Verses: Psalm 34: 1-3

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

Wise Woman: author/ blogger/speaker Jenn Hatmaker’s letter to Trayvon Williams’ mom 

Shameless Woman Story: Matt and Heather Powell are awaiting, praying, long-suffering, and working to bring home their son Izaiah John-Gideon from Haiti. Heather is a powerful example of a shameless woman as she moved to Haiti to care for her son and advocate for the adoption. Please keep the entire family in your prayers. Here is what Heather writes about her experience:

“I’m finally starting to trust and surrender it (the adoption process) to God – like REALLY do it, I wish I could’ve done it 9 months ago, but I know my heart just wasn’t ready to let go and accept that God may really keep us here for another year and a half… all that to say, I’ve struggled with depression and extreme homesickness (America-sickness) I’m losing hair from stress, my body is changing right before my eyes, and my teeth may be grinded down to stubs in a couple more months, BUT I also am learning how fulfilling it is to ABIDE in CHRIST – because He abides with ME and I’m sensing and seeing Him and learning about prayer in ways I know I never would’ve if I wasn’t stuck here. I’m finding more purpose in this suffering and becoming more grateful that this is the cross I have to carry…and I killed 13 tarantulas last week. NOT KIDDING. They were only quarter-sized, but still… God is changing me! I used to stare at a spider from a safe distance until Matt would get home bc I was TOO afraid to kill it. That sounds so ridiculous now. 😉 

I realize that the not-so-pretty physical changes are meaningless (except to my pride), 
and the heart changes God is working on outweigh them…His ways ARE higher.”


May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
—Benedictine Blessing

JPAL (just peed a little) moment: Every had a day like this?

May you experience the shameless love of God this weekend!
Next up: Guest Blogger Bill Scarrot offers “A Little Hope”

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