“The Bible says that debt is a curse, and children are a blessing. Yet in our culture, we apply for the curse and reject the blessings. Something is wrong with this picture.”
~Doug Philips, Vision Forum Ministries
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
And the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gates.
We are being told constantly that children are expensive, they're handfulls, they're trouble, they're messy, they will cost you energy and time.
It's interesting at the farmer's market when I tell people how many siblings I have and how thankful I am for them. The frequent comments are:
oh how did your mom do that!!!?
wow.... (with a puzzled look)
You must be busy then
why...how...what...did you say???
I can tell that some of them would like to say (but don't for politeness's sake)
Imagine the carbon footprint! You guys are breathing all the air!!!! Think of all the co2!
What's wrong with you guys
how do you afford that
why in the world would you want so many kids
What are you crazy???
You get the idea. :-) I don't think I've had more than one or two that say "Oh what a blessing!!"
Isn't that sad???