Hope for a Future Generation--Part 2

I have been discussing an interview I had with one of the girls in my church several years ago. As a seventeen-year-old, she became pregnant and now faced many obstacles in a life that was forever changed in one night. I continue here in Part 2.

As with most teen-age pregnancies, Lynn's biggest concern was "What about the baby's father?" The typical lack of interest, commitment, and responsibility on the part of the father caused more than one question in Lynn's mind. But as Lynn continued through her pregnancy rather than focus on the ifs and maybes, she focused on taking care of herself and the baby.

Other concerns were the health of the baby, and Lynn's personal health. Stocking up on diapers, baby wipes, clothing, car seats, and everything else a baby needs was on her mind as well. One by one she would check the items off her list of things to buy.

How did Lynn manage to have income to buy the things her child would need? Lynn was willing to work in the family business to help make ends meet. After a time of getting to know her new child, she plans to continue to work to finance her child the same way. Working with her family allows her to take the baby with her as she performs secretarial chores and some on the road work. Lynn never considered leaving the child with baby sitters. Only she would be responsible for the baby's physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Two major complications entered into Lynn's pregnancy. It was discovered early on at a routine doctor's visit that Lynn had cervical cancer. Although the initial finding caused nervousness and worry, it was soon overshadowed by the necessity of caring for the child within. The tumor did not seem to be growing, and the decision was made to wait until after birth to explore the possibilities of treatment. Lynn's plans were to take one day at a time and her baby came first.

The other complication began to manifest itself on February 12, 2001. Seven weeks remained until Lynn's due date, but that did not stop the pre-term labor that set in. As Lynn began to bleed and contract, it was becoming obvious to all involved that the baby that was about to be born was not fully developed..

If birth could not be delayed, it would mean having the baby sent to a hospital about two hours away for special care and treatment. Though Lynn was excited and anxious to hold her new baby, she knew that she must do whatever was necessary to delay delivery. Medication was administered, stopping the contractions, and after a two day hospital stay Lynn was allowed to return home. Complete bed rest was ordered for the next three months until the baby was out of the danger zone. Of course the medication had side effects, but the dizziness, vomiting, and headaches were worth the discomfort to insure a healthy baby at birth.

Lynn's due date had come and gone. Even after the medication was discontinued, it continued to prolong birth. Now the danger was giving birth too late. A week later a special appointment at the hospital was scheduled to begin induction.

As Lynn arrived at the hospital that morning, she was all smiles. That would change quickly as she began to experience the pain of childbirth.Fortunately, labor moved along steady and quick.

The longest nine months of Lynn's young life is now over as Kara Marie has made her entrance into the world. What does Lynn want for her new daughter? "I want her to fulfill all her dreams and be a part of what she wants. I want to raise her to be Godly and make right choices."

We may not always make right choices, but I do believe that with a mother like Lynn, Kara Marie may just turn out to be someone very special.


This original interview took place over nine years ago. Today Lynn is a productive housewife with a set of twin sisters for Kara. She is sensitive to the things of God and is always looking for the best in her children. Sadly, Kara's father left the scene, but she is under the care of a capable step-dad. No one justifies the sin that led to Lynn's pregnancy, but God is the only giver of life and he gave life to Kara. Kara has been born-again by the blood of Christ. She is His child A few years after her profession of faith, I had the privilege to baptize Kara. Like her mother, she too is a sensitive and loving girl. May God get the glory from an otherwise not so lovely situation!

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

LG,

It is never about those who have made mistakes in their lives for who have not? It is not how we start this race of life, but how we end up when the journey is over.

May God continue to bless your ministry and those you serve.

Forever His,


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

RevLady,

It truly is about how we end up at the end of the race. So many times people can be judgmental and would have wrote Lynn off long ago, but by God's grace she's a testimony to His power.


johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Thank you lifegate for an inspiring article. It's not how you start, but how you finish. Good!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Johhny,

Not to make light of the situation, but it's kind of like the Tortoise and the hare, huh?


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! Thank God you were in the picture to guide this young lady. What a beautiful ending. To God goes ALL the glory...


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

I think it is amazing what longsuffering can do to us, the maturity it can create in us. I would have to believe that much of the trials Lynn went through in that birth aided her maturity, not only as a human being, but as a Christian mother. Beautiful story. Peace.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Samsons,

God truly is deserving of all the glory. I believe He got it.

AM

Both mother and child ave turned out for God's glory. It's been amazing to watch over the years.


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but see how God has used you through these years to help bring her into a saving relationship with God!

God is always in control.

What a brave and resilient woman this is. And how blessed she was to have the wonderful Spiritual guidance of a true Christian--like you; to not only survive these trying events--but to rise up from them--born again in Christ!

Thank you for sharing so beautiful a story with us! God Bless!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

exjw,

To God be the glory! He is interested in and involved with the affairs of men for our good. Thanks for checking in!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub indeed, what a great testimony of God'a mercy and grace. Truly God is always willing to give us a new beginning. Thank you for sharing this here at Hubpages. Blessings to you.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks Cristina!


tinamarie9884 6 years ago

It is always about, how you finish the race. When we have Faith anything is possible. GOD will continue to bless you and your church.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks TM!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lifegate, Wonderful outcome... Thank You for sharing. Life is a gift from God! This will help to inspire others who are faced with "what do do?" Leaning and trusting in God makes all the difference in the world. May the Lord continue to Bless your ministry!

In HIS, Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

DeBorrah,

God certainly does make all the difference. He is the difference. Thanks for stopping by.


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s0126phoenix 6 years ago

my heart hurts for all the people that choose abortion. There is already too much death in the world, yet we as a people, keep piling them on. "let the children play!"

thanks for the hub.

it's nice to see young people letting God move in their life.

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