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Realization of Your Hope

“Now we want each of you to demonstrate the same diligence

for the final realization of your hope,

so that you

won’t become lazy


will be imitators

of those who inherit the promises

through faith and perseverance.”

~ Hebrews 6:11-12

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“Modesty is a virtue that shows love to others and brings glory to God through appropriate dress.”
~Tim Challies

“True Beauty seeks to draw attention to Jesus Chris above all in everything she does and in everything she puts on. She knows that what she wears is an accurate expression of what is in her heart.” (thefulltimegirl.com)

“You don’t need to expose your body to be labelled beautiful.”  ~Faatima Abrahams

“Your adornment must not be merely external– braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”  ~I Peter 3:3-4

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Adornment, what a science!
Beauty, what a weapon!
Modesty, what ELEGANCE!
~ Coco Chanel

I have to be honest with you and tell you that my rebellious nature is really balking over what I am about to admit to you… I have begun to sound like my mother (I’m sure she’s snickering right now).

I wondered why I was freaking out about modesty all of a sudden. Then it hit me. This is no longer about pushing the boundaries; I have embraced the need for modesty in my life. (Wait… modesty isn’t just for young?!) Why? I think it has to do with being aware of how people perceive me and that I could be the only bit of Jesus that they ever see. If I have “all my business” hanging out – what are they seeing?

Here’s how I want them to see me: I want to be classy, elegant, honoring to God and respectful of myself. I want others to see that I am modest. Modesty isn’t just about the body – it’s about the condition of your heart… the WHY.

Why choose modesty? I find my answer in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT):

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,

who lives in you and was given to you by God?

You do not belong to yourself,

for God brought you with a high price.

So you must honor God with your body.”

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Not because I think I’m responsible for other’s sin.
Not because I’m ashamed of my God-given beauty.
Because I’m a daughter of the King of Kings.
Because I’m an ambassador of Christ.
Because I am saved by grace, living as a pilgrim in this world, with one mission:


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I grew up in a pretty traditional and conservative home. My mom accepted God’s sacrifice (John 3:16) when I was 4 years of age, and my dad re-dedicated his life around the same time. I have gone to church for what seems like forever. My first memories take me all the way back to that big church from my childhood.
Just because I have always gone to church does not mean that God and I have always been close. I was a rebel and pushed every limit that I could – TV shows, movies, music, even the limits of what was permissible in the clothing department. Yes, I tried to wear short things, tight things, things that were not age appropriate or showed too much of me to others.

My mom was very careful about what clothes were purchased for me. No plunging necklines. No short shorts. My swimsuits were always non-revealing. My bellybutton was firmly encased in fabric. While I tried to push the limits of my wardrobe, my parents were quick to send me back to my room to change if I were out of bounds.

Thomas S. Monson said “You can dress attractively without being immodest. Within the Lord’s guidelines there is room for you to be lively, vibrant, and beautiful – both in your dress and actions.”

1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT) says,  “Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from wordly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior and they will give honor to god when He judges the world.”

If you are reading this and you are a parent, grand parent, auntie, etc. – please know that one of the best things that you can do for the young ladies in your life is to teach them to value themselves. Encourage modesty. We aren’t talking about being ashamed of yourself. We are talking about being respectful of yourself and others. Yes, you are going to make them mad when you make them change or refuse to purchase something that is not acceptable. You will likely hear the words “I hate you” or “I wish I was never born.” It’s tough to go against the flow of mainstream. It’s even tougher when you are being forced to go against the mainstream.

Take heart, the hate isn’t real and it doesn’t last forever. Your job is to teach and protect. Do your job, and God will honor your effort.

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