Clothing My Imperfections

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I have a thing for skirts.

Skirts have a lovely, feminine, endearing vibe to them. I can dress them up for a more elegant look, or down for errands around town. They also have this delightful ability to hide the little muffin squish that most of my jeans seem to enjoy emphasizing.

I discovered skirts shortly after my second baby was born. My tummy didn’t deflate immediately, which made for some rather awkward inquiries from strangers about whether or not I might be pregnant. Nope, my baby was born a month ago, but thanks for asking!

Whether it was my need for bigger clothes or my need to feel less self-conscious, I went shopping for something that might disguise the tummy pooch. I stumbled across a simple, midi-length skirt that sat at my natural waistline and I have been hooked ever since.

However, as fabulous as skirts are, there is an even better type of clothing!

Check out this verse: “…clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13:14a

I have been thinking about this idea for DAYS. Clothing ourselves in a new style can be positive and make us feel beautiful. Clothing ourselves in Jesus Christ can be LIFE CHANGING.

Here are some of my thoughts on this:

  • I spent quite a significant amount of time searching for my new style. Similarly, I should be spending quite a significant amount of time searching for Jesus and wrapping myself up in His Word.
  • Clothes are worn all day long. Clothing ourselves with Jesus means He is part of our lives 24/7. Not just Sundays. Not just during our quiet time. All day, everyday.
  • One reason I love skirts so much is because of the way they cover up the “I’ve had babies,” blob. They mask my imperfections. Clothing myself with Jesus goes beyond masking my imperfections. He takes all my blemishes and nakedness and makes them like new. I am a new person in Christ!
  • Clothes have the ability to define who we are. Our clothes can tell someone whether we are successful entrepreneurs, whether we have a fun outing planned, or if it’s a work-around-the-house kind of day. When I am clothed in Christ, my identity is more than my outward appearance. He defines who I am from the inside out, and the evidence is there for all to see.
  • I could spend all day in my jammies if I wanted. I have to make an active choice to get dressed and then choose what to wear – it doesn’t just happen on its own. In the same way, clothing myself in Christ is an active choice. The word “clothe” in our verse is a verb. I must choose daily to put on His presence!

The first step to changing your wardrobe forever, is to get rid of the clothes that don’t work. Romans 13:12 says, “…remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.” He will get rid of all of our stains, but it requires us to bring them to Him first.

If you haven’t yet decided to surrender to Jesus and make Him King over your life, I’d highly encourage you to do so. A relationship with Him will make you see your beauty and value far more than any garment ever could.

I love skirts, but my favorite fashion? Clothing myself in Jesus. He’s just right for every body type.

 

*Photo credit to Alexa Stutts Photography.

Princess Dresses

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This image was created specifically for this post by my dear friend, Brett Redgate.

Lately, when it is time to get dressed in the morning, my 3 1/2 year old insists on wearing a princess dress. I can occasionally convince her to vary her wardrobe slightly, but that usually requires that the outfit has a horse on it somewhere.

Originally, a princess dress was extremely formal and long and sparkly. A.K.A. her flower girl dress. If it wasn’t for trying to stuff the fancy dresses into a carseat buckle, I really wouldn’t mind this so much, but alas, there is no way around the stuffing.

With a little encouragement from me, my daughter has decided to allow other dresses into the princess dress category. Requirements include that it is long, no zippers, must have a skirt, and the skirt portion must be longer than the bodice portion. This is serious business.

To be quite honest, I have not been a huge fan of the princess dress phase. Beginning in pregnancy I was determined my daughter would not be obsessed with the idea of princesses. Have you ever seen a shirt with “Princess” stamped on the front in squiggly letters? I see those and think, “How terrible that we are encouraging little girls to think they can have anything they want whenever they want it! We are turning them into little brats!”

Okay, so that’s harsh, but it was a common thought to enter my head.

But I’ve changed my tune.

You see, there was the day my little 3 1/2 year old said something rather profound. In her matter of fact way, she said, “I am a princess. God is King and He made me, so I am a princess.”

Melt.

You can wear all the princess dresses you want for the rest of eternity, my dear, for you speak truth.

It’s one thing to shout out that you are a princess and go around with a spirit of entitlement. It is quite another to know your identity as a child of the King, and to dress in a way that shows you are proud to be your Daddy’s daughter.

As you go throughout your day, remember who you are. Remember Whose you are. Wear your princess uniform proudly (whatever it may look like). For we, my friends, are all daughters of the King.

We are all princesses.

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” (Galatians 3:26-29; NLT)