Monday, February 12, 2007

Teen Girls For Modesty

Teen Girls for Modesty Mission Statement
"...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 2:9-10

I believe that my body is holy and sacred and my clothing should not reveal what should be concealed.

I believe that virtue is the most important must have for every season.

I believe that being healthy, physically fit, clean and well groomed is always in style.

I understand that I can be pretty without being provocative.

I believe that my clothing sends a message to those around me and my clothing should reflect my dignity as young woman professing Jesus Christ.

I believe that it is unwise and unfair to taunt boys and young men by dressing in an immodest manner.

I believe that true beauty comes from within.I will loyally shop at retailers that provide clothing that is modest, affordable and stylish.

I believe purity in actions and in dress are always in style!

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My mother found these before I did, but I was glad she found them. I thought I'd just give some of my feelings on modesty, seeing as I never really have. True modesty, of course, begins on the inside before it can show on the outside. I don't believe that skirts equal modesty. Don't get me wrong, I love skirts! But I can be just as modest in a pair of loose fitting pants as in a long skirt. Skirts can be immodest, also (eg. mini skirts, form fitting skirts, etc).

Dresses can also be very modest or immodest depending on how they're worn. I don't know if I can say that a spaghetti strap dress is wrong to wear because I don't have any way to prove it right this moment, but I have never worn one and will never wear one because it would make me very uncomfortable. And I would feel that I'm "taunting boys and young men by dressing in an immodest manner".

I really like the way this list (I'm not sure what else to call it) is worded. It's simple, but says a lot. I don't wear skirts all the time, like my brave friend Anna, not because of what people might think about me, just because I still like wearing a pair of pants sometimes. There was a time when I could wear a skirt to our homeschool band and choir practices, but not to Youth Orchestra practice. Wearing skirts around fellow homeschoolers was natural and I felt fine, but when I would think about wearing a skirt to MYO practice, I would very quickly talk myself out of it. It was the peer pressure I was afraid of, that all the other girls there would think that I was a little strange for wearing long skirts to an everyday affair. But now, I don't care. I go back and forth wearing skirts and pants.

I wear mostly skirts when I go out in public, but sometimes I feel like wearing one at home. Wearing a skirt at home makes me more conscious of what I do through the day and I make sure that I'm a little more careful. The above list pretty much sums up everything I have always felt about modesty and purity. The one topic about "loyally shopping at retailers that provide clothing that is modest, affordable, and stylish" doesn't really apply to me in the sense that there isn't a store like that near us. If there was, then I would shop at it. But I'm all for being A Teen Girl for Modesty!

The first part of this post was found at A Modern Day Maiden Of The Lord.

9 comments:

Sheila said...

Perfect! I totally agree with everything you said! Go for it, and I'll join you.
Sheila

Anna Naomi said...

Good job, Miriam! Your posts are becoming longer and more frequent! =) I always enjoy reading what you have to say.

Never feel that just because I do something, you have to as well. True modesty comes from the heart, and can be found wearing skirts or pants. You're a beautiful young lady, and I've always admired your firm stand on modesty. Keep it up!

Maria Pauline said...

Quite Right!!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Amen to this.

It's not about what you wear, it's about your motivation purpose.

May God bless you in your stand for modesty "in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world". (Phil 2:15 NASB)

Lydia said...

That was well said, Miriam!
Thank you for the post, it's encouraging!
Love,
Lydia

Lydia said...

Just wanted to say to you and Anna: "Happy Valentine's Day!!!"
Love,
Lydia

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Thanks for sharing! Modesty can stick out, but we are called to be a "peculiar people." Good job and keep it up!

Kaylee said...

I think modesty is SOOOO important for so many reason bu, especially because that's the way Jesus said he wants girls to be!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Love the mission statement. Teaching a teenage girls class on modesty. Useful info.

Donna