Sunday, December 15, 2013

Abundant rewards!

Okay, mama and daddy - if you have more than one or two children, you have probably had someone make an unsolicited comment while you are shopping/at the park/loading your kids into the car.  Recently a wonderful blogging mama posted this comment on Facebook.

"Here's a lil' gem for y'all:

No mother enjoys being told her hands are full. Ever. No exceptions.
Can I get an "Amen"?"

Four, five, or six kids will get you the comment: "Do you do daycare?"

Seven or more kids will invite the comments about youth groups and other creative... um... bluderous verbal spews.

Fecundaphobia. Yep. Check out this article by Dr. Lu: Fecundaphobia: On the Fear of Large Families.

Well, I'm hear to tell you that these families do have their hands full - but not in the way (if you have a bit of Fecundaphobia) that you think.

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Psalm 127:3
Then, there was that very special Child - the one whose birthday we celebrate this month.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us
And the government will rest on His shoulders
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6
And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people, for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.
Luke 2:10-12
When that child grew to be a man, He valued children.
And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Mark 10:13-14
Jesus thought enough about children that He filled a womb and came into this world the same way that we all did. God thought enough about children, that He calls them a gift and a reward.
Mama and Daddy, whether you have one child or 21 children, your hands are filled with tiny hands that reach for you, pictures drawn just for you, special pretend meals that taste better than real ones, handmade ornaments, just picked flowers, books to read to little listeners, and so much more. The world sees diapers, dishes and mounds of laundry, but that isn't what fills your hands. Your hands are full of gifts and rewards straight from the Lord!
How do I know that's true? That awesome blogging mama is my daughter.
Very blessed - and hoping you are blessed, too.


  1. Ha! I could do with less laundry, but you've already heard me vent about that too. Love you, Mama!

    1. Love you, too!
      PS At least we have a washing machine! ;-)

  2. Blessings to you and your daughter and to big families everywhere. I was always jealous of my 4-H friend Karen -- she had enough brothers and sisters to field a whole softball team!

  3. That is so rude and un-called for! In my humble opinion, we need more loving, responsible couples who enjoy having their hands full! At the risk of sounding not-PC (which I am!), I'll bet those same bluderously verbal people don't make those rude comments to other multiple-child-mamas of one sort or another. Just saying.

    1. I agree - there are a lot of children who need homes, both in foster care and for adoption. It's a blessing to see people who step up and open their homes to them. Hmmm - and you could be right. Sometimes people say one thing, but when they see it in action - they change their minds.

  4. I played an angel in the church Christmas program one year and read that verse from Luke :)
    Merry Christmas!

  5. People say the most inappropriate things to parents, especially mothers. Without having any knowledge of circumstances.
    Those little lives ARE a blessing.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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