God’s mercy has covered my life. I was born to unwed teen parents. According to National Statistics, children of teenage mothers are more likely to face lower school achievement, health problems, unemployment, be incarcerated, and become a teen parent. However, God blessed me with a focused, persistent grandmother. She made me read daily which she later credited with my earning a full scholarship to college. She did not allow me to babysit or carry dolls because she did not want me to feel comfortable with a baby and possibly become a teen parent. At age 16 my best friend became pregnant, and immediately my grandmother severed the relationship. During this time of brokenness, I accepted Christ as my personal savior. He became my best friend, and Psalm 139:14, “. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made. . .” changed how I viewed myself. The words confirmed that I was not an accident. Psalm 139 assured me that God knew me and he loved ME. This knowledge freed me! I began to live out my faith with boldness because I understood my Heavenly Father valued me. His mercy opened doors for me to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree at no cost to me. His mercy allowed me to give birth to my first child at age 26 with my Christian husband at my bedside. God’s mercy protected me from harm as I advanced from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. His mercy comforted me as I buried my husband of 15 years when my children were 6 and 10. His mercy lead me to Covenant Church after relocating to Charlottesville from Washington state. Covenant people welcomed us with a warm meal our first Sunday. The pastor called me after our first visit just to see if I needed help getting settled. The congregation reflected the diversity we were accustomed to in the military. We fit at Covenant! It’s been our joy to use our God-given talents in Covenant ministries for nearly 7 years.