Editor’s note: This is a not a completely toxic ideas article. In some of the unquoted parts it talks about accepting your looks and body as they are and that not every woman will marry and have children. But this part could have been written by any other typical Quiverfull female cultural enforcer, like Nancy Campbell or Debi Pearl. The idea that if you do manage to marry you must only be a wife and mother to exclusion of all else. It’s simply not that black and white.
Marriage and motherhood are wonderful gifts and if God blesses you with them, know that they’re worth your full investment. Don’t believe the world when it tells you that you’re wasting your education or your talents by making home a priority. The amount of influence you wield at home can’t be calculated. Families are the footings of humanity and families live in homes—which is the place where children learn, not mere academic subjects, but every subject that matters in the whole universe.
G.K. Chesterton says in regard to child rearing, “I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.” If God gives you children, give them your all. You can’t save them, but your faithfulness may be his means to saving for a thousand generations.
QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men 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 and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.
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