Tough Choices

Posted on by Heidi Brunsting

By Jill Meyer, Parent Life Director

     “Jill, I think I am going to move in with my new boyfriend from work.


          Oh really. Tell me about him.


     Well, we have worked together for the last two weeks and I really like him.


          What do you know about him?


     He’s pretty cute and nice to me. . .


          ‘Carrie’, I am asking for so many reasons. First, it is not just you that would move in – it would be your child as well. What if he is abusive to you or ‘Angel’?


     But Jill, he would pay the rent and you know how much that would help me.


          Consider the costs Carrie.  He will expect you to sleep with him won’t he? You don’t want to get pregnant again and you have decided to steer away from bad relationships with guys where you get used and abused. How would this fit with those decisions?”


This is a very abbreviated version of a recent conversation with one of my teen moms.


Unfortunately, it is a fairly common issue. How do you support yourself and a child when you are 17 and on your own? Most of the young women that I work with have not had models in their life for making good decisions. Their decision is often based on what is easy or solves an immediate problem with no thought to long-term consequences.


Please pray for these young parents as they have so many challenges. Please pray for wisdom from the Lord for them as well as for me as I have opportunities to speak into their lives!


Thank you for being a part of the ongoing conversation with youth in our city and helping us share God’s story.  It's our honor to be the storytellers on your behalf who meet kids right where they are and give life to their story.


Providing young people in our community with the opportunity to make an informed decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and become part of a local church.

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