Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bringing Hope When It is Absent




Our new young Cities4Life volunteers stopped a car with a Hispanic couple driving on their way into the abortion center. The couple did not speak a word of English. I could see by the look on our volunteers’  faces that they would like some help, so I scurried over. The man said something that I didn’t understand at all. So I said, “Yo hablo espanol un poquito.” That means (sort of) “ I speak Spanish a little.”

And it’s true. A VERY little.

“Pull over ici.” (Pull over here....except ici is French for here. I learned both languages once long ago and get them confused a lot.)
I pantomimed  pull over since I had no clue how to say that in Spanish. He understood and pulled over to the curb.
“No aborto,” I said. (Don’t abort.)
They both nodded. 

Now I was stuck. 

“Bebe?” I asked, pointing to the woman’s abdomen. (Baby?)
They shook their head, no. No baby? I didn’t believe them. I was pretty sure they were there for an abortion, but didn’t want to admit it.

I pulled out my phone and found my Google Translator App. I spoke into the phone to translate to Spanish, “Do you want a free pregnancy test?”
The man nodded, but the woman did not look as eager. Now my guess shifted: the man did not desire the abortion, but the woman did.

Sadly, they didn’t quite understand how to speak Spanish into my google translator and so we gave that up. I called our Spanish counselor, who, praise God, was home and willing to talk with them.  At first Connie spoke to the woman while the man and I smiled at each other. Then the woman handed the phone to me. Connie told me the woman did not want to talk about how far along she was or share much information. Connie felt they were going to abort. So I put Connie on speaker phone. I told Connie to ask if the woman believed in God. 

At this point, the woman looked down and said something to the man. She looked uncomfortable. I knew the look. She DID believe in God and she knew abortion was wrong. Meanwhile, another counselor stood on the other side of the car looking up the address of the nearby Crisis Pregnancy Center. (Yesterday exemplified team effort from start to finish.)

With Connie on speaker phone, we were jointly able to let them know about all our resources and reasons not to abort. The man was especially excited about our baby showers. He nodded vigorously at me and gave me a thumbs up. I asked if they would now go see the baby at the local pregnancy center and gave them the address. (Due to various reasons,  our mobile RV ultrasound unit was not out at the center that day. Typically we can provide that valuable resoure ourself right on the curb of the abortion center) Thankfully, they both nodded, and I repeated, “No aborto!” They both smiled this time.

Still, as they pulled from the curb, we held our breath as they drove slowly by the abortion center driveway. They drove past and we all exhaled. A baby safe!

Another big thrill of the day followed!  Another one of our new volunteers, Samantha, gave our brochure for the first time to a driver that stopped for her. She was ecstatic. She has only volunteered with us for a few weeks, and had not yet spoken to the women, nor tried to stop a car and hand out our information. But from that moment on, she became bolder and bolder, calling out to the women and eagerly flagging down cars. 

One of the women who stopped and took the literature from Samantha on the way out of the abortion center told her she had not aborted. Now Samantha was unstoppable. She told me that she had been fearful and felt the oppression of the enemy her first few times out with us. But suddenly, the fear vanished and was replaced by a determination to speak boldly for God. She would not let Satan have power over her. She would not give in to a spirit of fear. What a joy to watch this transformation and equipping of those who step out of their comfort zone in obedience to God!!

A third woman left, and told us she had decided not to abort. What a glorious day! And as if it were not wonderful enough, another woman stopped on her way down the street to talk to Cities4Life director, Daniel. She was hoping for a free pregnancy test and was told by a friend that we provided those. Since our RV was not there today, I offered to drive her to the nearby Pregnancy Resource Center. I called them and told them the situation and they said they could see her immediately. I plugged their address in my phone, and saw it was a 12 minute drive.

As we started off, I asked her if we were to crash and die, where would she go: heaven or hell? (I only had 12 minutes so I couldn’t waste much time on small talk.) She confessed that she thought she was going to hell. She had no assurance of whether God loved her or not. What a golden opportunity. I had 12 minutes and I planned to use it wisely. I shared the Gospel. 

As I talked about sin and the penalty for sin that must be paid, she grew very sad and somber. She knew she was a sinner, and now thought I was confirming her fear that she was doomed. Then I shared the incredible good news of what Christ did for her on the cross, how He paid the punishment for her sin in her stead. I told her the Bible tells us we can accept what He did on our behalf, repent of our sins, believe and proclaim Jesus as Lord of our life, and our salvation is secure. We are going to heaven if we accept and believe that, and as Romans 10:9 tells us, “Proclaim with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead...”

Her entire demeanor now transformed from despair to hope.

“Do you want to do that?” I asked.
“Yes!!!” She said.
So we prayed as we pulled into the parking lot of the Pregnancy Resoure Center and she asked Jesus to be Lord of her life. I told her the Holy Spirit indwells those who claim Christ, and He would guide her. Knowing the terrible suffering Christ endured on her behalf, even though her sins were washed clean in God’s eyes by her profession of faith, would she want to continue in sin now? No, she told me.

I hugged her and gave her some gifts that I always have in my car. As I drove away, I praised God for His incredible gift of allowing us to be used by Him for such a wonderful task as bringing hope to someone who had thought she had none.
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Psalm 39:7 


“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

Hebrews 11:1 


Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Isaiah 41:10 


Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frozen Hearts May Yet Thaw



It was a frigid cold morning when I first arrived at the abortion center. I was all alone for the first half hour. A policeman stopped and asked where everyone was.
“They’ll be here,” I said, “For now, it’s just me...and God.”
“That sounds like all you need,” he said.
“You are right about that.”

It was a spark of warm encouragement on this cold morning. 

One young lady also stood out in the cold, on the porch of the abortion center. Her boyfriend hovered near. It was clear that the young woman was listening to me, and then nodding, and speaking to the boyfriend. It looked to me like she didn’t want to abort, but was being pressured by the young man. The interaction between the two was heated at times. She went in the center but came back out. Several times. And the arguments with the boyfriend continued. Finally, she stomped to her car, he stomped to his, and they peeled away before the abortionist arrived. I wanted to cheer. Good for you, young lady! Good for you!

I read that 60% of abortions are coerced. Sometimes, all a young woman needs is an advocate speaking truth, confirming in her heart what she already knows. So many people are afraid to confront others when they wander from God’s clear commands. We will be held accountable for that action...or lack of action. What we don’t say can sometimes cause more damage than what we do say.

We can always use help out on the sidewalk. Please prayerfully consider joining us. Click HERE for information. It was a bitter cold morning, but the sun rose in the sky, sending rays of comfort and warmth. The sidewalk began to fill with people praying and speaking for the unborn. We all began peeling off our coats. 

Frozen hearts do thaw sometimes, I thought, as we all watched the cars gathering in the abortion center. At least we know of one that day that did.

My day ended as it began. Reading Bible verses and praising God in front of my Christmas tree. I was reading Psalm 34 and hit this verse: “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them, He delivers them from all their troubles.”

This stopped me in my tracks. I was in prayer over a dear woman who is engulfed in unbearable grief and loss right now. How would she read this verse? Does she feel delivered? I am sure she does not. She was clearly NOT delivered from her troubles. What was I missing?

We all know we have troubles on earth that the Lord does not remove. So I studied and pondered verses of deliverance and read what others had to say. In the end, this is what I think these verses mean. We WILL have troubles on earth; we will struggle. We are promised that over and over again.
“In this world you WILL have troubles,” Jesus says, “But take heart, I have overcome the world.”

We should pray. We should call out to God. Sometimes God removes the troubles but often He does not.  He does promise that in the end, when He returns, if we have put our hope and trust in Him, we WILL be made whole and all our troubles will be ended. Also, and I think this is very important, He delivers OUR SOUL through all our troubles. If we rely on Him through our trials, He protects us from the Evil One who desires to destroy our souls. It is easy in our troubles to become bitter and denounce God, even renounce our faith. But the Psalmist is reminding us, even in the midst of great heartache, God can deliver us from the worst trouble of all....losing Him.

“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

I have lived the truth of this verse. I know the comfort of God when I was completely broken and crushed. 

The last line of the Psalm summarizes what I had wrestled with: “The Lord WILL rescue His servants, no one who seeks refuge in Him will be condemned.”

He WILL rescue us...but it may not be completely fulfilled until we stand before Him for all eternity. If we seek refuge in Him as we go through the agony of struggle on earth, our souls are secure. We will not be condemned.

I sat in front of my Christmas tree thinking of the One who was born a baby with the sole purpose to die in order to pay the penalty for all our sin that justice demands. He suffered that we would be delivered from all our troubles one day and be eternally safe in His presence.  I pray this comfort of God reaches my friend in her sorrow.




Hebrews 4:16 


Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.



Sunday, November 19, 2017

He Sanctifies Our Efforts



Mother Nature is considering putting the heavenly bathing suits in storage, with the bite of winter in the air. The mornings are winter; the afternoons are sometimes late summer. I notice squished baby snakes on the road in the mornings. They are as confused as the weather. The snakes should really be hibernating, not procreating. If something as powerful as the weather is confused, how can any of us hope to have clarity? I can identify with the snakes in that befuddlement. Sometimes life throws curveballs and you just don’t duck out of the way in time.

While I hate being cold and thus was not upset with Mother Nature holding off on the Big Freeze, Winter is my most productive writing season. Because my kayak is neatly stored away till toasty days and warmer water are back, I can use the hours I would have kayaked to write. I recently finished the book I’d been working on for months, and am ready to tackle the next one. (PS- that book can be purchased here. Go ahead. I will wait while you buy it. Don’t forget to write a review when you finish.) 

A lot of ideas are bouncing around in my head for the next project but I haven’t yet settled on which story God wants me to tell. I have been warned that pro-life books don’t sell, so that is probably what I will choose to write. I seem to have a knack for choosing books that won’t sell. For one thing, I refuse to write books which I wouldn’t read with Jesus looking over my shoulder. That alone narrows my audience.

I work with several women who chose life over abortion, and any one of their stories is book-worthy in my mind. Most have come from difficult backgrounds steeped in tragedy. Many made miraculous conversions upon choosing life for their babies. Many came to know Jesus or recommit their lives to God upon meeting our Cities4Life teams and hearing the truth of the Gospel.

The stories of these women are powerful. I would have to fictionalize my telling of their stories to preserve their privacy. Most would not willingly want to share some of their past that they are ashamed of. I wouldn’t either. However, part of why I write is that by telling my story and the stories of others as honestly as I am able each day, I believe and hope that others sharing similar struggles are encouraged.

One mom I work with asked me how she should respond to her child asking her if he was illigitimate. He used the less kind word, clearly heard from a cruel friend. This woman had since married and asked Jesus to be Lord of her life, and was making remarkable gains in walking more closely with God. She was ashamed of her past, and worried about how to answer her son. She told me she couldn’t answer. She just didn’t know what to say.

While that particular struggle I didn’t have to deal with, I certainly have sins from my past when I didn’t know God that I shudder to remember. I would not share the specifics with my kids, but I have often shared with them the fact that I never struggled to believe “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” My life is a testament to that truth.

So I told the mom she had a golden opportunity. First, respond to that child’s need to be reassured that no matter what conditions swirled around his parents surrounding his advent into this world, he was deeply loved. I urged her to read him Psalm 139 which is a beautiful description of how deeply loved ALL of us are by God who “knitted us together in the womb....fearfully and wonderfully made...”

Then, use that question as a springboard to admit her own sin when she did not walk with God and to reinforce the truth that we all sin and fall short of God’s glory. It is why all of us need Jesus. Tell him how she recognized how hopeless her life or any of our lives are without the atoning death, resurrection, and forgiveness of Jesus. Talk about how we are restored to a right relationship with God when we step towards Him in faith, confessing and repenting of our sins, accepting His gift of paying the penalty we deserved, and walking in newness of life, reborn through His mercy and grace. Remind her son of how she chose God and NOW she is living for Him even if she did not before, but none of that changes the fact that her son is beloved with a special, unique position in God’s kingdom no one else will share.

Like the fickle change of seasons, she will probably still fall short of God’s desires for her. So will I. But if we keep moving forward with our eyes on the goal of being more like Jesus every day, He empowers us, He steadies our feet, He smooths our paths, and He sanctifies our efforts. Eventually, we will arrive and see Him face to face. 

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Romans 5:8 


But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 1:9 


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jude 1:7 


Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 


For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;




Saturday, November 18, 2017

I Am my Brother’s Keeper




An Uber driver stopped on his way out of the abortion clinic after driving a woman there. He pulled over to talk with one of our counselors. He had not known when he took the fare that the woman was going to an abortion clinic. As soon as he found out, he did everything in his power to convince her not to abort. He knows Jesus and knows abortion is wrong. He took our literature and told us he would likely be the one picking her up as well. He spoke Spanish, and she spoke no English.

Before the abortionist arrived, the Uber driver returned. He waved to us as he pulled in. The Hispanic woman came out. She had changed her mind! The words of the Uber driver must have percolated in her heart, and in the end, brought her to a different decision. As he pulled out, I went to the window of the car. 
“Do you speak Spanish?”the Uber driver asked.
“Yes,” I said. I don’t except for a few words. I figured they were enough.
“No aborto?” I asked her.
She shook her head. She had not aborted.
We gave the Uber driver the literature we have in Spanish with our Spanish speaking counselor’s name and phone on it. We urged him to explain to her that we have many resources and would be eager to help her if she needed. Just call us.

A second woman pulled over on the side of the street, smoking a cigarette. I approached and asked if she was going to the abortion clinic. She said she was. She was meeting a friend to “be a support.”
“Do you believe in God?” I asked her.
“Yes, and so does she.”
I shared the many verses that talk about the sanctity of human life.
“I know,” she said, “But I can’t say anything to her. It is her decision. I am just here to support her whatever she decides. Jesus tells us not to judge but to love one another.”
“He does tell us to love one another, but He also says that we are to try to intercede when we see the innocent led to the slaughter. He speaks in love, but He never shied from speaking truth either. Like the woman Jesus met at the well that had lived with several different men. Jesus was quite clear with her that those men were not her husbands. He confronted her in her sin. Our model is not to be silent in the face of sin. We are clearly commanded to speak for the voiceless, defend the defenseless, and protect the innocent.”
“I don’t disagree,” the woman said. “OK, give me your information. I will try to bring her out to you.”
Sadly, her friend did not come out.

Two stories of two people who had the opportunity to change hearts and minds. One spoke courageously for the baby’s life for as long as he could. That baby is alive today. The second did speak up...finally...at the last minute, having been silent for the many days she could have perhaps swayed the decision. That baby is dead. I am glad she tried in the end, but what if she had tried all along? Might there have been a different outcome?

Every day I am at the abortion center sidewalks, I hear that same spineless platitude: “It’s her decision. I will not judge her, but love her and support her whatever she decides.”

Do we say that when someone decides they want to end their life, or kill their mother, or sell cocaine to teenagers, or any of a million other wrong and harmful choices? No. Not if we love them. Why in this instance, when a baby’s life is on the line, do we think silence is loving or compassionate? 

I pray God brings a special blessing to that Uber driver. He deserves it.
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Psalm 82:1-8 


A Psalm of Asaph. God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. ...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

When She Chose Life She Discovered She Was Not on This Journey Alone



Many of you have helped over the past six months to bring this wonderful family finally to the place where they can raise their baby soon-to-be-born and other children in a safe home. Jacquese told me to find a way to thank all of you for all you have done. For the wedding donations, the funds to fix up the apartment, funds for the car, the furniture, pillows, sleeping bags, air mattresses, television sets, clothes, all the needs we have raised over the past six months to which so many of you have so generously responded.

I told her most of you read my blog, so I am telling all of you: thank you. You have helped a miracle occur in a wonderful family’s life. You have been the hands and feet of Jesus to a family that had lost hope until they met the Cities4Life team on the sidewalk of the abortion center. From the moment they met our team and chose life, their lives changed.

In conjunction with Cities4Life efforts, LoveLife Charlotte came alongside this family. They provided a mentor, a friend and resource guide, and asssistance securing a safe and reliable car large enough for their growing brood.

So many Christ followers contributed to the ongoing challenges and needs to help the mother who decided to trust God  even when it looked impossible.

Yesterday, I had the extreme pleasure of walking in with them as they saw their new apartment clean and ready for them for the first time. I am not sure who was happier...me or them. After nearly two years of living in temporary housing, sometimes their car, always on the move, they are finally in a stable placeJackson Park Ministries will provide the housing as well as fantastic programs to help the family with training and assistance in all areas of life that they have struggled with. 

Not a moment too soon. Jacquese expects the new baby to show up by the end of November.

Beautiful wonderful Sheryl Chandler of Truth and Mercy Ministries then filled their new home with a lavish outpouring of gifts that will cover the first two years of everything the new baby will need. Jacquese was overflowing with gratitude and delight.







If this story is not compelling evidence yet that the presence of pro-life counselors on the sidewalks and the far-reaching network of supporters is not saving only babies, but the women as well, read on. 

Sheryl always prays about the gifts she will shower on the women. She has storage rooms filled with donations from supporters, and she sorts and chooses prayerfully what God would have her give each mother. She had never met Jacquese though she knew the general story: homeless, unmarried, pregnant, living in her car until she met  us and chose life, marriage, and Jesus.

Sheryl did not know some of the sorrowful details, such as the family had lost everything they owned, including important papers, momentos, cherished baby items through a terribly sad and unfortunate series of events outside their control. 

When Jacquese looked inside the box of the brand new stroller Sheryl brought her, she almost cried. She threw her arms around Sheryl, exclaiming, “How did you know?” Inside the box was the exact same stroller she had owned for her now 2 year old, the one that had been lost to her in the confiscation of a storage unit





Later at dinner, we had a glorious time sharing the truths of the Gospel. Jacquese had accepted Jesus when she first met us, but the discussion went deeper and exposed areas of misunderstanding. Jacquese was so honest, and inquisitive, and grateful for the truths of God. As the dinner ended, Sheryl gave one last gift. It was a bag filled with Christian literature and a Bible. She included a little trinket, collectibles called Cherished Teddies that one of her supporters had given for the mothers she showers.

When Jacquese unwrapped the Cherished Teddy, again she cried, “How did you know??”

She then told a story of how her beloved aunt who was her ‘second mother’ had recently died.That aunt collected Cherished Teddies. Jacquese had wanted the collection for sentimental value... she loved and missed her aunt deeply. Tragically (again), the collection was stolen and Jacquese was broken-hearted. Now, Jacquese, clutched The Cherished Teddy with wide glistening eyes, remembering that precious aunt. “How did you know!?”

“I didn’t,” Sheryl said, “But God did.”



As we concluded our dinner talking about our incredible God and how far this wonderful woman has come in the past six months, she told us she had considered naming her child Journey. “I have been on a journey,” she said, “I didn’t know where God was taking me but I knew if He created this baby, then He had a plan for her and He would get her there.”

Amen. Praise God for all those who helped Jacquese know she was not on this journey alone.




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Isaiah 43:18-19 


“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
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If interested in being a regular supporter of Truth and Mercy Pro-life Ministries, please visit the website HERE for information. Due to changes in job situations, this vital ministry is in danger and needs help. For 29 years Sheryl has provided these life-changing baby showers to desperate moms. Please prayerfully consider being a part of her incredible work. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ragnar Forgives Me For Being Late When He Hears Three Mothers Chose Life



“I am really sorry I’m late! I have a good excuse though, Ragnar.” And I did...but I still felt terrible as I raced to my granddog’s apartment and freed him from his crate.
“Didn’t you know I was stuck in my crate and I really had to poop and pee? I mean bad.” Despite his frustration, he greeted me with overwhelming expressions of joy, wagging tail and expressive howls.
“Well, yes, that was obvious. We barely made it out in the nick of time.” (He almost dragged me off my feet down the two flights of stairs to get to the outdoor bathroom patch.)
“What could be more important that taking your one and only granddog out to sniff, and go on long walks on your visitation day???”

“Now Ragnar. Don’t pout. I had a good reason. Three moms at the abortion center chose life for their unborn babies.”
“What’s the big news in that???All creatures protect their young.”
“Some humans don’t.”
“I knew humans were bonkers, but you must be joking.”
“Well, sadly, I am not joking. That’s why our Cities4Life team is out there on the sidewalks of the place where people go to kill their unborn babies.”


“Go on. I’m listening.”
“Well, you know the lake where I take you and we watch the geese swimming?”
“UH...yes. I was hoping we could go there today.”



“We will. You know what those geese would do if you tried to harm the eggs they sit on when they are nesting?”
“Yep, like any decent mother they would peck my eyes out.”
“That is what good mothers do...they would die for their young. It is unnatural, and wrong, for a mother to want to harm her young. We go to the sidewalks to try to encourage mothers who feel overwhelmed or desperate enough to harm their baby that there is hope and help. They don’t need to do that.”



“Do they listen to you?”
“Not always. But today, three of them did. And one of them even asked Jesus to be Lord of her life, right there on the curb of the abortion center. I couldn’t leave. I was praying with her.”


“I don’t know who Jesus is...maybe if I did my nose would not have incriminating dirt from your backyard all over it. Back to the discussion. Do you mean your pack helped three mamas save their babies?”
“Yes, with God’s help of course. Our ‘pack’ has this saying: Where two or more are gathered in God’s name, there He is in the midst of them.”
“We have the same saying in our pack...except we gather in Dog’s name.”
“Well, maybe I can tell you who Jesus is in a little while, but for now, I hope you will forgive me. I couldn’t leave. I was helping those women with all the resources they needed so they wouldn’t feel so alone, so desperate. One mom told me that she didn’t want to abort...but EVERY person in her life was telling her to. She was really grateful we were there. She said we were the only voice giving her hope and it reminded her that God is with her.”


“I forgive you. That sounds like a pretty special pack you run with.”
“It is. But we have the whole day in front of us now. Shall we go look at the geese?”


“I’d really like that. Is there a biscuit on the agenda?”
“Of course.”
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Matthew 5:16 


In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Finding Purpose In Insuring Women Abort Their Children



This is what the “pro-choice” folks do to block the sound which we legally have gotten a permit to use. While their sound blocker does no good, it is the thought that counts. Their thought is that they are ‘pro-choice’ unless the choice is letting us present options and resources to let the baby live. That choice is best left unmentioned in their eyes.

As one woman left after her abortion sobbing uncontrollably, I glanced at the ‘pro-choice’ advocate. I asked her if she had seen the grieving woman.  She had. “That’s why we offer them another choice than abortion,” I said, “And the resources and help to make a choice for life.”
“We don’t know why she was crying,” the ‘pro-choice’ advocate said.
For a moment, I was stunned. “Yes we do,” I said finally, “And we see women leave here crying all the time.”

Fortunately,  before the ‘pro-choice’ folks arrived to limit the choices available, I had the opportunity to speak with the boyfriend of a woman he dropped off in the morning before the place opened. He was polite, and willing to talk. I gave him a whirlwind three minute Gospel presentation and he told me he believed all that. I told him then he needed to do what Jesus commanded him to do. I gave him my phone number and name and our information pamphlet. He told me he would call his girlfriend. 

He must have done so. She left a short time later, long before the abortionist arrived. Praise God. He has our info if they need resources to help them. I hope they call. 

One of our sweetest, gentlest counselors got on the mic and delivered a quiet, heartfelt plea to women to remember that Christ is with the broken-hearted and the humble. “When we are weak, He is strong,” she reminded them. Amen. I needed to hear that as much as them!




And now, Charlotte area folks. For another family that chose life we need a queen size sleeper sofa. This family chose life, marriage, and Jesus. This is the perfect new family for a sleeper sofa you no longer need. Email me at vkaseorg@cities4life.com.  The pregnant mom, due in 2 weeks, is finally moving in to her new apartment today which we helped secure, but the furniture doesn’t arrive for two weeks. We need the sleeper sofa today. And a TV set. I am waiting on this miracle.

Thank you in advance for being the hands and feet of Jesus.
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Joshua 24:15 


And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Monday, November 13, 2017

In Peaceful Presence of God






Before church, I bundled up since it was very chilly, and headed out for a morning walk. There were few people outside. It is probably the coldest morning thus far this season. However, the deer didn’t seem to mind the cold. They were out in droves in an empty field. I feel blessed to see one deer. I saw an entire herd! And one buck with small antlers was standing guard at a neighboring homesite. 

I took some videos and stood quietly watching them. As you can see, they were very close to me. They did not seem terribly worried about me as long as I stood still. I wondered if they knew how much I love all creatures. Could they perhaps sense that? The one to the right in the second photo even approached closer. She seemed curious and friendly.

It was a simple and gentle moment, a blessing. Deer are such kind and unassuming animals. 

Psalm 42:1: As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.

The gentle deer quietly grazed and lifted their big dark eyes to watch me as I passed by. They are dependent upon God’s provision of tender grass and shrubs, and the flowing streams. I doubt they spend one moment worrying that God will provide those things. They moved slowly and gracefully on their slender legs, watching me as I watched them, each of us abiding in the peaceful place God had prepared for us.

Our pastor talked about how sometimes life becomes one of daily drudgery, daily struggle. Each day brings more of the same trial. We are working our way through the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s daily struggle was speaking to a people who would not listen. His obedience to God required enormous personal sacrifice, and he was lonely, discouraged, and beginning to lose hope that God can be relied upon. 

IN fact, in Jeremiah 15;18, in contrast to the deer who pant after the flowing stream but KNOW God will provide what they need, Jeremiah cries: Will you let me down when I need you like a brook one goes to for water, but that cannot be relied on?"

We have all been there, haven’t we?

God rebukes Jeremiah, and in the following chapter,  promises him that God will restore His people. They must undergo the punishment and consequences of their sin first, but ultimately, they will return to God. 

Jeremiah now proclaims: Then I said, "Lord, you give me strength and protect me. You are the one I can run to for safety when I am in trouble. Nations from all over the earth will come to you and say, 'Our ancestors had nothing but false gods - worthless idols that could not help them at all.” Jeremiah 16:19

He sees beyond the daily struggle to the culmination of God’s plan, and is comforted. He is given a glimpse of future joy.

The deer in the field, completely trusting in God’s provision are one of those glimpses and symbols for me. 

So was this:


My new book went to #2 in one of its genre cateories. That made my day. (I am being a little tongue in cheek about it being a glimpse of God. It is a glimpse of hard work beginning to show small signs of bearing fruit.) If you want to read the full series, you can buy the first 3 books bundled for a reduced rate HERE, and the new Book HERE.

Anyway, I still have several free copies of the new ebook to send out to those who love to read ebooks and write reviews as soon as they finish. If that describes you, send me your email where I can have Amazon gift you the ebook.  You can private message me at my vicky kaseorg-author page on Facebook. This new book is filled with the Gospel, as well as the struggle that all people face: Is God real and will He be there in the midst of my pain?

The short answer is YES.
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Habakkuk 3:19 


God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

My New Book Live On Amazon Today!


I am always surprised when my regular blog readers tell me, "I didn't know you were an author!" In case you are one of those people, take a look at the right side of your computer when you open my blog. Scroll down. All those books along the right side of the blog are books I have written. There are a lot of them. Notice at the top of the blog, on the right side, is a place to click to sign up for my email list. Please do that. I always alert those on my list when my books go on sale or when I publish a new book.

This one, Unlikely Reward, whose cover is pictured above just went live on Amazon today. (E-book live now...print live in a couple of days or so.) It is the fourth in the Unlikely Friends series. (If you click on the series title, it takes you to book 1 of the series.) Like all my books, they are family friendly, clean, and chock full of a Christian message. All contain characters who have a reverence for life, and the message that God equips us to do what is right. The series focuses on the concept of redemption and forgiveness. This one deals with some hard situations, but I try to tell it such that you can safely read it with kids. The story is interspersed with enough humor that the sad parts are not overwhelming. (Except to me...I always cry at the sad parts of my books.)

Since I love animals, I threw in as many as possible in this series. A dog, horse, dolphin, and eagles. Since I love mysteries, the animals and the heroine always have a mystery to solve in the course of struggling through mysteries of faith. Personally, I think you will like my books and they are dirt cheap. $2.99 for the e-books. Surely you can take a chance on reading them for less than $3. Get all four and you have Christmas gifts covered!

I am a prolific writer, but this book took a long time to finally reach its conclusion. Just after starting this book, I also started officially working in addition to volunteering with Cities4Life. My hours on the sidewalk and following women who choose life, not to mention the added tasks of training volunteers, increased exponentially. I found very little time to work on my book. That was all right. There is nothing I would rather be doing than walking with God to speak for the unborn who cannot speak for themselves. But, there are not enough hours in the day to do all I needed to do to get my book out in a timely manner.

The good news that emerged from all that immersion in our life-saving ministry is that I dwell deeply in God's word and see His miracles daily. This gives all kinds of great fodder to my creative endeavors.

So, I hope you will read my book and write a review when you finish. Since it just went live this morning, you could be the first to write a review!!  Hopefully a glowing review. All my books average 4.5 to 5 star ratings and ratings drive sales. (Forgive this commercial break in my daily attempt to bring you inspirational blogs but some of you actually requested I alert you when the book was published.)

However, in the midst of the final stages of proofing the book for final publication the past couple of days, I have been in regular contact with a couple of the women I work with who chose life. One just had her baby, and wrote to express her overwhelming joy. A second is on bed rest and quietly awaiting the arrival of God’s miracles. Meanwhile, Crystal, the woman Cities4Life has been helping who was a Planned Parenthood manager, called to tell me her friends’ walkout from Planned Parenthood this week at her urging SHUT down abortions for a full week.

NOW THAT is worth writing a book about. I plan to. In the meantime, please consider reading my new book with its pro-life, pro-God message.
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Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Friday, November 10, 2017

A True Story of God’s Victory In a Family That Had Lost All Hope





One of the things God has taught me over my four years of work as a sidewalk counselor with Cities4Life is NEVER GIVE UP.  I have also learned that it is hard not to give up sometimes. Some of the stories and issues the abortion-minded women face are overwhelming. Yet somehow, God always seems to make a way. Sometimes it is not what we expect or even want, but He always is there in the mess.

I blogged some time ago about a family that I met when they came to the abortion clinic with their kids in a car with no AC, 95 degrees heat wave, and the car was on its last treads of life, for sure. Homeless, and now pregnant, the mom, J, did not feel she had any choice but to abort. While she’d been with the boyfriend for eleven years and all her kids were his, they just had never gotten around to marrying. He had a decent job, but bad choices and bad luck had thrown them into their current dismal situation.

Because of the awesome partnership with LoveLlife Charlotte and the many donors and supporters of Cities4Life, we were able to offer this family interim housing for a couple of months. I shared the gospel with both parents and they both asked Jesus to be Lord of their life. They instantly knew they must get married, and knowing God’s word on intimacy outside of marriage, asked that we help them to marry NOW. 

We did, complete with a lovely dress, ring, and pastor who asked to let him perform the wedding. We even were able to give them a fancy honeymoon hotel and dinner. We helped get them a lovely large van with AC and enough seats for the growing family. We fixed the old car. We found a housing/training program that seemed ideal, but the wait would be at least 5-6 months to enter it.

Then came struggle. Work problems. Unexpected car problems. Money issues and struggle to continue funding interim housing. For a while, I think we all despaired. We all thought about giving up. 

I stayed in touch with J, and I remember many conversations where I “talked her off the cliff.” Her due date approached and still no definite place to live. She was growing increasingly worried. However, she often said to me, “I don’t know how it will work out, but I know God will work it out.”  Then due to a really unexpected set of events, the program all our hopes were on was unable to take them. Now what?

I contacted an alternate program. They had an opening, and they loved the “God story” of this family. However, the apartment they had available needed a lot of work. They did not have the funds to fix up the apartment. I asked: if we could raise the funds, would they let the family in the program....and could they do it by Nov. 15? The mom was due by the end of November since she always goes into labor early, and our baby shower that provides the first two full years of the baby’s needs was scheduled for Nov. 15.

They said yes. They told me the amount they would need to get the apartment ready and cover entry costs.

So, I put out a facebook plea for funds and blogged about it. Within 24 hours, we had the money needed for the repairs. Then the program director told us the only way we could have the apartment in time was if we could raise a team of helpers to work THIS WEEKEND on the apartment. We found folks almost instantly. (We could still use more help if you are available Saturday.) Then we realized that while the program does provide furnishing, it usually takes two weeks for it to arrive. The family will move in in four days. 

I put out another facebook plea for sleeping bags and air matts.  A facebook follower dropped by my house a few hours later with two sleeping bags and four pillows. The program director found 3 cots they could use. I have a queen air matt and two sleeping bags. We just need one pillow, and one sleeping bag. I am confident someone will show up with those. They can move in the night before the baby shower. 

It will be spartan, but sure beats a single small hotel room which is where their past five months have been spent for the most part. With three young children!

I am leaping for joy. It has been such a long and difficult road. But God is faithful.

I took the mom out for her birthday before the final meeting with the program director. She had not made a firm decision yet on whether they would enter this program. It is wonderful, but rigorous. They will have all kinds of fantastic training in all areas necessary for successful management of their resources so that when they leave, they will be well-equipped to be successfully independent.

The mom was waffling because this was not her dream. Her dream was her own little home in a safe place that she owned. I reminded her to keep the big picture in mind. Oftentimes what we face in the present is not where we hope to be. We have to keep ourselves content with present circumstances, but not satisfied till we have reached the goal that may be on a distant horizon.

Honestly, that is true of the Christian walk. We are not home here on earth. This is but a temporary home. We must do our best in this imperfect place but never lose sight of the goal. A mansion is prepared for us in heaven and we will be with God with no more sorrow or despair or wondering where He is when all looks hopeless. Hope will no longer be deferred but will be shining all around us and upon us. We will see our Lord face to face and all the struggle will be but a distant memory.

Thank you Lord for upholding us when we felt too weary to continue on our own tired legs. The victory and the glory belongs to Him.



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If you want to be a part of this life-saving ministry, please click HERE  Please contact me at vkaseorg@cities4life.com to help with the work on Saturday or to bring a pillow and sleeping bag to this family. Bless you all who have helped thus far! You are a part of a miracle.

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He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Former Planned Parenthood Abortion Manager Starts a Revival for Life




This is a story I have wanted to write for a LONG time. A few months ago, I was connected with Crystal Eldridge, the former manager of the Winston Salem Planned Parenthood. She is a Christian who was consumed by guilt over her work there, and wanted out. Cities4Life has been active in helping Crystal for several months, and I had the privilege of being the point-person in that endeavor. First we helped her in recommitting her life to God, and then in finding new work, and being able to handle the financial struggle till she found a new job. Over the months, I have come to know and love Crystal, and have been awed by her courage.

Planned Parenthood was desperate to have her back, and offered her far more money than she could make in any other job in her small town. However, Crystal was firm in her renewed commitment to God. She would not dishonor Him or ever challenge His authority in her life again. She refused to return.

A whole network of people have been praying for her and helping her behind the scenes. We cheered her on with joy and praise to God when she landed her new job. Eager to now change the world of abortion that she had so recently been trapped in, Crystal was determined to help in any way God led her.

She sent pregnant women who made a choice for life our way so we could encourage and help them. And she began reaching out to her friends inside the abortion industry. She urged them to leave. She told them if she could do it, so could they. If there are no abortion workers, there would be no abortions. She referred them to Abby Johnson's ministry, And Then There Were Nonewho would help them leave the abortion work.

Yesterday, I texted her to invite her to a wonderful event taking place Dec.2 in Charlotte, Our partner ministry, LoveLife Charlotte does forty weeks of prayer walks each Saturday around the street the abortion clinic is on. A march for life for each week of pregnancy. Dec. 2 is week 40. Crystal said she would be overjoyed to join us and then told me she had GREAT news.

This is her text to me:
I've been talking to the girls that worked with me at the Planned Parenthood in Winston Salem. Three of them did a walk-out yesterday during the abortion clinic! THEY SHUT DOWN THE CENTER YESTERDAY DUE TO LACK OF STAFF. There are only two people plus the doctor employed there. You can't do abortions with only two people. I am trying my hardest to help close the place.

One person CAN make a difference, folks. Crystal let God reach her tormented conscience and change her. She recognized she could not pretend to follow God and work in an industry that slaughtered innocent human babies as she cleaned up after the bloody aftermath of an abortion. She told me, "It was like a murder scene...which I realized in fact...it was...."

She told me her love of God and life was rekindled, and despite the struggles, her conviction remained solid. She would now work to end abortion.

Have you ever felt trapped in a situation you knew was wrong...but there was no way to extricate yourself? Or have you felt that your meager contribution to an overwhelming pervasive problem like abortion could never be worth the effort?

Come to the prayer walk Saturday, December 2. Talk to Crystal Eldridge. My guess is you will change your mind.

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Luke 1:37 


For nothing will be impossible with God.”


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Testimony of a Grateful Mother and A Precious Child Saved From Abortion





Yesterday, two stories from the sidewalks of the abortion center made me fall to my knees in praise. At my age, I might not get back up so it was a figurative falling to my knees. 

One of the  “pro-choice” people came to me and introduced himself and told me that he really appreciated what I had to say over the microphone. He told me it was very gentle and loving and not at all condemning and well thought out. I thanked him and told him I felt he was on the wrong side of this issue and I asked him if he knew Jesus.

He did not want to get into that. At that moment, one of our volunteers, Jessica, stepped forward with her seven-year-old daughter and she asked if she could spend a few minutes sharing her testimony with this man. She introduced her daughter and told him that this is a child that was scheduled to die at a place just like this one where we stood. The 19-year-old mother instead of abortion, bravely chose life! The little girl who was to be aborted is now a happy and beloved seven-year-old in her grateful adoptive family.

“Can you look her in the eyes and tell her that you wish she had died instead??” Jessica asked him.




He didn’t answer.

Then she went on to say that death is what happens to millions of babies every year that are being ushered in to that facility by the “pro-choice” advocates. Those babies don’t have the opportunity to grow up and be an incredible blessing and joy to a family the way her daughter is. 

Jessica had finished speaking and the man did not have a word to say. In fact, he looked like he was about to cry. I know I was.

I then turned to him and said, “By preventing women from talking to us, you make it harder for them to make the choice not to abort their child and contribute to the likelihood that children like this beautiful little girl will not ever enter this world.”

He tucked his sign under his arm and immediately walked to his car. He put the sign in the car and drove away. My prayer is that he means never to return unless it is to urge women to choose life. 

After everybody on our wonderful team had left except for the director of Cities4Life , Daniel Parks, and me, Daniel preached a powerful sermon over the microphone. I stood in the rain listening and waiting, praying for the lost souls in that terrible place, so deceived to believe that killing their child would solve anything. 




Shortly thereafter, two women left the abortion center. The first one pulled over and told me she had aborted. She was sorrowful. She took my post-abortion literature and told me that, yes, she would appreciate prayer. The security man made her drive on, telling her she could not block the driveway. I urged her to call me if she ever needed to talk.

The second woman walked out of the clinic and came right towards us, clearly weary and beaten-down.
“Did you change your mind?” I asked her.
“Yes, but I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t see any way I can have this baby.
“I promise you, we can help you. Whatever situation you face. Let me ask you, do you believe in God?”
“Yes, but I don’t want to talk about it.”
“What would God have you do?”
“He wouldn’t want me to kill it. I’m just so tired and I have to find a ride home.“
“I will drive you home.“ 

The good news was I had a good long drive to get her home... almost a half hour. During that time even though she said she did not want to talk, she did listen. I shared the truth of the humanity of her baby, and the development of her baby, and all the resources that we could offer to help her. Then I shared the gospel. Afterwards, she told me that she did believe that Jesus is Lord and rose from the dead and that she wanted him to be Lord of her life.  I applauded her for giving her life to God, but reminded her that if Jesus is Lord, and she meant what she said, then her behavior would change in submission to Him.

She said she understood that. “I promise you. I will never do something to disobey God.”

 Then I said, “Thou shalt not murder.” 

She looked at me, knowing what I was saying. “I’m confused about what I should do.”
“I think you do know what you should do. You do know right from wrong. God will help you and so will we. Will you let us help you?” 

I held my breath waiting for her answer.

 Looking straight ahead, she nodded. 

Fortunately I always keep a supply of gifts in my car for mothers who choose life. When we reached her home and got out of the car, I gave her an armload of gifts. Next, I pulled out a Bible from one of my crates.

“Would you like this?“
“Yes,“ she said, taking the Bible with reverence.

I found a black and white bracelet in the bottom of my gift bags and told her, “This you definitely need to take. It is black-and-white. You can clearly see which is which. That is true of our choices between right and wrong. They are clear. I know you know what is right and I know you know what is wrong. Wear this bracelet to remind you.”




As I drove away I felt overwhelming gratitude and joy. How gracious of God to grant me,  a humble pastor, gentle Christian volunteers, a grateful adoptive mom, and a vivacious charming little girl this blessing of helping others to see Him.





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Micah 6:8 


He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Psalm 119:11 


I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.