Today marks the first day of Lent. Will you give up anything for the next 40 days? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Rather than giving up something material, consider giving up shame for the next 40 days. Starve thoughts of self-hatred, insecurity, or shame by asking God to remove and replace them with His truth. When you feel ashamed, pray the week’s scripture. This week’s is James 2:25.  I’m praying that we will all awake on Resurrection Day as Shameless Women– so that God can be more fully glorified in us!
And remember if you have a shameless story, let me know in the comment section below or on the new facebook page. I’d love to publish your story!

This week’s verse:

In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?”—
James 2:25

My best friend (who we’ll hear about next week) finds that music is a source of hope and healing. I’d like to give you the gift of music this week. Carve out some time to be alone in your bedroom or the bathroom – somewhere you can have five or ten minutes of quiet time. Listen to the following songs and pay special attention to the lyrics. Ask God to help you imagine that Jesus is singing over you. Ask Him to open your heart to what He wants to teach you.   

  1. There could never be a more beautiful you, by Johnny Diaz. (Note: I’m not a huge fan of the video because they chose incredibly skinny women to act as “every woman”. But the lyrics are poignant.)
Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn’t straight her body isn’t fake
And she’s always felt overweight

Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are

There could never be a more beautiful you
Don’t buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you

Little girl twenty-one the things that you’ve already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you’ve got a man but he’s got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead

Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you there’s a man whose love is true
And he’ll treat you like the jewel you are

So turn around you’re not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It’s not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the one who’s strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you’ll see through the eyes of a little girl

  1. “I Know” by Jude. Note: This is not a Christian artist, but the song has a similar message. (Plus, I love a man who can sing falsetto—just wait ‘til you get to the end.)
You’ve got such a pretty smile.
It’s a shame the things you hide behind it.
Let um go give it up for a while…
Let um free and we will both go find it.

I know there’s no where you can hide it.
I know the feeling of alone.
I know that you do not feel invited,
But come back, come back in from the cold.

Step away then from the edge.
Your best friend in life is not your mirror.
Back away come back away come back away…
I am here and I will be forever and ever and I…

I know that there’s no where you can hide it.
I know the feeling of alone.
Trust me and don’t keep that on the inside.
Soon you…you’ll be locked out on your own.

You’re not alone…

You’re not alone…

And don’t say you’ve never been told.
I’ll be with you till we grow old…
Till Im in the ground and i’m cold..

I’m not sitting up here on some throne
Like a dog you can always come home..
Dig up a bone

Look around…..

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