Having Babies in a world that HATES children
Yup! I went there with my blog heading… ’cause it’s true!
I was scrolling through my facebook news feed the other day, and saw a young person announcing their thoughts on babies, with nothing edifying to say. In fact, people often joked when I got pregnant with my 2nd son, Caleb Carter, “Oh my! Don’t you know how to prevent that already?” and “Maybe you two (my husband and I) should get a TV”. Now its one thing to hear that kind of chiding from those who don’t know or understand the Word of God, but what about those of us who are supposed to be walking in the light? Do we hate children like the world does? Of course I understand that not EVERYONE who lives by world systems and standards hates children, but unfortunately the vast majority do!
You see, the prevailing culture is so opposite to God’s Word. Feminists have really done a number on shaping our minds, so much so, that sometimes it’s hard for God’s truth to penetrate and redo our thinking so to speak. And guess what!? ARE YOU READY FOR THIS!! (enter GASP)
GOD LOVES TO BLESS US WITH BABIES!!
He said it right here.. Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”
So if our God loves children, why is it then when we hear a couple is pregnant with their 3rd, 4th or 5th baby, we gasp, sigh, and let so much negative speech roll off of our tongues? This ought not to be so! The news of new life on the way ought to be celebrated, and the mom to be should be encouraged. Heavens! Its hard enough she may get a swollen nose, black neck, swollen feet and peeing when she sneezes… Negative comments soooo not welcome!
Rachel Janokovic of Desiring God Ministries.org wrote this about Motherhood:
“Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.
Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.”
I had my 1st child when I was 27. In fact, he was a honeymoon baby. A week before my wedding, I began taking oral contraceptives. One morning, I heard the Holy Spirit ask me gently to not take those and allow Him to plan my family size for His glory and His purpose. My son was conceived immediately after this decision. My 2nd son came a year and 11 months after. By God’s grace, He is in charge of our family planning, not some pill from the pharmacy, even if that means 20 of those little munchkins! Hey! That’s just my personal conviction. Every woman may not be called to pop out 20 munchkins. Lol!
So my ladies, desire ALL the blessings God has for you. From a BMW to a baby. Its amazing how when we see a couple get a new job, a doctorate or a new car, we praise them, but God help them if they are pregnant with their 10th child. We don’t view that as “good a blessing ” as a new Toyota. Lies the culture has sold us I guess.. Well, let’s replace those lies with these truths shall we:
- ~He said be fruitful and multiply
- ~He says children are a blessing
- ~He desires that we love children and babies, and welcome them on HIS timing, not ours
~ If you are preggers, or recently had a baby, CONGRATS! Feel as blessed as the man with the new shiny car! You have A LOT of joy ahead of you.
Defy the culture! Live to please the One who holds you in the palm of His hands!