A week & a half ago we announced that we are excited that another little person will be joining our family this year! For the most part there were congrats all around but there was also quite a bit of ribbing & crude jokes made about having a large family,of course it was"all in fun"...whatever...why is it that when the first 2 or 3 children are born into a family,it's not that unusual to people but when there's 4, 5 & so on people don't know how to respond? Is it just because having a large family is not the "normal' thing to do?
Doesn't God tell us in Genesis 1:22 to be Fruitful & multiply?....And God BLESSED them,saying"be fruitful and multiply"...Genesis 1:22a.....& also in Psalm 127:3-5 Behold,children are a heritage of 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....Too often children are seen as liabilities rather than assets. But the Bible calls children"a heritage from the Lord",a reward. We can learn valuable lessons from their inquisitive minds & trusting spirits. Those who view children as a distraction or nuisance should instead see them as an opportunity to shape the future. God values our children highly!....ever since I was a young girl it was one of my dreams to have a large family, 5 kiddos,(just like my mamma)...:). That dream is becoming a reality & we could not be more excited! December seems like a long way off yet but I'm sure the busy Summer we have planned will help the time go alittle faster.
I strongly believe that God intended women who have children to be keepers at home,to use that short time that we have with them before they become adults to mold,shape & teach them. When Aalyvia was a baby,only 6months old I felt like I needed to get a job & work to help make ends meet. I worked for about a year & it was the worst year of my adult life to date! If there would be any time that I wish I could get back or do over again,it would be that year. Looking back now I see that there were things we could have done without or done differently,but that time is gone & I'll never get it back.
So I leave you with this,Embrace that short time you have with your children while they are little,you will never get a redo! there will be enough time when your children are grown to go to college,get a job,pursue any number of things...nobody who has a family has ever been on their deathbed & said I wish I would've spent more time at my job or furthered my education....they say,I wish I would've spent more time with my family,I wish I would've taken more time to teach my children this or that, etc.
My quiver is filling up nicely & I love it:)!
(as a friend of mine said recently)....Pursue your children passionately!