Quoting Quiverfull: Laboring Not in Vain?

by Michelle Kauenhofen of Above Rubies Womens Daily Devotionals

DEAR FELLOW MOTHER,

When you feel worn out, exhausted, taken advantage of, under appreciated and not acknowledged, remember this.

The greatest gift of all time came at a very high cost on a wooden cross. We mothers labour not in vain, we are in the trenches together, waging war against all that seeks to defeat us, and trudging forward to great victory.

Of course there will be some hardships but we are not failing. We offer the greatest gift that we can. It is our labour of love to raise godly seed, and set an example in our marriages of Christ and His bride. We are daughters of the King in every circumstance, being polished by His hand and together, arm in arm, looking up, we win.

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce

 

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  • Saraquill

    My mum is Jewish.

  • persephone

    Every day a quiverfull mother risks her life with another pregnancy, while stretching herself beyond what she should endure physically, mentally, and emotionally, yet Jesus only suffered a few days of misery, and those quiverfull husbands never risk their lives or health, although they promise they will, if something happens, and the woman is blamed for everything. Gosh, why haven’t all women signed up for this?

  • Kristen Rosser

    Dear fellow mother,

    When you feel worn out, exhausted, taken advantage of, under appreciated and not acknowledged, it’s probably because you are worn out, exhausted, taken advantage of, under appreciated and not acknowledged. “Take up your cross” is being used as a device to keep you there. Letting your family walk all over you is not what Jesus meant. One doctrine doesn’t negate another. Self-sacrifice doesn’t negate self-stewardship.

    Speak up for yourself. Christ did. He said to his disciples, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” I would say to your husband, “Could you not take the kids one afternoon?” Take time for yourself. Rest. Take a bubble bath. Read a book that you will enjoy– not another book on being a good wife. Watch a movie that will make you happy. Order take-out. Leave the dishes.

    It’s not a sin to replenish yourself. God created you with needs. Guilt for seeing that those needs get met is not of God, nor is it even “biblical.”

  • Virginia Knowles

    I think her words are right in a certain context. She’s not saying we shouldn’t ask for help or replenish ourselves or set appropriate boundaries, just that their are times when we ARE tired, taken advantage of (certainly by our kids!), not appreciated. That would be true if we had 2 kids or 12.


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