Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tonitown, Ark., who have 18 children and one grandchild on the way, are expecting a new addition to their household – baby No. 19 will arrive in the spring.
“We are so thrilled,” says Michelle, 42. “We just couldn’t believe it is happening.” Jim Bob, 44, agrees: “This never gets old. We are so grateful for each child. We are looking forward to our first grand baby and our 19th child.”
Oldest son Joshua, 21 and his wife Anna, 21, are expecting daughter Mackynzie Renée next month, so she will be older than her new aunt or uncle.
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This is wonderful news and I rejoice with the Duggars on their 19th child. I pray the Lord blesses them and gives Mrs. Duggar a blessed time during her pregnancy.
There is such a need for women to understand that children are a gift from God. Our culture seems to think that it is “sad” when a woman desires to have the children God intended for her to have. Whether we are given 1 or 19, the issue should not be that she is having children. The issue should be…is she doing right in God’s eyes! According to Gen. 1:28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Did it stop there? After commanding Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, did God rescind His command? Let’s see what else the Bible has to say about it.
Gen. 9:1, 7, “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” Next we see God telling Noah to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth after the flood.
Lev. 26:9, “And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” Here we see God telling the Israelites to multiply and be fruitful!
Ps. 127:3-5, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” God has given us an idea of what He thinks of children. See what is said here? Children are an inheritance or an heirloom of the Lord and the fruit of the womb are His compensation, benefit or worth! Wow! What an amazing expression of children in the Bible! But wait!!! It doesn’t stop there…the Bible continues on with saying that the man who has a quiver full of them is HAPPY! When you read the article, you will notice that Mrs. Duggar is very happy to have another child in her family! How much more exciting could this be?
Ps. 128:3-4, “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.” This is the way it will be, i.e. being blessed by having children for the man that fears the Lord! The excitement continues on building!
Jesus spoke about little children and even rebuked His disciples because they were forbidding them to come to Jesus. What?! Are children to be banned from God’s presence? Are children nuisances to us adults? That seems strange because we were all children at one time. Maybe all of us should have been viewed as a nuisance and bother!
How does God look at those of us who are saved into His family? He looks at us as children and even uses the apostles to call those he is writing to, “Little children.”
1 Cor. 3:1, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.”
1 Pt. 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
Mt. 18:3, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Mk. 10:15, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”
So, is it Mr. and Mrs. Duggar who are wrong in having so many children? Absolutely not! It is the culture and those who complain that they have had too many children who are wrong! The Duggars are simply following God’s command and fulfilling it according to His Word! Oh that more families would take the time to see what a blessing children are instead of viewing them as a curse!