Thursday, August 20, 2009

The blessings of August, peace, and a thought on Modesty



A few days ago, I met up with a local blogger who passed on to me a large collection of old fashioned clothes, hats and accessories (various eras), and so today I wore one of the dresses :) What a blessing!


"The fruit of righteousness will be peace;
the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever" Isaiah 32:17
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I had almost forgotten, but thought I'd share this fact about myself:

When I was about eleven, I was FASCINATED with frogs! I read many a library book on the little creature, and admired famous photography of the Tree frogs of the Amazon forest. When I went to camp, I was proud to be the only girl who was "brave" enough to constantly catch and release those that found their way into showers and the swimming pool! lol
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It's happened. My brother received a "yeller" dog for his birthday! Ever since he first saw "Old Yeller" he's wanted a big, ol"yeller" dog :) So the past two days have been filled with fun, new responsibilities, and random quotes from the movie!
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Stevia (Herb)

We pruned it weeks ago, and it looks like it's coming back :) We transplanted the plant from our old home, so it's been wonderful to have it here! I've dried stevia, and I think I prefer the fresh leaves to powdered version because of the after-taste.
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There's something uplifting about flowers...
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I must say, what I do miss about the big city was the roller skating rink..well, the one we went to was family friendly, which I'm sure is a rarity now :(
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On Modesty:
It's terribly unfortunate what the standards are today. Since the fall of man we've always had sin, but now, it has progressed into a perilous issue especially for my generation. It sincerely worries me how comfortable so many are with this! It seems the general public is now exposed( in PUBLIC places) to obvious sin that just wouldn't do a century ago.

I'm sure you, dear reader, understand what I mean.





To tell you the truth, I never really talk about this...I guess I'd rather let what we do (as a family) speak louder than fallible words. I can name less than 4 people who have brought up the subject of modesty to me (in real everyday life) so it's hard when you simply don't have support in certain issues. It's a conviction, not something I've been brought up with or is convenient. That's why I truly appreciate you all, because you're asking questions and there is true fellowship in mutual beliefs :)



Here's another aspect that most don't talk about: Women aren't the only ones who need to be modest! Now, this is my personal, fallible opinion, but I do think that there is a difference between modest and immodest young men...the crude speech, apparel, attention seeking etc. I don't think I need to elaborate, but you understand me :)
A young lady recently emailed me and asked what my standards are for modest dress...Here it is:

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2

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As a rule, if I can "fit in" to the worlds standards, I'm off track. It's different for everyone, but I try to wear attire that is honourable and feminine. I don't want to conform to this world (although in my flesh I'm a people-pleaser) I'm old-fashioned though, so it's wonderful that most old-fashioned attire is modest :)
I know it has taken me a-while to update, but I'm still here! Please don't hesitate to leave a comment or send a email with any thoughts, and I'll be posting again soon :)

In Christ,
Mia

33 comments:

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Amen!
Something else, modesty is not just in dress, but of how you act asa well.

Wonderful post once again! :)

(I love the picture of your brother and his dog)

God Bless,

Kelsey

Clara Van Nattan said...

So refreshing to read of young people taking a stand on this. Everywhere I look I see immodest dress and actions. It is becoming harder and harder to go against the flow and I'm afraid more often than not I choose to stay home because I hate seeing and exposing my children to the sin and corruption out there... even in Christian circles. God bless you for your heart searching and seeking after His will and His standard in these important matters. ((hugs)) Clara

...they call me mommy... said...

Great post!! I also am always striving to be modest...alas I don't have a collection of old fashioned clothing ;-), but try to make do with what I have...thank you for the reminder about not being conformed to this world & not being a people-pleaser! Those are always battles!!! :)

Lovely pictures and your dress is so neat!!

Have a great day!

Miss Eyebright said...

I must say, you post the most beautiful pictures! I love coming to your blog, because I always know that I will see something wonderfully vintage.
How neat that someone gave you those old fashioned clothes! I'm sure it was so fun to wear them.

Have a very bright, very cheerful day!
Miss Eyebright

Paulina said...

Lovely post! I love your thoughts on modesty, they are similar to mine.

Rani said...

Hi Mia,
I love that you live your faith, which includes modesty. A very encouraging post.
I find modesty to be an interesting subject. It concerns me that all too often Christians use modesty as a means by which we can feel just that little bit more righteous than those who are not modest. This is not a personal observation but a general one about the Christian community. I feel that Christians should strive to do what we feel is biblically correct, but we should never forget that it is not what we wear that will get us to heaven. Nor does our attire make us a jot less sinful than the most scantily clad person. Thank God that it is he who knows our hearts, and our journey to discover him and do his will. Thank God that he sent his son to walk and share amongst sinners. Thank God that he didn't specify his son to mingle only with the modest, for fear of spiritual contamination. Wouldn't it be wonderful to embrace those who are immodest in Christian love and share God with them. Clara, I don't think exclusion is the answer. Living our faith is, sharing it is, and God has promised that he will look after us. That includes our precious children.

Mia said...

Thank you for the wonderful comments!!

Dear Rani,
Thank you for posting your views on this..it's true that as Christians we shouldn't "hide away or exclude" ourselves from the world.
Matthew 5:15-16 says,
"Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
The definite problem is conformity, which I wanted to address with the subject of modesty.
"What we wear won't get us into heaven" is true, but if what I'm wearing causes my brothers in Christ to stumble, that is an error indeed.
Thank you for your honesty on this issue!

Mia

Anonymous said...

Hello Mia ~ Great post! It is so wonderful to see a young, Christian lady dress modestly...and your old-fashioned, vintage clothing is icing on the cake! Simply beautiful. :)

Miss Jen said...

Beautiful post... Mia! :)
SO true!!

Love~ Miss Je n

Anonymous said...

It's true about men. The other day I was driving through town and I saw two teenage boys loitering. One was wearing bright blue skin-tight (and I mean painted-on tight) pants and the other was wearing a similar style in purple!!

I see so many vulgar t-shirts or general sloppy dressing (I don't mean gentlemen who work hard jobs and get dirty, I mean lazy sloppy) in men these days. I long for the days of tucked-in shirts and even suits.

Paulina said...

Mia, I forgot to ask you something. Recently, I made the switch from wearing pants to only wearing skirts, but I was wondering how you keep warm in the colder months while wearing a skirt. Do you wear something underneath? What about shoes?

In Him,
Paulina

Nadine said...

Hi Mia,

Well said...it it so very true what you wrote...modesty is not just clothing but actions and words...
What a blessing to have received that clothing...oh how precious that is...
I love ...absolutely love that kind of clothing....

Take care

On Him

Nadine

Innisfree in Alaska said...

Wow I am so impressed. The clothing looks lovely on you and the photography is- WOW.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Long skirts must be in fashion, because I have been finding them at some major stores. I have quite a collection. They make me feel feminine and they are long enough so when it is windy, they don't fly up.

Lady Estelle said...

Greeting dear Sister Mia,
I am glad that you invited me here to your blog page. You are such an inspiration! I will return often. God bless you and your family.
The Victorian Lady Estelle

Aunt B said...

Mia,

I love your blogs, because they are so Christ centered.

It is true wearing modest clothes will not save us, but maybe they just might tell others who we belong to. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we want to do something for him and dressing modestly for him is one thing.

Please let us see more pictures of your new dog, he is beautiful.

Have you done any canning? Do you have a special recipe that we could use our tomatoes in?

God bless you and please do not change.

Aunt B

Lori said...

Wow... what an impressive blog, and this post is most appreciated!! I love your attitude, and your outlook. I originally found your blog while searching for blogs on modesty, and what a find it truly has been!
Never let your light from the Lord be darkened.
Seems there will always be those that want to cloak disrespect for the Lord, with labeling Christians as "self-righteous" or judgmental. True followers of Jesus are neither of these things.
But, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck... MOST of the time, it's a duck!!

Keep up the great works, and God bless you!!

Maellen Blodgett said...

Dear Mia:
I don't know you, but feel as if I do from your blog. You are an inspiration to me, in training up my daughter. Keep that gentle, quite, ladylike spirit, and keep shining for Jesus! (I'd love to meet your parents someday, and glean all sorts of child raising tips from them. They have obviously done it right!) :-)

Mia said...

To respond to your comments/questions,
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Ms. Clara,
I agree with you! We try not to go to malls, not only because of the people, but the mannequins and photo advertisements! If we are there though, we avoid certain depeartments or ailes, and take "safe" routes thorough! lol
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Dearest "Anonymous" :)
Thank you for your comment on mens clothing, I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one who notices this!!
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Ms. Paulina,
Oh, a wonderful subject indeed! Yes, we do wear skirts during the winter :) It depends on how cold it is, but here's what I would wear on a cold January day:
*Tights
*Cotton Leggings(footless)
*heavy cotton/wool blend socks
*Pajama capri's (LOL)
*Durable skirt(heavy cotton, corduroy, wool etc)
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Shoes: It really depends on your personal style...basically anything that would look nice with dark tights or socks. My favorite shoes are: Sketchers Bikers Step Up. They're dark brown and a mary janes style.
Lace up boots are a great as well. I'm planning on purchasing 19th century style boots, to add an old-fashioned touch.
Hopefully this winter I'll do a blog post on this subject!
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Dear Lady Estell,
I'm so glad you were able to stop by!!Thank you :)
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Aunt B,
Exactly! It gives the clear message to others about what we believe! And yes, I'll try to add in another picture or two of ol' yeller in future posts :)
I haven't had much luck with vegetables so far, but if I can, I'll do something this holiday season!
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Ms. Lori,
When I finished reading your comment, I looked at my mom and said, "I'm a duck!!" LOL
Thank you so much for your edifying comment!
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Ms. Maellen,
Thank you! You've encouraged both myself and my mother as we read your sweet comment~!
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*Mia

Clara Van Nattan said...

I just wanted to clarify what I wrote (thank you Mia for your encouraging comment). I am not trying to be exclusive when I say often I would rather stay home... Sadly here in Australia, the country is far more pagan than in America where at least SOME morals seem to exist. Here you will see undressed women and men, the word SEX and other disgusting thing splashed on billboards as you drive down the road. Pornographic and nude magazines and books are there among all the other books on newstands, in newsagencies, among the advertisements in newspapers; in video hire stores porn and other disgusting stuff is right there alongside the more innocuous stuff, and book stores do not hide such books either. It doesn't matter where you go here, you are hit with people wearing very little and if you want to dress modestly by not wearing tight pants, you are likely to be the only one, even in many Christian circles. It is not a matter of exclusion, it's a matter of proctecting my children while they are still so young - so we are able to instill foundational truth and teaching in them before they see what is going on out there. In America, it is not odd to go to church, from what my American husband tells me. Here you are not normal if you go to church (most people DON'T and many never have), and most churches will have no more than 100 people (or way less even). It is rare to find a big church like you find many of in the States. Yes, Australia has beautiful landscapes, animals and other such things, yes it is a lovely place and God placed us here for a reason, but it is plain and simply PAGAN, and we must do as we feel God would have us do to protect and raise our children. Americans should count their blessings while higher morals and better standards exist - it might not be always like that! :)

Sonya said...

Mia, yet another fine post. Matthew 5:15-16 says,
"Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." We should all keep in mind that this verse is not an instruction or an excuse to go into the world and do as the wicked do. A clean garment will not clean and purify a garment that is unclean. However the unclean garment will indeed soil that which is clean (forgive me for paraphrasing badly).
The word Holy means "separate". Living separate is not a means to be self-righteous or exclusive. By living separate, holy lives the unsaved are able to see our light as we live in Christian community and fellowship and they will see that we worship the one true God. Separation from the world is the pattern established throughout the Bible and even history records Christian separation as a means of not only fellowship but of protection. Separateness and modesty are means to lead people to Christ. If I do as they do, not only am I be disobedient to my heavenly father, but it makes the Word of God of no effect. If we are living in the light, the light has no choice but to shine.

Shelley said...

Hello Mia,it was so wonderful to visit your blog. I love to find young women who are serving the Lord and being a wonderful example to others.I have been a mother and wife since the age of 15. This month I celebrated my 50th year. I am a mother to four and grandmother to seven,about to be eight with a another little grandson on the way....
I am sure you have a beautiful life ahead of you. God has a perfect mate for you out there some where. Wait on God and he will bring him into your path. You shall be blessed of the Lord and reap many blessings for your faithfulness to him and sincere love for his word.
It is a great blessing to have a Christian home and Christian parents to direct you in a Godly life....I sense in my spirit you are bound for great things....

God bless

Emily said...

Your blog is just so lovely! You are an inspiration! I agree with you about modesty - it is not only in dress, but in manner - in thought - in deed. Wonderful post! Your dress is so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

great post! i love the dress!
abby

Emily said...

Mia,
You are so inspiring! When I read your blog I always want to garden, walk along a country road, drink tea
and watch Pride and Prejudice or The Railway Children.
My sister Hannah just e-mailed you about an old framed photo.
I was wondering if your sister might want to be pen pals with me? She seems like a kindred spirit.
If not, that is absolutely fine.
I would really appreciate it if you checked out my blog.
Thank you so much for your encouraging blog!
God Bless!
Joyfully in Him,
Emily

Lisa said...

My girls and I talk about modesty frequently. Like you, we do not see much concern for this subject even in many churches, which is disappointing.
You continue to follow God's will and plan for your life; you are doing great!

Lisa Q

Diane said...

I have been enjoying your writings and pics...thank you! I have always felt I was born out of due time...I have never quite fit in modern times and I am now 56 and still haven't. I especially love the pic of the Native American woman & baby...being of mixed blood I love the old ways of The People. PLEASE keep sharing your thoughts and opening the eyes of those who are searching.
Blessings!

Tabby's Alley said...

wow, i dont even know where to begin!!! Mia, you have such a ministry with this blog. thank you, thank you, thank you! keep it up! i was also wondering, what are your standards for music? God bless you. He has certainly blessed me!

Julie said...

A preacher I enjoy listening to says that your clothing should be a frame for your face and not your body. As in showing off your face and not your figure.
I thought that was the best explanation.
Great post. As the mommy of three young girls and two young boys modesty is always on the table here!

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Anonymous said...

Mia, a lovely post. I am sixteen years old and I try very hard to be modestly dressed at all times. I have made the switch to long skirts now and feel much happier now that all of my legs are covered. This is a permanent change and I will never wear knee-length skirts again, nor will I ever wear anything that displays my cleavage. In church I will only wear a plain white long-sleeved blouse with a long skirt, and the blouse is always fully buttoned to the neck with a full slip underneath to ensure my bra straps cannot be seen. I hope that the Lord finds this modesty acceptable.
I also hope to get a purity ring soon as the ultimate symbol of my chastity, I want to stand before God on my wedding day pure, and that purity will include no kissing of boys. My path has been revealed to me and I will follow.

Keep up the good work in your blog
God Bless
Claire x

Anonymous said...

I know this is an older post, but I just had to comment. I am 49 years old and a Christian woman and about 10years ago I became very convicted about wearing pants. We lived on a small farm and I just couldn't see myself wearing a skirt. I tried to forget. As lord kept after my heart, I couldn't take it any longer, I began wearing dresses about 9 months ago. I cannot say it has been an easy transition, but it's my heart's desire to please my lord Jesus Christ in all things. Please pray for me that I will always be faithful. God bless. Donna b. dbroughton@embarqmail.com