Are you experiencing an unexpected pregnancy? I know that so many emotions come when you first find out that you are unexpectedly expecting. I know because I had an unplanned pregnancy too. I worried about how I could afford a child, where I would live, if my job would be flexible, how I could pay for childcare, the baby’s father and how he would respond. You don’t have to feel pressured to make a quick decision but just take a deep breath and take things one day at a time. I know it might feel like you need to hurry to figure out your next move … but you will never regret taking your time and thinking through a decision that will have a significant impact on the rest of your life. 

This is your life. If you feel pressure from family, friends, or the father of the baby to have an abortion, just stand strong. No one can force you into a decision and you owe it to yourself to get all the facts without having extreme emotions sway your choice. Fear can trick you into making a decision that you might regret later and make you believe you can’t have this baby or can’t place this baby for adoption but you are stronger than you think!  

I have many friends that have also blazed the same trail me and you have with an unintended pregnancy. One of my good friends Destiny once posted this and I love it so much … 

See, you don’t realize how temporary the ‘crisis’ is when it’s consuming your every waking moment, but as soon as you get beyond that … Such beauty can be born from that which we never planned. Fear is temporary, but the courage you gain facing it lasts forever. Panic subsides, but the strength you find in the midst of the crisis endures. Perhaps the most amazing thing though is how the love you feel for this new life, whether it was intended or not, suddenly turns a ‘mistake’ into a miracle. I didn’t save my son by ‘choosing life.’ He saved me.”

I always say that I raised a kid but my kid raised me too. God knew exactly what I needed in my life, even when I didn’t realize it. My son saved me too, just like Destiny. He gave me a purpose and his sweet face inspired me to dream again. Life might seem that there are obstacles in your way right now to achieve your goals but just know that sometimes God gives us an unexpected opportunity that will empower us to dream bigger, live louder, and love more boldly. 

Sister, you are not alone! There are other girls going through similar struggles but we were not born to live isolated and alone. We need community! Join an Embrace Grace Support Group in your area for young women with unexpected pregnancies. Just go to www.embracegrace.com to find a group near you!