The Duggar family just had their 18th child. This is an amazing family that believes in procreation just as God commanded. The verses in Psalm 127:3-5 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”
In this article about the Duggar family, there were 5 comments dealing with having so many children. I find it sad that our culture is such that anyone who does something contrary to the “cultural norm” they get castigated! Our culture will die down if people don’t start having more than “their share” of children. Children would not be a “pain in the neck” if we taught them according to Scripture. There is a right and wrong way of raising our children and the wrong way is to be concerned about the child’s self-image. I have told my children many times that I don’t care about their self-image but I do care about their image in God’s eyes!
On the other side of the coin, there are many ladies who truly desire to have children and cannot do so. To these ladies I would encourage to look into the possibility of adoption. Many times those children who have no one are overlooked and unloved. Remember, Ladies, that we, who are true believers in the Lord, are adopted into God’s family. James 1:27 tells us, “True religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to keep himself unspotted from the world and to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.” What better way to visit the fatherless by taking them into your home and bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? They need godly, loving parents just like our natural born children do and even more so because they have no one!
If you go to Adoption 3:16 you will read about families that have adopted and ways they can help to bring you through the hard times based on God’s Word. Whether you end up with a huge family through natural birth or through adoption remember that the “fruit of the womb is God’s reward!”