It takes courage to try something new. Imagine you are a teenager, pregnant, and you are walking into someone's house for dinner (someone you don't know). You would probably be dealing with competing emotions as you take that first step into the unknown. It takes bravery, strength, and courage! Week after week, we see moms display these very attributes. We asked one of our friends to share about her experience as she stepped into the unknown and got involved with Around the Table. Enjoy!
I prayed for a long time about the name of the ministry God had placed in my heart. Not just any name would do, it had to have meaning. On March 7, 2014, I was reading Genesis 6 and when I came to verse 8 it caused me to pause, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” As I looked up the meaning of grace I read that it meant favor. I believe that we have favor with God, and that it is because of his saving grace that we can have relationship with him. This verse made me think back to a time when my boy was small and we were just getting established in a place of our own.
On August 30, 1994 I walked into the Crisis Pregnancy Center at 1:00 PM. I remember how scared I had been to make that appointment, but I was even more scared as I walked into that little house in downtown Rochester. I remember what I wore: a navy romper, from The Limited, that zipped up the back and white Keds. It was my Freshman year of college, I was 17 years old, and I had never felt so alone in my entire life.
This young lady reached out to me about a year-and-a-half ago to see if she could volunteer with me at a local shelter. We made pancakes that day and laughed a lot as we started getting to know one another. The picture I am sharing are some of my favorites as they capture her lightheartedness and true beauty. Earlier this day she found out she had an interview and contacted me to see if she could borrow an outfit. We tried some different things, and decided on this one. She is going to do an incredible job interviewing this Tuesday at 2! We are believing that this job will be a good fit for her and her family.
She was quiet when she entered the house. Visibly pregnant and taking it all in with eyes wide open, she found a chair in the family room and settled in. I introduced myself, and then told her I’d be back in a few minutes. She didn’t say much and occasionally would overhear someone telling a story and a beautiful smile would slowly break through. Her cousin brought her this night, so she had one person by her side that was safe.