…Bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue. Numbers 15:38
If you're not too familiar with Jewish religious practices, you may never have even heard of a blue border/fringe/tassel on the edge of a garment. There is a beautiful command, however, in the law of our God, and it is written for our blessing and benefit. This study will delve into the details of the blue borders, how they relate to us, and some scriptural references for you to show yourself approved unto God.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, which makes this particular subject a controversial one for readers of this blog. Whether or not the wearing of jewelry is biblically acceptable, however, needs to be examined and proven by Scripture. I mean, no matter what it is, we should be wanting and willing to lay it all down for our God's glory.
Here's a well-known verse in the modesty community, one which speaks of the inner, hidden beauty of the heart as being far preferable to what's outside. Wearing gold here is labeled as merely outward and superficial, and as this denotes a type of jewelry, let's let this open up our study as we look into some other mentions and verses throughout Scripture.
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. Proverbs 11:25
In this verse, the Hebrew word behind ‘liberal’ means a gift, a blessing, and prosperity, denoting a giver of good things when taken in context. The second part of this verse adds depth as the Hebrew word for ’watered’ (‘yarah yara’) is the root word for ‘torah’, which is the Hebrew word behind the English word ‘law’ in many verses throughout Scripture. ‘Yarah yara’ means to flow as water, to lay or point out, to teach and instruct.
But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: …And they shall teach my people between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. Ezekiel 44:15, 23
The theme is a recurring one, going well beyond these two texts: men and women who teach what they are taught will be taught more. It is a blessed work, where laboring and giving and being gifted repeat over and over again in praise to the Living God. The same promise given to Moses is given to us today, “Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” (Exodus 4:12)
Sabbath peace to all our fellow maidens! This week has been as much eventful and trying as it has been blessed. Praise to our heavenly Father for His goodness, amen?! Leave us a comment if you'd like to share any blessings you've experiences this week. We'd love to hear about it…we read each and every comment, and are more than blessed when you are blessed!
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We are super excited over here at Modest Modern Maidens Ministries to be releasing our first eBook! This book is a simple but pointed study on when marriage is acceptable before God—and when it is not. Although it will be reaching mainly maidens through this avenue, it is intended for the blessing of both the sons and daughters of God, so share freely and as needed. If you are already or recently married, this study will be a blessing to you too! It is never too late to examine our hearts before God and make a fresh start in obedience as He leads us in sweet conviction.
Here at the ministry, we will be distributing this PDF version online, as well as printed copies for local distribution. Please feel free to print off as many copies as you like if you desire to distribute or study this book in print.
Hey, Maidens! ❤︎ It has literally been a blogging eternity since you guys have last seen any action. I take full responsibility and apologize for that!
I'm praising my Heavenly Father and His Son for each and every stream of feedback I get from you as my fellow maidens. Please know that I am richly blessed by your encouragement! :) Many of you have been instrumental in helping me to commit, by God's grace, more time and energy to this ministry.
One of the biggest events that has occurred has been my wedding and marriage! I am now a married maiden (yes, I just coined that term). Our Father has worked beautifully in our lives to bring us together.
As you know, marriage is no light step or small undertaking, and lots of dedication and commitment to learning an obedient and God-fearing marriage has been going on. Needless to say, this first year of marriage has been much preoccupied in the real-life training school of the Word of God, particularly as it relates to marriage and family.
On a side note, let's talk modest wedding dresses! Choosing a modest wedding gown was very important to me, and at the time I wanted to involve my fiancé's taste in the matter, as he is keenly convicted on modesty too. Together we found a dress which we felt exemplified our convictions for a godly wedding: simplicity, purity, and significant. I also handcrafted my belt, headcovering/veil, and the bouquets/boutonnières as a way to incorporate my personality and crafty flare into the atmosphere of the day.
Each sweet maiden out there whom I am able to reach is constantly being lifted up in prayer; know that you are never alone, for we truly have family everywhere! Feel free to reach out and send me an email or Facebook message if you need encouragement, prayer, or support. Freely I have received, and freely I want to give. ❤︎
Until next time, stay faithful!
It is a beautiful thing that when the heart (or mind) is recreated after the righteousness of our Messiah, all other aspects of the life are transformed as well—even dress. Yes, you may not think it, but our dress is a pretty big aspect of our life as daughters of God. The first thing you notice about someone is almost always what you see, or the visual first impression. Which is why it is so important that our appearance —and all that it includes—boldly tells the world around us that we are our Heavenly Father's daughters.
As daughters of God, we represent Christ, and we want His attributes and loveliness to shine through and be seen in us, rather than ourselves. When He has our hearts, He will change them from stone to flesh (Ezekiel 11:19). Consequently, our wants and desires will be changed also, and the perfect example of this is how David describes himself in Psalm 26. It is thus that the Word of God becomes so very comforting and satisfying to our souls as we read and live it.
Just some inspiration for your day and life.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
Getting to the point of this testimony, let's delve into hair color. So, is dying or bleaching your hair okay, or not-so-okay? There was a time when I wanted to think it was no big deal, but once I gave my Heavenly Father a chance to fully have my heart in this matter, He opened my eyes to see it in a new light.
Ever since I became convicted on the point of modesty, I've always been convicted about not wearing jewelry, painting my nails, wearing makeup, etc. I have had prior experience with all of these things in the past and had come out of partaking in them. However, when it comes to hair, I had never ever done anything except cut my hair different lengths; my hair has always been its virgin color and I've always been content and happy with being a brunette. Yet, sadly, in hopes to make myself beautiful, I decided to bleach my hair blonde—without true prayer or bible study on the matter. I just really wanted to do it, since I'd never done anything like that before, and that desire won over the need to pursue my Father's will in the matter.
After bleaching my virgin brunette strands a strawberry blonde shade, I began to really like my “fresh” appearance. Inwardly, however, I felt a twinge of remorse, sensing that I had done something I shouldn't have and thus brought displeasure to my God. At the crux of the matter, I knew my heart wasn't fully sold out to my Father when it came to my appearance. True, I had changed a lot in terms of dress, but I wanted my self to still have a little hold on my appearance. Full and complete surrender just wasn't there.
Praise be to God for His faithful ones, because we can really be a blessing to each other is we speak out when Father directs our mouths to speak. You see, I was approached by two of my brothers in Christ. That got me more than anything because it showed me that I had an open spiritual struggle that was visible to others. Thoughts came swarming in my head, and I felt terrible as I thought of those who looked up to me and often followed my example. Most devastating to me though was that my Father's displeasure was staring me in the face.
That pain pricked me to the core, but I praise God for that pain because it brought me to a true repentance. Such a repentance that I never want to look back in that direction ever again. I'm turned off at the thought of fake beauty, and so very content in how my Abba has created me. Glory to God!
And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God [which made them beautiful], adorned themselves…
Hey maidens! I don't know if you could pick it up or not from I share about myself here on MMM, but I am really into DIY and all things artistic/creative. So, naturally, when I started wearing headcoverings, I thought I'd try my hand at making them myself. The result is a super easy and really stylish headband-style covering that you can wear as a headband and then extend over your head for more coverage during worship or prayer. Whether you wear headcoverings or not, these are versatile enough for everyone!
Get creative and experiment with different fabrics. I have done several different types of knit materials, as well as a stretch lace, with success using this method. Happy sewing!
Hey maidens! Whoa, I'm finally sitting down to blog again for MMM—yay!! Me so happy. ;-) I'm convinced that time flies faster as more passes. :-\ Oh well, my reason for this post is not to talk about time, but to give you an update on how I've been doing with my headcovering. As you are probably already aware of by now, I have somewhat recently learned about the importance of headcovering in Scripture and have been striving to put it into practice myself. If you want to know exactly where I stand on the issue and what some of my thoughts are, you can read about it here.
As with anything new, my experience with headcovering has been exciting, encouraging, very set-apart (if you know what I mean), a little challenging, but altogether strengthening to my faith and growth in Christ. I'll be honest, I've been very blessed by many people (both men and women) coming up to tell me how happy they are to see me covering and that they fully support it, but I've also received lots of "oh-she's-one-of-those" looks and even funny remarks that just go to show how little people really understand about it.
Something else I want to mention is, since this is usually such a different step for women who start covering, it's totally normal to kind of be unprepared at first. Hey, I'm still adjusting to it, but if there's one thing I can recommend to anyone trying to start covering, it's this: you need more than one, in fact, you need several. Several in earth tones and hues that complement your complexion and reflect your personality. You need to be able to have more than one for different outfits and what not, because you want to proclaim this in a beautiful and attractive way. I'm not saying go all out, you still need to keep it simple and it shouldn't be the whole focus, but there is a tasteful way to do it. I only had two to start off with, which made it a bit tricky; but in time I bought or made more (they're SUPER simple...do I hear future tutorial??).
So, what have you been thinking about head coverings lately? I'd love to know your thoughts! Comment down below.
The strength a sister can give to her sister is a true gift. I pray that these posts may be uplifting, inspiring, and motivating. All centered around modesty and biblical femininity in a modern world. Hugs! ❤︎ Erica