For You From The Word
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8, NLT)
For You To Think About
Tawana was 17 years old and midway through her junior year of high school when she became pregnant. She was determined to graduate on time, but struggled with morning sickness. To stay on track, she attended summer school. Tawana gave birth in October of her senior year and kept up as a homebound student during maternity leave. She even attended night school to make up work. She graduated with her class!
Yet after having her baby, Tawana discovered that people viewed her differently – as someone who would not amount to anything in life. She even began to think that college was not an option for her.
It can be easy for anyone to be discouraged by negative circumstances or comments, but Tawana choose to use them as motivation.
“I began to surround myself with positive people,” says Tawana. “It was then that I realized I could still lead a successful life in spite of being a teenage mom.” Tawana enrolled in the University of Minnesota College of Design and is focused on becoming an interior designer for an architectural firm.
Her advice to a pregnant teen? “Do not think in terms of living life one day at a time. Instead, construct positive long-term goals. Keep pushing forward towards your goals.”
For You To Pray
You believe in being positive. You tell us to think about whatever is excellent or praiseworthy. Allow pregnant teens to surround themselves with positive people that will help them work towards positive goals.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.