Sunday, March 29, 2009

Recommended Reading - The Duggars:20 and Counting

As I child I HATED to read, but the older I get the more I at the age of 37, I read A LOT!!! I just began reading a book - The Duggars: 20 and Counting. What a fascinating family!! They took the verse "As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them."(Psalm 127:4-5) VERY SERIOUSLY!! They have 18 kids - Brutal!!! They live in an extreme situation, but they have a lot they can teach us. It is very evident that they love the Lord and desire to honor and glorify Him with everything they do - especially raising their kids. They consider each kid a "gift and a joy." I am going to give some insights as I read this book and hope that in doing so, it will help me to better grasp the concepts as well as minister to anyone who reads this. One point that was made at the beginning of the book was due to a question that asked - "How do you feel about what other people may think or say about your family...? Jinger, age 14 response was that their parents taught them to work at doing right and not worry about what others think. She mentioned ten unchangeable things that her parents taught them that make each person a unique individual: 1) the way God made us, 2) our parents, 3) our brothers and sisters, 4) our nationality, 5) our mental capacity, 6) our time in history, 7) our gender, 8) our birth order and placement in our family, 9) the fact that we grow older as the years pass, and 10) the fact that life is a race against time and the best way we use that time is to serve God and others. What a neat perspective on life!! How are you serving God and others today? Something to think about.


  1. I cannot wait to get my hands on that book and may not be able to contain myself long enough to wait on you to finish. I hope to start my 12 simple secrets study Wednesday, so maybe that will save you from having to read mine and your study will save me from having to read yours...LOL!!

  2. Yes!! I hear you yelling!! This book sums up what I have been searching for in my relationship with my kids but never knew how to get. It is the foundation for everything else. You can pull the heart strings if you aren't real, you can't shephard a child's heart if you are not real, you can't raise an unselfish child in a self absorbed world if you aren't REAL first. This is our missing piece. THE LORD IS GOOD GIRL!!