So it was no surprise that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book Teen Mom from the moment that I first heard about it.
“To every young mom who hopes for a good future. You can do it. You matter”
These are exactly the words I needed to know!
Teen Mom by Tricia Goyer is like a soothing salve to a wounded young mom’s soul.
It is so full of encouragement and hopes with zero judgments!
Everything changes the day you discover you’re going to be a mom. It’s not just yourself that you think about—you have a child to care for, too. While you wouldn’t trade your child for the world, some days are just hard. Baby-daddy drama, dealing with your parents, and worries about school, work, and your future slam you. Your friends can’t relate to your little family, and you wonder if God has turned His back on you, too.
Tricia Goyer understands. A mom at age 17, Tricia remembers what it felt like to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. She’s also been the coordinator of a teen mom support group for over twelve years, and she’s cheered on many young moms—from all walks of life—through their journey.
In Teen Mom, Tricia pours out her heart and shares advice for the hard things you face. She also longs to provide encouragement, reminding you that you can be the mom your child deserves—not in your own strength, but in the strength God provides.
Even after all these years, I could feel God touching certain parts of my heart that had grown cold and hard from years of protecting it from the stares, “advice” and opinions of everyone that thought they were helping as I was reading the words of this book.
Suddenly I realized that being a teen mom really was the greatest gift I had been given from God.
I am not saying that being a Teen Mom is a great idea or that anyone should set out to start their families as early as I did. What I am saying is that being a young mom does not have to be a negative thing and it most definitely does not have to be the end of your life.
“You were chosen to be this child’s mom for a reason. And while others can see only your exterior, God has a unique ability to see the heart. He can also see your potential to be a great mom.”
God can use anything, especially the things that look the worst, to show his glory to those around you. Being a teen mom and raising a child of God is a pretty amazing story if you ask me!
I sit here today, not yet 40, and by of the summer, I will have an empty nest and two amazing young adults beginning their own paths in this world.
I can honestly say with all my heart that I am thankful and proud of the story I have been given.
Being a young mom is not an easy road to travel, but there is so, so much blessing that comes from walking this path.
“No matter how much time you spend on your appearance, your character is what shines the most.”
As teen moms, we all have our own unique set of circumstances that lead us to the place where we find ourselves making the hardest decisions. I love that Tricia Goyer takes into consideration that we all have our own set of challenges and hurt that we need to deal with while we are pregnant and long after our bundle of joy has arrived.
I spent a lot of years feeling inadequate and inferior, and that impacted my ability to parent.
The book Teen Mom is the perfect gift for any young lady that has taken on the role of mom before most would say she should.
It is so hard to trust that God does and will use you to raise the children He has given you.
The relationships that I have with both my kids have made all of the struggles well worth it!
Feeling validated today as I remember wondering how I would ever be able to be the mom this little person would need me to be so many times over the years.
I am thankful I made the choice I made 21 years ago, like a frightened 16-year-old.
I’m so honored to have this story.