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 Pastors Ahead of Sanctity of Life Sunday

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

We have a busy week starting with the Women’s March on Saturday and ending with the March for Life the following Friday.

Are you praying and worshiping for the end of abortion?

This weekend is not only Martin Luther King Jr Day but also Sanctity of Life Sunday.Cheryl as the walking deadjoy sucked right out of Cheryl

Please pray for pastors as they prepare their sanctity of life sermons.

Many pastors shy away from preaching about abortion because they view it as a political issue. But first and foremost, it’s a spiritual issue!

Please encourage your pastor! Don’t badger him or her! Just share your support.

And if you’re a pastor looking for more Bible verses beyond Psalm 139 or want another perspective on God’s love for life, visit these two pages:

And you are always welcome to contact me for a testimony or to ask me questions.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pro-Life, Not Pro-Political Party

When we rally behind a political party rather than LOVE, we anger everyone in the other party and rally our own, resulting in preaching to the choir. The choir doesn’t need convincing.

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Let’s choose pro-life posts to share on social media, not pro-political party posts.

When we attack a political party, we put people on the defense and they are less open to our points.

We also make abortion an issue only of the USA when it’s actually a worldwide issue.

Reversing Roe v Wade is an interim step, not the final goal. The goal is to make abortion unthinkable worldwide.

Instead, let’s talk about becoming more Christ-like. If people are more like Christ, then God can lead them to vote in the way that meets His purposes…

Which may not be YOUR purposes.

And, let’s get realistic: The Democrats for Life are likely the ones who will turn the political tide in our country.

When we rally behind a political party rather than LOVE, we anger everyone in the other party and rally our own, resulting in preaching to the choir. The choir doesn’t need convincing.

That’s helpful if we’re running for office, but most of us are not.

We’re running the race for Christ.

In Christ,

  • Cheryl

Movie Rated R for Abortion Scenes

Dear Christian Sisters,

The movie “Unplanned” is rated R for scenes of abortion. How ironic is that?

While the filmmakers were certain they were making a PG-13 film, the MPAA has informed them that it will, in fact, be rated R unless all scenes of abortions are removed or altered.

Check out the story by The Hollywood Reporter.

My opinion? If your children are receiving sex education, then they should see “Unplanned.” I will be taking my pre-teen and teen boys.

Be sure to check out the movie trailer, and put March 29 on your calendar as movie night.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Watch Your Words as You Comment on the New York Late-Term Abortion Legislation

Remember how Jesus talked to the Woman at the Well?

Dear Christian Sisters,

The news that New York has legalized late-term abortions once again has everyone in an uproar. I just ask that you comment on articles with love and logic.

I wasn’t feeling well yesterday, so I sat on my couch and read all sorts of comments on news posts while my friends sent me private messages asking me for advice on how to respond to people.

I can’t help but get involved in the conversation because I have so much to say about what abortion does to women, and it didn’t take long for someone who disagrees with me to comment in return.

Except that she didn’t just comment—she yelled and swore. I did not. I responded with logical explanations.

Her comments devolved into twisting my words. I politely pointed out what I really said and pointed her back to my original comment. I also asked that she talk to me without swear words and without telling me where to go.

When she couldn’t argue with me anymore, she left the conversation.

That’s what I want to encourage you to do. Stay in the conversation but do so gracefully and with love. My words will stay with that woman. My words were seeds. I pray that the Lord will water and grow those seeds into love for the Savior.

Our goal is to love others over the life line.

I was loved over the life line by my husband Russ and by Christ, as you’ll soon read in my first book, ReTested.

Abby Johnson, author of the book and soon-to-be-released movie “Unplanned,” was loved over the life line by her husband, parents, and the 40 Days for Life. It can be done, and we should be the ones doing it.

Remember how Jesus talked to the Woman at the Well? He spoke truth to her, and she didn’t recoil but instead was honored as one of the first to be told directly that He is the Christ.

As Christians, we are called to be Christ followers. That means doing like He did. Let us love them so much that they want to become pro-life Christians.

In Christ,

Cheryl