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

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 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

Day 6 of 40 Days of Prayer

Dear Christian Sisters,

My apologies for not getting this prayer to you this morning. I have a sick boy in the house, so I’ve been busy making chicken soup and cuddling.

Let us continue to pray with my friend Heidi for a turn in the abortion-mindedness of our country.

Lord,

The media is shifting away from the abortion topic, even the conservative media. I guess it’s okay because they are news outlets and their job is to report the news, not lament tragedies.

I see a smidge less traffic on social media regarding this topic, too. People’s minds are moving on. There is an unending list of things to pray for, be passionate about, and bring to public awareness. The adversary is prowling around, after all, looking for someone to devour.

But I refuse to let this die. There are too many deaths already, and the battle rages on, day in and day out.

Kindle in us, Oh Lord, the energy and passion, the creativity and ability to speak and to move. Give us the battle plan and motivate your people.

Our strength comes from you, our hope is in you and all we ask is for mercy. For the babies.

And for the mothers, and the fathers, and the abortion providers, and for the general mindset of the average Joe, we ask for your mercy for them all. Turn the tide of our death and doom culture into one that cherishes the goodness of life, celebrates wisdom and good choices and finds joy in putting the needs of others first.

You, Lord God, specialize in redemption stories. Stories of miraculous healing and bringing hope and life out of the ashes.

We’re dwelling in the ashes and we desperately need regenerating. Humble our hearts, Lord, and cause your people to pray. We long to see the end of this bloody era of carnage. Lord, please.

In Christ,

Cheryl

40 Days of Prayer: Day 1

Dear Christian Sisters,

My friend Heidi is a prayer warrior. Her response to New York’s late-term abortion legislation and all the abortion news since then has been to pray. May we all be like her.

With her permission, I am sharing her prayers with you so that we may pray as one voice.

Lord Almighty,

The wind has been knocked out of us. The reality of the evil that has swept over and bound up this country for far too long is raw and real this day. The agenda moves forward. We watch agape as pink lights celebrate, CELEBRATE, the passage of a law allowing more of our babies to be butchered. And other states are contemplating similar measures. What is to be done?

While the snake slithers and laughs its bitter laugh, we come boldly to YOU, heavenly Father, grieving the terrified, agonized babies who die every day. How have we let this happen? How could we close our eyes and cover our ears? How could we let it fade into the background?

Our hands are bloody. Our sin is deep. But you, O Lord, you know. There is none like you. We need forgiveness and healing and a new direction. We need so much! Help us to pray. Hear us and forgive us. Show us the way forward, step by step.

We pray these things in the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Do Not Give Up Speaking Truth

Dear Christian Sisters,

In the last two weeks of controversy over late-term abortions, I have received two kinds of private messages:

  1. Please help me with online conversations that I am having with pro-choice advocates. I don’t understand how they think, but you do.
  2. I had an abortion, too. I regret it, and I am heartbroken over all the news about legislation.

Today, I’ll respond to the first point. Next time, I’ll respond to the second.

Let me start by encouraging you to not grow weary.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary (Galatians 6:9).

Responding to pro-choice comments is often exhausting and disturbing to our souls. I had one exchange in which the pro-choice advocate used the F-word and told me where to go in just about every one of her comments.

I responded with truth and kind words, and politely asked for a conversation rather than vulgarity. Eventually, she gave up and left the conversation. I was saddened by her inability to have a reasoned conversation.

However, I intentionally left seeds for her to remember my kindness and my points. I pray that the Lord will grow those seeds into love for Him and the life He creates.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

Another conversation I had ended with the pro-choice advocate saying, “It’s literally a parasite until it can live on its own.” I was so sad to read that.

Then I remembered that, like I said in yesterday’s post, hearts are being revealed. We must pray for our adversaries.

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).

So stay in the conversation, and continue speaking the truth in love. Here are some truths to share:

Typical Comments Followed by Truthful Responses

First, I assume that the woman with whom I’m conversing has had an abortion. The more she defends abortion, the more likely she has had one, so I try to mention post-abortion healing classes often.

That used to be me. When I was pro-choice, I needed to justify what I had done.

These women are in pain. They are bitter. They are often bitter at Christians, some justifiably and some not.

Show them the love of Christ by sharing love for women. Keep the emphasis on women and the truth of the abortion industry. You are not going to convince them that the pre-born have rights, so instead focus on how harmful abortion is to women.

The pro-choice movement talks about women, so we should, too. Meet them where they are.

“My Body. My Choice” or “Not Your Body. Not Your Choice”

The pre-born are not your body but his or her own.

I avoid using the words “baby” and “mother” because those words trigger the pro-choice into defending themselves even more.

“Reproductive Rights”

It’s not a right or a choice. It’s a destructive decision for both the woman and the pre-born. No matter what happens to the pre-born, he or she will not be forgotten by the woman. There’s a reason post-abortion healing classes exist.

“Christians Should Be _______________ Instead of Taking Away Women’s Rights”

Christians are helping women in crisis and adopting, but that isn’t exciting news so no one hears about it. There’s no doubt that we can and should be doing more. But as a Christian, I will not lie to women by letting them think that abortion is no big deal. It is a big deal. There are emotional and spiritual consequences for abortion. Post-abortion healing classes exist for a reason.

We should be just as concerned about the women who abort because the psychological effects of abortion are significant, hidden, and rarely discussed. Freedom is not found in abortion. Post-abortion healing classes are available at most pregnancy centers and some churches.

BTW, as Christians, we should be supporting those who are doing the hard work of helping women in crisis. Donate to your local pregnancy center or to Care-Net, who supports pregnancy centers throughout the United States.

“When Making Decisions for Laws, Never Use Emotion”

Only those who choose death are emotionless. That’s what abortion does. Makes people emotionless.

I used to call myself the walking dead before there was a TV show by that name. I didn’t regret my abortion for 14 years. For 14 years, I said what those women said. It wasn’t until I was healed that I could see just how dead I had been.

“PP Provides Women’s Healthcare, Not Just Abortions”

True, but Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood, has outright said their business is abortion far more than other health services.

According to former PP employee Abby Johnson, 50% of PP’s income is abortion and 50% government funding. (See Steven Crowder’s interview with Abby.)

If you want to see how abortion clinics operate, watch “Unplanned,” due out March 29, 2019. Abortion workers who got an early viewing of the movie agree that it’s an accurate portrayal.

Also, see “Gosnell,” which is about a private abortion clinic, due out on DVD soon. All women should be horrified by the uncleanliness of that clinic and by the inaction by the government.

If you want to see how abortion clinics are doing on their health inspections, go to Check My Clinic. This should be of concern to EVERY woman, regardless of which side of the issue you are on.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Hearts are Being Revealed

Dear Christian Sisters,

It’s only been two weeks since the 46th Roe v Wade anniversary, the day that New York passed its late-term abortion legislation, cheered, and lit up New York City in Planned Parenthood’s pink (see note below).

The hearts of the NY legislators and governor were revealed that day.

Then we heard from Delegate Kathy Tran of Virginia introduce legislation that would make it easier to get a late-term abortion in Virginia, saying that abortion could happen all the way up to birth.

The Virginia Delegate’s heart was revealed that day.

After that, we heard Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on the Ask the Governor radio show explain “exactly what would happen” in a third trimester abortion, but what he described was infanticide.

The Virginia Governor’s heart was revealed that day.

Let us rejoice that the truth is coming out while simultaneously praying for God’s mercy. Please be in prayer for everyone you hear about in the news, that they would know the personal, loving God who changes hearts and loves life.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Note:

When we see pink, we think of breast cancer. I did a little searching and found that Susan G. Komen started using pink in 1991. Around the same time, I remember protesting with PP (see below), and everyone there had pink arm bands. I don’t know which organization started first, but I can say that PP has been using pink for a long time.

You may be shocked that I protested with PP, that I was on their side. Yes, I used to be pro-choice. Remember that I had an abortion when I was 17, and until I had a personal relationship with Christ, I defended my decision by supporting PP, even though I did not have an abortion at one of their clinics.

46th Anniversary of Roe v Wade: a Little History Lesson

Dear Christian Sisters,

Today marks the 46th year of mourning the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision of January 22, 1973.

Consider this: Everyone in the USA age 64 and younger has lived in the wake of Roe v Wade their entire adult lives.roevwade

1969

The National Association of the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) began organizing in 1969 to legalize abortion. NARAL has been through several name changes but today is known as NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Two men were key in starting NARAL: Lawrence Lader, a Communist, and Dr. Bernard Nathanson, an OB/GYN who saw the results of many botched abortions.

Dr. Nathanson, dubbed “The Abortion King,” lent medical credibility to the legalization of abortion. He worked to improve the cleanliness and medical standards of illegal abortion clinics ahead of legalization.

Lader  put women at the front of their political work. He knew that in order to get people to listen, they needed to hear from women that abortion was perfectly okay for them.

1970

Did you know that abortion was legal in Hawaii and New York in 1970, before Roe v Wade? When abortion was legalized in New York, women traveled to the state for an abortion, which was good for the economy.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, had died in 1966 and was not personally involved in abortion rights. A year earlier in 1965, PP warned women not to abort, saying that it kills the life of a baby and endangers the woman.

Planned Parenthood itself initially said “no” to Dr. Nathanson when he invited PP to join them in promoting legalized abortions. But after abortion was legalized in New York and they saw how much money was to be made, PP joined NARAL in their political efforts.

From Pro-Abortion to Anti-Abortion

Dr. Nathanson at the time was an atheistic Jew. A few years after Roe v Wade, he saw an abortion through an ultrasound. Seeing that the fetus was alive, he began to question his assumptions. He famously asked:

“What If We’ve Been Wrong?”

In 1984, Dr. Nathanson was the narrator of an anti-abortion film titled The Silent Scream.

After converting to the pro-life movement, Dr. Nathanson converted to Christianity. So, he was pro-life before he was Christian.

Fake News in the Late 1960s

Dr. Nathanson became a speaker for the pro-life movement and openly confessed how he deceived Americans by inflating numbers and using marketing strategies to vilify the pro-life Catholic Church.

For example, NARAL reported that there were one million criminal abortions annually. The real number was 10% of that—90% FEWER abortions than reported.

NARAL claimed that 5-10,000 women died each year from botched abortions when the real numbers were closer to 250—95% FEWER women died than reported.

In summary, the United States was duped by clever marketing strategies crafted by men.

To Learn More

I had heard most of the facts that I listed above from one of Dr. Nathanson’s recorded presentations. I later read those facts in the 2017 book What If We’ve Been Wrong? Keeping My Promise to America’s “Abortion King” by Terry Beatley. Dr. Nathanson wrote two of his own books (affiliate link—just trying to pay for my websites). You can read one of his articles for free at “Confessions of an Ex-Abortionist.”

In Christ,

Cheryl

 

MLK Jr Day & Mildred Fay Jefferson

Dear Christian Sisters,

On this Martin Luther King, Jr Day, let’s remember Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson (1927-2010), a pro-life advocate.

Photo of Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson speakingDr. Jefferson helped to found the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and served the Committee in several roles, including President from 1975 to 1978.

Dr. Jefferson was a well-known pro-life speaker in the 1970s. In 1972 through one of her appearances on TV, she convinced then California Governor Ronald Reagan to switch from pro-choice to pro-life.

In addition to her pro-life advocacy work, Dr. Jefferson was both the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and the first woman to graduate in surgery from the same school.

“I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the tight to live.”

Listen to her speak in this video tribute to her life by the NRLC.

In Christ,

Cheryl