When I was a young mother with only two children, I struggled with the question, “Should we have another child?” My husband and I actually made this question quite a dilemma before we had our fourth and fifth children also. As mothers, we often catch “baby fever,” after we already have a few children. Our friends and family tell us how blessed we are, but that we shouldn’t have any more. We should be content with the children we already have, they say. The best way to combat baby fever is to briefly hold acquaintance’s babes and then quickly hand them back to their mommas.
Oh, how I used to struggle with this! Childlessness has been glamorized in our culture. I actually felt selfish for desiring more children, which is what God created my body to do! He did not create women to have only one or two children…he created us to be capable of childbearing from our teens up into our forty’s…we can quickly do the math and discover that during that time frame most of our bodies can bring forth more than one to two children into this world even when taking pregnancy term and breastfeeding into account.
If you already have a few children and would like more, than this is for you. I understand that your fertility is honestly none of my business, and is something that is between you, your husband, and God. Please do not misunderstand and think that I’m trying to push my beliefs on you, because I’m honestly not. I would like to offer hope to those who long to have more children and do not understand why.
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
Sometimes we have desires in our heart that are worldly and are not of God. But oftentimes God Himself places desires and longings into our very being. Revelation 4:11 brings me such comfort, mommas. Through this verse, I know that if I feel a longing for another child and then fall pregnant God willed for it to be so. He gave me the desire to have more babies, and He willfully created them as part of His plan. The KJV says Revelation 4:11 this way:
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Not only has God willed for you to bring forth life if you become pregnant, your sweet baby was created for His pleasure! This just amazes me, and it sounds so different than “worldly wisdom,” doesn’t it? We can know that bringing forth children is not of us, but of God. And who is to argue with God?
I look at my children every day and am just amazed that the Lord chose me to be their mother. I couldn’t imagine my life without knowing any of these wonderful little people, and I am so thankful that He gave me the desire to bring them into this world. All glory, and honor, and power go to Him!
So mommas, do not fear what your parents, or in-laws, or friends might say if you fall pregnant. Cling to this verse, and remember that the Lord is 100% behind it. It is not of you, but of Him.