Well, Friday marked the end of our Family Conference. It truly was a blessing to hear Bro. Chovan preach this past week! He is a wonderful preacher. One thing I really enjoyed about him is that he doesn't shy away from speaking the truth (in love)... even if the message isn't "popular." There were a few things I didn't really want to hear, but I know I needed to hear them. I'm so thankful for men willing to convey the messages that God has given them and us through the Bible.
The first few services he focused mainly on the marriage relationship -- duties or "job description" for the wife and husband. We've started applying some of the principles, and there is a difference in our lives already! The last few services were on children, their proper rearing (according to Biblical principles), and discipline (again, according to what the Bible teaches).
He opened with the verse in Psalm 127:3 "Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward." God considers placing children in ours homes as an honor and a reward! Who are we to think otherwise? How many parents do you know that think of children as a burden or an "inconvenience"? I know of couples who say they're never having children, because they're not the "having children kind of couple." How sad... they're denying themselves of such a blessing... intentionally!!! What's sadder still is when I say that I would love to have six children (even more if the Lord would allow), people -- even Christians -- look at me as if I'm crazy... several even ask incredulously, "Why?!" Society and the world have really influenced a lot of us in the area of "family planning" -- using birth control pills/shots/patches (which have been medically proven to cause early abortions, but I won't even get started on that point right now, lol), tying tubes, and all of that -- but that is definitely not a scriptural viewpoint.
The Bible says, "Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." (Ps. 127:5) He pointed out that a man can be happy when he has a number of children, because if he has trained and disciplined the children properly, he will not be ashamed of them. He went on to other verses talking of the blessing children can be if we would only see them that way. He also talked of God's sovereignty; if God is truly sovereign (and He is), and you really want Him to have control of your lives (which we should), then who are we to decide "Well, we've got our boy and our girl, so we're done." The message he preached that night certainly was in no way popular, but Nathan and I are glad he preached it, because it was an encouragement to us.
Shortly after we were married, Nathan and I had a very long discussion about all of this. Well actually, the discussion started before we were married. I had done a lot of research on the birth control pill (pretty much any form of chemical "contraceptive"), and after reading through many articles (not Christian-based articles, either), we decided we could never use it because it is known to cause early abortions. We were still discussing using other forms of contraceptives, and after thinking, praying, and reading other things, we decided we would simply let the Lord decide when we would have children, and how many children we would have. We believe God guides in all areas of life -- including that of conception -- so we submitted that over to Him.
Anyway, all that to say, the service truly was a blessing, and if any of you have the chance to have Bro. Randy Chovan over to your church, he would be a great blessing to you, as well! I've babbled on long enough -- though I haven't even begun to relate what all he preached, lol -- and I have to get ready for work now! These will be my last few days up in the elementary... it's gone by so quickly. I do love working with those kids... they tend to grow on you. I could spend hours telling you the things that happen up there, but I just don't have the time! All I can say is that I can't wait to have some of our own!!!!! Someday soon, Lord-willing... I'm sure I'll keep you posted! Hope you all have a wonderful, fantastic, glorious day!