My first boyfriend came in just fifth grade. He was a seventh grader and I thought it was true love. Of course you know how that ended, he decided the girl in his math class had prettier hair and that was the end of our “relationship.” This could make me laugh if it didn’t make me so sad for my ten year old self. I still remember the hurt of being told he “didn’t want me anymore.” We were just kids…but those words never left me.
I had lots of other relationships after that and somewhere along the line sex became part of having a boyfriend. No on had ever told me sex was supposed to be special or I was more valuable than how these men treated me. It’s just the way it was.
When I was two weeks shy of my 21st birthday I realized my period was late. The guy I was with at the time was nice enough, but I was pretty sure he would flip out if I was pregnant. I went to the store and bought Plan B. But after reading the back of the box I was too scared to take it. I needed to be sure I was actually pregnant.
I looked up “free test near me” and found Spero. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt something I had never experienced before. I felt like I mattered and someone really cared about me. I felt wanted.
The woman I met with was like the mom I always wished I had. She listened to me and didn’t mock my ideas or struggles.
When it was her turn to talk, she shared how I was created in God’s image and so was the baby if I were pregnant. She shared about love. True love. The kind I had given up on.
For the first time I heard about Jesus’ love for me and my value. That I didn’t need a boyfriend to have worth and that the right man would treat me with care. These were words I needed to hear so badly. They healed a part of my heart that had been wounded for over a decade. I was loved! Me, Courtney, I was LOVED!
My pregnancy test came back negative, but the visit to Spero was anything but a waste. I broke up with my boyfriend that day and have started reading the Bible. The next guy I am with is going to be different. Because now, I am different.
With love, true love,
Courtney B.- Spero Client
At Spero we discuss all parenting options – parenting, adoption and abortion procedures and risks. Clients are educated about fetal – development, and community resources are available depending on their needs. Spero does not perform nor refer for abortion services. We also Address relationship struggles and guide our clients into healthier relationship choices for a brighter future.
Spero Center empowers women experiencing unexpected pregnancies with the knowledge, tools, and caring support needed to face life and move forward in hope. Our desire is that every woman, every couple, facing pregnancy will be fully informed and have all the information they need to make the best decision for them. We operate from a holistic model meaning that we are concerned about their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Our medical clinic offers a confidential, caring, safe, and non-judgmental place.