Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 34: Dress For Success

"I have nothing to wear!" Did you ever utter those words? I have...many, many times.   My husband will tell you (actually, he wouldn't tell you because he's been married long enough to know a hot topic when he hears it) that it usually comes with frustration, as I search the closet endlessly for an outfit that goes well with the occasion ahead of me.

Since Carl is a wise man he has learned to ignore me during my high estrogen level fits as opposed to telling me to "just wear anything."

Then there are the kids.  They love to throw this phrase around when we're out shopping and they're trying to persuade me into buying them something, even the boys! (I thought boys weren't suppose to care about what they wore?)

There's a mystery surrounding this question of not
having anything to wear.
How come if we have nothing to wear, our hampers overfloweth?
...as far as I can remember we've never left the house undressed either!

Today lended itself perfect for this topic because I've been
catching up on laundry. Lots of it, too!

So I was thinking about all these clothes and how Jesus
told us he's provide for us (and he has). He told us not to worry
about our life because He provides our necessities daily.

Jesus knew we would have this struggle and so he taught on this...
Matthew 6:25,28-30
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothes?...

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

So, we always have SOMETHING  to wear, its just that it's
not always what we WANT to wear. 
(Read post of Day 24: Be Content with what God Sent)

Does God care about what we wear on a daily basis?

In Colossians 3:12 we read what we need to wear on the inside.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Before we begin searching our closet for the perfect
outfit for the day, we should be hitting the prayer closet
and asking God to clothe us from the inside out,
for the perfect accessories.

After all, accessories make the outfit, and if you like a little bling,
nothing shines brighter than wearing the characteristics
of our Heavenly Father.   
But that's not all God wants us to wear on the inside. We need to add good deeds to it all for a complete statement that screams "Godly Woman." 

1 Timothy 2:9-10 says,
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

Are you wondering what that scripture means?  It means that God wants us to be less concerned about our looks and more concerned about our life.  One day we will stand before the Lord and we will be clothed with our good deeds, which we don't do to earn salvation but out of gratitude for what the Lord has done for us. 
Since we're done dressing us inside, let's see how God wants
us to look on the outside.

We clearly see that God wants us to dress modestly
but along with modesty there are certain things He wants
us to wear daily that never go out of style.  

The top 6 in the lineup are found in this passage:

Ephesians 10:10-17
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
1. belt of truth- standing for the Truth daily even
when we're the only one standing
2. breastplate of righteousness- living daily with God's
standards out of faith in him and love for him
3. feet fitted with readiness-  preparedness to bring the
truth of Jesus daily to any situation
4. shield of faith- defend against false philosophies that
are contrary to the truth of God
5. helmet of salvation- enough confidence in the hope we
have in Jesus that we don't get pulled into
the daily worries of the world
6. sword of the spirit-using His Word to resist daily 
temptations to indulge our desires instead of God's.  
Keeping these in our closet for daily wear will ensure that
we're sporting a fashion that is eternal and we'll be ready to face 
the day and whatever it brings. 

So before you go screaming
"I have nothing to wear!" remember that God has
given you a complete customized wardrobe to
add to your look.

Wear it well!

 Are you daily dressed for success?


  1. I have learned to change my "I don't have anything to wear" to "I don't have anything I want to wear." That way the full closet doesn't mock me. Ha!

    I once heard that we should open our eyes and put on God's armor before we get out of bed--that in the daily ritual we will be quicker to use the armor God gave us.

    Have a joy-filled week.

  2. The days always begin better when we put God first. Thanks for your insight Pamela!