From Vision Forum’s “Baby Conference”
*This is meant to whet your appetite, and to highlight some things that stood out to me, but not to be a complete summary of the session. If you have questions about the context of something I quote, please feel free to ask in the comments!*
Doug Philips and Jim Bob Duggar both spoke in this session.
Mr. Philips opened up with Psalm 128. He pointed out that the location of blessing for a man who fears the Lord is the household- a fruitful wife and many children. The centerpiece is the family, and the meal table, where everyone pauses to be together. He points out that this psalm is basically an amplification of the 5th commandment.
The key point of Mr. Philips’ message is that babies and marriage make men! It reminds me of what Mr. Baucham said when he came to the Arizona Homeschool convention. His last year of college, when he had a wife and baby, was the most productive year ever, because he had strong motivation at home.
Mr. Duggar offered very applicable advice. He pointed out that the power of sin is secrecy, and how important accountability is. His mother often said, “show me your friends and I will show you your future.” He wondered aloud why christians would want to look like the world in order to reach the world, after all, the world isn’t happy with what they’ve got – they’re looking for something different and better, why are we afraid to show it to them?
During the question and answer time at the end, Mr. Duggar shared something from friend who had gone through some major difficulties. He said that God’s will is what we would have chosen if we knew all the facts.