What exactly does it mean to be Quiverfull? It means that you leave the size of your family completely up to God. No birth control pills, no condoms, no diaphragms, no basal body temperature-taking, no natural family planning methods. Nothing. You leave your family size completely and totally in God's Hands and trust that He can and WILL provide all needs.
It's very surprising to me that Christian couples can trust God with just about anything ... ... except the size of their family.
"I can't handle that many kids"
"I don't want a dozen kids"
"I can't provide for them all"
I. I. I.
What about what GOD wants?
There are some days, I can barely handle the two children I have. There are some days I don't think I want anymore children at ALL. There are some days I wonder if we can provide adequately for the two children we have right now.
But then I remember something.
Where my patience ends, HIS BEGINS ... if I just seek and ask.
My children have all that they need right now. And then some. They have clothes, shoes on their feet, they have food, they have clean water, they have movies to watch, music to listen to, books to read, plenty of toys to play with.
Did I provide all of that for them? Did my husband? NO, we did not. The Lord did. He gave my husband a job. He blesses my husband's work so he can keep that job. The money flowing through this house is not ours, it is His. If He can provide for our family of four right now, will that suddenly change if we have twelve children? Of course not! Do I know how He'd provide for more children, should He bless us with them? No ... but:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3: 5-6
Children are a blessing. A heritage.
"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth." Psalm 127: 3-4
Just because you're quiverfull doesn't mean you'll even have a lot of children. It just means that you give it up to God. My husband and I have been quiverfull from day one of our marriage and we will always be so. We have been married almost 8 years and we only have two children so far. There are some quiverfull-minded Christians couples who have been married 8 years and have 6 children. It's all in His very capable hands.
It's the worlds view that children are a burden. That it's up to the parents to provide for all those children. That's it's somehow demeaning for the mother to stay home with them.
We, as Christians, are not to be like those of the world. And the Bible tells us how we should view children. As a blessing. A heritage. A joy.
Why turn down God's blessings? Lean on ourselves ... or fully trust Him?
The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing; but in our culture, we apply for a curse and reject blessings. Something is wrong with this picture." Doug Phillips