Briana’s Take on Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, Briana, for endorsing my latest book! Learn more about Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide.

In Christ,

Cheryl

(Accidentally) Praying with a Small Church Gathering in Washington, DC

They smiled and greeted me. “Yes! We’re going to be here every Sunday until elections.”

“Me, too! And I’m thinking the Sunday after elections as well.”

“That’s probably when we need prayer the most,” one man responded.

I agreed. While they prayed in their native tongue, I lifted their prayers to the Lord. Then I prayed for unity.

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Today, a church was praying at the Jefferson Pier in Washington, DC.

A week ago, the same group was praying down on the sidewalk while when my friend Kathi and I prayed at the Pier.

I say “down” because there’s a retaining wall at the Pier, so that sidewalk is down lower than the Pier, and we have to climb up the wall to get to the Pier.

When the church was done praying and singing, Kathi and I stopped our praying to tell them about the Pier and to invite them to surround the Pier for one more prayer before they left. They accepted, and we prayed together for the unity of these United States.

It was beautiful!

Praying from the Center of the Capital

Jefferson Pier is a 2-foot high marker near the Washington Monument. It marks the geographic center of the original diamond-shaped Washington, DC. When we pray there, we feel like we’re praying over all of the U.S.

[Read more about Jefferson Pier in my previous blog post, “Praying for Wholeness from Washington, D.C.“]

In the center of the Pier, you can see small indentations pointing north, south, east, and west. The north points directly at the White House. The east points directly at the Capitol. That’s no accident. L’Enfant purposely put the White House and the Capitol at a right angle from each other when he designed the city.

Praying for Unity

Today, the church climbed the retaining wall shortly before I did. “You’re back!” I said.

They smiled and greeted me. “Yes! We’re going to be here every Sunday until elections.”

“Me, too! And I’m thinking the Sunday after elections as well.”

“That’s probably when we need prayer the most,” one man responded.

I agreed. While they prayed in their native tongue, I lifted their prayers to the Lord. Then I prayed for unity.

Praying Confessions

Those of us praying in concert with the 40 Days for Life campaign using Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide will be praying tomorrow for our country like Daniel prayed for the Judeans while they were still in captivity.

Cheryl at Jefferson Pier with her prayer guide;; the Washington Monument in the background
Jefferson Pier is a small marker near the Washington Monument, marking the geographic center of the original diamond-shaped Washington, DC.

Tuesday, we’ll ask God’s forgiveness for the U.S.’s abortion history.

That’s what I felt compelled to pray today over these United States—prayers of confession on behalf of all the people.

The first prayer is adapted from Daniel’s prayer in chapter 9:4-19. The second prayer is of repentance over our abortion history. Here’s an excerpt from the Daniel prayer:

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 extramarital sex, unfair treatment of those caught in adultery, and abortion.

Praying for Worship Warriors

I also prayed for the spiritual freedom, spiritual protection, and spiritual revelation of God-given identities for all the people in our private prayer group and all who read Worship to End Abortion.

I invite you to join us!

In Christ,

Cheryl

An Abortion Survivor’s Take on My Latest Book

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Thankful Thursday!

Jennifer Milbourn has a smile that won’t quit! Pretty amazing given her story of forgiving her mother for trying to abort her.

I met her last March, and I was able to say, “I’m sorry.” That led to another post-abortive woman saying she was sorry. A great deal of healing happened that night.

Jennifer and I became instant friends. Imagine that—a woman who survived an abortion and a woman who aborted her daughter—friends.

Thank you, Jennifer, for your friendship and for endorsing my latest book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Abortion Survivor Jennifer Milbourn Talks about Forgiveness

Facebook Friday & Forgiveness
9 ET, 8 CT, 7 MT, 6 PT
with Abortion Survivor Jennifer Milbourn and Post-Abortive Cheryl Krichbaum

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Facebook Friday this week will be about forgiveness.

My friend Jennifer Milbourn, Vacuum Aspiration Abortion Survivor, will join me on Facebook Live in the Worship to End Abortion private group.

Those of us reading Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide have been forgiving people all week, so of course Jennifer and I are going to talk about forgiveness.

Join the group to watch the interview! (Be sure to answer all the group questions.)

Jennifer Milbourn, abortion survivor
Jennifer Milbourn, abortion survivor

In Christ,

Cheryl

Praying for Our Country’s Healing

We are a country of the people, by the people, for the people. Our leaders—elected by us—reflect us. Let that sink in.

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

While in Washington, DC this morning. my friend Kathi and I prayed for you, the people of the United States, to be healed—not from COVID-19 but from bitterness and unforgiveness.

Why? Because our country is full of anger and bitterness. For our country’s circumstances to change, we need to forgive and be set free.

John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Right now, what you can do for your country is worship God and then pray for this country’s people.

Yes, pray for our leaders as the Bible says (see 1 Timothy 2 and other verses). We are a country of the people, by the people, for the people.* When we pray for the people, we pray for our leaders. Our leaders—elected by us—reflect us.

Let that sink in.

Abraham Lincoln, when faced with the Southern states seceding, put keeping our country in union above all else because he did not want our country to perish. Looking at our roles in World Wars 1 and 2, we can see how we benefitted by being in union.

When Pres. Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he reflected what Jesus said in Mark 3:25.

If we are to not perish,* then we need to not be divided. To not be divided we, the people, need to not be full of anger or bitterness for each other. Therefore, pray for the people to let go of anger and bitterness.

Pray that we, the people, forgive others to let go of our anger.

Pray that we, the people, forgive others to let go of all bitterness.

Pray that we, the people, do not let any new root of bitterness take hold (see Hebrews 12:14-15).

Freedom. When we release our anger and bitterness, we are freed!

Start by freeing yourself. Forgive whomever angers you right now. Name your bitterness, identify whom you hold responsible for “the reason” behind your bitterness, and forgive him or her. Then ask God to bless those you forgave.

Once you are freed from bitterness and anger, then pray that others do the same for we cannot effectively pray for others to receive what we do not ourselves possess (James 5:16). Start with your own family. Then your church family. Then your communities—workplaces, neighborhoods, and friends.

May this nation, under God, have a new birth of freedom* in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!

Worship to End Abortion book cover

This week, in Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, we are reading “Forgive and Be Set Free” and then forgiving others through prayer. Get your copy of the prayer guide and join us in spirit. (For those of you on Facebook, join us in the Worship to End Abortion private group.)

In Christ,

Cheryl’s signature
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President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address, said, “It is for us, the living… to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us… That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Faye’s Perspective on Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, Faye, for endorsing my latest book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Tonight! Interviewing After the Abortion Photographer Angela Forker

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

If you’re on Facebook, join the Worship to End Abortion private group right now—and don’t forget to answer the membership questions!

Because tonight I’m interviewing Angela Forker! (and we have amazing ASL translator Pam joining us!)

me with Angela Forker, photographer extraordinaire
Photo by Angela Forker
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In Christ,

Serena’s Perspective on Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

It’s thankful Thursday! Thank you to Serena Dyksen for endorsing my latest book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Praying for Wholeness from Washington, D.C.

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Early Sunday mornings, you’ll find me driving through the Appalachians, praising and praying. It’s easy to praise God amidst such beauty!

Westward view of an Appalachian valley

Driving through the Appalachians means that I’m driving west. A week ago in my rearview mirror, I saw the beautiful oranges and yellows of the sunrise. I thought, “Hmm. Maybe I should have driven east this morning.”

An hour later, I got a text from my friend saying that she was praying in Washington, DC. “I just felt like I was supposed to pray here.”

That was my confirmation that I should have driven east, not west.

Praying in Washington, D.C.

The next day, Labor Day, my friend and others from our prayer group met in Washington, DC early in the morning to pray. We felt soooooo good after we prayed.

That’s right. We felt good about praying in Washington, DC despite the pandemic, despite the riots, and despite the elections.

Praying with the 40 Days for Life Campaign

Later in the week, I went to sign up for the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at the nearby abortion facilities. The next prayer vigil is Sept 23-Nov 1. They’re already expecting a record turnout.

But my schedule and the available times slots do not match up. I thought, Well, I could go early on Sunday mornings—all three facilities are about as long of a drive as to DC. But I felt God encouraging me to pray in DC instead.

So, I intend to visit DC early on Sunday mornings throughout the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, praying for the women, men, and pre-born babies at abortion facilities across the country and around the world.

Praying at the Center of the Capital

Jefferson Pier with the Washington Monument in the background
Jefferson Pier sits just west of the Washington Monument. The White House to the north and the Capitol to the east sit at 90 degrees of each other with the endpoint of the right angle in the center of Jefferson Pier.

This morning, another friend from my prayer group met me in DC. We prayed at this little marker near the Washington Monument.

The marker is named Jefferson Pier after Thomas Jefferson, who wanted that spot to be the Prime Meridian. Clearly it did not become the Prime Meridian, but it does mark the center of the original diamond-shaped capital city of the U.S.

Today, Washington, DC is not diamond shaped. The diamond is cut along the Potomac River, cut by division on the issue of slavery.

Neither Washington, DC nor Virginia were free from slavery in the early 1800s, but Washington was soon to become free.

In what is now Alexandria, VA but then in the diamond-shaped DC was an auction block where our ancestors sold people who were stolen from their homes and transported against their will across the vast ocean to a land with a strange language and strange customs.

In the capital of the world’s first democracy, we proclaimed freedom and yet enslaved others.

Although our Declaration of Independence declared us free from Britain, it did not declare enslaved peoples free from colonists. And yet it did inspire Vermont to abolish slavery in its state constitution!

The Declaration of Independence inspired Vermont to abolish slavery in its state constitution.

Slowly, all the northern states ended slavery. Perhaps they, too, were inspired by the Declaration of Independence, which truly was revolutionary not just because it started the Revolutionary War but because there were no other people-led countries at that time. The United States inspired other countries to create their own democracies.

Those on the Virginia side of the Potomac saw that Washington would soon end slavery as well. They, however, did not want to lose their lucrative businesses that benefited from the slave trade, so for this and other reasons they requested retrocession—that the portion of DC west of the Potomac River be returned to Virginia. Money, not righteousness, won that day.

Now Washington, DC looks like a broken diamond. Isn’t that telling?

Washington, DC looks like a broken diamond.

Liberty

And so I will pray in Washington, DC in concert with the 40 Days for Life prayer warriors for the liberty of pre-born babies of every hue and their mothers and fathers. May they no longer be oppressed by death or by lies.

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their chains in pieces.

Psalm 107:14 NKJV

Union

I will pray for union of families and for wholeness. May women and men no longer suffer from brokenness that leads to abortion.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:3 NKJV

Justice

I will pray for justice for the mosaic of all the beautiful colors of our people. May justice and righteousness reign.

Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Amos 5:24 NASB

Undivided / Wholeness

The Washington, DC diamond by Dick Rabil, Slice-Works.com

I will pray for the wholeness of our country. May we no longer be divided but instead stand firm in union fighting for freedom.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 NASB

Let Us Pray Together

Join me. Sign up to pray at an abortion facility near you as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. If you can’t go, then pray where you can be—in your own home.

Stay tuned for more details!

Let my next book be your guide to praying for the end of abortion, for true freedom, which is in Christ.

Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide releases this Friday!

Join me here (click follow), on Facebook, or on XAPiT as we read, pray, and worship together Sept 23-Nov 1 in concert with and in support of 40 Days for Life.

In Christ,

Cheryl

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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