Sunday, May 29, 2011
The Modesty Quest- Revelations.
It's been about a month since I started this modesty quest and I've learned a lot about myself in this time. That sounds a bit cliche, but it's true.
I've realized that this is just as much of an issue of femininity as it is modesty for me. I've come to realize that the main reason that I started thinking about my wardrobe in the first place was because my clothing choices weren't always feminine.
I lived in sweat pants and t-shirts when I first got married, that changed about 7 years ago when my husband mentioned something about my 'ratty old sweats'. I felt convicted by my choice of sweat pants, so I got rid of them. But my clothing choices were still on the unfeminine side- jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, etc. This is really the reason that my quest was started, I was feeling that same conviction that I had over the sweat pants as I was having now with the unfeminine clothes.
Since I began this quest I've made it a point to dress in a prettier and more feminine way, whether it was a skirt or pants that I was wearing. I have been wearing more skirts, and I did get rid of most of my jeans during the past month, but I've realized that "only skirts" is not the main issue for me. I have one pair of jeans left and two pairs of pants, none are tight-fitting, and I truly did not feel led to get rid of these last three. In this past month I've become more comfortable wearing skirts more often, I don't feel as awkward wearing a skirt during the week as I had in the beginning of this quest. My family doesn't find it odd either, early on in this quest I was asked all the time, "mom, why are you wearing a skirt?", or "mom, where are you going?". Now it is more common to see me in a skirt and they don't find it so strange. Actually my 8 year old daughter has been wearing her skirts more often too, she likes "looking nice"- as she puts it.
I feel blessed that the Lord saw fit to put me on this journey, I have realized many things during this past month, and I'm sure there is still much more to learn. The main question I have asked myself during this past month is this:
"Is the Lord pleased with my choice of outfit?"
If I have no reservations in that question then I feel confident that I have made a good choice, whether a skirt, a dress, or a pair of pants. In the past month I have felt convicted, on more than one occasion, in a particular outfit and I felt it was the Lord telling me I needed to change into something more modest, more feminine, or both.
The Lord has been speaking to my heart, and He can do the same with yours if you'll allow Him to.
Let's allow the Lord to speak to our hearts about everything, including our wardrobe.