- Day 1: fertilization: all human chromosomes are present; unique human life begins.Click photo to enlarge.
- Day 6: embryo begins implantation in the uterus.
- Day 22: heart begins to beat with the child's own blood, often a different type than the mothers'.
- Week 3: By the end of third week the child's backbone spinal column and nervous system are forming. The liver, kidneys and intestines begin to take shape.
- Week 4: By the end of week four the child is ten thousand times larger than the fertilized egg.
- Week 5: Eyes, legs, and hands begin to develop.
- Week 6: Brain waves are detectable; mouth and lips are present; fingernails are forming.
- Week 7: Eyelids, and toes form, nose distinct. The baby is kicking and swimming.
- Week 8: Every organ is in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and fingerprints begin to form. By the 8th week the baby can begin to hear.
Romans 1:20 "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. "
Let's not forget or take for granted how God has revealed Himself so clearly!
The ultrasound is of a new baby at almost 5 weeks old...
- "For you are the God of my strength" (Psalm 43:2)
- "Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him" (Psalm 43:5)
- "All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You" (Psalm 44:17)
- "Our heart has not turned back, our steps have not deviated from your way" (Psalm 44:18)
- "For your sake we are killed all day long" (Psalm 44:22)
- "'Let God be magnified' But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord do not delay." (Psalm 70:4-5)
- "For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth" (Psalm 71:5)
- "But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works." (Psalm 73:28)
We may not always know WHY we or others encounter situations of suffering. Scripture reveals over and over though that the Lord often uses it to:
- Comfort us so that we may comfort others (2 Cor 1)
- For the salvation of others (2 Cor 1)
- To not trust in ourselves (2 Cor 1)
- Produce a weight of eternal glory (2 Cor 4:17)
- To keep us humble (2 Cor 12:7)
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