These words are straight from a 20-year-old woman who came to Pregnancy Resource Center in February 2013. She asked that her name not be used, but these are her words and her beautiful story.
I’ll never forget the day that I found out I was pregnant. It was February 3, 2013, a Sunday afternoon. It was a bright and sunny day – a day that will forever be in my memory. I have always been raised to trust in the Lord, a real church-going girl, but that day I really had my doubts.
I could not understand why, at 20 years old, I could be going through this. Why did I have to be pregnant?
I was scared and even when I was surrounded by a sea of people, my wonderful family, the best of friends, and my boyfriend of three years, I felt all alone. But one feeling was already stronger than any fear I had – love. At just a few weeks pregnant, I already knew I loved my baby peanut. But I didn’t know what to do and how to tell anyone, so I just kept it to myself.
A few days later I went on a drive. I had to get away from it all and clear my head and cry. I just needed to cry. I talked to the Lord and lifted up all my fears and concerns. I drove with no destination in mind, but ten minutes later I ended up on the lawn of the Pregnancy Resource Center. I was nervous to go in and admit to a stranger what I had been hiding from the rest of the world.
That day the Lord reminded me that He truly does have a plan for my life.
For the ten years that I’d lived in Leesburg I’d never heard of Pregnancy Resource Center, yet I ended up on their couch.
Those strangers welcomed me into their hearts and soon became trusted counselors and godly mentors. I received love and support. I was counseled in everything baby, encouraged in school, and received diapers, wipes, and clothes to prepare for my baby’s arrival.
But more importantly than any of that, I was reminded of God’s incredible love.
In a world full of judgment, I was afraid of the backlash that a young, un-wed, 20 year old mother-to-be would receive.
Instead, the women of the Pregnancy Resource Center reminded me what it means to be a follower of Christ. I will forever be thankful for the women of the Pregnancy Resource Center who opened their hearts to me, and all of the people who made selfless donations to help support me when a full time job at a doctor’s office wasn’t enough to provide for all the things that my child needed. Today, my daughter is a healthy, active, and beautiful little fireball.
She is everything I never knew I needed in my life that February day. Thank you and may God bless you all.