Hopefully now you can see my train of thought as I was pinning. ;-)
Hey Maidens! How was your October 2014? Mine was exhausting, literally no breaks from all the stuff going on. Amid the almost overwhelming rapidity of things, however, this past month was full of blessings, from campmeetings to classes to surprise parties. And yet, there were a few spare moments I managed to find so that I could pick out some style inspiration for you!
To me, October brings with it a peculiar sense of warmth and sophistication which, I think, should be especially expressed in one's style throughout the month. Warmth in that, while the temperatures are dropping and leaving the air chillier, more of a hospitable warmth and friendliness seems to be conveyed through homes, family, food, fires, etc. I think that this warmth should be complemented with the rich colors of sophisticated nature as it takes its changes for the even cooler months at hand.
Hopefully now you can see my train of thought as I was pinning. ;-)
Okay, so, I don't know about you, but I've just been bombarded with the issue of head coverings for the past 6 months at least—and I ignored it for 5 months. Maybe it's the groups I worship with or the type of surfing I do on the web, but all I know is that I just couldn't seem to get away from it. So, I finally consented to looking into it and gaining a better understanding of the passage in 1 Corinthians 11. I mean, what could it hurt, I knew I wouldn't be convinced I'd have to wear them anyways, right? Hehe, reminds me of the saying "young and stupid." ;-)
Whenever I get to the point of checking something out, I like to be very thorough. Time is precious for me, so if I'm going to try to understand something, I find it more efficient to really grasp and understand the issue at hand in order to prevent having to keep returning to the topic over and over again later. So, I did my research: I read the Bible passage over and over again, I looked up and read article after article and study after study from many different perspectives about head coverings, and I asked several sisters, both pro- and anti-covering, what they personally thought and took away from the passage. At first, I was a bit confused, but as I continued to seek an understanding and prayed for my Father's guidance through His Son, my mind cleared and I began to see the Scriptures in their own light. What I found amazed me--astounded me—to point of joyful conviction. (I say joyful because, to me, conviction is joyful—not always easy, but joyful—as it marks blessed stages of growth in one's walk with their Creator.)
So what exactly is my stance and personal take-away on this issue? I believe that both uncovering and covering are totally Biblical, relevant, beautiful, and important for sons and daughters of God. Now, I know that for a lot of you, this is probably hard to accept, as the practice of covering is not only so widely misunderstood, but it also seems cumbersome, unfashionable, and uncomfortable in our modern Christian world. Hey, I can totally relate to this, as these were my exact thoughts and feelings toward the whole issue. But I urge you, dear sisters, to approach God with a softness of heart towards this issue as with any other. Ask our Father to lead and guide you through His Son in this particular aspect which has close and important ties to our Biblical femininity.
More precisely, I believe head covering for women at large to be a symbol of a principle, that principle being the focal point of my worship experience, as it gives a visible testimony to who I worship and my own individual choice of submission and surrender to Him and His Son. As one sister pointed out to me, it's like baptism. Baptism is a symbol of the principle of cleansing from sin and receiving the Spirit of Christ. Likewise, covering or uncovering the head is a symbol of the principle of accepting the Divine pattern of the Father and His Son according to 1 Corinthians 8:6 and surrendering to the headship order.
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 1 Corinthians 8:6
Okay, so these are nice thoughts, but you're probably wondering where I can specifically pull this from the text. Well, that would require a verse-by-verse synopsis of what I have come to understand what the Scriptures are saying, so… you’re in for a study. Ready? Fabulous. ;-) I’m going to go through this as quickly and as thoroughly as I can to keep it both informative and interesting, so stay with me.
In verses 1–3 Paul establishes an introduction to the piece of instruction he is about to give as well as a foundation for the Biblical headship order, which is fashioned after the Divine pattern of the Father and the Son: the Father as head to His Son (1 Cor 8:6; Heb 1:1–3), Christ to the husband or man, and the man to the woman (Gen 3:16; Eph 5:25; 1 Pet 3:1). In other words, Christ is accountable to His Father, the man to Christ and the Father, and the woman to the man, Christ, and the Father. This is not only a fundamental object lesson on the nature of the God that Bible-believing Christians claim to worship, but is also a hierarchy in God's created order of respect, honor, and submission.
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 1 Corinthians 11:1–3
Okay, sure, headship a beautiful thing, but why go over it in such detail? Like I said, it is fundamental to the Christian's faith, but Paul specifically addressed it as a way to open up and explain the issue at hand in verses 4–16: covering and uncovering. Covering is evidently of great importance to the Christian's faith, for Paul has the boldness to tell his readers to follow him because he is a follower of Christ, and then he goes on to explain his stance on the issue, or ‘ordinance’, or covering. In the following verses, the apostle provides several reasons for why the Christian should practice covering. In my book, Paul goes the extra mile to explain covering, since I believe that all Scripture is Divinely inspired and none therefore irrelevant to the people of God (1 Timothy 3:16–17). I'll say more about this later on, but for now I want to just briefly go over Paul's reasons for covering, and then I'll address some common questions and thoughts that I've encountered in my studies of covering.
Now, let’s discuss some very real concerns and thoughts regarding the practice of covering. These are some that I personally have struggled with before and some that I have seen others wrestle with when trying to comprehend the meaning of the text or when attempting to put the practice into a realistic perspective.
“Judge In Yourselves ”
For those who aren't totally sold (or wanting to be sold) on covering, this phrase is often used as a way out. It is commonly understood that Paul was leaving the matter up to the reader and whether they judged it important enough to practice or not; but this isn't necessarily the case. This phrase is more like a figure of speech that the apostle used to further prove the point he has been trying to make throughout the previous verses. He has given reason after reason and has been careful to thoroughly explain the ‘ordinance’ of covering, and then he says, “Judge in yourselves,” to emphasize and kind of wake the reader up to see the big picture at hand.
“We Have No Such Custom ”
This is also another phrase commonly used to show that the practice is not really binding. Those opposed to covering use verse 16 in just such a way so as to say that covering is the custom being spoken of, and so Paul is saying that we really have no such custom as covering. Firstly, does this even make sense? Paul just finished explaining in detail throughout 14 verses his arguments for why covering is so important, and then sums it all up by saying that the churches of God have no such custom. What?
According to the King James Version, Paul seems to be referring to ‘custom’ as the contentiousness spoken of earlier in the sentence; he was saying that the churches of God have no such custom of being contentious over covering. Interestingly, in other versions where more of the meaning of the original Greek comes out, Paul appears to be saying that the churches of God hold to no other custom than head covering during worship.
But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. 1 Corinthians 11:16, KJV
Now if anyone is disposed to be argumentative and contentious about this, we hold to and recognize no other custom [in worship] than this, nor do the churches of God generally. 1 Corinthians 11:16, AMP
Some say that the practice of covering is limited to the cultural of the church of Corinth that Paul was writing to. This, however, is a rather weak argument as Paul takes into account the sake of the angels, who definitely have no ties to any earthly culture, when proving his point.
I Need a ‘Thus Saith the Lord ’
I have heard this argument time and time again, but it really has no Scriptural foundation. Earlier I mentioned that I believe all Scripture is inspired by God and thus whether He says He is saying it when He says it or not doesn't change the fact that He is saying it. You with me? I mean, a mother could tell her child to do the dishes two ways: “Do the dishes,” or, “So say I, your mother, do the dishes.” Does it change the fact that the child has to do the dishes? No. Likewise, even though Paul was the instrument for writing this epistle to the church of Corinth, it is nonetheless the Word of God.
When Exactly Should the Head Be Covered?
While this isn't really an argument against the practice, it nonetheless requires attention because there are few different beliefs out there with regard to it. Basically, the original Greek meaning of the word ‘prayeth’ is, to pray, supplicate, or worship. So, some women choose wear them all the time, while others only in public worship, while others still in any form of worship, whether public or private. What's the reasoning and which is Biblical? Those who choose to wear them constantly are often of the conviction that if their lives are to be entirely worshipful towards their Creator, then they should wear them all the time; this way, they can also utilize the practice as a major means of evangelism, since they are apt to provoke thoughts and question on their covering and thus will be able to give testimony to their beliefs. Others believe that the text was written within the context of public worship practices, while others see no differentiation between public or private worship spoken of in the text. I believe that, here, it is up to a woman's personal conviction and study over the matter.
A Word to Address the “Salvational Issue ”
So now that I've explained to you why I believe the practice of covering to be so important, you’re probably left wondering if I deem it a “salvational issue”. To be perfectly honest, I hate this question. People ask this no matter the issue or concept, and I’m sad to say that it really just speaks volumes of the individual’s own legalistic mindset. (I realize I’m not being super cautious with my terminology, but just hear me out.) You see, there are two serious and underlying problems at hand here. First, when someone is worried about whether they have to do something in order to be called a Christian, they aren’t really interested in Christianity, just the reward of Christianity. That’s called legalism, when someone tries to earn their way through works into the Celestial City. Second, they by default put the other person in the place of God; and although this is most likely not realized, it’s still wrong. Whatever the issue at hand may be, it is absolutely and completely personal between you and your Heavenly Father and whether or not He has placed conviction upon your heart for the matter. No body else should be involved to tell you if you are endangering your salvation by it; they simply cannot rightly do so because they don’t have the access necessary to know every aspect of your relationship with your Father in Heaven. Now, if God has brought you out of ignorance and into accountability on an issue and has placed personal conviction upon your heart, then it is time for you to make a decision for you that no one else can.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9–10
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him:for he is thy life, and the length of thy days:that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. Deuteronomy 30:19–20
September and Pinterest haven't really spent much time together this year in my world, but I did manage to gather up my top five favorites from what I did see.
My feed is pretty well rounded out, from small-town pinners to vogue magazines and top style icons. I see a lot, and have to weed through a lot. But, to me, its worth it, because I deem it a very important thing for a daughter of the Most High to seek to be both modest and modern in her endeavors.
Here's a secret: I used to be so consumed with dressing modestly that I went way to far into the “Little House on the Prairie” extreme. True story, ask my sister.
I think that modesty in dress and character, as well as an all-around Biblical womanhood, is something that needs to be righteously attractive, not a legalistic reproach or a liberal twin to the world. That is why I personally, as a young woman in Christ, find it such a blessing to stay up-to-date somewhat with the world of style and fashion, not so that I can conform to its quickly changing standards and unrealistic whims, but so that I can remain fresh and in-touch in my appearance as I take a stand for Christ and His righteousness through image. Let's face it, we live in a society where image is everything and where the people we come in contact with make their first and most defining impressions of us with what they see.
Hello sisters and modest maidens! It has been far too long since my last post, but I want to start reviving this blog again. :-)
First off, let me go over some changes that are taking place. Up until now, this blog has been exclusively a sewing blog between me and my sister. However, it has been rededicated to encompass all aspects of Biblical femininity, and perhaps an occasional personal post here and there. I firmly believe that my gracious Father in heaven has given me and my sister this beautiful ministry and I don't want to see it wasted by idly spent time. Thus, I am setting a new goal of blogging at least once a week. As always, I covet your prayers for this ministry. Thanks sisters!
Okay, so about the first (and lengthier) portion of this title. Some of you may or may not be aware that I keep and appreciate the Biblical holydays, including the seventh-day Sabbath. As the autumnal feasts are just beginning this time of year, I have enjoyed a beautiful feast of Trumpets. For me, as I prefer to take a Biblical perspective on these special days, enjoying the significance of Trumpets includes keeping the day as a yearly Sabbath, where I abstain from manual labor and bask in the peace and rest of God my Father. But even more than an extra yearly Sabbath, I like to spend the day deeply pondering my life and reflecting on all that God has given me.
Trumpets is a day of warning that the Day of Atonement is drawing nigh, a day when hearts where to be found purged and cleansed from every unconfessed sin, or otherwise cast out of the camp of Israel. I also believe that these days are of special typical importance. In the grand scheme of things, Trumpets is like a special (and much needed in this day and age) reminder and warning of where we are in the antitypical Day of Atonement, lest we become so caught up in the stress and hectic burdens of this temporal life that we forget the far more serious matters of where we are spiritually.
We are in the antitypical day of atonement, and not only are we to humble our hearts before God and confess our sins, but we are, by all our educating talent, to seek to instruct those with whom we are brought in contact, and to bring them by precept and example to know God and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent.
As I've reflected throughout the day, I have tried to hone in on the deeper implications of the first commandment, trying to identify every way I might be knowingly or ignorantly breaking it. Oh, my sisters, how easy it is to make of worthless things gods over the heart! Self is chief on my list, and although I long to have Christ upon the throne of my heart, how quick I am to forget Him for the sake of my self.
So how can this tie more specifically into Biblical femininity? Well, as women, I think we are especially subject to the adversary's assaults upon our appearances. Even if we are not viewed as outstandingly gorgeous females, our minds are still privately and personally concerned with the attractiveness of our manner, our look, and our personality as women. I know for myself that I am often, even in all my strivings towards modesty, confronted with desires, ideas, and societal ideals of what is attractive, comely, or expected of me. Although I try to exalt the Bible and it's pure and righteous standards above all others in my life, I still must live in this world and am subject to manifold temptations, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. I am not perfect, and stumble often.
I praise God that I have an Advocate with the Father, but I know that I've hurt Him deeply with each fresh denial of His purity and righteousness. I can identify with Peter, who, though he denied his own denial of the Lamb of God, watched himself knowingly participate in a heart-wrenching evil.
Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
But God suffered with His Son. Angels beheld the Saviour’s agony. They saw their Lord enclosed by legions of satanic forces, His nature weighed down with a shuddering, mysterious dread. There was silence in heaven. No harp was touched. Could mortals have viewed the amazement of the angelic host as in silent grief they watched the Father separating His beams of light, love, and glory from His beloved Son, they would better understand how offensive in His sight is sin.
The tempter can never compel us to do evil. He cannot control minds unless they are yielded to his control. The will must consent, faith must let go its hold upon Christ, before Satan can exercise his power upon us. But every sinful desire we cherish affords him a foothold. Every point in which we fail of meeting the divine standard is an open door by which he can enter to tempt and destroy us. And every failure or defeat on our part gives occasion for him to reproach Christ.
My dear sisters, whatever our personal struggles may be, and however they may be tied to our roles and positions as daughters of God, we must not let our faith loose its hold on Christ for foundations in ourselves and give Satan occasion to reproach Christ when our elder Brother has only shown us love. We are all weakness, but His strength is perfected in such weakness. Give to Jesus everything, lay everything at His feet, giving the will no consent to the lesser and baser passions of the flesh. Look to the lilies of the field, and behold the love of God for all His creation, especially His daughters. Let Him be your heart's greatest fulfillment and joy, let Him be your all-encompassing happiness all the day long. Set no other god before your Father in heaven, and join our precious Savior when He says, “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me.” (John 14:30)
Good morning, dear readers, it's Erica for this post. I want to share a easy and quick fix to a short dress. I think it's even a little vogue, especially with that bold colorblocking. :)
Do you see that rounded bar underneath the hemline of the first picture? That's where my knees hit—this dress was so short! I loved the cut and style, though… and it was only $18! So hard to resist, and with a little refashioning, totally feasible. ;)
I am going to compile my step-by-step photo tutorial into a slideshow (as I have done in the past), to save a little space!
Great!—9 steps to a new-refashioned dress! When you have a dress, skirt, top, etc., look for the potential in it to turn it into a fresh, modern piece that's still perfectly modest and becoming for a daughter of God. This dress sure possessed that potential. It already had a great neckline cut and wasn't overly fitted, snug, or tight either; and the fabric was fabulous: a fine, lustrous rayon in a lovely eggplant purple shade—stunning.
So, let's talk about the economics of this project.
Have fun with this one, my lovelies! I'd love to see your own pics too! (Instagram me!)
Hello everyone! This is Gracie! I hope you are all doing well! I wanted to share a modesty video that me and my best friend, Madison, from www.hope4thefuture.weebly.com, made. We spent a long time filming the video and editing it and we've gotten lost of positive feedback on the video so we hope you enjoy!