Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it. 1 Timothy 2:9-10 (MSG)
Dressing modestly in a fashion saturated world can be a challenge. Sometimes I really feel alone in the boat of being a modest young wife and mom. But the truth is that this is a matter of the heart and if young girls are confronted in a loving and godly manner positive transformation is more likely to happen. For me being mindful of how to dress modestly started when I was 12 years old. I was about to walk out the door for an afternoon walk to grandma’s house when my dad called me gently and said “Do you see anything disturbing about your outfit today?” It was one of my favorite green summer dresses that mom stitched for me a year ago. All I could see was the love of my mom wrapping around me. But dad wanted me to see beyond the sentimental feelings, it was time for me to mature and be mindful of how young boys and men perceive my choices of clothing. With a gentle voice dad explained that last year the dress looked beautiful on me but this year I have grown into a young lady and it was not complimenting my appearance any longer. It was not calling others to respect me. The dress has become a little tight and a little too short. At that time I realized that my character and values were on the line every time I walk out of the door not only by what I say but also by what I wear. That day I thanked my dad and changed into a more appropriate dress. His gentle words are always with me as I look into the mirror before I leave the house and in the store before I check out an item. Interestingly years later my husband expressed that when we 1st met his initial thought was “respect”. I am so grateful that my dad loved me so much that he took the time to lovingly correct my poor choice and teach me to see with the eyes of others. Thank you Lord for my loving father on earth.
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