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If you want to make a difference...You have to be a little different.
I'm not talking about being StRaNgE like 2 left thumbs
But marching to the beat of a DIFFERENT drum.
Don't let this world press you into it's mold,
Go ahead speak up, Stand, and be bold!
Follow The Lord, trust in His Word,
Buck the crowd and be a little different. (Ron Hamilton)
Ladies, our lives are influencing those around us. None of us are an island to our selves but are being watched via the Internet.
I love the Holy Way . . . the IHC crowd is mine! My voice is small and attempts are minimal but I must use it to express the sadness of my heart by the changes that I see. (You know it's hard for us as parents to see the changes in our children because we are with them... (how much they have grown, matured, changed) but to those who haven't seen our kids for awhile, they can really see the CHANGES!)
So those of us who aren't there in the US are SADDENED by the changes we see. New Christians at home and on mission fields are seeking and walking in truths as God leads them. My effort is to point out that these “little ones” that are new to the faith and the more careful life are curious what the Holiness church in our homeland is like and hungry to follow “as they follow Christ.” I must stand back and watch while these our national ladies walk in their new Light only to see links or posts on FB, blogs, Pinterest, etc. that what God has led them to leave behind (jewelry, make up, Tight SHORT skirts, CLINGING LOW tops, etc.) those on the home front are starting to put on. Yet these appear to be a part of those connected to a church that would claim Holiness is their message. Their hearts ask, “How can this be?”
One of our ladies put it this way to me.
"What our Holiness people define as modest is changing a little more each year...or I'm just seeing it more the older I get. I truly think, that 99% of our ladies have no intent or desire to to be blatantly sensual or enticing. There is just such a peer pressure within our group to keep up style wise with each other. The limits get pushed and pushed in the name of being stylish, until it's unbelievable what is becoming normal and acceptable.
It's easy to take off down that trail and spend a large amount of time focusing on styles and trying to look cuter, more fashionable etc. We buy things thinking we can "modestify" it, and then we end up justifying a neckline, sleeve line or hem, because overall the rest of the outfit is modest, and it is "oh so very cute!" I have had to learn (with God and my husband's help) that if one little part of an outfit is immodest the entire thing is immodest.
The more time you spend examining style and clothing and accessories the more your mind slowly adapts to the world's viewpoint. Like the frog in the pot on the stove top. The water that gets heated up slowly...just doesn't seem that hot, until it's too late.
Showing that much skin just doesn't seem so bad after all. Its all the little "insignificant" (so we think) changes that move us further and further away from Biblical guidelines."
(I just got done watching an excellent message by James Plank here on Hobe Sound's website. (Scroll down to his sermon "What if I let Go" (2/9/2012) and he starts preaching at 58:41.)
Ladies, we have NOTHING to be ashamed of. We can dress carefully yet Classy and hold our heads high...knowing that we are Daughters of THE King of Kings...and we bear HIS SMILE of approval!
My PRAYER is that God will help us to be totally committed to Jesus and be Pure Reflections of HIM!