It was 1:00 AM in the morning as I stood folding laundry with tears streaming down my cheeks. Feelings of being overwhelmed flooded my mind. I cried aloud, “LORD I NEED YOUR HELP, I can’t do it all! I feel so inadequate! Diapers, dishes, laundry, meals, cleanup, school lessons, baths, hugs, kisses, correction…” My list seemed to go on and on.
Then it was as if a still small voice said, “Michelle, it’s easy to praise ME when things are going good, but are you willing to praise ME now?” Immediately the scripture that says, “Offer up a sacrifice of praise”, came to mind.
I said, “OK Lord, I will praise you even now! It really is a sacrifice!” So through the tears I began to sing, “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. In my heart there was a release as if a burden had been lifted. I finished the laundry at 2 AM and went to bed.
Days later, I was at our piano teacher’s home (at 7 AM) trying to catch up on paperwork while the children were taking their lessons. Instead, I kept drifting off to sleep! The teacher noticed and asked, “Are you OK?” I replied, “I’m fine, I’m just tired. I was up late finishing laundry.”
As we talked more she said that she actually enjoyed doing laundry and that she would be glad to come and help me! That weekend when she arrived we had mountains of dirty laundry, and when she left we had nice, neat, orderly stacks of clean laundry! For 12 years now, our piano teacher, whom we consider a part of our family and loving call “NaNa” has faithfully come (now twice a week) to help us with laundry! GOD sent “An angel” in answer to my cry for help.
He is faithful to hear the humble cries of his children. “Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” God lifted my burden (literally mountains of laundry!) and freed me to meet the more urgent needs of my family. “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory…”
Remember mothers, where God guides He provides!
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Thank you so much,that was a blessing to read. God is so Good to us all. We could never Praise Him enough for all He has done for us. Salvation alone is more than we could ever Praise Him for. May God bless you!!!!
Thank you for the inspiration. I truly feel better and closer to God whenever I watch your family. I can actually feel the love that you all have for each other. I even find myself saying things that I have heard on your show. The phrase “Expectations ruin relationships.” has saved my husband too many times to count. Thank you for the guidance you give, even if it is not directly sent to me.
I often think about this post as I’ve read it several times before. It’s always been encouraging each time I think of it. Thank you.
Shame on you. Two parents, a grandmother, a handful of unemployed adult children in the house and you need a piano teacher to do your laundry for you? Jesus would weep if he saw how lazy this family is. Pathetic.
That is really ugly for you to say! You are judging and should read what the Word says about Judging!
My name is also Anne!🌺
No, it’s okay to accept help.people offer because they want to help. It’s good for you & for the person allowed to help. It’s always been so hard for me to accept help. I wanted to be the one to do for others. But I have learned I bestow a blessing on others when I allow them to help. March 2022, I’ll be 80 so I’m learning to graciously accept help & I love the amazing people who take the cart back to the store, who help me put heavy items in my car trunk, who load my groceries. It makes my day brighter & they leave me with a smile.
Thank you Gma Hazel, you really are blessing others! As a mother I tell my children that when they need help they have to tell me because I cannot read their minds, but also because I might miss a frown or a tear and those things matter to me. I want to know how they feel and what they need. I also try daily to teach my children to look for ways to be helpful to others. The hardest part of teaching this is that other people do not want the help, especially from children. They think they are too young or shouldn’t be burdened, but it robs them of unique opportunities to grow. When you allow someone to help you are fostering amazing qualities in them. A mother cannot possibly teach everything to her children, and we rely on people like you to give them chances to connect, share, learn, help and grow into the people God designed them to be. Many blessings
That was an inspiration to me. We really enjoy watching you family grow. They seem to be very sweet and caring for one another. I have 5 children’s and the laundry is hard to keep up doing 2 loads per day, sometimes it seems over whelming, with work and everything else a mother does. I can’t imagine how much laundry you must have to do and how hard it must be. it’s nice to hear how God has sent a special person to help along the way. It was also nice to see you and Jimbob make an appearance on counting on, we have missed seeing you guys.
I read it! Thank you!!!!!
I love keeping up with your family. Thank you for always being such an encouragement to me. Thank you for being a light on this dark world. I a believer and it is great knowing there are other believers who are struggling as well. It is great to know that God does provide. He always provides and is never late. He provides in ways we never may have thought. Keep loving and living for our Lord. If I never meet you here on earth, I look forward to spending eternity with all of you!
As a mom of 10 blessings, 5 still at home and so far almost 11 grandchildren – I have always said that if I had one or more I always needed to rely on GOD as my strength to raise each of them. Yes we’ve been given a certain natural strength to do daily things etc, but honestly no one has everything needed to raise a human being- there is so much more that is deeper that God knew we would need from HIM to do this task, and HE loves when we lean on HIM as our source! And it is so amazing how HE provides all we need and how we even get surprise blessings along the way- such as a friend or family member who comes along side to help in some way and honestly it is HIS way of teaching each of us how much HE loves us 🙂
I needed to hear this today! As a wife, mom to a 5 month old, and a full time nurse, I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately! Every night no matter how hard my day has been, I make sure to pray and find a positive in my day to thank God for. Sometimes it’s a struggle to stay awake when I close my eyes to pray, but I always feel a sense of lightness and peace wash over me after I do. Thank you for your inspiration to be the best wife, mother, and faithful servant to God that I can be!
I can relate to this situation. My husband’s work involved being away from home many days out of the week, and even weeks at a time. I lived 2000 miles away from my family. When my babies ( we were blessed with 4 children) were small, I would be up late at night doing dishes, laundry, cleaning etc. I would be so exhausted, then up to nurse a baby or sooth a scared toddler. At my wits end the Lord always proved faithful. I had a dear friend who would just “drop in” usually with fresh coffee, warm muffins and quiche in a basket. She would serve me breakfast then send me away for a shower, nap or time with the Lord. She would lovingly care for my children, she would always bring a craft , story and special toys that shared the love of Christ. Years later , I told her what those weekly visits meant to me, she told me her children were grown, off to school and she was lonely and those precious days were as blessed for her as they were to me.
Thank you. This was something that I needed to read this morning. I’m not a mother, but I am an overwhelmed soon-to-be college graduate. I am facing one of the most stressful times of my life right now, and it was great to be reminded that God will provide. He has brought me along this far, and he will continue to light the path I am to walk. Thank you again, and may God bless you.
Thank you for inspiration and you helpful words Michelle. I really enjoy reading your messages they help me get through when i feel overwhelmed. You are a wonderful mother !
Thank you for sharing this. I was up all night with our latest blessing. It is during these challenging times that we do indeed forget to praise God for the blessings we have. I am so thankful for this sweet baby God has given us. Praise be to Him!
HE always does provide. It is up to us to have the faith to KNOW He will and wait on His timing. We are truly blessed.
Thank you for the encouragement! I’m a single mom with no family to help. I do however have church family and I’m learning…slowly….to accept their help. And they have been helping me with my kids. And it not only helps me but shows my kids what a true servants heart looks like. Past couple of years have been the hardest of my life. But I rejoice in God for them. He did indeed provide for me. Thank you again for you, too.
I really needed to read this today. I just gave birth to my first baby 8 weeks ago. He was 5 weeks early, but a perfectly healthy baby boy, and the love of mine and my husband’s lives. I have to return to work next week and I am struggling so much because I do not want to leave him, but financially I have no other choice. I have been crying about this so much and seeking comfort from the Lord, and reading this made me feel a lot better, thank you! -Jennifer
Thank you for this Michelle, I was literally up last night crying out to God. I feel so inadequate and exhausted all the time. It’s like there isn’t enough time to be a good mom and do all the things that need to be done everyday. This was very encouraging! Thank you!
Thank your taking time to write these encouraging words. I dearly miss being able to watch you and hear your wisdom and words of faith. You are a blessing to me.
I needed to read this today. Thank you for sharing, as a mom of 3 little babies (3,2, and 3mo) I get very overwhelmed often, but know that God is the one giving me the strength and energy to run on 3 to 4 hours of sleep a day. I am so thankful to him for giving me more than we had asked, for allowing me to stay home with my littles, and for keeping us all healthy! When I watch your family I am reminded to cherish this stage of life 🙂
Hi Michelle! I have read this blog before (awhile ago) but glad to read it again. Much needed as I have so much house chores to get done. Lol God bless you and your wonderful family.
Thank you for your encouraging blog. I have 6 kids 10 and under right now. Three are little people (dwarfs) and we homeschool. It’s a lot of work, but God has always provided. The first time, I saw your show, I was in the hospital after having baby number 4. I couldn’t believe there was a show featuring Christians with standards that our family holds as well. You’ve helped me from a distance for years without even knowing my name. 🙂 God has used you to bless and encourage so many mothers in their weak moments.
I love hearing that. The joy of the Lord is my strength. I try to remember that when I feel overwhelmed, but sometimes I must say, it is hard. You are so right that it is easy to praise when we are on top, but we have to remember when we are down as well. God bless you all and I am so happy you can keep in touch with us through here. We sure miss seeing you all weekly. I hope your days are blessed.
This post could not have been more timely for me and I am sure it is the same for many more moms who stay at home. I have 2 babies under the age of two and I get overwhelmed. On top of that my husband is gearing up for deployment. There are days when my husband is gone for weeks at a time and I get so overwhelmed especially at the day’s end. I am reminded that his mercies are new every day. It is so true. I love how the next morning I am refreshed with a clean slate. Thank you Michelle for leading with grace. I admire your heart to parent your children with patience and understanding! Thank you for setting the bar high as a wife and mom!
Thanks for this read Michelle. I have 4 boys ages 6, 4 1/2, 2 1/2, and 14 months. There are days when I feel as if I can not get everything done. I cry as you did that night folding laundry. I have not always been a religious person but since Easter time I feel as if someone else is here with me. Leading me and helping me do the right thing. I have watched your show from the beginning and now watch Counting On. You have done such a wonderful job raising your children to be Godly people. I hope someday my children will be Godly people as well. Thanks.
I’m battling through a dark place of discouragement and defeat. Though my circumstances are a bit different God used this post to nudge me along. I love your family and have prayed through your difficult times. I know that my Redeemer lives! Blessings to you.
As a new mother of 4 (adopting), I understand this completely. It was refreshing to read it from you because you have always been an inspiration to me – your faith and your family. I struggle with having to work full time,along with my husband, and then come home and try and do as much as I can and spend time with the kids before they go to bed. I often feel like there is not enough time in the days! Laundry piles at my house. I constantly have to restructure my days to figure out where the important focuses are for that moment. Until the kids go to bed, it’s with them and getting them fed and bathed and getting to spend the few hours I have with them in the evenings before they go to bed. By the time I have the kids in bed, then I get to eat and do my school. I need a laundry angel too haha. Thank you for sharing your life with us!
Michelle, as my little boys have grown to bigger boys (8 and 12 now) I have watched you and learned so many lessons! I try to speak gently with them as you do and encourage them and it seems that less correction is needed as they seek to receive the positive attention! I always keep your family in my prayers and I am so grateful to have you as a role model. May God bless and keep you!
Hi Michelle! Thank you for this, it has truly touched my heart. God is good and he always finds a way for us. Even when we feel its hopeless. Thanks for the reminder 🙂 God bless!
2 months ago I received a call that is every mothers nightmare. My son was at winter retreat he’s a assistant youth leader they were hours from me. The youth leader said jamie I’m like um where’s Joe he said jamie it’s ok .heart stops Joe is in the ambulance in front of me he was going down an hill crashed he was not able to make sense of what was going on after they got to him Eddie came home to drive me being hours away I would b of never found it on our way I cried and prayed cried and prayed I remember my mom saying praise him so I was I heard the Lord jamie Joe is mine if I recieve him will you still praise I said yes lord yes I know how much Joe loves you then the phone rings jamie we are taking him to another hosp he has a brain bleed . But do you no what I had such a calmness I could not be leave how calm we finely got there Joe had a fractured scull his eye socket was factured many fractures but intact the bleeding stopped he was there not 1 bruse he’s healed he praises the LoRd at night I hear him singing to the Lord always be leave always praise because our God is greater
Thank you for the timing of this. Our 23 yr old son was in a car accident last Friday (DUI). He has been battling depression for years & cannot find the proper medication so he self-medicated with alcohol. He came to me the next morning & told me he was suicidal. I took him to the hospital where he checked himself in. He is currently out of the hospital, on new medication & vowing to remain alcohol free. As a mother, it hurts my heart terribly to not be able to help him. We can certainly use all the prayers we can get right now.
Hi Michelle! I am 34 weeks pregnant, expecting our first daughter, Emma Michele in May. My due date is fastly approaching and with it the worries and emotions of becoming a new mom. When you were first starting out, what verse or prayer helped you in those moments of late night feelings and no sleep? Thank you and God bless! Jessica
I so admire your family and their commitment to each other and our heavenly Father! I can only imagine how it must feel to be responsible for the care and upbringing of so many little blessings!
Such great words to share! I am a new stay at home mom to a 4-month old and am learning quickly the challenge is real. I needed to ‘hear’ these words this morning especially – thank you for sharing!
I often think of you and this story when I am feeling overwhelmed. I have learned many hymns since I read your first book and also call on the Lord and sing those hymns at those times. Thank you for the reminder as I sit here struggling with that feeling as we have just been blessed with baby #8. And the dirty dishes sit in the sink.
Michelle, I love watching your family and inviting you into my home with each episode. I admire the soft tone of your voice and have tried to model that with my own children. And I appreciate this reminder to trust in God. He provides in such beautiful and unexpected ways…much better than we could ever design. Much love to your family!
This was what I needed to read this morning! Thanks for your wise words
I can relate. As a single mom of twins I have had my share of those moments. God has provided for us in many ways. He is awesome!
Thank you Michelle for that reminder. It was just what I needed! Praying for you and your family. May God bless!
Michelle, you are truly a godly example. I only have 3 children age 2,5,and 7 but I’ve slumped over in a crying heap of anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed, more times than I can count. My voice grows louder as my frustration grows deeper, I fail my children. Only my 7 year old is currently doing schoolwork now. (My five year old will be starting kindergarten soon). We use ACE but it seems I STILL need to either spend the day supervising school work or spend it cleaning. It feels like lessons are completed and housework never ends. Wanna come visit and help? Hee hee! 🙂
Michelle, You and your family are such a blessing! Thank you for putting your faith first, always. I just don’t have adequate words to describe how much I appreciate your family’s example, in good times and bad, in today’s society. You’re all a beacon of God’s light! Please say a prayer for me, that I can bravely do the same. Thank you, Claire
Thank you for this reminder. I am pregnant with our 6th baby. Our family SUV only seats 7 total and we are about to be a family of 8. I have been stressing about having to get a “new” vehicle, not knowing how we could ever afford it. But this reminds me, just like with every other child we have, God has always provided.
this made me cry! We had our first baby at 21 and then our second shortly after. I work full time and try to keep the burden of taking care of the house off my husband. it is tiring sometimes but God does lift our burdens so we can give our babies what we need, even if he helps us change our mindset! Thank you for this, such a good reminder!
My mountain hasn’t been laundry but I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately. I needed to hear this right now. Sometimes I feel like a failure as teacher, and housewife, and mom and it all gets to be a lot to bear.
Isn’t the Lord so good and so worthy of our praise! Thank you for each time you make time to reach out and share how He is working in your wonderful family! What an encouragement you are to us mommies whether our family is big or small! Thank you Michelle…
This is my first pregnancy and have had lots of trouble and hurdles to climb over. My husband and I thought we had lost our beautiful blessing, but the Lord prevailed! We have an acrobat! Our baby had not a care in the world! She flipped and turned wildly! Our Lord is so amazing. What seems like a dark spot, God shines his light on us!
Michelle, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to share wisdom with others. Thank you for sharing your life on TV and in your books (I’m sure it can sometimes come with challenges). Your family is beautiful and so precious. I enjoyed watching your show even before becoming a Christian, and I’m sure your show has helped many others to seek God or to seek a closer relationship with Him. You and Jim Bob should feel very joyful for being such a light in the world through Christ. Thank you!!
Michelle, I appreciate your wisdom and the advice you give based off of your many years of experience. I truly believe the Lord blessed you with a patient and loyal heart so that you may trust completely in Him and have the ability to raise up 19 children to walk in His ways! I am inspired by your journey and I pray that the Lord continues to bless your family with abundant health, happiness and light. When he humble ourselves, we will be exalted. No matter what the struggle is, whether it is the challenge of keeping up with children, a struggle at work or in any other area, we must give that area of our life to God and ask for His mercy and strength. We must not try to conquer and face it all on our own. We must ask for sufficient grace to achieve His will for us. God bless you, Michelle. I hope this comment finds you well!
My husband and I also married young (he was 18 & I was 19). We both also came from large families; I am #5 of 10 & he is #4 of 8. We have 3 daughters. We never could have imagined that it was in God’s plan that our oldest daughter would die at 36, leaving behind her 6 yr-old daughter or that in our late 50’s we would become parents to our granddaughter. Remembering how you handled Jubilee’s loss with such grace helped get me through those first dark days. Amber’s father raising her was not an option (that’s a long story in itself), so we adopted our precious little girl. I was wandering through a store, feeling overwhelmed that God was asking us to be responsible for another child at a time in our lives when we should have been able to relax. As I walked around, just sort of browsing, I spotted a display of little silver rings. I noticed that they had inspirational sayings on them & right on the top was one that said “IF GOD BRINGS YOU TO IT HE’LL BRING YOU THROUGH IT”. It was even on sale for 50% off! I bought that ring & wear it every day as a reminder that God is always there to love, guide, and support me. God has truly blessed your family & made you a blessing to others.
After we had our second set of twins a wonderful lady who leads my women’s bible study would come and fold my laundry and as she folded. It gave me a chance to catch up on life and enjoy my babies. Amazing what being the hands and feet for the Lord on earth can do for a young mom! Thanks for sharing.
Michelle, thank you so much for the encouraging words. We have a precious daughter with special needs and at times it is so very hard to deal with, but I do rely on God to help me to get thru whatever is put into our paths. I have a rare brain malformation that keeps me in severe pain 24/7 since May 29th, 1994. It is so hard to handle the non-stop severe headaches all the time but I have finally learned to trust God and thank Him for all the obstacles that are put into my path. Again, thanks so much for your family and thank you for showing me that whether you have one child or nineteen, I just have to turn it over to my Lord and wait for Him to guide me in the right direction! Would it be possible for you to send me your address so I can write to you privately and get advice from you? God Bless you and your family! Praying for you all daily! XX
Thank you so much for sharing this story! I have a 8 month old daughter and I lost my Mom unexpectedly this past January. Sometimes I struggle with feeling overwhelmed. That reminder of praising Him during the hard times is so true. I needed to hear this today so thank you so much!
Y’all are such a blessing to my family and have been a refreshing part of all our lives as we’ve watched you on TV! You have made me a better person in the example you’ve set, Mrs. Michelle. God Bless!
I so needed this today. My husband and I have 3 sweet daughters and are in the process of adopting our son from China. We were discussing finances last night and in the middle of the conversation, my husband looked up and said “God’s got this”. And I truly believe he has called us to do this and He will provide. What a sweet reminder today from you! Thank you!
It is so wonderful in this crazy world of ours to have your encouragement to help guide us. You and your family are such inspirations. I love watching you all on tv.
Thank you so much, Mrs. Duggar, for this reminder! Today, I was thinking of how “rough” this week has been. My husband and I are Empty Nesters. He is retired while I am still working full-time outside our home. My position is as a Food Service Director of a Catholic School serving almost 600 students plus our faculty and parish staff each day. While we have a great team, including my wonderful husband who washes dishes for us 2 days a week, some times I, too, get overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done-at school and at home!! Your message came at the same time as our second graders were singing “Happy Birthday” to their classmates. But they do not stop with just the traditional “Happy Birthday” song. They continue with “May the Dear Lord Bless You” while they raise their hands over the celebrant!! They and you remind me of the grace and joy that always comes when we praise Our Lord in all things! May the Dear Lord bless you and your family in a special way today! Mary Anne Noble
What a precious story. We moms get overwhelmed just trying to do life sometimes, but God is so faithful. He has already gone before us & He knows every single thing that we need…before we even know that we need it. And what a precious servant of the Lord to come & meet a need for your sweet family. God will bless her for her being a blessing for sure. I love your inspiring family. And I recognize that it is by the grace of God that you walk with such integrity. The world has attacked you guys on so many levels, but still you continue to shine. It’s one of the reasons that I have watched your family(via tv) over the years with great respect and adoration. You inspire so many. Thanks for sharing your lives, in the good times & in the tough ones. You are all loved dearly.
God bless you & your family
God Bless You Sister!
Thank you! This is just what I needed to hear today, having a bad day and feeling like nothing going right plus my daughter has a cold so not had any sleep for 3 nights as her nose is stuffy and she can’t sleep but I am forever greatful and thank the Lord every night for my blessings. The laundry can get on top of me with only 1 baby so I can only imagine the mountains you have to do every day! God bless x
Thank you Ms. Michelle for your inspirational words. I love how you help others and you do so much mission work. You’re such an inspiration and a wonderful mother. I hope one day when I get married and start a family I have a wonderful relationship with my kids and husband like you do with your family. May God continue to bless you and your family. Once again thank you for your inspirational words.
I remember you telling his story when I had the chance to listen to you and Jom Bon speak last year (February) in Columbus OH. You all are such a blessing to people. You show God’s love every where you go! Isn’t it funny how all those years ago that simple cry for help is now a testimony of how Faithful our Savior is?!? God knew his plan for your family. I just appreciate y’all. I really hope one day our paths will cross again and you can meet my little ones and my husband can meet Jim Bob. Take care.-Amy
I love your whole family Michelle and Jim Bob. I love watching your shows and I wish they put it back on the air you and family have my support
I’m in the thick of it right now, potty training my 3 yo while tending to a clingy 6 month old. Thank you for these words, and for showing me I’m not alone. I will continue to praise God, even in these difficult times! Thank you, Mrs. Duggar!
Thank you for that! It’s hard to see God’s provisions sometimes and I needed a reminder that even tho my boys are very overwhelming right now God will give me what I need to see them through this stage.
Wow, such words of encouragement. I have gone through such a hard time this past year. I’m 24, married for almost 5years and I have just one son who is 2. My husband lost his job and became an alcoholic. We almost divorced. But through Gods will and much prayer, my husband re-dedicated his life, and we are now stronger than ever. During those hard times I did not praise God and honestly I thank the Lord he gave us that trial so that way we can be where we are today. So now when we go through a bad trial, which we do have them, I praise God for what he has provided us with, and we get through it TOGETHER. AS ONE. As a team. No matter what, you have inspired me to be a better mother and wife. I admire you to the fullest. You might not read this, I don’t know. But I hope someone sees this and realizes that even though your going through a hard time, just know there is hope. God is good, all the time. Thank you Michelle, for giving hope to everyone!
god is the one to keep us strong look up Provbs ch 3 v 3-5 psams 112 ch 112 v 3-9
We love everything your family stands for. Your family is a true example of Christ’s love, grace and faithfulness. Keep up the incredible work of encouragment! We stand with your family as Believers and family in Christ.
This story always inspires me. I’m so overwhelmed right now and have no one to come along side me. I pray but don’t hear anything and I find it hard to get into the word and focus on God. Having little ones is tough and I only have two! I wish I had the strength so others have. Ty for sharing your heart and your life! God bless!
Thank you so much for this reminder. Today I was feeling much the same way. I have 5 small children. And we had a surgery this week for my youngest. Which meant much time afterwards in which he just wanted mommy to hold him. Also a lot of doctors appointments late nights and hours spent on the phone trying to get his insurance right. At the same time my oldest was getting ready for something important himself. And I was spending hours helping him. Needless to say, I come to the end of the week exhausted with a mountain of things to do, and I have a sore throat, etc, that I caught sometime this week. This morning I just wanted to bury my head under the covers and let the world go by but of course I couldn’t do that. I took some extra time having my devotions even though I didn’t really have time. I felt the Lord speak me to me in the verse that says, “Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” This is what I have been attempting to do today as I definitely feel the spirit of heaviness today. This blog also really spoke to my heart in that direction. THank you!
What an encouragement! Thanks for the reminder. My mom passed away 7 years ago, and your Godly words remind me of what she used to tell me when I got overwhelmed as a mommy. “God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need.”
God is so good Michelle! I love this word that you have shared to encourage others! I had a dream about you & Jill not long ago that I believe was from The Lord. Since then I have been praying for y’all and especially for Jill & Derrick as they are living out The Great Comission & The Great Commandment in Central America. My husband & I are part of a house church ministry that goes to people’s homes & we have church with them & discipleship training. My husband & I know that The Lord has a plan to send us to India & Nepal. Hoping y’all would also keep us in your prayers as The Lord uses us to spread His Word to the nations!
Thank you for this. The song Through It All has a line that is my favorite, “If I never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them..”. He is a good God.
Thank you so much for this Michelle. It never hurts to be reminded of what the Lord does for us.
Thank you for sharing , I too get overwhelmed with so much , but somehow the Lord gets me through, I need to remember to Praise Him in the Storm! I love you and your family !
I am starting a new journey of my own. I have breast cancer and I have told my children and grandchildren (some of them) that I am ok with this because God is to be glorified by this and the furtherance of the Gospel for God’s glory. Where God guides He provides; this statement lifted my heart today. God bless you all, I love you all very much.
Beautiful! And SO TRUE! I was feeling so overwhelmed last week (my son, 17 months, was ill, husband was ill, and I was as well.) I was up all. night. long. with the little man and I work part time. I tried to find someone to cover for me and couldn’t so I was on my way out the door and my co-worker called and said someone just walked in to cover for me. You best believe I cried, thanking them over the phone. I thanked God for the ‘down time.’ I cried that evening, exhausted with a sleeping 30 lb boy asleep in my arms thanking God for the time I get to hold this beautiful child, giving him the comfort, sense of security, and love that he needed to be able to sleep 🙂
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with just two. Is that bad? This list of things to do and things to keep up with is so long! Thanks for the encouraging word and scriptures.
Thank you Michelle! I so needed this today. You’re such an inspiration to us all. You are a beautiful soul and I love watching you all. God Bless you!
I so admire you and your unwavering faith from the early years right on through. You didn’t buckle to opinions, you stood firm on your beliefs. You have raised wonderful children who are a great asset to this world. And who will raise their own children to be! We as mamas do our very best, no one is perfect. But we can pray, and stay strong in faith and Gods word. I really miss you and Jim Bob. I hope you can come back and give us some wholesome TV again. I’ve watched you all from the very beginning. You really have blessed our lives and taught us many good things, set a wonderful example that we have embraced! Prayers. Jamie
Michelle, I want to thank you for the time you take in sharing wisdom of love. I have learned so much from you especially, but your whole family. I came from a harsh family. We had money, that was it. The value of one another had little value and I felt so out of place with the love I had for people and my positive outlook amongst endless negativity. I believe I found your show in 2007 and it has changed my life. I know that expressing love and having faith is something practiced by others. Literally, because of you, my 7 grand children have the true me and we fill eachother with love. My children now have a less confused mom. I had gotten to a point where I thought most people were just rude and self centered. I still think that about some folks but I know we have great people too. Thank you for being the strong woman of faith that you are. You touch lives. I enjoy watching the girls show but I do miss seeing you and Jim. I pray for Josh and I thank God, literally, that he is blessed with parents like you and Jim Bob and also with the most amazing wife in Anna. Please don’t let negative people hurt your spirit. They know not what they speak and they speak from ignorance and not wisdom. The Roth family
Hi Michelle, Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I’m a newlywed/ new momma and my husband works 12-14 hours/day . Needless to say, being home alone with my newborn makes it so that I do get overwhelmed at times. I have read this testimony in one of your books and I have taken example on you/ your attitude. When I feel like it is all too much, I give praise to The Lord – I sing hymns to Him and it does makes things better! You have no idea how much your sweet words and example have changed my life. Watching your family on TV has played a big part in making me come to The Lord. My now husband followed me and accepted Christ in his life as well. We got married last year and welcomed our son Joseph to the world,this winter. I can sincerely say that Jim Bob and yourself have had a big role to play in our desire of coming to The Lord, getting married and ultimately having a family. I am so grateful. With so much love, I thank you!
Hello, I think God knew I needed to read this today, the timing is perfect. I am a single parent and my youngest has many special needs. The greatest challenge is lack of sleep. I understand the emotions of being so overwhelmed. However lately, I have had a really difficult time finding the words to pray. I am so sad and tired and overwhelmed and I feel so abandoned by everyone, especially the Lord. How do I push through this stage? Please pray for me and my children. I feel so lost.
Thank you for this reminder. I am going thru a season of my life where things are not roses. To praise God thru this dark time, is very hard. But I needed this reminder. Right now. With a mountain of work yet today. And a body that is on empty. I will go put on some praise music and finish my day. (if you think of my prodigal, please breath a prayer for him.)
I understand the feelings of being overwhelmed. Often we don’t think to talk to our Father at those times. I’ve had nights when I couldn’t pray. I asked the Holy Spirit to intercede for me and instantly he did and my Father put me right to sleep. It’s wonderful to know we have someone who answers all prayers. God Bless!
What a lovely post! I enjoyed reading this so much. As a somewhat new Christian, sometimes I still forget that the Lord is there for me when I need Him. I’ve never known such a peace, as you described, as the peace of praising and being with God. I have been reading Proverbs 31:10-31 very frequently, and would say that any wife would benefit from doing the same. It reminds us how precious we are, and what we ought to strive for. Especially in times where we may feel under appreciated, or like we cannot possibly do all that needs to be done. God sees our work. Bless!
Thank you for this reminder. I am in the next season of life where my children are (or should be) flying the nest. I struggle with having a young adult son who is smart, talented & is passionate about his beliefs – but he has struggled with anxiety & OCD since he was 12, and now at 21, he’s paralyzed by this mental illness. I struggle with the reality that I can’t “fix” it – and am full time mom & caretaker to him. My faith has been shaken as to why God doesn’t hear his cries (and ours). I’m trying to understand how to live this “new normal” and accept the death of the dreams we had for his life and find the purpose in how God can use the burden our son carries. Your post reminds me that I need to praise Him even when the challenges are more than we thought we would experience.
Hi, Anne – I think Michelle recycled this post from an earlier time when her children were still on the way to being adult and unemployed, but hadn’t gotten there yet. As for the lazy part, I agree now, but it probably wasn’t so then. As soon as the Duggars began to depend on TLC for a lifetime of income, all other ambition disappeared and was replaced by entitlement.
Thank you for the encouragement. This week has been tough. I have 5 kids. I felt like a failure this week between trying to homeschool, cook, clean, laundry, grocery shop, and take care of a 4 month old baby and give enough attention to the 3 year old, help the 5 and 8 year olds, teach the 10 year old. It just overtook me this week. God is faithful though. Thank you for the reminder. I know God will provide what I need even if it’s not the perfect picture I had in my mind!
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Hi Mrs. Duggar, I appreciate your stories and lessons from your family so very much. I greatly admire your strength and steadfast faith even in bad circumstances. I recently went through my third miscarriage. The last two I’ve had were within the last six months so it was very hard on me physically and emotionally to do back to back. I am happy to say when I told the Lord “I cannot handle this” that He gave me great joy even in my awful circumstances. I have unexplainable joy and peace. I have no other reason than God for this feeling. I know it came from Him. I know He has a plan and I will wait for Him and praise Him in the hallway while I wait for the next door to open. I plan to start a miscarriage team at my church to help support and teach other women how to handle their miscarriages and still births. This is such an important cause to me and I feel almost certain God is using my tragedies to bring healing and support to others and have me fulfill a much greater purpose. I am happy I get the chance to be there and surround others with God’s love! For those who have experienced a miscarriage or still birth know that your baby matters so much and that you are so loved by God.
Hi Michelle I’ve really been blessed by your commitment to serve the Lord as a Mother and as a wife. The past year of marriage has been really tough… I’m a young mom of 2 who’s oldest child (4yr) is starting to pick up on moms tears… I’m trusting God knowing He’s faithful. If I’m honest, the door Seems easier. The joy of the Lord is my strength—-being reminded of this promise is exactly what I needed. Knowing that through Jesus Christ my needs are met. Allowing Him to consume my hurting heart. Thank you for being a blessing— those daughters of yours too have been a blessing. If you think of it—-a young mom of 2 could use prayers of healing in her marriage. Thank you. Blessings, Jen
Thank you. I needed to read this today.
Michelle your an amazing woman who I think has a heart of gold all of your kids each and every one of them are great kids so are all your granskids
I really appreciate your blog post about where God guides, He provides. I am a firm believer that if we are doing the right things to the best of our abilities and keeping the commandments and trying to be as Christ like as we can be, he will bless us. And we will all see and perceive our blessings differently as our lives and challenges are all different, but there are wonderful blessings to be had! On another note, I wanted to say to you that I really appreciate you and your family 🙂 you do a great job from an outsider perspective – and I feel we have alot in common in our lives even tho we don’t know each other on a personal level, but it’s great to see you take on challenges and face them and overcome them – and I love how happy you are 🙂 anyways, thanks for being a wholesome woman in the media !
Michelle, I am a mother of 4 children, two of which are grown. My husband & I have chosen to homeschool our kiddos. I am also very active with music in our church & a local Christian school. With everything so busy, I am feeling very burned out with life lately, and your blog is just what I needed to hear! “My grace is sufficient for you…” Thank you so much for reminding me of my focus, which is Jesus Christ.”
Thank you Michelle for sharing from your heart. I’ve felt that way many times and when I do offer praise in those moments, there is always a comfort and peace that come. I often have to remind myself that God sees what I’m doing and it is sufficient. Your family has been a blessing to ours in many ways. Thanks for being a light.
Hi Michelle, i love your show and am so inspired by your family. The other night i lay in bed feeling very overwhelmed, not wanting to ‘do this anymore’ (i have 5 children aged 8 and under, i homeschool and am christian) They were not listening to me it seemed for even the smallest job, i had so many of my chores to do and i couldn’t do any in-between nappy changes, feeds & sibling quarrelsâ€¦..I felt so undeserving of these precious children & thought they needed a better role model than me in their life. The pressure is so much from outside when you’re a homeschooling christian mum. I worry about the future a lot, if I’m doing the right thingâ€¦. Thankfully my husband is always a beautiful listening and encouraging ear at the end of the other phone when needed – so lots of love & thanks to you from me in australia. I look at your family and think this can be done, i look forward to many more blessings on our family if this is the lords will for us <3 Love & Prayers from Jacquie
Thanks for the reminder michelle. I have 12 children and now 4 grandchildren and homeschool. Even though I know this, its good to be reminded!! God bless!!
Thank you so much for continuing to inspire me. It helps to see that you struggle too and how you deal with it in such a wonderful way! The struggles of having a large Christian family (now seven of us) can be so hard! I too have received the grave of God in the loneliness that I have been suffering with! God bless all families and guide us! Xxx
This is so unbelievable, I was just texting my sister earlier about this story of your and how it’s exactly how I feel and here you post it today! Anyways, yes, this is exactly where I am in my life and I really needed to hear this. You and your family are amazing and encourage me so much because I sometimes feel so lonely. It’s really hard for me to meet “good” people. Love you all so so much, please tell Anna she is such a wonderful person and handling everything so wonderfully. She is great! Keep doing what you all are doing, I hope to meet you all sometime. Xo I’m from Chicago and my husband and I drove out to Columbus to see you speak 🙂
you have been my inspiration all these years. i am always so happy to see you and hear your words….. even if only on tv or social media! you are like family to me …… and so many others. please keep sharing your life and wisdom
Thank you for your example. I have 3 children, and an extremely rough background. God has been faithful, but I find myself drinking. Everyday. A lot. I am scared. Pray for me.
Thank you for your encouragement! After being a part of an Apples of Gold Bible group at my church, I have learned not only some great meals for my family, but meals to take to others. If a neighbor is having a surgery, if a friend has a new baby, or if there is a death in someone’s family, I take them a good, comforting meal.
HI I though that this sends a good message I was wondering what books do the Duggar kids read? Please tell me I love to read and don’t want to sin and want to become closer to God. God bless.
Always a necessary reminder! The days are long and the years are shortâ€¦ all mine are still young we have 5 boys (7, 5, 3, 2, 1) and a baby girl only 2 months old. We homeshool and life with so many little people is exhausting, but seeing glimpses of rewards is soothing to the soul. Things such as “he’s my best friend” said by any one of the boys , the amount of hugs and kisses for a new baby, and my oldest praying for atleast 4 more 😉
Jehovah Jireh, the Lord Who provides. I know Him well. One of the truths I learned as a new Christian was not to worry and that the Lord will provide. He has never failed. I raised two children on next to nothing, they both graduated college and so did I. I am the first to graduate college in my family. The Lord provided. He does what mankind cannot do, He makes a way. Blessed be the Lord Jesus. 🙂
Thank- you Michelle, I am no mother at this season in my life- rather a busy student trying to manage, faith, family, school, jobs and the list goes on (as I’m sure you can relate) And have found it, to at times feel defeating as there are so many things to balance, and so many balls in the air to juggle. Thanks for sharing your story- I’ve loved following your family via TLC and other social media methods! I so hope I could one day meet you, and your amazing family, as you guys have been such a blessing and encouragement to myself. Thanks for the reminder of working within our rough season! Blessings to you and yours Cassidy
Thank you so much. My name is Casey, I have 4 small children, am a Navy Pilot Wife & work as a criminal defense lawyer where I try to share the hope and redemption God has shown me. I have never forgotten that Jesus was crucified on the cross next to a thief. So many people forget to be humble, to love. Thank you for the example you have been to me of kindness, strength, and compassion. Today you were my angel. I’m praying on spending more time with my kids while still doing the work I believe in.
Hi Michelle! You truly are an inspiration to me!! I can’t thank you enough for posting such awesome testimonies of the pure love and faithfulness God so graciously shows to His children. When I see you and your loving family interacting so joyfully together, I am just simply amazed! I was unable to have children, still don’t know why or what God has in store for me, and it saddens and confuses me to no end. 23 days ago we had to put our loving companion of 12 years to rest . Her name was Grace. I’ve cried every single day now, missing her and wondering where she is, and again, wondering why she had to leave this world. I want to believe she’s with the Lord but the Bible doesn’t say that dogs, who are some people’s children, (like me) go to heaven. This is a longshot, but can you guide me on this subject I believe with your strong faith that you may have some kind of helpful answer. I’m probably asking too much here, but I feel desperate for answers and am very sad to say the least.. I can’t say “thank you” enough for your consideration..
Michelle, you are such an encourager for me. Thank you for sharing your obedience to the Lord. I wish we lived closer because I know we’d be friends. May the Lord bless you.
I’m a big laundry person too (: actually it’s like therapy to me.Nothing like a good song about the Lord Jesus!!! Please keep me in your prayers too.Im having surgery in z couple weeks and your a wonderful beautiful soul that you will.Love you and your words and faith and your whole family. God bless you sweet lady
Hi Michelle, I enjoyed your story . As a mother, wife and grandmother we sometimes feel overwhelmed with so many counting on us. I know that God hears our request for help because I have asked many times for him to give me courage and strength to do all i need to do. I also thank him each day for his blessings in my life. Please know that I have watched”The Duggars” for a very long time and have enjoyed watching your family. I am happy that we are able to see some of you again, I really hope we will be able to see more of you and Jim Bob and the little ones. God bless all of you. Debbie
I love this story–and boy do i DISLIKE laundry 🙂 where God guides he provides–love that!!
Michelle, I love reading your stories and I totally agree with them all. You and your whole family have a huge impact on me. God has guided me many times in life. When my first husband passed away and I was left alone with 3 kids, always being a stay at home mom, I know it was God who carried me and my children. I hope your family continues to be on tv, I’d love to see you all do a family tour as I’m sure many churches would love to hear you all speak. May God bless each one of you.
There is nothing too great or too small for our Lord! I am so grateful that even in the everyday things He is with us! We just need to remember that we are to communicate with Him! Pray without ceasing is a wonderful verse! (I would have to look up the exact location.) He didn’t put that verse in there by accident. Thank you for sharing!
1 Thess. 5:17. I went back and looked it up. Thanks again!
Beautiful story : )
Michelle- you don’t know how much I needed these words. I’ve read your books, and I remember this story from one of them. It was good to be reminded it. Thank you for continuing to bless and encourage this young mama. Xo
Dear Michelle, My wife Gloria ,who now is with the LORD raised our 8 children with the same trust and guidance of the LORD as you. Gloria and I always enjoyed the show We looked forward every week to watching your wonderful family grow,but most of all your trust in the LORD I continue to watch and enjoy your family grow. As always you and your family are in my PRAYERS MAY GOD BLESS YOU. IN CHRISTIAN LOVE, CHUCK SPONTAK
Michelle, P. S. I forgot I also have 14 grandchildren and 1 on the way.
Thank you, Michelle, for your faithful commitment to encouraging mothers. When I had ‘only’ five kiddies I felt sometimes at the end of my rope and then I started watching your family on tv around that time. Well, if there is a lady out there that’s homeschooling three times the family I have, then I figured there MUST be a way to make this work with my ‘little’ family. I think half the battle is just believing that something is possible. You’ve encouraged me to have a quieter spirit, you’ve encouraged me to stay strong in my faith even when family stuff wasn’t all perfect, and you’ve encouraged me to keep trusting God to plan our family. Right now I’m nursing sweet baby #10!! Mt. Neverest (or Mt. Washmore) is bigger than ever, but I saw a family on TV with the bright idea of owning more than one washing machine, so that isn’t such a huge thing anymore either. The children are such a blessing in my life, but it’s so much more than the baby-cuddles and pitter-patter of tiny feet; the blessing is also in the hard moments because it’s stretched me and changed me. There’s nothing like a busy life with ten kids to bring me to my knees, lol! And needing God is the very best place to be. Yes, I feel very blessed indeed. Thank you for being part of my journey, Michelle 🙂
Hi Michelle, Thank you for bringing this message up again. This week the Lord revealed to me that I am looking to others to fulfill the desires of my heart instead of seeking Him. Since May is around the corner my children and husband are constantly asking me what do I want for Mother’s Day and my birthday. I figured this is a good time to ask for things that have been on my heart that my husband would normally suggest is not a good idea. However, I know now that using Mother’s Day to get what I want with deceitful intentions is not God’s will. Even though I may receive a gift that I think would benefit our family, it may be the wrong time or possibly hinder my spiritual growth ( stopping me from seeking Him and looking to Him to provide my every need, in oneness with my husband). I love this story of you crying out to God, telling Him your weaknesses and looking/ seeking Him to provide in anyway He chooses. I am praying that God will give me the grace to constantly seek and ask Him for my needs and stop expecting my family to provide. “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him” Psalm 62:5. Michelle, I have been wanting to tell you for years how much your family’s influence have impacted my spiritual walk with our Lord. I remember being married with 3 kids at the age of 23. My family, friends and even church members would ask are you done yet. How many children do you want? As a baby Christain I had given God control over my WHOLE life, even in deciding how many children to conceive. My response to them was, ” how ever many the Lord wants to give me”. At this time in 2007, I honestly felt like I was the only one who believed in giving God control over my womb, until I found your show. Once I was aware of the godly influence in your day to day lives God started opening my eyes to the filth I was watching on tv and time wasted pursing pleasure. So around that time I would only sit down to watch tv if your show was on. I would soak in anything that I believed God wanted me to imitate in your family. One episode I noticed that you used chore charts, so I google it and found the Maxwell family. Later, I was blessed to go to their family conference when they came in town and bought their wonderful resources. On another episode I heard you speak of the book ” Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends” by the Mally’s. So once again I google them and purchased their resources and have been blessed with learning how to deal with irritations among siblings. Later I found out about their mother daughter conferences called Bright Lights and was encouraged to help my children not waste their youth but to use their time, energy, enthusiasm, skills and strength in serving our Lord Jesus Christ while still under their parents protection. What a great message that is not preached. That reminds me of Dr. S.M. Davis another great resource I came across from following your family. I was able to purchase a couple of his messages while at the Maxwells conference. My favorite sermons that I heard him preach ” How A Wive Can Use Reverence to Build or Save Her Marriage” , ” How to Humble Yourself” and ” What to Expect From A Twelve Year Old”. What a great man with a lot of wisdom. Also, after reading Josh and Anna’s page I was encouraged to sign up on Embassy Institute now called “Embassy Media” and that it would be the best 10$/month I could spend. Now that you have helped me mature in my faith, I have found it more beneficial for me to learn from your family on Embassy Media than through your tv show. You influenced me so much that about 2-3 years ago God started convicting me almost every time I would get excited to sit down and enjoy your show knowing that I had other responsibilities in the home and family to care for. God would say, ” Kimberly what do you think Michelle would be doing with her time?” Many times after hearing that I would sacrificially turn off the tv and tend to my family. I still did watch your show especially during the courting seasons when time permitted, watching and learning. However, this season I have not had a desire to watch your family’s show, but I do look forward to hearing ” Continuing Our Journey” on Embassy Media. I am forever grateful for your family sacrificially opening up their lives on national television in order to show the world what it means to live out Christianity through ALL circumstances. God used your show to open my eyes to a peaceful way of living that I never witnessed before, thanks for showing me the way, resources and putting my eyes on Him. All Glory to God Your sister in Christ, Kim
Michelle, I just want to say that you and your family are such an Inspiration to me. You walk talk and breathe such goodness. I feel like I know you and your family. I just wanted to say also that I have reached out to God more now then ever, Thank you for being the Inspiration that I needed.. God Bless your family..
I just love watching the tv show , it is so awesome ,I would have of given anything to have had more than one child , But I got anther child in my life later on and both my girls are grown and have families of their own now , but I am a grandmother of 8 grandkids & 9 Great grandkids and they are the joy of my life , I would love to see another channel pick up your Wonderful Family and put the entire show back on TV , May God Bless all of you .
Thank you, Michelle, for sharing this experience. When we’re responsible people, we can feel so overwhelmed. Out of love we want to do all the right things for our family. We do need to remember that God is on our side and is there to help us get through those situations. Bless you and your family.
Thank you for sharing I needed to read this!!
Good advice! I miss you on TV. There’s something about your voice and the way you speak that is very calming to me. You portray a temperament that is of a Godly woman, and that is a beautiful quality He gave to you. Blessings!
Oh Michelle! I think every mom has been there, done that!! Everyone should be able to identify with you! Your issues are just 10 times what any of us had to go through!! LOL We all applaud your gumption and stamina! I’m like your piano teacher…love doing laundry! What a blessing she is to you! You are right. We must praise Him in all things, and thank Him for what He will be doing. He never gives us more than we can handle, and it’s during those trials that we grow. He provided you with a solution and blessed you for years and years!! We love you all and are praying for you! Please keep sharing like this, because it is always a blessing. God bless you for your faithfulness and obedience. I know you are an example of being a Godly woman to many, and people can identify with your trials and your successes! <3
Thank you for sharing that. It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives and quickly forget that others are dealing with their own struggles as well. It’s such a blessing to hear how you’ve dealt with your struggles. Miss seeing you weekly on TLC! Love you and your family!
I am constantly inspired by other moms, and Ms. Duggar you are absolutely high on that list!!! It is so encouraging to know I am not going through this alone, and especially that others have gone through this before and survived 😉 Thank you for your constant encouragement and support to mom’s dealing with 1 or 19 children! God is SO good even when we don’t think He hears us, He definitely does!!
Dear Michelle When you first write that comment, it inspired me. Now today it’s inspiring me yet again. I pray for you all everyday. May God strengthen all of you. Love you guys Carol
Thank you Michelle for this strength giving message. Tis not just for moms! Any of us could benifit from this message. MAY the LORD continue to strengthen you and your family.
Dear Michael I get when they canceled the show. I cry when we they announced Jesse and Jill came back so happy I was. But I still miss you and Jim so much. I pray for you came back also. I learn a lot thru you with IBLP. You change me a lot. How definitely change my thinking in many level. Thank you for the peace you all transparent they TV.
Thank you for posting this. Today I really needed this to help me refocus on what’s or should I say who is important. I work as a nurse and once again we are working short handed. All I could see is lots of work ahead and no staff to do it with. Asking how it will all get done? But I must remember that with God all things are possible. Thank you again for your uplifting words of wisdom. Sincerely, Anne
You are a wonderful person, Michelle, and a true inspiration. I am a lawyer, and I miss not seeing you and Jim Bob on TV week after well. I have made my views known to David Zaslav, and told him that lots of us will boycott TLC until your show is reinstated. Yes, the girls have their show, but it is not the same without you. 🙂 Keep the faith!
Thanks so much for posting Michelle, it’s great to hear how God met your need and he meets the need of my family every day down to the most minute detail. God cannot fail because He is God. God is Good all the time. All the time God is Good
Although I am single & without children, I have watched & admired you & your precious family since you were all on tv. You have all been a blessing to me, encouraging, faithful, kind & compassionate. God has used you to reach so many who need His touch. I pray He continues to bless you all, shine His face upon you & keep you all healthy & happy. I am a 61 year old woman living in the ultra liberal state of CA. Although I love my homestate, I envy those who live in a small, conservative town. Take care with my love to you & the entire Duggar family.
Thank you sooo much for sharing this! It has really encouraged my heart. Love you all! God bless you and all you do for our Wonderiful Savior and Lord!!!
Michelle, That is such a precious word to all mothers. I appreciate you sharing that again. I am not a mother of 19. I am a mother of one precious teenage son and though I have had only him to care for there have still been many challenges and I have needed God’s help every step of the way! I am thankful that God blessed me with my son, and He has taught me so much through being a mom. I truly learn something new everyday! I love you and your sweet family. Thank you for sharing your heart and your lif experiences. Blessings upon you all!
Michelle, I’ve never left a comment before because all the comments left for you say everything that I feel and are so very well written. But I do want to let you know that you’ve been an inspiration to me. I loved watching your show and I love watching your daughter’s show also. You may rest assured they apples do not fall far from the tree! You should be so very proud of all your children! And I appreciate you letting us peek inside your personal lives to get a view of how you raise your children. I know it hasn’t always been easy and fun for you, although sometimes I’m sure it has. But I appreciate the difficulties you and Jim Bob have endured to give us just a taste of your home life. I’d also like to take this opportunity to say that I think Anna’s strength through these difficult times is more than amazing. It is a downright miracle. She is a very precious young lady and so strong. Whether she decides to stay or go, and at this point it looks like she’s staying, she is a great woman who is raising her children well. You are blessed and will continue to be not because of TLC, but because of who you and Jim Bob are.
Thank you for sharing this. It reminds me of Psa_61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Overwhelm means swamp, submerge, engulf, bury, deluge, flood, inundate. We’ve all been there when the cares of life threaten to bury us in a sea of burdens. When we cry to Him as you did, he delights to carry us to the Rock and set our feet on dry, stable ground. Good to hear from you again. Many are praying for you and your family!
Mrs. Duggar, only God knows how much you, your husband and children have blessed my life, especially you. Sometimes I wish I could talk to you to ask you some questions about being a wife and a mom, sometimes is so overwhelming but it is so true that God is with us and give us the strenght, help and wisdom that we need. God has seen every one of your tears and hard work! You are very Blessed Mrs.Michelle! Love you and please tell Anna that her testimony has completely changed my life, I love her so much and pray for her and for the restoration of her marriage! love you ! Thais P.
Thank-you for sharing that. It is so helpful to those of us who get overwhelmed and discouraged from time to time. I have learned so much from you and your family.
This was my favourite part of Your book, a part that has stuck with me for years now and helped me draw closer to God. Thank you.
Beautiful…thank you for sharing. Sometimes it is hard to get through those times of exhaustion and loneliness when you seem to have all the responsibilities as a mom. You have a wonderful family and I know that you have come under fire for Joshua’s choices, I also know the world does not get it. He made the choices, you loved him and helped him in the best way you could. It all comes down to the fact that we are each responsible to God and to the choices we make in life. I loved watching how you did things in your family and it blessed me. I only wished I could have had something similar….but God gave me my walk! Thank you for sharing your life in such a public way. God Bless you
Michelle, I have watched the show for a very long time and admire your strength and patience attending to such a large family. Your love for your family shines through. You are a very special woman. I miss not seeing you every week. I looked forward to sitting in front of my television every week and having you invite me into your home. If I lived close to you I would gladly come and help you. Now that I have retired I have more time for others. I feel a little selfish asking for God’s help far too often. May God Bless you Michelle.
Thanks for sharing I love reading this. I pray that your family will be back on tv we miss you.God bless you and your family
I’m 32 years old and I find this very true. Michelle, I’m glad you can hear the Lord’s voice. You have always inspired me to one day be a mother like you. I’m astounded by your graceful ways with your wonderful 19 children. I wonder if you ever get angry or yell. On camera, I have not seen you snap ever. I’ve been watching you for years. I love the Duggars and pray for y’all often.
Hi Michelle, I’m a mother with one daughter. My mom passed away from a brain tumor when I 24. So when I had my daughter I didn’t really have much help when it came to motherly advise . So when I started watching your show . I realized how much it was helping me. I was very sadden when they cancelled your show . I’m really hoping you and your family comes back !! Thank you for everything you do. God bless you and your family ! Love, Romena
Having a large family is a ton and I mean a TON of work!!! I really don’t know how you did it. I also think that the more children u have the less time you have for each of them. Is that fair to ALL of the children that you have You counted on your older girls to always help out and now one by one they are starting their own lives. I also think that YOU haven’t been looking very healthy lately. Having all those children killed your body. You need to take care of YOURSELF TOO!! God Bless you and try to slow down and get some help!!!!
Faithfully praying for you and your entire family. Love in Christ Jesus, Teri
I really needed to hear this. There are many, many times I feel so overwhelmed and I am up til 2a.m. folding clothes and I only have four children. I pray that one day God sends me help like he did you!! I also have a prayer request I you don’t mind praying for me Michelle. I feel in my heart that my family is still not complete and want another child. My husband needs God to change his heart. Thanks for your encouraging words. I love your big and beautiful famiy!!
I am just short of 55, I have had a incurable chronic pain disorder all of my life, but 10 years ago fell down the stairs causing a spinal chord injury and inturn caused my chronic pain disorder to go into a 4 year flair causing unimaginable pain, a digestive disorder and now thyroid disease. I spent over 3 years bedridden and alone as my friends and family walked away. I have also been a christian since I was 16 and had prayed for God to use my life for His glory. For the 3 years I was bedridden God remained silent. But one day as I was crying out to Him telling Him it was to much I couldn’t go on, I heard Him ask me if I would praise Him as I was. When I started praising Him for all things thanking Him for healing I didn’t have yet, he started to slowly ease my pain, I eventually was able to get up, He has done so many wonderful things for my family and myself. His answer at least for now is no on a complete healing, but He has used my suffering to help others and help to bring them into His kingdom. I have found that God uses our brokenness to bring us to the foot of the cross where our flesh refuses to go and that through my brokenness and weakness He becomes strong. I don’t know that He will ever heal me completely this side of Heaven but it brings me great joy to know that my pain is not wasted He uses it and me for His glory. God Bless you and yours!
Michelle. You have shared your families joys and sorrows. No family is perfect. The devil continues to try to destroy ALL people. But you have shown strength through it all. With God ALL things are possible! May God continue to bless you and your family.
Thanks Michelle for sharring. I’m so glad that God hears our cries. We’ve had no communication with our daughter Deanna for going on 11 years now. It’s very sad because she tried to get my attention but I couldn’t hear her because of past hurts. My husband and I have missed out on our grandsons growing up. I just wonder why God allows things like this to happen. I wish it never would of ever happened, but unfortunately it has. My husband and I have been asking God to mend this family back together, but He hasn’t done it yet. We both just prayed today asking Him to soften her heart. Hoping that God will intervene this year. We love your family Michelle. I wish our family was as connected to each other as your family is. Continued prayers for your family and ours.
Hi Michelle! Such a great reminder to be joyful even in the tough times and as you said it’s much easier when things are going good. Some days are tougher than others and some weeks/months/years are too and yet He is faithful to be there beside me each and every second. I appreciate your words . . . God bless you and your familiy.
Michelle, I know exactly what you mean. I have alot going on in my life right now myself. Starting school again next week, a new puppy, a 14 month old beautiful baby girl, whom sadly has medical issues. Im also trying to find a new job, along with taking care of my other halfs needs and keeping up with the everyday household chores. Now today, for the first time im over a year I went to church and even though i had a cranky baby, and a stubborn puppy to come home too, i have never felt better. I want to ask you or prayers for my daughter, as she continues to stop breathing in her sleep, and the doctors have yet to determine the cause. I hope all is well in your family. With much love, Lisa
beautiful, truly inspiring
Thank you for the uplifting story. Over the years, I have sought to grow and to understand what it’s really all about to rely on the Lord. And of course He is helping me : ) During the toughest of times when I have needed strength and guidance he was always with me with blessings, protection, and care. Thanks be to God.
Thank God for NaNa! How special. God sent you help but NaNa recieves her own gift of joy for being able to help you! I love the way god works! AMEN
Amen! It is easier to praise when we’re on the hilltop. My husband has two lung diseases, debilitating neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and two other dementias. Some days I don’t want to get out of bed. I try to remember if Christ could still give His Father glory on the cross I surely can in my circumstances.
Thank you so so much you and the family is a blessing to me . God is good all the time , SHIRLEY
I’m feeling a bit like you were, at the moment . One of my four children is walking through a very difficult time of life and with her as a new mum and her living a world away I feel very drawn to God. I am praying that she will find the strength she needs.
As an only child, I always wanted to be part of a larger family. Both my parents have now died and Mother’s Day is difficult for me, as my mother died on Mother’s Day in 2009. My children (son and daughter) were raised believing in Jesus but now have made decisions that are in conflict with Christ’s teachings. Please pray for them (almost 20 and 23) to seek God and have the chains of sin unbroken. Thank you for opening up your heart and home to the public and showing us that your family is real.
Michelle….your devotion to The Lord and your sweet gentleness ALWAYS inspire me and I Praise God for you (and Jim Bob). Praying for all of you and THANKFUL to The Lord for how you have been such an example in so many lives, mine included. Bless you!
Thank you for this reminder, Michelle! I needed to hear it today!
Praise the Lord for your family and the godly principles you evoke on your tv program. I just want to encourage each of you as you continue living for Him. We know who holds our today’s and tomorrow’s and it is because of Him that we continue in our walk with Him. Remember that “our tomorrow’s are God’s yesterday!” He knows what is ahead for us and provides our needs.
Thank you so much for that blog. For five years now my family has been going through the hardest trial of our lives. And like you I have cried out weeping to my Savior! Each time I’m taken to James Chapter 1:2-6 (NKJV) My brethren, count it all JOY when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patients. But let patients have its PERFECT work, that you may be perfect, complete, lacking nothing, if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. The reason God keeps taking me there is to remind me where my JOY comes from! My joy comes from the Lord. I had made my joy about my children! Five years ago our second oldest was married. What joy we had that day watching our only princess get married. Little did we know it would become our biggest heartbreak. When they came home from the honeymoon our child walked out of our life. It nearly destroyed me until God reminded me of another verse. Matthew 10:37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. It took the loss of relationship with my child for me to find my true joy. It has had a profound effect on my husband and his faith in God for the BETTER! I love my husband and all 4 of my children but I’m not willing to sacrifice my salvation for them. As Mother’s Day and my birthday a few days later approaches I know I will have to cling to my JOY and remember His promises and pray my husband and sons find joy to replace their pain. If you could remember to say a prayer for us it would be greatly appreciated and like always I will pray for your family! God bless all of you!
Watching your family has given me a whole new perspective on children and honor for life. I pray for Josh every day. Lura.
Our pastor was run over by a farm tractor, a week in a half ago. I just received a call, from the prayer chain, that he is going to need a blood transfusion, and shoulder surgery. He has 12 broken ribs, and damage to his shoulder, among other things. I am really getting sad, about it. But, I am going to try praising GOD. Sometimes, we forget to do that at these times. Thank you for reminding us. I love you guys and your testimony. Thank you.
I’ve been there, feeling overwhelmed by lifes every day challenges that seem to get out of hand! Then you realize your not alone and need to ask God for guidance! He helps in ways you did think you needed but he’s the only one who knows what really matters ! God sees all and knows all! We just have to open our hearts and listen!!
Michelle, you are an inspiration to me. You really have a lot on your plate. The Lord says He will never give us more than what we can handle. You’re a very strong lady. I thought my plate was more than I could handle. I have MS. It gets really hard for me to deal with. The things I use to love to do, I can no longer do. I have to rely on others . If you can get through what God has given you, then I can too. I loved your show and when TLC cancelled it, I was angry, but God found another way for everybody to see you and your family. When God closes a door, He opens another door.
This was encouraging to me in that we all have those times where we feel burned out and need to lean on the Lord for strength. Especially when it comes to those things like laundry and dishes that never seem to go away!! They are so tedious, but they are a sign of the family that we have here to love and cherish. I’m encouraged, as a mom of two, to see in what ways I can be of service to moms who might be struggling in my church family and military community. 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing with us what is on your heart. I personally don’t have kids or husband, but I consider my Heavenly Father my husband no matter where I am. Praising the Lord everyday for all his answered prayers is very humbling. Just wanted to leave u a note, sharing that I’m praying for you and all of your family. I really look up to you and Jim Bob and it has been my dream ever since your show is to meet you one day, and I pray for that every day. My favourite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 Many blessings Crystal Harrison
Thank you for your wonderful blogs. Obviously I can’t relate as a mother, but can relate as a Christian who has been overwhelmed by life at times. What a great testimony of how God saw your need and blessed you just as you needed. It’s so wonderful to know we serve a God who is gracious even in the ordinary things of life. Blessings to you and your family, David
I remember reading this story in your book!! Since it is just my husband and I, I do not have a laundry problem!! Your family is such an inspiration. I miss you and Jim Bob on the new Counting On show, but I love getting to know the older kids. I hope the show will continue. I save all the shows to see again. I admit I’m a little envious of you. My only daughter lives in Michigan with her husband and my only 2 grandkids, and I in Texas. I know you are so proud of your children. I pray for Jill and Direck and Israel that the Lord will keep them safe.
My Auntand Uncle just went through a death of her 30 year old son in January. They are both Christians and thank goodness he is too. It was very hard for so long , but they kept trusting in the Lord for the tough time. I remember at the funeral , they both sang and laughed at the moments of great joy. I look up to them a lot since they have such strong faith in the Lord it brings tears of great joy. I know you both went through a loss of a child in the past , but this statement is also for every tear you cry. God is so powerful that he finds a way for us to laugh even in the hardest moments. I don’t know what it’s like to be a mom but I wAnt to be one day and maybe even adopt.
God truly loves us all the time even when we feel we’re the only one in the world and so overwhelmed with life that the tears have to flow. So wonderful God ent your help in great time of need!!! Love ya!!!
When God asks of us he does provide the means to His end. I also see as I age into my seventieth year of life, that where we fear the emptiness of our senior years, we can again count on the Lord to fill our time with opportunities to serve. We only need to ask. There are so many ways for we seniors to support and provide strength and encouragement to young women who are making courageous decisions to be a force for God’s love and for life in todays world. Lets keep busy ladies.
This is an area I really struggle. I am a stay at home mom with 4 kids (18 year old son, 8year old twin boys and a 20month old boy) I homeschool and can on a smaller scale relate to the overwhelming burden of life. My question to you is how do you know burden from load? We are to bare each others burdens but each one is to carry their own load right? In the times where I have accepted help, those that helped had an expectation for me to return the favor (I am already heavy laden with my own load and have no extra time to carry another’s) Thanks for your blog Michelle! Your insight is a blessing
I am 4 weeks away from having our 6th baby. This one was a huge surprise since I was on birth control. I know that feeling. I have locked myself in the bathroom just to have no kids hanging on me so I can sit and cry at times. I feel so inadequate for this job. I don’t homeschool but I have three in school at three different schools and 4 kids 22 months- just turned 8 plus one 13 year old. I deal with temper tantrums all the way to liking girls and setting phone use rules. It’s overwhelming. There are days I’ve cried into my friend’s answering machine saying I just suck at this! Sometimes I feel like everyone is disappointed in my lack of perfection whether it’s dirty fingernails on my son or being late somewhere…again. I am really learning to have to remind myself that it’s what God thinks that matters. Thank you for your encouraging words and being someone who understands.
Michelle, i absolutely love ur show. In fact I really love how u and Jim Bob raised 19 children. And from what I have been hearing u may have one bad apple. But I think in every family there is at least one problem child. But we as families get through those things. I really commend u and ur loving family. And now u have a number of grand kids. They do grow up fast. And if they has succeeded in their life u have done ur job. But anyway, I think u and ur family r very awesome. I kind of envy u.
Michelle you are a wonderful Godly mother and thank you for sharing and helping other mothers to stay close to the Lord
I am sitting here reading but had the urge to check my email. I saw your blog and I knew God gave it to me exactly at the right time. You are really an inspiration to me even though my child is grown. I do wish I could once again see your show back on air with the full family.
I read this in your book a few years ago and it has inspired me to do the same. When I feel like I am at the end of all of my rope and I’m still drowning in housework, wife and motherly duties, I have literally cried in hopelessness, “God you want me to praise you now, but I don’t know how. I am overwhelmed with pain and hurt and defeat. I don’t know what to say. I have to borrow your words because I have nothing to give to you on my own.” God has given me hope when I had none. Your strength and Anna’s strength in Christ has lifted me and encouraged me beyond words this last year. To see a sister share in this validated I’m not crazy. THANKS a million!
Thank you so much for sharing this moment in your life. You truely are an inspiration to me. God has blessed us with four children (3 boys aged 5,3&2 and a little girl 7 months old). I love them so much but some days this wife and mommy thing is just plain hard, even though it’s what I always dreamed of doing. Your godly example, particularly your patience and gentle tone of voice with your children, has encouraged me more than you will ever know! I hope someday I will get the chance to meet you in person! I have loved watching your kids grow up and I hope mine will be like them some day. We are praying for you and your family and for Josh and Anna. Thank you for shining your lights and for showing the world that we can never have too many children! They are all special and unique!
Thank you for the inspiring words. Your story reminded me of a situation, were god showed me his powers and love. My dad was in a situation (that is not for everybody to read) and he was seriously doing bad. So bad that i knew if i did not get help that he would die. I was at home, and out of the blue the door bell rang. I opened the door and his care giver, whom i had never seen before, stood before me. She told me that she found my adres at my dads place and heard a voice telling here to try and find me. Needless to say that i was so so thankful that god heard my prayers. Me and the care giver started a plan of what to do and to handle the situation. Thank you again for you story.
You are an inspiration, always been a fan, but the recent events have made me even more of a fan. Grace under fire, showing the Lord’s love when you are in the midst of a trial, turning the other cheek to the unkind comments. Thank you.
Well I only have 1 beautiful little girl and still there are days when I feel I can not get everything done! You are an inspiration to a lot of people. Trying to do everything by yourself gets overwhelming so your message came at the best time! Single military mom in college… The work is never ending! Thank you for posting your blogs. Wish the show was still on!
I never comment on things, but many things don’t really touch my heart in this way. From the moment I saw your family, my heart was touched in a way I never expected. I didn’t know it was possible for strangers to become so important to me. You have inspired me to be a better Christian, servant of the Lord, and mother. My life didn’t start off right and I did so many things that drew me away from our Father. Yet, he continued to bless me and provideâ€¦even though I didn’t know it. He patiently waited for me and guided me even though my actions and words told him I didn’t want him. I always wished I could have grew up in a home like yours. With love, God, and nurturing. Sometimes it still makes me sad that I didn’t, but I know there’s a greater reason for it. I’ve taken an incredible journey where many times, when things got really bad, I thought I could no longer go on, but by the grace of God, I did and have. I still struggle in many ways and still have quite the ways to go. Before I ramble on, I just want to thank you and your incredible family. Thank you for being the family I didn’t have. Thank you for spreading our fathers love. Thank you for reminding my soul to not be so hard, and that it’s ok to tear up at a great families love for each other. Thank you for reminding me that real love for all man kind and God does exist. Just thank you.
Loved reading this as so many things overwhelm and discourage me. Please pray for us in the midst of.our storm. Our God is so much bigger than anything here on this earth. I just have to keep reminding myself.
Thank you Michelle, I’m sure your sacrifice of praise was as precious to Him as anything could be, because our Lord loves ‘ real’ , He is so gracious and knows our hearts . Thank you for being ‘ real’. We love you and your precious family . Praying for you , God bless you all, Sue x
Michelle, Today is my birthday, I’m 45 and although this day should be happy, celebrating with my family, it’s not, I cried in the shower, my only moment alone, because I too am feeling overwhelmed, but for other reasons. I found myself apologizing to God for not trying harder. Maybe I should use your expieriance as an example and instead of allowing my pity party, I will praise our Father fir all the blessing I have. Thank you Michelle, God Bless
Dearest Michelle, Thank you so very much for lifting me up today. I absolutely love you and your heart for others truly inspires me. I am a teacher. I have been a single mother for 15 years now and I am so very tired. I am blessed with a daughter, aged 19, and a son, aged 17. I’m 53 years old and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which causes additional fatigue. I am thankful for the opportunity to share with you. I am so grateful for the opportunity to contact you. I could use your wisdom, prayers and sound advice. I truly need a positive prayer partner and hope that you are able to consider reaching out to me. May God continue to bless and keep you healthy and strong. I assure you that you are in my prayers. Happy Mother’s Day, in advance. Hugs through the tears, Marilyn.
I love to watch your family on TV. You display so much patience and love. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your life with the world. You have been a blessing to me.
Thank you for your encouragement, I enjoyed watching your family evolve in life. Your family hardships just show that you too are human. We make mistakes. God forgives us when we repent. If others don’t understand then I am not sure they are Christains. God Bless You and your family.
Hi Michelle, I started watching your T.V. programme a couple of years ago when we returned to N.Ireland as my family lived in Lanzarote Spain. I have been richly blessed through your stand for God and can understand how you felt as the daily chores can get overbearing no matter how many children we have. Thank you for your words of wisdom and comfort. God gives and brings special people into our lives just when we need them. Praying for you and your beautiful family God bless Fiona
Mrs. Duggar, I needed this today…My ex-husband walked out on my three sons and I back in 2009, for his dead cousin’s common-law wife. We had been married 18 years. We were living in Alaska. I am originally from Arkadelphia, Arkansas and although I had friends and loving church members, I was all alone… I threw a dart at a map and it landed in Tampa, Florida, so that’s where I drove to by myself with my oldest son, who had just turned 16, and my youngest son, who was then 9. (My middle son (14) decided to stay with his dad and new step). That was in 2012. Florida didn’t work out…so…here it is 2016. I’m a homeless, jobless, disabled vet and single mom. Never thought I would see myself in this situation. My Daddy passed away in 2010, but he told me my entire life…”God has never let you down or drown before…and He’s not going to start now! You just have to give it all to Him and not just bits and pieces…the GOOD AND the bad!” Thanks for the reminder…
I know how you feel Michelle even though I don’t have 19 kids I have 1cat I consider him my son as I don’t think I be having any kids anytime soon. I love to Adpoted a child maybe one day. But I learnt to pray to God enight thanking him for the day and prayers for others who don’t know him yet. I learnt that I can’t do everything on my own so I am glad I have God there to ask for help when I need him. May God Bless you and your Family. P.S Praying that Jill and Jessa counting on gets other seasons. I am also praying for your family and grandchildren.
Thank you Michelle for reminding me of this today. I feel so inadequate sometimes. When God guides, He provides ! Sometimes we have to wait to see Him provide and that is hard but it keeps me closer to Him. Praise Him and thank Him no matter what is going on I have been learning and practicing for 3 years now since my husband got cancer and died. It is so hard but I am not alone. Thanks again. Love your family, all of them. Tammy
Oh my. What encouragement and so needed. Whenever I think of being too tired with two littles of my own, I think about you and the 19. I have no room to complain and give it to the Lord. If you can do it, then so can I! God bless.
Dear Michelle…that is such a beautiful commentary…The Lord is so willing to listen and help us if we just give him our burdens… I do many times on my knees and then I take them back again but the Lord understandsand always is faithful even when I’m not!!
Hi, Michelle . Thank you, for sharing this. Yesterday I was suppose to have an MRI done on my lower back, I was given a Valium to help, take away the panic, Didn’t work. I had an MRI done that summer, so I knew I would have a very hard time. Anxiety, and being clostrifobic, do not go very well with MRIs. So I started panicking as soon as I was placed inside. I was trying to remember the words to some of my favorite Christian songs, Just Be Held, Breathe, that did not help.Today I am feeling very down about the whole thing, and life in general. I don’t know how to get out of this depression I am feeling. I Love watching your show, and now the new one Even tho, your family and you and Jim Bob, have been through a lot, you still are inspiring people around the globe. God Bless you, and all of your family.
You are such an inspiration, thank you for sharing your post! Lots of Love and prayers…. God Bless you and your beautiful family!
Thank you for your lessons and guidance, I have struggled with being a Christian wife of a husband who did not lead our family, and now is slowly praying and Turing his life and will over to God. I pray to have a loving relationship, a d that my husband truely surrenders to God.
Dear Michelle, thanks so much for this post! You and Jim Bob are younger than me in physical years but spiritually you both are far more mature than many of us who are the same age or older. I miss the show (19 kids and counting). I can’t believe they would cancel your show and keep some of the other shows which morally cross the line. But I am enjoying Counting On. Your children are beautiful and they have servant’s hearts. They are an inspiration to all of us, especially to the young people. We desperately need good examples. I will continue to pray God’s protection over all of you. God bless you richly.
Love to watch your show and the all the family….I love it when you write it is a real blessing for me the tv show real helps me to I never miss it and miss it when it doesn’t come any more..God Bless the whole wonderful family
Dear Michelle. I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed watching your family through the years. I am one of 15 children so I can totally relate. I would call us the original Duggar family but really we were more like the Walton’s & the Brady’s(I looked like Cindy). We even had a giant picnic table(like the Walton’s) My mom was so sweet & patient (like you) but she often reminded me of Lucy (Ball) & she was funny too. My dad is still living & he always reminded me of Ronald Reagan & Andy Griffith. I am so impressed at how clean & organized you house is. I have 2 children now & I think your house might be cleaner than mine!. Even if your house was a mess, you & I know that is not as important as raising healthy, happy children who know & love God. Thank you for the wonderful example to all the mothers out there who share the same struggles. God Bless!! Jeannie-from Illinois
Michelle, I may not be a mother, but I felt your deep and never-ending burden. But how God answered you was better than you could imagine. My burden may not be mother related, but neverthe less it is overwhelming — a diifficult patch in my life for the last, plus, year. I see no end; I fell trapped. But your message, through the Lord, ignited something in me, a sense of praise. Instead of looking at the problem, I now am looking to the Lord. Thank you for sharing; it’s a turning point in other lives, as well as it was for you. For me, I was on a downward spiral; not anymore, thanks to the Lord and you sharing, I’ve turned my focus off the problem and on to the Lord. Thank you for being vunlerable and sharing. Your message was timely. It couldn’t have been more timely/in season.
I wish I had 1/4 of your strength and energy. You and your family inspire me when I watch your shows. I have told my husband you all are the kind of people I need in my life.
You are speaking to my heart. I’ve been drowning lately in life. It’s amazing how quickly life can pile up on us. Although I wouldn’t trade these moments for the world, an entire day of relaxation sounds AMAZING.
Thank you for your message. It’s a great reminder that our Lord does provide. It is easily forgotten when we’re feeling overwhelmed. But praise God for His mercy, He gently reminds us who is on the Throne.
Michelle, I miss you and your WHOLE family every day. I am so sad all of you had to go through such trials, tribulations, judgments, etc. I have always admired, respected you and your husband and still do. I know you have raised your family in the way where the children DO know the right from wrong. I hope the TLC or even the UP stations will bring you back. Yes, your girls and others are on TLC but, it is not the same. God bless you and your husband. Always, JOY Elkview, WV [email protected]
Michelle, through your shows here in the Uk I have began to regain my faith. I have one grown up son whom I love beyond life itself. I watch your shows in awe, and see your faith stay strong no matter what life throws at you. I hope one day to have your faith.
Thank you, Michelle for your testimony to all people with your family and your faith.. Having your show on t.v. All these years has been a blessing to me and a conformation about my own walk in faith. Also, love Counting On with Jessa and the others. May Gid continue to bless you and your family. Love in Christ Donna
What an inspiration! God Always meet us at the point of our needs..He is always by our side all we have to do is ask there’s nothing too hard for Him! Stay encouraged!!
Hi Michelle- Thank you for your always kind and encouraging words. As a single mom I always look forward to hearing and reading what you have to say. It seems I need to hear your encouragement more and more often these days. This world is a hard place. Sincerely, Tracey Snodgrass
Michelle, This testimony couldn’t have come at a better time for me. As I was checking my email for the first time today, I got one from you. I often feel like there’s not enough of me to go around and that leaves me feeling so guilty. I have four children and the youngest two are seven and six. My seven year old son Gary has special needs and my six year old Lilli, seems to never be satisfied with the time and attention that I give her even though I feel like I spend more time with her because she demands it so much more than Gary. I started watching your show years ago and found it to be so inspiring that I even began homeschooling them. I ended up sending them both back this past October because again I felt I wasn’t teaching them everything they should be learning and mostly because of the fact that I couldn’t get lilli to sit and do her work or let me sit with Gary one on one to do his work. My older kids are grown and moved out and do not help with the younger kids. I don’t have much support other than financial from dad, which is very important, but I feel I am raising the two younger kids alone. We all watch Jill and Jessa now but I sure miss watching your show with my younger kids for encouragement, inspiration, and moral guides that I would like for them to see in addition to me teaching them. I hope the show will return soon. Thank you for all you do. Joy
Hi Michelle, I loved your blog, 3 months ago to the day today my father passed unexpectedly. My mom and I have been praising God in this storm as the song by Casting Crows. “I’ll Praise you in this Storm”. I also think of the book of Job, no matter what happened in his life he refused to say anything bad about God, what about Daniel in the Lions den. He prayed and gave glory to God and our Lord saved him. So I’m glad that you can find solace in the Lord. God Bless You today.
Thank you for being yourself and sharing your challenges as a Mom. We all face similar challenges and it is great to know that we are not alone. God is Great All of the time ! You are an Inspiration to me !
I love you Michelle. I’m so sorry your family is having such a hard time. All families have troubles of some sort. God carries us through them. I pray daily for your wonderful family and I love you all. I miss you on TV but I love Counting On. God bless all of you. Love, Nora
YOUR LOVE FOR GOD MICHELLE IS POWERFUL AND AWESOME..THANK-YOU FOR THIS STORY AS IT REMINDS ME TO LOCK MYSELF IN A CLOSET AND AND PRAY BETWEEN HE AND I -LETTING HIM KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE HIM, AND THANK HIM FOR ALL I HAVE!!
Thanks for your inspirational and thoughtful messages. God truly does reach us in many ways and I’m not sure where I would be today without Him guiding my steps, thoughts, words and deeds. I appreciate the gift you and your family offer and the sharing of His words. I pray God wraps His loving arms around you and your family and grants you peace. In God’s love and service – always Deb
Michelle; Thank you so much for sharing your story. Here I am a 45 year old woman and here lately I gets so overwhelmed because all responsibility is on me. What I mean by all responsibility is my husband isn’t working due to he had to quit his job for a DUI. I have been struggling to keep the bills going and it’s hard. One day I asked God why was I going through this and it’s like my husband doesn’t care that I have to over draft my bank account just to cover a bill. I use to always talk about what I was going through when I had to learn to pray about it instead of talking about it. Talking about it seemed to help me from really telling my husband off. But praying and talking to God is the best way to be. Stay Blessed Michelle. Much love to you and your family.
Feeling it hard right as this moment but just as you showed us it’s the perfect time. I have a disease called fibromyalgia. For me it has changed my life, but there are some days when the pain is so unbearable. Despite all of my meds I can’t move, walk, just cry. You have reminded me what I need to do. Thank you
Thank you Michelle. I so appreciate your words of encouragement. I am so grateful that you allowed cameras into your home so many years ago. I first found your show when my oldest son was just weeks old. He is now six. I have been so grateful that the Lord helped me find your family in the beginning of my parenting years. I had wonderful parents who valued family, but lacked in their ability to teach children well. Your example has had so much influence on my ability to word things well to my two sons. I also appreciate your gift of explaining Christian standards in such a humble yet firm and clear way. I have learned so much from you and your wonderful daughters. Thank you so much for continuing to share and allow the Lord to work through you. I pray he will continue to bless your family. Much love. Kim
Great word. It’s hard to praise Him when you are down, but you are so right. When we begin to praise Him, He gets back to His rightful place, at the head of our situation. I get that way sometimes too, and I only have my 2 grand babies to care for.
I so enjoyed visiting with your family by way of television. I really felt part of this wonderful Christian family who is not ashamed of Gods Word . You are a wonderful testimony. All Gods children go through trials and your family members is no different. Instead of always trying to tear som down they should pray for them. The devil is always there to tempt the weak. Thank you for your wonderful testimony. God bless you. God is good
Michelle, It’s so wonderful how God sends us a message to sooth our troubled spirits. Your message today was needed so badly. I am scheduled for spine surgery on May 9. The doctor can’t promise anything (I have 4 bulging discs, 2 burst discs and torn nerves (including the siatic nerve). I have been in such pain and really feeling sorry for myself. Your sweet message (though not pertaining to upcoming surgeries) was just what I needed to wake me up and kick me off me pity pot. You and your family are such blessings to me. Y’all are in my prayers daily (and Josh too). Please say a prayer for my upcoming surgery. (I’m a 65 year old baby when it comes to this). May God be praised. God bless you and yours (especially Jill, Derek and Izzy).
Dear Michelle, I want to write you and trust it will reach you and encourage you. I would love to share with you the full story but in a but shell: through simular struggles I share with you in some ways… My road has not been easy either. Only a firm reliance on the Lord have I made it through at all. I have a few different versions of the Bible… I have a favorite for different scriptures…but in Psalms 18 in the Amplified it is very special at verse 14. -first part- I encourage you to read it in your regular or favorite version, yet look at( Bible Gateway possibly) for the way this reads. “The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble … HE encouraged me greatly… I am not weak but strong indeed…HE has sustained me!!! His still small voice has spoken that to me 38th living encouragement and I pray also to you and all your family. With HIS mighty love, Sarasota FL sister in Christ, Linda Salzman. 941-962-9293. 1839 Sanford Circle, Sarasota Florida 34234
Bless you dear one. Thank you for sharing your life. I am not a mother but I love watching your show. I always wanted a big family ever since I was young. I was raised to be a mother but it never happened for us. The hardest most devastating thing in my life. I love watching your family interact with each other. It is so sweet. Well what really made me want to write was your encouraging word on God’s provision. I love Jesus so much. He is my provider. I care for my 68 year old husband who has been slowly losing muscle strength, coordination and balance for the last 30 years. It has been hard to watch. I love him so much. 3months I too cried out in the night and God heard my prayer and sent our niece to come help. What an incredible blessing she is. She is gong to take us to Tenneessee next month so Paul can see his brother who has the same condition he has. I know she can’t stay forever but this has given me hope to know my Heavenly Father hears and cared and answers. He will not forsake us!!!
Thank you for the encouraging words and the reminder to praise God even in the storms of life. The Lord has placed me in a situation in life for the past year and a half where i have to completely rely on his comfort and provision. I never cease to be amazed at how he has sustained and provided. It has actually been an awesome opportunity to draw near to Him, trust, and praise!
Dear Michelle, I hope you know that the prayers of many in this nation are lifted up for you and your precious family. You are a beacon in our society. I am so sorry for the heartbreak you have all suffered. As one who has lived some suffering…(husband died of cancer 4 years ago and now I am raising our four kids alone… they were 6,8,10 and 12 when he went to be with the Lord). Suffering for us has brought a painfully beautiful fruit in our family. My kids cling to Jesus, know who to pray and battle against Satan’s schemes and have developed mercy and grace for others who suffer. I keep hearing the Lord say that it’s gonna be worth it all. Strength and peace to you dear sister. Sincerely, Gabriela
Dear Michelle, First of all, I am very upset that You aren’t on TLC as a whole family. I have watched you all every week. It’s great to see the older girls and their lives now. I know what it is to have a large family. We stop at 10 and they are Yours, Mine, and Ours. I’ve had a few situations that Our children did that went totally against the way they were brought up. I feel so bad for everything Your whole family suffered, public, and private. It only takes something negative to ruin so much and then you live with the repercussion. I as a mom can just feel your pain. You will always be a special family to me. I love to see Your updates and the Girls show. Love You with the same love of God. Blessings, Nancy
Thank you so much for your inspiration!! I have 3 daughters and things get so overwhelming with school, work, housework, and church, along with looking for a house to rent and another car for our family. My fiancÃ© helps me every way he can, and if it wasn’t for God bringing us together, I don’t know what I would do. We plan on getting married soon and want things to fall in place. Someone once told me that it is hard to wait on the Lord but He always comes on time! I’ve learned to praise Him through the good and the bad, because after losing our son, I was scared we would make it, but thank God we did!!
Thank you for sharing this today. I really needed it. I am literally looking at a mountain of laundry in my kitchen (our washer and dryer are in there). I’m feeling very overwhelmed at this moment. We are having my in-laws over for bible study and dinner tonight, so I’m also trying to cook. I had to take a moment and sit by myself before I had a minor meltdown. I work full time so I don’t get to tend to my home like I want to. Saturday’s are my catch up day and there are times I feel like I’m drowning. I pray that God recalls this blog and these scriptures to my mind when I begin to feel overwhelmed by all the tasks that require my attention. You are such and encouragement to me.
Michelle Beautifully said hope you all are well & healing Mom to mom i know the exact pain & love you have for josh. Im in your boat, God will heal these young men of ours, they are good people.
Thank you! Just to hear someone else with the same struggles share comforts my heart. Beautiful post about our vocation of motherhood.
Michelle, your note to mothers was such an encouragement to me today. Although my children are grown and gone and the piles of laundry are just a memory, I long for the days of chaotic activity! I find myself crying out to God asking Him to fill the lonely spot in my momma’s heart and at the same time, praising Him for my 3 beautiful, grown up children. Quiet is very loud in a child free zone!!!
Your message thru your letter Michelle is the main reason I continue to pray that the Lord will bring you and Jim Bob back on television with the kids. For oh how we need bold and wise Christians who have gone through the fire. The kids will get there through their own trials and testings, and in time they too will have the knowledge and understanding, but in these dark and troubled days, you and Jim Bob are missed in such a deep way. Especially the family Bible time each night on 19 Kids and counting, the parental spiritual counseling that was always spoken, the wisdom you, Jim Bob and Grandma Duggar displayed, oh how our country needs that! I love seeing the kids still……………..but I just miss you. I want to be one of the first to wish you and Grandma Duggar the most blessed Mother’s Day of all, and to “Thank You both” for shining His light all of these years. To God be the glory
Oh thank you for sharing.. We serve an awesome God!
You and yours inspire me and have for many years ! Your family inspired me greatly when Josie was born at 24 weeks.As a retired NICU nurse I understood her odds and watched with pure admiration as each of you gave her everything she needed (besides the technology )to survive,And to this day I love when the camera offers a brief glance of this precious little child. But I also have been so inspired by the manner in which all of you have journeyed along with your firstborn son, Joshua ,with honesty.courage, and a refusal to abandon.We can all learn from you ….perhaps see vicariously that all things are possible with Our Lord and Saviour.My 70 yrs of life have taught me as well that when I most needed help and asked for it….I was most deeply blessed. .
Thank you for the words of encouragement. You have always been a blessing to watch on TV. Me and my husband are older now raising our 14 year old grand daughter. Our daughter passed away 3 years ago. So life can be challenging at times, but we are truly blessed by our Great Lord in Heaven.
i am from canada i am so glad that god helped you and i know he will be with always god bless to your whole family.
Thank you for the email. I too feel so overwhelmed sometimes and need to remember that I show always be thankful of God’s blessings and continue to praise him in good times and in bad. 🙂
The Lord gives you what you need, when you need it. This encouraged me today. It is my anniversary though in the middle of a marital crisis, I am closer than ever to God and he is being so gentle with me. With this email that I opened from Michelle Duggar, I praise him and feel the blessing of encouragement to endure with all JOY. Thank you!
Thank You Michelle for the reminder. Have a Blessed day.
Hi Michelle You are wonderful God bless you. Our Lord cares for us and he provides.
Thank you Michelle. Your example has guided me in my parenting and I am so glad I came across your show when my kids were little. It’s wonderful to hear your voice through your blog entries. A gift. With thanks.
Thank you for sharing your heart. I have faithfully watched your shows over the years. They have really encouraged me as a single woman. Your example of living the Bible by His grace, depending on Him, and investing in His Word and prayer are priceless. God bless you all.
Michelle, I don’t have children but I care for my elderly parents. Some times I feel overwhelmed with all there is to do…housework, cooking, laundry, trips to the doctor, shopping……that I forget how big my God truly is. He reminds now and again, as He did last night, that if I put Him first and ask for His help, He will provide.
I understand what you mean. I lost my husband a smidge over four years ago. Within months, our dog died and from numerous issues, I went on medical leave eventually retiring on disability. I am finally ready to start a new chapter, not healed but healing…
Thank you for your Willingness to share your love of our Lord I sent this post to my daughter as she loves Him too and struggles at times
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Everyday I feel overwhelmed and I isolate myself, thinking it will help. You went on with your day to day things and you found someone that helped you out. Thank you I appreciate you.
I am not a mother but I go through things in my life that tries to pull me down.spmetimes I go through things at work that seem impossible.i had my sewer line plugged up.i had a lake of water in my basement.i spike to that sewer line before and God unplugged it for me because I stood in faith and there is nothing impossible with God.now I was trusting Him again.i am supposed to rust Him at all times not just in the good times but also in the bad.it was about three days and I still had water in my basement but I seen my neighbor had a plumber art her house and when seen he was gone the Holy Spirit told me to look in the basement and all the water was gone.i was so upset that I didn’t keep my faith in this situation.i had to repent.we will get through all these things through His strength. Bless your whole family I really miss your show it was one of my favorites.love you all a dear friend in christ.
Michelle I’m a senior from Canada & have watched your beautiful family grow from the very first. I miss you & Jim Bob & pray your family will survive a situation that should never have been allowed to be taken over by the media! There are children involved here. Innocent children who never should have had to be subjected to such scrutiny. I’m so very very sorry. Hugs
Hi Michelle- First of all thank you so much for this post. I really understand how the grace of God can touch our lives especially when we need him the most. My husband suffered from addiction for years until God touched his life and he was literally cured of the mental obsession that comes from being an addict. He has a blog called “The Privileged Addict” where he speaks about how spiritual action is the only way to become closer to God…reading this post reminds me of the miracles God brings to us and sometimes its the smallest moments that teach us the most and make us understand who is really in charge. If you get a chance please check out my husbands blog…I think you would really enjoy it and maybe it would be of help to your family in some way. I know he my husband has touched many lives and helped many people. With warm regards- Isabelle
Michelle, thank you for being such a wonderful example and encouragement to me. in the good times and the hard times of your lives. From the oldest of you to the youngest, you have showed me how to be a kinder person, to think of others first, to be forgiving, so many things. love all your family. God bless you.
I miss you and Jim Bob, Michelle. I’m watching the new show with the girls but I so miss the family, AND your precious son. I’ve prayed for he and his wife so much. I “know” the Lord will use this mightily as a testimony of His Faithfulness. You and your husband are wonderful parents, and it shows in the children! Thank you for writing this; it blesses me so much! Please write more! XOXO
Hey Michelle! Thank you for sharing this story of God’s faithfulness! Although my little birds have left the nest I find myself, AGAIN, in a place similar to that place you (and I) were with laundry and children and I am amazed at the timing of God’s reminder through Michelle Duggar!! He is ENOUGH! We love the Duggars! GOD BLESS YOU, Michelle!
Dearest Michelle, Your family is so special and one-of-a-kind, and though your lives have been turned upside down in the past year, the faithfulness and trust you’ve placed in the Lord through it all has glorified Him greatly! I will continued to pray for you and your family. Thank you for the Christ-Like example that gives others hope, Blessings, Sherry Burgess Clendaniel
Dear Michelle, I’m not a mother myself but I really loved this. Would love to meet you and your family some day. Just praying God will help me get through each day. I pray TLC will continue airing your family. It’s been a blessing. I’v looked forward to the show every week. I grew up on the Mission field, so seeing the Mexico trip was such a treat . I truly believe my future is on the Mission field. May God Bless you Michelle and your family. In Christ, Maria
Michelle and Jim Bob, From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your lives with us. I have learned so much from you. When I started watching your show a few years ago, you inspired me to follow what God was calling me to, not to follow the world. 4 months ago we had our seventh baby and have just made the decision to home school our children in order to make God number one in our children’s lives as much as He is number one in ours. You have taught me so much patience, gentleness, and most of all how fulfilling it is to let God have control of our life. I truly hope we can see more of the both of you in the context we used to be able to see on tv. Your whole family is so incredibly inspiring!! We pray God will continue to shower you and your family with many deserving blessings. 🙂 Karen
Grateful that you shared this story today. A beautiful reminder that He is looking out for us even when we feel alone, all we have to do is look to Him and He will bless us even more. Thank you for sharing your testimony and your family. Love love love!
Dear Michille, I can completely understand your feelings of being overwhelmed and moreorless helpless with the tasks involved in raising so many children. My husband and I, as new Christians, early in our marriage, exploring together just how far were we willing to go when it came to honoring the words in the Lord’s Prayer “Thy WILL BE DONE ….”. We felt the Lord’s leading to give our bodies over to Him to use as He wanted, no matter what. This was the beginning. It was easy then … 1952 … and our first child was born the next year. But, years went by, and by the time we had been married 15 years, we repeated our vows and the corsage I wore had 10 baby mums on it … one for each child we had been blessed with in those 15 years. Yes, we heard every “joke”, all the “advice”, the questions, even the worries of our parents … “how can you ever afford to take care of this many children?” and “Honey, we worry so much about your health and what being pregnant ‘all the time’ is doing to your body!” … We heard them all. However, God in His Infinite Goodness, blessed us with His Grace and we kept on … finally winding up with twelve children in all. I am 81 years old now, and my darling husband is 83. We are blessed with 35 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. God has given us the gifts of some loving children, devoted to our Lord, and we give Him praise every day of our lives. So, again, perhaps we did sow our tears while our children were growing up, but God is Good … and He has blessed us with the sheaves of a loving family, brought up in the Love of Him!
Praise God! This message is right on time. I Than God for your mnistry! I lovd your show and I’m watching your beautiful daughterson their new show. I’m praying for you and your family.
Praise God! This message is right on time. I Thank God for your mnistry! I loved your show and I’m watching your beautiful daughters on their new show. I’m praying for you and your family.
I know you hear this frequently, but thank you for your openness and for your willingness to share God’s Word with others. Your entire family is a blessing to society, even to those who attack and persecute y’all.
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From a Mom who has had to return to work outside the home after more than 20 yrs……Thank You! It’s been rough but I know God is greater…just needed some encouragement.
Funny, we only have 8 kids (I can only say that to you!, most others, that’s a lot!) But I’m amazed you don’t have a LOT of little helpers!? Praise has an amazing effect on me. It’s as if, like a waterfall, all the hours needs just fall off. They may still exist, but the effects of them, are no more. It’s awesome to praise Him, right in the midst of a storm. After all, we need to be walking on the water.
Thank you for your inspiration! I’m enjoying your girls show Counting On!
That’s so true Michelle God has also taught me to praise him when life is tough. I so miss your programmes and can empathize with issues with children as one of our daughters has caused us endless heartbreak. … We in UK and have not seen the new programmes counting on TLC
You are a huge inspiration to me, Michelle. You have a truly wonderful family. My continued prayers for all of you. God bless your family. Marilyn Kaufman
Michelle, we were only blessed with one adopted son who we cherish with all our heart. It seems too empty in our house since he moved out so many years ago and was never blessed with any grandchildren so I don’t really know your situation but we all have different hurdles; as mothers not baring children or illness and other events. My mother at 96 when she passed told me often as I was going through illness that it was okay to yell to God as He has big shoulders and would carry my burdens. And He does and He did. There is a saying that we all need to remember. ‘If we threw all our troubles into a pile, we most likely would take our own back in a minute.’ Blessing to all of you. “In the Valley’s is where we grow so we can shout it from the mountain tops.” Noelle
What a great story I will not forget. I’ve learned our God is a giving God. Thanks for reminding me to keep my faith.
Wow! That’s an incredible story of God hearing your cry and meeting your need. Everybody needs a laundry angel…especially with a family your size! Rejoicing for and with you!!!
Michelle I think you have done a marvelous job with your children and still are. None of us is perfect. We just have to keep trying. We need God to help us get through our trials and tribulations. We just have to ask Him. A lot of times our children do things they shouldn’t and so do we even though we are trying to do the best we can. We are not perfect. Jesus wants us to love one another as he has loved us. Take care, Marlene D.
I too have had a couple of weeks where I felt so out of sorts because of a bad cough, i felt it was bad enough to go see the Doctor . I have been alone since Dec. 2013 . And when you are alone you can panic . I am 81 years old .Was my husbands caregiver for the last 10 years of his life . And I really loved looking after him. When the Lord put us together ,in the vows it was, “In sickness and in health” And I honoured that. Any way yesterday I told the Lord(which He already knew ) that I had enough of this being tired because of this cough! I said You have to touch me. And an hour later I was Myself and better! Doing many things with even more energy than before. He hears when we call out to Him! THANK YOU LORD!
God bless you Michelle for still reaching out to us mother’s who need encouragement even during your time of trial. I have loved watching Counting On and seeing how your godly and beautiful older children are being strengthened by the Lord during this time. I pray that they continue the show. There needs to be more encouraging television out there. I pray for you all as you are walking a new path with Josh out of the place he was receiving every day help. My daughters (4) are not so little anymore (24,19,18,15) but I’m still encouraged by what you shared. God just wants all of us. Not little parts of us when we have time. When we surrender and do things His way, He guides and provides (and sometimes even if we don’t surrender fully!!) Blessings on your whole family.
I’ve watched your show from the beginning. I admire you so much. The patience and love you have for your children is so precious. I pray each day to be like you. My mom was the same way and such a loving Christian woman. I lost her to breast cancer years ago. I sometimes see her through you if that makes sense. Thank you for sharing your family with us all these years. I miss the show so much and wish you could return to television. You have been a blessing to millions of people and your public walk with Christ is an inspiration to so many!
I know exactly how you feel. God is there for us no matter what the circumstances are, and when we see that, there is no bound to what he will do for us. May 10th will be the 3 year anniversary of when my husband passed, so I try to think positive and be grateful for what I have and not at what I have lost. Please feel free to contact me if you ever just need to talk. 785-883-2966. i’m home on the weekends. Take care, hugs, and God Bless!
hi michelle, i loved your show, always have, im sorry for what you have been goin thru with josh, you dont deserve all the backlash from people. our country is in such turmoil now, we need to rely on jesus more than ever,keep the faith, god bless you all donna
Michelle, I so understand so much. I’m 60 yrs young. I recently was crying out to God about my hearing loss. I was hurting my marriage, and conversations in all areas of my life. I told God that we couldn’t afford hearing aids, to please help me…. Within three days a widow neighbor gave me her husbands hearing aids and Miracle Ear in Muskogee, OK. Re- Programmed them at no cost to me. Praise The Lord !!!
Michelle, I love your story, your spirit and your faith! I truly miss watching you and Jim Bob and the children. I wish we could see the whole family loving and interacting again. What a loss for us! God bless you all.
You are an inspiration, Michelle. Thank you for reminding me to be thankful, even when times are tough.
I LOVED watching your show, and truly miss it. I admired the way in which you have raised your family, and what family doesn’t have a few flaws. Let them casts the first stone. I only have 5 children, including a set of twins, so I can only partly understand your life, but you are TRULY AN INSPIRATION. God Bless You ALL always.
You and your family are a blessing to me. Thank you for your faithfulness even though things were rough you kept the name of God raised up. Blessings
My mom, who WANTED and HAD 12 kids, used to always pray to St. Jude when feeling as you did….and I knew a wise old nun who used to pray “Lord, calm my ship,” referring to Jesus calming the waters. My prayers are with you. We had 6 boys and 6 girls, and two of the boys were born gay, and my mom loved them as she loved all of us. I sure wish you could find it in your heart to accept the fact that God created gay folks with as much love as he created the rest of us! (God doesn’t make mistakes, my Mom used to say.) I love your daughter’s show, and respect the wisdom with which they handled the “scandal” involving Josh. Keep the faith.
Michelle, Thank you for such an uplifting message! I have not been blessed with children; but I still get overwhelmed with everyday chores that seem to need to be done so often and are usually things that we don’t get thanked for doing. But, even if we don’t get thanked for them every time we do them, God sees us ‘doing for’ our family; and I am sure that your family appreciates having clean clothes when they need them even if they don’t say it all the time. My husband and I miss your show terribly. You were an inspiration for us. TV has so little on it that is inspiring. I am sorry that we can’t get the girls’ show on TLC – we’re on a fixed budget now and no longer can afford it; but we wish the show much success. God bless you and all the family! Love from Pam and John in Oregon.
Michelle, I have enjoyed watching your show for a long time. I have (only 8 kids), lol and 3 miscaarriages. I enjoyed raising my children. So many times I ended up in prayer to God. I asked him how I could do all that I had to do I always got answers, yet in ways I would never imagine. First, I would like to say, I do not believe in coincidences!!!! Second, I truly have learned, by experiences such as you just described. and I have had soooo many, tht they are TENDER MERCIES sent to me, to help me to make it through. Now, when someone says that they are so sorry I have had to go through so many terrible things, I thank tem, and said “You know what? For every one of those trials, I have received twicce as many miracles, and tender mercies, and so many people have come in to my life, that I would have never known” I know there will ne a day when thos comes to an end, but I also know, there are many things we need to help us to be prepared, to meet the Savior, and our loved ones again. We must put forth our effort. I have learned to enjoy helping others more too. God bless you!!!!!!! You are an angel mom! Now I have 18 grandchildren!!
Dear Michelle, You are such a blessing to see how you interact with your husband and children..One thing I have found out as I get older our bodies don’t have the energy we did when we where much younger.I pray for you and Jim Bob and ask the Lord to continue Hid blessings o your lives..Your family is a great example of what Jesus wants in our world..We need more shows like your’s and The Bates…Continued prayers are sending up to Heaven for you all…
Michelle, We all know Josh was not who you thought you raised. What would you and your husband do if and when another of your children rebels against the strict system of your family? The odds are at least one will do so!
I do feel the pain and I have done just that, praise be to God in our times of struggle. I love you as a sister in Christ Jesus our Lord. May God bless you continually Julie barber
I am so Happy you and the family are doing better,, we all have to remember to Thank God even when things are going well,, we can never forget Him!! I love you and your family and Thank God you are making a statement to the world!!! and Love your children and they are a great Testament!! I have always wished you were my neighbor and my BFF’s you are a wonderful roll model!.. Thank you for Sharing xoxoxo Donna a friend always,,,
Michelle, this is so very well timed. I’ve read this story several times already, but today it really hit home. With a disabled husband, 4 boys 7 and under and not great health myself, my house is in shambles. I desperately need HIM, and I need to praise HIM more in the hard times, because HE is faithful.
Thank you for your testimony. Having joy in the Lord is what I am working on myself!
I have been a loyal fan for years…I have laughed, cried, and praised God for your family. I am so glad there is a connection again. God is good and gets us thru good and bad..we are mere humans..but we are Loved. You story was important and timely in my life. I needed some peace just this week…and KNEW FOR SURE, I would get thru it…God has never let me down..He was there for me even when I felt too insignificant to think I was worth it. God has really shown out in my life in the last year, and has restored all I had lost. Prayers to your family from Tuscaloosa, Al.
I love how you encourage people to love the Lord. You and your family is real and people need to realize that no one is perfect.
Oh Michelle I forgot to tell you we live 1 mile from my daughter and her family so we get to see 3 of our grandchildren almost daily and get to share in their lives,, as you do. The Grandchildren too love to watch and enjoy your program and have learned so much from you and the kids!! hugs,, God Bless.. Please don’t listen to the new sayers… they have no Idea how much good you have done… Only God Knows what is in our hearts!!! Love you
Yes you have a right to be tired, overwhelmed, and crying. You are worn out, exhausted and need sleep. You do SO much for other people. You now need to remember to take time for YOU. God has blessed you with so many children and there is always so much to do. But you are His precious, beloved child and He will continue to raise up your weariness, sustain you when you most need it, and all you have to do is ask Him 🙂 Always remember to give thanks to Him for His generous gifts and blessings, even when you are so weary and tired. Michelle, you have so much to be thankful for. HE has given you an abundance of treasures, gifts and miracles every waking day you breathe on this earth. Blessings and hugs to my strong, beautiful, God fearing sister in Christ 🙂
You will never know how much this meant to me. My husband is gravely ill and will not be with me much longer. Between Dr. visits and hospitals and all the work around the house and yard I feel just like sitting down and crying my work load has more than doubled . This came at the right time I can’t thank you enough. Bless you and your lovely family.
Love this, Michelle! We must praise Him always in all things, even when it’s hard. My husband is not saved yet and drinks to excess. There are times when being a 1 Peter 3 wife is SO hard, but God is faithful and carries the burdens I can’t IF I give them to Him! God bless you and your family! Prayers appreciated!
God sent us an angel also, you and your family. You left a legacy of video’s for us to reflect on with not only parental guidance, but how God in your life can bring purpose and happiness to a family’s life. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us world wide! With Love in my Heart from Virginia, Cindy
Thank you for sharing this! It will stay with me from now on. It is easy to forget to praise God in difficult times and is nice to know this from now on! Thank you and I hope all is well with you and your family!
Loved readying the blog, God always provides
Dear Michelle, I’ve always wondered how your family could accomplish laundry and now I know!
Thank you for the wonderful reminder of GOD’s great love. We love your beautiful examples of how we are to walk through tragedies. Your family continue to inspire me. Loved watching the family meet up with Jill and her precious family.
Thank you for your testimony. I’m in a hard time in my life. This testimony has lifted me up.
Hi Michelle I have so enjoyed watching you and your family through the years! I admire and respect how you have stood strong and declared the Christian values you hold to. My family and I are Christians and we have experienced God’s provision during many difficult times in our lives. I know your family is going through a very difficult time right now and I want you to know that I still have a great deal of respect and admiration for your family. One person’s poor choices do not negate what the family as a whole have stood for and continue to stand for. It’s unfortunate that you have had to endure the media storm but it’s awesome how you have stayed strong as a family. God bless you all. Kelly Roblin
I watched your TV show from the very first year, I miss all of you, was so fun to watch your family grow up. The girls show brings me up on what’s going on, but miss all of you together. You have been a inspiration for me and my family, I pray for you and your family, thank you for putting our Lord and Savior first.
Thank you for sharing your heart. We all have been there. Love that God continues to love us beyond measure. We miss you guys so much. You are family to many of us that may never meet you this side of glory. Asking the Lord to watch over you and your family. Lots of Blessings.
I love watching your show. God did not bless me with children and sometimes I have a hard time with that,especially on Mother’s Day. I am now in my late 60’s and my mother has already passed away and with our Savior,so that makes Mother’s Day even harder,not to have her. I know I will see her again one day. God did bless me with getting to work at an Early Childhood program for 23 years. I loved being with the children from 3 mos. through Pre-K. They helped fill my void,for which I am thankful. I pray that God will continue to be with your family. I know that you have gone through a difficult time,too. Thank you for your faithfulness to God.
I love that story. Even as a teenager tons of things in my life seem insurmountable. I appreciate your testimony of God’s provision! I am always so encouraged by watching your family!
Judy Preston Michelle, I admire you so much. I enjoy your blogs.
Michelle, I am in a very discouraged place right now. Though I don’t have nearly the handful of children with my three, I feel exactly the way you described. I do feel so overwhelmed. I feel like I am all by myself. But your message reminded me that I am never alone. I did pray just recently for God to take my burden. I have faith that He will. I just needed to read your message on this day in my life. Thank you.
Hi Michelle, I just wanted to tell you that I really miss your show and following the lives of you children. I hope that all is well and that you are at peace! You are an amazing woman and I pray for you and your family every day…
Hello Michelle: I record and watch any Duggar program that I find in my TV listing. I’ve seen some repeats enough to quote the dialog! Not really, but I can’t help feeling like I’m meeting with long-time friends from church, or something. I just love your family structure, your inner core of doing each task with love and respect, being excellent examples to your children. What a group to be proud of. I do miss the whole family shows and would love to see it restored to a regular schedule. I do enjoy the shows that the older girls are filming, so I’ll have to take what I can get! God Bless each one of you, including Grandma. She’s beautiful too. Marcie
Dear Michelle, Bless you with your children and all that laundry. Why would I say that? Because, ya see….I come from a very large family and our mother used the old washing machine that you “guide your clothes through the ringer” and then she had to rinse the clothes the same way. Then her children (me and my sisters) had to hang them on the line. When they dried, then we had to iron the sheets, pillow cases and all other stuff that needed ironing. We stood for hours doing laundry. Then we had to repeat the process that same upcoming weekend. So ya see…at least you had the easy washer/dryer. I tell you this because we can always be thankful for what we have now. I know….I fuss about it too, I think it’s just a woman thing. I enjoy your blog….keep smiling and God Bless You with that sweet help.
Thank you Michelle for being such an an encouragement to me as a widowed mom of 3, the Lord has really used you and your family in my life!
Michelle, I have often wished I could have you to tea! Love, Carolyn
Praise God. I will remember that when life gets crazy for me. Thank-you. God Bless you and your family.
Michelle, Thank you for sharing this blog today. I was feeling overwhelmed last night and tonight. Being a Single mother is tough, time is limited and things just don’t get done but you reminded me to cry out to God when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Thank you for sharing your family with the world. Praying for your family
I will try to get through this, without crying. When I raised my three kids I was blessed to have my mother living with my husband and I and she was a huge help raising them. I worked part time outside of the home but to know that she was there when I was at work made it easier for me to leave them. I always said that I wanted to do the same in return for my children when they had kids. I am now 55 years old, retired and babysitting my two grandbabies that are two months apart in age and two more on the way. What I didn’t tell you yet is that seven years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. There are days when I cry because I think this is what I’ve always longed to do and financially we are blessed and I’m able to stay home and babysit them but it Is very difficult with having MS. My children would never let me watch the kids if they knew how hard it was on me but I want to do it and just pray that I will stay healthy enough to see their kids through at least kindergarten. Say a prayer for me thank you. Anna
Thank you for the encouraging post! 🙂
THANK YOU for sharing this! Housework, and specifically laundry is the bain of my existence. I loathe it. And so it usually doesn’t get done until it is absolutely necessary. We are only a family of 3 but I often feel like I have 19 kids with the amount of laundry and mess we create. I needed this reminder to praise God even in the yucky stuff that we don’t like or that exhausts us or that consumes our every waking moment. So I do laundry on Monday, I will remember to praise Him for the laundrY because all this laundry means we ha e more than enough clothes to wear and it means we have access to water and electricity to be able to wash and dry all these clothes and it means I have the ability to do things that some are not able to do. So, again, THANK YOU for this reminder!
Hello Michelle! I just wanted to thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. I have had days where putting on your family program and watching how you go through daily life has helped me to continue on with my daily struggles too. I live in a community where religion isn’t really a regular part of people’s worlds. Everyone likes to be self sufficient and live life according to their own resources and abilities. Continuing to raise my family with a God centred focus is not always easy. Thank you for being so motivational, through your good times and the tough! I know your journey recently has not been an easy one and I want you to know that you still continue to inspire and motivate me. I will now go into my day reminding myself to give praise and thanksgiving through all of life’s journey. With love, Deb xx
Dear Michelle, I enjoyed reading this article. I am so glad that no matter what we face in life our Lord Jesus Christ is with us. I have four grown children. The oldest child died at the age of 34 to Breast Cancer. She would say to me as she was going through chemo treatments, it okay Mom I’m a winner either way. If the Lord chooses to heal me here on this earth I will praise and thank him but if he chooses for me to come home I will praise and worship him there in heaven. Oh what a joy that this Mom has even though life was hard losing her but what a comfort to know that she is with the Lord. As Mother’s we get so caught up with the cares of this life and we forget what is the most important thing in life is teaching our children about Jesus.. I love your program I just hope we get to see more of you, Jim Bob and the rest of the children….. Love , Dana
Thank you, Michelle. This was much needed encouragement for me in my life at this time. I would like to make an unspoken prayer request. If you have time please add me to your list (I’m sure it’s quite long). Thank you!
Michelle, I can only begin to imagine how many families have been blessed by you and Jim Bob sharing your dear family and lives with the world on TLC. You have been a tremendous encouragement to me in my walk with the Lord and as a mom and wife. Thank you! I am so sorry for all that you have had to walk through recently–you and your family have continued to shine for Christ throughout this tough time. What a beautiful witness you all are. I pray for healing, forgiveness and redemption! Praise the Lord that we serve a God who REDEEMS! You are such a wonderful mom–what a blessing to your kids! Thanks for pressing on and sharing blog posts. I miss seeing you and Jim Bob and the younger kids on the new show! Have y’all thought about doing a you tube show? Or even just some you tube videos of encouragement–showing family recipes in action, family fun times, homeschooling snippets or other general encouragement? Just a thought! Blessings to you and your sweet family. Your sister in Christ, Liz
It’s true just when I think I can’t do it do something happens and God sends an angel. You are my angel today. You have shown me today that I am not alone in my despair but also that Hod will always provide help in so many diverse ways. Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough but thank you.
You all are sweet blessings to our family! Thank you for this devotion. It is wonderful to hear about God’s blessings in your lives. How wonderful to know He will never leave or forsake us.
Michelle, You are such an inspiration to so many! It is encouraging to know that you also struggle through hard times like the rest of us–you are not immune because you are on television, or because you are well known, or any other reason. I have found that every struggle and every heartache I have been through has been a learning experience that the Lord can use for me to help others. Now that I am in my golden (or graying) years, I am not immune to trials and tribulations, but I can finally embrace them, knowing that God is not finished with me yet. I long to see His face, but so much more I long to see others come to Christ. Thank you for being so real. In love and prayers mm
Thank you for that very helpful and inspiring message, Michelle! At the age of 64, I still struggle with accepting help when I need it. I am learning, and I’m better at it than I used to be; but, I still tend to resist offers of help, as it makes me feel inadequate when I can’t do everything myself. I want to feel completely self-sufficient. I’m starting to understand that God didn’t make us to be self-sufficient! He made us to depend on Him and His help; and, often He helps us THROUGH others. The help of others is a grace to us AND to the helpers. Why couldn’t I see it that way 25 years ago, when I was so overwhelmed raising a couple of little boys– one with autism & many behavior problems? I wish I had read your wise words back then. Hopefully, you have helped many mothers with your wisdom. I wasn’t really inclined to pray to God for help in those days. I didn’t ask for help, and I would usually politely turn down any offers of assistance. Consequently, I wasn’t much good to my family or to myself. I was being prideful. I was wrong. Well, we live & learn! Reading your blog just reinforces a very important life lesson for me, and I thank you for that. You & your family help a lot of people, with your faith and your examples, in the way you live your lives. God bless you!!
Michelle thank you for sharing your life and beautiful family. I just love you all so much. I’ve watched your show from the very begining and I so admire how so soft spoken and patient you and Jim Bob are. Your children and grandchildren are all so amazing and good. I hope and pray that your show will be on TV again one day. God bless you and your family.
Hi Michelle, I read I our comment, and you are absolutely right it is so easy to praise Hod when things are going good. We have to learn to praise Him inspire of our situation. I have learned to trust Him in all of my situations whether they are good or rough. Whether I am on the mountain top or in the valley it is good to praise God at all times.
Dear Michelle… I read this post when you first wrote it and I read it again today. I had been feeling very low and terribly inadequate as a mother, the feeling of being overwhelmed for sure. I prayed silently to Our Father to help me shake that feeling off and shine for Him even though I couldn’t do it myself. In the midst of making supper I felt that I should check my email because there was something important I should read. There was your blog again, the same one that had helped me before. Your family has walked through a lot, not just this year. You have blessed us with seeing your family drawing strength from each other and inspiration from your experiences. Thank you so much for doing that. From Arkansas to Vermont and back again, God Bless you and all of your family. With much love, Holly Senecal (Mom to Jake (18) and Ron (13)
As always, I am in awe of your faithfulness. I miss your show. I’m a teacher at a crossroad in my life. At 55 I just don’t have the stamina anymore to teach. I love it and it’s breaking my heart to leave it behind. I am praying for God to stay beside me and direct my new path in life. Thank you for being an inspiration for all moms and wives. God bless you and your family!
I remember you saying this but more recently, I think it was actually Anna that said to do the next right thing in the next fifteen minutes and that has actually helped me a lot… If that was your guidance or another pleases thank her for me and give my best wishes to all the family God bless you
Awe… thank you so much for sharing this with us Michelle. I could only imagine having as much laundry as you to do. We are a family of 6 and I have a hard time keeping up. I am so happy God heard you and answered your prayer so fast. God is good God is great. He proves helps us everytime we need him. And everytime something is hard and I call to help he is there. Maybe not right away because we need to learn something but he has his plans and teaches us all the time. God bless and much love The Young Family in BC xo
I pray for your family daily. I miss your show. I don’t care what the press says, you are an amazing family, and I hold you dear in my hearts. I am glad to see Jessa and Jill in TV. May our Lord always keep you close.
Thank you for your encouraging words!
I truly miss 19 kids however I’m glad we can still see you on the girls show. You are a blessing
Michelle, Thank you for sharing your heart and your willingness to share your family life over the years. I look forward to seeing your girls’ families now as well. You and Jim Bob should know you have done such a great job raising those kids. I cannot tell you how I would long to see how you would handle daily life with children and regular family stuff in such a gentle and loving manner. I would cry sometimes thinking how I wished so desperately my mother, my home life/childhood, had been nearer to the way you run your home. Children crave structure and order; I know because my life had none of that. God has called you to open your home to millions to model the wonderful blessings He has waiting for us all if we would only listen and obey. Thanks for reminding me of our father’s perfect, perfect plan fir us every day, in every way. God bless you and know you are being prayed for and that some of us understand the pressures on you and your family because we’ve lived it out as well.
Yes Michelle you are so right..God does provide.We all have problems, especially in this day and time… There is not much time for our minds to even rest but I find that God is my strength and hightower, my righteousness, and all I need to see me through…too. God bless you and your family and we all need to pray for each other… Your friend in Jesus Name
Your example has been tremendous to me and my daughters. Your quiet, calm, kindness with your children is inspiring. Your faith is beautiful and has encouraged me to seek the Lord more in my daily life.
I love the new show. I record every episode. I would love to know if 19 and counting will be available on DVD? MAYBE IT ALREADY IS, I JUST DON’T KNOW? I wish the new show would show more of the little ones and those cute interviews they used to do on 19 K&C. As I’ve said before, I love the show however I miss you and Jim Bob!!! He is absolutely wonderful and total show stopper. He really is the best!! I can’t imagine what you guys have been through. Not even going to try. I think you and your family have handled everything with grace and class. People tend to forget were only human, we make mistakes and we will keep on making them! We are all flawed. Nobody’s perfect. I live in a city with high crime and so many temptations to do bad things. It’s a delight and refreshing to watch your show. It’s always an inspiration to see all the love and true fun everyone has on the show.
Michelle, you and your family have been an inspiration to me….it is so nice to watch a tv show that is Gody instead of all this junk that is on, that is the main reason I don’t watch much tv…I am a born again Christian and I belong to a Pentecostal church, I was baptized in Jesus name and have received the Holy Ghost as it directs us to in Acts 2:38….in our church us ladies wear skirts or dresses all the time as God wants us to and some of my friends don’t understand it all, some do not undertand me changing from my old ways to what I am now, but I keep praying for them…I am so much happier now living for Jesus than living the way I was in the world….time is drawing closer for God to return and I wouldn’t not want to be ready for him…life is so much easier to be able to reach out to him like you did and have him help you, all you have to do is ask and if it is within his reasoning he will help you….just wanted you to know that I love watching your family…your kids and grandkids are adorable…keep up your faith…in Jesus name.
love the show Couple months ago I was in Arkansas was having a bad day till I u or jimbob it made my day would love to contact u guys or know where a good church is hope to hear from u guys
I am inspired by this blog.
I needed this today. I have felt quite overwhelmed lately. Almost 2 weeks ago five of my students and my co worker were involved in a head on collision. God protected them from major injury but it really changed things. I live and work in a high school international girls dormitory. It changed everything for the last two weeks I have gotten little sleep and have been pushed to my physical limits and it is easy to praise God when things are good, but these last couple weeks have been difficult. At 27 I wondered what I could handle an made the mistake of trying to do it on my own. But I hit a breaking point and needed strength only He can give. And I know He is holding me. Thanks for posting this message. Have a great week!
You are so inspring to so many. You are highly favored. I am 67 and have been raising my twin granddaughters since they were 5 mos. They are now 11. I was a widow for 11 years and got married to a minister 1 1/2 yrs ago. He is now 68. We have been struggling tremendously with discipline. He is extremely strict and I am more tender hearted. I have trouble submitting to him in this area. Do you have any words of wisdom for me? In His Love Darlene Case
Thank you for your testimony. This post is helping me to remember that I need to trust God in everything. I like the new show but miss being able to see all of you! May God continue to bless your family!
Thank you so much for sharing. 2 weeks ago I fell and broke my R Elbow (in 2 spots) cracked my L ankle and sprained it 3rd degree along with lots of bumps and bruises. When I got to Church last week, I went up for prayer and my prayer sister told me much what God told you Michelle. All God wants is our faithfulness and praise. “What God has brought you Lyn too, Don’t you believe he will bring you through?” I hopped back to my seat and thanked God for bring me to Church as it was a Great reminder that Jesus dragged a Cross in more pain, that I was in and STILL DIED for us sinners. What a wonderful time to slow down and PRAISE God for all the good and not so good in my life right now. We as Mothers expect too much of our selves when all God wants is for us to continue to Love HIM and Others and do HIS will. Thank You God for my sister Michelle sharing her laundry story. Please continue to bless her and full her joy every minute of her day.” Amen Love your sister in Christ, praying for you and all your family. Lyn
Thank you for your words that will help others to see that life’s burdens, trials & heartaches, we do not have to carry alone. I hope that one day we will see yourself & Jimbob back on the show, with the rest of your family.
God will supply all of our needs if we just ask him. God bless of all.
Thank you for your words they made me think and hope for my heart is sad a lot so thank you again and may your family heal soon .
Thank you for inspiring! This story speaks close to my own life right now. Keeping God and your Faith is important. It does give you strength. This blog topic couldn’t have turned up at a better time for me! Thanks for reminding me to praise Him.
I love this story and I love you Michelle! You are my hero!!! With Love, a tired mother of 2 boys under 2 yrs old 🙂
I love the show I watched 19 kids and counting for many years, now I watch Jill And Jessa counting on. It is much easier to pray when you are down and out . I have had a lot of ups and downs. But through it all God has always come through. Sometimes I did not get the answer I wanted, but later on when I got older. I know that God does not make mistakes. I wanted Children so much. But God knew what was going to happen so I never had a child. My life took so many twists and turns. But in the future God knew best. We just have to believe in him and trust him. God be with your whole Family. I Love your Family.
Hello… Just want to say how much my mother and I love watching the show about you and your family. You have such a wonderful, caring family and the children are all so beautiful. I really wish I could have that kind of relationship with my family, you are such a great inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story….God Bless you and your family.
We are moving again, this time after 12 yrs.. We are a military family, once always. Tim, my husband of 31 1/2 yrs, has a new job in OKC, OK. He went on ahead last year to see if he liked it there. I have been packing for 6 mos, have MS, all the time asking for help from family. Finally, I cried out for help “Lord, I can’t do it anymore, I stopped. Finally, they saw and help came.
Dear Michelle, I just love your message to us mothers. I was in your shoes a long time ago and certainly wished I knew then what I know now. You are an inspiration to all of us mothers. You and your family are teaching all of us to live a wonderful and rich life. Thank you for that. God will bless you richly for all you have done and still do. Blessings.
Michelle, your email came at just the right time. My husband has been working out of town for 6, going on 7 weeks now. He is a wonderful man and is such a big help to me with our almost one year old. It has been so hard having him away from home. I struggle daily with selfishness in wanting him to come home so I can have my companion and have some help! God has kept me brave throughout his leave and it is the strength He gives me that allows me to get through the week. I am blessed and am so happy to have reminders like this when the days are long and hard. Bless you and your family. You all are such an inspiration. Thank you for being honest even when you didn’t have to be. I appreciate how you have addressed the situations of the past year with honesty instead of pretending it didn’t happen. My respect for all of you grew so much bigger than it was before. I know God still has big fans for your whole family! I can’t wait to watch it unfold! =)
i am not a mom yet, but i am my 20 month old nephew’s caretaker. i also have chronic pain and little understanding from family. so i am in a crying out to the Lord, overwhelmed period at the moment myself. i have read this post before. reading again today was a blessing. it gave me faith that you never know when Jesus gives us a surprise relief/gift. i prayed this to Him last night Lord please give me SOMETHING, ANYTHING to help me get through. i know somehow He will. this renewed my faith. thanks for re-posting Michelle. God bless u. <3
Been there done that except I was divorced with 5 kids. Good thing i became a Christian 5 yrs earlier before I moved to another county- my instructions from the Lord. To a community where I knew absolutely no one. He sent people when I needed help and assured me He would take care of me and the children. 36 yrs later He has proved it. However at 73 I have one who died from cancer and 2 in nursing homes. Then my youngest died and after 3 weeks and 3 days He brought her from being on life support to now getting up from her wheelchair and walking to everyone’s amazement. the oldest daughter 10 yrs ago had a mass on her brain and God healed her with no operation or any dr’s help He is constantly amazing me of His love and faithfulness. diane
Love this article Michelle. I think of how the bible teaches us that the older women should help to direct the younger and to teach them, in essence helping them with their daily duties. When we have no small children at home we are able to help out with those who do! We need more women to step up to the plate and help. So happy that worked out for you the way it did. I have four but laundry is even one of my daily struggles with 6 of us in the house. This is a great reminder of God’s love for us through our neighbors and the ways we can give that love to others when it is our time. Thank you 🙂
Love you Michelle! You and your family are a blessing. Sorry for the challenges you are facing, but God will bring you through. Don’t change. 🙂 Cal.
Thank you for the reminder and encouragement. May the Lord continue to protect, provide and heal you and yours–we all are in need of that. Keep trusting Him and set your heart and mind on him–so glad to know you are continuing to rejoice in Him. Hugs and prayers!
Hi Michelle, God has blessed me with many things but children is not one of them. Your post is inspiring and true with whatever struggle we are facing it is so important to praise Him in the storm. My husband and I really miss seeing you and Jim Bob on your show. I do enjoy watching the rest of the kids, but you’re certainly missed. Thanks for sharing your family with us!
Hi Michelle Hi? How are you ? I am admir of you raise 19 kids and good wife and good mother’s and good grandmothers and Jim Bob, is good husband and father’s and grandfather . And you does all with your kids . LaVerne
I love this reminder!!! Thank you for sharing it, Michelle! A saying that has inspired me is, “The days are long but the years are short.” My husband and I have three biological children. A 25 year old son (who’s married to a precious lady), a 22 year old son then a 19 year old daughter. Then, when our youngest was 11, the Lord called us to start over (He really did, we had NO desires for more children then he spoke to my husband and subsequently to me). Then shortly after, we adopted a 9 month old baby girl who is now 7, almost 8 and we are in the process of adopting a 5 year old little girl through our state. She has been with us for almost a year now. My husband and I are both 48 years old. We homeschool our children (and have for 13 years) and LOVE it. Some days our “not so young” bodies feel a bit tired and that saying rings so loudly in my heart…the days do feel long sometimes BUT we have seen how fast time flies with our older three who are pretty much “all grown up” now!!!! We LOVE being parents of little ones again (and grown children). There is such joy in knowing that this is exactly where the Lord wants us!!! And on those busy, aching body days, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!! Oh, and by the way, we have DVD’s of all of your seasons and my 7 year old loves watching them just as much as I do. Your show has been such a ministry!!! I feel that I am a better mother through watching the show and through reading your books (which are amazing!!!). I have always told my husband that it’s like watching a character lesson. Thank you for sharing your lives, love for each other and love for the Lord with us. You are in my prayers (and have been since I started watching the show).
I have admired your faithfulness for many years. Like you I have had a few trials in my life. Also like you I decided to praise the Lord instead of feeling sorry for myself. What joy it brings to my soul. I think of and pray for you and yours often. May God bless you all as you have blessed so many . Ellen Gauvin
Michelle you are a remarkable woman, we always worry for our children , day to day life… But I know God carries me thru my hardest days, nights answers my prayers maybe not when I think he should but always when he knows I’m ready for the answers… So yes your words do help many others and me… Again think you, your husband are awesome… God knows that too… You raised your children to be the best they can be… We as parents have to let them go , find their path… Do not change you got this! Love watching your girls growing into beautiful remarkable women…. Do you miss watching your other children as they grow into young solid men and ladies… God Bless you for you are the ultimate definition of a godly woman, wife, mother!
I am thankful your prayers got answered. I just wished a few of mine would be answered. I get very impatient and feel there is nothing I can do. Thank you for sharing so much of you and your families lives.
Hi Michelle, While we have not met our daughters have met at a conference in Philadelphia a few years back. We have 15 adopted children and have many shared experiences. My husband and I have wanted to get in touch with you and your husband for some time to encourage you ! The Lord used a trial in your lives to expose something in our lives that has been a trial and a blessing in many ways. Of course i feel as you do many a day with the overwhelming demands of life with 15 kids! You and your husband have meant so much to our journey and we continue to pray for your family! If you are able to connect please send us an e-mail at [email protected]. In God’s Love , Tim & Melissa Glisson
Michelle, motherhood is never easy but just take one day at a time and make the best out of it .take 5 mins out of the day and sit down . Everything will still be there when you are done . You are a great mother so don’t give up . God will alas be there for you and your husband . Your. Children will grow up and move away but your husband will be there for and god .so make Time for you and him at the end of the day pray watch a movie or just lay together .just having each other.
Being a mom is a blessing. You have held that blessing well.
Thank you for this message. As a Mama of a 21 month, and a 4 month old it spoke directly to my heart. It’s nice to know that my struggles are the same as other Mama’s, and its encouraging to see ways to praise Him through this busy (and sometimes hectic) season of life. Blessings and love to you and your family. Kristen
Thanks for your email and being so candid about what you were feeling being overwhelmed. I am not a mom, really pray that the Lord will answer me some day, but for now, I will keep on loving Him and praise Him for being around for me when I feel overwhelmed about this dilemma. Please pray with me that Jesus will send a wonderful born-again Christian man who is submitted to his husband, Jesus and who is ready to love a born-again Christian woman like me who desires to have the Christ-centered relationship that God ordained to be between one man and one woman. Also, a man who wants to have children and absolutely loves children. My heart has been so burdened about this desire for a long time. My heart aches for the Lord to answer me. Thanks for reading this and I know you will pray for me. God bless you, Michelle and your family abundantly.
Thank you for this reminder! As a young mom, there are many times when I need to be reminded of this! You are a blessing and an encouragement! Thank you for sharing what the Lord has taught you!
I love your family. I watch the show all the time. Your family is a example of a Godly family. I’m praying for you all
Thank you for this timely encouragement. Just last night I was having trouble sleeping with a heavy heart. It was one of the many times when I feel completely weighed down by circumstances. My husband is an Army vet who has PTSD and does not lead spiritually. We have spent the past year getting rid of 90% of our possessions. We have no medical insurance. I have a 7-month old who is very active & has begun teething. I am having trouble loving my in-laws who are not saved. And, among other things, we are battling the flu again. I am a believer in Christ for 35 years, and I am so exhausted.
Michelle, As a mom of 3, expecting number 4, this is such a blessing. Thank you for all you have done to encourage young mother to trust the Lord. You have been a spiritual mother to me, though we have not met. We pray for your family regularly and are still learning so much from you all.
Thank you for sharing you life with me. I get so depressed sometimes I feel no one cares.My husband is disabled and I take care of him and my sons daughter who is 9. Her mother left her when she was 3. I raised 3 beautiful sons and took care of both my parents until they passed.Im working as a part time PCA taking care of people that need some help. I never seem to have time to myself and it gets tougher as the days go by.I do believe the Lord is guiding me,but sometimes it doesn’t feel like he understands what I am really going through.I love watching you and reading about your family,it gives me hope and the strength to keep going.I wish sometimes I could just visit you and learn as much as I can on how you keep your faith so strong,while feeling so down. Thank you
I love those times when God speaks to us. That’s when you know how personal He is. How much He cares for our every need. I enjoy watching the show. Many times the Lord lays you and your family on my heart. God’s Blessings, Heidi Sanders
I adore your family and often wish I could just come and get to know you all and what it means to be a part of a family such as yours. Not particularly because it’s big (although I’m sure that probably plays a little into my desire to be in family environment) but because you are close and you have a type of love that I was never given growing up. I have 2 boys and while I try to do better than what I had growing up I think I still fall so very short of where I should be as a mom and as an extension of God and His love to them. Don’t worry I’m not a nut job or stalker but so much of the time I look at you guys and just wish I could have a while with you all to teach me some things to bring back home…a friendship to have in times of need. My folks are deceased and aside from my own little family I don’t have anyone else…..it can be so very lonely at times. You’re very right in the fact that God does provide and I do have faith in all of that….sometimes I need that person to come alone aside me to give me that spiritual encouragement. Thanks for reading
Hi Michele, I was blessed by your comments, it is not easy to raise as many children as you are raising, the Lord is giving you and hubby a wonderful ministry in the raising of them. That you are sharing the good and the struggles gives the testimony God wants you to do. Many others are going through the tough times right now and can get the help necessary by watching your programs and seeing the results. I raised 4 children, had 7 miscarriages. Have 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. I also had a number of foster children over the years. Was in an abusive marriage at one time. Oh how the Lord was there for me, time after time as I searched the Lord for His help. Many times I quoted the verse, ” As for me and my house we shall serve through Lord in Jesus name. HALLELUJAH” !!!! Josh. 24:15b. That’s one verse I stood on. There are so many. Pm: 3: 1-8 is full of rich words of help, when discouraged, when needed strength, rest, blessings etc. Our God Reigns!!!!. I could go on for hrs writing verses that have helped me and the children over the years. God Bless You dear Sister in the Lord as you continue to go forward. May He continue to use you for His Glory. Amen.
What wonderful words from you Michelle. God is so good. I love and appreciate you and yours and carry you in my heart and prayers. Love in Christ, Lena
I only have one child, a son, buthis dad left us and I was forced to go to work outside the home and be mom and dad. Like you I had moments of being overwhelmed feeling like work and home was endless on tasks…but I started to realize it takes more grace to accept help than to try and do it all and break down. My son is now 22 years old and and is loving and giving because he said he saw how hard I worked to cate for us. Family and friends are a blessing. God puts them in our lives for a reason. God Bless!
You are an inspiration to me and thousands of others. I am so grateful for your kind and loving manner and how you seem to manage your life trusting in God . You love your family so much and and you have been handed some serious problems but you never let that lessen your faith, (going thru the illness with Josie would have challenged many) and you do everything so graciously and caring. I cannot tell you how much I miss your family on TV. I seldom watch that channel anymore, but I have watched the girls but the dynamic is not the same. It needs you and your guidance. Thank you for giving us all something to aim for in our connections with our family and friends God Bless You
Thank you so very much for sharing your heart and wisdom. I really don’t know how to express how much you inspire me.
Michelle, U r such an awesome blessing 2 alot of people! Im so thrilled that the girls r carryin on! Im askin God 2 bless Anna & Joshua n their situation, because I was n the exact same thing with my husband of 39 yrs!!! I ask that God will give Ur fami)y peace & strength as time goes on! God never gives us more than we can bear!!! Luv & prayers, Young Lady!!!
Michelle, I am so grateful for your example that you show to me of how to parent and be a wife and Christian woman. I fall so short but you show me that it can be done, with grace and mercy. I watched your show faithfully and wish it still came on. I keep up with your girls, and love the women they have become. May God continue to bless you and keep you and may His Face shine upon you. In Gods Love Deby
Michelle, thank you for sharing your story. I feel your message is an answer to my prayers. I also felt overwhelmed with responsibility, caring for my sick elderly parents. Though I have 6 other siblings, I really can only count with 1. I am a wife And have my own children and grandchildren who I barely see and greatly miss. I too cry of thinking of how many ways I need to split myself. I trust in him and I will praise him! Thank you Michelle!!
Thank you for your sharing your insight and wisdom. I loved watching your shows. It was refreshing to see a family striving to serve the Lord on national t.v. So different than what is normally broadcast. May God bless you as you continue to seek Him.
Michelle, I am a home school mother of two. You have always been an encouragement to me and my family. Thank you for sharing this message, it spoke to my heart as I felt so overwhelmed earlier today. Your family and faith has helped my family so much in our own walk with the Lord. You have helped me to know I am not alone in the walk. So many times people have told me I was harming my kids by home schooling them or that our faith and values were unrealistic and outdated. Sharing your family & friends with the world through your show gave me great comfort, joy and wisdom. May God bless each of you. Love through Christ, Melissa
Dear michelle. Thank you for this words. Happy mothers day to you. God bless you and your family
Thank you Michelle for this testimony. So many of us cry out to the Lord and forget when we do so, He hears and is already on the case. And when He lifts that burden and introduces His plan, it is sooooo awesome to experience God yet again. How wonderful is our God? So much so that words can’t even describe Him.
Hello Michelle I had a very important and personal question to ask you Ive actually tried numerous times to get ahold of you, then I saw on here it says that you read your comments,so figured i would give it a try:):) My email is [email protected]. I could really use your advice and wisdom on a subject thank you so much Rebecca Mother of Five:)
Thank You so much, that really helped my day become better.:)
Isnt GOD good! he has blessed you and your family with amazing strength and courage through your many trials and tribulations. the latest episode with Josh has been a true test of your faith. I so admire you and your entire family. Anna! she is so amazing. I am so glad she is with the family, and her faith in God certainly shines thru in her love and support for Josh. I watch every show and many twice. you are an inspiration to me and thousands and thousands more women. Praying for the Duggar family
HOw very true. When everything goes our way we praise the Lord but when it doesn’t we forget all about him. We should be praising him all the time, even for those unanswered prayers (my story would be to long). BUt God has a plan for all if us and and it’s so much better than we could ever dream. MIss your TV show and am enjoying Jill and Jessa counting on
Good evening Michelle… I began to tear up as I read your thoughts..as you were overwhelmed with laundry, I too understand that, but I have horrible health issues..I have so much to be thankful for, but…the pain, the tears and pain seem endless..doctors appts consume my life..once a healthy mother of 5 and now 7 grandchildren I don’t have the strength let alone energy to cope..yet I feel guilty knowing some of what you all have been going through..I’m encouraged by your daughters and Anna too…I miss your sweet face and Jim Bob too…I’ve been taught from birth the scriptures of encouragement..but here at a time in my life where I should be enjoying some of the precious gifts God has given us, I am bond..not of sin, but bond by pain…I just want you all to know, I cannot wait for Tues to come to watch you all and feel encouraged..love your blogs..as we pray for your family I can only hope you all would keep me as a reader in your prayer..loving jesus ..sorry for any typos
Enjoyed reading the article. Being a mother and a grandmother of 5 things can be overwhelming. By putting the things in the Lord’s hands it will work out. I would love to see you all back on tv.
I enjoy reading anything i see about ya’ll if its from ya’ll. Dont bother with the news feed stuff. Its absolutely right what you wrote about God speaking to you. We always praise Him from the mountain top. Its when we’re in the valley, we’re calling out for help. But we must learn to praise Him in the valley too. I so wish they would put all of ya’ll back on the tv. I really miss seeing all of you. Its just a sure sign of the Bible being fufilled. Whats good is portrayed as bad. And whats bad is portrayed as good. We’ll just keep clinging to Him til its time to go home. And im ready! Stay strong. You have many people praying for your family.
Thanks Michelle, your blog was very uplifting. A great reminder that all we need to do is ask. Praise and always be humble. He will provide
Today, out of the blue, that story of yours popped into my head when I was doing the dishes. Like most moms, I practically live in the kitchen. And like most homeschool moms, my life is (gratefully) full of homework to grade, laundry, cooking, cleaning, lesson planning, etc. But today that story and the part where you heard that “still, small, voice…” came to me. I thought about what I had read in your book long ago and felt better. Just now, at 10pm I’m checking my emails for the day, and your posting came through. God works! In mysterious ways, doesn’t He?!
Michelle, I have been praying for you family for awhile now. Watching your children grow and through your up and downs. Thank you for this woderful post! I hope all is well and am thankful for the new show. I love how God is working in all your lives. God Bless, Becky
Michelle, Words can’t express how greatly the Lord has encouraged me through your family. I am 24 years old, and newly married. I always imagine that if I met your four oldest girls who are near my age, we would be best friends! 🙂 I am currently reading “Growing Up Duggar” – I love it! Through prayer and discerning God’s will, my husband and I have decided to no longer use birth control methods and to trust God with His perfect will and timing with having children – if they are meant to be in our future. Your decision to honor Him in this way in your own life gives me so much hope and peace, and you were an influence in our decision. I’ve had some fearful nights recently, worrying about the kind of mother I may be – will I be encouraging enough? Will my children come to intimately know the Lord early in their lives? Will I protect them the way they need to be protected and love them like Christ loves us? Will I fail altogether? Reading this story reminds me of the hope we have in our amazing God. He provides always, He is faithful to answer our prayers, and He works everything for His children’s good. No matter what life brings – our joy is found at the foot of the cross. God is ALWAYS good and sovereign. God is using your family in incredible ways! You’re all in my prayers, and I’m blessed by you. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story of God’s goodness. Love in His Name, Gabrielle
I love this show. It was so nice to watch a clean show free from bad language and provocative acts. I love that everyone has a smile on their faces and looks for the best in every situation. Michelle, you are such an inspiration to all of us through your calmnest in every situation.
Michelle, Thank you for reminding me about that. I just lost my aunt and now my cousin is in the hospital but through it all God has been faithful. He has never failed me or left me and for that I am so thankful. So even though my heart is overwhelmed with grief I just look to the only one to give me comfort and I know that one day I will meet him face to face and thank him for all he’s done for me. Thank you for being a light in my life and I pray for your family that God will strengthen you and guide you. Sincerely, Rebecca Lail
Michelle, I just want to say how much i love you and your family! I’m 26 years old and I have one perfect daughter. I too have had those nights of crying. I have tried having another child for 4 years and nothing yet.. But I still have that faith of it is God will. But I just wanted to tell you that my daughter and I love your show and Your family!
Michelle, I have nothing but praise for you and your family. I raised 3 daughters , all 2 yrs. apart, and I had my hands full. I don’t how you managed with so many. I,m glad to see how Godly your children are, The Lord seems to be first in their lives. This country would be a better place, if we had more families like yours.Keep up thegood work. Carolyn.
It happens even to the best of us, we feel so inadequate , when we can’t keep up with everything! But, God does answer prayers. And to top it off, not only did you find someone who helped you, but , you also found a great friend who continued to help you. You are truly an inspiration, Michelle.
With many of the others, I too would have enjoyed more children. Our oldest passed due to injuries from a car accident, it was 1997 and she was 22, a week from her 23rd year. We have two sons, both grown with families and children of their own. Regardless of the size of our families, we each face opportunities for growth and through these times we can, if we open our hearts to it, see the hand of God moving just as he promised….”And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. And who has not been called to God’s purpose. Consider young Abram-born into a family that his father served Nimrod-great grandson of Noah-who rebelled against God. Research of history will show that due to this association, and the priest and leaders under Nimrod desired to have Abram killed, therefore it was necessary for him to be hid and at a later date, he was sent to live with Noah and Shem and there was raised to know God. God had his hand on Abraham. What about Joseph who had these dreams that he would be honored by his brethren and parents. Jealousy arose amongst his brethren, he was sold, ended in jail, but God had a plan and listen to Joseph’s reply…7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a]8 â€œSo then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. ” Genesis 45:7-9. In our world Jesus said, we would have trials (tribulations) be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Is that not what our opportunities of growth do for us…bring us to see our shortcomings and our response will either make us better or make us bitter. If it had not been for Judas-where would grace be? And without a savior where would our atonement be? Either way, God is there and he has a plan, had one from the very beginning….to make man in His image…to know good and evil, just as he knows good and evil, to give him a conscious and an awareness for his need for an atonement – a savior. He has a plan for you my daughter, a plan for good and not for evil to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29. Consider the lilies of the field, the sow not yet are clothed better than Solomon. Matthew 6. As God has provided in your time of need he will continue to carve you in the palm of his hand; his hand ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastor and teacher, to give you that expected end-t to know even as you are known. Your challenges have been many, your task at times overwhelming, and the tears you have cried have not been unnoticed. You are on the right path, your mind is stayed on Him who is the author and finisher of your faith. As Jesus told Peter “Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat….(now listen to this-he does not pray him out of his situations, he prays Peter through his situation) but I have prayed for you that your faith fail not.” Luke 22:32 As you continue your journey, as you may face yet another bump in the road, may you discover that grace that is sufficient for you to carry you on…one step at a time. Love to hear about your family and enjoyed watching your program.
This is such an encouraging phrase that I have started using for myself and to encourage others. It’s meaning is so true. God is faithful in His promises and loving to His children. It is so difficult to love in the trying times. These feel like frequent occurrences to mothers with small children in the home. I get so overwhelmed at times but I try to remember that it’s the devil trying to take my heart away from the Lord. I also try hard to think how one day they won’t be here and my nest will be empty. So each time I fold those clothes, or wipe up that spilled drink, or hose down that muddy child, I try to think of it as a blessing that I have these children in my home today. You are always so good at encouraging others but you need encouragement too! It’s hard to be loving all the time without having some love in your own cup. I’m glad you have the blessing of this lady to help with your “load”. We love your family and are inspired by your lives. Much love from Texas! Michelle Stevens P.S. We have family that lives close to y’all. On a recent visit there to spend time with them we couldn’t resist driving by to see your home. The children of course thought we could just drive down your driveway for supper with “guggars”, as they say. They were disappointed that it was only a drive by viewing.
I am praying that God will make a way for you & your entire family to work with a television network to produce your own show sharing with us your family & your love of God. You are truly inspiring. Everyone makes mistakes. Most of us are grateful that ours aren’t in the national media. Praying for all of you & missing all of you. Enjoy the girl’s show & seeing a little of you & Jim Bob on it. It’s amazing how the smaller children have grown. Thank you for sharing your family with us.
Michelle, Your message today was a strength to me. I told the lord the same thing today, overwhelmed with a husband deployed for eleven months and caring for children 4-16 and a home, and church obligations. I made myself remember all the blessings I have in my life, but still felt overwhelmed. I know the Lord watches over me and is concerned in my daily doings and your blog was another testament to that today. Thank you, love from a sister who is grateful for your example in serving the Lord and his children.
For years your family and you inspire me. This was perfect message perfect time. Thank you for making yourself ready and able to be a useful tool of Gods. He uses you all more than you realize. Hold tight to Him the end is coming and the devil will increase his attempts to destroy any of Gods people. He has all but taken me out. But I guess that means I must be doing something right. The devil won’t destroy his own! I Praise God for the encouragement and for people willing to take a stand for God no matter what the devil digs up or starts.
Michelle, I have a huge pile of laundry with only one child! I often feel overwhelmed as I am somewhat disabled. Thanks for reminding me to cry out to God about my needs. I was wondering what type of homeschooling curriculum you use. I am considering homeschooling my teenage son because he is failing miserably in school. I would prefer a curriculum that has workbooks and very little computer time.
Thank you. I remember being overwhelmed when homeschooling two kids! They graduated in the 90’s! Then when the Lord told me to get a job to honor my husband! I had never wanted to do that! But in spite of working full time as a legal assistant for 11 years, he has allowed me to go on mission trips to Zambia 4 x, India, Egypt, Israel 6x , Jordan 2x! Plus family beach trips! He is our way maker, more than enough God, ever present help! Now I am in another new place in need of him. My boss died suddenly at 56, I am closing his practice and will be without a job in two weeks! I am trusting in him and excited to see what does next in my life!! It was so good to hear from you! I wish I could take you for coffee. We live near your friends, the Bates! We live in Knoxville! Bless you!!
You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your feelings and your love for God!
Michelle, such an encouraging message for mothers to keep going in the Lord’s strength! Thank you for yielding your life and family to the Lord and his plans. A very sweet loving example to many! Prayerfully, Atkins Family 🙂
Thank you Michelle for sharing that. I needed to read that this evening and apply that to my own current circumstances. Praises go up,Blessings come down.
Michelle. I have LOVED watching you and your family in Australia. You are AMAZING and your children are all SO beautiful. Wish you were back on TV as 19 kids and counting Love you all lots xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
My tears come when I do laundry also! It’s precious a precious time for memories. One of the last sentences my mom said before she died was, “In heaven, Kimberly, you should be glad you won’t be doing laundry in heaven.” Then she turned to me and said, “Angela, you will be!” Well of course…..I am Angela. My mom was a very Godly woman who never waivered. She trusted God to completely heal her, and He didn’t choose to heal her on earth. It’s been 3 years now, but her legacy lives on with four of us and 26 grandchildren and more. As I grasp a hanger, you know the one with the pinchy things that hang up pants, I remember saying that they were hard for her to pinch several years before her death. Now it reminds me to thank God for my strength in my fingers that he has given me. I start with a little chuckle as I hang clothes, then it turns to tears of sadness, but an overwhelming gratefulness that God gave me a mother to love and teach me. Oh the memories I have of planning and washing all of the matching outfits of my children when we had the first four or five children. Forget it on the sixth and seventh…..we’re just glad they put on clean clothes the last 15 seconds before they walk out the door. If there are clothes in heaven to wash, I am will to accept that. Just want you to know, we love your family. You are a light to the world.
Stay strong, your marriage and family are such a Godly model and inspiration to us all. God is using you in a mighty way! Thank you for availing yourself to Him. We missed you! Love, Rox-Anne Rhodes (Louisville, KY)
Thank you Michelle for this reminder. I’m 64 years old, my kids are grown with families, but since just before year 2000 I became ill with chronic pain & fatigue. Before this I loved decorating & keeping my house so pretty, now I’m happy if I can dust some of the floor every other day. With 8 dogs & 3 cats it’s always needed. Today, I decided to clean what I could of my bedroom, bedding, vacuum under the bed etc. I hit the wall 3/4 of the way in & could not go on, couldn’t finish. My body doesn’t regulate temperature right from my illness so I was over heated & just limp. I just left everything to take a fast shower & get into bed. I became once again very defeated. I can’t get a handle on the daily organization of having a household & piles of mail, filing just everything, every room is a mess. My prayer is that I can get a handle on this as I don’t want to leave this mess to my boys if I should perish. You have inspired me to just praise God. My husband & I were just talking about all the worldly “things” we have, which I never take for granted and try to give or share everything I have with others when they’ll take it. But in my mess of an illness, I stopped praising Him in spite of this mess. Thank you for your steadfastness & desire to serve Him. You have reminded me, for in my weakness He shall be strong. May God continue to place His covering over your family, build them up in His ways & give y’all good health. This is the one thing we seem to take for granted until we get sick, but quickly forget after we are better. Prayers for good health, lots of grand babies. God has blessed me with 6. 21 years down to 13 years. My best blessing in life has been them. In Him, Jean
My heart went out to you. You are wonder woman I always was loved watching. Your family so much. Lifted my spirits.
Michelle, the Lords timing is amazing. I have read this before a while back, but today I was literally in tears as I was sharing with some ladies about the day when I had to choose to make my family my main ministry and I died to some other desires because I knew, for this season I had to give them up. Now years later and with six children, I am so glad I chose to follow Christ and not what I thought would fulfill me. There have been things I would have never learned, friends I may have never met and blessings I would have never seen… Not to mention the amazing blessing it has brought to our family, marriage and my relationship with he Lord! And in the Month of May He has released me to lead a group of other Mothers to encourage them in my home. I am so excited! What I gave up for Him He has brought back around and made even better! Yes He has always provided even though I have not trusted Him perfectly. Thank you for sharing, your heart inspires me! God bless your family! Sarah
Michelle,I sit here at 11.40 reading your message, and it was what I needed, reading it I felt lighter. Because I know from whom my blessing flow, and you are right, just don’t praise him when things are going good, praise his name all the time. Whatever is going on, call on his holy name, and he’s hears and answers. (God almighty),call him and praise him and he make changes and he make things happen, I know these things to be true, he’s made miracles happen in my life. I still love you and your family. Be Blessed.
I LOVE THIS! Thank you Michelle for sharing your sweet Spirit. Hoping and praying that you can have a show again, it has blessed our lives so much. It’s the only show I enjoy watching on TV. Even if the show doesn’t come back I really appreciate your loving support in this email!
Praise God, He knows & He cares. When life gets difficult, it is sometimes easy to forget that He is always ready to help us. Praying God’s blessing on your family.
Hi Michelle, You and your family are such an inspiration. I love the way you share your life so openly and honestly. Thank you for doing this. God Bless Marjorie Australia
Thank you as always for sharing your wisdom & Faith!
Thank you MICHELE! You are the best ! Your inspiration carries me forward on even the difficult days! May God Bless you and your family!
If there is anyone on television that I miss, it is you and Jim Bob! The dynamics between your wisdom and soft voice and his love for you, made it such a wonderful family reality show. I look forward to the day 19 Kids & Counting returns. So please let me know where the public can send an email voicing our opinion to TLC. Thanks!
Thank you so much Michelle for that note of encouragement! I’m literally up at midnight getting ready for an open house tomorrow, and we need our house to sell so that we can move to where we feel Jesus sending us! So God DOES provide for what/where He guides!!! Thanks again.
Hi Michelle, I needed to read that today. My husband and I have been going through some financial difficulties since he hasn’t had a job in 4 months. We have to sell our house. This morning I was working on downsizing and getting rid of things when I just became overwhelmed by it all. Thank you for sharing this.
I remember this story from your book, but I needed to hear it again tonight! I am facing going into a new job that does not have a family friendly schedule at all. I have two little girls, a 7 week old and a nine year old, that I do not want to miss out on. Our family needs the money right now though. I was just praying to God to guide me and if this is the path he wants me to follow to give me strength and give me a heart for the job when I saw this email. Thank you for reminding me that He will bring me through whatever He brings me to. Your family is an inspiration to me. I was so glad to see the new show back on! I missed yall! Thank you and God bless you!
God Bless your family as you are an inspiration to me. My thoughts and prayers are w/ the family! I hope someday to meet you and the family.
Hi Michelle, Isn’t God’s love so sweet and personal? How He knows the heart of each of His children and responds, is so precious. Thank you for sharing your laundry story and so many other stories and experiences through television, books, speaking engagements, etc. You have a beautiful family and I so enjoy watching you on t.v. I am encouraged and inspired by your faith and values.
Hi Michelle Yes, I can really relate to your message and thank you for sharing so openly. It is such a challenge to offer praise and worship when you are feeling so overwhelmed and not heard! Sometimes I just feel mad at the Lord and cry out, “Why can’t You as my Lord, just change these circumstances” But even when, and I suppose especially when, things don’t go our way or things become too overwhelming to us, worshipping Him IS the most critical thing we can do!! Frankie A momma with experience!
Dearest Michelle and Family, I can’t tell you enough how much your family inspires me. I know you hear that often, but I can’t tell you how soothing it is for me to listen to your audio books while I do laundry, cook, and clean. I don’t feel so lonely. I feel like Michelle is at my house hanging out and giving me her words of wisdom. I’m 27 (28 in June), and I am a military wife and a mother to two boys, Preston (3 years) and Jameson (1 year). My husband is gone quite a lot, so often times I feel like a single mom. I don’t have any family around here to help me get a “breather,” so I often times find myself in tears from just feeling too exhausted from all the chores, errands, and upkeep of house and children. When I first read this article awhile back, it really resonated with me, and I go back to reading it every now and then. Thank you for writing the reality of what we feel as mothers every now and then. It makes me feel less alone since these are things we don’t usually share with other moms. I will keep this really short, but I wanted to ask your family to pray for mine. My 3-year-old was born with a congenital condition called chiari malformation 1. Apparently it happens 28 days post conception. It’s an incurable disorder, but is treatable (not all the time, but sometimes) through brain surgery called a decompression surgery. It’s hereditary (though we are unsure right now which side it’s coming from), so our younger son could have it as well. We will have to wait a little longer to get him checked. This condition is basically when your brain tonsils are pushing through the hole where the base of your skull and top of your neck meet, and it’s not supposed to be there, only your spinal cord. The decompression surgery is going to remove part of the skull and vertebra to accommodate the brain tonsils that aren’t supposed to be there. If surgery isn’t performed, this can eventually cause paralysis or sleep apnea. There are hundreds of symptoms but common ones would be severe headaches especially when coughing, laughing or straining, numbness in the hands and feet, double vision, and ringing in the ears. The surgery may help relieve these symptoms or make them worse. It’s kind of a gamble. I felt my world shatter a bit when hearing the news and having to process through it all, but through the grace of God, I’ve been at peace about it. I recalled this article you wrote, and I remembered the part when God spoke to you in times of distress saying how it is easy to praise Him when times are good, but what about the harder times? That same message was being given to me by God. I googled this blog, because I wanted to repeat what you said to Him, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” I want to say thank you for this. It has helped me in more ways than you’ll ever know. Tonight my heart is sinking a bit, because I’m absolutely dreading my 3-year-old’s brain surgery early Monday morning, but I know God has been with us this entire time leading the path to get to where we are now. Oh Michelle, how I wish to see you on tv again so I can hear your words of wisdom! I’ve had my overwhelming moments with just being a military wife, but now with my son’s surgery on Monday and my husband deploying to the Middle East soon, I just feel so much pressure. I’m learning to give it all to God. I know God will be and has been by my side, and I pray constantly for the strength to get through it all. With all that your family has gone through in the most recent events, I know I can get through this. I pray for your family, especially Anna, during this time. Thank you so much for your time in reading this. I greatly appreciate it!
Michelle you and Jim Bob have been such a witness to me and my hubby over the years and continue to be. We miss you both so much on the new show and our hearts break for what you all have been through. We pray for you all often. We hope the next season of the show will have you and Jim Bob, the little kids, and Josh on it. We miss the original show and understand it was canceled because of Christian bigotry. May God continue to bless you all.
Hello, I am 42 years old & worked since I was 16 until 2 years ago. My neck & back are really bad now so I had to apply for disability unfortunately because I am unable to work now. I finally had my hearing a few weeks ago & I am just waiting for the reply from the judge. I am telling you my story because I know God is great, I have been so close to losing everything I had worked so hard for. I have sold all my jewelry & had yard sales to make money to stay afloat. I always pray everyday & God has always come through allowing myself & my 2 boys to make it another day being provided for some how. I thank him every day for watching over us in our time of need. This has been one of hardest & stressfulest things we have ever been through but we are just taking it one day at a time. Thank you so much & God Bless You, Tonya
I lost my beautiful daughter she was 43 in April 2014 All I have to say is since my husband died in 1991 It just has to be Gods will or I would not be sane My father died Christmas Day 1990 my husband weeks later we were married 26 years and we had 4 children I am so proud of all of them God took me by the hand and I knew it was his will You inspire me as a mom. I was hoping you would have just one more making the children 20. I have grandchildren and Great Grand children. You did what you thought was best with your son. I know I am lucky I never had that kind of grief I know it was not me I had 2 children at home when my husband past I have really great children I could not ask for more Don’t let people hurt you we are all human My name is Karen Thank you so much
You are an inspiration to all of us!! Stay strong and sweet!! Maria
Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s a big encouragement as I’m struggling to figure out how to be a single mom. I literally started feeling depressed again tonight and I felt to instead start thanking God (an act of praise) for everything I do have and speaking the opposite of what my mind was saying. Being a mom by myself can be so overwhelming but God can really change a us and and our circumstances if we let Him! Thanks for sharing your heart and I really miss your show! I don’t even have TV anymore or else I would be watching counting on. I couldn’t find full episodes on TLC’s website either 🙁
My sister and I were talking about the covenant relationship we enter into when we begin our relationship with Christ. We are His Beloved and He takes care of us. We belong to Him. He is faithful even if it’s raining tears. The Lord once told me regarding thanksgiving and praise to start where you are…I had my head on the floor kneeling in prayer…very discouraged…. I realized I had a carpeted floor, a home with a roof…electric lights…and even more…my name is in the Lamb’s Book Of Life and my husband is my Savior and the King of the universe. I could not stop! I learned that day that we can Praise ourselves joyful again! He is faithful to shepherd His own.
Mrs Michelle, I’m a college student and have been watching your shows since around elementary school.. And at some point over the years I signed up for your emails.. And tonight as sat in my dorm I decided to really read one of them and it lead me to this blog post… I’ve been struggling with if God was going to provide for things that may seem small to others but are HUGE to me.. And this was a sweet reminder that He will provide for my needs even when it doesn’t feel like he will… Thank you for sharing and sending out that email.. Even though I’m in a phase of life completely different of singleness and living on my own, The Lord used it to bring me comfort and remind me that He is still good and will provide in my loneliness and overwhelmeness. Thank you, Margaret
Thank you for sharing this story. I needed those words of encouragement. God bless you!
Dear Mrs Michelle, I love watching your awesome girls on Counting On, but I miss your original show so much! Even though I live my life differently than you, I admire your kindness and I believe you are an amazing, unique, beautiful woman. You are a real gem and I hope you know how much you are loved and appreciated. I love you and your family.
Your outlook on life based on your Christian beliefs is really truly inspiring. An ultimate goal of mine is to draw closer to Christ more and more each day. Reading scriptures and inspirational quotes, along with much prayer helps me to at least try to live out His word. Watching your family’s show, and now your daughters’ show is really encouraging and is a breath of fresh air. Blessings to your family. P.S. I pray that TLC or another tv network brings back the whole Duggar family.
Michelle, I am a loyal follower of your show since your kids were small and when you lived in the small house. I want to say that your family is amazing and I know things have been hard the last year or so but stand strong in the Lord. My favorite memory verse is Phill. 4:4-8. My choice to memorize scripture has been a blessing to me. I too feel overwhelmed over the past 5 yrs. We lost our home to foreclosure/ short sale. We moved into my husbands old house. Have lived here with black mold and so much needed to be taken down and redone. It’s still not done but my husband works lots of hours and works on it when he can. I’m out of work with health issues and we are down to one running car. I have 3 grown childen and I miscarried a child as well. Things get overwhelming for me. Chores go undone and this house is a construction zone 5 yrs. later. You are not forgotten. God sees you, he listens to you and he cares. As much as I love my family I am looking forward to Jesus’s return. Your not alone in this. My prayers are with you. Take one day at a time. I love you.
Michelle thank you so much for sharing. I just wanted you to know how much I miss seeing your show here in England. My daughter, daughter-in-law and myself all used to watch but it hasn’t been aired here for some time. I think the last time we got to see current shows was just before Jessa’s wedding. We can’t even see the new * Counting On * series , unless of course it can be viewed over the internet, but even then it’s sometimes only available online if you live in the US. Hopefully TLC will reconsider and show it here in the UK. Anyways, that said, also wanted you to know how much I love your family and you. I admire your strength and the way you have brought your children up by your faith in the Lord. Blessings to you all. Much love from a loyal supporter in London xx
I have so enjoyed your and your family. Your stand for the Lord is so reflective of your life. I am so sorry for the problems that you have gone through and losing your first show. I love how you have stayed true to your love for the Lord and each other. . I believe He is working in the lives of your son and his wife and total healing will happen in His timing. If it hasn’t already . I always enjoyed them. Thank you for being so open in sharing the high points and the hard times. God is using you and your family for good and to help us to live and love our families in ways pleasing to Himself. I am so blessed for the insights God has shown me through your testimony of Gods faithfulness to you in good times and in times of very hard struggles. You bless my life. Thank you. May God continue to bless and use your lives as an example of how He wants us all to love and serve Him. Blessings on you and yours.