Quiverful: It’s Not About Babies


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The Quiver

Escuintla The term, “quiverful” is not in scripture. I had never heard anyone call themselves this until I hit the internet. Oh, I had read the book, A Full Quiver, but never thought of the term before.

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them…” The quiver spoken of here is a warriors. Warriors’ quivers usually held about 80 arrows, versus a hunting quiver, which held about five. Can any of us say we are truly “quiverful”?

Whether one is “qf” or not “qf”, whatever the interpretation of that is, it is not a salvation issue, so we cannot and should not ever judge another person’s closeness to God by how many children they have or don’t have.

He is worthy

I ask myself often, “Is my life given over to serving and honoring, and glorifying my Savior in all I do?” “Have I given every part of me to Him in complete sacrifice, not partial, because He is worthy of it all?” It may not be in regards to having as many blessings as He chooses: It may be in regard to any area of my life. I could just as easily ask, “Have I given my eating habits to God?” “Have I given my children to God?” “Have I given my marriage to God?” “Do I spend my time wisely to things that glorify God and work towards leading others to the Kingdom?” “Are my thoughts His thoughts?”

Once our hearts and minds are intent on pleasing our Lord, everything else will fall into place…. if we let it. Either God is Lord of all, or He isn’t Lord at all… in our lives.

Our habits become His habits. Our children and marriage become His children and His marriage. Our time becomes His time. Our body becomes His body. Remember, we have been bought with a price, so glorify God in your body. We already proved in the Garden of Eden that we cannot do things in our own power. We have none.

Ecclesiastes 2:11 – Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.


5 Responses

  1. Wonderful post!
    Thank you Ruth!

  2. Yes! Thank you for writing this 🙂

  3. Rather interesting. Has few times re-read for this purpose to remember. Thanks for interesting article. Waiting for trackback

  4. Thank you for this- the verse at the end was an especially poignant reminder for me. I try so hard to be everything that God wants me to be, and everything my parents desire. At the end of some days, though, I realize that all my strivings were just that- MY strivings! Not His. I am continually remembering that it is not I, but Christ in me that produces my witness. I am not a glittering city on a hill on my own.

    I’m curious about the book you mentioned, “A Full Quiver.” What is this book about? And who is the author?

  5. Hess is the last name of the authors (a husband and wife). I couldn’t find the book in print anymore. It gives answers to all the possible question one might have regarding giving over their fertility to God.

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