Scared. Hyperventillating. Sweat is dripping down my face.
This wasn’t supposed to happen to me.
What will my family think?
I can’t do this!
My hands are shaking as I look down again at the two red lines.
I am pregnant!
Oh my gosh, I want to just throw up.
Unintended pregnancies research showed that:
“Approximately 16% of British pregnancies are unplanned. In France, 33% of pregnancies are unintended. Sweden results showed that the prevalence of unintended pregnancies were 23.2%. For Russia, 23% described them as “desired, but untimely”, and 19% said they were “undesired”. The United States rate of unintended pregnancies is higher than the world average, and much higher than that in other industrialized nations. Almost half (49%) of U.S. pregnancies are unintended, more than 3 million unintended pregnancies per year.”
The story of Mary, Mother of Jesus.
She wasn’t planning to have a baby. Unmarried. A virgin.
A story that many of you probably know very well (Luke 1:26-56).
But she was willing in her actions to do it at God’s timing.
Many women have been raped.
Many women have unexpected children as we see in the stats above.
You may have been raped and you are mad, disgusted and hurting. God loves you and he weeps as you weep. Justice is HIS and HIS alone… Don’t give up. (Psalm 9:9)
You may be pregnant and thinking about not having this baby. Don’t give up. (Psalm 127:3-5)
For those of you that believed and trusted in a God who has greater plans for all of us, I say thanks.
Many families have opened their home to be adoring parents or foster parents.
I was one of those children that grew up in a foster home.
And today I say a special thanks to all of these women, foster parents, adoptive parents and their families that have not only opened their homes but their hearts to orphans … the unwanted.
Prayer: God of comfort and love, there are many women in pain, anguish and despair every year around Mother’s day. Give us a heart of compassion and love for them. For those that have given their lives and hearts to orphans, may they be blessed beyond their imagination. In Matthew 25:40 we are reminded that “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ May we continue to live our lives doing our all for you. Amen
May God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.