Because things aren't going very well lately, I've been watching perhaps a little TOO much TV. When I say perhaps, just trust me, it's actually WAY too much.
One of the newer shows added to my online/tv subscription service was 19 Kids and Counting. There were approximately 100 new-to-me 20 minute shows available to watch. Over the course of the last month, I've watched nearly all of them.....I think I have 2 left.
Over the last month, I've been reminded of the truth that we get out what we put in. Watching Michelle Duggar speak kindly and patiently to her children started rubbing off. Being more prayerful and reflective started to seep in. I found myself speaking more kindly to my children. I could hear her kind voice re-directing a child in the back of my mind from the numerous episodes I'd watched.
As I noticed her ability to act and speak with kindness to her children and her constant love and enthusiasm for her husband, I became a little more curious about her story. So, last week, I picked up a copy of 20 and Counting from my local library....they're thrifty enough I THINK they'd appreciate that :)
The book was a neat insight into who they are and how they've grown and changed over the years. Their family is undoubtedly recognizable because of its size, but I think they also exude some of that grace that the world is looking for.
The story of their openness to children comes from a place of loss. Michelle miscarried their second child, in part because of the birth control she took. After that loss, they turned over their fertility to God. That they are so well known is a resounding reminder of how scarce this view is in the world today. They see children as a blessing, only always a blessing. They have quotes from Mother Teresa in their book and adorning their walls that I catch sight of every now and then in an episode. They teach their children to have a "servant's heart". They are open to God's will for their family.
In their book, they talk about struggles, including five children in a two bedroom house, a robbery and the building of their current house. It's truly an inspiring thing to witness this family. Michelle is also very quick to point out how much love and support they've had from those around them. If only I could find a little old church lady who just loved folding laundry too.....alas.
Definitely worth the read to see how such a counter-culture family has made such an impact on the hearts of many simply by doing their best to be open to what they believe to be God's will for their family.
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