When musician Kimberly Henderson found out she was pregnant back in 2013, she felt like she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know which way to turn. She was young, her boyfriend was cheating on her and she felt utterly overwhelmed at the thought of having to look after a child. So, she did what millions of Americans have chosen to do Ã¢â‚¬â€ she decided to have an abortion. But that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the end of HendersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s story.
The singer became famous for a video she posted of herself singing to her daughter, Vaida. Within just one week, it garnered a staggering 20 million views on YouTube.
Kimberly eventually released her debut single, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tiny Hearts.Ã¢â‚¬Â She told TV host Steve Harvey that the song is about Ã¢â‚¬Å“her children,Ã‚Â single moms and the journey of motherhood.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But it hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t all been smooth sailing for the star. In an incredibly insightful and honest FacebookÃ‚Â post, the singer and YouTube sensation took fans back to those fateful moments as she waited to terminate the life of her unborn child:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I had my mind made up. My boyfriend was cheating on me. I have small kids, what will people think?? I kept telling myself IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m all alone I need to do this,Ã¢â‚¬Â she wrote in the post.
But Henderson still felt uneasy about what she was about to do. She was extremely emotional at the thought of ending her unborn babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life, and was weeping uncontrollably.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I prayed God would stop and give me a sign, give me the strength to get up and walk out of here,Ã¢â‚¬Â she explained.
Then, as she waited for hours to be called forward for the fatal procedure, she cried out to God for help, asking Him for a sign. What happened next was utterly remarkable:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The lady called me to the desk. Last step before you go back. I fumbled through my wallet to find my drivers license and out fell a card a couple left on the table Saturday night when I was working. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ It had their church name on it. On the back was a common verse:
Ã¢â‚¬ËœDonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be afraid, for I am with you. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Isaiah 41:10
I knew God was speaking to me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Immediately, Henderson knew she was making a terrible mistake.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I told the lady I changed my mind,Ã¢â‚¬Â she wrote.
As she turned around and made for a swift exit out of the clinic, Kimberly ended up having a heartbreaking conversation with a teenager who was waiting for an abortion:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A young girl no older than probably 19 says to me, Ã¢â‚¬ËœAre you going to do it?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ I told her I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. She said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœI wish I could be brave like you.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ I told her she was brave and she could do the same thing. She said she had to do it because of some serious circumstances. As I turned around she said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhen you see your babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face for the first time youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re gonna be so glad you walked out of here today.’Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pouring tears I walked out and felt a huge weight off my shoulders. No matter what your circumstances are God doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make mistakes and he is here for you,Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â Henderson wrote.
The teenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s words ended up being prophetic. From HendersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tragic and seemingly hopeless circumstances, Vaida was born.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“September 12 2013 I welcomed my beautiful Vaida Everly into this world with both my best friends by my side. I remember seeing her for the first time and bursting into tears,Ã¢â‚¬Â Henderson continued in her post. Ã¢â‚¬Å“She (the teenager at the clinic) was beyond right. 6lbs 4oz of pure perfection and no matter what pain I felt physically andÃ‚Â emotionallyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ She gave me a feeling of joy that I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even explain. A kind of joy that if a war was going on outside I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know it. I am so in love. My once tiny 6lb baby is now 18lbs. Full of life. Full of energy. Loves to laugh. Loves to smile.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Now, this strong and courageous woman has four kids!
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is my testimony,Ã¢â‚¬Â she wrote. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Even if I have to do this by myself. I thank God every day for them.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HIS plan is and will always be greater and bigger than anything and everything IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever known.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Kimberly has generated huge support for her musical endeavors, particularly from other moms who are inspired by her message of hope, love and compassion.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“An inspiration to many women- especiallyÃ‚Â single moms- with an incrediblyÃ‚Â moving voice,Ã¢â‚¬Â one person wrote of Henderson on Facebook. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Her heart and soul pours through her voice. Love tiny heartsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ my daughter and I love to listen to her sing.