Even before walking down the aisle, questions start coming your way, "So when are you going to have children, and how many do you guys want to have?!" As a couple who just wants to settle into married life first, it's natural to take the path-of-least resistance, neglecting to intentionally consider the hard questions about family planning. In this episode, Emily and Laura share the unexpected ways that God has shaped their ideas about children – including family size, caring for orphans, and being unified with their husbands. There is no formula for a perfect Christian family plan, but we can all rest in our gospel-freedom, embracing children as the Lord does. (Sacrifices, messiness and all!)
Articles & Resources:
Heart Questions to Ask: "How Many Children Should We Have?" Gospel-Centered Question for Family Planning - RM Blog
Newlyweds, Be Open To God's Plan for Your Young Family - Emily Jensen
Principles for Thinking About Family Planning (as shared on the show):
God loves life, and He is the ultimate giver / sustainer of life.
God's glory is displayed through family relationships.
God is Lord over the womb - He is sovereign over childbearing.
God thinks children are a blessing.
God wants us to display the gospel as we sacrifice for the nurture of children - also, He loves the spread of the gospel from generation to generation, where parents disciple their children in the Lord.
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