In our world today, and tragically even amongst many Christians, children are viewed not as a blessing but rather as a curse. For many (not all certainly), they can be seen as a burden, a problem, something to weigh us down and keep us from doing what we want to do, to take money from what we’d rather spend on ourselves, and to prevent us from going where we want to go to. And so for many the choice is birth control or even the sacrificing of their children on the high alter of abortion (I speak to the world for the latter).

This mindset represents not the mind of God but rather the mind of sinful man. For God’s word declares that “…children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” (Prov 127:3) Children are a blessing where in days past women would mourn when they could not conceive children. Today though in our world for many it is the exact opposite where women grieve when they do conceive a child, and relieved when they do not.

Of course on the opposite hand there are reasons for some families to be small. Some due to health reasons, some because of husband and wife being unequally yoked and others for varying reasons. And certainly families are not condemned if they are small any more than they are blessed simply because they are large. The point though that I think we all need to examine as Christians is that the church is by and large not supportive of large families and many times even families at all. To prove this try walking into the middle of a preaching sermon with a few children lagging behind and see what kind of welcome you get. Most times your entrance will be blocked by the guards of the “holy” sanctuary lest you defile it with the cries of an infant or the whispers of a little one. Here those friendly greeters will do their utmost to get you to deposit your children into the “children’s church” all as the church imitates the world in her age-graded segregation and separation of families.

But some have an opposite view of families and do not view children as a curse or burden but rather as a blessing. Even as the world and sometimes the church screams at them to not be so “foolish.” The Duggars are such a family and they truly are an inspiration. Just recently they welcomed their 18th child, Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, into the world. That is not a typo, they really do have eighteen children. I encourage you to check out their website and see what a blessing and inspiration they are to those who purpose in their hearts to have a large family as they view the fruit of the womb as a reward.

My hope is that this site and the images of life and beauty will inspire all those Christians who have or desire to have large families yet are discouraged or not supported by their local church or even the larger Christian community. May it also be an inspiration to those who have small families and are trying to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord but struggle at times never knowing where to find the time in the day to get things done. And for those unable to have families for varying reasons like myself, may we adopt other godly families in prayer to pray for their children that they might carry forth the torch of Christianity into the next generation.

Finally, my hope for non-Christian and especially Christians who have believed that children are a curse, is that you might have your mind renewed according to God’s ways even if you think such things are difficult or impossible. For what is impossible with man is possible with God. With this, I leave you with some additional ministries that preach the importance of families.