by Vyckie Garrison
When Michelle Duggar got pregnant despite being on birth control, and subsequently lost the baby, the belief that – by using hormonal birth control – she had destroyed the precious life of their unborn child led Michelle and her husband, Jim Bob, to search the scriptures and pray. The result was a firm conviction to trust the Lord with their family planning. Michelle pitched the Pill – a decision which has led to the Duggars becoming one of America’s most prolific couples.
Erika Shupe was convicted to leave her family planning in the Lord’s hands, but due to financial hardships and the desire for a healthy body, she was not able to fully commit her reproductive life to God until, shortly after delivering her sixth child, she had a spiritual encounter in which she prayed, “Lord! I just want to be hormonally and physically normal for a while!” The Lord answered Erika quietly and lovingly: “This is the new normal…so you need to adjust.”
Although she originally only wanted one child, Elizabeth Ours felt the Holy Spirit working in her heart, and also her husband’s, through a godly family and several books including A Full Quiver, The Way Home, and All The Way Home. She prayed that her husband’s appointment for a vasectomy would be cancelled, and through “supernaturally arranged circumstances,” God intervened. Later, Elizabeth prayed to have at least two months before conceiving, and again, God answered her prayer.
Christopher and Rachel Scott knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God did not want them to resort to sterilization as a means of birth control when a huge warrior angel of the Lord appeared to Christopher in a dream holding a very large sword, aimed the flaming tip at his penis, and declared, “DO NOT ABORT THE PLAN OF THE LORD!“
It is common for Quiverfull women to testify of the Lord’s supernatural leading in their decision to trust God in matters of reproduction. About the same time that I felt the Holy Spirit convicting me to allow Him to control our family size, a friend from church shared with me how God spoke to her husband about getting a vasectomy so they would be free to serve Him as a couple in the ministry once their two young boys were old enough for school.
“WHAT?!!” I could not believe that God would lead this committed Christian couple – in which the young, healthy wife had no difficulties with pregnancy and delivery – to limit the size of their family, while at the same time, convicting my husband and me to seek a vasectomy reversal – in spite of my proven high-risk status due to health and genetic issues which had led to our decision to have a vasectomy in the first place.
How is it that as we both prayed and desperately sought the Lord’s leading, despite the glaring contradiction, my friend remained convinced that she and her husband were hearing directly from God – and I was still absolutely sure that He was speaking to me?
Just as a comical aside … maybe we women are not choosing at all. Here are some possible alternative explanations for why Quiverfull women keep having babies:
Is it possible that old Buddhist souls choose to be born to Christian Quiverfull parents as a way to escape the cycle of Reincarnation?
Ridiculous, for sure … BUT – how do we know?
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Vyckie Garrison started No Longer Quivering to tell the story of her “escape” from the Quiverfull movement. Over time, NLQ has developed into a valuable resource of information regarding the deceptions and dangers of the Quiverfull philosophy and lifestyle. Several more former QF adherents are now contributing their stories to NLQ and our collective voice makes these Quiverfull warnings impossible to dismiss or ignore.