Tuesday, January 17, 2017

10 Reasons to Not Plan Your Family Size

  1.  The Lord, in His holy Scriptures, calls children blessings.
  2.  He calls them a reward.  Why would we not want a reward from the Lord?  Would we refuse any other reward from Him?  A bigger house?  A newer car?
  3.  There are no Scriptures supporting the use of birth control.
  4.  The only mention of any sort of birth control (deliberately preventing a child from being conceived), follows with the Lord killing the man who committed the act.
  5.  We see many Scriptures that describe how the Lord opens and closes the womb.  He is in control.
  6.  If we claim to believe in the sovereignty of God, how can we deny His sovereignty in the life He creates in the womb?
  7.  When we have children, we have little disciples around us all day in the home, whom we can teach in the ways of the Lord.
  8.  What better way to spread the Gospel than by sending forth shining lights from our own homes?
  9.  When we have the attitude of not wanting another baby because "circumstances aren't right", "finances are tight", or "it's just too hard", we are having the same attitude of people who kill their children in the womb.
  10.  Up until the early 20th century, the Protestant church was completely opposed to couples using birth control and considered it sin.  Why has this changed?  I suspect a couple of reasons.  Firstly, the church, at large, has become more like the world and has adapted its values in many areas.  Also, I believe birth control became more readily accepted so women could go out to work outside the home--something else that is not Scriptural.  With couples being able to "choose" when and how many babies to have, it freed up women to go out into the workforce, therefore weakening the family with mothers away from home.

Let us pray that the Lord's church will return to His ways of family life and strengthen our families so we can bring Him glory through our home life.

Recommended resources:

The Way Home
The Bible and Birth Control
Children are a Blessing
The Bible and Birth Control audio recording

This article was published in issue #132 of The Christian Home Magazine.

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  1. I'm so thankful that my husband and I chose to follow God's leading for our family size. With 9 children in 13 years, I thought my childbearing years would be steady for several more years to come. I'm on my 4th year of infertility and it's heartbreaking. I'm so grateful that we allowed God to plan our family size during those years. Hard as it is, I'm also thankful for these years of trusting him and allowing him to carry me through the difficulty of not having a little baby to hold!

    1. Oh, Sarah, I'm so sorry. Yes, what a blessing that you and your husband did allow God to plan your family size before. Many women take their fertility for granted, putting off having children and thinking they will always be able to have more when they are "ready". We have 7, and I hope the Lord will give us more.

  2. Great reasons to trust in the lord's plan!

    1. His plan is far better than ours. Thanks for your comment, Christy.

  3. My husband and I decided before we were married that we would let the Lord choose our family size. Boy, we were not expecting what he had in store. We have had 26 years of infertility, but He has blessed us over and over. We have had 18 foster children. We have adopted 4 (23 boy, 14 boy, 12 boy and 9 girl) and are in the process of adopting an 8 month old girl. I never would have thought that I would still have little ones around at nearly 50, but He is good and knows just the way things should go. Wait for His will and he will bless you!

    1. Wow, that's amazing! We never know what the Lord has in store for us when we trust Him with our family size. He may give several children, He may give none, or He may do something else like in your case. Thanks so much for sharing this!


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