Proverbs 31: 10, 22, 25, 30
"Who shall find a valiant woman?
Far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her...
She hath made for herself clothing of tapestry: fine linen, and purple is her covering....
Strength and beauty are her clothing, and she shall laugh in the latter day....
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."
I remember the first time I ever truly felt uncomfortable around a man/boy... I realized we (men and women) are different and view life different.
I was 10 years old. I was at a friends house. A bunch of us were getting ready to go swimming in the back yard "pool". Many of us had bathing suits that needed assistance and help with ties, straps, etc. This young lady had an older brother who was a teen, who was more than willing to help all of us girls. I recall as he was tying my straps in the back getting this "icky" feeling down the spine of my back. I remember thinking, "it shouldn't be taking so long to tie a loop".
Moms: pay attention to those feelings....don't dismiss your "gut" feeling when someone looks at you...looks at your daughter....in anyway other than true pureness. In Asian culture the gut is considered the second brain.
It is so easy to dismiss it as "well it's the times we live in"....but that's not good enough for me!
I refuse to allow "the times" to numb my daughter from right and wrong...
I refuse to not armor her to understand when you get the prickly, gut feeling, go with it....even if it means going against the grain.
I refuse to not teach her to understand we as women do have a responsibility to understand men and women think differently and it IS our responsibility as women to be sensitive to not cause the occasion of sinful thoughts into a man/boy. BUT on the same note we DO NOT ALLOW a man/boy rob us of our dignity and our innocence.
This is why I loved reading Dressing with Dignity! It gave me me so much to read and understand about:
* The forces behind the 20th century revolution in women's fashion
* Amazing statements from Popes.
* How to choose modest, yet fun attire.
* How to talk to your teen about the beauty of our femininity.
* How to inspire men to step up and be that knight in shining armor.
***If you want to learn more about gut brain and Dressing with Dignity...make sure and click the links above....
And if you want to read more on what I wrote about this book from a previous post check out:
FASHION ON FRIDAY
ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE....TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL....TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN....SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!
hugs, prayers, and lots of blessings,