Monday, July 8, 2013

The Expense Of Children

It is sad and unfortunate that the world has no trouble investing money into material possessions, technology, trips, large homes, and fancy cars, but find children too expensive.  Material things rust and decay.  Why not invest in things that are eternal like your husband and your children?

I write about this topic quite often.  Children are indeed a blessing from the Lord.  Helen Aardsma wrote The Mother's Companion for many years.  I have written about her before.  She has ten children and is a very wise, older woman.  I learned a lot from reading all of her writings.

When she was young, there was a woman in her life that impacted her life greatly.  She had many children, was home all the time, gardened, canned, sewed, entertained, and volunteered a lot.  Helen wrote, "I remember her saying once that she felt belittled by the more modern women of the church, that she had little education and no 'real' job.  But her family felt differently, and she impacted me more than all the 'modern' women of the church put together."

Helen is married to an amazing godly man.  She is so grateful to him for "giving me the greatest earthly gift a woman can have:  a godly home full to the brim with little ones." She lives in Illinois and they have never had much money.  They live on a farm and their children all know how to work hard.

Our society today values careers, education, travel, and material possessions.  Women who don't go after higher education and careers are looked down upon.  If you are a stay-at-home mother, your value to society is immense.  You are raising eternal treasures.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Psalm 127:3