What Your Clothes Say About Your Character

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how this culture tells us girls that we’re only worth as much as our physical appearance.

As daughters of the Most High God, we know that our value is innate. It was built in us at the beginning when God said “let us make mankind in our image”.

There’s no question about it. Whether you’re thin or stocky, stylish or plain, God puts a price on you that is above rubies.

1st Peter 3:3-4 says this, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

Wow! Every time I read this verse, what amazes me is the love God has for us and His gentle edification as He tells us what He truly values; a gentle and quiet spirit.

I want to share a great quote from Leslie Ludy. She says ” He does not want a girl who is self-adorning with the latest fashions and trends. He wants a woman who is adorned with the inner jewelry of Christ-given holiness.”

As we get into the practical aspect of this, let’s talk about how our understanding of our Christ-given value is reflected by how we dress.

I like to dress nicely. It feels great to find a matching shirt and skirt at the thrift store that doesn’t look like it’s from the 1980’s (nothing against era clothing).

I try to dress modestly and femininely despite the fact that there is so little decent clothing out there.

Sometimes, however, I’m tempted to lower my standards just a little because “that blouse is so cute”.

We have to continually remind ourselves that God’s ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

And you know what? He provides. I have to pray every time I walk into the clothing store that God will give me wisdom and lead me to an outfit that brings Him glory.

My intent is not to give you a checklist or tell you what is appropriate and what isn’t. I just want to encourage you to think about your clothing and what it says about you.

Does that pair of jeans say that you wish you were thinner?

Does that blouse say that you’re begging for the wrong kind of attention?

Does your makeup say that you’re insecure?

The physical isn’t the most important thing but it sure says something about the inside. Let’s be a light in the world today and dress in a way that honors our Creator and Savior.

Do you think it’s possible for us to help change this culture by dressing differently? What are some ways you’ve found to honor God in the way you dress?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!




Live in Today

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Time has just been flying by. So I decided to write about something that has been on my heart for the last month or so;  living in today.

Sometimes we catch ourselves daydreaming about the future or mulling over the past. Yes, the past and the future are both important but what’s more important is how we live our lives today.

Too often, we accept society’s lies that tell us we can’t accomplish anything until we’ve got a college degree.

Movies that tell us we can’t be anyone great until we’ve got a perfect life.

The magazines that tell us we’re not important until we have the perfect body.

The novels that make us think that life doesn’t start until we get married

And our peers who make us feel like were not special unless we’re in a relationship.

There is nothing stopping you and me from being who God calls us to be right now.

God has given each of us a very special gift: this moment. You can’t take it back once it’s gone so what you do in this moment really, really matters.

There are tons of things you could do right now that really wouldn’t improve anything in the long run.

This culture has given us young people so many alternatives to work and productiveness.

I challenge you to go against the culture, don’t let people tell you that you can’t be productive.

Don’t let yourself get discouraged by the apathy of others.

Don’t wait for the future. Your time is now!

Start moving toward your calling today because today is really all you have.


Finding Freedom in Submission

“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us. ” ― A.W. Tozer

When we allow God to work in us, He in His wisdom can use us in ways we could never imagine, but we have to submit to Him.

Submission is not a thing often praised these days. Instead, freedom and self-esteem are thought of as more necessary. “Freedom”, as defined by our culture today is basically “the quality or state of being exempt from responsibility and able to choose one’s own way without restraint.” This is very appealing to people today, as it has always been, and in this day and age most young people are taught that there is no right and wrong, thus everyone should be able to do as they wish.

There is something extremely wrong with this interpretation of freedom and it has mislead many. To find a solution to this obvious problem, we must go back to the beginning. Why are we here?

Ultimately, we are here to bring glory to God (Isaiah 43:7, 1st Corinthians 10:41). But there is no way to do that if we are constantly seeking after our own desires and living for our own personal pleasure. The world’s kind of freedom is really slavery. If we want to fulfill our purpose in life and find true freedom, we must submit ourselves to God by sacrificing those things which draw us away from serving Him.