Friday, August 31, 2007

Sewing for my Room

A few months ago, my sister Miriam helped me reorganize my room. After sharing a room with 3, then 2, then 1 sibling, I got my own room when I was 13, and was so excited! Finally I could decorate how I wanted, so I painted the room pink and put up all the ballet stuff I'd been saving. A few months ago, we rearranged my furniture and made room for the sewing cabinet my parents generously got for me. Now I have a nice place to keep my sewing things in my room!

Since my sewing machine and serger were now just sitting out all the time, I decided it would be a good thing to make slipcovers for them. I watched the fabric at Walmart for quite a while, trying to find the perfect, pretty fabric to use. I noticed the pink rose fabric when it was $2/yard, but put off buying it. A few weeks later, it was on the $1/yard table, so I quickly bought it, getting 5 yards of fabric for only $5!

It was fun to make matching things for my room:

The slipcovers for my sewing machines; since I didn't use a pattern, they turned out a bit... interesting... but they work and keep the dust off!

A curtain for my window; it lets in a whole lot more light than my long, filmy one did.

A dresser scarf and ruffle for the my dresser; this dresser has gotten a lot of wear over the years, and the bottom drawer kept falling off, getting beyond repair. No problem - since I hang most of my clothes in the closet, I simply took out the drawer and use the space to keep my ballet and teaching supplies.

A shelf runner and pillowcase for my bed; since my pink rose bedspread is a bit too much pink with the new pillow, I'm now on the lookout for a nice, white bedspread.

Yes, as you've probably noticed, I like ballet, roses and pink! It's nice to have coordinating things in my room. I think this was the best use of $5 that I've ever made!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Prayer Request

I would like to ask for prayer for my hand. I sprained my wrist about 2 months ago and while it's healing, it still hurts on some days. I can only practice piano for so long and I have competition pieces to start learning. Also, with band and orchestra starting back, I'll be two days a week playing flute for an extensive period. A sprained wrist is every pianist's nightmare and it certainly has been that. So please pray for a complete healing of my wrist even with all these activities going on.

Thanks for your prayers!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Feeling Blue?

A girl's emotions.... Up, down, high, low, topsy-turvy... It sometimes seems seems as though they're never the same! One minute you're happy, the next sad; one day you're sunny and bright, and next, dark and gloomy. God made us girls very emotional! Sometimes out of desperation we'd like to cry, "God, did you have to make us this way? I'd rather not feel at all then feel so strongly!" However, emotions are part of God's gift to us as women. The question is, what will we do with them?

In one day we can go from being bouncy, upbeat, and somewhat hyper to being in the depths of despair! Some say that no one can really understand us women, which makes sense when we sometimes can't even understand ourselves! How are we to handle the wide range of feelings that get thrown at us?

Now, I'm no expert. Like every one of you, I sometimes feel as though I'm on a roller coaster of emotions, with many high peaks then deep drops. One thing I've found: emotions keep us constantly needing to run to God. If we're joyful and glad to be alive, it's a reminder for us to thank and praise God for the wonderful day and for helping us find beauty in the little things. If we're tired and worn to a frazzle, He is there, ever ready to give us strength and help us carry on. If we're lonely, He's the best Friend there is, always ready to help us find encouragement and hope. When our world seems as though it's falling into shambles, He is the solid, unchanging Rock, our Shelter through every storm. And even in the hard and trying times, we need to remember to give thanks in all circumstances and thank Him for never leaving or forsaking us (Hebrews 13:5)

It's all too easy for us to use our emotions as an excuse, saying, "Well I'm just not feeling myself today," or "I know I shouldn't have been so harsh or crabby, but I'm tired and have worked hard all day!" You know what I'm talking about! I find myself using such excuses too often, then yet again having to bring my emotions, tiredness and hurt before the comforting Father, asking Him once again to give me His strength and love to carry me through.

He is faithful.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Nobody's Perfect

The online world; it's full of writings from a wide range of people about almost any topic under the sun. Browsing through blogs, you can read about one girl's new skill, another's accomplishment, and yet another's successful project. Rarely do you read about hard stuff, about when someone feels down or something flops. It can be good - after all, a blog really isn't the place to share all your woes! But, by just reading someone's blog, it's easy to come to the conclusion that they're perfect! Sometimes you begin to feel as though you can't measure up, especially after reading some of the wealth of things out there! However, let me remind you again: nobody's perfect.

In reading my writings, you'll see my joy of journaling, joy of sewing, joy of cooking, joy of caring for children... you get the idea. While I'm glad that our blog can be an uplifting and encouraging place, I must be honest: I'm not always joyful. I have hard days and hard times; I feel downhearted and discouraged; I sometimes feel ready to quit... but in all theses times, His grace carries me through.

It can be so easy to be hypocritical, writing one things about how we should live, then doing the exact opposite. I can enthusiastically talk about doing hard things, but do I do them on a daily basis? No, to be honest, I don't.

It's a daily battle, dying to self. Even while writing this, Jubilee walked in and wanted my help with something yet again. I didn't want to get up, break my concentration, and help her; I wanted to stay in my comfortable position and scribble away, but I went. Other times, I'm not so helpful. Again and again I'm given the choice - how will I respond?

For the most part, people would describe me as mature and stable, not prone to extreme highs or lows, but pretty constant. However, sometimes the way I present myself on the outside differs from the turmoil I feel inside. Not many know just how deeply I feel sometimes, just God, my journal and I fully understand. Yes, I am somewhat of a private person. =) When the weight falls on my chest, I try to steal away for a little while, seek precious solitude and write, read, and/or pray.

Another knock on my door, another interruption. Irritation lurks below the surface as I try to answer nicely. There's daily tests of character, daily battles waged inside... Sometimes I win, sometimes I fail. Always, I'm grateful for the all-surpassing grace of my Lord. He is there to pick me up each time I fall and help me carry on.

So be forewarned; the way my life looks through this blog is much nicer and more polished than the actual struggles day-by-day. I try to be sincere and honest, but it's more natural to share triumphs and encouraging happenings. So remember, often you're reading only one side of the story. I'm not perfect. Another thing to remember: what I write isn't perfect. I don't have all the answers, but I try to share out of my experiences. However, my experiences and opinions probably differ in some way from yours. I in no way have it all figured out!

My prayer is that as you read, you'll see the faithfulness of my Father displayed in this life He leads me through.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Writing Letters

There are not many people that write letters anymore. With the wave of new technology and the online world, email is simply faster and more convenient. Yes, email is nice, and I'm very grateful for it, using it quite a bit! Yet, there's just something special about a real letter.

Picture going to the mailbox: You walk to it (perhaps taking 15 minutes if you're walking, as it takes us) open it up, and flip through the stack, seeing bills, catalogs and automated mail.Then suddenly, you see a letter with your name on it! It makes your day as you eagerly open it and peruse its contents. Whether it's a note, card, or 5-page letter, you enjoy it completely, re-reading it again and again. You feel special that someone actually took the time to write to you!

A letter can be such an encouragement to someone, and it really brightens their day. It doesn't have to be long or elaborate, though I do enjoy writing pages and pages sometimes! If it's from the heart, it will be so appreciated, even if it just tells about your day-to-day life.

Letter writing can be a lot of fun! Yes, it takes more time, but it's also rewarding. Using pretty stationery or making your own, picking out a matching pen, and filling the page with neat script... It's a great way to spend a quiet moment. And unlike things on the computer, letters can be held in your hand and cherished for years to come.

I'm blessed to have quite a few penpals. I write to Jennifer and Ella using both email and snail mail. Emails reach them much faster and is quicker when I just have to drop them a note, but on occasion I enjoy surprising them with a letter. I write to Anna and Brittany using just letters, keeping the postal service busy! When Elijah and Lydia are at college, I send them letters from home, making sure that there's something in their mailbox at least somewhat regularly. When I'm on trips, I write friends and family back home, letting them know what I'm up to. And sometimes I drop friends a note for no reason at all, just to let them know how special they are to me. Then there's the occasional letters sent to various people for various reasons - my pen isn't still for long!

But doesn't that take a lot of time? Yes, it does somewhat, but it's worth it. Sometimes I write many letters in one afternoon (like the 7 I wrote yesterday), sometimes I just write a few over one week, fitting them in here and there whenever I have a spare moment. It's a nice break in otherwise busy days. And yes, unlike email, they do cost money to send. However, 41 cents is usually worth brightening someone else's days!

Are you inspired yet? Take the time and write someone soon - a dear friend, old acquaintance, or family member that lives elsewhere. They'll feel loved and you'll enjoy doing it! Truly, letter writing is becoming a lost art. However, you and I can revive it! A handwritten letter is so special - and it helps if you want to develop neater handwriting as well! What better way to practice?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Starting up again

It's time again for the annual post about what I'll be doing in the year ahead. It's amazing how fast the summer flew by! However, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things again with things to study and classes to take. I officially started the book part of homeschooling last Monday.

I'm doing even less bookwork than I did last year, because I've already finished up basically what I "need" to graduate. Saxon Advanced Mathematics (Pre-Calculus) was my last math book, and I completed it in June. It's almost sad to not be doing a math book, though it's not been my favorite subject, I have enjoyed it somewhat, surprisingly enough. It's not enough to make me want to do Calculus though! So, what am I doing this year?
  • Exploring Creation with Physics by Apologia - This is my 5th Apologia Science books, and I've enjoyed them for the most part, though Science is probably my least favorite subject. The conversational way the books are written makes them a lot easier and enjoyable! I'll probably get my fill of math from this book.
  • Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem - I'd seen this book mentioned various places on the web, and since Daddy already had it, I decided to do it. It's been really interesting so far, and it helps to learn more about Christianity and the Bible. I've been enjoying it despite it's huge thickness and small print!
  • History - I did ABEKA or Bob Jones textbooks up through 1oth grade but they began to repeat each other every other year. So, last year I began reading various historical books and biographies that the parents thought were useful or I thought looked interesting. I enjoyed studying various periods in depth, and will continue doing the same thing this year. I've started with The History of Medicine and will soon start The History of the Constitution. We'll see what else comes my way!
  • English - I'll simply be reading various books and writing a lot, since again, the textbooks were repeating themselves. I'm grateful for the time spent doing them, for they've helped me greatly with sentence construction and so on, but it is nice to be able to learn in more unconventional ways!
  • French using Rosetta Stone - Dad taught Lydia, Elijah, and I French when I was 11-13, for he knows it pretty well from the time spent in Africa. Currently I'm mostly doing review, but I look forward to advancing more using the computer program.
  • Bible - I'm continuing with Memlock and finishing up the book of Ephesians, after which I'll probably find other passages to memorize.
In addition to the above, the parents have been so generous to provide me with many different lessons. They won't start until September, so I have a little more free time at home before then. I'll be continuing to take classical ballet technique on Tuesdays, then going straight to homeschool band, in which I play the flute. I'll be taking private piano and voice lessons from the same teacher on Thursdays then teaching 3 classes of The King's Praise Ballet. I may also be teaching some classes on Mondays, depending on how many students enroll. I'll also continue gaining experience in the homemaking arts, cooking, cleaning, sewing, and so on. I look forward to all I'll be learning this year!

It's so weird to think this is my senior year of high school, my last year of homeschooling! I'm so thankful for all the time and money my parents have invested to homeschool me all these years. I've so enjoyed the many different learning opportunities I've had, through lessons, books, seminars, videos, and real-life experiences. It's allowed me to become an independent learner, teach myself, and participate in many life-enriching activities. Thank you, Mom and Dad!

So I continue down this path called life, looking forward to all that lies ahead...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ruth musical pictures

Finally, the picture slideshow is up! GodTube had been having troubles, so I had to upload it 3 times before it actually worked. Since I'd already made this to play at the beginning of the musical, I thought I'd share it with you, changing it just a bit. Pictures are more fun to see in a slideshow! I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures!

Thanks so much to Miriam, Elijah and the Harts for taking the pictures and Lydia for allowing me to record her playing Hava Nagila for the background music. She plays the violin beautifully!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The New School Year

With the musical behind us now, I can start looking forward to our musical activities resuming (actually, I've been looking forward to them all summer!). I started back some of my school two weeks ago and am going to start working the rest of it in these next two weeks.

All of our music activities, like band, choir, and orchestra begin in the first week of September. So does Anna's ballet class, which I will be taking again this year. It was rather strange last year, taking lessons from my closest friend, but fun as well. It's fun to be able to dance with Anna now. We've already done two duets together.

We were almost without a band director this year, but we have a new one. It should be interesting. This will be my third band director in the years I've been with the band. I'm looking forward to the change, though I will miss our last director. The Lord knows best.
The practices are closer now, which is a blessing.

Anyway, I know this isn't much, but I wanted to let everyone know that I'm still around. Just really busy. I hope to be writing more often.

God Bless!

Maiden Roses

Delicate soft petals, lacy fringed edges, and a sweet perfume...

Like almost any other girl, I delight in roses. I was thrilled and thankful for the beautiful pink roses mom and dad surprised me with after the musical. Taking advantage of the excellent and natural outdoor lighting, I took some breathtaking pictures, capturing forever the beauty of some of God's loveliest flowers.

What is it about a rose that so appeals to a girl's senses? Is it the delicate nature or lovely scent? Whatever it is, they have the wonderful ability to make a maiden feel so so special - and so feminine.

Maidens are somewhat like roses. As a little girl, we're like a rosebud, closed up until the proper time, yet sweetly brightening the world with our little bud. We grow into young ladies and gradually begin to blossom into a rose in bloom. If we spend our maidenhood wisely, we open at just the right time, and God grows in us a beauty, each different shades and hues. Some try to force their rosebud to open up prematurely, wanting the big rose now; they soon find, however, that a rose is delicate, quickly crushed or bruised. A patient maiden bides her time, perhaps not being as acclaimed as the premature rose, but finding that in time, the full-blown rose was worth the wait.

Be one of those rosebuds slowly maturing in God's timing. Each rose blossoms at a different time, yet the loveliness of God's roses as they reveal their inner character is better than trying to force the blossom before it's ready.

Beautiful, feminine, lovely. Grow in God's garden, tended by His hand. Each rose has His beauty to unfold.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A Musical Completed

As I contemplate the past 5 weeks of practice and preparations for Ruth - From Rejection to Redemption, one thing stands out: God's faithfulness to bring everything to completion. The rehearsals weren't easy - I don't know how trying to keep track of 29 other people's parts in addition to acting myself could be! - but God gave us the strength to get through it all successfully. However, I couldn't have done it alone. In addition to God's help, many others generously gave of their time and energy.

This musical was definitely a family affair, with everyone involved in some way, and being so supportive! They were the first to read the musical in it's various drafts and give me pointers here and there. Mom especially helped in editing it, then helping me plan to produce it and inviting people. Once rehearsals began, everyone did some part: Dad played Boaz, doing a great job learning his long lines and dancing parts even though he has a hard time in memorization. Mom helped with nearly everything, watching all the rehearsals and giving pointers, proofreading emails and the program, advising in costumes and stage design, helping publicize it, and so much more! Miriam ran sound primarily and helped with lights, also locking up several times for me, as we used the building of the church she attends. Lydia worked during most of the rehearsals at her summer job, but finished the week before the musical, taking over running the lights and playing beautiful Jewish violin music during the bows at the end. She was also such a servant in helping to clean up. Elijah filled in running the sound when Miriam couldn't make it, took pictures, and videotaped the presentations. Jubilee did a great job playing Tamar, a haughty servant girl of Boaz, a fictional character used to enhance the story. She also put up with all the early times we had to go to practice, helping to clear off the stage and set up props, then sitting down with a good book to pass the time. I truly couldn't have made it without my family's help!

Other families helped as well - giving so generously! The Hart family was very involved in it all, helping with costumes, props, and whatever else they could, in addition playing many characters. Mrs. Lavonne was my wonderful stage manager, sacrificing being able to watch the performances and instead keeping order backstage. Mr. Rob was the best assistant director, not afraid to remind us to be loud and helping with being expressive. So many other families helped as well with costumes, props, stage, and backstage... I am so blessed to have been able to work with such a great group!

And then, the presentations were done on Friday and Saturday. They went so well, praise God! Everyone portrayed their characters so well, getting into the mood and remembering their lines and cues. The dances and songs were beautiful - I was blessed to work with so many talented young people! The 3 Elders behaved themselves quite well, though we caught some funny shots of them for our bloopers clip, filmed a week ago Saturday. Three dads of children in the play, they kept us laughing. =) All-in-all, the presentations went quite smoothly, everyone finally remembering all the entering and exits and where to stand. Voice projection and facing the audience was stressed over and over during practices, and everyone carried it out quite well during the performances. We got to use sweet Weston, Miriam's nephew as Obed for the first night, and it was so much fun to be able to use a real baby rather than a baby doll! Everyone's costumes worked out well, though we had a few minor veil problems - I just wonder how they kept the slippery things on in Biblical times (we tucked ours into headbands). Praise God for two successful presentations! I'm so grateful for all of your prayers - they helped a lot!

We had a pretty good turn-out for both presentations, and the audience really seemed to enjoy the musical. So many people remarked on what a good job it was, which was a great encouragement. As was our prayer, it seemed to bless many people.

We had a cast party on Saturday evening, then it was good-byes for a while. You grow pretty close after working so hard together... It was such a wonderful group! Thankfully, I'll see most of them regularly, with quite a few taking my ballet classes this fall.

Yes, it is a relief to have it all over with; I no longer have so many details flying through my head, and I've got a chance to get rested up, but I shall miss it. Despite the hard work, it was loads of fun, and though exhausting, it was so enjoyable. Everyone asked when I'd do another musical, then seemed disappointed that it probably wouldn't be before next summer, due to busy schedules during the year. It would be fun to do one before a whole year has passed, but we'll see... We need to recover from this one first!

Praise God for planting this musical in my heart and bringing ti all together! I thank Him for giving us the time, ability, and people to do it all. With a heart full, I proclaim,

"To God be the glory! Great things He has done!"

Pictures should be posted soon... =)

Friday, August 17, 2007

There is More to Modesty

As maidens, it can be very hard not to stereotype what modesty is or should be. We might look at a girl wearing capris and say, “she isn’t in a skirt of dress; therefore, she isn’t modest.” Or we can see along jumper and naturally assume the wearer is modest. We can make these same judgments in relation to hair, shoe height, even length of other garments. However, there is more to modesty than just dress code.

In fact, the Bible never says how long a maiden needs to wear her hair or skirts. To Christ, the dressing of a person’s heart is of far greater importance than the dressing of a person’s body. 1 Peter 3:3-4 read, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” Now this verse doesn’t mean a maiden cannot look nice. In the Bible, we see that Esther went through beauty treatments, Ruth anointed herself before going to Boaz on the threshing floor, and the Proverbs 31 woman was arrayed in fine linen and purple. The Lord has taken the time to mention these “styling sessions,” so it obviously mattered to Him that we know what women wore. However, what was their heart wearing? We find Esther obeying what Mordecai and the king’s eunuchs instructed. Ruth cared about Naomi’s future, and the Proverbs 31 woman was the picture of servanthood and love. And when we read these women’s stories, it is their character qualities that leave an impression, not in what they are clothed.

Besides 1 Peter, there are other verses that show God’s instruction for maidens. Titus 2:5 is a good one. Among other exhortations, a maiden was told to be “discreet.” So, by using discreet, quiet and meek from other Bible translations, we can see that a maiden is one who does not draw attention to herself. Instead her actions speak and proclaim who she is. A young woman who might be dressed in decent, not form fitting capris, and yet is loving, compassionate, and self denying more readily fulfills God’s design than a long-skirted maiden who is harsh, lazy, and self-serving. In all actuality, the skirted maiden in this case is really no different than a person in a provocative miniskirt.

So, what is modesty? To me, it is a maiden who yes, has certain neckline and length requirements, but is more concerned with lining up her life to God’s plan and following His path. It is hard to do the latter, perhaps even harder than finding clothes. =) Our flesh seeks to get its way and the attention. When in a room of people, it is far easier to be the one whom everyone notices than it is to have a deep conversation with one person. It is a daily, hourly, minutely, battle to die to one’s self, but by God’s strength, we can! We have only to ask!

I am far from being a truly modest maiden. Sure, my clothes might be fine, but my heart isn’t always “properly attired.” Perhaps you feel the same way? I want to encourage you (as I remind myself) that God is only a prayer away. When it seems so difficult to have that right attitude, or to play with a sibling when a book is beckoning us, let’s cry to Him. God will take us through the “Refiner’s Fire” as we humbly seek His face.

May we become maidens whose outfits, and actions, leave an indelible mark that future generations remember, just as Esther, Ruth, and Proverbs 31 do for us today. May we strive to never stereotype modesty by a person’s attire anymore. Instead, may we remember that there is more to modesty; may we look at the heart before we are quick to judge!

Original post found here. This post ties in perfectly with the posts we've done about modestly recently. It's a wonderful reminder to be discreet and modest in actions as well as dress.

Ella is a maiden who blogs over at How Great is His Faithfulness! She is 17 years old and committed to modesty, courtship, and seeking God's best for her life. She has a heart for ministering to young ladies, through her blog and as an editor for HopeChest magazine. Her prayer is that through her blog, you will be able to see the Lord lifted high.

I have known Ella for over a year now, and we've been penpals for almost as long, writing good, 0ld-fashioned letters as well as emails. She's been a constant source of encouragement for me, and has always inspired me to press on in my daily walk. She's truly a "sister", though several states away!

I'd highly encourage you to check out her beautiful blog, and leave her an encouraging comment. I enjoy enjoy reading what this lovely writer has to say, and I'm sure that you will as well!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Ruth Musical Sneak Peak

We've all been working hard on Ruth - From Rejection to Redemption these past weeks. We've been practicing every Thursday and Monday evening for 2 hours (or more, for I often accidentally run over time!), and also had an extra practice last Saturday. We were trying out the costumes at the Saturday practice, and Elijah videotaped it for a short promo clip that Miriam Lofgren put together for the musical. You can watch it on the GodTube video I've put in this post, or go here to watch it on YouTube. The past weeks of rehearsals have flown by so quickly, and this Friday and Saturday are the presentations! We pray that everything goes well for God's glory, and would appreciate your prayers as well.

Much of my time these past weeks has been spent on this musical - doing the rehearsals, planning the rehearsals, choreographing the dances, finding music, figuring out all of the entering and exiting, and so on. We also made all the girl's skirts, so I bought all the fabric, cut out 20 skirts, and distributed some to mothers or girls that sew, sewing 11 up myself, and also making Dad's robe. It's taken a lot of work, but I've truly enjoyed it. The first practices were a bit hard, and trying to keep track of what 28 or so other people do while acting myself is quite a challenge, but God is good. He's given me the strength to go on, and the parents and actors have provided invaluable help.

I hope you enjoy seeing a sneak peak of what we're doing. The video shows short clips from 3 of the 8 songs we're doing.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Our Blogaversary!

One year ago today, Maidens of Worth was launched. 176 posts later, we're still running strong. So much has happened over the last year; we've changed and we've grown in so many ways. We've grown closer in our friendship while being united in this blog effort, and have truly remained Friends Through the Years. We've also had the chance to take many more pictures together, adding to those of our growing up years.

We've blogged about many things in the last year, from music to motherhood to modesty. In all, we've seen God's faithfulness evident in every aspect of our lives, and hope that we've reflected it in our writing. God has led us to dig deeper through what we've been blessed to read on other people's blogs, and has caused us to seek Him for what to convey on ours.

We've gone through an address change and blog redesign, that makes us hope that Maidens of Worth will be around for a while yet. =) We've learned more about computers during our trying times with blogger, and Elijah's generous help has been invaluable (thanks again!). We've really enjoyed all the contact we've had with our readers, through comments and emails. You all are such a blessing and encouragement to us!

Over all, we hope that we have continued to grow in becoming Maidens of Worth, precious in God's sight. We are so far from being perfect, but we pray that you all have been encouraged as we've shared with you glimpses of our journey.

As a blogaversary gift, may we ask something of you? We're quite curious as to who actually reads our blog. If you would, please drop us a comment, and let us know who you are, no matter if you've been with us the whole year, or only found us yesterday. If this is the only comment you ever leave, that's fine (though we enjoy hearing from you!); we'd just like to know who reads our blogs. =)

If you have the time, please also answer one or more of the questions below:

  • How did you find us?

  • How long have you been reading our blog?

  • What is your favorite post that we've done?

  • What topic(s) would you like to see us address?
Thank you in advance for your answers!

Praise God for bringing us thus far, and thank you, our readers, for supporting us and helping us reach one year of Maidens of Worth.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Maidens for Modesty - Values

As Maidens for Modesty, what are our values?
  • We believe in dressing in modest apparel, as it says in 1 Timothy 2:8-9 - "I also want a women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God."
  • We believe in saving our bodies and not exposing them to others, but protecting what God has given us.
  • We believe in being modest in the way we act, talk, walk, and carry ourselves.
  • We know that true modesty begins in the heart, and is an attitude more than what we wear.
  • We believe in behaving discretely and with modesty.
  • However, our clothing usually displays our true self, and we believe in dressing modestly to be a witness to others.
  • We know that modesty isn't a legalistic set of rules, but rather guidelines to help determine what we should wear.
  • We believe in presenting discretion and dignity in what we wear and how we behave- "Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful women who shows no discretion." ~ Proverbs 11:22
  • We believe in helping to protect men from the visual attack by dressing modestly as their sisters-in-Christ
  • We believe in dressing in a way that glorifies God, not our body.
  • We believe that modesty and purity are always in fashion!
  • We believe that modesty isn't old-fashioned - you don't have to wear colonial dresses (like the ones in the picture) or have waist-length hair to be modest!
  • We believe that fear of the Lord is the most beautiful thing - “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” ~ Proverbs 31:30
Will you join us in being a Maiden for Modesty? One way to do this (if you enjoy putting graphics and things on your sidebar) is to copy and paste the code below into your blog's sidebar. The picture will then show up on your sidebar, and will link back to this post, letting others know that you believe in modesty!

Now there are two pictures you can choose from! The code for each picture is in the box directly below it.

Read more about the new picture below, added in August 2008 by clicking here.

We are not perfect and we don't have modesty all figured out. However, we believe that we should honor God in the way we dress. We are committed to living a life of modesty.

If you place the Maidens for Modesty button on your blog, let us know and we'll add you to the list below!

Supporters of "Maidens for Modesty":

Ella from All because of Grace
Amy from Amy's Blog
Bob and Cindy from An Army for the Lord
Lydia from An Old-Fashioned Girl
Mia from Aspiring Homemaker
AutiMama's Reflections
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Miriam - Sisterly Support

My closeness to Moses began when I was just a girl. He was a tiny, helpless babe, and I was his big sister, charged with the task of watching over him as he lay in his basket in the reeds along the Nile. I didn't know what would happen... after all, Hebrew baby boys had been ordered by Pharaoh to be killed. It was a miracle that Moses had survived this far. I'll never forget my mother's face as she left him lying there; "Watch over him, Miriam," she charged me. "Protect him..." she managed, before stumbling away with tears streaming down her cheek.

So I watched and I waited, not knowing what would happen. I only knew that I had to watch over my baby brother. Somehow, this gave me the courage to speak to Pharaoh's daughter after she found Moses, and suggest my mother as the baby's nurse. I didn't know how it was going to end; I had no idea who Moses would grow up to become. All I knew was that I had to watch out for him, because he was my brother.

Miriam. Daughter of Jochebed, living during the slavery in Egypt and the Pharaoh's reign of terror against Hebrew baby boys, yet somehow managing to remain strong through it all. As is the case with most women in the Bible, not much is said specifically about Miriam. In every reference to her however, she is talked about as a sister, the sister of Moses and Aaron, two men called to lead God's chosen people. We're never told if she is married and we have no mention of her being a mother. All we know is that she was a sister, a loyal, caring sister to these two great men.

Jochebed had only three known children - Miriam, Aaron, and Moses. As her mother's only daughter, Miriam probably was, as we might expect, her mother's right hand. To her Jochebed gave the task of watching over her precious son, and Miriam was faithful in carrying out the task. We also learn that she wasn't a shy girl, too timid to do anything but watch. No, she seized the opportunity God sent her way and upon Pharaoh's discovery of her brother, dared to approach this princess of Egypt and ask if she had need of a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby. Because of her boldness, Miriam was able to enjoy her little brother for a few years before having to give him up for him to become an Egyptian prince. During these few early years, Moses probably found a special place in his sister's heart. She got to see his first smiles and coos, and watch him as he jabbered his first words and took his first toddling steps. Then, she had to watch him go, probably wondering if she'd ever see her darling brother again; ever be able to tell him that she was his sister.

As we all know, she was finally able to see and reconnect with brother - after almost eighty long years. We can imagine that Miriam took every opportunity to hear news of the Egyptian prince as he grew. she probably listened with a sinking heart to the recount of how Moses killed an Egyptian foreman and fled into the dessert. She probably thought that she wouldn't ever see him for sure after that. Yet, God had bigger plans for Moses, and at last Miriam saw him return - the eighty-year-old deliverer of his people.

Who knows how much she saw and talked with him at that time? She lived through the Hebrew's doubts and groans after Pharaoh's retaliation to Moses' demands. She lived through the awful plagues and probably helped prepare the first Passover meal. And finally, she lived to see her dreams fulfilled and the deliverance of her people from the land of Egypt.

As Moses and Aaron's sister, Miriam probably had quite a bit of influence. Indeed, we're told that she helped lead the people, with Micah 6:4b saying, "I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam." We're told she was also a prophetess (Exodus 15:20), and instrument of God.

I'm sure she was unsure and wondered like every other Hebrew how they'd ever escape Pharaoh's wrath after leaving Egypt. With great excitement, she saw the Red Sea part and walked across and dry land. After Moses' song of thanksgiving, Miriam led the women in a song of her own. Exodus 15:20-21 relates:

"Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them: 'Sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted. the horse and rider He has hurled into the sea.'"

She was indeed instrumental in leading God's people, especially among the women.

So life went on, and Miriam lived through all the travels through the wilderness. She was there as each time the Israelites would turn away from the LORD and oppose moses, then go back and beg for His mercy through hunger, thirst, and disease. She was there as god gave His commands. She saw the tabernacle built, and watched (probably with a measure of pride) as her brother Aaron was installed as high priest. She saw again and again how God provided for His people, and how he used her brother Moses as His spokesman.

Yet, through it all and after all she witnessed, Miriam wasn't perfect. Right before God led them to explore Canaan, Miriam and Aaron began to oppose Moses, apparently because of His Cushite wife (Numbers 12:1).

"'Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?' they asked. 'Hasn't He also spoken through us?' And the LORD heard this." (Numbers 12:2)

Miriam and Aaron were stricken with a case of jealousy. Not content to be prophetess and high priest, two instrumental leaders among Israel, they envied Moses and his position. So, the LORD called them all to account. He led them to the Tent of Meeting, and summoned Miriam and Aaron to stand before Him. He defended Moses (Numbers 12:6-8) and His anger burned against them for daring to oppose His humble servant. When the cloud of God lifted from the tent, Miriam, the great sister of two important men, was left stricken with leprosy. Her brothers loved her, and interceded for her, first Aaron, then Moses. God could have healed her right away, but instead He had Miriam confined outside the camp for seven days, likening her leprosy to a father spitting in his daughter's face. I'm sure that Miriam had a lot of time to think during that week, repenting of her pride and envy.

At last she was brought back inside the camp, and the people moved on. They explored Canaan, then once again rebelled against the LORD out of fear. So, they were banished to wander the wilderness; soon after, Miriam died and was buried. (Numbers 20:1)

There's much to learn from Miriam, over-all her devotion and sisterly love for her brothers. All of us as sisters are charged with the task of supporting our siblings, as Miriam did for hers. The task of a sister is indeed a great one! We should also learn to guard against envy and jealousy of our siblings. This can be very hard, as each person is blessed with different gifts. Sometimes it's hard to see siblings - especially younger ones - surpass you in different areas. However, instead of opposing or making fun of them, we should affirm them for their hard work and excellent abilities. As a sister, we hold the power to sway those watching us - namely our siblings - for good or bad. Learn from Miriam, and purpose to influence your siblings for the better!

Read all about Miriam in Exodus 2:1-10; 15:1-21; and Numbers 12:1-16

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Charles G. Finney

I was recently reading about Charles Grandison Finney in one of my schoolbooks, and it was so interesting that I went on the Internet to see if I could find out more about him. I found his memoirs and starting reading. When I came upon his account of his conversion, I was instantly engrossed. His story is amazing and I really recommend it.

Memoirs of Charles G. Finney
-Charles Finney's Birth and Early Education
-Charles Finney's Conversion to Christ

Friday, August 03, 2007

Maidens for Modesty

It was a morning of shopping sales with my siblings. K-Mart had a 40% off clearance, and I was finding many nice shirts for just a couple of dollars each. While walking with Elijah, I spied another rack of colorful shirts that looked promising. Picking one up, I was about to unfold it when I noticed the neckline - a somewhat low looking V. Putting it down, I walked away, mumbling, "No, v-necks never seem to work very well..." Elijah heard, and commented, "You girls must have a hard time finding clothes. It's easy for me. All I have to do is grab a shirt or pair of jeans and I'm set. Men's clothes don't have all of those weird sizes and things."

Yes, we girls do have a hard time when shopping for clothes. I'm sure all of you girls can say a resounding "Amen!" to that! These days, it seems like most things are either too low, too short, too tight, or too something! Finding longer, nice-looking shirts that I actually liked was something pretty rare and quite made my day! Too often, however, I've spent a day shopping only to come home with a sigh and nothing to show for the time spent searching. That's part of why I sew a lot, for I can design and make clothes the way I like them.

Why do we do it? Why do we dress modestly? Is it because it's easy? Definitely not! It takes time, energy, and sometimes more money to find modest apparel. Is it because it's in style? No again. Most of the fashions today would have you showing too much and concealing too little. A modest maiden often stands out somewhat, simply because she's going against the flow. I've longs since stopped trying to fit in with changing fads, and decided to instead focus on making my own modesty statement and starting my own modest trends.

Modesty isn't something that's easy or popular. Neither is it a list of do's and don'ts or clear-cut rules. Modesty starts in the heart and the outward appearance is what reflects what's inside. Nor does modesty simply apply to clothes; true modesty is evident in the way you carry and conduct yourself.

So, why do we dress modestly? We dress modestly to bring glory to our Heavenly Father and to honor Him with what we wear. We dress modestly to protect our brothers and brothers-in-Christ, so that they may at least be spared the visual assaults when with us. We dress modestly to honor our future husbands, saving ourselves for them alone. We dress modestly for the world, to show them that yes, there is something different about us as Christians.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Jubilee's new puppy

Last month, I came home from dance camp to learn that Jubilee's dog Sox was missing. He was only around 2 years old, and she'd trained him to be a very good, obedient, and gentle dog. We miss him a lot, but after realizing that he probably wouldn't be found, Jubilee began to want another dog. Soon, another sign appeared near the one we'd put up for lost Sox, this time saying that someone had found a puppy. After he wasn't claimed by anyone, Jubilee and mom went to pick him up today.

He's definitely part Chow (as Sox and our other dog Midnight is), and we think part Lab or Golden Retriever. More than that, he's extremely cute! Jubilee named him Orius, after the centaur in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She's definitely a huge Narnia fan!

Jubilee spent the afternoon playing with Orius, and introducing him to our menagerie of 1 dog and 6 cats (not to mention 2 birds and 2 fish!) and exploring with him the great outdoors that he'll now call home. Jubi loves animals, and I look forward to watching her train this sweet puppy!