Would I Wear This in Front of Jesus?

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Almost weekly, people ask me if I only wear skirts and why. I wish it was a cut and dry answer, but it really isn't…I mean it's a decision I made when I was 15 years old, so I'll try to the best of my ability, to explain why I PERSONALLY made the decision to only wear skirts. The reason I stress the word PERSONALLY is because, my reason is not going to be the same as anyone else's reason that they wear skirts. God speaks to everyone's heart in a different way. Some people may not think the same way I do…But everyone should have modesty standards. The standard I use is to look in a mirror and ask myself, "Would I wear this in front of Jesus?" We may have different personal preferences, but that does't make you wrong, and it doesn't make me wrong. We will all have to answer to God for our actions, and I want to glorify God in EVERYthing I do, even my dress…So here it goes...

When I was 15 years old, I doubted my salvation, so one night, by my bed side on June 23, 2005, I nailed it down. It was so refreshing to actually know 100% I was going to Heaven. I can honestly say ever since that day I have NEVER been the same. Soon after that, my youth pastor gave me a book on dating and purity, and there was a section on modesty in it. I read that book, and when I read it, modesty clicked in my brain and heart. God had been working on my heart in the area of dress for a while, and I finally surrendered my wants to His.  I was a public school cheerleader up until my Sophomore year, so you can imagine how IMMODEST I was… (yes, I wore those short skirts, shorts, and tight everything!) I wore tight pants, mini-skirts, revealing tops, etc…Pretty much anything that drew attention to ME and MY body. When I started researching what the Bible said about modesty, it was the COMPLETE opposite of how I was dressing. Modesty means to be free of vanity or conceit. But, I was dressing to impress guys and to get attention. Another definition for the word modesty in the Webster's Dictionary is, That lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance." My favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 6:20,"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." When I read that verse, I see that Jesus paid the price of sin for me, and the least thing I can do to repay Him is to glorify Him in my body and in my spirit, which are His anyways! If every Christian lady really knew her worth and that her body is the temple of God, I don't think there would be such a negative connotation of the word modesty.

John MacArthur says, "How does a woman discern the sometimes fine line between proper dress and dressing to be the center of attention? The answer starts in the intent of the heart. A woman should examine her motives and goals for the way she dresses. Is her intent to show the grace and beauty of womanhood? Is it to reveal a humble heart devoted to worshipping God? Or, is it to call attention to herself and flaunt her beauty, or worse to attempt to lure men sexually? A woman who focuses on worshipping God will consider carefully how she is dressed, because her heart will dictate her wardrobe and her appearance.”

When I decided to live for God, everything just made sense to me. It's extremely hard to explain why God laid on my heart to wear skirts, but all I can say is, I personally feel convicted if I wear pants. Now, that doesn't mean that all women who wear pants are sinning…unless they know in their heart God has told them to dress otherwise. For me, I love femininity, I love being a lady, I love dressing up, I love dressing fashionably, yet modest.

I believe you can dress modestly (and cute) for ALL situations and activities. For example, even running or working out, you can be modest. No, wearing a normal skirt to workout in is NOT modest, showing your undergarments is highly frowned upon in my book! :) But, they do make running skirts with leggings underneath them! I actually just got a new pair in the mail from Kosher Casual! You can get the same running skirt I'm wearing by clicking the link below. I am coaching cheerleading, and these are great to move and jump around in!

Kosher Casual Square

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Please don't look at my hair or face, this was taken after school & cheerleading practice!

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This picture really shows my personality…haha, but I just had to show you how cool the leggings are underneath!

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  1. Your posts in facebook and you bloc are SO encouraging! I have six children, three of them are girls, and I often times read your bloc posts out loud to them. I am thankful that there are other women in the world that want to dress modestly and do it in an 'attractive' fashion

  2. I love the quote you used that talks about the intent of your heart! I think modesty really boils down to that. You always look so great in your skirts and it's obvious that you feel comfortable and happy in what you wear. You have a great spirit about you and I love that I can tell that just from reading your blog! Keep it up, girl :)


  3. Love Your Posts...I Totally Agree With you.

  4. Wow! Your story of wearing skirts is so similar to mine! Although I do occasionally wear pants. I was actually about 16 when I felt God calling me to wear skirts. It is hard some times, I have to check myself before leaving the closet daily. It's a constant battle to dress for God's glory, not my own! Thank you for sharing! I enjoy reading your blog and you have a lovely style!
    Keep shining for Jesus,
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

  5. Thank you for sharing your story.

  6. People have dubbed me, *Dresses Only*, but it IS much more than just putting on a dress.......what you wear comes from the heart. And it shows.

  7. Luv what u wrote. I started wearing dresses when I was 24. I felt that conviction when I put on a pair of pants & looked in the mirror honestly I felt like a not so nice lady if u know what I mean. I'm not saying that's what others are that wear pants I'm just saying that was my experience. Yes I have had people ask me why I wear dresses all the time & I say that's my conviction. I used to work at School when a little boy came up to me & ask why do you wear dresses all of the time well I looked at him & said why do you wear pants all the time? to which he didn't respond. Iv'e had friends that think they have to wear dresses around me but, I tell them that's their conviction.

  8. Thank you for sharing your story. It's so neat to hear from people who share the same convictions I do!

  9. This is so encouraging. Was it a hard transition for you?

  10. It really wasn't, I've loved every minute of my life, almost been 10 years living for God! :)

  11. You are a blessing! God bless you for obeying Him, and for helping so many other women (myself included)

  12. Love your "sportsy" outfit there... Yes, it's modest and proves you can dress like a lady for such activities. I wear only skirts and dresses myself...and I find dressing like a lady causes people around me to treat me more like a lady. I believe that modesty is well-pleasing to God...so that is indeed where we need to keep our focus when we dress. The world is becoming more and more immodest as time goes. I have three boys I'm raising and sometimes it's hard just taking them to the store.

  13. Hi Lauren!

    First of all, I want to say how much I appreciate your blog. It's so awesome to find modest fashion blogs out there. My friend Melissa referred me to your blog (: When I was 13, I felt God lay on my heart to only wear skirts. It is difficult, because I live in a family with 2 other girls and my parents that don't believe the same things I do as far as modesty goes. But, I'm still wearing my skirts (: God has made it so obvious that this is what He wants me to do. I even tried wearing pants out one day, and I felt so self-conscious because I felt like I wasn't being modest (in God's eyes). I love finding other girls that believe the same with modesty as I do. And I also love that you show that being modest does not have to be frumpy! Thanks for being such an encouragement (: and congratulations on your pregnancy!

    Love Always,

  14. A very cute outfit - and so appropriate and modest for the activity!

  15. I am so, SO excited to have found a fashion blog written by someone else who wears only dresses and skirts! It has been really frustrating for me sometimes to try and dress in "cute" outfits while still sticking with my conviction, especially since I don't know anyone else personally who shares it, and all the resources I have found deal primarily with immodest dresses or pants. Already I have found several great ideas for me to wear while working (I'm a nanny) that are professional, fun and serviceable! Thank you!!

  16. Great post! :) I found this by googling "would I wear this in front of Jesus" --- Alot of the recent #thingsonlychristianwomenhear posts are very, very upset about being asked to dress modestly at church. It upsets me that people think wearing mini-skirts and tight spaghetti straps to church is okay, people are even saying things like "well if my church told me that, then I'd walk in naked" and people are very bitter about being asked to wear a shirt over swimsuits at a church function etc.... so I searched and found this. Thanks for posting this :) Have a great day :)


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