One Crazy Lady

WOST ch 7

Posted on: March 2, 2010

Ok. running a little bit behind this week. Husband just finished finals last week and is on break, so, anyway.
I have a test in my lab tonight and still have to eat dinner, so I am babbling a bit, but I will come back and flesh this out through editing later on.
One article that I read this week that meant a lot to me was
All God’s Children
You can count me in as one of those women who follow “a fundamentalist pronatalist theology known as Quiverfull. Shunning all forms of birth control, Quiverfull women accept as many children as God gives them as a demonstration of their radical faith and obedience as well as a means to advance his kingdom: winning the country for Christ by having more children than their adversaries. This self-proclaimed “patriarchy” movement, which likely numbers in the tens of thousands but which is growing exponentially, bases its arguments on Psalm 127: “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They shall not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” Quiverfull women commonly give birth to families of eight, 10 and 12 children, or more.
I personally only have a small starter family of 6 children, but I would be glad to have more. On the other hand, I don’t feel obligated to have more. But, I very much believe that it is not a good idea for me to stand between God and the Creation of Life. This is a personally held belief and I had it long before I met anyone else who did. My husband still believes that it is acceptable to use some forms of birth control (not abortifacients). We disagree on this issue, we disagree on many issues. In the end, we are still married, still raising this family together. I have let him know that if he feels like he needs to do something to prevent a pregnancy then he needs to take that up with His Heavenly Father. I will not.
I was thrilled when I discovered Nancy Campbell and Mary Pride and their writings. I felt alone in my beliefs, I wasn’t blessed to attend a church filled with like-minded women. I have had to eagerly seek them out. Campbell and Pride and others like them, didn’t convince me to live a life I didn’t want to live; they convinced me that I was not alone in that desire.

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