Category: large families

Dear Christian: You Can’t Be For the Great Commission & Against Growing Families

When you've written at the same spot for 11 years, sometimes you think you've said all the things. But then again, unless people are digging into the archives, some things bear repeating. So hear goes part of my heart... I recently listened to a Voddie Baucham sermon that reminded me of the Christian's double standard when ...

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Why Did You Have So Many Children?

  Faith is an oddly phenomenal thing. I remember reading the biography of George Mueller as a child, and wishing deeply, I could have that kind of faith. Faith believes what we cannot see. That's it. So early in our marriage, we wanted to trust God and we wanted to be consistent in our belief in His sovereignty, ...

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The Church’s Opinion of Children is One of its Greatest Weaknesses

I have a big beef with a large majority of Christian thinking and every now and then, the hornet's nest gets kicked again and so, here we are.   First, let me tell you the story that prompted me to address this topic again.   A young couple with whom we are friends attend a smallish, typical conservative Baptist church. ...

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Mom, Do You Have a Heart for Missions? Here’s Your Test

I knew a missionary named Cassie. Cassie had prepared for the mission field her whole life. She was passionate about the gospel and had surrendered her life to the Great Commission-- the ministry of discipleship. It wasn’t easy for her. The demands of the mission field were hard on her body (she was kind of a frail ...

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God’s Heart Toward Children Part 2

Read Part 1 HERE. Another way our view of children affects the world is that if our thinking about children is not synonymous with His thinking about children, our entire paradigm of parenting is wrong. Did you hear that? We come into parenting with a completely wrong basis for the way we raise our children if ...

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God’s Heart Toward Children-PART 1

A heart-breaking reality that we have experienced by default of our unusually large family, is that in general, the Church’s ideas about children are essentially the same as those outside. Heart-breaking, I say, because we let a culture that kills 3,500 babies a day in the womb, inform our opinion about children.

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The $4.50 Secret to My Clean House (Also, An Easy Way to Teach Your Children Diligence)

  I really loathe the nagging me. The me that craves a bit of order and beauty, despite the reality of a large family, and just believes everyone else should be a part of keeping that order and they should long for the beauty too, except when they don't and I'm left nagging about chores half-done and a ...

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How to do the “Hard” in Your Mission Field

There are few ministries or pursuits more noble than the mission field. Any parent is proud to say of his adult child, "My son or daughter is a missionary in _____." The mission field is one of those places where the harder the conditions, the scarcer the resources, the more seemingly noble the mission. We admire ...

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Do You Feel Sorry For Children Helping Their Siblings?

It was when Kyla, my 8 year-old literally whisked her 2 year-old brother up, after he had a potty accident (which I was cleaning up) to change him, that something profound occurred to me. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say something like "those poor older children who have to help care ...

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My Big Take-Away From Motherhood

  About this time last year I wrote raw words about what it's like having 10 children with the possibility of more. You made it close to your favorite post, sharing it over 10,000 times on facebook alone. "I simply look at each of my children with more love than I can believe my heart will hold, ...

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