Desiree Burgess Alford was single, unemployed and just beating an alcohol addiction when she found out that she was pregnant.
At the time, abortion seemed like her best option because a baby would “wreck” her life, she said.
Then, God intervened.
The Epoch Times reports Alford, of Black Diamond, Washington, recently shared how, the night before her abortion appointment, God answered her prayers for a sign, and she chose life for her daughter.
“The night before my appointment God worked a miracle in my life,” she wrote on Facebook recently. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about all that I ALMOST missed out on. It’s hard to even type but I share to hopefully inspire another person that is in the middle of a hardship.”
Ten years ago, Alford said she was starting to get her life together again. She said she had just celebrated being sober for nine months after overcoming an alcohol addiction. Still, she did not have a job, a husband or stability.
So when she found out that she was pregnant, Alford felt devastated, according to the report. Though she grew up in a Christian home and felt conflicted about abortion, she said she scheduled one anyway.
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Here’s more from the report:
When her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor suggested she take a break to reflect before committing to a decision, Desiree headed out to her parents’ lake house. It was the day before the scheduled abortion, reported Live Action News.
Driving under clear blue skies, Desiree glanced heavenwards. “I told God that if I was supposed to keep this baby, He needed to send me a sign as clear as that sky,” she recalled.
Little did she know, two people were already at the lake house waiting to meet her. Desiree’s parents had invited a middle-aged couple to talk to Desiree about their own painful abortion experience shortly after getting married.
The couple’s story was just one sign. God also spoke to her through a sermon at church that evening and later a voicemail from the abortion facility notifying her that her appointment would have to be delayed for two days, the report states.
Those signs gave her an immense peace, and she canceled her abortion appointment.
“The pregnancy with my daughter Hartley was one of the most peaceful times of my life,” she said.
Alford said her life began to turn around for her and her daughter; she began her own business and eventually got married. She said she decided to share her story to encourage other struggling mothers.
“Sometimes our pain wrecks us for good,” she said. “Who knew that this sweet angel would be exactly what I needed. She would be the inspiration behind my business and God would use her life to transform mine.”