Cover Up For Christ {5/19/18}

I haven’t posted any modest outfit posts lately, which is something I really enjoy doing. Since I’ve challenged myself to not buy new clothing this year I’ve kind of come up empty handed while trying to figure out new outfit ideas. It’s all good though. Learning to become more frugal has been a blessing to my family.

Read: April 2018 Spending and Frugality Update

My sixteen-year-old daughter kindly said that I could post some photos of her from a recent outing today. She is into comfy clothes that don’t hinder her movement. This dress from Amazon is perfect for her!

What She Wore:

Olive Green T-Shirt Dress: Amazon ($11)

Brown Boots: Walmart ($5)

Yes, her boots were $5.00. I could hardly believe I came across such a good end of season deal!

Maddy loves photography, and we took her to the Biggin Church Ruins to get a few shots. We also stopped by a park where she and my son almost fell into a river while standing on a dock. Large boats were speeding by, creating some monster waves!

Maddy wears this dress just about every week. It definitely has become one of her new favorites.

 

If you are interested in the subject of modesty, I‘d love to share a book I wrote with you. It is called “Meant to be Modest.” It includes a couple of chapters of new content not found on this blog. In full disclosure, I’m not too keen on the cover image any more. It’s funny. A couple of years ago I felt like the cover image was perfectly modest, and now I’m not so sure. I probably will be changing it soon. The LORD continually renews our minds, doesn’t He?

Read: Modesty and Complete Surrender || My Testimony Continues

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Modesty and Complete Surrender || My Testimony Continues

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

Matthew 16:24

The past year the LORD has surprised me by some of the things He has put on my heart. In regards to my modesty journey, I thought I had already walked that road. The ship had sailed. I truly thought that I was walking in complete obedience.

But the Christian walk doesn’t quite work that way. It is a continuous journey. The Father is always gently refining me. I must remember that my life no longer belongs to myself, and that this is a good thing.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

Several years ago (before this blog even started), I wrote about my testimony in regards to modesty. I had turned from my immodest ways and into a woman who wanted to be pleasing in His sight. I definitely made some changes and was headed in the right direction.

But sometimes, looking different from the culture is downright hard. In my flesh, I don’t want to stick out. And so I made some basic changes like wearing loose skirts and dresses to keep my shape hidden. Ladies, we are daughters of the Most High, and He desires to protect us from the world! It has been such a blessing to dress this way.

But I still cared very much about my make up, hair, jewelry, fashion…you name it. Fear of man ran deep inside of me.

When My Sin Began to Stick Out Like a Sore Thumb

Last year I became involved with an MLM. Oh my goodness ladies, I tried so hard to make this work. I thought if I looked “just so” then I might be successful. I thought my quest was for a good cause since we were working hard to get out of debt. But no matter what I did, nothing worked. The LORD was so good to show me that it really was all vanity. So much vanity. Overwhelming vanity. I took a step back, and He led us out of consumer debt on His terms.

Complete Surrender

Part of our debt free journey involved us moving out of state. Talk about being uncomfortable! During this time, I came to the end of myself. The LORD asked me to put my vanity aside and follow Him into a deeper walk. I was to put the fear of man aside. I stopped coloring my hair. For a time, I completely stopped wearing make up. Ladies, my sin was magnified! Anytime I walked into a store I pretty much felt ashamed. How crazy that we have been programmed to think this way by this world!

Read: Modest and Affordable Swim Suits for Girls

Combatting the Culture

The LORD continued to speak His truth into my heart. Why had I given this culture and its expectations so much power over me? After all, I was supposed to be a pilgrim, right? This world is not my home.

For several months I dressed pretty basically. I needed to detox. His ways are perfect, and our culture is not. He continued to gently guide me to a more natural look than I had ever embraced before. My heart has slowly softened and I am grateful that I no longer need to look “just so” for the culture.

Read: Why Covering Our Body is Important

Our Clothing Choices Represent The Covering Of Our Sin

The LORD is so gracious to show me something new almost every day. He spoke to my heart about how the shedding of blood in Genesis to cover Adam and Eve’s transgression directly relates to our clothing choices today. As a representative of Jesus, this discovery really propelled me to think my clothing choices through with even more diligence.

Read: How Our Clothing Choices Reflect the Gospel

An Everlasting Walk Of Obedience

Dressing modestly is dressing for the Father. I’ve matured enough to realize that this likely isn’t the end of my walk. As Christ followers, we are always stretching, always growing. Dressing this way is a blessing. It is a way to love both God and others. Taking up my cross and stepping outside of myself is part of my walk of obedience. The LORD has done so much for me and He is my only hope. It’s the least that I can do.

Is the LORD speaking to your heart about a certain topic? I would love to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and begin your own walk of obedience. He cares so much for you, dear sisters!

My 31 Day Journey to finding rest in the Lord can be found on Amazon.

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Modest & Affordable Swim Suits for Girls

It’s almost summer! The season of sun, sand, and…swimsuits.

I have been looking for new swimsuits for my daughters for months now. I finally settled on two swimsuits that totaled over $80 on Etsy, even after I had used the Ibotta rebate.

But then totally by chance I came across the cutest suits for $20 while looking for options for my preteen. I knew my five-year old would love the red cat option, since her favorite color is red and she’s kind of a cat fanatic. My three-year-old has the bunny option on order. I’m sending the more expensive suits back tomorrow. This decision has also helped my quest towards frugality!

(My three-year old picked out the bunny option. This suit comes in several different patterns!)

Our girls are so precious, ladies. They deserve to be covered appropriately in all situations. I think it’s totally unfair that boys usually have more modest and skin protective options than girls. I think I found a winner with this suit!

I shared a picture of two of my girls on social media wearing their suits today, and several mamas were interested in these suits as well, so I thought I would share them here as well.

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What to do When We Feel Embarrassed about Dressing Counter-Culturally

Hello, ladies! I have been reading a book about head covering called, …Let Her Be Veiled, and I came across a passage that I really wanted to share with y’all. While this speaks about head covering specifically, I think these principles can be applied to dressing modestly as well, especially for those who where skirts full time.

“As Scripture says, a woman’s hair is her glory – all women instinctively know this, whether they have read and believed it in the Bible or not. Billions of dollars are spent each year in this country alone for the primping and prettying of women’s hair. To cover the hair under a veil is one of the best opportunities a sister has to strike at the root of pride and vain glory in her life. Some would say the head veiling is bondage; how about being bound to the hair styles and fads of the world? If there is any bondage one should be concerned about being freed from it is the idolatry of bondage to the prideful old self, which seeks continually to grasp through the vanity and lust of the flesh.

If a Christian woman truly loves the Lord, will there be any cost too great in her abandonment to Him? No – in fact, she will have an enthusiasm for anything which deals with that self-root in her life; a passion to be rid of any obstacle to a deeper love and relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus.

If one feels embarrassed to wear the head veiling, they should recognize that it is due to a fear of man…the veiling is a direct threat to the fleshly spirit which frantically clutches for what it considers to be its rights.”

-Tom Shank

Wow! This passage was very convicting to me. We really should try to avoid Satan’s snares in the world’s fashion system, as the author suggested.

This book is available for free in print form from Charity Christian Fellowship. Blessings!

Cover Up for Christ {12/11/17}

I haven’t shared as much as usual this week. Our days have been very full, and we’ve also been dealing with sickness and a nursing strike. I’m praying for God’s sustaining grace. I certainly need it right now!

I ordered a Navy sweater shawl/poncho not too long ago off of Amazon, and I love it! I can’t believe how warm it keeps me.

Internet shopping has been my thing lately. All of the items pictured came from online. I have two criteria for my clothing at the moment…comfortable and covering. I wear something like this most of the time now.

What I Wore:

Navy Sweater Shawl/Poncho: Amazon

Navy Floral Skirt: eBay

Navy Floral Headband: Amazon

While I like this wide headband, it has the tendency to slide. I think I might wear it with a few bobby pins next time.

I’m reading a book about head covering, and I came across an interesting point about the similarity between the veiling and Lord’s Supper ordinances, which are listed back to back. “The teaching of veiling (verses 1-16) speaks of the covering and crucifixion of self, while the teaching on the Lord’s Supper (verses 17-34) speaks of our remembrance of Jesus having done the same- His giving of Himself on the cross for our sins. This was Jesus’ way; if we would enter into His life, it is done only by the very same means.” From …Let Her Be Veiled

And so, this is something I have been pondering.

I hope y’all have a lovely week ahead of you! I’m looking forward to some much needed rest.

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Cover Up for Christ {12/4/17}

If you’d like to read about why I wear modest skirts or dresses pretty much all of the time, please take a look at this post. Read more about head coverings here. Thank you so much for visiting!

How can it already be December? This year has flown by, and I’m looking forward to entering this season of rest with an open heart.

I wore this outfit to take my children to violin lessons. I’ve realized that more often than not, I’ve been drawn to clothing that leaves me almost completely covered lately. I think realizing how our coverage level can point people to the Gospel has really had an effect on me.

What I Wore:

Striped Top: Ross

Skirt: Thrifted

Navy Wide Headband: Amazon

I love finding cheap or secondhand clothing deals, and this outfit is just that! Pretty much everything I’ve worn lately is very comfortable, and I’ve found such freedom in staying covered. I also have loved finding inexpensive headbands/head coverings on Amazon.

This week will be busy for us, but I’m hopeful life will slow down for us soon. We “remembered” the Sabbath as a family for the first time on Friday evening, which was pretty cool. I hope to share about it soon.

Oh, and I wanted to quickly remind y’all that Mary & Martha has a great flash sale going on right now. If you have any questions at all about this, please just let me know.

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Cover Up for Christ {11/27/17}

What a lovely, and blessed, week it has been! We officially sold our home in Georgia, which is amazing. I plan on working on a current “Debt Free Update” soon. But let’s just say that my student loans are paid off, and other than our mortgage, we’re debt free! You can read about how we paid off our first $30,000 of debt here.

I wore this outfit to meet my husband to close on our house. It is so comfortable, and I love the floral print.

What I Wore:

Skirt: eBay

Shirt: Walmart

Cardigan: Walmart

Headband: Hobby Lobby

I always check Hobby Lobby for headbands.

I love this “grandpa” sweater that I purchased at Walmart. It is so warm and comfy! You can find a similar one here.

I hope y’all have a lovely week! I’m looking forward to digging into the second chapter of The Beauty of Jesus Revealed in the Feasts with my children!

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How Our Clothing Choices Reflect the Gospel

“God looks at the heart. It doesn’t matter what I wear.”

I have heard this phrase, or a variation of it, time and time again. This statement grieves me. And yet, I realize that it is totally by God’s Grace that I no longer have this mindset. I definitely used to feel like the rest of the world.

At this point in my Christian walk, my heart really craves God’s best. I’ve been learning more about the interconnections between the Old and New Testaments lately, and while studying a totally different topic earlier in the week, I came across an idea concerning modesty and clothing that I’ve never thought of before. Of course, I’d love to share it with you! I hope you find it encouraging.

What we wear is totally related to sin and shame. It is also a picture of God’s redemption, which is why it is so important that we choose wisely.

Once Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, their eyes were opened and their nakedness was shameful. They tried their best to fashion clothing out of fig leaves, but their attempt wasn’t good enough. (Please note that here God does care about what we wear. He didn’t allow Adam and Eve up to their own devices when it came to clothing).

In order to cover their sin and shame, blood had to be shed. The first animal was sacrificed, and they were given a coat fashioned from it’s skin. It covered them appropriately, and most likely, fully.

Why do I say that this coat covered them completely? Because the first clothing covering fashioned by God was a parallel to the coming Messiah, and the blood that would be shed to cover our sins. Our outward body requires a covering since our inward sin requires a covering. My MacArthur Study Bible calls it “a shadow of the reality that God would someday kill a substitute to redeem sinners.” (Genesis 3:21) Our clothing is a visual representation of the blood that must be shed to cover, or pardon, our sins before a just and holy God.

Does Christ’s blood cover some of our sins, or all of them? Praise God that it covers them all! Our clothing should mirror this by covering our body completely as well. Tight jeans that reveal every curve and clothing with holes, (cold shoulder shirts, I’m talking to you!), do not mirror the Gospel. There are no holes or gaps in the blood that was shed for us.

In Isaiah, we can read more about what is shameful when it comes to clothing.

“Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.  Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.” Isaiah 47:2-3

This verse tells me that uncovering the leg, thigh, and hair is shameful. This verse is one of the reasons why I’ve recently started to wear head coverings or wide headbands on a more regular basis.  This shame or sin should be covered, and when it is covered, it points people to God’s ultimate sin covering through Christ.

These passages and this HUGE parallel and meaning is difficult for us to wrap our minds around in our culture today. It goes against everything that we have been taught.

None the less, I believe we will be blessed if we are obedient. When we wear clothing that covers us in God’s way, and not our own like Adam and Eve attempted with fig leaves, then we are a walking picture of redemption for everyone to see. We are a walking picture of the blood that Christ shed on our behalf.

The Lord is so amazing, isn’t He?

Some may say that since Christ has shed His blood for us already, we no longer must be obedient with our clothing choices. But unfortunately, as long as we are in this flesh we are still reminded of our sin and shame without a proper covering.

What an AMAZING opportunity we have to point others to Christ through our clothing choices, ladies. And men, this applies to you, too.

Sisters, if you are wondering how to best be a picture of redemption, please do a bit of research of the Greek word “katastole.” This word is found in 1 Timothy and relates to women’s clothing. Katastole is a feminine noun.  “Kata” means “a lowering, letting down.”  “Stole” in and of itself is not necessarily feminine, and is “a loose outer garment.” As Christ followers, God’s will for us is to wear long, loose fitting garments. Long dresses and skirts fit the bill perfectly. What we wear is an act of worship!

May God bless you as you walk out your calling. How amazing it is to be a walking picture of the redemption the Lord offers through Christ!

Food for thought:

But after Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, immediately, “the eyes of both were open, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Notice that no one had to tell Adam and Eve that being naked in their sinful state was a problem; they realized it naturally. Some have linked this self-awareness with sexual knowledge, somehow implying that sexuality in and of itself is sinful. However, this cannot be, since Adam and Eve were married before they sinned, and had already been told to be fruitful and fill the earth. If now they were ashamed to be naked in front of each other that is a secondary focus at best. Their real concern (and the inadequacy of their own attempts) is revealed when they heard God walking in the Garden: they knew that they could no longer appear before God naked—their nakedness was now shameful, because of their guilt before their Creator.

Adam and Eve’s shame at their nakedness was really an outward reflection of an inward reality. Their exterior bodies required a covering, because their inward sin required a covering. God’s subsequent actions confirmed that their instinct to cover themselves was appropriate: He took care of both their inward guilt by slaying animals (creating the precedent that sin is covered by the shedding of blood) and their outward nakedness by making clothes out of the skins.Credit

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