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The Duggar Family (Part 2)

19 and Counting!

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.

Read the rest here.

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!

Award Post

Award

Award

Normally, I would not worry about whether or not I received an award from anyone but a very close friend of mine actually nominated me.  Her blog is lightinearthenvessels.  They have adopted 8 children from a variety of countries and really show forth what adoption (from a biblical standpoint) is all about.  They have many ups and downs but the Lord is working in them and through them.  They have a blog all about adopting older children. This blog is based on biblical teaching and discipling of children that have come from very hard backgrounds. They are working towards becoming a counselor for parents that adopt!

These are the official blog award rules:

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate up to 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you’ve nominated.

So, here are my nominations, in no particular order:

1. Berean Wife – I have recently come on her blog and she has some very good things to say from a biblical standpoint, as well. The comments are also great to read because her response towards others also show forth the truth of God’s Word! She is not willing to back down on the truth but is very willing to apologize if there is something that is contrary to the Word of God!

2. The Desert Pastor – My husband is definitely one of the blogs I would nominate because of the high quality of writing.  Right now he is going through a series on Worship.  He’s done several parts on worship and is discussing the golden calf of music.  This, I believe, would be very helpful for anyone desiring to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth in every area of their lives!

3. Defending Contending – Here is a blog that defends and contends for the faith. They seek to bring to light those that are not true servants of God. They also bring many other things to the forefront from news that affect Christians to sharing quotes by servants of God. They post many messages from different pastors/teachers that desire to speak forth the Word of God in truth!

I want to thank the Lord for any ability that He has given me because I am not a natural born leader!  I am a natural born follower but the Lord has spoken to my heart in many different ways.  I feel a necessity to share what I have learned through my pilgrimage in the Christian walk.  Whether I am able to help 100 people, 1 person or no one, I still feel that everything I have gone through is worth it all.  Only the Lord keeps the record as to who was encouraged, rebuked or challenged by this blog.  I realize that it is only the Holy Spirit that can change anyone as I know I can’t even change myself without His constant help and guidance every second of the day.  Thanks for taking the time to read!

Worship — God’s Way Not Mine!

As I have been reading The Desert Pastor’s blog, I have been praying about areas of my life that should be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. Doing this, however, has not been an easy task! It is so easy to respond in a fleshly manner (the manner I’m used to doing) instead of a godly manner. Many times my mind struggles against the flesh but the flesh wins out. Why is that? I ask myself. The times I do that is normally when I have not renewed my mind with God’s Word and/or I am following a habit and respond without thinking or praying about the situation first.

We know that worship is NOT just 20 minutes of singing on Sunday (normally called the “Praise and Worship” time). Worship IS glorifying God in every area of your life! Since we cannot do it on our own then it becomes necessary that we go to the ONE Who enables us to do it. The only way we can worship God — HIS WAY — is through us being renewed in our mind regularly.

I am very thankful that the Lord has put many things in our lives recently, including heartbreak, to wake us up to the fact that we were not serving Him but ourselves! May the Lord continue to break our wills, mould us into the image of Christ, and enable us to renew our minds continuously and without ceasing!

Thankful for God’s Discipline when we need it,

Desert Pastor’s wife

More Truths on Worship

The Desert Pastor has continued his series on Worship.  I would highly recommend this to you and feel free to pass on the links to others.  Below are the next two links to Parts 6 & 7 in the series.

Part 6 “Which God Do You Worship??” Are we maintaining our distance from the world?  And is Romans 8:28 for just anybody?

Part 7 “Which God Do You Worship??” Why is the Church being lulled to sleep and to its death?

Poison Pills

The Desert Pastor has been doing a series on Worship that has been a help to me and will be one to you, if you let it. Below are the links to each part in the series.

Part 1 “Which God Do You Worship??” Do Christians really want to hear the truth?

Part 2 “Which God Do You Worship??” Why is it so hard to apply what we learn?

Part 3 “Which God Do You Worship??” Why is our worship only confined to approximately 3-5 hours per week?

Part 4 “Which God Do You Worship??” What lessons will we have to learn before we are willing to give due honour, glory, and praise to our Saviour alone?

Part 5 “Which God Do You Worship??” How many poison pills are we willing to continue to consume before we realize that true joy and happiness comes from serving the Lord?

Be prepared for another part coming up!

Signs and Wonders

The Desert Pastor has written a very encouraging blog about signs and wonders. There are several parts to it and I would encourage you to go there and read what he has to say. There is also more to come besides what he has already written.

Part 1With all of the so-called signs and wonders being found within modern Christianity, I have pondered some time on the question of whether we should even be concerned about signs and wonders.

Part 2 (first part to this one)–So many pastors and members were duped into believing that feelings were a good substitute for living a life which was becoming more like the Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 2 (second part to this one) — History reveals that true revival comes from God and it changes believers more into the image of Christ. It changes churches from looking like the world into looking more like a Bride who is making herself ready for the coming Bridegroom!

Part 3 (first part to this one) — So, let’s see what the Scriptures truly teach – 1) Does the Bible speak of signs and wonders?

Keep tuned because there is more to come!

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a very special day for all of us because for us to be here we must have had a mother at some point. While some of us are blessed with godly mothers that love us, there are some in this world who do NOT have mothers that love them.

First, let us remember those children who have no mothers due to death.

Second, let us remember all those children whose mothers didn’t love them and they have been taken away due to some kind of abuse! Many of these children have no one to call their own. We are so blessed by our own families and tend to take them for granted. Please pray for these children that have gone through so much within their little lives. They have not only been abused in some way or another but they are no longer able to have a mother called their own. Maybe the Lord will speak to YOUR heart about adopting one of these precious children that need a godly home with parents that love the Lord and will raise them with the true love of Christ!

Third, let us remember the mothers of these precious children as it is a very real possibility they never had a godly mother themselves. Even if they did, the Lord’s grace can reach down and save even them! Please keep these mothers in prayer, as well!

We hope your Mother’s Day is as good and sweet as ours has been! Happy Mother’s Day!