A while back someone made a comment after I told them, that I was expecting number eight at the time. The comment was ” You really are raising disciples, one baby at a time.”
I absolutely loved what he said because I never looked at it from that angle. I just saw myself having the children God blessed me with and it was my job to teach them their faith. But to think of them as little disciples brought a whole new meaning to my job. Not only am I teaching them their faith, I am teaching them to go out into the world as God’s disciples to proclaim their faith, the good news, to the world. To send them out to the corners of the earth so they can reach the people who need to hear it the most.
Every child we have had has a unique gift to bring to this world. A unique plan designated and designed by God.
I never wanted to reach the end of my childbearing years with regret. Many women, later on in life, wished they had, had more children. I wanted to embrace every child that God wanted to send his way. It often saddens me the attitudes in society today. The value of children isn’t embraced, instead, it is almost feared and because of that fear not valued as it should be. I have always wondered how many more babies could have been born and what we are missing as a society because they are not here. It absolutely breaks my heart the number of abortions that are done each year. All those precious babies have gone as well as Gods plan for their lives.
I recently watched this fantastic video a mother, who is expecting her eight, posted. She was talking about why she has so many dang kids! ( https://www.facebook.com/christy.d.brown/videos/10213433374562340/ )What she said hit home for me. I could relate to everything she said and I agree wholeheartedly.
She too mentioned feeling sadden by all the babies not born and the possibilities these babies could have brought into this world.
I have always had this image in my head of God planning our family and all the children he plans for us to have. Imagine if we refuse to have all these children that are waiting for us?
We have people asking us all the time “Did you plan on having a large family?” and the truth is when it came to having children we didn’t have any plans at all. With each child, we fell more and more in love with these beautiful souls and these wonderful blessings God had given us. All we had to say was yes and allow God to do his work.
At my child’s birthday party I had someone make a rude comment towards me. He said ( in regards to our eight kids ) that we have a problem. No, we don’t have a problem, the problem lies with you mate, and the attitude you and society, in general, have towards children.
My children know they are wanted 110%. They are not here because of some rigid plan or because of an “accident” ( I absolutely hate that term). They know they are here because we love God and because we love God, we said yes.
This is why we have a large family. My love for God is much stronger than my earthly desires. This love conquers all earthly fears. It is powerfully strong and unwavering.
I know deep in my heart if I felt God was calling me to have another baby, I would have another. I know that if I were to start my life over, I would go through all the pregnancies and births again.
I know I am here to make a stand for life and to be pro-life. I am here to teach my children how to be disciples of the Lord. I often ask my children “What do you think God wants you to do..(when you grow up?)”. I had asked my six-year-old this question the other day, to which he immediately replied with “To be good!”.
Yes, God calls all of us to be good and we honestly cannot achieve this without him. Every decision my kids make I ask them to think about what God would want them to do in a particular situation and quite often they will stop and think about it.
There is only one area I want my kids to succeed in life and that is their faith. If they grow up keeping and practicing their faith than I will be a proud mum, knowing I have indeed raised disciples, one baby at a time.