When I found myself unmarried and pregnant at twenty, I was devastated! I was a full-time college student and had plans that did not involve a baby. It was a time of a lot of confusion and soul searching. So many thoughts crossed my mind! In the end I chose my baby because in my heart I knew it was a life. God had given me a precious gift and a detour from a road of destruction. There was no other option, I chose life.
Finding myself pregnant at the age of 18 with no husband, no job and a high school diploma wasn’t exactly the way I thought my life would turn out. I had big plans on going to college, becoming a registered nurse, finding my dream guy, having a big wedding and one day starting a family! But here I was, fresh out of high school and pregnant! Although, my whole life had been turned upside down, abortion never crossed my mind. I knew what I to do, I had 9 months to get my life as normal as possible before the baby was born. I vowed to myself and to my little miracle that I would do my best to guarantee her the best life possible, whatever it took.
On March 17, 2008 I became a Mommy to a beautiful Baby girl, Lauren Clare Gatlin. That is the day my whole life began! From that day forward she has been and always will be my number one priority! Being a Mom is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced. We’ve had good times and we’ve had rough times but I wouldn’t trade my decision on choosing life for anything in the world. I’m so thankful that I grew up in a Christian home where I was always taught the Word of God and His commandments! On some of the darkest days I know God never left my side and He had me and Lauren Clare right in the palm of His hands! When I made a wreck of my life, I turned it over to God and He made a way. Looking back 6 years ago choosing Life was the best decision I could’ve made!
A testimony from our director of the CPC of Meridian:
I can truly say that there is life after a crisis. At the age of 30, I found myself pregnant.
How could I have allowed this to happen; after all, I was a very respected school teacher.
Because of wrong choices, I was at rock bottom. There were many people praying for
me even though I didn't profess to know Jesus. They loved me anyway. My daughter,
who is now 24, was miraculously spared from an attempted abortion. I still did not
want the burden of raising a child. However, through a process of change and making
better choices, it was this situation that taught me the real meaning of life. God has given
me the opportunity to serve as Meridian's Pregnancy Center Director. Sera Beth and I are
having the time of our lives sharing about his goodness and his love. There is no problem
that he can't solve.