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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 46

March 4, 2010

The Importance of Being Modest

Scripture to Memorize:

She makes coverings for her bed;

she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate,

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

Proverbs 31:22-23

Passage to Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 9-10 Today’s passages remind us that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority.  They also remind us as women to dress modestly.

Guided Prayer:

Pray for your country, its leaders and ask God to give them great wisdom as they lead.  Pray that the laws of the land be righteous in God’s sight.  Let God know of your desire to live a peaceful, quiet life.  Acknowledge that you understand God wants all peple to be saed and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  Ask for help to gain greater understanding of your role in bringing the gospel to others.

Ask the Holy Spirit for help in discerning when it is best to conform to the culture for the sake of the gospel and when it’s necessary to go against the culture.  Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare your heart has you reevaluate your wardrobe to see if there is anything that is offensive or anything that might be a stumbling block to the men around you.  It’s okay to desire to be clothed in fine linen and purple, as long as you do it with strength and dignity.   Ask for courage as you refashion your wardrobe in a way that honors God.

Personal Observations:

Donna really blasted women who dress seductively in today’s Personal section of the study.  She also stated that she feels women over 40 should be in dresses (or skirts below the knee and blouses that cover the cleavage).  Honestly, I think you can dress modestly and still wear your jeans, maybe because I’m just more comfortable in jeans and sneakers these days.  To me, dresses require pumps and hose — I’m not going there for everyday wear now that I’m home full-time.

First look around you — what does your culture consider seductive attire?  Are you wearing that type of clothing out and about?  Or are you reserving that for the privacy of your home or bedroom and your husband’s eyes only?  Hopefully, you answered with a no to the second question and a yes to the last.

I know it’s hard not to want to put on something you think looks good on you (and you’re judging that by the reaction {looks} you get from others).  However, consider this — Jesus said, that if a man looks at a woman with lust in his eyes he has committed adultery.  Do you really want to be the other half of that adultery?  Yes, I realize we can’t control what every man out there thinks; however, we know what most men view as seductive dress and we can choose not to wear that style clothing in public.  That’s what this reading is all about.  Choosing to dress modestly versus choosing to dress seductively.

In some areas, sleeveless tops might be considered immodest while in other areas they are the norm as long as the cleavage area is well concealed.  When you venture into a new area look around, observe what is the seductive look of the area — are you clothes modest or seductive for that area?  I think modesty is not only covering up private areas, but also not calling undue attention to oneself.  So, you could be dressed in what you consider modest apparel; however, if it calls undue attention to you — is it really modest?

Practical Application:

Rethink any clothing items that may not be flattering or appropriate.

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