She Chose Life

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Today, I had to go to the local courthouse. Don’t get all excited, I did not get arrested, nor get a speeding ticket, thankfully. I just had to pick up some official documents. I stood in line, wondering if my children were being a little too loud, when I over heard the clerk talking to the trio in front of me. “And do you certify that you give consent to the bride, being 17….”

A middle aged mother
A teenage boy
A teenage girl, soon to be a teenage mother

She looked like she was about 6-7 months pregnant, and as she glanced at me, her face belied several emotions at once.

She looked at my energetic kids, and wondered if she could really do this.
She awkwardly stood next to her boyfriend, and wondered if getting married was the right thing.
She looked in my eyes, and wondered if she would receive judgment from this married 30-something mom with two happy girls.

I prayed that she would only see love in my eyes – God’s love for her. You see, she made a mistake, but God did not. She chose to honor the life that God had created inside her. For that, she should be proud.

As they waited on the bench beside me, I smiled widely at the girl and her mother. I asked whether the baby was a boy or a girl, and I said “bless you” as they left. I prayed that they would truly be blessed, and that they would come to know Jesus’ redeeming love if they didn’t already.

Now, I am not convinced that getting married and raising the baby is always the right thing in these situations. I do know that choosing life is always the right thing.

I also know that God has restoration for those who didn’t choose life. He will not cast you out if you run to Him!! Jesus has grace for you, not judgment.

Luke 15:3-7
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:20


“But while he [the prodigal son] was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.


Please keep comments grace and compassion filled, for the sake of God’s precious daughters who need to be restored. Thank you..

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. Morning Glory says:

    I would imagine that young girl went away feeling some warmth. It probably meant a lot just to have someone smile at her. Your kindness certainly must have radiated the love of Christ.


  2. Coma Girl says:

    I do agree that choosing life is the right thing – I was born to a 16-year old girl.

    Thankfully my mother had a loving, supportive family. She did not marry my biological father, but she married a man when I was 3 and he raised me as his own.

    I will pray for the girl you saw too.


  3. Wow, what an interesting experience. I used to feel that having a baby was a reason to get married, but since being married & having babies I’ve changed my mind. While people make mistakes, a baby can always be a blessing. Bless *you* for your attitude & the love you showed her-she certainly has her work cut out for her.

    It’s interesting how people’s attitudes punish people for their sins. I know 2 couples, both were having premarital sex, but the girl in one of the couples got pregnant and the other didn’t. Both couples got married, but the one who was pregnant was treated as a pariah by her family & friends, while the others were barely regarded as anything but the perfect couple. These girls are from the same family. I hate the double standard that if you get pregnant, its somehow worse, either way the sin is the same.

    I wish the girl you met today well, along with her new husband & baby.


  4. Classic MaMa says:

    I had a beautiful baby girl when I was young and did not marry her biological father. When she was six, God brought total restoration into my life with a wonderful man who I call my Not-So-Classic husband.

    Thank you for showing love and not distain to that young lady. I know that she received it.


  5. Wow, was that me you saw? I ran to the courthouse in Ringold, GA when I was 17 3 days before my son was born. I too had to testify & prove my pregnancy. When the judge/preacher married us he said for us to look @ each other and say “you are a gift from God to me”

    sadly my gift was fleeting.

    It was the love of some specific people, unconditional love, that drew me to God when I needed Him most. I pray in her time of need God will recall your sweet face Sarah and she’ll know His unconditional love.


  6. Anonymous says:

    How awesome that you recognized the moment God had given you instead of being so caught up in your own life (which is what I do a lot). Having said that however…I am amazed at how we as Christians place different judgements on different sins…if not for the grace of God where would any of us be.


  7. Oops. That was me…I clicked the wrong thing. Apparently I’m still tired.


  8. SingForHim @ Real Life says:

    You are so right, Helen! We have to remember where we came from!


  9. melody is slurping life says:

    My prayers are with that frightened young girl. May God grant her peace and strength. Thank you for sharing this.


  10. I too was a pregnant not quite married 17 year old (although no one knew until I was 18). I was married and about 7 mths pregnant when I was in our local McDonalds heading back to the restroom ofcourse, when I was stopped by two ladies that asked me how old I was. I told them 18 and they accused me of lying! I was a very small girl and looked about 13 so I tryed not to take offense when she said I wasn’t more than 13 and how had I gotten myself into this mess. I politely informed her that I was 18 and married and needed to go to the restroom. They watched me go in and come out. As I walked by, I flashed them my wedding band and my husband on the way out of the door. I was mordified! I have never forgotten her in the 12 years since that happened! Some people just can’t help but, stick their noses into other peoples business! I always try to smile and maybe make small talk to a girl pregnant. I never ask her age or if she is married. It is not my business! And she is not a bad person just b/c of those things if she is young or unmarried. Sometimes it is better to not get married. I wouldn’t want my kids to get married b/c of a child. There are ways of making it work after the baby is here but, so often it doesn’t if they are so young.
    Incase you are wondering in October I will be married for 12 years to the father of the baby I was pregnant with when I was 17. We shouldn’t have made it but, we were both stubburn!


  11. SingForHim @ Real Life says:

    Those ladies were so out of line! I’m so sorry that happened to you. Those are the little things that stay with people for their whole lives.

    Since I know you personally, I can say that you and your husband are examples to any young couple! You have become awesome parents and people, and you should be so proud. Your children are also a joy!


  12. SingForHim @ Real Life says:

    Oh- and you are stubborn, but it has obviously served you well! 😉 (JK)


  13. Tricia Goyer says:

    Good blog on supporting those who choose life–even if it's just with a smile! That smile can mean a lot! As a former teen mom the women who showed me God's love transformed my life and pointed me to Christ!


  14. JessieLeigh says:

    This post brought tears to my eyes- God bless you for your grace, kindness, and compassion. I could not agree with you more- choosing life IS always the right choice. My prayers are with that young family as they now chase around a 2-yr old. 😉



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