I Lost to Pope Francis!

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Before the pandemic, I entered my memoir, ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, in a contest. I had forgotten in part because the pandemic has changed so many plans for this year.

ReTested book cover: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation by Cheryl Krichbaum, book 1 in the Faces of Abortion Series
Endorsed by Abby Johnson and Kim Ketola

Last night, I received an email that says ReTested is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Religion: Christian Inspirational category of the 2020 International Book Awards!

I’m so excited!

Then I checked to see who won that category—Pope Francis! What an honor to lose to the Pope!

Congratulations, Pope Francis for your book, On Faith, which is the winner of the Religion: Christian Inspirational category of the 2020 International Book Awards!

Stay tuned for my next book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, which will release in September in time for us to pray alongside the 40 Days for Life fall campaign (Sept 23-Nov 1). The guide is apolitical and not associated with any denomination.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Racism & Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

I’m from Minnesota, and my license plate frame says, “My ❤️ belongs to Minneapolis.”

I am heartbroken over George Floyd’s death and the destruction of property, especially small businesses, in Minneapolis and around the country.

Racism is evil. We must end racism. There’s no excuse for Mr. Floyd’s murder nor Ahmaud Arbery’s or so many more.

Some say that we should be just as angry, if not more, about the millions of black lives murdered by way of abortion. Yes, we should, but we need to meet people where they are.

We are not going to convince African Americans that black pre-born babies matter if we can’t even value their lives.

We blame Margaret Sanger, but we don’t hold each other accountable for judging others based on their skin color. We must check our own hearts.

If you’re a banker, give business loans regardless of color. If you are a school counselor, encourage people to apply for the best colleges because they are capable. If you live in a predominantly white neighborhood, treat your neighbors the way you want to be treated.

If we want the violence to end—both rioting and abortion—then we have to be humbly righteous (which admittedly is redundant).

We must first become righteous through confession and forgiveness, THEN ask God to send the Holy Spirit powerfully to earth so that revival brings others to righteousness.

Righteousness in us makes Christ attractive to others, bringing them to righteousness. With righteousness, rioting ends, racism ends, abortion ends.

We must seek revival with clean hearts.

If you agree, comment with an emoticon and share.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Experiencing Fear

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Have you experienced fear or anxiety during this 2020 pandemic?

Fear and the Pandemic

Fear of getting sick with COVID-19? Fear of someone you love getting sick?

Fear of needing to go to the hospital for another health issue with so many others being treated there with COVID-19?

Fear of getting sick and not having family there to help in your time of need?

Fear of judgment and being ostracized because you’re sneezing, which is likely a reaction to pollen rather than a virus?

Fear of losing your job? or fear because you’ve already lost your job, and you’re not sure how you’re going to pay bills?

Many people have been sitting in fear for the last two months. But there is another way to experience the 2020 pandemic—and any other life test thrown your way: The Hope of Christ.

Agape Love Casts Out Fear

You’ve heard this many times before in church, I’m sure. But have you figured out how to practically apply this promise to your own life?

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 

The Apostle John (1 John 4:18 NASB)

God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). He casts out fear. Have you allowed God to cast out your fear?

I spent many years as a non-believer and as a believer worrying. For those of you who know my story, you know that a great deal of my worrying has been about my siblings’ schizophrenia and its effect on their lives, my parents’ lives, and my own.

Almost twenty years ago, I found and sought refuge in these verses:

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Jesus (Matthew 6:33-34 NASB)

“Seek first His kingdom”—at first, I didn’t know what that meant. I read this Bible verse every night and every other verse I could find about fear.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

The Apostle Peter (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The Apostle Paul (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

The more I read these verses, the more calm I was. Then I finally understood that to “seek first His kingdom” was to first seek God. So then I did more Bible reading and prayer.

But I was not consistent. And even though I learned that lesson while worried about my brother’s safety (because he was homeless at the time), I would not apply that same lesson to other situations, like moving across the country from the Midwest to The South or finding the right schooling for my children.

It wasn’t until just two years ago when once again I had the challenge of my brother’s mental illness that I figured out how to be calm in all circumstances. Now when I’m facing the unknown, the uncertain, I praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Worshiping through Every Battle

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him all creatures here below!
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
Amen

(You can read my whole story in the book ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation.)

I speak and write about abortion. Everyone has an emotional reaction to abortion. Not everyone responds favorably to what I have to say.

I am attacked spiritually all the time because clearly satan doesn’t like what I have to say. I’m pretty sure that someone who disagrees with me messed with my car tires.

My response? To praise God. Why? Because when I focus on Him and His love for me, my fear doesn’t have a chance to take root.

But I do not fear. I refuse to fear. I refuse to agree with fear. Because satan loves it when we fear, and God’s agape love casts out all fear.

I have made a choice—a choice not to fear.

Fear and Abortion

Women with crisis pregnancies experience fear. Their fears are not unlike the fears concerning the pandemic.

  • Fear of morning sickness or more serious pregnancy complications
  • Fear of the pain and potential complications of giving birth
  • Fear of the hospital
  • Fear of raising a child with disabilities
  • Fear of not having family there to help in her time of need
  • Fear of the baby daddy not supporting her (emotionally or financially)
  • Fear of being tethered to the baby daddy for the rest of her life
  • Fear of judgment and being ostracized
  • Fear of losing her job or fear because she already lost her job, and she’s not sure how she’s going to pay bills
  • Fear of being passed over for promotion

Often, the pro-life movement stands in anger. Yes, we should be angry about the slaughter of pre-born babies. It’s murder. It’s a holocaust.

But let us not forget that God loves these women just as much as He loves their babies. Let us be sure that we show God’s agape loves to the women (and men) who are making choices.

Here are four things you can do right now:

  • Create a new contact in your phone for your local pregnancy resource center so that you can refer women and men. Many offer pregnancy and STI/STD testing, parenting resources, and post-abortion healing. Find out what they offer. Take a tour once your state opens up.
    In the U.S., search Care Net for the center near you.
    Internationally, search Heartbeat International for the center near you.
  • Donate your time, talent, or treasure to your pregnancy resource center. Every dollar counts. If all you have is $20, then give $20. If you have 2 hours to collect diapers, then spend 2 hours. If you have time to share their social media posts, do it. If you have time to create social media posts, contact them!
  • Post on social media or in whatever groups you belong, saying something like this: “If you or someone you know has fear about pregnancy, please reach out to me privately so that I can help you find the support you need.” When they do contact you privately, refer them to your local pregnancy resource center, which you already have saved in your contacts.
  • Share this blog post with other pro-life Christians, especially those who are fearful or those who are angry about abortion.

Lord, bless every reader with the knowledge and acceptance of Your agape love, which casts out all fear. Guide them into believing Your love rather than agreeing with fear. Lead them from the temptation to give power to the evil one. May they glorify You in all things.

Worship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers is a prayer booklet that leads you to pray and worship for the end of abortion. Later this year, I will release the full book. It’ll make a great study that you can do on your own or with a group. Stay tuned!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray for Your Country Like Daniel Prayed for the Israelites

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

During this pandemic, I am writing. Before I write book 2 in the Faces of Abortion Series, I feel compelled to turn the Worship to End Abortion prayer booklet into a book, providing the teachings that explain why we should pray in this way.

Day 17 in the 40 daily prayers is “Pray for Your Country,” in whichever country you live. I’m including my draft of that chapter below because it feels so appropriate that we pray like Daniel right now during the pandemic.

Taken

Screams and yelling were heard as foreign soldiers drove advisors, legislators, and royalty of every age to the leader of the raid, King Nebuchadnezzar. He commanded and the soldiers obeyed. The captives were herded north and then followed the Euphrates river down to Babylon. It was a long walk, perhaps two months’ time.

The Babylonian roads were littered with people. The palace was a marvel to see. A beautiful garden seemed to hang on the tier. Oh, but to rest in that splendor!

The captives were given water while the king barked orders. His words were unfamiliar, but it was clear that he ordered Ashpenaz to choose from among the men—royalty, good-looking young men who showed knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Among those chosen were Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel.

Before the raid, the young men had their whole lives ahead of them. They had studied the scriptures, their history, and how to govern. They were destined to advise the King of Judah and administrate under his leadership. Until the raid, that was King Jehoiakim.

The chosen young men quickly learned the language and literature of their captors. King Nebuchadnezzar sent food and wine from his own table and commanded that after three years, they would serve him.

Eating the king’s food and adding to their scholarly endeavors was better than the exile for most of their fellow Judeans, but they missed their families, the holy city of Jerusalem, and the beauty of Solomon’s temple.

And they were given new names, names that honored the foreign god Bel (Baal). No longer Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah but instead Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednigo. Daniel was renamed Belteshazzar—from “God is my judge” to “Bel’s treasurer.” (Daniel 1:1-7)

The Daniel Diet

Daniel knew that the king’s food was unclean according to the Law of Moses, and he did not want to dishonor God. Daniel approached Ashpenaz, asking permission to eat food that allowed him to keep his promise to God.

“Daniel, you are my favorite, but do not ask this of me. I cannot lose favor with the king. He assigned your food. Why should he see you weaker than others your age. It is my life that I may lose.”

“Please test my friends and me for ten days. Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare us with the young men who eat the king’s food. See how we look. After that, treat us according to what you see.”

The chief official agreed. After 10 days, he was surprised. Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel looked healthier than the men who ate the royal food. So from that time on, they ate vegetables and water to honor God.

God gave the four young men knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and wisdom. To Daniel, He also gave understanding of visions and dreams.

At the end of the three years, Ashpenaz presented all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar, but he was most impressed by Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel, so he chose them to serve him.

In every matter, the king found the four men to have understanding and wisdom ten times greater than all the Babylonian magicians and astrologers. (Daniel 1:8-20)

Daniel served the king while remaining righteous in the sight of the Lord. He interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams and served him well.

After the king died, King Belshazzar ruled for a short time before the Persians conquered the Babylonians.

Daniel’s Righteousness

By this time, Daniel was over 80 years old. King Darius, the Persian, ruled and quickly observed the wisdom of Daniel, making him one of the three top administrators. Because of his extraordinary spirit, Daniel became even more distinguished, so King Darius planned to put him above all, only second to the king himself.

The administrators and those who reported to them were jealous and began looking for evidence that Daniel was corrupt but to no avail. They said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.”

They devised a new plan and approached King Darius, saying:

“King Darius, live forever! All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” (Daniel 6:6-8 NASB)

Their appeal to the king’s pride succeeded, and King Darius signed the injunction.

Daniel, knowing the document was signed, entered the roof chamber of his house and knelt before the west windows, which were open toward Jerusalem, three times a day, praying and giving thanks before God just as he had done before. He was easily caught. (Daniel 6:1-11)

The administrators and those who reported to them approached the king again.

“Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?”

The king replied, “The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.”

Then they answered and spoke before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”

Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

Then the king gave orders, and (80+ year old) Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”

A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.

Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.

Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”

Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and they cast them, their children and their wives into the lions’ den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language who were living in all the land:

“May your peace abound! I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel.

“For He is the living God and enduring forever, And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever. He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

So this Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (Daniel 6:12-28 NASB)

Daniel was over 80 years old when he was put in the lions’ den, yet the Lord sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths because Daniel was found innocent in God’s eyes. 80 years to sin and confess, sin and confess, and he had nothing left to confess, no one left to forgive—he was innocent.

Identifying with the People

Yet around the same time, Daniel fasted in sackcloth and ashes praying, “We have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, rebelled, turned aside from Your ordinances, and have not listened to Your prophets” (Daniel 9:5-6) and “Open shame belongs to us” (Daniel 9:8).

Daniel was clearly a righteous man, so innocent that not one scratch from a lion was found on him (Daniel 6:23), yet he did not pray saying “the people have sinned” nor “open shame belong to them.”

Instead, he identified himself with his people as he confessed their sins and petitioned the Lord to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, not for any merits of his or the people’s but because of God’s great compassion (Daniel 9:18).

Let us be like Daniel: innocent yet identifying with our country full of people who have sinned.

Suggested Prayer

The following prayer is from Daniel 9:4-19 but adapted to today’s abortion pandemic.

Lord, You are my great and awesome God. You keep Your covenant of love with those who love You and choose Your ways.

Lord, we have sinned and done wrong.
We have been wicked and have rebelled;
we have turned away from Your ways.
We have not listened to You or those who speak in Your name.

Lord, You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of our country and Christians both near and far in all the countries where you have scattered us. We, our political leaders, and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you through extra-marital sex, unfair treatment of those caught in adultery, and abortion.

Lord our God, You are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against You. We have not obeyed You or kept Your ways of purity before, during, and after marriage between one man and one woman “until death do us part.” We have turned away, refusing to choose You.

Therefore, the consequences have poured out on us because we have sinned against You. Consequences have come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. You are righteous in everything You do, yet we have not obeyed You.

Lord our God, who broke us free with a mighty hand and who made for Yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned. We have done wrong.

Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from us. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Christians an object of scorn to all those around us.

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servants. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate people. Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of our country. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.

Lord, listen!
Lord, forgive!
Lord, hear and act!
For Your sake, my God, do not delay, because your people bear Your Name.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Jesus Changed My Life

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Jesus changed my life so much that I do not live in fear, not even in a pandemic with my brother homeless and missing.

I am post-abortive. I am now completely healed and pro-life. I am an overcomer!

The video below is recorded by Revealed Ministries – Briana Nei at their Overcomer retreat, which was the weekend that everyone was at the grocery stores in the Greater Washington DC area ahead of the “shelter in place” orders.

I spoke after my new friend Jennifer Milbourn – Vacuum Aspiration, Abortion Survivor spoke about the power of forgiveness, saying:

“Don’t hold your healing hostage to someone else’s apology.” ~Dharius Daniels

Jesus said:

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent [repentance = confessing and forgiving!]. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him/her and dine with him/her, and s/he with Me.

“To s/he who OVERCOMES I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

“S/he who has an ear, let him/her hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev 3:19-22)

Join me in being an overcomer—confess and forgive!

In Christ,

Cheryl

What the Pandemic Can Teach Us about Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

How did you feel when we first received “shelter in place” orders? Fearful of getting sick? Afraid you would lose your job?

Fear

Welcome to the world of fear. Very real fear.

Fear in the Pandemic

  • Who will be able to help you if you were to get sick?
  • How will you get critical supplies, like toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels?
  • What happens if your car breaks down, and you aren’t able to get to the store?
  • If you lose your job, how are you going to pay for your home? for whatever groceries you can find?
  • Are you separated from those you love? parents? grandparents? children?
  • Or are you in an abusive relationship and now stuck at home with this person?
  • Who are your true friends and relatives who will see you through this challenging time?

Fear in Crisis Pregnancy

Welcome to the world of crisis pregnancy. A world full of very real fear.

All that fear and anxiety you and others have had about the pandemic are very much like what women feel when they are facing single parenthood or having a child with special needs.

  • Who will be willing to help them?
  • Will they have the money needed to buy diapers, food, and clothes?
  • Will they be able to work with morning sickness or extra weight on their feet?
  • Will they lose their job or their promotion?
  • Are they in an abusive relationship and now feel even more stuck with this guy?
  • Who are their true friends and relatives who will see them through this challenging time?

Fear of Separation

Some of you may say, “she should put her child up for adoption,” but women intuitively know how hard it will be to separate from their babies. Many mistakenly think it’ll be emotionally easier to abort than to put their babies up for adoption.

Fear of Being Alone

And, frankly, more than anything, they don’t want to feel alone. They feel isolated, cut off from society. They feel like others shy away from them like they are contagious.

Your focus is on the baby rather than on them, and they know it.

Profiteering

Profiteering in the Pandemic

Two Tennessee brothers, foreseeing the demand for hand sanitizer, drove across Tennessee and Kentucky buying up all the hand sanitizer they could find. Why? So that they could resell it at higher prices because of the COVID19-created high demand.

Until ebay and Amazon refused to partner with them and the Attorney General shut them down, they intended to profiteer from people’s fears.

Profiteering in Crisis Pregnancy

Planned Parenthood, in 1969, had no plans to get into the abortion business. NARAL invited them to partner in campaigning for the legalization of abortion, but Planned Parenthood said no. Then in 1970, New York legalized abortion and women flooded into New York because the free-love movement resulted in crisis pregnancies and because women did not have equal rights to work or the right to demand child support. (See History of Abortion on my website.)

Planned Parenthood saw the money and partnered with NARAL and then got into the abortion business. Planned Parenthood profiteers from people’s fears.

Which companies partner with them? So, so many. And, of course, the government doesn’t shut them down, but at least the federal government—which is in debt—is reducing its financial support of this non-profit that plans to spend $45 million to back pro-Roe candidates in the 2020 elections.

Social Distancing

But would abortion really even be an issue if people were social distancing?

You can’t kiss with a mask on.

Agape Love vs Fear

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18a NASB)

Agape love casts out fear.

Agape love is different than making love. Making love is eros love—you know, the Greek word that is the basis of our word erotica.

But agape love is different than eros love. Agape love is the desire to do good to others.

God is agape love. (1 John 4:8, 16)

Love Is Patient. Love Is Kind.

  • God is patient.
  • God is kind.
  • God does not envy.
  • God does not brag.
  • God is not arrogant.
  • God does not behave rudely.
  • God is not self-seeking.
  • God is not easily angered.
  • God keeps no record of wrongs.
  • God does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
  • God bears all things.
  • God trusts.
  • God always hopes.
  • God always perseveres.
  • God never fails.

Let’s be like God.

I Am Patient. I am Kind.

Lord,

You are love. Thank You for loving me through all things and all circumstances. Fill my heart with Your love, which casts out all fear. Give me peace in the pandemic.

Make me the hands and feet of Your love here on earth—on earth as it is in heaven.

Lord, introduce me to the crisis pregnancy center near my home and near my work so that I know where to find help for women and men in crisis.

Introduce me to organizations like Embrace Grace, which provides support to women through local churches so that they are not alone.

Show me how you want me to use my time, talent, or treasure to support women and men in crisis.

Make me brave enough to share on social media my willingness to listen, mentor, and support women and men in crisis.

Fill women and men in crisis with Your love, which casts out all fear. Give them peace in their pregnancies. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray Now—No Joke!

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Let us all pray—right now—that love casts out fear throughout the world.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love (1 John 4:18 NASB).

Here is a sample prayer:

prayer

In Christ,

Cheryl

 

Peace in the Pandemic, part 6: What’s Inside of You?

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

When life tests squeeze us, something comes out of us. With the pandemic, we’re all feeling squeezed. What’s coming out of  you?

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray that Love Casts Out Fear

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Wednesday at 12 noon in whatever time zone you’re in, pray that God’s perfect love casts out fear throughout the world.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. (‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Put it on your calendar right now!
Wednesday, 12 noon

Here’s a sample prayer:

Lord, maker of heaven and earth, open our hearts to trusting Your love, which casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Christ was sent by You for the whole world (John 3:16). Remind the whole world throughout every day to social distance out of love, not out of fear. Show us how to reduce our fear in practical ways, starting with me. Lord, thank You for giving us peace because we worship the Prince of Peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Peace in the Pandemic, part 5: Getting More Fruit of the Spirit

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

We’ve all learned that asking God for patience results in a test of our patience!

We’re already feeling tested enough with the pandemic! So, how do we ask God for patience without getting a test?

Listen in on my secret to having peace that passes understanding.

Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13 NASB)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NASB)

Or should it be punctuated like this?

The fruit of the Spirit is love: Joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

In Christ,

Cheryl