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Well, well, well. Pour yourself a glass of wine, put your feet up and gather ’round, friends, because boy, do I have a story for you tonight.
I did something I’ve never done before, this weekend. In fact, I’m not exactly sure what came over me, but let’s just say I was moved by the Spirit.
I went to Planned Parenthood on Saturday and prayed.
Now, let’s just pause here for a moment. I wasn’t carrying a sign with a bloody baby on it, aggressively accosting people in the name of Jesus. I wasn’t causing a scene with a megaphone. I just got dressed up in a cute outfit and heels, and simply stood across the street, and silently prayed my rosary. By myself. I was the only one there.
As you read last week, I went and saw the phenomenal ProLife movie, Unplanned, and it moved my heart so much that I felt the need to act for the sake of those babies.
And so, Saturday came, and I had just gotten home from a jog. I was taking a shower, and all of a sudden, I just felt this overwhelming need to go and pray at the Planned Parenthood in NYC.
If you didn’t know, Saturdays are notoriously The Day when they do the most abortions at Planned Parenthood. And I knew I had to go.
And it was honestly the most surreal experience.
First of all, it was the first nice Saturday we’ve had since spring began. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky – it was warm. And it was as though everyone and their brother was out from hibernation that afternoon.
When my Uber pulled up to the Planned Parenthood, I was shocked…(but upon second thought, completely not shocked) that the clinic was smack dab in the heart of NYU’s campus. Which made me sick to my stomach.
But it was just so surreal. I was surrounded by brunch go’ers, and SoHo shoppers, and gaggles of bar crawlers – still tipsy from their mimosas, and right in the midst of this luxury lifestyle in Manhattan, is this building of darkness, where babies were being murdered right now, amidst the bustling, jovial life, just right outside.
It was mindblowing, actually. And in the window of one of the exam rooms, was the sign that read “Black Women Matter.” How ironic, given the history of Planned Parenthood. I won’t go into that here — but you should Google the TRUE origin of the organization, and particularly why they chose the locations they did for most – if not all – of their clinics.
But boy – putting myself out there for God that day…two things happened. And the second — let’s just say I was NOT prepared for.
First, the Holy Spirit really showed up for me.
I hadn’t even been on the sidewalk for 15 seconds when all of a sudden I hear…”Caralyn?!“
I look around like — God, is that You?
“Doing God’s work I see.”
And much to my surprise, I run into this guy I hadn’t seen in – no joke, probably 4 years. We went to the same church, and had been out on a few dates long ago. He was literally, just randomly walking by, on his way to brunch of all things.
Anyway, he totally boosted my confidence, and even gave me a few tips – saying that I actually had to be on the other side of the street, because they “owned” the sidewalk in front of the building.
And if that wasn’t God giving me reassurance — not 30 seconds after he left, another couple – super cute, probably mid twenties – randomly passed me on the street and said “God bless you! We were here earlier today, praying.”
So I was feeling really comforted that God was with me.
But, friends, the day was not all like that. And honestly, I think God did that, because He knew what would come later that day.
I got dirty looks. I got whispers and laughs. I got some crunchy feminists who got up in my face and in the meanest, most spine chilling voices said, “F%@K YOU.“
But then, I expected that going in.
I saw the women leaving the clinic, walking gingerly, clutching their lower abdomens. I saw the boyfriends, pacing awkwardly outside. I saw the scared girls go in, and leave with a bag of pills. I saw workers leave at closing time, and mutter mean nothings to me under their breath. I saw the “doctor” leave that night, and I said an extra prayer for the conversion of his heart.
But the hardest thing I saw that day, was the “Quest Diagnostics” truck come and pick up the bio-hazard “waste” from the clinic. Which, if you are unaware — are the bodies of the aborted children. I wanted to ask to pray over the bags they brought out, but I wasn’t fast – or bold – enough. Next time I will.
But here’s where things get real.
I really pissed off Satan that day. Which – I always feel weird about mentioning the “evil one” on here, but look: This is who I am, this is what I believe, and I absolutely believe that spiritual warfare is real. Why? Because not only do I believe that my anorexia was a huge episode of spiritual warfare, but listen to what happened next…
After the day was done, I turned to leave. And I was walking down the street. And I kid you not – I hadn’t even gotten off the block that Planned Parenthood was on, when a bird attacked my face.
In nine years of living in New York City, this has NEVER happened to me before. I was walking, and out of nowhere, this disgusting pigeon nosedived straight at my head. And I was wearing my signature sun hat, because — hello, skincare — and the bird got caught in my hair and then couldn’t fly away because of the brim of my hat. And the bird was flapping and freaking out, and I was screaming and freaking out. Finally it flew off and I was left absolutely shaken up and DISGUSTED that a freaking disease-carrying, repulsive BIRD just practically got in my mouth.
So I’m like standing there, practically in tears, and this whole scene happened right in front of a homeless man, who was sitting on the sidewalk, shaking his cup, asking for money. And he laughs at me, and goes, “HAH! THAT BIRD HAD IT OUT FOR YOU, YOUNG LADY.” You can’t make this stuff up.
I’m shaking at this point. I call my dad in tears and tell him what happened as I’m hailing a cab so I can go home, burn those clothes, drink hand sanitizer and shower away all the diseases that were surely inside every orifice from the neck-up.
And as I’m word-vomiting to my father, the first thing he says to me is, “You know, that was Satan.”
And you know what? He was absolutely right.
There is nothing Satan loves more than abortion.
Honestly – think about it. It is the single most divisive issue facing human kind. But more than that – it turns the human — the creation and image of God – against itself. It’s killing innocent children, and it’s devaluing the sanctity of human life. And people are adamantly fighting for it in the name of “women’s rights.”
Satan is having a field day with it. Because once you dehumanize a life – once you “sanitize” the killing of a child in the womb – once you decide that you can determine who lives and who dies, and what constitutes a life worth living, the slope becomes slippery and treacherous, and leads straight into Satan’s open arms.
And you best believe that he’s going to send flames, arrows, – even birds – at anyone who stands in his way.
And I experienced that first hand.
But that is ALL THE MORE reason to continue to stand in the gap for those babies. And that just tells me that I’m doing something right.
At the end of our lives, we’re going to have to face our Creator. And I pray that when I do, after I stand accountable for all the despicable and deplorable crap I have done in my life, I can at least say that I fought for the smallest and most helpless of His children.
What are your thoughts on spiritual warfare? Truly I would love to know. Please share any and all thoughts!!
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427 responses to “Praying Outside Planned Parenthood: and the Spiritual Warfare that Followed”
When I saw the title of this post, I thought of the movie Unplanned. Then I realized that you mentioned it. That movie was really sad but honestly award winning. I never knew what really took place in Planned Parenthood. Thank you for sharing this post. I hope that the workers eyes will begin to open. Every seed is precious. Every life matters.
Yes!! Oh my gosh it was such a phenomenal movie! Thanks for your support! Hugs and love xox
God bless you! I protested by myself yesterday (Memphis).
Thanks friend. Way to fight the good fight! Hugs and love xox
Keep fighting to the good fight! 🙂 Proud of you for doing this. 🙂
There is a PP not far from where I used to live and I would have to drive by it every day. And PP’s marketing is too slick; it looks just like any other office in a little strip mall. Yet death is dealt out there. 🙁
BTW, I’ve been bird bombed once or twice in Chicago… on the way to church. Having goop in your hair and on the back of the sweater is not a good way to start a Sunday morning. LOL.
Thanks so much for your support, friend! Too slick indeed. Oh man, that’s the worst!! Ick! Hugs and love xox
Keep up the good work. Satan is out there every day and we have to fight back.
Thank you so much 🙂 amen to that! We’ve got to! Hugs and love xox
Hey I love it… I love pissing satan off and I will be praying for you. You are right that satan loves abortions because it is the act against the first commandment God gave to us “Be fruitful and multiply”…… So he (satan) enjoys going against everything God says, but glory be to God that we have insight into satan’s tactics and we will fight that spiritual warfare because we know we won already.
God bless you
Thanks so much for your support! You’re right about that!! Hugs and love xox
I really enjoyed your story today! I was moved when you said “I really pissed off Satan that day.” I pray we can all do what you did 🙂 God bless!
Thank you so much! I pray that too!! Hugs and love xox
Honestly, that just brought me to tears! God bless you! God be with you (which He is)! God protect you and give you ever-increasing strength! Be encouraged by the Spirit and have courage to engage in the warfare!
My wife and I went on a date the other night and saw “Unplanned.” I’m happy it had such an impact on you. Yes, Satan is not a happy camper right now.
Thanks so much Anthony! That seriously means so much!! Wasn’t it a phenomenal movie?! Hugs and love xox
Spiritual Warfare is very real. I absolutely love what you did Caralyn, a true warrior for Christ. I totally agree with your dad about the bird, he is a wise man. I am not surprised about the location of this horrid place, it’s “within the walls”, in the middle of those who wish to nurture the evil it represents. May God bless you and your family deeply. ☺️🙏🏻✝️
Thanks so much John – you’re so right about that. Very real. Really appreciate your support! Hugs and love xox
I am an atheist and strongly pro-choice, but I think your form of protest is a model that all those expressing their spiritual beliefs against abortion would do well to follow.
Thank you Ashley, I really appreciate you saying that. No one has the “right” to attack anyone else for their belief. Respectful conversation is where it’s at! So glad you stopped by. Hugs and love xox
Ashley, please get a copy of Lee Strobel’s, “The Case for Faith.” Lee was an atheist and an award winning journalist. He set out to prove Christianity wrong and it ended up changing his life. Here’s a link: https://www.christianbook.com/faith-journalist-investigates-toughest-objections-christianity/lee-strobel/9780310339298/pd/339298?product_redirect=1&search_term=the%20case%20for%20faith&Ntt=339298&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP
Spiritual warfare is real. It’s dangerous. I’m glad you are ok. Keep praying for protection. Pray to Mary. Next time, don’t pray alone. Safety in numbers physically AND spiritually.
You’re so right about that. Thank you Melissa for your kind words. Hugs and love xox
Very courageous of you to pray outside Planned Parenthood! Spiritual warfare is very real. And yes, the Evil One does love abortion. He also loves when people don’t believe he’s real because they don’t fight against him. Crazy about the bird… If you plan to go there again, I suggest praying spiritual protection/deliverance prayers and using holy water and other sacramentals to protect yourself. May the Lord continue to bless you!
Thank you so much Terese for your encouraging words! That’s so true – his greatest victory was getting people to believe he wasn’t real. Hugs and love xox
I have been out there in front of those death places myself its heart wrenching. Came close to getting arrested in Cleveland, Ohio in front of one. Praying is awesome and most important, also if you see a girl going into the death place try to talk to her calmly if you can. Bring a picture of a ultra sound to show them what a baby looks like in the womb. If you show them a picture it might change thier minds. Satan is defeated Jesus stripped him of his power and whipped up on him. He is afraid of believers who exercise thier power over him in Jesus name. Learn to ignore him he’s a toothless tiger!!! Stay strong keep obeying God!!!
Hi Ricardo, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. A toothless tiger — isn’t that the truth! thanks for your support and for standing in the gap! hugs ox
Wow Caralyn! I totally agree this was the enemy and spiritual warfare. My wife is involved in a prayer healing ministry that often works with SRA victims, it is horrific as well. I think abortion is part of that and we as a culture are becoming more and more desensitized to it all. Just scroll the channels on tv and all the crap that makes us not even feel for the least of these. If that is the new normal I for one want nothing to do with it. God bless you and praying God’s covering and protection as well as His strength for you!
Thank you so much Mark for your kind words and prayers. That seriously means so much. And wow – that is just incredible the work your wife is doing praying for her ministry! Hugs and love xox
Powerful story! Not much I can say. The bird part was comic relief in the grand scope of things. But yay you for following the Spirit.
Thank you Johnzelle!! Haha yeah comic relief but dang did it prove a point!! Hugs and love xox
That would’ve freaked me out. NYC birds are savage
SO SAVAGE 😂😂😂 haha
WOW. Stand strong, Caralyn. I”m so proud of you.
Thank you Lynda, I appreciate your kind words so much!! Hugs and love xox
Those poor babies. I love this blog! I am going to try to share it to my Child Advocacy blog if you do not mind. Thanks!
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate you passing it along! Hugs and love xox
No problem thanks for talking to God about these helpless babies!
✨💛✨ I believe He has a special place in heaven for those precious little souls
I believe the war is real. A big reason why society is in its current sad shape is that far too many “Christians” have been unwilling to get their hands dirty and engage the enemy. Far too many think they are doing their part by sitting in a pew for an hour or so each weekend, and not even thinking about darkening a church door until the next weekend. If, by and through God’s graces, the vices of laziness and sloth can be eliminated within the church, Satan can be sent packing.
But we must stand as one, not arguing among ourselves, but uniting against the one who has always been the common enemy. Cardinal Robert Sarah said this past week that western society doesn’t pray nearly enough. Heartfelt prayer, and actions such as yours, will knock the grin off Satan’s face. — Mike
You’re right about that – very real. Thanks Mike for sharing your thoughts on this. Amen – there is power in prayer and we need more of it! Hugs and love xox
Back at cha xox
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Thank you for the share!! Hugs and love xox
Spiritual warfare is real. I admire your courage and conviction! God bless you!
Thanks so much Greg! It really is. Thanks for your encouragement. Hugs and love xox
I am glad that the bird did not harm you bad. You are an amazing lady. I know that I have said that many times, but you flat out amaze me. You did a bold but great thing. It will pay off. How? Time will tell. I myself am fighting major battles mainly with my main job with similar kinds of people so I understand how it feels to be mocked.
Oh, I did see Unplanned over the weekend, and I believe that it is a movie everyone must see.
Thank you so much JB, I’m glad to hear you saw the movie!! I really appreciate your kind words. Big hugs xox
You are very graciously welcome BBB. I appreciate the fact that YOU did a great thing, and God Almighty was pleased. Oversized hugs to YOU>
haha love it
I love it too.
I really like your approach in going to pray there. We must care about and respect people. People out there took note of you. Your willingness to face persecution is just what Jesus did.
Thank you friend. Yes! We must stand in the gap! We don’t have to shout or cause a scene. Just being a face of love and compassion! hugs xo
Yes!! So true! Blessings. 🙂
you’re prayers obviously changed someone that day, and evil was not happy with you. Keep going back you made a difference in someone who is struggling with right and wrong
Thank you so much Alice – I pray that is the case. I will definitely be back. God is good! thank you for your encouragement! hugs xo
The Lord was really using you and He was with you in the power of the Holy Spirit! Crazy pigeons! I have been attacked by Robins about 4 or 5 times in my life. That was definitely an attack as were the cussing girls. I had a guy cuss at me at a gas station when God was calling me to write for Him, then shortly after that another guy drove by my house and cussed at me. It was very strange. When we choose to follow Jesus and truly live for Him, we will experience resistance for sure. Praise God we are covered by His Holy blood and we have the victory in Him! God bless you sister!
Oh my goodness, thank you so much Ryan, for your encouragement, indeed. Crazy pigeons indeed! Oh my gosh, i’m so sorry you experienced that. amen – praise God!! hugs ox
Amen, praise God! P.S. I just wrote a post tonight and I talked about your post here. I also put a link to it. It got me thinking about that day, so I added the warning I wrote to my neighbors on Nextdoor the day after it happened. I pray the post is a blessing to you! 🙂 God bless!
Thank you so much Ryan! And wow that’s awesome!! I am so honored that you would talk about it on your blog!! Thanks! Hugs and love xox
Ok—you and I HAVE to talk!! Something DEFINITELY is “going on” spiritually, THAT I can guarantee you! I wasn’t even done halfway through your blog, and I was amazed after what I just wrote in MY blog last night!! May God bless you for your BOLDNESS, sister, and not backing down! And YES, that WAS a satanic attack; don’t allow anyone to tell you different! I deal with Spiritual Warfare more than I’d like to, but it wasn’t up to me to have the “job”🙄; that was all HIS✝️ doing…I’ll email you. You’re on my Prayer list!!🙏🏼💜
oh my gosh, God is so good. Thank you so much Nett 🙂 Thank you for your prayers – I’m sorry that this hits so close to home for you. I look forward to your email! hugs and love xox
Caralyn! You are one of my favorite young adults. I admire your courage so very much. I absolutely love your knowledge and devotion to our Catholic faith and I’ve shared your blog with my own young adult daughters.
Today I was at the biggest abortion facility in the western hemisphere. Yep, Planned Parenthood in Houston, TX. I’ve been sidewalk counseling there for years. I am so stinkin’ proud of you for that very brave “yes” to the Holy Spirit. When I’m at PP, I hold and pray my rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at all times. Ask for God’s Holy Angels and saints to be with you. PP in NYC is probably more hostile than Houston, so taking a friend is a great idea, as Melissa Bishop said above. I imagine there is a spiritual battle over the lives at PP every day. You were at the front line of the battle. God bless you.
Oh my gosh, thank you Peggy! i am so touched by your kind words! And thank you for passing this along to your daughters!! that means the absolute world. Oh wow that’s amazing – keep up God’s work!! You’re right – it is a battle out there. hugs and love xox
You bring tears to my eyes. I’m very proud of you. Thank you for taking a stand. This war is very real. It is raging all around us. But until you step in and take a stand against Satan, he will lull you into thinking that there is no war. Once you start to oppose him, you find out in a hurry just how serious he is about this battle. He knows he’s going to lose, but he will take as many down with him as he possibly can. Again, thank for standing for right and truth.You are loved and supported in your efforts.
Hi Don, thank you so much for your support and encouragement. it seriously means so much. You’re right about that – it is a battle indeed. hugs and love xox
YOU are the bird flapping around in Satan’s face. (But a far cleaner species…I’ll let you pick your favorite.)
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.” (Matthew 16:18)
haha Oh my gosh I absolutely LOVE that thought!! thank you for the powerful verse too! big hugs to you, Brandon! xox
Good for you Caralyn for taking a stand! I’m so proud of you. Spiritual Warfare is very real! I’ve experienced it! Keep fighting the good fight and stay true to yourself and continue honoring God.
Thank you so much for your encoruragement. You’re so right – it is too real. Thanks for being in my corner!! big hugs xo
Maybe adopting an unwanted child is in your future.
I pray that that is the case. I think adoption is the most beautiful gift in the entire world. big hugs ox
I’ve adopted two. It is really a gymnastics test mixed with juggling fire sticks. But it’s the best thing one can do for another human. You probably can guess my answer about prayer..hehe.
Wow that is amazing. I so agree!!!
Hi! As a fellow Christian, I never believe in tearing down others, but I was called to do this right here. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of the difference between “bias” and “science”. The new movie “Unplanned”, is a classic case of Christian fundamentalist bias. However, you must consider the scientific facts that follow the film… oh wait! There isn’t any legitimacy in it! Normally when a standard abortion is performed, the fetus is not even alive. When abortions go late to term, which they do rarely do, it is the case of life or death. Either the mother will die birthing the fetus OR the fetus is so medically challenged, it will be living a god awful, miserable life. I think your move of a so-called silent protest is what God would want in an act of protest, not the normal chaotic scenes that find their ways in front of Planned Parenthood. Except, I don’t think you should be protesting at all. Planned Parenthood does oh so much more than abortions. They provide sexual education, contraceptives, STD testing, cancer screenings, and general female health care. They do exactly what the name says: prepare women for a Planned Parenthood. I believe that if you are against abortions because of the “murder of babies”, that’s not even the murder of babies, all of your children better be from foster care. If you truly care about the sanctity of life, save a child from the obscenities of the horrid foster care system. Have a wonderful evening and may God help you.
Thank you so much for joining the conversation and sharing your opinions. I agree that providing free health care to women is a beautiful thing. But PP is undeniably an abortion provider through and through. This comes down to when a life becomes a life, and I am a staunch believer that life begins at the moment of conception. Therefore, any abortion at any time is the killing of a life. That is my belief. I respect that other people may feel differently, but after prayer and research, that is where I stand. And so my actions will defend that. Thank you again for stopping by. Hugs and love xox
I rebuke the comments of “g” above, in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth. Since “g” claims to be a Christian, I would like to see some Scriptural references, and backing for the comments made.
God is the Creator and Giver of life Sir. Who is man to destroy a person God as created, to destroy a human in the womb, whom God has plans for, and whose days are ordained by God since conception.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Caralyn: thank you, and God Bless you for Strongly, and Boldly, standing for what is right, and not backing down. You took the Spirit of God into the enemy’s camp, playground, workplace.
1 John 4:4
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
You were glorifying our Creator, King of kings, Lord of lords, the Majestic One, in a way honouring to God, in a place where all could see you, without you being there to attract attention to yourself.
I know God will honour you, and the enemy will be after you.
Continuing to pray the Armour Of God on you Caralyn, with the Blood of Jesus covering you, and a Hedge Of Protection around you.
I admire you Precious Sister in Christ, a Beautiful role model.
God Bless you, and keep you close to Himself, and Safe.
I felt the need to respond, mostly because you said you are a Christian. As Christians, we cannot support abortion at any stage. The information you shared about abortion is simply not true. Doctors have explained there is never a case where a child must be aborted to save the mother’s life. If the mother’s life is at risk, the child would be delivered early. Also, as Christians we believe that every person is made in the image and likeness of God and deserves to have a life, even babies who may have disabilities or medical conditions that could make life difficult. We are not God and cannot choose which children will live and which will die. Yes, the foster system is run terribly and must be amended, but that’s a different issue. Planned Parenthood relies on abortions and must fulfill certain quotas. There was even a clinic that was falsely telling women they were pregnant and encouraging them to have abortions just to receive funding. There’s so much evil there. I pray you will see the truth…
Even though PP is providing some good female healthcare, it’s unfortunate and, quite frankly, wrong, that it comes at the expense of unborn babies. Abortions are what pays the bills. And you say that these abortions happen when “the fetus is not even alive.” What constitutes being alive? How are we to substantiate the fetus – that is growing, changing, moving, wiggling – isn’t “alive?”
‘g’, you are simply repeating leftist talking points here. The only reason ‘fetuses’ are dead when the abortion begins is because earlier in the procedure, they have been poisoned or burned by chemicals prior to tearing the body apart to remove it. The scientific fact, repeated by many OBGYN physicians is that there is no such thing as the choice between the mother’s life and the babies’ life. “As an OB/GYN physician for 31 years, there is no medical situation that requires aborting/killing the baby in the third trimester to ‘save the mother’s life,’” Koning wrote on social media after the debate. “Just deliver the baby by C-section and the baby has 95+% survival with readily available NICU care even at 28 weeks. C-section is quicker and safer than partial birth abortion for the mother.” https://www.lifenews.com/2016/10/24/hillary-clinton-is-wrong-obgyn-says-abortion-is-never-necessary-to-save-the-life-of-the-mother/
First, thank you for DOING that! Second, thank you for SHARING that! I often say that prayer is too often the option of last resort when it should be first. Not that I’m good at doing that, but when I write, it’s often to myself anyway. THANK YOU for demonstrating the truth of it. The bird? This wasn’t a movie, and Hitchcock is dead, so, yeah, I agree with your dad. That was a little payback for putting a spiritual hurting on the PP sidewalk that day.
God plans things. You reminded me of an incident several weeks ago where I know beyond a doubt that God used me to help someone. I was in north central Oklahoma in a town that was a suburb of Nowhere. Circumstances about how long it took me to decide where to eat and the choice itself dictated the timing. I set my GPS to find the next day’s appointment, which would make Nowhere look like a buzzing metropolis. Dirt roads all the way. I was surprised my GPS even had the roads!
So I make a left from one dusty trail to another, and there’s an older lady checking out the shredded LF tire on her pickup. I stopped to ask if she needed a lift. Yes, she and her legally blind brother-in-law had just blown their tire minutes before and were stranded.
I NEVER check a location a day in advance, but I did that evening. Just as God directed people your way that day, He directs us all to the good deeds Paul tells He has planned in advance for us to do.
Thank you Jeff!! I can always count on your for genuine encouragement and support and for bag i am so grateful.
Totally the bird was his payback. But you know what – ain’t no bird gonna keep me away!! What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing that. God is incredible isn’t He?!! Amen amen amen. Thanks for stopping by Jeff. Hope you and Julie are having a great week so far! Hugs and love xox
You have inspired me to do the same. Thank you for always making the time spent here worthwhile!
I am truly humbled by this
I learned this weekend about the Ignatian concept of Agere Contra, or Acting Against. The example I heard was that, for a group of men struggling with sins of purity, they would go pray outside a strip club on a regular basis. It’s a powerful way of acting against our baser instincts, it takes us outside ourselves.
We, as lovers of life, hate abortion. HATE it. But you acted against that hate. You acted with Love for your neighbors. For the healing of sins and suffering, for sinners and sufferers.
God Bless you.
Oh wow I have never heard of that concept before, but wow is it powerful. Thanks for your spport. hugs xo
Yes, spiritual warfare is not only a reality, it comes in many forms. You were standing in the face of the adversary with his most feared weapon pointed toward him…prayer. Next time, stop and remind him of his most certain future (The lake of fire.) and WHO will toss him there. Literally, say it aloud into the air. You, as a child of the Father, have dominion through the Holy Spirit inside you. Proud of you and your stand. – Alan
Amen to that!! Thank you so much Alan, what a powerful idea!!! I appreciate the encouragement. hugs xo
Wow, thank you for sharing your story. Sounds like you stepped out in faith and did a hard thing that normally you might not have. Would you ever go back there and after having people praying for your time and praying yourself beforehand, engage people in conversations and tangibly make a loving connection with them. So often we have these issues that we fight for or against, but rarely do we actually engage with others and see where they are coming from, too little do we stay silent when maybe one of those boys/men pacing, needed someone to listen to them and their story, or maybe one of the girls/women who went in, was desperately hoping that someone might stop them or provide a caring ear to listen.
Hi Nathalie, thank you so much for your encouraging words and support. Absolutely – you bring up such an important point – a loving connection. We are not called to judge or condemn or even think less of. That’s not our place. our place is to love. and that is the mission of going there to pray. thats such a great thought, thank you!! hugs xo
Amazing story! You are so brave and a beautiful soul. I truly admire your courage and hope I can one day soon I work up the courage to do the same thing. I’ve been wanting to see that movie, too! I truly love reading all of your blog posts, and between anorexia, acting, blogging, and Catholicism, I really feel such a connection with everything you write. Keep sharing – the world needs to hear your voice!♥️♥️
Thank you so much friend! Gosh, i am so touched by your encouraging words. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your time here in my little dusty corner of the interwebs 🙂 hehe hugs xo
Hey there, when you have a chance, email me at email@example.com. Don’t know how to personally get in touch with you. Again, you’re a brave woman. And this really encouraged me after what happened to me a few days ago! The Lord has your back! Be blessed!!
Sure thing! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org! thanks again! xox
This post was incredibly beautiful and brave. Thank you for praying. And for living a life of love out loud.
Hi Jess, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragment. it seriously means so much! big big hugs to you xox
I love all your Catholic posts as you are so on fire for God, but this one really hit home. I would like to affirm you for being a voice for the pro-life, for the aborted babies, and you inspire me in the way you seek God in all things. You are the most inspiring Catholic blogger who is relatable, honest, fun, and we need more voice like you in social media!
Oh my gosh, thank you so much Teresalee, that seriously means so much. I am touched!!! big big hugs to you xox
Chills! This 100% gave me chills… And honestly just when I thought I’d read your best writing, then I read this. So powerful. Thank you for your honesty, for listening to the Holy Spirit tell you pray, and for challenging us to pray as well. Abortion is so, SO sad; and this post just made that knowledge so real for me.
Hi Nicole! aw, thank you so much – I’m so glad it resonated with you!! 🙂 and gosh, what a kind thing to say 🙂 It really is such a devastating thing. But there is power in prayer! big hugs xx
Praying for spiritual protection over you as you fight for the women, babies, and workers in the clinic.
I recently mapped out a prayer route in my city that passes by other places where there strongholds of darkness….the spiritual oppression is so evident.
Praise God that Jesus has defeated the enemy. That, in His name, demons must flee. Praise God for giving us the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God!
Praying that God brings just the right scripture to mind as you engage in this battle and, perhaps, just the right sister or brother in Christ to fight by your side.
Hi Doni, thank you so much for your prayers and encouragment. it really means the world. Wow – what a powerful thing to do. Amen! Jesus already won! hugs xo
You did such a beautiful thing! I love the way you expressed what abortion really is: destroying God‘s most beautiful creation. You should check out:savethestorks.com. I support them. They change minds by providing a safe place for women to make an another choice. All the Lord’s blessings to you! Sandman
Hi Sandy! thank you so much for your words of encouragment. I will definitely check them out! what an important thing they are doing! big hugs to you, Sandman! xox
Wow. What a powerful post. Thanks for the inspiring post. Thanks for making it public too. It’s stories like these that cause an uprising and difference in the world, not for ourselves but for God. Your doing great, warrior of God. Our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the evil powers and principalities of this world.
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I pray that more people will feel the Spirit move them to do something for those babies!! big hugs to you xox
Powerful, strong and courageous woman!. As I read about how much the enemy hates life, I felt compelled to compare this to the truth, unity brings life into the world and how much severed unity destroys life also. Keep writing and inspiring.
Hi Vonnie, thank you so much for your kind words. Amen – unity for sure! Big hugs xox
I applaud you 👏👏👏
Thank you so much. That really means a lot. Hugs and love xox
In reading the account of creation in the first chapter of Genesis, only man is created in the image of God. Satan hates us simply because we are replicas of the One True God. He (Jesus) who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world. As a believer, you take the light of God wherever you go, which shines brighter wherever it is dark. Spiritual warfare comes in different forms so expect the unexpected whenever you stand up for what is right. And when you get knocked down (as we all do from time to time), dust yourself off and keep at it. Always appreciate your sincerity, honesty and integrity.
That is so true, Jan. Thank you so much for this. Amen! Dust off and keep at it!! Hugs and love xox
I have no words. But God knows. And He loves you. Keep fighting, sister!
Thank you so much Ed. I appreciate your support. Hugs and love xox
Excellent post, Caralyn! You are very brave to pray outside their clinic! But I want to encourage you to see if you can find a like-minded friend to go with you next time. From one single woman to another, there’s both power and protection in numbers. 🙂
I agree that spiritual warfare is going on all around us. It’s often very subtle, so much so that many Christians I know discount the devil’s influence or even that he’s a real being who’s actively at work in our world. I think people think that his influence would be super obvious like presenting opportunities to steal, be violent, or out-right wrong your neighbor. But often he’s more sneaky than that… He doesn’t want us to know it’s him, otherwise, we’d easily escape. Instead, it’s like a little thought that we think comes from ourselves… “No one will know if I say I worked an extra 15 minutes on my time card even though I’d already left… Besides it’s been a long day and I’m sure others have done that anyway.” We rationalize it and compare ourselves to how we think others behave in order to make it “right.” But sin is sin.
And as for spiritual attacks, I agree that they can come in so many forms… Physical attacks, sickness, exhaustion, unexplainable situations or circumstances we find ourselves in or that happen to us.
There are definite battles going on right now and because we’re on the opposing team, we will experience persecution and difficulties. But the war has already been won and, lucky for us who follow Jesus, we’re on the winning side! So, no matter what this life throws at us, it is not even comparable to the joy and blessings we will experience when Christ is revealed!
Blessings to you sister and so glad to have found your blog! It’s been equally encouraging to me! 🙂
Hi friend, thank you so much for these powerful words of encouragement. You’re right – I should be with a buddy next time. Amen – Christ already won! What good news that is!! Big hugs to you xox
Caralyn, that surely was some spiritual warfare going on there. So the evil one threw a bird at you? He is something else!
I have to admit, the way you told the story, the visuals in my head made me chuckle at the thought of you and the bird. But spiritually, I know it is a big deal.
You go girl! Keep doin’ what you are doin’!!
I am going to see that movie soon.
Thank you so much for your encouragement. Haha – yeah the bird was pretty dang crazy. And for a gal who *hates* washing her hair (it takes 2 hours to straighten it!!) I was *pretty dang ticked off* that I had to wash it TWICE that day! Haha but seriously thank you 🙂 Hugs and love xox
My husband & I saw the movie Unplanned yesterday and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. After seeing the ugly truth of PP, I most definitely believe what you experienced was spiritual warfare. One of the scenes that really got me was the barrels… made me sick and broke my heart. I can’t imagine being a witness to it. Thank you for praying for these innocent souls. Your doing God’s work, and yes pissing Satan off – which means your presence & prayers had an impact. God Bless you 😇🙏🏼❤️
Isn’t it such a powerful film?! It really stays with you. Yeah I lost it in the theater when the barrels came out. Sobbing like a baby. So incredibly sad. Thank you for your much appreciated encouragement, Lisa. Big big hugs to you. And thank you for going to see the movie and supporting positive, life-affirming media. Hugs and love xox
Great testimony! My church has a group that prays a “liturgy at the time of death for the preborn” outside the Planned Parenthood in Hempstead, LI on the first Saturday of every month. It combines some of the prayers from the funeral service with prayers to end abortion and for those who are deceived by Satan’s lies about the preborn. Yes, it can be a spiritual battle, but it is worth it.
Have you considered checking to find out if there is a prolife ministry in your parish (or another nearby church) committed to praying outside Planned Parenthood on a regular basis? Where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name….
Thank you so much Michael. Wow that’s awesome. You’re right – so worth it. That’s a great idea – I will definitely look into that! Hugs and love xox
Agree spiritual warfare is alive and well – just like the protagonist (God) is for us the antagonist (Satan) is out to kill, deceive and destroy – I wrote a blog post after I saw the movie too https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/04/06/unplanned/
How long have you been blogging and how ever did you build such a big following – well done – keep using your gift of words to inspire others to do something – thank for the reminder
Thank you so much 🙂 wasn’t it an incredible movie?! I look forward to reading your post! And thanks – I’ve been blogging for gosh probably three or four years?! Hugs and love xox
I love your courage to speak on behalf of unborn babies and to fight for them through prayer. Such a powerful thing!
Thank you so much Kara – I really appreciate your support! Hugs and love xox
Satan hates lives God makes because he is doomed to hell by his bad choices and wants to kill as many of us as he can on his way to hell. He knows God loves each and everyone of us that He created so lovingly. As such Satan wants to destroy us. He is evil. So this whole spiritual warfare is going on all the time. We saved ones have guardian angels provided by God to protect us. We are protected not from all distress or tests of our devotion but from undergoing more than we can handle with God. And when a person attacks us, the fight is very real but based wholly on the spiritual battle. When leaders and politicians are evil, like those who support killing babies, it is the idea and influence of demonic principalities that initiated it. When kings are evil and keep all money and aid for the people and starve them to death in the process, it is initiated by demonic powers of this world’s darkness. “Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the principalities and powers of this world’s darkness.” But the thing to remember is that God is still the Victor, He had won and is still bigger. Prayer still works. And the question is not who will win and who is stronger because Satan is a created being and lost the second he decided to rebel with pride and try to be in charge. He is toast. The question is how many people will Satan fool and destroy in eternal hell with him? I keep praying God’s desire wins out so His loved people will be saved by Jesus. I blog about it, talk about it to whoever, but prayer with faith is unlocking the power of God into our requests and He answers those. People may fight Him but He lovingly urges them on. I love that you bravely went there and prayed. I love that God has you standing in the gap for those precious lives. I love that He wisely has you there for such a time as this. Please keep obeying Jesus. Love you as always! So proud of you! Hugs!XO😄❤
That is so so true. Thank you Tonya for this powerful response. You’re so right about that! Amen! God is the Victor! And what good news that is. And it’s true – there is POWER in prayer! Thank you so much for always having my back and being such a wonderful source of encouragement! You are a blessing to me, my friend!! Hugs and love xox
Love being a sister and friend in Christ and standing up for Him and His truth alongside you! God bless you, beautiful friend!😄❤
🤗🤗🤗 and you too!!!
Thank you.😄 ❤
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Thank you Tonya, for passing this along. Big hugs xox
I love that you are so aware of the Holy Spirit’s tug on your heart, AND aware of the spiritual warfare. Stay strong! NY is such a battleground for Life.
Hi Gina, oh gosh thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. It seriously means the world!! It really is a battleground!!! Hugs and love xox
This post gave me food for thought. I have also experienced some pretty similar spiritual attacks. They can leave us feeling pretty yeuch(even if they do not involve bird attacks)
I have been left badly shaken too but God often brings something or somebody along to comfort us, when we need it.
I watch what happens afterwards. God in his own time, shows who is boss.
Thank you friend. I’m sorry that you can so personally relate. Amen to that – He always shows who’s boss! Big hugs to you xox
It is important that we protect ourselves with prayer too.. It is like the adage of putting our own seatbelt on first.
Amen to that!!! That’s some truth right there!!
You know I think highly of you BBB.
I definitely can see how the enemy knew beforehand the likelyhood of how you would perceive the occurence and he played off of it.
We all have our things, the things we deteste, or find apprehensible, when maybe they aren’t. Its all on how we choose to look at it.
I’m not speaking about abortion or planned parenthood.
I am speaking about how you chose to respond to the bird. He used your weakness against you and amplified it.
Take a moment to revisit your words later.. The way you describe the bird. God made that bird. God doesn’t make repulsive disgusting things. Its our opinions that are.
I thank God for the birds every day. They set examples to humans how we should wake up and worship.
I know you were focusing on spiritual warfare, and the atrocities going on.. But I did feel the need to mention this. Perhaps next time, it wont be so disgusting at all.. And youll hold tour cool. Realizing it was a cheap ploy. And that He is going to have to bring A army of birds, next time.. Better yet, next time.. It wont even bother you..you will roll with the punches and not be rattled. Bring it! I’m right here… Bring all the birds you want. And I’ll feed em to you for breakfast, enemy. Amen.
I’ll feed em to you for breakfast. Haha that’s funny. Thanks friend. 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much for the way you are serving God. God bless you and keep praying over those sweet babies and evil doers. Your post just brought me to tears. Stay strong and keep doing Gods work!
Thank you so much Shonda! I really appreciate your support. So glad this hit home with you:) big hugs xox
I appreciate you praying for the women going in and coming out of there and for the babies killed in the PP clinic. As I read your post, I thought about what Jesus said- “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man”
Thank you friend. Wow I hadn’t thought of that. That brings me comfort. Thank you. Hugs and love xox
I think it’s awesome what you did. God bless you! You are in my prayers!
Thank you Jessy, I really appreciate that! And your prayers!! Hugs and love xox
It is absolutely happening. My husband always says “I only sound crazy until it happens to you”. We have long conversations about the battle playing out right in front of us and it breaks our hearts. Members in our families are turning against each other because some hate our new president while others don’t. Seems like Hate is trending in some circles and it has become additive. Then there is the ugliness of narcissism and no gratitude in a world that seems to be more of a me mentality type of world. Love opens our eyes to the ugliness of hate and hate only blinds. There seem to be a lot of sad and broken people out in the world who’s hearts are filled with so much hate, and the only thing I know to do is pray for them. The devils best tool is social media and those beautiful little devices that everyone carries with them now, always looking down and no longer looking up into the eyes of other human beings.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this. You’re so right – hate is addictive. Just look at the news cycles. I’m sorry that you’re going through that in your family. Amen – there is power in prayer. And my goodness -Truth! Our phones are the evil one’s new playground. Yikes. Hugs and love xox
Caralyn, this is the most beautiful post I’ve read in a long while. I even shared it with my teenager. I admire you so much! Just this past weekend was my Church’s General Conference where we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, come together to listen to our prophet and apostles speak. And one spoke of the need for us to be a voice for the unborn. And that’s just what you were on Saturday, Caralyn, a voice for the unborn. Abortion is so evil and morally wrong. It makes me heartsick. Yes, spiritual warfare is real. We’ve been in an ongoing war with Lucifer and his army since we made the choice to embrace Jesus as our Savior. I know you are blessing lives by how you choose to live yours.
Hi Camie, oh wow thank you for saying that. I really appreciate it. Yes! Let’s be the voice for the voiceless! Hugs and love xox
Wow, your post really resonated with me! Last Wednesday, on the spur of the moment, I dropped by our local Planned Parenthood because I felt an overwhelming urge to pray there. I met a woman who normally prays there earlier in the day but had a change of plans. It was a divine appointment!! So encouraging!
She was praying the rosary, and it was my first time to pray the rosary with someone else, instead of by myself. After that, we prayed some additional prayers, including praying specifically for a young pregnant woman with cancer.
I’ve now been invited to come join a group that prays there four mornings each week.
My experience was so encouraging and inspiring — but later in the day I was hit with some really difficult emotions. At first I didn’t connect the two. Even after I did, it was hard to get out of that funk.
But thank goodness I wasn’t attacked by a bird!!!
Thank you Rebecca! I’m so glad this resonated with you! And thank you for praying for the unborn and the mamas! Keep at it! Your prayers are not unheard!! Hugs and love xox
That was a really brave thing to do. Thanks for sharing, you give me courage to do what is right(: One day those people will realise the truth and purity of what you were doing. God Bless!
THank you so much for your encouraging words!! hugs xo
God bless you always
Thank you Frank 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Wow!! It was really a courageous thing to do darling and I’m sure heaven would be proud. The bible said ‘in everything choose life’. ie no matter how hard it is choose life. So anything that goes against that is completely against his word and his very nature. I’m praying with you on this because this battle is not over and we need victory. I heart you baby❤
Thank you so much Chiqj, I really appreciate your support. amen – choose life!! 🙂 hugs xo
Keep fighting the good fight!! God bless you.
Ps. If you haven’t yet heard the conversion testimony of Abby Johnson on YouTube- check it out. So powerful. Especially the part about miraculous medals 🙂
thank you so much Jenny, for your kind words! ooh amazing, i haven’t! i can’t wait to check it out!! hugs xo
I woke up this morning (4am) and read your post and immediately started praying in the spirit. I am happy that you decided to stand in the gap for those babies, parents, and even medical staff. I pray that you stay encouraged in your faith and continue to fight the good fight. God is watching and is pleased I’m sure. He needs his people to pray his will so he can actively move in this world. What a blessing to be a vessel in the end of days! You were made for a time like this …Be encouraged my sista! GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Oh my gosh thank you so much for your prayers and for your wonderful words of encouragement! It truly means so much!! Hugs and love xox
I’m glad to read you weren’t presented only with abuse and that people supported you too. With “feminists” who claim that an unborn baby is not even its own person and that the woman has a right to murder it dominating the both social media and *the* media, it’s hard to stand against it and I really admire you, and the people who supported you, for doing that.
I was actually born at 26 weeks, just above the legal limit for abortion, and so it’s an issue that really angers me as I can say first hand that those babies who are being killed are *alive*. Thank you for praying and I hope it’s made a difference to someone, somewhere.
Hi Ash, thank you so much for your support. And wow – thank you so much for sharing your powerful story. wow – it’s so true — it’s a life, no matter how small. big hugs xo
Awesome. On so many levels, awesome. I literally wrote something this morning about how I feel like the Holy Spirit has been in overdrive within me lately….it’s comforting to know I’m not alone! We’re never alone. Keep living the faith. God bless
Thank you so much friend 🙂 oh wow that’s awesome! Yes! Never ever alone!! Hugs and love xox
It was very brave what you did my friend! I support doing what you think is right even if it means standing alone. However I feel there are so many things wrong with this blog and so many things that are right. I am anti abortion but I’m pro you can’t tell a woman what to do with her body. Especially when her decision has no personal affect on you. Its between her and God. I don’t think at all having abortions is the devils work. If a woman get pregnant and the doctor tells her she will die if she has the baby. Should she just opt to die so her baby can live? Is that the devil’s work? People are quick to tell woman not to have an abortion and judge them when they don’t offer all the things that come with raising children. Our current administration is trying to get rid of Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare. Not to mention defund planned parenthood that offers free free services for preventing pregnancy. Which is insane. They don’t want women to have abortions but they also want to stop funding the services to prevent it from happening.
I love babies and children! I don’t support 3rd term abortion or abortion at all but taking away someone’s right to choose is not okay. Especially when it has no affect on my life.
Only God gets to make that call and I will not be apart of making someone feel bad for something they did for what is best for their life. Which I’m sure they will think about for the rest of their life!
Hi Lane, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your heart on this emotional issue and for joining the conversation! I definitely agree that we have no place to judge – we are called to love. Period. And you’re absolutely correct: all human beings have rights that must be protected. A woman has the right to protect her own body. And her child in the womb also has rights that must be protected, namely the right to continue life. To impose death on another individual, in my opinion, is a right that absolutely no one possesses. But that is just my opinion. I respect that other people do not feel the same. And I think having open dialogue is important! I am absolutely with you: it is not our place to judge or make anyone feel bad. We are called to love oneanother. Not judge or condemn. Just love. And especially when women are in the aftermath of an abortion, they need all the love and support and compassion. Thank you again for sharing your heart on this. Big hugs to you, Lane.
You’re welcome! We all have a right to our opinion and it’s good to have respectful conversations. We may not always agree but there’s always respect! Have a wonderful blessed day my friend 🌷🌷
I so agree!! 🙂 same to you, Lane!!
Sorry but aren’t all animals God’s creatures?
Haha are you referring to the bird? Yes. And I love animals. But it was an NYC pigeon…🤣Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Wow thank you for doing that! I volunteer for my local pregnancy center and I used to work at a Christian camp and spiritual warfare as described in Ephesians is definitely real! Also, I’m amazed at how different cultures are just a few states apart. Like your parents, I live in OH and I saw Unplanned a WEEK after it came out and the theater was still full. So different from NY but you have such a good opportunity to witness there! Thanks for being faithful!
Thank you so much Kimmy for sharing your heart!! Oh wow – that’s so awesome that the theater was full!! praise God! You’re right – there is definitely a huge difference between the heartland and the coasts. yikes. big hugs to you!!! and thanks for all the work you’re doing with your preganancy center!! hgus x
God bless you for standing up for the most innocent, and I hope and pray that perhaps at least one woman changed her mind when she saw you praying as she went in…or perhaps, we can pray, as she continued to walk by…
Thank you so much Angie, I really appreciate your prayers and support. I pray that too!! big hugs xo
Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. (Ephesians 6-10-12) Way to go!
Amen to that! The FULL armor! Thanks so much for the encouragement. Hugs and love xox
There’s a group of people who stand out on the corner in front of the PP in Colorado Springs. The numbers range from 1 to several dozen, but averages around 10 or so. They’re out there in all weather. When I can, I take coffee to them (especially on cold mornings), and if I see kids out there, hot chocs. I appreciate what they’re doing — what you’re doing.
Keep being awesome, Caralyn.
Hi Matt! Oh wow that’s awesome – I’m sure they appreciate the gesture of support. 🙂 There is power in a strong hot chocolate!! 🙂 hehe hugs xo
You’re cool peoples
oh gosh, wow thank you Nathan!! hugs xo
So this is my third attempt at responding, the site keeps crashing…you really must have upset the devil! Nice job. So what I wanted to say was simply …Awesome. On so many levels awesome. I literally wrote something this morning about how the Holy Spirit has been pushing/guiding me lately to the point I felt awkward saying out loud out of fear of peoples responses. In the end I had to write it and then I read your post. Comforting knowing we’re not alone. We’re never alone. Bless you for speaking for those who can’t. Keep living the faith. God bless
Oh boy! Thank you! I’m sorry it has been difficult to leave a comment! Thank you so much for your encouragement. And I’m so glad this post came at this time for you!! God bless you, friend!! Big big hugs xox
Hi, Caralyn! The devil is real and we who follow Jesus are in battle with him every day. The thing is, we know how the war ends — the devil loses! Big time! Kudos to you for following the prompt of the Holy Spirit. 1 John 4:4 — You are from God, little children, and greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
Hi Roy! Thank you so much for this encouragement. Amen! God is the Victor!! big hugs to you xox
When our small group has met there to pray and sing, it’s always an interesting adventure. People in our town are incredibly nasty, and pro-abortion. We’ve had cars pull over to scream at us, curse at us, and when our kids were with us it made no difference – if anything, it increased their hateful words and actions. So terribly sad.
Hi friend thank you so much for your encouragement. Oh gosh, I’m so sorry you’ve experienced that. Keep at the good work – you never know what seed you’re planting. hugs xo
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Thank you for the link up! Hugs and love xox
Such a great post, Caralyn! You have way more guts than i do! I need to go and do what you did here. It’s just so sad that people murder their children and there are some of us out here in the world that would do anything to have a child brought up in a loving family. God bless you!
Hi David! Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement! You’re so right about that. Big hugs to you xox
Spiritual Warfare is REAL. It saddens me and even scares me a little of all the people that don’t believe it because they’re going through this life blinded. But then again, that’s exactly what Satan wants, isn’t it?
Way to go and following through what God was putting on your heart to do. You may never know the people you probably helped turn around and walk way just by your presence, or God’s presences through you. Wish I could give you a bit hug or a high five right now. You’re truly inspiring. Keep fighting the good fight!
You’re so right about that. than you so much for your ecouraging words. big hugs to you x
So glad you perceived the “bird attack” as proof you’d made a difference. “If you do it right the enemy will fight!” Right on there!
Hi Claire! Thank you so much for your support! amen to that! hugs ox
I just love to hear your testimonies and am so blessed by you living out your faith in Jesus Christ. The world is tired of the platitudes of most Christians and wants to see real Christianity at work in the lives of the believers. I see such activity as yours in the ones who know that the only reason they are alive today is because of the mercy of the Most High. I myself am a recovering alcoholic and drug user. I have overcome allot because of the blood of Jesus and the encouragement of the fellowship. Thanks again, you a lovely lady with a beautiful spirit.
Oh wow, I am so touched by your kind words. Thank you so much!! And thank you for sharing your story – amen – by the blood of Jesus! hugs xo
God bless you! You are an amazing young woman and are a blessing and a great example to us all. Please shoot up a prayer for my daughters, Erin and Julie. They were both pro life but have been turned around and God isn’t in the picture any longer. 🙏🤗❤️
Oh gosh, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement! I absolutely will keep your daughters in my prayers 🙂 big hugs to you xo
I’m more pro choice myself, though I personally wouldn’t get an abortion unless I absolutely had to. But I enjoyed reading your story because it made me think.
Thanks so much Raney for taking the time to read it! 🙂 big hugs to you xox
Thank you, Caralyn, for being God’s Girl and following the Holy Spirit’s prompting – you go girl! It is often a bit scary to step out in our faith to do something we feel led by the Spirit to do. This one was tough and you did it! A great big hug to you! You rock!
In reading all these wonderful comments I see God’s Words written a few times and once a Scripture reference is even mentioned. In my Christian roots, we believe that quoting Scripture has great power, because it is God’s Truths and Satan cannot abide where the Light of God’s Truths are spoken. So, YES, because I believe the Holy Bible is God’s Holy Word, I believe that spiritual warfare is real. Ephesians Chapter 6 clearly tells us that it is, particularly verse 12:
About Christian Warfare: Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints
When we fill our hearts and minds with memorized Scripture (the Truth, vs 14), then we have a super powerful and effective tool (a mighty sword, vs 17) with which to fend off the devil and defeat him!
Caralyn, I was taught that when we are stepping out into spiritual battle, we should tell a “prayer warrior” or someone we know that has strong praying skills, and ask them to “cover” us in prayer as we step into the spiritual battle. I hope you will do this to protect yourself and to strengthen the power your prayers will have. And if you need someone to cover you, please please please, you can call upon me! I would be honored to pray for you!
Love and hugs back to you, sweet God’s Girl <3
Oh gosh thank you so much Mindy for your kind words and encouragement. You’re so right – there is power in His word! Hugs and love xox
I’ve not been F-bombed that much in life, but got plenty of it when I took place in a pro-life prayer witness. The hate is incredible, and in one case it came from a car driving by – the guy’s (yes, it was a guy) was… what? Distorted? There was something beyond anger, beyond normal humanity that made his features bizarre.
There is spiritual warfare – make sure to have folks praying for you while you witness, even if they can’t be there. And if folks can be with you, that’s a plus. As a Roman Catholic, you might consider having the Mass said for you on the day you go.
Thank you for your witness. Yes, you hurt Satan’s wittle feewings and he acts out. But remember Romans 16:19-20, “For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise as to what is good, and simple as to what is evil; then the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
It really is a jarring feeling, isn’t it?! Thanks so much for your support. Amen – God is the Victor! Hugs and love xox
Yes, Caralyn, spiritual warfare is real. Now that you know it you will prepare yourself for it and know why, from experience, that Jesus is always watching over His children. You have written many articles that made me realize you are a very special young lady in the hands of God. But never more so than what you posted here. May I say? I am very, very proud of you! Hugs and love to you, too!
Thank you friend. I am so touched by your encouraging words. Thank you. Hugs and love xox
I’m so glad you called what happened what it was. (Spiritual warfare) And every time I have talked about abortion crazy things happen to me. It’s sooooooo weird.
But God bless you for fighting this. More women need to stand up, because they say they do this “for women”
Thank you so much Brittania. Satan doesn’t like it when we fight for the babies! All the more reason to!! Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much for sharing. This is not only a spiritual war, it’s a reflection of the culture of death that permeates our society.
I remember when abortion was legalized in the US. I don’t think anyone with rational thinking and faith imagined how many innocent lives would be ended by this heinous industry. And that is what it truly is to those who take part in this slaughter of innocent lives. And now, assisted suicide is gaining momentum, just as abortion has since it was legalized.
Thank you so much friend – you’re so right about that — we are truly living in a culture of death. It is so sad. Hugs and love xox
Most definitely. It is sad. Especially when the conscience is dulled and these practices are viewed an acceptable way to eliminate unwanted children, the chronically ill and aging adults. This is why it is so important for your generation to be a voice for the innocent and vulnerable members of society. Many of you were raised with a conscience and pro life beliefs. In addition to your faith. And for that I praise God! I accidentally hit the send button before I added this. Hugs and love xox Mary
It is the tragedy of our lifetime. THanks again Mary, for your wonderful support. hugs xo
Your welcome. Hugs to you, too xo
God’s blessing on you, Caralyn! Isn’t it amazing how grace can come to you so powerfully. I’m praying for you…..
Thank you so much friend 🙂 I appreciate your prayers! Hugs and love xox
Good for you for doing that. I used to pray about once a week outside the local abortion clinic, but somehow I got out of the habit. You’ve inspired me to go back.
THank you Diane, oh that’s awesome that you did that. 🙂 big hugs to you xo
I forgot to mention there’s a great book on spiritual warfare: Manual for Spiritual Warfare. Wanted to let you know in case you haven’t heard of it! It explains it, gives ways to fight against evil etc. https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/manual-for-spirtual-warfare.html
Oh gosh thank you! I haven’t heard of it! i’ll definitely check it out! thanks for the recco! hugs xo
God bless you Caralyn! You always amaze you. I went and saw the movie in upstate New York, and theater was packed. There were people of all ages and some were crying. I shed some tears throughout. I never new abortion was really like that… it’s crazy how much we are deceived as a society. I feel like no one really knows what an abortion is like until they- god forbid- go through one. The movie really opened up my eyes, to the deception and lies we are fed. It is not about “women’s right” and it makes me sick that the argument is justified based on that. Human life is so precious- all life is.. but it seems no one values life anymore. Someday Jesus will be back though and yes, we will answer to Him. God bless you, girl. Always love you 💛
Hi Laura Aleena! Thank you so much for your support. That’s so great that the theater was full! Wasn’t it just so incredibly powerful? I mean — wow. And you’re so right — society is SO deceived. Even the word itself is a sanitization of what it actually is. *sigh* We’ve just gotta keep praying! hugs ox
One thing I have learned through the years is that the devil only fights back if he’s afraid…afraid of what you are and what you can accomplish against him so I would say that you are definitely destined to cause him some serious harm!!
That’s a powerful thought! THank you so much!! 🙂 I am so encouraged! big hugs xo
Be the voice for the living hurt by the mistakes they made. The unborn, or dead is not our concern. Leave that to God. Your conscience must stay rooted to existence that you can relate. Pass no judgement on those women who had aborted, instead be there for them to share their pain. Healing begins when we nurture the emotion with love. When mistakes are realised they will not be repeated, and God would be pleased.
We should absolutely not pass judgement. And I wasn’t. We are called to only love people. Not judge. Not condemn. Only love. That is our job. WHen i was there, I made it a point to look each person that came in or went out of the clinic in the eye, and give them a warm smile with genuine love and compassion in my eyes. THanks David.
This may be a tad strange, but I’m going to issue a challenge.
To anyone who reads these posts, and who supports the views of this fabulous young lady of God. Anyone who is close to where she lives. Go support her. In person. Arrange to go with her. Particularly if you know her already. Make time to support her – not only in prayer, but in person. Next time she goes to pray at PP, go along. Go together.
YES! And go back to see Unplanned together. Show NYC that Caralyn is not the only one!
Wow! You are a brave young soldier. God has a great plan for your life. Spiritual warfare exists and is powerful. However, my advise to you is that the next time, you take someone with you who are equally committed. One can chase a thousand but two people ten thousand. Plus with another person you can cover each other against attack. As you said, Satan doesn’t like what you are doing and so he immediately launched an unexpected attack on you. But, God is greater and He will protect you. God bless you my dear.
Hi Beverley! Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I love that – two people can chase 10,000 — that’s amazing. Amen! We can be confident in His protection!! thanks so much for stopping by! big hugs xo
Amen. I enjoyed reading your blog. You are doing a tremendous work for the Lord. I will continue to pray for your protection. Have a blessed weekend
Thanks again – you’re in my prayers too! Xox
Before you go again–>get ‘prayed up!’. If you can fast, fast. Even if it is a lunch everyday and spend that time in the Bible reading scriptures for protection. Ephesians 6:10-18 is excellent scripture to be ‘prayed up’ on. And read the scripture OUT LOUD, so the enemy hears you and your atmosphere is prepared.
Memorize James 4:7 “Submit to the Lord, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” and while you are walking and praying, say it out loud every now and then. If that bird (or any demon) attacks you again. All you need to say is “Jesus”. The enemy has to flee. (PS: there is more teachings Biblically about resisting. Let me know if you need more fuel)
We had an attack one time, after a group of us were praying for someone, we got home and as we walked in the door–for no reason at all…the stereo started screaching out this horrible noise. Ummmm, the power was off when we walked too. Yeah, so weird. And it freaks you out!!! I walked over and shut it off and rebuked it in Jesus name. Not to say it didn’t startle me. But, I know what it looks like and feels like.
I’m happy to send you my cell# too. Next time you go, I will pray for you via text 1st and be praying while you are there. Good to have a few others too. Prayer warriors in your court!
God bless you BBB for what you are doing!!! Stay bold! Perservere!
Oh my gosh that must have been such a jarring situation!! yikes!! That’s such a great idea to get prayed up!! I’ll have to do that next time. And amen — there is power in His name!!! Gosh, thank you so much, that’s so thoughtful of you!! I really appreciate it!! God bless you, dear friend!! hugs and love xoxoxox
God Bless you Caralyn! I had tears in my eyes the whole time reading this 💗
awww thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 so glad this resonated with you! bighugs xo
What an experience and a beautiful way to spend the day. I’m not even kidding. Doing something that fills your heart, as well as the world, with love is important. Bless you. And those people need the prayers more than a lot of us do.
Thanks Clinton. It really was an incredible day. Thanks Hugs and love xox
I join the others here in supporting this kingdom work you are doing for our Lord. Please “pray up” and “go in two”s at least, as some of these commenters suggest. You are greatly loved by all of your followers. I would like to email you some of my personal experience with spiritual warfare in hopes that it may warn and encourage you about spiritual attacks.
Thank you for posting this. It encourages me greatly. Prayers for Pro Life, your protection, and victory in Christ over this entire issue.
Thank you Sherron. You’re right about that – twos for sure. And gosh I so appreciate your prayers. Big hugs! Hugs and love xox
I’m backing you. . . just not standing on the corner with you. -Jeff
Thank you Jeff!! I appreciate that!! Hugs and love xox
I admire you so much for overcoming any fears and doing what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. I shared this with my Bible study group and they loved your story –– and your reminder that Satan does exist. He tries his hardest to take residence in all of us but we have to keep him out.
Hi Patsy! Oh gosh, thank you so much! I am absolutely touched and honored that you would share this with your bible study. The evil one really does try hard, but Praise God, He has already won!! big hugs to you xox
You are a pretty amazing young woman! I’m sure your dad is very proud of you. Keep it up! Ted
Oh gosh, thank you so much Ted! I really appreciate you saying that 🙂 big hugs to you xox
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Thank you for the link up! big hugs xo
This post made me think a lot. This has never been a political issue for me. I just feel so much the pain of the young women who, terrified, face condemnation and poverty so extreme that they would consider terminating their baby, and on the other side, the horror of a legal abortion, or the even greater horror of an illegal abortion. Can a nation as wealthy as our really not afford to make the idea of having a baby a universal joy? I just feel this sadness around the entire issue. Your solution of just standing there in prayer really struck me. Prayer for the young women who need compassion more than they need a procedure. Prayer for the entire situation and the salvation of everyone involved. And a lot of forgiveness. This post really made me think. Thanks.
Thanks Spencer for sharing your heart on this. Yeah, those women need so much love and compassion. Not judgement. Love. And lots of it. And you’re right – there is power in prayer. Hugs and love xox
Is there any literature you could possibly hand out next time about adoption services and places that help pregnant females in need? Sometimes all it takes is showing someone who is vulnerable there are other options–when fear sets in, tunnel vision happens and it would be easy for a young woman to think PP is her only option.
I met a very nice friar today who gave me some pamphlets to hand out in the future! Because you’re right – just knowing they have options is a powerful thing! Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! Hugs and love xox
Thank you Mackie! Hugs and love xox
You are a gutsy young woman, no doubt about it. I admire you to the max having the courage to live your faith, and help stop the killing. Hugs and prayers to you.