Circle of Life

How having a baby at a young age is a blessing.


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My heart is leaping with emotion—my daughter has just had a beautiful little baby boy!

I hadn’t told that many people what was happening in our family because my daughter is not married. It’s a situation I would not wish for her, but, honestly, an unhappy marriage to a dishonorable man is worse. I know—that was me when I was her age.

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was in college. My mom had passed away and I had no one to turn to. My boyfriend and I married because it was the only way my father would let me keep the baby. Most of my pregnancy was spent hiding feelings of guilt and shame.

When my daughter first told me she was pregnant, she was home from college on Christmas break. Feelings I had buried for forty plus years came back with familiarity, but this time I wasn’t a scared teenager. I was a woman who had felt God’s hand on her life and had experienced God’s grace with greater abundance than I could have imagined. I assured my daughter that I loved her unconditionally and that she and her baby would be welcome to stay with us. It was a landmark moment for me.  

The birth of my new grandson is a complete wonder to me. This precious child has already brought me completely unexpected gifts of healing, peace and freedom…and he’s not even a month old.

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