Doubts: 4 Moms Q & A

moms of many manageWelcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage.  This week we’re answering reader questions or in my case, I’m answering one reader question.

Rachel at Quirky Momma asks,

What words of advice or encouragement would you offer a mom who is full of doubts regarding her family’s growth, doubts regarding her own abilities to care for the kids, doubts about our abilities to provide for them. What did you do when you had doubts?

First let me assure you that you can not care for the kids and you can not provide for them. It’s impossible.

So now that I’ve confirmed your worst fears, let’s turn to the one who can care and provide for your children, the one who loves them more than you do and the one who has sovereignly foreordained the growth of your family.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Phillipians 4:13

And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.
For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.
But seek His kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. ~Luke 12:29-31

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ~ James 1:5

So while you certainly can not do it yourself, you can not possibly fail in Christ.

It will be overwhelming.

It will be difficult.

It will bring you to the end of yourself

and at the end of you, you will find Him.

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. ~Romans 11

And He is everything.


Also visit the other moms of many to read their thoughts and ideas:
Smockity Frocks
Life in a Shoe
The Common Room

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15 Responses to Doubts: 4 Moms Q & A
  1. Kristin
    May 26, 2011 | 7:57 am

    Well put! I’m going to write your closing thoughts about finding Christ at the end of yourself on post it notes and stick it all over my house. Thank you for the encouragement. My family is very different from yours, but the same need to cling to Christ exists.


  2. Homeschool on the Croft
    May 26, 2011 | 8:04 am

    What a wonderful answer! Spot on…


  3. Gabe
    May 26, 2011 | 8:10 am

    Great answer, I needed to hear it to!


  4. Christi
    May 26, 2011 | 9:40 am

    What a great reminder and the encouragement I need at this moment.


  5. Elizabeth
    May 26, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Beautifully said! And thanks for the reminder.


  6. Kim from Canada
    May 26, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    That was an incredibly good answer! I know that answer in my heart, but sometimes my head forgets – thanks for the reminder.


  7. Lisa
    May 26, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    Busy with my family, I really need reminders like this every day…


  8. Bonnie
    May 27, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    WOW!!!!! It just never ceases to amaze me how God uses your blog, and your timely words of encouragement! Though we have surrendered this area to The Lord…as I am kept awake at night by little sick ones…and struggling toteach school to big and little ones…it is sometimes easy to slip into the thoughts of doubt,and discouragement. It is so important to continue to “renew our mind” with the word of God…but it is also such a help to be able to gain encouragement from sisters in Christ (even if they are “virtual” ones)THANKYOU!!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you for your encouragement Bonnie. I’m also thankful for the encouragement to be gained from ‘virtual’ sisters in Christ.



  9. Jessica
    May 28, 2011 | 9:23 pm

    Great answer!


  10. Lisa Suit
    May 31, 2011 | 8:01 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this, it was EXACTLY what I needed to hear!!


  11. Jenni
    May 31, 2011 | 11:09 pm

    Thank you SO much for this. I cannot tell you how God knew I needed to read this post as we just found out we’re expecting our 6th!! We are so excited, but we know how most of the world views BIG families. Sometimes I think the comments and stares we get are more difficult than the day to day task of raising a large family. =) I can do nothing without Christ at the beginning, middle and end of every single moment of each day…no matter if I had one child or now a 1/2 dozen.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:


    I agree that sometimes dealing with the public is more difficult than raising a large family. There is JOY in our families, criticism in the world around us.

    I hope that you have a safe pregnancy and healthy new little one.


  12. Tosha
    June 2, 2011 | 12:29 am

    Thank you for this. As I struggle through all day and night sickness and exhaustion with our 4th pregnancy in 6 years, I feel like being pregnant does not make me a better mom to our children. I realize that I have neglected time spent with the One who can provide all the patience that I can not. I yearn to be a joyful mother!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Praying for God to give you strength and joy as you seek to be faithful in His calling.


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