A Note from Jim Bob and Michelle

by | Jun 1, 2023 | 45 comments

The recent “documentary” that talks about our family is sad because in it we see the media and those with ill intentions hurting people we love. Like other families, ours too has experienced the joys and heartbreaks of life, just in a very public format. This “documentary” paints so much and so many in a derogatory and sensationalized way because sadly that’s the direction of entertainment these days.

We have always believed that the best chance to repair damaged relationships, or to reconcile differences, is through love in a private setting. We love every member of our family and will continue to do all we can to have a good relationship with each one. Through both the triumphs and the trials we have clung to our faith all the more and discovered that through the love and grace of Jesus, we find strength, comfort, and purpose.

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  1. Samantha Scott

    “Yea, and all who will live a godly life in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
    We will be praying for for wonderful family! Please keep up your Christian example!❤️


    I do wonder how you felt about Jinger’s very gracious writing in her book, which highlights the truths & falsehoods of IBLP, along with its abuses. I hope you’ve come to the same conclusions as Jinger, through delving into the scriptures themselves!!

  3. Kimberly Birkemeier

    I love your family. I miss seeing you all. I am glad we get to see glimpses in JoyAnna’s YouTube channel. I am sorry your family has to deal with this so publicly. I hope you guys know that you still have many many people, including myself, who feel your family is a great inspiration. Your show and, now, the individual YouTube videos, are a source of happiness. Thank you for everything.

  4. Mary Sanoni

    I’m sorry that people talk about your family so badly. Everyone has issues in their families, not one of us doesn’t. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that JimBob and Michelle love the Lord and have done their best to be good parents and Christian’s. People really need to “walk in your shoes” to know all you’ve done and been through as a family. You’ll always have a fan and a prayer warrior in me.

  5. Maril Turner

    Stay strong duggar family!

  6. Barbara

    blessed are those who a re persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    our Lord knows your heart and you are in my prayers.

  7. Marie Baker

    God bless all of you and your precious family. I have seen your faithfulness to our God and I pray God will heal your family and continue giving you strength. In Jesus’s name I pray amen.

  8. BG

    Since you have opened up your families journey on tv why not continue to be open and discuss all aspects of your journey and how God is working with your struggles.

    Thank you

  9. Rachel Wallace

    I have will continue to stand by you guys! You’ve been so incredibly and unfairly treated and it’s saddens me to see how people use a magnifying glass to pick apart a family because they are grounded and rooted in the Word , that is the REAL source of this “witch hunt.” Know there are many, many more like myself who love and support you guys!
    Stay strong

  10. Helen Schwend

    May God bless your family…keep your eyes fixed on the mark of the high calling of God….I have always enjoyed following your family in the social media and television, a real family with real life issues and you’ve handled it well. I hope to see more of how your family lives unfold. you have a beautiful family. Lord bless

  11. LMP

    Hope this family will heal. Fame comes with a price.

    Whatever faith you come from, it should not control you.

  12. Barb weeks

    every family has there hard times. some hard times are very hard to get through and along time to rebuild.
    your family is no different, when your in the public eye, it makes things a lot harder.
    praying for your family and for relationships to be able to be restored.

  13. Michael Towne

    The very fact that the world and its media is coming against the Duggar family is proof the Duggars must be doing something right. The people on this “documentary” were calling good evil and evil good.

  14. Alexis Holston

    Just wanted to say I’m praying for you all.

  15. Jacqui

    Love your family. You’re all in my prayers. God bless you.

  16. Yassine

    I am thankful for your godly example. May the Lord’s grace continue to abound to you in every way. May the Lord continue to strengthen you.

  17. Catherine

    My prayers 🙏 are with you all because at the end of the day we did not pick our families. God chose who would be in our inner circle ⭕️. The children you have raised are a testament to your heart 💜 and faith.
    The Lord never said it would be easy and although as parents we make mistakes along the way each one of us is accountable first to the Lord and then to our children by confessing one to another and asking for forgiveness so that healing ❤️‍🩹 can begin
    Those seeds that were planted on good ground, we have been promised in the Word 📖 that in due season we shall reap a harvest as long as we rest in the Lord
    My daughters and I watched your family grow up on TV 📺 and you all will always have a special place in our hearts
    Blessings 😇

  18. Emily Davis

    Praying for your family.
    It’s always sad when others speak out in such negative ways.
    Obviously there are hurting hearts…. but the few of your children and relatives who are speaking out in this way are making such bad decisions.
    Cling to Jesus. No matter what – He is the way, the truth, and the light. <3
    The media hates Christianity. And sometimes Children stray from it too.
    We pray they come back.

    My mama heart is hurting for you all.
    May peace, comfort, and blessings be yours.

  19. Carol

    May God be with your family.

  20. Zoë Deligianidis

    I admire your courage, after all the nasty things people have said about your family! Even some family members have aired things that should be kept private. I pray that God will continue blessing your family! Stop dwelling on negative comments people make and focus on each other and the word of God. We all have problems in our families. Ours, however, are not on camera!! Blessings to all of you Duggar’s!!!! Be strong! Only God can judge! Peoples judgement doesn’t matter one bit!! By the looks of things in our society, Christ’s arrival is imminent!!! Let’s just make sure we live for Him! Glorify and honor Him with everything we are! Be ready!! He’s coming to take us home!!! Hallelujah!!!!🥰❤️🙏🏼

  21. Ebony

    Just want to let you guys know how much my heart goes out to you all. I know it’s not easy with all of the horrible things people are saying about y’all and this new documentary make matters worse .. y’all are in my prayers . Keep shining your lights for Jesus in this dark world .. Jesus warned us that we would be hated but stay encouraged in his word .

  22. Anonymous

    I agree with everything you just texted.Hope things get better for you and your family.Always keep God first and you never can go wrong.

  23. Deborah M Westbrook

    Thank you for speaking out and writing this. It’s sad that others are making money and gaining attention from someone else’s unfortunate circumstances.
    I’m a proud fan of your family, and I love the way you stand for conservative values, the Bible and prayer. I won’t be watching that trashy documentary. It’s a form of persecution against you.

  24. Anonymous

    I am so sorry for the parents. Raising a family comes with no blueprint and parents navigate through all the pitfalls of life the best they can. Do we always get it right, no, but when rooted in love the end usually turns out alright. What ever prompted the decisions and choices made by this family belong to this family. For those who want to do a public reprimand to the parents, r ember life always comes with karma. Learned that the hard way when I chastised my parents for their choices, only to one day be on the receiving end.

  25. Anonymous

    Blessings and healing to ALL of you.

  26. Kay

    Jim Bob and Michelle, I had not read the book you’re referring to, but I knew you couldn’t have been such terrible parents considering all the wonderful children you have raised. Parents do the best they can with what they know, while raising children. I pray for healing in your relationships with all your children.

  27. Amy Peterson

    I 100% agree! This is private family business. Sad that greed and the love of money tempts even one’s own loved ones into betrayal. And when our children find mates, those partners tend to try and alienate and plant false accusations and ideas into our children’s minds. It results in divisions. Very painful.

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  29. Sabrina

    We watched the whole thing last night. I totally agree with your synopsis. May God continue to bless your family and I pray that relationships will be restored. We have some of that going on in our large family too. Satan is busy these days…. 🙁 But God is still on His throne. 🙂

  30. Diane Hirschfeld

    I have always loved and respected your family and I don’t believe more than half of what the media states. My heart goes out to you, Anna and her children and, yes, even Josh. The only person I am annoyed with is your niece, Amy. She uses the Digger name as though it were really hers to het advantage. May God protect you from harm and scandal any all of you be blessed forevermore.

  31. Anonymous

    Weeds are in every garden. Your family is in my prayers.

  32. Lois

    Praying always

  33. Frank

    Sad that the fake news media is trying to destroy your family! Stay strong! Sending love and prayers!

  34. Allison B.

    As a parent, I would be devastated beyond words if my children did this. First, the children were clearly not harmed by the show because they have decided to have a big social media presence and they continue making their lives public in order to make money. Second, since they do have that social media presence, their fans can easily see by their dress and grooming and lifestyle choices that they no longer follow their parents’ religion. And so when fans post questions on their social media, all they have to do is reply that they do not agree with their parents’ religion and have chosen a religion that they feel more accurately reflects the teachings of the Bible. No need for books and documentaries to “help” others by trashing their family. Dignity, grace, and respect so hard to come by these days. I grew up in a very conservative Christian family (not IBLP). I am still a devout Christian, but do not agree with everything my parents did. Nevertheless, they did it out of love and they thought they were doing the best for us. I would never attack them in public. I am so sorry for the pain you must be going through. Your love for your children is evident and you do not deserve this.

  35. Anonymous

    JimBob and Michelle , I don’t care what any documentary says or the lies it tells. I can see what good, Christian people your family is and the love you all have for each other. God knows the truth and that’s all that matters. Just know that there are many, many people out here who love and support you and your family and continually take up for you. ❤️

  36. Ashely Munroe

    As a long-time fan of both the show and the family, I am so sorry to see the media attacking on issues that they know so little about. This is not right in America – especially in modern years.

  37. Teresa Lafferty

    My husband and I sat and watched only the first episode of this ‘documentary’ that talks of your family, and we hurt for you. We have 14 children ourselves and had the pleasure of meeting a lot of you in Richmond, Va. back in 2012. As our children have grown and many have moved on, we have gone through similar issues as you have. As I have watched so much drama unfold in the news in regard to your family, my heart has gone out to both of you, but especially to Michelle — from one mother to another. You have raised your children well and have done right by them from what I have seen. I don’t know of a single parent that could turn their child over to authorities when they made the mistakes Josh did as a young boy, but so many are quick to point out that you should have. You did what you thought was best and I commend you for it. I know this is hard. Being a mother of so many has kept my heart full and broken at the same time, so I do get it; however, I cannot imagine having the world come down on me, as you have been enduring for so long. You are fine parents and the values you hold and the rules you have for your children are ones that I admire. I have several that have gone astray and blamed us for so much, but we know full well all we intended for them, and we know that we did our absolute best for each of them with the little that we had. Unfortunately, we could only shield them from the world for so long and the world got ahold of some and since then, my heart has been one emotional roller coaster. I have learned so much from watching you raise your children, and it was an absolute privilege to have met you. I remember telling Michelle that day that it would be amazing to be able to just come over and visit with your family. I remember her saying, “Oooh! That sounds like fun!” That made me smile. One of my children told me later that I looked so happy that day. I was. You have a lot to be thankful for, and proud of, and nothing to be sorry for. Not one of us is perfect, and when I see the two of you, I see two parents who have their children’s best interests at heart and who have done so much for them. The world will always hate you. Just remember — John 15:18-19 — “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” Be strong. Praying for you through this difficult time. Much Love!! – Mama L.

  38. Cheri

    my heart breaks for this family, I pray they keep focused on Jesus and not that man…. I pray in true faith their family can pull together.

  39. M. Smith

    Continuing to lift your family in prayer. I’m so sorry that it seems like the entire world is interested in rejoicing over tragedies in other’s lives and making a mockery of Christ on a public forum. This statement was very well said. You’re doing all you can do. Continue trusting God. That’s all any of us can do!

  40. Nicole Kessler

    praying for your family! God bless!

  41. Amanda

    My heart breaks for what you are going through. I have not seen this show but because we have a large family it has been mentioned to me again and again. I want you to know our family is praying for you and will continue to pray for you. I’m so sorry you are going through all this.

  42. Lori

    Jim Bob and Michelle,

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to the “documentary.” I’ve enjoyed watching your family from the very first episode and have learned so much from your gentle consistency and steadfast faith. I will not be watching the “documentary” as it appears to present the skewed perspective of a fallen world.

    Over the years I have seen your hearts to do what is right, serve others, and honor our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, I imagine that even now you are privately praying for those responsible for this hurtful project.

    Thank you for inspiring me and countless others and please be encouraged by these words of our Savior in Matthew 5: “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

    Know that many of us stand with you and pray for you and your beautiful family, blessed by the revelation that God is strong where we are weak.

    Love from California

  43. Susan

    I don’t trust the media at all. You can’t believe anything they say today. They will do anything for entertainment.

  44. Margaret

    Prayers for restoration of your family relationships and peace from the Giver of peace. I have always believed you to be sincere in your ministry. We have such a hard call from Jesus to fill to forgive others, to love our enemies and the walk is the only Way! Thank you for shining a light on biblical marriage and family life in a world where I think it is very much looked down upon.

    I also want to say that when the culture sees Christian men (esp leaders in the church) who have fallen deeply into sin they often put that on Christ but I think it’s just a sign we need Him more! Our faith is in Him not any single fallible human – and sometimes those we trust the most do let us down and fall short -so we cover them in grace! God bless your family

  45. Betty Davis

    Jim Bob and Michelle I am so glad that you have responded against these accusations being said about not only you but also against countless other Christian families. We are living in a day when attacking Christians has become commonplace, The Lord warned us that this day was coming and that if they hate Him then they will hate us too. Stand firm in the Lord like you are doing and always remember that there are countless of us out here that love you and pray for you and really appreciate all you have done by being such a beautiful faithful witness of God loving people. Thank you for all you have taught us along the way.


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