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Inside: God values the children in your midst. He sees a future, an army of disciples. Children are gifts. Where have we lost the reward meaning when it comes to the kids of the world.They are blessings for the next generation.

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Why Do We Forget the Meaning of this Reward? God values the children in your midst. He sees a future, an army of disciples. Children are gifts. Where have we lost the reward meaning when it comes to the kids of the world.They are blessings for the next generation. #kids #blessings #arrows #rewards

Can I let you in on a little annoyance of mine?

I get tired of people who look at the size of my family and then say hurtful comments.

Wow you must be a saint.

You must like to work a lot.

Do you know how birth control works?

My husband and I have five kids. One girl and four boys. Yes, we are busy, and it can be crazy.

However, those comments hurt.

Many people view me as careless and foolish. You don’t have to add insult to injury when I’m already struggling in certain moments with your uncouth comments.

When I started to think about this, I Googled some facts. Specifically, what does our nation think about kids, what is the average number of kids per family and are children considered rewards.

My intial search led me to the National Children’s Alliance. I was shocked  to read theses statistics.

Facts About Children

According to nationalchildren’salliance.org in 2014 (estimations):

  • Abortion happened in 21% of all pregnancies.
  • 415,129 children in foster care.
  • 116,940 children under 6 years of age -abused
  • 115,959 children 7-12 years – abused
  • 81,025 children ages 13-18 years – abused
  • 205,438 children reported sexually abused
  • 60,897 children reported physical abuse

God blesses us with kids, they are a gift not something to hurt or to take advantage of.

(Psalm 127:3-5, NLT)

Children are a gift from the Lord;
    they are a reward from him.
Children born to a young man
    are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
    He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

Why Do We Forget the Meaning of this Reward? God values the children in your midst. He sees a future, an army of disciples. Children are gifts. Where have we lost the reward meaning when it comes to the kids of the world.They are blessings for the next generation. #kids #blessings #arrows #rewards

Raising Arrows

What can we learn from the blessing of children?

G: Greatest in the Kingdom.

These young naïve disciples have a humble and believing heart. They are confident in their faith. God wants us to have faith like little children. We don’t question tomorrow because we know that our “Dad” has it all worked out.

About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18: 1,3-4, NLT).

I: Invaluable

Every child is important to God. Each one has a purpose here on Earth. God hand-picks children for families. This applies to biological and adopted children. God hand-picked each of these kids to play a role in your family, in the advancement of the Christian family, and the nation.

How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! (Psalm 127:5, NLT).

F: Future followers.

God needs us to raise God-fearing children to further His kingdom. Young Christians could restore our culture from its brokenness. We don’t know how God will use each of our children, but He does promise that He knows them intimately and their purpose is specific for them.

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13, NLT).

T: Trust.

Our children are rewards to us, but they belong to God. They are only on loan to us on Earth. God loves our children more than we ever could. As a Christian parent, we need to surrender our fears about raising our children. Let go of our “want-ifs” about their future, and give it to God in prayer. We learn to open our hands and give God the best blessing in life and trust Him for the future for our child and for ourselves as the parent.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).

God values the children in your midst. He sees a future, an army of disciples.

“Your children are the greatest gift that God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.” ~Lisa Wingate

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