Get More Holy Spirit This Holy Week

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Get more Holy Spirit this Holy Week! In ReTested, I talk about how I received more of the Holy Spirit through Bible study, prayer, and especially worship. With more of the Holy Spirit, I also had more fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

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In Christ,

Cheryl

Day 16: Pray Against Hollywood’s Pressure

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Although I will not pit one political party over another, I will advocate for life in the political arena.

My book is not political. Read the one-and-a-half page introduction for yourself.

Nevertheless, we need to pray for pro-life legislation. Hollywood celebrities are threatening to boycott the state of Georgia if Gov Brian Kemp signs the House Bill 481, The Living Infants Fairness and Equality (L.I.F.E.) Act.

If you didn’t know already, many production companies are located and shoot in Georgia. We used to live in one of those towns, Senoia, which boasts such lovely projects as The Walking Dead and “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

When we moved from there, another production company was moving into the nearby town of Fayetteville. And I’m sure there are other companies as well.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We lift to you the state of Georgia. We praise You that Georgia’s heartbeat bill is ready for Gov. Brian Kemp to sign.

Thank You for loving life. Thank You for loving women so much that You do not want the pain of abortion for them. Lord, shield women in the state of Georgia from making the same mistake that I did.

Lord, thank You for giving Gov. Kemp the courage to love You more than he fears loss of revenue.

May You be glorified in the name of Jesus.

Amen!

In Christ,

Cheryl

40 Days of Prayer Day 15

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Let us continue to pray with Heidi.

Gracious Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your grace. It’s a simple thing to say yet the cost of it was anything but simple. Thank you for the soul abiding peace we know in Jesus.

Following You is hard sometimes; love always requires sacrifice and sometimes the sacrifices are deep and painful. But the beautiful truth is that we can then identify with you in Your sacrifice.

We see new shades of You, we realize that You’re closer to us than we ever knew before and that You love us more completely than we realized.

I attended a stirring, life affirming rally for the unborn. Over a thousand concerned people stood on the steps of the Virginia Capitol Building in Richmond. While there were times of passionate shouting, there was always the overtone of love and many reminders to the crowd to use the passion to vote and inform but to always respond to this issue in love. There is SO MUCH PAIN.

Yes, the abortion industry exists to make money and to push a liberal agenda, but I wonder if much of the fuel that drives the average pro-abortion marcher (besides misinformation) is buried pain of personal experience with abortion. The furious power of denial and the desperation to justify oneself is real.

I once read that 90% of post abortion women experience some form of mental trauma, including depression. That’s an astronomical number.

But again, Lord, Your grace. While our adversary, the Devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour–and often wears pro-choice clothing–YOU, hold out grace, healing, forgiveness, and LIFE to any who seek it.

You are making all things new. And so, Lord, as we passionately seek to make an impact and to save the babies, let us remember that we reach out with YOUR hands. We don’t want to look anything like that roaring lion, the Great Accuser.

For the children who die in great numbers each day, for the families ripped apart, for our unity as a Nation Under God, Mighty Lord Jesus, we humble ourselves before You and beseech You to hear our prayers and end the era of legalized abortion in the United States. And soon.

In the wondrous name of Jesus we pray,
Amen.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Grandmothers: 40 Days of Prayer Day 14

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Let us continue to pray for the influencers. Today, let us concentrate on the Grandmothers—the mothers of the women who have a crisis pregnancy—are the #3 influence on a woman’s “choice.”

Father, Abba,

We cry out to You for all mothers, who have a great privilege and responsibility to raise Godly children.

We beg of You to pour out Your blessings on women, that they would feel Your love and attribute it to You. That they would praise Your name and trust in You.

The evil one is crafty. He’s a liar. He has convinced women that You and Your Son Jesus are against women when in fact Your Bible shows that Jesus treated women with love and care far over an above societal expectations.

Today, Christianity reveres women far more than other “religions.” I put “religions” in quotes because for me Christianity is not about the rules of religion but instead of the loving relationship I have with Christ.

I praise You, Lord that You love us so much that You want us to be close to You, to choose to be close to You. Open our hearts, Lord, to Your great love.

Lord, the fact that grandmothers, the mothers of women in a crisis pregnancy, support and even pressure their daughters to abort just shows how pervasive the lie of Roe v Wade is.

Everyone who turns 64 this year has known Roe v Wade their entire adult lives. For those raised in New York, Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington, they have known legalized abortion even longer.

I am so sad to say that when the pro-choice movement says that abortion is normal, they are not far from the truth. Because abortion is pervasive, many believe it is normal. With 25% of our women having an abortion by age 45, it feels normal.

But there is nothing normal about killing life inside of us.

Lord, I plead for not just those in their 20s who are the age group most likely to abort, but for all ages because we all need to re-learn what is truth.

Lord, I plead that You would embolden Christian women to mentor and teach all generations that Your love is meant for all people, not just men; that “being caught” pregnant is not a punishment from You but a blessing from You; that You are for women, not against them.

And, Father, teach us to forgive. Teach us to forgive men for not being responsible. Teach us to forgive men for all that we blame on them. Heal our bitterness and return oneness to our relationships.

In Jesus’ Name,

Cheryl

Doctors: 40 Days of Prayer Day 13

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Yesterday, Heidi led us in prayer for fathers, who are the number one influence on a woman’s “choice.”

Today, I am feeling inspired by Heidi to pray for doctors, who are the number two influence on a woman’s “choice.”

Dear Heavenly Father,

Hallowed be Your name. Lord, I am sorry that we do not rejoice in Your name often enough. I apologize that we use Your name in vain far more than we revere it. May we feel convicted when we say “Oh my God” and “Gosh” and “Jeez.” May we instead praise You in truth and love.

Father, we mourn over the tide of death over the medical profession. We mourn that doctors are recommending abortion rather than carrying to term.

We mourn that doctors are now even delaying decisions to save newborns until after they are born alive. I never thought I would hear a politician nor a doctor advocate for infanticide. I was certain that the Virginia Governor didn’t even realize what he said, but he knew exactly what he said—and he’s still in office.

I never thought this day would come. But I see now that You are revealing hearts. You are making it clear what abortion is. You are calling people to the truth, and more people are claiming to be pro-life. We praise You for revealing hearts and calling people back to You.

Even with more pro-life people in the United States, we continue to hear about medical professionals who do not do all in their power to support life of premature babies. And for that, we mourn.

Lord, we repent for our worship of money over You (Matt 6:24). We repent for putting fear of being sued over our trust in You (1 John 4:18). We repent for believing the lies of the Roe v Wade era rather than believing what we have learned in biology class and Sunday School.

Lord, wash away this tide of death and bring in a new era of life. Take away the old and replace it with the new (2 Cor 5:17-19). Bring pro-death doctors to repentance and wash them clean as snow (Psalm 51).

In Jesus’ powerful name,
Amen

In Christ,

Cheryl

Fathers: Day 12 of 40 Days of Prayer

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Fathers of unwanted babies are in a precarious position. They are told by society that they have no voice and no choice in the life and death of their children.

Yet fathers are the number one influence on a woman’s “choice.” They are told that they have no voice, yet they have the loudest voice.

Let us pray with Heidi for the fathers.

Lord God Almighty,

Today I’m moved by the deeply loving and stable example you are of fatherhood. Many of us do not have earthly examples of good fathering and we sometimes struggle to grasp the gentle goodness of Your authority and care.

Again and again, You call us to repentance and cover us with Your forgiveness; again and again You lead with strength; again and again You bless, answer prayers, and delight in us. You want nothing more than a close relationship with us and You sacrificed everything to secure it.

In this abortion culture, the fathers are [often left] out of the discussion. [Many] are the silent party, the unnoticed victims of a system that abhors responsibility and cares only for rights.

It is, sadly, because most of them are happy to walk away and leave their responsibility in the hands of the mother–or, thanks to the current rhetoric, believe that’s what they’re supposed to do.

But they are fathers, still, Lord God, and the deaths of their babies have repercussions. There are fathers out there who would have fought to keep their unborn child if they’d had a voice. There are fathers who still grieve and lament.

Lord, rescue the fathers, I pray. Help them to see the peaceful contentment they can have by assuming the place you’ve created for them.

Help them to be strong and righteous and lead as You do. Help them to stand up in love and protect their children as well as their women, delighting in their relationships. Give them forgiveness and peace where it’s needed. And give them a voice, Lord Jesus, give them a voice.

Above all, Heavenly Father, we ask You to use current events to swell the tide of the pro-life sentiment. Give us a strong, clear voice to proclaim the truth in love and to protect the innocent.

Work in the hearts and minds of every American and once and for all, Gracious Father, end the era of legalized abortion in the United States. The babies need You, the fathers need You, we all need You.

We pray expectantly in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen.

Abba Father, I plead with You to move strong Christian men to mentor and influence men in this country to be the responsible, loving men You created them to be in Your image.

Give Christian men the strength to get out of their comfort zone and be a force for life through mentoring all these fatherless men we have in this country.

In Christ,

Cheryl

First Do No Harm: Day 11 of 40 Days of Prayer

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Let us pray with Heidi that we become a culture that first does no harm.

Heavenly Father,

I am shaken by the things I see and hear, by the violence of the abortion procedure described by Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, before Congress yesterday; by the video of the current abortionist calmly sifting through a bloody pan of tiny dismembered legs and arms, and a sweet little face, crushed horribly out of shape, while crooning about the life he has given back to the mother.

I am shaken by Medical professionals who have vowed to “first do no harm,” and yet wreak destruction and death every day; by mothers who deny their own children; by fathers who deny responsibility; by a legal culture that respects the life of unborn animals yet denies the life of unborn human beings; by a social culture that shouts “RIGHTS,” and “CHOICE,” and denies any and every RESPONSIBILITY.

I am shaken by the soothing rhetoric of for-profit entities who spread lies to assure women their procedure is safe and painless and will give them back their freedom–as long as they can front the money.

I am shaken by our nation of strong Christians who remain silent on this, the most important life and death emergency in our nation’s history. Where are we?

Lord God, Thank You for being a true father who loves without conditions, who protects with no strings attached, who fights for continued relationship with his children.

Thank You for valuing our lives and nourishing our growth and always giving us good gifts.

Bring this kind of reality to our culture, Father, we pray! Bring goodness, rightness, and true LIFE to our cultural mindset.

Thank You for Your awesome example and for the hope that You fill us with. We know you hear us and our prayers move Your mighty heart.

We look forward to bringing You more glory and to seeing the end of this shocking horror of abortion in the United States. We implore You, Heavenly Father.

In Jesus Mighty Name we pray!
Amen

In Christ,

Cheryl

Toddlers & Sea Turtles: 40 Days of Prayer Day 10

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Let us continue to pray with Heidi for the end of abortion for we know that we are far more precious to God than even sea turtles.

Lord God,

It seems that the abuse of young children produces just about the most outrage our society can muster. It breaks our hearts and fills us with deep righteous anger to see toddlers and preschoolers being yelled at, yanked around, or neglected.

It is especially egregious because they have no escape, no recourse. Those who should be protecting them are the ones inflicting the damage and the children don’t have the resources or understanding to seek help.

So why is it that our hearts break for the toddlers who have no one protecting them, but not for the tiny babies?

Lord God, Almighty, we want them to live. We want them to be safe and warm–without trauma, or pain. We want them ALL to live, healthy, sick, male, female, from rape and incest. Every life is created by You and created in Your image, which means it is a life worth living.

The horrifying videos and dispassionate explanations of the abortion procedure that I’ve seen are so horrific and violent that there aren’t words to encompass it. We treat our dogs better. We pass laws to protect turtle eggs.

How long, Oh Lord, will you stay your hand of judgement? How many more silenced screams and how many more dismembered babies tossed out with the garbage? We see it, and we are crumbling with the guilt of it.

Bring redemption and healing and a swift end to this ferocious beast that devours our children. We cannot bear it any longer.

Father, we pray this in Christ’s most Powerful Name,
Amen

In Christ,

Cheryl

40 Days of Prayer Day 9

Dear Christian Sisters,

Let us continue to pray with my friend Heidi for the end of legalized abortion here in the United States.

Heavenly Father,

We continue to be shocked by the brazen actions of Virginia lawmakers who submitted a bill allowing abortion up to the moment of birth for virtually any reason.

And by the words of the Virginia Governor who suggests that abortion AFTER birth is something to be discussed.

We praise you, Lord, for putting that bill to death for now, although with elections coming in November and several conservative seats up for grabs, we pray you’ll put that bill to death for good.

I remember the words of Joni Eareckson Tada:

“And gradually, though no one remembers exactly how it happened, the unthinkable becomes tolerable. And then acceptable. And then legal. And then applaudable.”

We have fallen for it and the conscience of an entire nation has become seared.

Lord, forgive us for sitting idly by! We repent of our inaction and beg you to ignite fire in us all. Raise us up together in a cloud of unstoppable righteous anger and let our voice be thunderous across the land.

This is not political. All of humanity is at stake, for the agenda doesn’t stop. First they sold us the “viability” bill of goods. Then they preached, “safe, legal, and rare,” and we swallowed it.

Then it was a woman’s ‘right’ to choose, and now we don’t even blink as they murder babies about to be born–and celebrate their victory.

The next step is ALREADY here…delicate rhetoric about keeping a newborn comfortable while the ‘discussion’ takes place. The line has been left way behind and life now only has value where it is convenient.

AND LORD, WE BOUGHT IT ALL, keeping quiet because we don’t think we have a voice or we’re not into politics. Some of us don’t even vote.

We look to you, Father, for help on what to do next. Don’t let this die away but move mightily for the babies. Give us a voice that screams the truth and won’t back down, so that the gates of hell cannot prevail.

We know only YOU can make the deep, deep changes that our country needs, but we also know You use your people to do Your work. We stand at the ready, Lord Jesus. Here we are, send us!

We praise you for we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

ALL OF US

In Jesus’ powerful Name we pray!
Amen

In Christ,

Cheryl

Prepare Us, O Lord: Day 8 of 40 Days of Prayer

Dear Christian Sisters,

Heidi’s prayer for today addresses one of the arguments from pro-choicers—what are Christians doing about the orphans today and do they really think they can take care of all the children once Roe v Wade and state laws are overturned?

Although I hate to talk politics, Heidi’s prayer addresses one of the biggest perceptions of the pro-life party: Republicans want fewer government programs.

I am neither Republican nor Democrat, and I do not want to get into a political debate because the answer to the abortion crisis is not in politics.

What I do want to do is point out the perception of the pro-choice movement. From their perspective, pro-life = Republican = ReTested_3DLeft-Facing-400Evangelical. We all know that is not 100% true, and I would argue that it shouldn’t be true. However, that is the perception that we need to address.

I can already foresee that I’m making you uncomfortable, so later today I will send you the introduction to my first book in the Faces of Abortion Series. The book will be out in April, but I will be happy to share the short introduction with you today.

In the meantime, let us pray with Heidi about how we are going to align our works with our beliefs.

Heavenly Father,

This morning I woke up considering what life will be like when You move as mightily as we’ve been asking. What will happen when abortion is outlawed once and for all?

Over 2,000 babies are killed every day, so that means we’ll have over 2,000 babies, PER DAY, who need loving homes. Some of those mothers will keep and rear their children–and they will need lots of emotional and material support.

A majority will depend on willing adoptive parents. Many of those babies will have physical and mental disabilities. There will be serious needs.

Of course, there will be desperate women who would seek an illegal abortion, and we pray, Father, that you would protect them and calm them and give them good information and honest perspective.

Lord God, as we pray fervently for the end to this abortion era and seek to promote and cultivate an attitude of life, hope, and contentment in our culture, help us to be ready!

Work in our hearts to back up our words with deeds and to use our words to spur each other on to love and good deeds.

Prepare the adoption agencies for the flood of new life. Convict and prepare the hearts of those who can parent these children, especially the ones with extra needs.

Give us opportunity to bless and comfort the desperate ones and help us to reach out in real support of mothers who chose to keep their own children. They will need us.

We all need to be ready to make real sacrifices to fully honor the pro-life mindset and ultimately to honor You, the Glorious Author of Every Life.

All Honor and Glory be Yours, Lord God Almighty.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

In Christ,

Cheryl