Check out last week’s blog post on Mary and Martha.

Shameless Questions 
1. Have you ever felt looked down upon or experienced shame because you are a woman? Have you ever felt that you needed to hide your gifts or your abilities?
2. What are your gifts and passions? Are you using them at home, at work, in your community, or in the church? If not, can you ask God for opportunities to serve him?
3. Are there still areas in society where women are seen as second-class citizens? Do you sense that God wants you to help change that?
4. Is there a woman in your sphere of influence who needs to experience freedom from shame? Can you do anything to encourage her this week? Can you pray for her? Write her a letter or text? Babysit her children? Invite her over for coffee or to a bible study?
Shameless Moment #2: Empowering Women

First of all, if you are experiencing any shame this week:

1. Remind yourself of God’s truth from Psalm 34:5: “Those who look to God are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame!” Write that verse down and place it somewhere you will see regularly
(I have it taped to my kitchen island).  Ask God to help you believe its truth.

2. Be kind to yourself — treat yourself to something that will remind you of God’s love: a good cup of coffee, a new bible study, a long shower, or a girl’s night out.

Secondly, If we leave the Mary and Martha story simply feeling good about womanhood, we miss the one of the main points. Jesus went to great lengths to empower women to act

James 2:14-17 asks, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if a person claims to have faith but has no deeds? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
There are women all over the world who desperately need to experience freedom from shame.

  • Twenty five hundred women and children are trapped, raped, exploited, and sold into slavery every day. 
  • Two children are sold into slavery every minute
  • There are at least200,000 slaves in the USAnow and 17,000 more will be trafficked into the US next year. 
  • Human trafficking is $32 billion industry — that’s more than Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined
  •  Twenty seven million people are enslaved this very moment — that is more than any other time in history 
  • Over 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women!
It is time for those of us who have been empowered by Jesus to set others free! 

What can you do?

1. Pray. Ask God to bring His justice to this situation and ask Him how you can help.

2. Share this blog post. Choose one of the buttons below or on the sidebar to share on Facebook, Twitter, email, or LinkedIn. Include as many women as you know in the fight against slavery and human trafficking. 

3. Check out at least one of the following organizations to see how you can fight against this international injustice:
Slavery Footprint  A website devoted to educating people on the brands that use slave labor. 
Women at Risk  Promoting protection and hope for women at risk. 
International Justice Mission A human rights agency rescuing victims of slavery and violence.
Tiny Hands  Empowering the body of Christ to fight against poverty and social injustice. 
Wellspring Living  Confronting the issues of sexual abuse and exploitation for girls and women.
–stats from Passion’s Do Something Now Campaign. 
Coming soon: a look at Rahab the prostitute 

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