My name is Shelbie and I am a college student AND a single mother to precious little baby boy. I first found out that I was pregnant 3 days after my high school graduation. This definitely surprised me, but I KNEW that God had given me this precious baby for a reason.
The first lady at my church told me to go to ThriVe (a local pregnancy center) and that they had great resources. So, I went to ThriVe and learned that they had these awesome parenting classes called “Parent University.” I attended these classes and earned “baby bucks”, which you cash in for baby items in their resource stores they have at the clinics. My son will be 1 year old in January and I haven’t had to buy diapers or wipes yet!
ThriVe has helped me so much that I wanted to give back… so I did. I received a receipt from them in the mail on Friday, Nov. 15 which included a coupon card for ThriVe and a message saying, “Here is a coupon card – pray over it and pass it on to someone who may need it.” So I prayed over it and put it in my wallet.
That following Monday, I was working a tabletop on “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” for the Circle of Life club, and our president was talking to a young lady who had just recently found out she was pregnant. Our president called me over to talk with her. I could definitely relate to this young lady, and she started asking questions about how it is to be a college student AND a mom. While we were talking, I heard this little voice in the back of my head reminding me to give her the ThriVe coupon card…
When I say the Holy Spirit was right there with me helping me find the words to say to her, I mean it. So I gave her the coupon card and we talked about ThriVe and how they help pregnant women. I had goosebumps the whole time. As my Pastor says, there is always a reason why something happened, calling them “Divine Appointments”. Well, talking to that young lady was my “Divine Appointment” and I am so glad that it happened.
Guest post by Shelbie Edwards, St. Louis Community College