New Life


Last week our 3rd son, Norman, was born. It was a whirlwind of emotions and experience. Shelley pushed Norman out in 3 pushes, 18 minutes after we arrived at the birthing center. It wasn’t easy; but it was quick! After he was born, we ended up spending a couple days in the NICU because he had amniotic fluid in his lungs. He couldn’t get quite the amount of oxygen he really needed. Turns out this is somewhat typical in situations where there is a really fast birth or a C-section.

Apparently, the process of contractions and the baby making its way down the birth canal has some intrinsic value for breathing. This was news to me. As the contractions and descent occur, the baby is squeezed, forcing amniotic fluid from his chest. These pauses in the labor process are vital to open the baby’s lungs and maximize breathing capacity. When the baby is delivered quickly, there is no squeezing, thus amniotic fluid remains in the lungs. And you end up in the NICU on oxygen for a couple days.

Turns out, the slow, painful process of birth is actually good. It results in that initial cry and gasp, where the baby takes his first breath and new life is formed.

A client helped me see this week that sometimes this is exactly how things go with God and us. He allows us to bear a slow, painful process so that, on the other side, there is new life. If we rush it, we may not fully develop the capacities necessary to do life well.

Don’t rush the process.


3 thoughts on “New Life

  1. I am so thankful and offer congratulations on the birth of your new son! I follow your ministry as often as possible. God has used you to help me in my journey in my life of addictions seeking God daily for the victory He has promised. My wife and I are now in a recovery program called REFORMERS UNANIMOUS an International Bible based program located only 4 miles from our home in Loganville, Ga. Should you desire a reference for people i n need on the east coast & all over the the U.S.,you can contact them at (815) 986-0460: Email: You may already have this information. Please continue to make yourself available through Yahoo Email,Face Book,Google,Twitter and YouTube. You are a source of encouragement to me and others as I share you ministry with those that are struggling. I Pray for you-for you have so much godly wisdom & understanding to help others. I wish some day I could meet you, but in Heaven for sure when we will have all eternity to share. Looking for His soon return. Gordon Ruby, a sinner saved by Grace.

  2. Congratulations to you and Shelly on the birth of your son, Norman! Thank you Jason for sharing your life’s experiences with us all. I thank Shelly for sharing her experiences as well. You have been a lifeline for me in the beginning of this walk with my husband. EMB is an outstanding program and my husband and I talk about how grateful we are for him to have been able to attend EMB last year. Almost a year later, we are so far ahead because of EMB. We are planning on a special celebration on his one year anniversary in August. I couldn’t be more proud of my husband…he has been diligent, determined, courageous, and committed to working on his sexual integrity and has been victorious in many areas along the way. Yes, there have been struggles, and I’m sure there will be more; however, when he falls backwards, it’s not because he gave in to porn, etc,…it’s attitude and he is quick to see his mistake and apologize. I have to apologize also during those times for my retaliating attitude. We move past things quickly, we forgive, and move on. God bless you Jason for sharing your life with us and you, and others, for dedicating your time to this cause.

  3. Congratulations on another wonderful gift from God to you and your wife Jason. Your illustration of the birth process was especially meaning to me also as continue up the mountain in my quest for purity. Things are not quite as simple as they seem on the surface at times.

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