by Jill Rodrigues from Rodrigues Family Ministries – Rodrigues Baby #13 on the Way!
Editor’s note: These are friends of TLC’s the Duggar family. Another family that works as little as possible and begs for donations on their website and during their preaching trips. What struck me about this posting is everyone’s glee over the coming baby. In an unquoted part Jill claims that she does not force her children to be happy for another sibling, they just do it because they love the Lord and their family. Sorry, but I seriously doubt every single one of the children is thrilled by this news. It’s normal for a child to have at least a little bit of worry or anxiety about a change to the family dynamics by adding a new member. Why are reactions not perfectly over the top not allowed? Why all the emotional repression? Children should be allowed to have emotions that aren’t always positive.
Also, David and I are THRILLED beyond words that God has chosen to open my womb again and give us our 13th child (really 18th child due to me having 5 hard miscarriages). Is it easy raising so many children? NO….not easy- but VERY rewarding! When I saw the pregnancy test read “positive”, I looked toward Heaven and said “Thank You” to God TONS of times.
God’s Word tells us that children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is HIS reward. <3. Why would we EVER want to turn away a precious gift from God?
Honestly, I wish you could have seen our children’s reaction to the news. <3 There was screaming for joy, jumping, laughter and smiles! When we tell our children that we are expecting another sibling, it is LITERALLY the HAPPIEST time I almost EVER witness in our home!
Why? Doesn’t it mean one less “chicken leg” for them to eat? Perhaps one less frivoulous item that we can’t afford to buy for them? A Mama who will need lots of extra help during the “sick” months of my pregnancy? Yes…all of the above. But, if that is our focus in life…..a temporal moment of satisfaction, then I have failed in raising up a generation that focuses on the eternal. Another SOUL to raise up for the GLORY of God, is SO TOTALLY eternal!
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