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.
– Christian Education, p. 157
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.
– Matthew 26:74, 75
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 Desire of Ages, p. 693
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.
– The Desire of Ages, p. 125