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,

RBG & the Man Caught in Adultery

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

You may not expect me, a pro-lifer, to pay homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but if it weren’t for her, I might not have the skillset I do to get information out to you.

Why is that?

Because Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought many court cases in the 1970s that got women equal rights to work.

Yes, it’s true that since then she has not aligned with Judeo-Christian values. Unfortunately, she left her Jewish upbringing behind.

But let us honor her for the good that she did do.

Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide

Let us also consider how different history would be if women had equal rights to work before Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton made it to the Supreme Court.

Ironically, I mentioned Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work in my new book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, which released on the day she passed away. (Also interesting: sunset that day was the start of Rosh Hashanah.) Here’s an excerpt:

Remember the Man Caught in Adultery

Jesus, He who brings justice (Luke 18:7-8, John 8:10-11), open my mind to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).

Humiliated

John 8:1-11

Early in the morning, Jesus went to the temple. People began crowding around Him in the Temple court, and He began to teach them.

A commotion interrupted Jesus’ teaching. The crowd turned to see scribes and Pharisees pulling a woman with disheveled hair into the court. “Let go of me! Leave me alone!” Then she saw Jesus and stood quietly, ashamed. Jesus looked at the woman’s face with compassion, but she would not look up.

A Pharisee said, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.”

Another said, “In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. What then do You say?” The scribes and Pharisees were testing Jesus so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.

The scribes and Pharisees were referring to Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22, which say that both “the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” Jesus knew The Law, so He knew the adulterer was missing from this accusation.

Yet He doesn’t say a word. Instead, He draws their attention away from the woman’s nakedness and down to the ground. Perhaps Jesus gave a knowing look to the 12 who quietly covered the woman’s nakedness. Everyone got closer to see what He was writing in the sand. Someone near Jesus read His words out loud, and one-by-one the woman’s accusers—the older ones first—walked away from the woman, who was in the center of the court. They didn’t leave the crowd, of course, because they wanted to see what Jesus would do.

What did He write in the sand? We don’t know. Perhaps He quoted scripture (see 1 Timothy 3:16-17).

Jesus straightened up, looked the woman in the eye, and said, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go and sin no more.”

What Man?

I purposely named the title of this chapter “Remember the Man Caught in Adultery” to get you to ask, “What man?”

Exactly. Where is the man who was caught in the very act of adultery? The Law of Moses said that both the man and the woman should be stoned (Leviticus 10:10), yet the man was not accused.

Jesus elegantly distracted the crowd from the woman’s shame, brought about justice, and showed her the path of righteousness.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

Today, women pregnant out of wedlock are the obvious sinners because their growing bellies are like the Scarlet Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book. Men who have extramarital sex are harder to identify. Not only that, but men who are philanderers are often looked upon as studs.

Pro-choice women recognize the unfairness.

1960s

Let’s go back to the 1960s, the decade before Roe v Wade. The counterculture of the 1960s included the free love movement, which argued that sex freely entered into should not be judged by The Church or regulated by law. The result of the free love movement? Promiscuity.

What happens when couples have sex? Women get pregnant. It’s simple biology.

Remember, though, that in the 1960s, women did not have equal rights to work, and single moms did not receive child support from their children’s father, if they knew who the father was.

Gut check: When you read “if she knew who the father was,” did you begin judging her? Remember that promiscuity applies to both women and men. The men with whom she had sex probably had multiple sex partners and may have been happy to be anonymous. We need to acknowledge that both women and men participate in extramarital sex, so we either judge both of them or leave the judging for God.

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”

Jesus in Matthew 7:1

In the 1960s, my mom was in her 20s. My parents were married, and my dad was finishing his degree, so my mom’s income was their main income. She worked for an upscale department store but couldn’t be promoted to management because she was married and had two children at home (my sister and brother).

Mom became pregnant with me in early 1969, months before my dad finished his degree. By this time, she worked for the church and worked only through her first trimester “because that’s the way it was back then.”

1970s

In the 1970s, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ACLU went to court trying case-after-case, resulting in women’s equal rights to work. Watch the 2019 movie “On the Basis of Sex, ” which is a snapshot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. It’s a good reminder of what life was like for women in the 1970s. While watching, remember that Roe v Wade was decided January 22, 1973.

When the feminist movement changed from being pro-life to pro-choice, women thought abortion would be rare but necessary so that women were not left destitute because they couldn’t work and they couldn’t insist that the baby’s father support them and their children. Allowing abortion seemed the fair thing to do for women. (See “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense” by Frederica Matthewes-Green.)

The Woman Caught in Adultery
Jesus Saves a Woman from Injustice

Why do we call this Bible story “The Woman Caught in Adultery”? Jesus did not give it that title. The Apostle John, who wrote that gospel, did not give it that title. In truth, an editor wrote that title.

Well, I’m an editor, and I propose a new title:

“Jesus Saves a Woman from Injustice”

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

Amos 5:24

— End Excerpt —

Start a Conversation

You can open up conversations with those who disagree with you about abortion by acknowledging their feelings—right now—about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Perhaps that will lead to a loving conversation about how the pro-choice movement seeks justice for women whereas the pro-life movement seeks justice for pre-born babies and women.

Let’s Pray

This morning, I was in Washington, D.C. praying, which has become my Sunday morning routine. My prayer was something like this:

Father, our just and merciful judge, thank You for this opportunity to restore Your justice to the Supreme Court and to return law-making to Congress.

Send peace and calm, Father, across these United States as we follow our process of appointing a just Judge to the vacant seat.

Lord, pave the way for the Godly, pro-life women whom You have qualified for this seat, for who better to overturn Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton than women.

Standing firmly in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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