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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Building An Arsenal

If you're a child of God, you believe what His word tells you, right? In Psalms 127:3-5 , David writes, "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."
Psalms 127 is just as true as John 3:16. So how come our attitudes don't reflect this? I have, I'm ashamed to admit, been on both the giving and receiving ends of the comments and looks women get who dare to have more than 2.5 children and venture out into public. The Bible says we ought not to be ashamed of the quantity of children the Lord gives us. Lord forgive us (especially us ladies)if we make that mother ashamed. You know the one I'm talking about. You may be that woman I'm talking about. The mother who has given up any personal ambition she might have had to stay home and disciple her children. The mother in the Wal-Mart checkout line with 6 small kids in tow who survived the toy department and the cereal isle with no incident who is just trying to make it to her vehicle with all her children, all her groceries, and her checkbook. I've been there. The looks of pity, the fake smiles, the "you sure have your hands full" and the ever popular "so, are you done?" And then there's that look you get when you answer that last one with,"I'll take however many the Lord sees fit to give me!" You know the look, like they think you got lost on your way to the Planet Nutso.
It's not God's will for everyone to have 13 children. Sometimes it's not God's will for some to have children at all. All throughout the Bible, there are accounts of women who were "barren" and it was considered a bad thing by society. Oh my how far we've strayed from the Bible in this world. Now , it's just the opposite. It's a bad thing to have children at all! Children are the enemy! That's what this world, the media, and I'm sorry to say it, some so called bible believing churches will tell you. It's funny to me, that God's people will get in an uproar over abortion, (and we should. It's wrong, it's murder) yet we'll look down our noses at those that dare to break free from the status quot and go God's way. We ought to support, in prayer as well as in deed, those parents who are not just filling their quivers with arrows, but building an arsenal for the Lord.

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