Children are a Heritage

by brenda on

This is what I shared at a baby shower tonight, on behalf of my friend Mishia’s 4th little guy, Elias…

I remember going from 2 kids to 3 kids, and then going from 3 to 4. When we only had 2, people would say they were so cute and would smile at them ooh and ahh at our babies. 
When we had 3, people started saying “wow, you have your hands full!” in a half smile, half “you’re crazy” expression.
When we had 4, some people still said “you have your hands full,” but others just glared. I’ve had well-meaning relatives say that if we adopt any more we’ll have “too many kids.” 
Since Elias is number 4 for your family, the “over the top” limit for many Americans, I just want to encourage you in what he means to the Lord.
Psalm 127 3 through 5 says:
Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
I’m not here to say that anyone should have any particular number of children, that’s between each couple and the Lord, but since we know God has blessed you with 4, we know that you’ve got 4 in your quiver. I did look up a picture of Robin Hood, since my kids have been learning about him. 
And a photo of a quiver.
 I’m doubting that Robin Hood (or any other warrior) would seem quite as fierce with only 2.2 arrows in his quiver. =) I would think he’d have at least 4. =)
You might not feel very fierce or strong with your quiver of 4 arrows. Having 4 or more kids, especially when they’re all pretty young, can feel a little crazy at times. You line up 4 sippy cups and fill them up with milk, and before you can get them all passed out, someone is asking for more. You wash the laundry, and before you even have it folded, someone has a blowout, or the lid wasn’t on the sippy cup correctly and milk is everywhere, and you’ve got more laundry to do. You might spend your days crazy-busy, feeling like you’re never going to get everything done. You might crash at night feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. When the children are finally in bed and quiet, you can’t decide if you want to have a quiet moment to read a book, spend time with your husband, or sleep–because you really need to do all three–but you end up falling asleep before you can even decide. :) And then, just as you fall asleep, a little hand knocks on your bedroom door, because they need another sippy cup of milk, or they had a bad dream, or they need to go potty and they need you to wipe them. And you might wonder, will it ever get easier??
And in the midst of the hard days (and nights), you’ll see the glares. You hear the people saying you have “too many children,” or the people joking, asking, “don’t you know how that happens?” and you can start to become discouraged and weary.
Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.
A heritage is like an inheritance. If you had a wealthy elderly relative who died and left you a mansion, a bunch of money and a sports car, you wouldn’t turn it down, and you certainly wouldn’t complain about it everyday. And if anyone told you that you were too rich or you had too nice of a sports car, you’d think they were crazy–because you’re living daily life with a wonderful inheritance!!
Our children are like that inheritance. They’re a good and perfect gift. They’re a reward. When we face those people who think 2.2 is the magic number, let’s remember that–they’re crazy–we’re living daily life with a wonderful inheritance from the LORD, and our quiver is blessed with arrows from Him.


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