Pshhh, man of steel? Try convictions of steel!

Good evening everyone! Nothing leaves me more energized and ready to take on the always hated Monday, then spending my Sunday immersed in God’s word. Today, I was left strengthened by a message I heard while listening to  Pastor Steve Carter. His message was titled, ” Convictions of Steel”. Just the way that sounds makes me want to flex, my faith muscle that is! But really, when I heard the title of his message, it made look at God like a super hero. Who needs the Man of Steel anyway? Keep Superman, I have God.

In Matthew 7:13-20 it says, ” Stay true to your convictions.” What does this mean? Well, to me, the obvious is to stay true to what you believe in. The second is, I see my convictions as the steel frame work of my faith that God is helping me build. So, while sitting and listening to the message, I began to think about my convictions. How often do I choose fear, over love? When I worry, it implies to God that I don’t think he is big enough, powerful enough or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in my lives.

Before I started this blog, I really never had any intention on starting one in the first place. I have a lot on my plate. I graduated with my bachelors in psychology and am finishing my paralegal certificate right now. I am trying to balance homework, due dates, my job and all that I have taken on there … the point is, I never felt like this would ever fit in with all the other stuff going on. When I prayed at night, writing in my journal, I felt a pull on connecting people with God. I did not so much ask God to give me a sign as, I just thought it and kept going. He laid on my heart to start a blog! CRAZY! Doesn’t he know how busy I am? Pshh, there is no way, he has got to be kidding. Guess what? He wasn’t.

The saying goes, “If you want to leave a footprint, don’t drag your feet.” So, I started to look for a place to start a blog. This was not the first place I choose to start the blog. There was another site I came across first. I just scanned it over and said, “good enough.” Let me let you in on a little secret, God does not like good enough! Would you believe that I wrote the first entry, clicked submit, and it was GONE!? It was deleted! I spent an hour writing it. So I tried again. This same thing happened 3 times! God was testing me. That was not the website God wanted me to post on … he made that known!

I was beyond frustrated. I was ready to throw my laptop down and not even do it. Then something happened. The Holy Spirit entered me and I could feel myself strengthen. It was like God was breathing into me and strengthening my frame work! These were my convictions. Faith is having the courage to let God have control. Just like Matthew says, I have to stay true to my convictions. Hebrews 11:40 says, ” God’s plan is better and greater than any plan we’ve ever made for ourselves.” As I listened to God and what he wanted me to do, there was a sense of calm around me. He told me what to name it, and even what to have my first blog entry about. Worrying doesn’t change anything, but trusting in God changes everything.

-The Organic Christian

Modesty, more than just a fashion statement

I got the privilege of of spending some much needed girl time with one of my best friends, Danielle Moss. We have been friends for about four years now, and I have loved every minute. With spring here and summer approaching, we thought it would be best to go shopping and gather up a few basic pieces to get this season started. This shopping trip did not come without a few frustrations. Where did these frustrations come from?  I was dressing for God, and not culture.

Culture says, ” These shorts are in! Everybody’s wearing them and there’s nothing wrong with showing a little skin. Besides, it’s hot.” This is what I heard when I walked into every store. Culture was everywhere, and I was trying see past it. I kept seeing pieces that showed too much of the body and it made me feel overwhelmed. I felt that there was going to be nothing in any store for me.

God says, “You are my masterpiece and I made you for your husband’s eyes only. Your clothes shouldn’t draw attention to you, but your attention should come from the good you do in my name.” When I remembered that, it was the reassurance I needed. I started to feel abnormal being a christian immersed in our culture. Modesty isn’t about covering up our bodies because they’re bad, modesty isn’t about hiding ourselves … it’s about revealing our dignity.

It is also important to remember the man in your life, that you may be in a courtship with, and other men in the world. What ever you wear, wear it for God. You do not want to cause anyone to stumble. Yes, you are looking out for the good of you, but also the good of many. Sometimes I think it is a good idea to ask yourself, ” Are you becoming the kind of girl a godly man would want?” You didn’t know how much responsibility you had just by putting on cloths did you?

I am happy to report that I did find some very cute, modest clothes while I was on my shopping trip. Did it take longer to make choices, yes. Were there times that I just wanted to get the darn shirt that I knew was too low cut, yes. Was it all worth it, you bet. I found some guidelines that may help you while you are out looking for some pieces.

1. If you have trouble getting into it or out of it, it is probably not modest.

2. If you have to be careful when you sit down or bend over, it is probably not modest.

3. If people look at any part of your body before looking at your face, it is probably not modest.

4. If you see your most private body parts or an outline of those parts under the fabric, it is probably not modest.

– Michael Hyatt

I hope that you have found this to be inspiring and a reminder that modesty is more than just a fashion statement, it’s a daily decision to dress like the child of God you are. If someone asks you why are you only wearing skirts and dresses, just smile back at them and say, ” What do you expect, I’m a princess!” In your heart, you know who the King is. Have a blessed and wonderful day! You are loved 🙂

– The Organic Christian