When I go out with all five of my children, it’s rare that someone doesn’t make this common, all too familiar remark.
Wow. You’ve sure got your hands full.
Sometimes it’s said with a smile. I can take that. Other times, well, not so much.
And it’s true. My hands are extremely full with five children.
Here’s a funny side note. One time at the zoo, I saw a lady with a group of children. My first thought was “Wow, she has a lot of children with her!” Then I counted. Yep, five. And there I was holding my fifth. So that’s what people think when they see us!
I won’t pretend for one moment that having a larger than average family is a cake walk or always comes easily. It often leaves me tired and ready for silence, personal space, and chocolate come 8pm.
But it’s worth it. And I do love it. And despite how full my hands might seem to be every day, my heart remains open to the Lord blessing us with additional children.
We Want the Lord to be Lord of All
Primarily, our reason behind an openness to more children is our desire to let the Lord God truly be Lord of all.
We want to surrender our ideas for our family size, our desires for convenience and ease, and our control over even our future goals and plans to the Lord.
We want to surrender all, as difficult as that is sometimes.
The Ability to Bear Children is a Blessing and an Honor
It is an incredible gift to be able to conceive, carry a pregnancy to term, and birth a child. Even if that process comes with medical interventions and risks, the ability to bring forth life is truly remarkable.
I’ve heard from different women who know that their baby days are over, and it saddens them. That privilege has passed from them, and they grieve.
I want to take advantage of the years I’m able to bring life into this world and cherish the opportunity, not shut it down. It’s really only with me for a short time.
A Child Is an Entire Future Legacy
One child has the potential to impact this world in unimaginable ways. Every beloved figure in history started as a child in the womb of a willing mother.
My mind really can’t even begin to imagine what the future may hold for my children. How might they each be able to impact their world for good and for Jesus?
I once read something said by Martha Sears, wife of Dr. Bill Sears. They had eight children, and when people would make remarks about having too large of a family or overpopulation, she would reply with “The world needs my children.”
Our Children Delight in New Babies and Having Siblings
My children love it when new babies join the house. They even ask us know when we’ll have another one!
Not just that, those adorable new bundles grow up to continually bring joy to the home. Our children love having friends to play with, and someone to talk to, and a constant source of playmates.
Of course we still deal with typical bickering and sibling conflict, but they truly love each other, and love it when a new friend is born.
Children Are God’s Highly-Prized Blessing
If God wanted to bless us with money, or a large home, or a really nice vehicle, or any other kind of prized material blessing, who of us would turn it down? I doubt many.
Yet God repeatedly through His word speaks to the tremendous value of children. They are His reward, His heritage, and His blessing.
Not burdens. Not mistakes. Not consequences.
They are the blessings of blessings, and if He wants to send them, we want to receive them.
A Process and a Journey
My husband and I haven’t always felt this way, though. It’s been a process for us to get here, and in the next post I want to share more about that. You can read that one here.
We’re all on a journey trying to walk more closely to the Lord in every area of our lives.
Also, If you read my last post, you will remember that I mentioned some important disclaimers about this topic. If you haven’t read A Heart Open for Increase, please do so that you can have a better context on what I’m sharing here. I know there are challenging situations, and there’s also grace for them.