The Cross in Our Bodies …

Got this in an email and decided to share it here instead of littering email boxes with it!!!
This is a pretty neat story and an interesting thing that few of us know. It’s brief, so please read. (FROM A DOCTOR) 
A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio… And I was BLOWN AWAY!  I want to share what I learned….
He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is… How He spoke the universe into being… How He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire..  Etc. Etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) . And I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God’s handiwork. I remember so many times thinking.. ‘How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???’
Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart…how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.
And then I lost my breath. And it wasn’t because I was running my treadmill, either!!!
It was because he started talking about laminin. I knew about laminin..Here is how Wikipedia describes them: ‘Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue’ You see…. Laminins are what hold us together… LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn’t know is what they LOOKED LIKE…

But now I do.  And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)….Here is what the structure of laminin looks like… AND THIS IS NOT a ‘Christian portrayal’ of it…. If you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see…

 
Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!  Amazing.  The glue that holds us together…. ALL of us….. Is in the shape of the cross. Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.
‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible And invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or Authorities;    All things were created by him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him All things HOLD TOGETHER.’ Colossians 1:15-17
Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool. Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together… One cell to another…. By the cross.
You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin ‘glue’ would look like long before Adam breathed his first breath!!

Nursing Struggles

I have been thinking about all the nursing issues I have been having with Gavin and I’m still trying to figure out if its worth trying to nurse him again. He hasn’t nursed in almost 6 weeks. He turns his head and cries no matter what I try. He is being treated for an ear infection right now and then I am going to try again. If he still turns away from me I think I’m going to just have to accept that he isn’t going to nurse again.

A Good Rule On Abuse

Recently the topic of abuse has been on our minds a lot lately due to some personal issues. All my life I have been abused in one way or another. I think I finally have a good way to measure what abuse is and I thought I would share that with everyone. So here goes: I would ask myself “Would I allow this to happen to my child?”

It’s hard to admit when people are abusive to me but it’s so easy to gage abuse when it comes to children. I just have to remind myself that no matter how old I get I AM STILL GODS CHILD & I AM WORTH MORE THAN THAT!

Hope this helps anyone struggling with this concept.

So Much To Do

Now that we are totally out of the old house we have to start unpacking the new one. There are boxes everywhere, clothes need to be put in the closet, food in boxes that needs to be put in the cupboards. There is still a load of stuff in the truck. It is going to take a lot of work to get things straightened out here, but it can be done!!
On another note, Since the move is done I can now concentrate on getting Gavin back to nursing. We have made progress … Today we Started feeding 6oz bottles next to the uncovered breast so he can associate food with breast and then once the bottle is gone I work on getting him to latch on. He fusses and screams for a few but I calm him with lots of shushing and other comforting things. I can get him to allow the nipple to stay in his mouth! One small step in the larger picture!!!
OMG … as I write this one handed he is actually trying to nurse … YAY!!! He suckled for a few seconds and that my friends is real progress!!!