Quiverfull

Whenever I look up info on the quiverfull movement, the first family that pops up is the Duggar family.  Then come the comments. I’m always amazed at how negative people are about the Duggar’s choice to have as many gifts that the Lord blesses them with.

It’s saddens me to live in a society where it’s deemed normal to shoot for one boy and one girl to complete our family circle,  push them off on an array of activities throughout childhood to keep them busy, and then scoot them out of the door to begin their own lives. I find it disheartening to engage in conversation with moms who appear so burdened by their children that they can’t wait to enter into a phase of life where they can do other things.

The sadness that I feel about this mindset is just that, sadness, namely due to living in a culture where what God deems a gift is viewed as a curse. I also find it quite disappointing that such a society feels the need to so harshly scrutinize a family for minding their own biblical values. Although I’m not a faithful viewer of their show, “19 and Counting,” I have followed the Duggars for awhile now and find their dedication quite inspiring. Their quiverfull views are based on the scripture Psalm 127, which states, “Happy [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.”  The joy that you see when you look at this family certainly doesn’ t come from their conformation to societal expectations. In fact, I would securely say that such joy comes straight from the promise of following the scripture, which is what enables this family to smile and contently turn their heads from the brash and rude remarks about their choices.

It’s definitely a cold and cruel world we live in when a family can share such good wonderful things such as love, joy, contentment, kindness, manners and the like within the walls of their home and be so harshly judged for it. In particular, the Duggar Family has expressed these traits and I’ve never heard them place a mandate on anyone else to do what they’re doing. In fact, mom has often stated that it is their choice to let God control the size of their family. She’s raising her young to contribute these wonderful traits to this world, which would certainly be beneficial in many areas of life.

In my opinion, a quiverfull of arrows (children) isn’t a negative thing at all particularly when they’re being trained to shoot such wonderful character traits into such a nasty world. However, I it appears to be far more acceptable in society to care for several animals, nurturing them, clothing them, providing organic meals, and smothering them with hugs and kisses than to offer the same love and nurturing towards a human being who will eventually contribute to the world in which we live.  I think it may even be  safe to say that such negativity towards another person’s personal decision to let God control the size of his family may have more to do with a personal conviction within the oneself.  We should all strive to look at those things that large families will contribute to our world such as a larger number of diligent workers to contribute to the lacking social security funds. Then let’s not bash them but support the strength, of such families.

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