Having read other's thoughts on this question, I gather that having many children is a blessing only if you can financially handle it. I wrote in another thread that there are many verses that makes a connection between God's blessings and God multiplying the family. To which i've had a response that ..... to which i'd agree to a certain extent. It's interesting that the one who God promised to bless and to multiply (Abraham, the father of many nations) had only two sons. Discounting one, it looks like for God, one good arrow is good enough to do the job... (BUT, a qualifier here, Abraham did NOT practice birth control!!!) So the promise of "multiplying" came not in the immediate next generation, but over the generations..... However, I submit that the (married)man who prays,"God bless me! GOd bless my life! God bless my Family! Don't give me more than two children!!!" doesn't know the mind of God or what He thinks a blessing is.