Baby Update

Last Sunday I preached from 2 Tim 1:1, where it starts, “Paul, an apostle (messenger) of Jesus Christ by the will of God…” The congregation was a group of residents from a local nursing home. I was sharing with them that God has a plan/will for their lives – even where they are at right now. John 6:40 clarifies that God’s will, big picture, is that everyone believe on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. But even beyond that, He has a will, a day to day desire for each of those dear people that were listening to me.
John 6:40, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life…”

I was struck that our little one, still being formed in the womb, is under God’s care and that He already has a plan for that little life – a plan that at this point even we as his/her parents don’t know. Salvation is His primary desire for Baby Maxwell, after that?? Eph 3:20 gives us a clue though, we are told that it is beyond our ability to ask or imagine. This has greatly encouraged Melanie and I.
Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”

Baby Maxwell continues to grow and get stronger. At a recent ultra-sound, the tech pointed out a little calf muscle, indicative of an active baby. We enjoy seeing the baby’s profile and also watching the cute little hands, arms and feet appear on screen. The child still has a stomach issue that will require surgery immediately after birth. What other special needs the baby may or may not have, only time will tell.

Our biggest prayer request right now is that Baby stays in the womb as long as possible. His/her stomach issue means there is excess amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, which can cause labor to come sooner. We are also praying the Lord will direct us to the correct (maybe even Christian?) perinatalogist, hospital, neonatalogist, pediatric surgeon, and whomever else gets involved.


7 thoughts on “Baby Update”

  1. Nathan and Melanie- I am so glad you posted an update, I have been praying fervently for you both and your little blessing.

  2. Thank you so much for keeping us informed as your baby grows.
    Your family’s ministry has been a blessing to our family and we are praying for the Father’s protection over you, Melanie and Baby.
    God’s Peace,
    Debbie C.

  3. Thanks for the update, Nathan! We have been praying for you and wondering how things were progressing! Will continue to pray for this precious little one and for God to continue to encourage both your hearts along this journey of welcoming this blessing into your lives! He isn’t surprised by any of this and I know His love and faithfulness will continue to be extended to you!!!

  4. Praying here also. May the Lord prepare the hearts of those you will come in contact with through this medical issue to see Him through you.


  5. Rachael is a NICU nurse now and works at KU MEd and OP Regional. I will tell her about the babe today and I know she will pray. Email me if you’d like her phone number to talk to her about NICU, etc., at both hospitals. I know KUMed is very supportive of breastfeeding and has rooms for mom/dad to stay if babe is in NICU. God bless–and congrats on the new little one. Audrey

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