1Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5Happy 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.
1Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
5The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
6Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.
Children are blessings, the Word is clear on this subject. God says it is a good thing to be fruitful, in fact it was the first command he gave to man. (Genesis 1:28) There are many things in life, that, we are unable to grasp the depth of on our own. Childbearing is one of those things. BUT - we have faith. Faith that God provides for His own. Faith that God blesses those who obey Him.
Four short years ago, not long after the Lord called Jimmy and I unto repentance and salvation, He burdened our hearts to be obedient to trusting Him, the one and only Creator, with our womb. This was a HUGE step of FAITH! 5 months later, we discovered that we had been blessed with our 3rd child. Along with Justin, came the blessings of learning to eat and prepare food in healthy ways, something we'd never had to do before.
When Justin was 11 months old, God blessed us with the conception of our 4th baby - Lizzy. Lizzy came with much ridicule from family, for being so foolish to have more children, when Jimmy doesn't even have a high school education. We were asked by most, how can you afford more children?? (Trust, it's a simple thing) At the time, Jimmy was not able to work, due to back problems.
Lizzy is now 13 months old, and we recently discovered that the Lord has once again blessed us with another child!! Even though we fully trust God with our womb, each time I find that I'm pregnant, I'm in awe. I certainly don't feel that I "deserve" the blessings of the Lord. In fact, most of the time, I fail more than I succeed, at training the children we already have. Yet, God is faithful to bless us for being obedient! He knows the plans He has for our lives, and the lives of our children!
Please pray for us, as we prepare to raise another arrow for Christ! :)