Wednesday, March 20, 2013

F is for Frumpy

Stop. Wait! Don't run for the hills yet.
I'm not going to preach ankle length, jean skirts and not-too-tight turtlenecks to you.
This is a matter of the heart and so I will approach it with style and grace.
"Modesty is decency. It inspires one's choice of clothing.
It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet."

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2522

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I know as a Christian woman I have heard. it. all. when it comes to modesty.
Rules about wide straps, thigh coverage, cleavage control, and skin exposure are still swimming in my head.

But I want to be stylish and not the "F" word... frumpy.

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"Modesty protects the intimate center of the person.
It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden.
It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness.
It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity
with the dignity of persons and their solidarity."

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2521

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I have thought MORE about modesty NOW that I am a mother to two BOYS than ever before in my life.
It is true. Men are wired differently. Visual effects are pleasing to their eyes.

But like I said, this is a matter of the heart, dear sisters AND brothers.
Modesty begins at the center of our person and pours forth in the way we dress, talk, carry ourselves.
"Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God."
Matthew 5:8

We are each others' keepers. I really believe that modesty is a two way street.
As men and women we CALL OUT the dignity in each other.

When men praise and cover the women in their life by honoring them with holy thoughts, and when they
truly delight in the modest beauty she presents, those women are then ENCOURAGED to be the ravishing,
discreet, mysterious persons God created them to be... offering men a safe place to rest their eyes.

When women dress "cute", but respectably, they send the message to men that they CARE and want to help
them honor God with their hearts and minds. Women call out the best or worst in men.
How they dress sets the tone. An outfit can call out a beast or a king.

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As the mother, and lead lady, in the lives of my little men, I want to be the model of modesty for them.
I want to set the bar NOW so they learn that beauty can be found in being stylish and graceful.

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"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
Proverbs 4:23

I grew up playing DRESS-UP in the skirt I am wearing!
My grandma picked it up at a garage sale when I was little. Seriously vintage.
I have found similar styles at Old Navy & Gap // black t-shirt from Discovery // gray jacket is Piko 1988

Let us encourage one another, as March is #EncourageBeauty month,
to be the beauties that God intended us to be! Let us COVER ourselves and the men and women
in our lives by offering them the virtue of modesty.

And don't forget: You can enter to win some fun beauty products from Mary Kay here!!!

::: linking up with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy :::

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