Okay, this post is about dressing for success.† Now,†the success that I’m talking about is not success that is measured by monetary gains but in your growth and walk with Christ.† Is your appearance honoring to the Lord?† Please understand that this doesn’t mean that you spend hours focusing on your appearance.† It doesn’t mean that you must wear name brand clothing.† What it does mean is that you are well groomed and modestly dressed.
The Lord has really been dealing me the last couple of weeks about how I dress.† If asked three weeks ago if I dressed in a modest manner, I would have said "Yes".† I don’t wear mini skirts or low cut blouses – those are immodest.† What the Lord has been laying on my heart is that modesty is MORE.† Are my clothes too tight?† What about the pants I wear?† Do the clothes I wear draw attention to my face or to the areas of my body that make me a woman?† Also, you have to take your movement into consideration.† When you bend over, does it make your skirt too short or your pants stretch across your rear or your shirt too loose at the top?† What about the armholes of your shirt, when you raise your arms, can you see in the armholes?
These are just a few of the questions that I have had to ask myself about the way I dress.† I have been searching God’s word and reading articles about modest dress.† I want to please the Lord with my dress but what does that mean?† Does that mean that wearing pants is a sin?† Right now, I don’t think that wearing pants is a sin and that women should only wear dresses because men wear pants.† The reason behind this thought is that in past times, men have worn robes and kilts (these look like skirts), they have even worn stockings during some eras.†
I have come to the conclusion that the most modest thing you can wear, as a woman, is a long dress or long skirt and modest top.† The only caution with the skirt and top is that the top is long enough to cover your back if you bend over so that you don’t expose skin (or you could wear a body suit or long tank top under your shirt).† The reason I think that dresses are the most modest attire is that they don’t show off your form the way that pants do.† Pants, even baggy pants, can easily show off your "form" if you are bending over.
I read a really good article about modesty.† It is about David and Bathsheba and how Bathsheba’s sin was a sin of ignorance (she didn’t know that David was watching her bathe) but it was one that could have been prevented if she had taken a few precautions.† It was Bathsheba’s sin that set the whole ugly situation off with David (David committed adultery and murder b/c of this "sin of ignorance").† If you would like to read the article, I read it on this site:† http://www.manymcdaniels.com/bathsheba.html
I will try to post a list of other articles that I have found helpful in regards to modesty.† I will post them in the menu†as I find them (menu instructions were posted yesterday – I haven’t had time to find out how to fix it yet).
Tomorrow,†I will write a little about how wives are to encourage their husbands.
Have a blessed night!