Tag: beauty

Purity & Freedom

Nothing to Prove

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14 {KJV}

As we look ahead on this journey of freedom, yesterday was all about the vision.  Who do you see yourself being?  What are some passions and desires you have?

Today is going to be all about our motivation.

If you are move forward to prove something to yourself, you will fail.  

Check Your Dress

Let’s get this out of the way first.  This is not a post about modesty.  I have talked about that here, here, and here.  The ‘dress’ in this post is different.

Think about your real clothes for a minute.  They are the first thing people see.  They give an impression: are you put-together? do you care about how you look?  Are you homeless?  A business woman? and so on.  Now, clothes can give a wrong first impression.  How many times have you driven by the ‘homeless’ man on the corner and seen a new pair of shoes?

So, let’s talk about the clothing of your spirit.  When it comes to people and relationships around you, the ‘dress’ of your spirit is that first thing about your character that they notice about you.  

Girl, You’re Beautiful: The Lost Art of Taking a Compliment

Chivalry is dead.

It’s one of those phrases we ladies like to use often.  I have to say it peaked during my college years.

In high school, we don’t really think much about chivalry.  We just go through life with the assumption that most of the men boys around us are immature and need to grow up a bit.  College is when we think they will grow up, and when that doesn’t happen, we bemoan the death of chivalry and give up on the entirety of the male species.

I posted an article to the Facebook page a couple weeks ago that was well-received by many of you.  That piece by Anne Marie Miller, was a beautiful call to stop acting like all men are boys, and instead encourage them to be men.  Her closing statement:

“May we all take on that countenance with the men in our lives: our fathers, our brothers, our husbands, our friends. May our thoughts, words and actions only build them up so they have one less voice telling them they’ll never be man enough.”

I encourage you to go read it, and the companion piece.

I want take that one step further and speak up for our brothers in Christ.

Ladies, we really have to stop acting like men are all just rapists-in-waiting who haven’t had a chance to strike.

Public Nudity: An Antidote For Pornography?

I came across an article recently from a fairly well-respected counseling group in the area of sexual addictions.  This organization specifically works with Christians addicted to pornography and helping them break free.

I read the article and by the time I was done, was very confused.  The overall idea is that we need to re-introduce a non-sexual appreciation for the beauty of the human body.

Their suggested means of doing this was to encourage “more public nudity.”  The specific nudity they are referring to?  Breastfeeding.

The article was complete with a link to a website full of images of Mary nursing baby Jesus, and then questions asking if the viewer found it sexual and uncomfortable.  Further questions asked if this discomfort resulted from a pornographic culture that caused the viewer to be unable to view the body ‘rightly.’

I have a different question:  Is that even necessary?