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Friday, January 16, 2009

10 Days To Modest! Day Nine - Closet Clean Out Challenge!

*Due to popular request, we will definitely have another fashion show in the summer! :)
This was one of my favorite outfits from the fashion show! Thanks for sharing Jenny!

Yesterday was SO MUCH FUN! Thank you all for linking up and showing off your super cute, feminine and modest fashions! I seriously had to repent for all the coveting I was doing - you all really have style! :)

Speaking of style...

Whose ready to clean out their closets with me and get rid of those immodest pieces of clothing we keep holding onto? Whose ready to keep only those stylish modest things hanging around? If you're ready, let's do it!

Here is your challenge (shall you accept):

Go through your drawers and closet and pull out anything you have doubts about. Once you've done that, go through all the things you've pulled out and evaluate whether or not that particular piece of clothing A.) makes you feel seductive, or B.) know it's immodest and just haven't wanted to face it. Ready for the hard (but liberating) part? CHUCK IT! If you think you can redeem it by using it in layers or some other such way, keep it, but have a new perspective on how you will wear it. For the items you are truly unsure about, go to God and ask Him.

Remember, the ultimate issue is a heart attitude, so go into this closet clean out challenge with a humble spirit and willing heart - He will guide you.

Here is a very well stated, articulate article on modesty from a lovely young lady named Breezy Tulip entitled Our First Beauty - A Call to Modesty (found on her blog, a bowl of moss & pebbles). Enjoy:

Despite the stereotypes, the point of modesty is not to distastefully cover every inch of flesh and look like a sack of potatoes. God is The Artist, Creator of the Universe, and dictates true Loveliness. We have to pick what clothes we wear every day, so let’s look at where it all starts - the heart.

If our hearts truly belong to the Lord, we will be living to please Him and actively showing love to others. Including the guys. I mean true, genuine love that sees past the outside, caring for their souls and edifying them in their walk with Christ. As daughters of the King, we are called to this life of service called true love.

God created woman to complement and complete man. Our position as a man’s help-meet is not inferior, but essential to the man’s role as leader. So as encouragers, blessings and life-givers, that includes the way we dress. Men that are pursuing a deep relationship with Jesus don’t appreciate stumbling blocks, meaning immodesty. Have we considered that this can cause our brothers to have impure and corruptive thoughts? Men are visually assaulted on a daily basis, and in our culture it is increasingly difficult to keep one’s thoughts pure. We women aspiring to godliness need to reevaluate our hearts and our wardrobes.

Beauty of heart is a struggle we all face. None of us will ever get it perfectly down pat, but that’s the adventure God has called us to, learning to trust and obey Him who freely gives grace for it all. When the world looks at us, what will they see? An unsatisfied woman’s body? Or the forgiven soul of a woman filled with God’s grace and love?

As their sisters, we should be helping to protect the eyes and thoughts of the men around us, and it is our duty to refrain from echoing Hollywood’s constant trends of exposing what God ordained to be covered. Setting our eyes to holiness and truth, let goodness and grace be our first beauty, radiating humility, warmth and loveliness. Biblical femininity will embolden our men to become the strong godly leaders God has called them to be.

“A chaste, pure woman can draw others to the Savior (1 Peter 3:1-2). As women we can either choose to highlight our female body by wearing teasing or revealing clothes or we can choose to draw attention to our soul and to our Lord.” Wanda Kennedy Sanseri, God's Priceless Woman

Now, onto the challenge...

Ready, Set, Go!


Robin said...

Thank you for sharing from Breezy Tulip today! She is such a jewel. I heard her, her sister and mother speak at an online conference not too long ago and was totally blown away.



Anonymous said...

Your post is like reading poetry. I have such a heart for unveiling that mystery of beauty in a woman...the heart. It is such a beautiful thing!
Have you ever read Captivating? It is such a good read on unveiling the mystery of a woman's soul and hunger for adventure. It speaks of a woman being captivating through her beauty of the heart. It, too, speaks like poetry to me. It's just beautiful! Now I want to read it again! :))

n*stitches said...

Thanks for this series!! you have discussed this topic in an articulate and persuasive manner!!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Well said, Sarah Mae! Thanks again for this series! You have such a way with words.

Have a fabulous, modest weekend, my friend!

the voice of melody said...

I echo your sentiment on this topic. Thank you for putting it in such clear fashion. :)

Reborn said...

I accept the challenge! Thanks so much for doing the fashion show thing, btw. It was a fun way for me to start paying more attention to this part of my life. I was thinking it would be nice to do it again in the Spring/Summer and see some warm-weather outfits, since that's that most difficult time to dress modestly (IMO).

Thanks for blessing my life!

Katie said...

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Bye for now!

McKenzie Elizabeth said...


I love your blog! I thought this post on cleaning out your closet was such a good idea. I linked on my blog for others to see it. I hope that is ok!

Thanks for taking the time to encourage others.

McKenzie Elizabeth

LilyHaven said...

Very well stated! And what a fabulous idea. I took your advice and did a big closet clean-out today. I have a huge bag going to Good Will in the morning.

Have a nice weekend.

ServinGsus said...

Since you unplugged for the day, I thought I'd scroll through past posts and I'm glad I did =)