So last Sunday J said his first word, “Da-da.” Then a few days later, in the midst of some happy morning babbling, we’re pretty sure we heard him say “Jesus” at least a couple of times.
So now we are just waiting for his third word to be “Holy Spirit.”
Bro. Ricky Cunningham has faithfully served the congregation at my husband’s home church- Hardin Baptist Church in Hardin, Kentucky- for 25 years. Over the last 25 years the congregation has grown from 60 to more than 1,500 (in a town with a population of only 500! And he’s no easy-believism preacher, either ). To show their appreciation, the church members took up several offerings and surprised their pastor with a brand new truck!
What an incredible testimony of faithful Gospel preaching!
Hmmm… great thoughts, and thank you to those who commented on my previous post. I’m still mulling over it. Modesty is so multi-faceted.
I agree with what all of you said. I guess more specifically what I’m thinking about is how do we make the jump from
” but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart,”
“Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”
“short skirts, low cut tops and body hugging outfits are not what we are going to wear.”
I don’t disagree with it! I’m just thinking about it.
How much do we take into account cultural changes/differences? Like the story I heard about the middle eastern women who threw their skirts over their heads when a man walked in the room because in their culture it is more shameful for a man to see your face than your legs (that story could be totally wrong, I don’t know), or how men in Bible times wore robes that we would essentially consider dresses (and horrific for a man to wear) today.
Is there a way to say that X, Y, and Z are immodest forms of clothing? Or is it completely up to one’s conscience? What if a girl says, “You know, God just hasn’t convicted me about showing cleavage and midriff.” Do you tell her to pray about it some more and He’ll show her differently? How far do you take that? What if I say, “You know, God just hasn’t convicted me about wearing a headcovering/only dresses/no makeup/a burka/you name it.” Do you tell me (or think in your head) that if I would just pray about it God would show me differently?
I know there is SO MUCH more to modesty than just clothing, and I know they are all tied to one another, I’m just thinking in a more concrete way right now.
I think that a lot of my wrestling with the practical aspect of this comes from having been essentially a modern-day pharisee before I became a believer, and I projected what I thought was right onto everyone else. So it’s really difficult for me not to want some across-the-board standard for what is and is not modest so that I can enforce it in my own life and on others. I know that’s not right! I’m just thinking outloud mostly. Thanks to anybody who has endured to the end of this rambly post!
Every spring as the temperature rises and girls’ clothes get skimpier and skimpier, my mind returns to the subject of modesty.
I don’t have anything groundbreaking to say about it just yet. I’m still mulling it over in my mind. I will hopefully get my thoughts together for a post about it relatively soon. I mean, I know what MY convictions are, but WHY do I have those convictions? What is our motivation for modesty? What are our guidelines to help us determine what is modest and what is not?
Right now I’m meditating specifically on these two popular modesty verses:
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. -1 Peter 3:1-6
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. – 1 Timothy 2:8-10
… and I’m thinking about the correlation between what we wear and our hope being in God.
A quick Google search of “biblical modesty” turns up a whole gamut of different opinions, many making definitive statements that this or that apparel is immodest… but I think they are missing the point. There is a heart issue to modesty that goes deeper than just a list of what not to wear, and that is what I am digging for.
What are your thoughts/convictions on modesty?
This was posted on the Desiring God Blog recently and I think it is just amazing. Watch John Piper talk about adoption from Ephesians 1:
His closing encouragement:
I would suggest that you seriously consider not only supporting, but also doing adoption, both spiritually … and also in terms of finding children who have no mom and dad who could be folded into a family—just like God planned from eternity to fold sinners like us, through Christ, into his everlasting family of joy.
May God bless you in all your dreaming, all your planning, all your praying, all your working in the cause of adoption.
As I was watching the video, I was struck with how easily I forget the eternal symbolism of adoption. Just as marriage is deeper than two people’s desire for companionship — it is a witness to ourselves and to the world about the church’s relationship to Christ — adoption is more than just a couple’s desire for a family (or an addition to their family); it is a testimony to ourselves, to the child, and to the world about what God has done for us through Christ.
If you’d like to explore the subject more, John Piper has a writing called Predestined for Adoption to the Praise of His Glory (I think it is a transcript of a sermon). Much of what he says in the video is said here, but it also goes more in depth.
He also has another writing called Adoption: The Heart of the Gospel that is worth your time. In it, he goes in depth about 8 similarities between what God did in adoption and what happens in a Christian adoption today:
1. Adoption was (for God) and is (for us) costly.
2. Adoption did (for God) and does (for us) involve the legal status of the child.
3. Adoption was blessed and is blessed with God’s pouring out a Spirit of sonship.
4. Adoption was (for God) and is (for us) marked by moral transformation through the Spirit.
5. Adoption brought us, and brings our children, the rights of being heirs of the Father.
6. Adoption was (for God) and is (for us) seriously planned.
7. Adoption was (for God) and often is now (for us) from very bad situations.
8. Adoption meant (for all Christians) and means (for Christian parents) that we suffer now and experience glory later.
I would just like to echo John Piper’s words and sentiment and encourage every Christian couple to seriously pray and consider how God would like to make you a part of the ministry of adoption.