogland, that had many children and welcomed more. We learned from their example that there was more than just seeing children as a blessing. We were being called to be "fruitful and multiply" to fill our "quivers".
We had been willing to give our whole lives to God, every little detail.......except for this one. We foolishly questioned him:
Do we have the money, the room, the experience? Shouldn't we space them out?
It wasn't until a few months ago that we submitted to God's will and let him have power over this matter. I can't say it was an easy decision, we are doubting sinners, often unwilling to trust in God's planning, in his divine wisdom.
Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court. Psalm 127:3-5
Now, I am often surprised at myself, how much I am looking forward to another pregnancy, even so soon, even with the memory of birth kind of fresh on my mind : )
You probably noticed I did not use the term "quiverfull". Currently (and this may change as we grow in the word) we believe this is a man made term for a biblical principle. We don't need a catchy term for following God's will in any other circumstance and we don't believe this is an exception. Also, the theme of bearing children for the glory of God is echoed throughout the Bible again and again, we must look at it all as a whole, not just one well known verse.
Let me also say that I don't judge. Are you "quiverfull", awesome! Are you not? Okay : ) I believe that I am a sinner and although I have been saved by the blood of Christ and we (my husband and I) have the responsibility to make decisions in light of scripture, we DO NOT have the foresight, divine knowledge etc to judge anyone's choice. To do so, we believe, would be foolish. So while I'll debate the issue with you on why we feel its a biblical matter, We won't dare tell you your way is wrong. (Except in the case of abortion, and then oh, believe me, I Will tell you).
I write this here for ourselves, to look back and see where God led us, not to make anyone feel bad. I hope that if anything its an encouragement : )