Two weeks ago a young client gave her life to Christ after she was shared the gospel and prayed for by a client advocate. She was also encouraged to start attending a local church where she would feel welcomed and loved. Many clients feel like they would be judged for some of the choices they have made in the past. We share with them that we are all sinners and there is not one person in church who has not made some bad choices in their lives. We encourage them to press past those feelings of not measuring up or being judged. God is not in the business of judging and we follow that at Life Choices. We continue to pray for this precious young woman that she finds a place she feels welcomed where she can now grow in her relationship with this awesome Jesus we know.
Starting Over -
One client is breathing easier and rejoicing in 'second chances' and 'renewed virginity.' Our God offers us second, third, and fourth chances to make changes in our lives and an opportunity to renew our virginity (start over). Cindy, (not her real name) came to us fearful, embarrased and feeling shame. She and her boyfriend of nearly a year had gotten carried away and now found it hard to change the pattern of sex in their relationship. They now were experiencing the pressures of a possible unplanned pregnancy. Both came from Christian backgrounds and attended Bible college. The thought of abortion was not an option for them and they would either parent or choose the parents for their child. We talked for a long time about the 'shame' she was feeling. God does not judge us on these choices and neither do we at Life Choices. The shame we feel is often self inflicted and usually a sign of a choice we wish we could change. ---The Good News...... we can! Cindy and her boyfriend were not pregnant this time. We talked about the chances of her becoming pregnant if they continued to have sexual relations and the chance to make good choices, to make a plan, and begin again. Choosing not to have sex once you have, takes planning, courage and God's strength. We worked together to help formulate a plan and go forward in their 'renewed virginity.' They are determined to stick to a plan, finish college and wait until marriage. Until then, we pray for continued strength, courage and joy for them as they fulfill the awesome lives God has planned for them.
A New Family -
We had several abortion minded girls come in recently. One client, in particular, came in with her boyfriend and talked with us for quite some time. Finally, after a few hours of educating them on their options, adoption became a possibility. The boyfriend said he would stand by his girlfriend whatever her decision may be, although she was still considering abortion. They went home for the weekend with much to consider. Their homework was to seek God and ask what He wanted for them. When they returned for the ultrasound the following week, they learned that the baby was further along than they had thought. God provided some awesome pictures of their baby. But, they had also talked a lot over the weekend, and had decided to keep the baby and to get married. The boyfriend’s mother even accompanied them to see the ultrasound. Though the pregnancy was unplanned and the couple was young, the boyfriend's mother was very encouraging and was touched to see the life that her soon to be daughter-in-law was carrying.
We had another client who was hoping for a negative pregnancy test, only to discover she really was pregnant. She was very distraught and had been going through some difficult times. We counseled her for quite some time and determined how far along she was in her pregnancy. During our time together she began to cry and said she didn’t really believe in abortion, but couldn’t have another baby. We had already talked about adoption and she didn’t think she could do that. After staring at the pictures of fetal development for a long while, and further discussing her options, she began to consider adoption. We gave her information and discussed how that might look for her, even how she could pick the parents for her baby. She has now chosen life for her baby and is going forward with adoption.
by Resa HamiltonA broken homeA young girl hurtingSearching for loveIn all the wrong placesA boy with kind wordsAnd promises of loveA baby is conceivedA blessing from aboveFor whom God has a plan
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