September 28, 2010, Johnson and Johnson, the makers of Ortho-Evra Birth control patch hid the deadly side effects of the patch from 40 million women who have been prescribed the patch since 2002. The noted culprit are the high levels of estrogen the patch delivers. These levels are 60%higher than the average birth control pill. Unlike the pill which is swallowed allowing the estrogen to be absorbed, the patch continuously feeds the female body estrogen, essentially causing an overdose! Women who do not take birth control pills have a 1 in 10,000 chance of suffering a blot clot in her leg, that risk increases to 3 or 4 with the pill and 6 to 8 with the patch. If a female smokes her risk increases exponentially. Side effects include cancer from high estrogen levels and deadly blood clots. Uninformed women trust, submit and die! What a waste of human life!
Where are the feminists when we need them? This is a crime against women! Yet the phony feminists are actually the ones who support birth control with the attitude, ” Death to the females and onward with the cause.” An attitude that says, “Who cares how many women die as long as we can keep a woman’s right to choose. If a woman happens to destroy her body,oh well, someone has to be the guinea pig.”
The way I see it far too many “good” women are being led like sheep to the slaughter all in the name of “women’s rights!” Its evil and its unfair to the millions of women who would make other choices if they were properly informed.
For the quiverfull mother who has been having baby after baby, the sorrow of an unexpected miscarriage might be especially hard to handle, often creating raw emotions. “Its like being hit with a 90 mile/ hour baseball out of left field.” This was how one 43 year old quiverfull mother of eleven explained it. Even though aging mothers know miscarriage rates do go up due to hormonal changes and aging wombs, many feel miscarriage will never happen to them. But when it does happen these mothers who have always been fertile at the drop of a hat often find this new reality quite hard to accept.
One quiverful mother put it this way, “I think we all view ourselves as always being able to get pregnant or that pregnancy kind of defines us so when we suddenly can’t be pregnant we don’t know how to categorize these emotions.”
What is worse is who to tell. Who can a quiverfull mom share with who will fully understand what she is going through? Most of her friends are probably not quiverfull mothers and even those who are might not be experiencing these issues yet. Her suffering is most often done in silence because no one really understands, not even a caring husband and as if her pain is not enough when she does share, comments from others only multiply her pain. “Why are you so upset you already have other children!” This comment was made to one of my quiverfull girlfriends. The woman did not mean if to sound harsh but the quiverfull mother of 7 wanted to shout back, “You have no idea what I am feeling!” People assume a quiverfull mother should not be as sad because she already has a quiver “full.” What they fail to realize is that the quiverfull mother who is deeply committed to God’s plan understands her loss probably more than others could.
“After so much blessing, is this how my fertility will end suffering a loss?” These mothers are crying out to God for answers to the deep questions of their hearts. “If this is the end how will I accept your sovereign will, Oh God?”
“Dear Lord please grant your supernatural sustaining grace to these dear mothers!” Amen!
The family needs to be restored and this mountain reclaimed pure and simple. I have dedicated my life to seeing this mountain restored but so far I am finding a HUGE DISCONNECTION. It appears that we do not understand this mountain. Marriages do need to be healed, families do need to be restored, relationships do need to be mended and abortion does need to cease. Agreed. But how are we going to get from point A to point B?
Do we write another marriage book? Do we create yet another retreat? Do we continue to fast and pray over abortion again and again? Do we continue along the same path, because the path we are on is not reaping success.
There was a specific point, a moment in time where our leaders were overcome by society and compromised and when they did the family fell apart. The family fell apart after 1960. Are we going to recognize this?
The message in Birthing God’s Mighty Warriors outlines our sin and calls for repentance.
O where are the mighty men and women of old who are willing to do what it takes to see a task through to fulfillment. Where are those with eyes to see and ears to hear and with uncompromising hearts?
When the 1966 movie The Sound of Music was released viewers flocked to theaters to enjoy a wonderful film about a Catholic family with seven children. This musical gives us a reference point, a time period in which Catholics were specifically equated with large families. Since the 1960′s faith and culture have been colliding on this issue and large families virtually dissappeared from view. They were still there all along but the media would not show them. Instead they portrayed freedom for women in the light of careers and limited children. Unwanted children were to be aborted all in the name of women’s rights, free love and the sexual revolution. Now come forward 40 years…
When large families emerged on the landscape once again they appeared so out-of-sorts that the media has been searching for a label. Since the birth control pill gave a female complete control over her body, why would a woman want to raise a bunch of kids? Cultural elites figure she must be odd and certainly uneducated or forced into it by a dictatorial husband…certainly no sane modern woman would want to do such a foolish thing with her life, given all that is available for women. Quite often this is the attitude toward mothers of large families and this is one reason why I am fighting against a lopsided version of what it means to be an educated woman, a supporter of female rights, quiverfull and a mother.
When the Catholics were known for birthing children, no one was accusing the Vatican of a plot to take over the earth. Catholics were simply obeying scripture and yes their birth numbers were higher. But now Protestants are joining Catholics and coming back toward this same obedience. Those who oppose seem to be seeking to put this into a box and label it a “movement” trying hard to scare well wishers.
YES we are BIRTHING children, but YOU can too! Anyone in America can do this and we welcome you whole heartedly to give it a try. Your life will be full of joy and contentment, laughter and a wonderful future with your grown children who will hopefully someday bless you with grand babies!
But with the introduction of the birth control pill in 1960 and its blessing by the World Council of Churches in 1961, Protestant ministers and their wives jumped on the birth control bandwagon. Their action lead many of God’s people to accept a lifestyle of family planning. Twenty-five years ago in the mid 1980′s home-schoolers revived the no birth control belief and today the movement has broadened to tens of thousands of couples.
Basically rethinking birth control has gone mainstream.
Those of us who are quiverfull know that quiverfull mothers are some of the happiest because we are birthing and raising our children. It’s a shame the liberal press is attempting to portray us as a bunch of “uneducated breeders” being forced to go along with dictatorial husbands. My husband is one of the nicest guys in the world, hardly a dictator and I am a college educated women. If this were true of other quiverfullers then there’s got to be some unhappy women out there!! RIGHT?
It’s been 25 years now. A lot of women have become quiverfull. Some of their sons and daughters are grown and are becoming quiverfull. Surely in 25 years time given the internet, youtube, blogs, books, cult watching scandals, religion in the news and the ease of information in our press wouldn’t a large group of women have spoken out by now?
THE TRUTH IS: They’re not out there!
Letting God give us children makes mothers happy and after twenty five years quiverful mothers are some of the happiest!
When you read my revelatory book Birthing God’s Mighty Warriors which is about God’s first commandment in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful and Multiply,” you will not find references to home school, wearing little house on the prairie dresses, sewing, home birth, or submission teaching. Why? because allowing the Lord to plan your family involves NONE of these things! Unfortunately Kathryn Joyce, who wrote the book, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement tried to create a broad stroked idea that couples who allow God to plan their families are all alike; living ultra conservative lifestyles that most normal Americans would be adverse too.
In my opinion this is a tainted look; it sells books, but is not the truth about what it means to follow God’s first command.
My family is the polar opposite of just about everything Kathryn Joyce wrote about and calls quivefull. The CBS documentary Born to Breed which is currently airing on Women’s Entertainment NETWORK taped us for two full days as they did the two other families. We play tennis, my girls dance, we water ski and I am a former waterski champion, we work out at the YMCA, our children are in public school. Our children take gymnastics and play sports and we live in an exclusive lake community outside a major city. I’ve taught my girls to sew but not as a lifestyle, they want to sew because we love to watch Project Runway! I visited MOOD fabrics on my recent trip to NYC!
Our family is more like the Steve Martin 2003 movie, “Cheaper by the Dozen.” We have a lot of fun as a family and we are very modern and relatable. I do believe America would fall in love with our family! We felt blessed to have been chosen to be in the WE documentary. Our production team was amazing and a joy to work with. But people who know us and who have watched the documentary are saying they’re not sure whether people could see how diverse our family is or how diverse this Quiverfull movement really is based on how we were presented.
This quiver full movement is only about one thing: allowing God to plan your family, everything else is a personal lifestyle choice and one size does not fit all families because no two families are alike.
Kathryn Joyce termed her book as an inside look into Christian Patriarchy. My husband and I have been churchgoers since birth (a total of 90 years between us) and we’ve never even heard of “patriarchy”nor heard other modern Christians refer to being patriarchs. We know it is in the Bible as the Old Testament characters are referred to as being patriarchs but in modern times it is not an ever day term. From our investigation we believe Kathryn was using it when referring to female submission. Neither of us feel we have any problems in that area! My husband knew when he married me that he was getting a strong, secure woman. Our thirty year marriage is a team building marriage much like any other modern marriage and certainly not a submissive dictatorship. Everyone who knows us knows that I tell my husband what we need to do as much as he tells me. It goes back and forth and works as a very balanced mutually exclusively submission and one that we feel is quite a healthy idea of what biblical submission truly is.
I do believe in women’s rights and part of those rights is for women to have the right to have the children that they want for their lives. We act like birth control gave us the right to control things but in reality it stole our right from us! There are so many women out there, religious and non religious who are longing for the children they did not get to have because their spouse says, “no!” This is a crime against women that must stop! We are the nurturers in society and we must be allowed to birth the children that fit our lives. I am deeply committed to getting a message out to all women about why they need to consider birthing more children. Why should a woman’s heart have to ache when she has more love to give! Our children instead of our things is what will make us truly happy and I want women to think long and hard before they turn that right over to a pill or a man to control. We only get one season in life to birth our children and if we allow society or our spouse or our parents or our girlfriends to talk us out of the child that our heart longs for, we will miss one of the greatest blessings God intended for us.
My goal with my first book “Birthing God’s Mighty Warriors” is to get the word out that we’ve been lied to and that God’s word really expresses that true joy comes from family!..”the greatest things I’ve accomplished in life I owe to my mother”…”the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”…:when life is over it is the people we loved and the love we’ve given that will truly live on past us”..R
The devastating attack on American on 9-11-01 was an assault on our hopes, our dreams, our values and our standards. The shock and sorrow of losing 3000+ of our fellow Americans drew us closer together as a nation and as individuals. We reached out beyond ourselves to embrace the sorrow and pain of those around us and we drew closer as a nation and to our families. Something shifted in our hearts that fateful day as on the evening of 9/11/01 former ABC news anchor Peter Jennings seemed to captured the nation’s emotions when he encouraged Americans to gather our families together and hold them close.
For the first time in a long time “PEOPLE” seemed to matter more to us than our “THINGS” and what we thought was important suddenly wasn’t.
After 9/11/01 it seemed as if Americans everywhere started re-examining their lives seeking answers to the emptiness that they were feeling. Since family brings warmth, stability and closeness, there became an obvious shift toward the pursuit of family ideals.
Since 2001 the emphasis on “family” has seemingly come to the forefront and gained momentum as those who are now in their childbearing years are enthusiastically embracing the idea of “pregnancy, birth and family” more than it has been embraced in several generations. There is an increase in couples expressing their desire for children and some are not limiting themselves to the standard family of one boy and one girl but are instead desiring a larger family. They are adding a third, fourth and sometimes fifth child who is both a planned and welcomed addition to the family!
DID ALL OF THIS “CHANGE” HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT?
I am sure that feminists are scratching their heads trying to figure out what went wrong after an entire generation of women dismissed motherhood for careers and now it seems this younger generation is not as enthused. These younger counterparts appear to be reverting back to the traditions of home, husband and children. Maybe it is because women are finally fed up with feminists ideals that robbed them of their ability to love and nurture those who are most dear. Feminism has failed women and whether feminists want to admit it or not, this failure is causing this shift to occur. Because of God’s divine providence, His agenda for earth is coming forth which is to bring life…
When I was writing “BIRTHING GOD’S MIGHTY WARRIORS” it took from 1997-2004, during that time the Lord impressed two verses on my heart to apply to my third chapter; a chapter which talks about the history of birth control. These verses were: Jeremiah 29:10,11 and Psalm 95:11. At first I simply inserted them. However by the time the book was completed in 2004 I began to understand the powerful prophetic significance of these verses and how they applied to the shift back toward family ideals that is occurring today.
The chapter that these two verses applied to happened to be the chapter where I exposed the history of birth control explaining how we got to where we are today. A history that has rarely been taught. Once given the proper history these verses are very applicable for today.
It seems that since the first peoples there has been reliable birth control but believers rejected its use down through time because the purpose for using it went against God’s plan for mankind. His people strictly obeyed God’s first commandment, “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) as was evident not only when they were slaves in Egypt but throughout the Old and New Testament. There is evidence of strong families some were large and some smaller but all clearly following in the path of God without question or compromise!
God’s people remained in agreement on birth control until…
1930 the Anglican Church (Episcopalians) decided at their annual conference that the Anglicans would change their views and doctrine on birth control. For the first time in history a “Christian denomination” formally decided that they were no longer going to strictly obey Genesis1:28! Instead they deemed it O.K.for a female to use birth control inextreme emergency situations.
Their ruling was very rigid but was still an “open door” that change was being implemented.
Scripture had not changed but the Great Depression had started and females demanded relief from many things including childbearing. Even
though the word of God is everlasting and does not change throughout history these ministry leaders allowed human reasoning to interfere. Once
clergy decided that it was time for God’s people to cease from strictly adhering to Genesis 1:28 commandment,”be fruitful and multiply, ” soon
other Protestant denominations followed with similar rulings. About the same time the Jewish Rabbis in North America agreed to a similar change
in their doctrines as well. However the Amish, the Orthodox Jews, the Mormons, the Roman Catholics, and random denominational minsters who
held a personal conviction against birth control, all held a firm position against these changes.
For the next 70 years between 1930-2001almost every Protestant denomination jumped on to the “birth control” band wagon and allowed their couples to use it without provocation. Children born during those 70 years were not informed about this change in doctrine, nor were they told that birth control “used to be a sin”, instead the
subject was rarely discussed. But in those 70 years; the legalization of murder by abortion, mass use of birth control by couples and the idea that children are our “personal choice” came into focus.
Several generations fell into Babylonian thinking (Babylon in scripture usually refers to human thinking and ideals) and the traditional family of: mother/father, a loving marriage that produces loving children, fell apart in both society and in churches. People left God’s “ideal” and what resulted
were 70+ years of pain and suffering for families.
WAS IT SIMPLY “COINCIDENCE” THAT NEARLY 70 YEARS AFTER THESE RULINGS AMERICA EXPERIENCED A “WAKE-UP” CALL IN THE EVENTS OF 9/11/01?
Is it also a sheer coincidence that in the aftermath of 9/11/01 people all over America seemed to be realizing the value of their families and a resurgence to birth children is occurring?
I can’t help but believe this Old testament scripture that God impressed on my heart had a direct application in this situation. Jeremiah 29:10-11. “When 70 years are completed (1930-2001), I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place (Americans came back to believing in “the family” once again). For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” (children are not only our heritage but are our hope for the future).
May 9th 1960, the day after Mother’s Day, the first birth control pill came out.
Initially some religious voices fought it arguing that it could thwart God’s will but their objections fell on deaf ears. Within a year of its release both
the National Council and the World Council of Churches approved its use in 1961. They rationalized that the pill was best for handling over population,
decreasing the rate of abortion, preventing diseases and encouraging economic freedom.Their reasoning was that with less mouths to feed a
parent would enjoy their children.
The ministers rationalized that birth control would create a utopian world where “less children” in a family would mean more of everything for the “wanted” children. But this experiment did not pan out like the ministrial leaders envisioned it would. Yes from 1961-2001 families had become smaller but when parents no longer needed to spend their efforts on child rearing they spent their efforts engaging their own desires. The pursued careers, recreation, sports, hobbies and sexual liasons. They bought bigger cars and houses and spent excess cash on vacations. Yes, it appeared that families were living better with less mouths to fill but if it was so great for everyone involved then how come during this 40 years there was more child abuse than ever, more divorce than ever, more psychotherapy needed than ever and more sexual abuse and sexual perversion than ever? Those 40 years (1961-2001) were “hell on earth” for families. Every form of sin imagained was released. Children did not benefit as was first supposed but instead had to endure divorce, single parent homes, incest, rape, seperations, rejection and many other forms of physical and psychological abuse.
This is why Psalm 95:11, the other Old Testament verse God impressed upon my heart is also applicable “For 40 years I was angry with that generation, they are a people whose hearts have gone astray. They refuse to do what I say. In my anger I made a vow, “They will never enter my rest.”
Those 40 years (19651-2001) reaped the fulfillment of a generation whose hearts were led astray by the compromise of something that seems so little.
A subtle compromise during sex that protects one partner from the other. Something trivial that built a wall of resentment and a wedge that stiffled
many a relationship and caused many a marrriage to end in divorce. These events and attitudes are a clear fulfillment of Psalm 95:11 which said
those whose hearts were led astray would never entered God’s rest!
In fact those 40 years 1961-2001 saw the most unrest in the family unit that society has ever seen in the history of the USA!
After 40 years of abuse and after 70 years of “babylonian” thinking we are being brought back to the place where we first started to mess up.
Was it by sheer coincidance that on the same day 9/11/01 both verses (Jeremiah 29:10-11, Psalm 95:11) reached fulfillment and the nation’s hearts shifted back to “love of family?” How could one event cause such emotion? In an instant our families became very, very important to us.
Since 2001, there is a clear desire for “family” on this new generation of parents. This change of heart started slowly and was barely apparent at first and I might add that it did not start with a broad spectrrum of God’s people. No, instead after 2001 this move of God has become more apparent in society than it has in our churches. Hollywood’s elite seem very happy to be taking part in this new baby boom. The world is watching them as they spread the wonderful message all over the world that “the joy of family” is important once again!!!!!
Just about everywhere you look in Hollywood today one can see celebrities with their children, pushing baby buggies and toting their tots from here to there. Hollywood it seems has discovered “the family!” To date there have been more than 300 pregnancies with just about every celebrity either pregnant or trying to be. Hollywood gossip tabloid, THE STAR was first to report in 2006 that the hottest role in Hollywood was motherhood! Since then everyone from Donald Trump to Tom Cruise to Jay Lo has had a child. It appears that the secular world is leading the new baby boom!
Actors, directors, super star models, and Academy Award winners are all either pregnant or trying to be. The parenthood epidemic has hit Hollywood hard as the most coveted status symbol is now, “A baby bump!” Yes, one of the most controversial industries on earth is currently “baby crazy. The presense of children in the homes of celebrities is an obvious blessing from the hand of the Lord. I believe God will use these children to soften the hearts of Hollywood’s elite.
It did not take long for studio executives to figure out that this new baby boom was something to profit from. This boom appears different from past booms because this time parents are actually planning and leaning toward larger families. In an effort to capitalize on the movement they supported the larger family message by making it very clear: “larger families are a lot of fun and a desirable trend.” Recent Hollywood blockbuster movies “Cheaper By the Dozen pt. 1 (2003) and pt. 2”(2005) and “Yours, Mine and Ours” (2005) have promoted the idea that having lots of kids is do-able and a lot of fun.
Discovery TV and the TLC started segments about larger families with shows such as Jon and Kate plus 8 and The Duggar Family and “Kids by the Dozen” featuring average larger families and their day to day lives.
Even celebrities have started announcing that they too were considering larger families. Many are saying that they want upwards of four, five, six, etc. Hollywood superstars Angelina Jole and Brad Pitt who currently have birthed and adopted quite a gang say they might like a dozed, clearly they are rapidly gathering children without an end in sight!
Even older moms are getting into babies. Joan London former co-host of ABC Good Morning America had two sets of twins while in her fifties, making her the mother of 7 children! CNN Nancy Grace had twins at 48!
The happiness these and other celebrities are sharing with their families is wonderful advertisement of the life of joy that little children can bring!
God’s word says that when His people will not praise Him,
He will let the rocks cry out (Luke 19:40).
Well, these rocks are crying out like never before!
He who has an ear let him hear—
God is using America’s CELEBRITIES to show off His blessing of “the joy of the family!”
Surprisingly this time those who have had an ear to hear… have been the rich and famous, and the ones with the beautiful bodies, and those with many of life’s luxuries. In God’s mercy He is allowing today’s celebrities to find a beautiful treasure in the love that only a”family” can bring.
The Lord has chosen an unlikely door….”the love of a parent for a child.”
This special love is powerful!! It has the ability to restore lives and bring forth restoration to our land.”That the hearts of the fathers and mothers can turn toward the hearts of their children and the hearts of the children can return back to the hearts of their parents”…(Malachi 4:6)
Babies, love, children, joy, parents, goals, dreams, future. Without children there is no future, without children there is no love. Children bring joy! They are a blessing and a hope that causes hearts to be changed both now and forevermore. Thank you Jesus!