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Three Month Birthday: The Chronicles of Sadie

October 15th, 2008

Focus Texts: II Corinthians 5: 17 (NLT)

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!


Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead

Well, it’s hard to believe, but today my little darling is a whole three months old.  Not to speak in cliches, but it really does seem like yesterday that I was standing over that warmer in the delivery room as that little pink wiggle-worm was screaming her head off.  Here we stand, though, three months later– oh, so much has changed.

I suppose that the most consistent, lasting feature of this whole process is . . . well . . . constant change. We plan and toil and prepare and scurry about in an effort to establish stable routines for Princess.  But despite our best efforts, the very nature of life changes these routines on a daily basis.  Don’t get me wrong– the routine is very important and it makes most days work out nicely, but one should not look for infinite security in the routine.  No, just because she slept peacefully through her afternoon nap yesterday doesn’t guarantee such success today.  When it comes to Sadie, change is always afoot . . . and what big feet she does have (sorry, I’m a little silly).

I can remember our elation in the hospital when Sadie would take half an ounce of nourishment.  A few weeks later, two ounces seemed like an all-you-can-eat buffet.  These days, six or seven ounces barely do the job.  That’s some crazy change.  The first day she was born, she weighed seven pounds and two ounces– a pretty average weight.  In just three short months, she has almost doubled in size!  Could you imagine if you doubled in size in three months?  That’s incredible!

I suppose that what I’m saying is that the newness of Sadie’s life produces a greater degree of constant change.  Her newness begets more newness.

She grows so fast that sometimes she gets one wear out of an outfit.  Her expressions transform almost daily.  One smile from my darling and I’m mush; but only a few weeks ago, she wasn’t able to smile . . . unless it was gas.  Though still wobbly, her ability to hold her head up seems to improve with each passing moment.  She is so much more aware now of who’s in the room and follows objects with her eyes with utter brilliance.  In the beginning, she barely opened her eyes at all.  

I’ve had to accept the fact that I shouldn’t get comfortable with her at any one stage because sooner than later, she’s probably going to change again.  And although this prospect excites me concerning things like diapers and formula, I still cherish the wonder of every single one of her daily little miracles.  Furthermore, I’m like a Sadie sportscaster.  I know her stats and I can call the play-by-play of her growth, bragging to onlookers about what new thing she’s picked up this week.  Her constant change  . . . her repeated newness . . . is the fuel to the fire of my enthusiasm.  

I can’t imagine an experience more effective at revealing to my heart the nature of newness– not just a one-time newness, but a consistent newness that emerges each day.  That’s what our lives in Christ are supposed to be.  As this passage states, “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  The “has begun” part is very open-ended.  The possibilities are endless.

Though I say it with some level of sentimental sadness, I must admit that my one-week old Sadie no longer exists.  She is now a new person.  She’ll be a new person tomorrow too.  II Corinthians 4: 16 says that our inward person is “being renewed day by day.”  Yep, now I kind of get it.  Our new birth in Christ has spawned a miraculous process in our lives where within new life grows and emerges on a daily basis.

Hey I hope that in three months, I’m noticeably and distinctively different.  I pray that my inward man has grown so explosively that the Father stands over me and proudly quotes the stats of my journey.

So may be we embrace life’s potential today because yesterday “is gone . . . a new life has begun!”

Kennah Mathews
October 15th, 2008 at 11:52 am

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!… This verse is a great motivation! It makes me want to live every second of the day with a purpose! We were put on this earth to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. I am extremely glad that our “inward person is being renewed day by day.” There are times that I do not have a good “inward person” so that is good news for me! Thank you God for guiding me, and continuing to help me grow even when I mess up! Help me to show so much new growth each day!

Giovanna Gomez
October 15th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I love that verse in Lamentations that says, “His mercies are new every morning.”

Every morning we are given a new day, a new chance, new opportunities, a fresh start. Growth and change can happen every single day, if we choose to embrace it.

(By the way, the next few months for Sadie is going to bring you a lot of joy. This is when babies get super cute and super yummy! Take lots of videos and pictures! If you think you saw a lot of changes in these past three months, wait until you see what the next three bring.)

Rebecca Benson
October 15th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Like a parent, I think God likes to watch us grow and develope into the person he has created us to be. I hope that I am not the same as I was 6th months ago… let alone a week ago. In fact, I know that I am not the same person. Two weeks ago was when I started to read the Daily Thread, and that action alone has changed the way I live my life. Every step we take as baby christians brings us closer to who we are in Christ. The best part is God’s mercy!!! Like all babies, we have to learn to walk, and with out a doubt we are going to fall. Fortunately, God is there to be our loving parent, so that when we do fall he can pick us up, kiss our boo boos and let us try again. He is the best parent ever because no matter how many times you fall he is ALWAYS there waiting to pick you up and brush the dirt off so you can try again!

Jordan Warner
October 16th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

My day is so routine, i get up go to school, go to soccer, come home, and on wednesdays and sundays i go to church and then this day i have to babysit and this day i have a party to go to,i barely have time to eat (but always seem to squeeze it in there somewhere), and almost every minute of my life is planned out. It’s hard for me to remember that the one thing that really should matter in my life needs to change and intensify each day. My relationship with God is not a routine, or shouldn’t be a routine, and a lot of times i find myself making it a routine, so then it blends in with my everyday. I don’t want it to but sometimes i don’t see what’s happening, because i am so busy, until it’s to late. Hopefully as my relationship with God grows even more i’ll realize that i am changing everyday.


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