Lourdes Blanco and Sophia

God has been so good to me since the birth of my daughter. I cannot imagine my life without her. But, in all honesty, I didn’t always feel this way. When I found out I was pregnant I was devastated and felt like there was nothing I could do; my whole world was over- or so I thought.

When I arrived at Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers I realized that all those thoughts running around in my head were fears. How am I going to tell my parents? Will my family desert me? Will I be able to provide for myself and my baby? Will I be able to succeed in life? Will I have a place to live? Will I ever be loved?

My peer counselor was so gracious to me, and prayed for me continually. I never once felt condemned me as she continued to reassure me that God would always provide for me and my child. They weren’t solely focused on just the baby but they were focused on me as a person. They helped me to realize that if I don’t recognize how valuable I am to the Lord then I would never be able to recognize the value of another person; let alone my unborn child. They encouraged me to have my own personal relationship with the Lord. My peer counselor was constantly reminding me that I need to be part of a church and look for opportunities to serve. They told me that you can always come back to the Lord. This helped me to pursue God and not be ashamed of my mistakes but to embrace new life and God’s second chances.

But it didn’t stop there. Once Sophia was born they offered me sexual integrity classes which taught me so much. I learned that sexual integrity goes beyond not having sex. I also learned that, from this point forward, I can leave a different legacy with my daughter. A legacy of a life marked with purity, holiness and worship unto God. I now have the tools to share with my daughter what sexual integrity means, why she should wait and value herself as God’s precious daughter who was set her apart for His good work.

Through the pregnancy center I also realized that although there are many things that are difficult in my life, the good certainly outweighs the bad. I am blessed beyond what I deserve. Care Net PRCs has blessed me tremendously, not only with all their resources such as bible studies, education on my pregnancy and materials for my child,  but as a safe place for me to be reminded that God has never left me nor forsaken me and that His love for me is unconditional.

I’ve been blessed with an extremely supportive family. Sophia’s father is more than involved in her life even though we are not together. My peer counselor always reminded me to keep my eyes on Jesus and what He’s doing, not on my circumstances.

I know that there may be some, or maybe you know someone, who didn’t choose life.  But what I have learned through this process is that we are ALL in need of God’s salvation, grace and healing. Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers offers a safe and confidential place for men and women to receive God’s healing and restoration through our abortion recovery Bible Studies. God loves to gives us second chances.  He’s given me mine and I am so grateful.

The Bible says: God is faithful to work all things out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. I am a living testimony that this is true. I went from being a client at Care Net PRCS, into a renewed and strengthened relationship with the Lord, to a new mom with a precious daughter. And, this past Monday, God provided me with a new job. I am now a part of the Administrative staff at Care Net PRC’s. I can’t help but think that I would not have this job and so many amazing people in my life had it not been for Sophia. Being a mother is definitely challenging, many sleepless nights and feelings of inadequacy but God is always there. He continually makes His presence known and shows me that He always provides a way for me to be conformed to the image of His son in all circumstances.

Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers is a place to be reassured that life is worth fighting for.