Reflections of a Heart

‘God opposes the proud but shows fa- vor to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). Jesus did not attract attention by


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and humility. I began to notice how young girls were dressing both in church and out of church. Even some adult women were wearing clothing that did not fit my thoughts on mod- esty. Our outward appearance is a re- flection of our inner self and I began to wonder about this. Are women today not concerned about the reflec- tion they are giving? Romans 12:2 states, “Do not con-


form to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Are low cut tops, tight pants, high cut skirts and midriff showing outfits God’s will for us as Christian women? Are they the reflection of a heart for Jesus? 1 Timothy 2:9 also re- inforces this idea of modesty. “Wom- en should adorn themselves mod- estly and appropriately and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with elaborate hair arrangement or gold or pearls or expensive clothing,” Dressing mod- estly doesn’t mean we have to cover ourselves from head to toe, but we should cover areas that arouse temp- tation. My husband is my gauge when it comes to what I wear in pub- lic. If I am in doubt about something, I will ask him if it is alright. We all want to express our person-

alities through our clothing and hair- styles but we must make sure that we realize our faith is the most beautiful thing we own. “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another because,

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did a study on Proverbs using Girl’s Gone Wise by Mary Kassian. I began thinking about modesty

what He wore. It was by what He did that he was able to accomplish that. He fed 5,000, walked on water, and healed the sick. Those actions show us a man with a gentle and loving heart. He took the time to help and love others before taking care of his own needs. Should we not also at- tract attention by our actions instead of our wardrobe? Shouldn’t others know us for our reflection of Christ’s love? How many people have you fed when you didn’t think you had enough to feed yourself? When have you helped the sick? How often do you love the least loveable by be- friending them? It doesn’t matter if you live in a big

city or a small town. There are peo- ple everywhere in need. Spend your time worrying about the homeless and hungry instead of your next big shopping trip. Most important, lis- ten. Listen for God’s voice nudging you in the direction you need to go. Years ago, there was a story on our

local news about a missing woman. She turned up a couple of days later at a bus stop in another state. She was addicted to drugs and was having a really down and out time. God told me that I needed to reach out to her. It just so happened that her sister was a friend of mine and I was able to track her down through Facebook. We ar- ranged a day to meet and I took her to Applebee’s for lunch. We talked a long time and I told her that I would be praying for her and that I would stay in touch. A short time later she ended up in jail. I stuck by my word to her though and I visited her every Sunday afternoon for the allowed 15 minutes. I prayed for her daily and we wrote letters to each other. Once she was released, she con-

tinued to struggle and I continued to pray and to try to keep in touch. She moved around a lot so that made it difficult. I didn’t give up though. I had never really experienced God telling me to do something so clearly before. Through the years, we have been able to reconnect. She no longer lives in my town but thanks to the In- ternet we can still stay in touch. She is now living a clean life and thanks God for it. I like to think that my lis- tening to God’s nudging has helped play a part in her success. What re- flection are you giving to the world??

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