Modest Swimwear at the Beach

The Bible says women are to be modest (1 Timothy 2:9). Does that exclude the beach? Is it okay to wear a typical one-piece or even a two-piece swimsuit if the context involves water? Let me phrase the question another way: When is it ever okay to let men other than our husbands have a peek at our breasts and bottoms? Continue reading

Attractive and Beautiful

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As women, we naturally want to be beautiful. We want clear complexions and shiny hair; trim figures and feminine curves. None of that is bad. It’s not bad to want to look nice. But what happens when our desire to look nice turns into a hunger to attract? We want to be beautiful, but what is beauty? Is it found in our power to attract a man and hold him captive through lust? At what point might our thirst for outer beauty interfere with our ability to cultivate inner beauty? Continue reading

Conviction Crisis

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There is sometimes a point at which conviction experiences a crisis.

We question our motives, doubt our sensibility to God’s Spirit, and mistrust our ability to understand God’s word. Discouragement sets in. And then, sometimes, depression.

This has happened to me more than once. With me, it hasn’t been a “point”–a single moment I can put a pin in–but rather, a blur of ups and downs. Though not yet completely past the crisis, I have learned some coping skills. That’s what this post is about: coping with those devilishly persistent doubts that assail us when we’re at our lowest, when we ask ourselves, “Why am I the only one doing this?” Continue reading

Abominable Cross-Dressing

In my last article, I addressed the issue of So…Why Shouldn’t I Wear Pants? One of the verses I referenced was Deuteronomy 22:5, which says, “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God.” My dear friend Kinuko commented regarding this verse:

“Oh, by the way, as for the Deuteronomy 22:5, I’ve read some people say we Christians should not establish our belief based on one verse in the OT. Have you heard of this? If you have, what do you think of it?” Continue reading

So…Why shouldn’t I wear pants?

(The picture above is from the Modest Mom Blog)

I’ve read and heard plenty of comments about the issue of whether we, as Christian women, should dress in skirts and dresses only, or if it’s okay to wear pants. This is a big subject. I touched on it in one of my posts titled “Why I Wear Skirts and Dresses Only” (which was one of my very first posts!) I’d love to tackle this topic a little more in depth, though.

First of all, let’s look at one very important verse from the Bible that talks about men’s and women’s apparel: Continue reading

Addicted

It’s always a shock to hear that someone I know is addicted to pornography. By now, I know of several, some non-believers and some … Christians. I’ve also read and heard about brothers in Christ who were addicted for many years, and who are finally coming out and confessing their sin, which they had hidden for a long time. “How is it possible for a man who reads his Bible to continue in this sin?” I’ve wondered countless times. Continue reading

Why I Wear Skirts and Dresses Only

Modesty of dress is one of the topics that is very important to me. Growing up, I didn’t hear this subject talked about much. Something I did hear from time to time went along these lines: “Jesus made me free–so I don’t need to wear skirts.” But why would people say that? What was it about wearing skirts that would make someone feel “not free”? Continue reading