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)
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,
Hey Maidens! I hope you all have been well and blessed since the last time I posted to this blog. My apologies for neglecting it for so long, but I have just not been able to find the time to write for it, unfortunately. But, by God's grace, you have this to read now! ;-)
Getting to the point of this testimony/article, let's delve into hair color. So, is dying or bleaching your hair okay, not-so-good, harmful, unhealthy, ungodly, or nothing to worry about at all? Well, I used to think the last choice, but after I gave it more thought and listened to the opinion of a brother in Christ, God opened my eyes to seeing it in a new light. You know, ever since I became a modest modern maiden, 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. So, with a cold, dreary, and kind of depressing winter coming to a close this year, I decided I wanted a to try a change, brighten things up a bit, and go blonde. Now, just so you understand, I was born blonde and my hair didn't really turn brown until after 2 or 3 years. This being the case, I knew I just wanted a natural shade of blonde and something that would still look me; nothing crazy or drastic. So I did it, I went blonde. And I loved it. I loved my brown hair too, but I really liked the blonde. Mind you, I had prayed for conviction over this decision if it were right or wrong, but I received nothing either way, so I went ahead and bleached my brunette strands.
Then I talked it over with a couple of my brothers in Christ, one of whom also happens to be my blessing in courtship—hehe! ❤︎ They gave me their full and honest opinions, which basically brought to light how bleaching or dying your hair is in reality on the same level as painting your nails or putting on makeup. The bottom line is that it's synthetic beauty that God never intended. Something that is synthetic is false, and something that is false is deceitful. Our Father, in the glorious perfection of His character, is never misleading and none of His devices are deceitful. Thus, as simple as cosmetics and all that they entail may seem, they are in their very essence contrary to the one true God.
After realizing this, I apologized to my Creator for tampering with His creation, and I thanked Him for how He brought it to my attention. You see, there was a moment where I wished that I hadn't been mislead into bleaching my hair blonde, but then God comforted me in how I grew through it. I was so blessed by reasoning together with God through the brothers that He used to talk to me about it, and now I have a testimony that I can share with my fellow maidens so that you all can, by God's grace, be blessed by and encouraged from my mistakes and what God teaches me through them.
So, in conclusion to this simple testimony, I am against bleaching or dying one's hair, or synthetic beauty in general. When we take care of ourselves according to the health laws God provides, our skin and hair will glow and shine naturally, and the natural beauty God gives to each one of us will come out. But, when we begin to depart from God's provisions, we will see a decline in the natural loveliness of Christ which He desires to give us. Not with a borderline Christianity will we lighten the earth with the glory of our God, but with a peculiar and wholly set-apart faith which shines with the brightness of the Sun of Righteousness. This loveliness begins within and permeates without to be seen by all that we come in contact with, and it is the true message of modesty.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do?
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…
By the things of nature [the flowers, the lily; natural beauty] Christ illustrates the beauty that Heaven values, the modest grace, the simplicity, the purity, the appropriateness, that would make our attire pleasing to Him.
The one who is simple and unpretending in her dress and in her manners shows that she understands that a true woman is characterized by moral worth.
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.
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." ;-)
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.
The strength a sister can give to her sister is a true gift. I pray that these posts may be uplifting, inspiring, or motivating. All centered around modesty and godly femininity in a modern world. Love and hugs! ❤︎ Erica