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  • Writer's pictureSerena Dyksen

Hayden's Story

This time 17 years ago I was 21 years old, unmarried, and pregnant. I was scared for what my future as a single mom would hold, and the thought crossed my mind for a very, very brief moment that I could make a choice to have this whole "situation" go away. But deep down I knew that the LIFE inside my belly was a precious gift from God, and that if I turned back to my faith in my Heavenly Father, He would provide all of our needs, just as He promised. A few years ago, in the midst of a heart to heart with my very mature 12 year old, Hayden, he heard this part of my story for the first time. His immediate response shocked and overwhelmed me. He climbed into my lap, crying, hugging me and thanking me for choosing LIFE. I share this story today to hopefully encourage those who may be single, pregnant, and scared too. Hayden is my greatest joy. He made me a mom, an infinitely better person, a responsible adult, and inadvertently a Pro-life advocate. He made me a believer that God can take a desperate self-worth-seeking, emotionally broken young woman and transform her into a world changer. And when your mom is a world changer for Good, you reap the benefits of seeing God's hand at work in your own life. I KNOW Hayden's life has a profound purpose; that God will use him in great and mighty ways. I'm so incredibly blessed to be his mom and have a front row seat to watch what God will do in and through him. But that could never have happened if I hadn't made the scary and selfless decision to CHOOSE LIFE. - Brittney Jones


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