Here is a little video that I found encouraging, refreshing, and convicting. Thought I’d share it for all you gals who have that same incredible love of Summer and sunshine. Of swimming and watermelon and bonfires. And hatred of swimsuit shopping, wearing, and watching.
This girl is beautiful, tasteful, modest, and classy. I appreciated her view, how she presented it, and all she is doing to encourage modesty.
Check out her website here.
It’s the yearly struggle. Here we are again, April, my body needs a tune up. Nope, I don’t look like a spray-painted, six foot tall, supermodel AGAIN this season. What happened? I was supposed to have totally transformed over the winter… but nope. All I did was get pale. #QueueDiscouragementHere
Thus begins rigid exercise and strict dieting.
(what a strong Godly Christian would do here… insert Respect the fact that I am made unique and beautiful in the Image Of Christ.)
Now it’s May…. time to go shopping. Oh!!! This is the best part!
And I ask myself…. is that actually a size 4? Then the next question… is that honestly considered publicly acceptable?
(More importantly, in the mind of a strong Godly Christian is the question, Is that actually acceptable to God?)
Now…. I’ve finally settled on the swimsuit I feel is most suited to my body, I feel the best in, can tolerate comfort wise, and feel is the most modest option. And June is here. Time to hit the swimming hole, pool, and beach.
Thus begins the battles of humiliation, jealousy, sin, lust, embarrassment, wardrobe malfunctions, tan-lines and all those wonderful aspects of swimwear for men and women. Both of whom are now struggling immensely by now.
And I ask myself….. what’s a strong Godly Christian girl to do?…. or guy.
Lately when I struggle with jealousy my response has been a mental quotation of the verse
“Envy rots the bones.”
That has helped me a great deal in that department. It’s kind of a kick in the pants. Snap out of it. Do you want rotten bones? That certainly wont make you more beautiful. Like they all say….. beauty comes from with in.
And as for the rest, trying to remind myself when I’m faltering, stumbling, sinning that:
1.) Is it more important to be the same as everyone else or to esteem my brothers ahead of myself, to be a good witness, to value my body as the temple of the holy Spirit?
2.) Modesty aside, what is trashy what is classy? What would Audrey Hepburn have done?
3.) Am I a respecter of persons?…. or God and his standards.
4.) Do I cherish my own body?
5.) Am I having grace with those who have not come to my convictions?
“Above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection.” Col 3:14
I have already failed this summer. In my actions. In my heart. In my mind. Over and over, to be truthful. It was bathing suit weather that inspired this post, actually. BUT DAILY TAKE UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW HIM. GROW.
‘What defines us is how well we rise after we’ve fallen.’
So, this is how I’m growing. What I’m thinking. I decided to share to try to encourage all the other young women battling the ‘itsy bitsy teeny tiny yellow polka dot bikini’ craze in America.
A few images…..