106: Our Convictions on Family Planning and Birth Control

We laugh through this episode, because you know . . . it can be a little awkward. And personal.

But the truth is, we know people feel very strongly about this topic because children do effect our lives in such big ways.

Coming from wonderful families of 10 and 11 children, we have always wanted a larger than average family of our own. But after having five pregnancies in four years of marriage (all before Katie was 26) we knew we needed to not just treat this flippantly, but to dive into scripture and see what God says about children, contraception, and procreation.

Today we are giving you a glimpse into the verses we discovered and our mindset around children. We’re also talking about our background, the convictions we had going into marriage, and what we have personally used to “plan” our little family.

If we leave you with anything through this conversation we hope it is a greater conviction that children are a blessing and reward–and if you are able to birth them, what a treasured opportunity that is.

As always, we encourage you to seek the Bible on your own, and not take our interpretation and run with it without seeking God’s heart for your own family.

Learning with you!

Elisha and Katie

Verses Referenced

1st Corinthians 1:4

Elisha’s weird bible story references:

Genesis 38:6-28

Deuteronomy 25: 5-10

References to Being Fruitful:

Genesis 1:28

Genesis 9:1

A Sampling of References About Children & God’s Role in the Conception Process:

Jeremiah 1:5

Psalm 139: 13-16

Genesis 30:22

Genesis 25:21

Psalm 127: 3-5

Psalm 113:9

Deuteronomy 7:14

Psalm 139: 14

Psalm 139: 13

Job 5:25


  1. So very encouraging. Thanks for your transparency in sharing your beliefs! I grew up in a homeschool community as one of eight children and saw the draining effect on families that did not believe in any family planning.
    I love the biblical focus of your podcasts. Keep up the great work!

    1. I’m glad you were encouraged, Kari! There is such a difference between families that have children out of their love of children, and families that have children out of “duty.”

  2. You guys! I laughed so hard through this! Thanks for being vulnerable on this subject!

    1. Haha, glad you could laugh with us, Janae! 😉

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