Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Scripture Thursday ~ Love Before Time

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
 I will praise You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV)




You know that God loves you now, but do you realize that He always has – even before you were born?  Even before the world was created?  He has loved you from the very foundation of time.  ~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~

A friend of mine (photo above) recently gave birth to a new baby.  It was a joyous occasion for all who knew this couple.  I was visiting them in the hospital when the pediatrician came in to examine the baby.  He checked him all over, listened to heart and lungs, counted fingers and toes and declared him, officially perfect.  


 


Nine months earlier, God began a miraculous process.   From the time the egg was fertilized, He was with this little one.  God knew all the physical characteristics before there were even bones or heart.   This tiny microscopic life, this embryo, needed only the time to grow and develop to be born.  At the time of birth, God gave this little baby his first breath outside the womb. 


Our appearance on earth is not an accident.  God has a plan for everyone that has ever been conceived.  He has loved us before our time began. 
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

Psalm 139:15-16

The term “skillfully wrought” literally means “embroidered.  God has embroidered us.  We are part of His intricately designed tapestry, the design in which He weaves all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  It’s the design by which His intentions are slowly but surely fulfilled.  ~ Dr. David Jeremiah

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD,
thoughts of peace and not of evil,
to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

God’s thoughts for us, for our lives, are good.   He has a perfect plan for us if we yield to Him.  When we give each situation to the Lord in prayer, he foreknows and will provide a way out. 

When God gives us a child to raise for Him, He entrusts that child in our care.  Since children are so helpless and vulnerable, God takes it personally when they are intentionally harmed.  God made them, and put life into them. 



With the advancement of technology, we can actually see inside the womb as a baby develops.   A mathematician named Alexander Tsiaras gave a TED presentation titled Conception to Birth – Visualized.   The imagery he obtained is phenomenal.  You can view his 10 minute presentation below. 
10 minute video ~ Conception to Birth - Visualized
by Alexander Tsiaras



Even though I am a mathematician, I look at [fetal development] with marvel: The complexity of these things, the mathematical model of how these things are indeed done, is beyond human comprehension.  — Alexander Tsiaras


Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
  Jeremiah 1:5a

Life begins at conception
, we know this because of the many scriptures to base it on. 

What was true of David (author of Psalm 139) is true of you. You are special—along with everyone else in the world.  This being true, we must be pro-life in the purest sense of the word. We are to respect and cherish all human life: the born and those still in the womb; winsome children and weary seniors; the wealthy executive and the financially destitute. All persons are unique productions of our Creator’s genius. ~ David Roper

free for personal use or sharing

If you had young children who died, or lost a baby to abortion, miscarriage, or had a stillborn child, you can be sure your baby/child is safe in the arms of Jesus.  If you are trusting in Him as your Lord and Savior, you will be reunited again someday.  

Our Creator is an artist of infinite majesty – a craftsman of breathtaking detail.  All He does is driven and guided by His infinite love for you and me. 
~ Dr. David Jeremiah

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Please note that the personal photographs are not to be shared or pinned.  You may as always use the scripture graphic above for personal use or sharing. 

Resources: 
God Loves You, He Always Has, He Always Will
by Dr. David Jeremiah

Linked to:  Word Art Wednesday, Encourage One Another, Hearts 4 Home, Monday's Musings, Rachel Wojnarowski, A Sheltering Tree,


13 comments:

Sü Smith said...

What a lovely post Abby! This is difficult for me to say out in the open on a public blog, but I am going to be courageous and tell my story. I say this in hopes to discourage anyone from going through an abortion if they may have reservations about a pregnancy.

Many years ago I got involved in a relationship and did not make the most intelligent choices. As a result I ended up getting pregnant. The father of this child was not the most responsible person in the world. I also discovered that I did not want to spend the rest of my life with this person.

So I was in a tricky situation - a dilemma of sorts. Because I knew in my heart that the father of this baby would not be able to take care of us, I considered getting an abortion. I even had an appointment set to do so.

Somehow by the grace of God, my mom found out about it!! She called me up and said: "Do you know how LONG your brother and his wife have been trying to have a baby?!?" I said no. She told me that they had been trying for SEVEN years, and had many miscarriages. Finally they stopped trying. She pleaded with me and said that the Lord wants this baby to be here. She also said that my brother and his wife would be willing to adopt this child.

So I decided to go through it. During my pregnancy I went through a lot of emotions regarding self-worth and such. However, once the baby was born it was all SO worth it!! To see the joy that this child brought to their lives was the most beautiful gift in the world.

The whole time I was pregnant they would talk to the baby in their prayer time. Do you know that when this baby was born it was like she intuitively knew that I was not her mommy. She was sort of fidgety and crabby around me. As soon as "mom" arrived with my brother and I gave her up to them, she calmed down immediately. How did she know?!? Even though I still have not let go of some of the guilt involving this situation, I feel that the Lord's hand was on this situation the whole time and still is.

They named her Heaven Leigh! She is well loved and home schooled with a strong Christian presence in her life. Her mommy is a great mommy!

Just this fall they told her who her birth mother is, so I'm a bit more comfortable discussing this. However it is very very personal.

Hopefully this story could help anyone who may have reservations about a pregnancy. I hope I haven't weighted down the comments area with my story. It is a very beautiful one in its own unique way as God took my mistake and turned it into a beautiful gift for my brother and his wife to cherish.

Natalie said...

Wow! That video was absolutely awe-inspiring. How can anyone doubt that we have a Creator. We truly are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thanks for sharing this Abby!

MaxineD said...

Thank you Abby for your words and for the art work. Yes. God does love us. I know from my own journey, that although I was put at risk during my childhood, He prevented much worse happening to me than what did.
Blessings
Maxine

TLady said...

Thank you Abby! This was/is a BEAUTIFUL VIDEO!!!!!!! :) OUR GOD IS SO GOOD AND SOOOOOOOOO GREAT!!!!!!!! :)Isn't it FUNNY man talks about "Artificial Intelligence?" as if it were something so wonderful & so great! It is NOTHING compared to our WONDERFUL GOD! BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS!!!!!! :)

Jonia said...

Abby, this is just a beautiful devotion. My daughter is expecting anytime my 4th grandchild and I am sending this to her also, but what a reminder of how God does know everything about us from even before we were conceived. Thanks for a fabulous devotion.

Stephanie said...

Absolutely beautiful! Psalm 139: 13-14 were the verses I thought upon during my 9 months of pregnancy. I was so amazed by God's power and design. Our Lord is truly amazing and leaves me speechless with His love and creation.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hugs,
Stephanie

Karen Letchworth said...

I started crying as I read this and watched it. What a powerful post, Abby. I wish the whole WORLD would read this post. It's absolutely beautiful. What a precious gift from God. That photo of him where it looks like he's praying is just TOO precious. If he COULD pray, He would be saying, "thank you, Jesus, for my life and please protect all the babies who need You."
BEAUTIFUL post - and beautiful art. You are such a blessing!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Abby,
Thank you for sharing all this with us. It will be a catylst for many. Some will post it on FB others will send it to a friend. Once again you have enabled many to see and hear facts that are undeniable.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours; we love that you have taken time to share your wonderful work with us at Word Art Wednesday.
Carole Robb Bisson
The Blessing of the LORD be Upon You!

Vee said...

Oh that little one looks as if he's saying a prayer...darling! I learned a few things today. Had not known that skillfully wrought meant embroidered...and love the idea. Just love it!

Anne said...

Su...thank you for your courage with your comment....God bless you and keep you.
Abby, this was an amazing video link! Thank you! I support Creation Ministries because even some Christians believe in evolution and then when questions about life come up they are not certain of their answers. Beautiful posting. Thank you!

Vee said...

That was amazing! Beyond mathematical understanding...that's nothing short of God! It certainly brings the scripture about being knit together in my mother's womb to life. This was my sermon today as I was too chicken to go to church for the second Sunday in a row. The winds are just howling here. Hope that you have a warm and cozy day there.

Vee said...

And now John's been here to watch...and "they" say we just happened...

marie said...

What a wonderful post Abby....I pray that it gets shared and read many, many times.