Inner Beauty

Singing favorites from the BL songbook around the piano
Singing favorites from the BL songbook around the piano

May 7 was our last meeting for the school year and we had a special tea party while we studied the topic of “Inner Beauty”.  Throughout Set 8, we have been discussed different topics related to our outward appearance and behavior. These are all important, but we want to end by setting our focus on the most important thing of all—having a heart that is right before the Lord.  Yes, we must be wise, discerning, and obedient in regards to our clothing, appearance, countenance, and manners.  But all of these will naturally fall into place if we are loving the Lord with all of our heart.  This is where true beauty begins.

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Object lesson: beautiful package contains rocks; ugly package contains chocolate!

It is easy for us to overemphasize outward things.  We tend to get wrong impressions about people because of the way they look or dress.  We often notice styles, fads, and fashions. We spend lots of time and money on things that are merely external.  While we are using up our time and energy on the outward, God is looking at the inward—the thoughts and motives of our hearts (1 Sam. 16:6-7).  As we get consumed with having a beautiful package, He is focused on the true product inside all the wrapping.  Outward beauty is really just a picture of true inner beauty that God desires to develop in each one of us as He conforms us into the image of His Son.  Physical beauty fades as we get older, but inner beauty will increase with age if we continue to obey the Lord and walk in His ways.

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Object lesson: We had some balloons marked with Satan’s lies and once we read a Scripture to combat the lie we popped the balloon!

Have you ever found yourself wishing that you had someone else’s hair, your sister’s really cute outfits, your friend’s amazing smile, or that you could be just as pretty as so-and-so?  Satan has deceived many young ladies into believing that they need to gain a particular look or certain standard of outward beauty.  But keep in mind that there’s no such thing as an outward ideal—some perfect standard we are all trying to measure up.  The enemy tries to distract us with many lies about our appearance. Some of the lies we looked at were:

  • Lie: God is not enough to satisfy me. • Truth: Psalm 107:9
  • Lie: Being beautiful will make me happy. • Truth: Prov. 31:30
  • Lie: I’m ugly. • Truth: Psalm 139:14
  • Lie: If I don’t wear the latest fashions, people won’t like me. • Truth: Rom. 12:2
  • Lie: My body belongs to me.  I can do what I want to with it. • Truth: 1 Cor. 6:20

Don’t give in to the world’s lies!  They are empty and unable to satisfy.  They bring confusion and sorrow, rather than fulfillment and joy.

P1110324God created everything.  The entire universe already belongs to Him.  Isn’t it incredible to think that something could be “of great price” in God’s sight?  Scripture tells us that a meek and quiet spirit is of great price in the sight of God.   Ornaments of gold and silver and outward beauty may be of great price in the eyes of this world, but not to God.  It is our inner character that is so valuable to Him.  It is beautiful to Him.  It is precious in His sight.  Why is this?  It demonstrates humility.  Pride is something God hates.  Humility is something God loves. Meekness and quietness require humility and lowliness.  This is something that the Lord notices and values (Ps. 10:17).

P1110342So how do we put it into practice? With these thoughts in mind, here are some things we can do to cultivate inner beauty:

  1. Spend time seeking heavenly things instead of earthly things.
  2. Lean as much about Jesus as you can and imitate Him.
  3. Humble yourself daily by putting other people first, serving them, and giving up your own expectations.
  4. Submit joyfully to authorities.
  5. Do not defend yourself—let God defend you.
  6. Respond as Jesus would to those who irritate or offend you.  Speak gently and kindly, forgive them, pray for them, and trust the Lord to take care of the situation.
  7. Rejoice in the suffering God allows, which is strengthening your character and conforming you into the image of His Son.

This is difficult to do.  We cannot do it in our own strength.  We must cry out to the Lord for help.

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Object lesson: every time “Joanna” responded to an irritation in a godly way, she got a piece of clothing or jewelry to wear to illustrate inner beauty

We ended our lesson with a story about a girl named Joanna.  One of the girls volunteered to act out the story.  As Joanna was faced with irritations and everyday problems, she chose to clothe herself with humility and in doing so, was cultivating inner beauty in her life.

For our activity time, we enjoyed making mini paper roses and enjoyed our adorable little tea snacks.

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Everyone dressed up for the tea party, so that called for a group picture!

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It was such a blessing to have all of you girls a part of Bright Lights this year. Let’s ask the Lord to give us wisdom each day as we seek to represent Him well.  Remember, one of the best ways to be representatives of Christ is by cultivating inner beauty.  As we focus on the inward—loving the Lord with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind—it will overflow to the outward!  Others will see and the Lord will be glorified as we shine brightly for Him.  He is worthy!

Etiquette: Treating Others With Honor

Etiquette may not seem like a very important topic, but actually has a huge effect on the people that we are with.  If we learn to treat others with honor, its a godly testimony to others, and an important part of the way we represent our heavenly Father. It can make a big impression on others and mean a lot to them.  That being said, we shouldn’t develop good etiquette so that others will think highly of us, but rather to show others that we think highly of them.  Good manners display respect and concern for others.  It demonstrates that we consider them worthy to be treated with honor.  It is preferring them before ourselves.

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We went over some basic manners such as showing gratitude, putting your cell phone away in social settings, table manners, telephone manners, the importance of overcoming shyness and being friendly (and watching out for cliques), and wise conversational skills.  Asking God for help and going in His strength, and learning to put others before yourself is an important part of etiquette.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

—Philippians 2:3-8 (NKJV)

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What does “esteeming others better than ourselves” mean?  It means putting others interests before our own.  It is living unselfishly.  We cannot do this in our own strength!  We can only do it as we humble ourselves before the Lord and ask for His help.  Esteeming others better than ourselves does not mean that they have more worth or value, but rather we consider their needs over their own.  One of the very best ways to show honor and respect to others is to simply be aware of the needs around you and be ready to jump in and help even before you are asked.

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This is connected to joyfulness!  JOY=Jesus, Others, Yourself.  Selfishness robs us of joy.  As you take initiative and serve other people you will find joy.  You will be following in the footsteps of Jesus and you will find that it is truly more blessed to give than to receive.  This world is filled with selfish people.  When we choose to love others by showing them honor and respect we will be different from those around.  The world will know that we belong Christ’s by our love for others (John 13:35).  And that’s when we will be shining brightly for Him.

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Etiquette and manners are very important.  We are representing our Heavenly Father—we ought to behave in a way that is fitting for daughters of the King!  True etiquette and gracious behavior comes from developing genuine love and respect for others—not memorizing a list of etiquette rules, being stiff and formal, or doing everything perfectly.
Some may have good manners with the motivation to impress others or attract attention, but instead, we should have the attitude of Christ—demonstrating that we think highly of others and esteem them as more important than ourselves.

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For our activity, we did skits.  Each small group got a slip of paper telling them what type of manners to illustrate in their skit (such as table manners, telephone manners, etc).  They had to show the wrong way and the right way to treat others with honor in these particular settings.  As you can imagine, there was a lot of laughter as bad manners were displayed in many of the skits.  It was a good exercise to think about how our etiquette and manners affect those around us.

Joyfulness

On April 9, Mindy Caron taught the lesson on “Joyfulness” since I was gone a ministry trip with my dad.  Here’s my sister’s (Deborah) recap of meeting.

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We were so blessed to have our friend Mindy Caron teach the lesson on Joyfulness. Mindy originally started the Bemidji Bright Lights group a number of years ago, and she is such a radiant example of joy!

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Joyfulness…what is the opposite? Self-pity is the opposite of joyfulness. Why is joyfulness important? Well, we are representing Jesus, who is the Source of joy. The world cannot give joy; only Jesus can.

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Meet Joy. Joy loves to read her Bible. She sings a lot, too—there’s a song in her heart. Joy often has a smile on her face as well.

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Now meet Selfie. Selfie is much different than Joy. She has no smile, sings no song. Her attitude is negative much of the time.

What makes the difference between these two?

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Joy focuses on God. She compares herself with Him—her goal is to be like Him. She’s not focusing on the circumstances around her. Joy realizes that God has a purpose for everything that He allows to happen each day of her life. She trusts Him. Since she is not focusing on herself but rather on the Source of joy, she has joy that only God gives. He is the One who puts joy in her heart!

Selfie, on the other hand, is focused on herself. She is constantly comparing herself with others and wears a polka-dot dress because she wants to be like everyone else. Selfie focuses on the circumstances around her instead of deciding to trust God’s plan for the circumstances. Selfie has no joy because she is not focused on the Source of joy.

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Sometimes things happen in life and it seems we only want to be angry, bitter, or irritated. But joy does not depend on life’s circumstances. Our girl Joy chooses to trust God’s plan and remembers there is a bigger picture. One day Joy’s little brother took her bike out and accidentally crashed it. He came and apologized to her. Joy was tempted to be angry, but she remembered that God is in control of her circumstances and realized that God was using this to grow her character. “I forgive you, buddy,” she said. “It’s just a bike.” Joy could have let self-pity creep in and rule her actions. She could have said, “I deserve to be upset—he wrecked my bike and now I can’t ride it.” But instead she realized God allowed this for a reason, and she was able to respond in an appropriate way. Joy felt a flood of joyfulness come over her. Since she chose to focus on the Source of joy, she experienced the joy He gives.

Don’t be filled with self-pity; instead, be grateful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If you start to fall into the trap of self-pity, stop and give thanks for the blessings you have been given. It is amazing what an attitude of gratefulness can do!

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Whenever you don’t feel joyful—say you are asked to do a job you dislike—choose to rejoice (“I get to help my mom!” “I have an able body to do this!” “I’m learning character!”). Or when something happens that you really don’t like—for instance, when Joy’s brother crashed her bike—remember God’s words in James 1:2-3: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Notice we are not told to rejoice just when our circumstances look good. In the Lord, we always have much to rejoice about! Remember, Selfie looked at her circumstances and compared herself with others, and as a result she had no joy, while Joy focused on God and made it her aim to be like Him, and He filled her heart with joy. You may not feel joyful in the moment, but keep your focus on God and keep rejoicing in Him, and your feelings will catch up.

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One of the “Joy-Givers” Mindy listed was gratefulness. Yes, giving thanks can really give you a joy boost! The activity we did was what I’ll call a “Grateful Race.” We divided the the girls into two teams and the girl at the front of each team line had to run to the board and write something she was grateful for. We made it more interesting by changing the letter of the alphabet they were supposed to use to start each word (for example, use the letter A—apples, air). They only had two or three minutes, and whoever had the longest list at the end won. It was a great way to get them to think fast about things they were thankful for!

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As a follow-up to that principle, my sister and I made little thankfulness notebooks to give to the girls where they can write things they are thankful for…to get a little boost of joy!

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Practical Modesty Suggestions

We have been talking a lot about modesty the past couple of meetings at Bright Lights.  We’ve covered why we should dress modestly and the principles in God’s Word regarding our appearance.  So this particular meeting was excited as we explored practical ways to dress in way that honors the Lord.

Have you ever gone clothes shopping and aren’t able to find anything modest that you like?  Many girls want to dress modestly, but cannot find modest clothes.  Other girls want to dress femininely, but cannot find nice dresses or skirts.  Shopping can be very frustrating!  Tonight, I want to share a few ideas that are very helpful when creating a modest wardrobe.

At our last meeting, we talked about our important calling as ambassadors of Christ.  In everything that we do, our goal must not be to please ourselves, but to honor the Lord and represent Him well.  To help us understand this concept a little better, we heard a little story about a business that wanted to hire a secretary.  Since the secretary was going to represent the business to everyone who walked through the door, the secretary was to be carefully chosen.  Four young ladies wanted to apply for the job.  And they each had very different ideas as to how appear for their interview.

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First there was Miss Matching… or was it Miss Mis-matching?)
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Next was Miss I. M. Flashy
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After her was Miss Hattie O’Frumpy
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Last, but certainly not least, was Miss Grace

This little skit helped to illustrate how our clothing is often the first thing people notice about us and it communicates a message to others.  We want to properly represent the Lord to the world around us—that is what it means to be a bright light.  By His grace, let’s represent Him as well as we can!

How Can I Find Modest Clothes?

Keep in mind that these suggestions are not a list of rules to follow.  These are to give you ideas, but more importantly, this should encourage you to study God’s Word, talk to parents, and develop your own personal standards and convictions in this area.

Tops

One of the main things to watch out for with tops is that they fit you well and are not too tight.  If your shirt looks or feels tight, don’t be afraid to get a bigger size.  Don’t look at a tag, say “That’s my size,” and assume it will fit you.  We don’t want our shirts to be too loose/big and hang like a bag on us—that tends to look sloppy and unprofessional which is not the impression we want to give others.  Nice fitting shirts are not only modest, they are also the most attractive.  It looks much better than wearing a shirt that is too tight or too loose.

Layering

What happens if your shirt is not high enough to be modest (i.e. v-necks, other low necked shirts)?  You can often make them modest by layering. Obviously, make sure that your underneath shirt is high enough to be modest.

  • V-necks—wear a shirt underneath or you can sew a piece of fabric in the v to make it modest
  • Rounded necklines—wear a high rounded neckline to create a “border”
  • Sleeveless—wearing a shirt underneath that has sleeves will be more modest and can look really cute if done with the right combination.
  • Sleeves that are too wide—wear a high armpit undershirt, or alter the sleeves (pleats or sewing it narrower)
  • Button-up shirts—if the buttons are too low, wear a shirt underneath
  • Sheer—oftentimes tops can be made out of sheer, see-through material.  Layering can often solve this problem; just make sure the underneath shirt is modest.

Fitted shirts usually work best for layering so that they don’t add extra bulk to your outfit.  Also if they are long that adds modesty for when you bend over, lifting up arms, etc. and your top shirt comes up and gaps.  Another idea is to wear a tank top backwards—often times the back neckline is higher than the front.  You can also tank tops to have a higher neckline by cutting/pinning/sewing the straps (you may also need to make the armpits lower so it will be comfortable).

Remember—you want your clothing to draw attention to your joyful countenance.  So when you try on a shirt, ask yourself “What is this shirt drawing attention to?”  There are certain types of clingy fabric that are immodest no matter what.  Also, layering doesn’t always help draw the attention to your face either, so keep that in mind.

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Skirts & Pants
You will want to make sure that your skirts and pants are not too tight.  Some girls think that wearing tight pants, shorts, or skirts will make them look skinnier.  However, wearing clothing that is too tight is not flattering—or modest—at all.

  • Pants & Shorts—If your pants are borderline, you could wear a tunic to cover the bottom and make it modest.  Also, be very careful about the length of your shorts.
  • Skirts—When choosing the length of your skirt, remember that you are not going to be standing all day. You will be sitting down, moving around, and carrying on many daily activities and you want it to be modest in all of these situations.  It’s also a good idea to wear leggings underneath your skirt—especially when you plan to be active. If you your skirt happens to fly up, the leggings will help to keep things modest!

Suggestions for modest skirts:

  • Have you ever found a nice skirt at the store, only to find that it has a huge slit up the back or sides? A creative way to deal with this is by sewing in a kick-pleat.  This is something that even a beginning seamstress can do.  You can look on the internet for directions.
  • Another idea for finding long modest skirts is buying a sun dress, cutting off the top and sewing in a simple elastic waistband.
  • Also, with maxi-skirts in style right now, you can actually buy a long skirt. However, keep in mind that they can be tight/clingy.  An idea for dealing with this is buying a larger size and use a headband or belt to hold it up.
  • You can also make a modest skirt out of a pair of jeans. I posted instructions this on the BL resources page here.

Swimwear
Most young ladies wear swimming outfits that they would never consider appropriate at any other time.  But what makes it okay to dress immodestly just because they are at the beach?  Modest swimwear is not difficult to come up with—you just sometimes need to be creative and think outside of the box! A couple of options:

  • WholesomeWear & other online companies
  • You can wear a regular one-piece swimsuit with swim shorts & a quick-drying athletic t-shirt over top (there are a lot of girly-looking guy’s swim trunks out there—mine are white and gray with sparkly flowers!).  One thing to be mindful of is things can become see through when they are wet.  Since my swim trunks are white (and my underneath swimsuit is black), I also got some fitting athletic shorts to wear underneath for added modesty when wet.

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Other Things to Consider

  • Logos—does it draw attention to the wrong place?  Is it something you want to represent?
  • Weather—consider the weather and activities you will be doing when choosing what to wear (i.e. don’t wear a light flowing skirt on a windy day… don’t ask me how I know!)
  • Make-up—if you choose to wear make-up, remember that less is more!  Make it look natural.  Overusing make-up (eye make-up especially) can make us look dark and worldly, and that is not the impression we want to give at all!
  • Jewelry—an excessive amount of jewelry can be distracting and gives the impression that we want people to notice us. Again, less is more.
  • Hair—don’t covet someone else’s hair.  Choose a style that works best for your hair and remember that natural looking, feminine styles usually look best!
  • Secret Weapon!—Do you need a quick fix for your clothing?  There is a “secret weapon” that can be very useful in helping to make something modest—safety pins! They are useful for button shirts (making the shirt “button” up farther) and skirt/pants waists, etc.
  • Body Shape—It’s important to evaluate what we wear and if it looks appropriate for our body shape.  Just because someone else wears something doesn’t mean it’s right or that it will look nice or modest on us!
  • Mirror Check—use a mirror to look carefully at your outfit to make sure it is modest. Lift up your arms, bend over, and check your arm holes to make sure you can’t see up/down/through your shirt. Use a light source to see if you need a slip.
  • Ask your Dad—Dads often have great advise on what’s modest or not, and might notice something immodest about your outfit that you might have overlooked.  Talk with your parents about your family’s standards for modesty and honor them in this area—your clothing also reflects back on your parents!

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Modesty is possible!  With a little creativity, we can change many outfits to make them modest.  Modest clothing does not have to look “frumpy” or old-fashioned, but can look nice and very cute!  Again, these suggestions are not a list of rules to follow.  It’s so important to develop your own personal standards and convictions regarding modesty before the Lord, with the help of your parents.  It’s also important to develop godly convictions now instead of waiting for a time when it could be struggle for you (i.e. the next time you go clothes shopping, go swimming, etc).

Remember, modesty is an attitude of our hearts.  We can be completely covered outwardly, and yet if our heart is not modest, we still won’t be communicating a godly message to those around us.  So above all, ask the Lord to help you to develop a meek and quiet spirit—inward beauty that is very precious in His sight—and that your outward actions would reflect this work of God in your heart.

For our activity, we made little reminders that inward beauty is of most importance to the Lord.  It was so fun to see everyone’s creativity!

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Do you have any practical modesty suggestions?  I would love to hear them!

Royal Apparel

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Last night we had our meeting titled “Royal Apparel.”  We learned that God doesn’t give us a dress code.  That’s because it is a matter of our heart. He wants us to choose to dress in a way that honors Him because we want to, not because we have to.  The Lord doesn’t give us detailed rules or guidelines about what kind of clothing we should wear.  However, He does give us many principles in His Word that teach us what He desires and why He desires it.  Here are the principles we examined last night:

#1: Dress Modestly (1 Tim. 2:9)—The concept of modesty includes several aspects: (1) not revealing that which God intends to be covered, (2) not seeking to draw attention to ourselves, and (3) not stirring up wrong desires by dressing/acting in a sensual way. Immodesty is a huge problem for young ladies in our culture.  However, many times girls don’t even realize that they are dressing immodestly—they are simply following the fashions of the world.  It really goes back to this bigger question: to whom are we looking for approval?  Who are we trying to please—and why?

#2: Do Not Copy the World (1 John 2:15, James 4:4, Rom. 12:2)—The world’s thinking must not be our standard.  We do not need to act, look, or think like the world—in fact we should specifically purpose not to!  Being different from the world is a major part of our testimony and calling as Christians.  If the world can’t see any difference between our lives and theirs, how will they be drawn to Christ? How will they be drawn to the light if the light looks just like the darkness?

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#3: Do Not Defraud (1 Thess. 4:4-6)—The word “defraud” means to deceive or take advantage of someone; it carries the idea of causing harm to someone. 1 Thes. 4 explains that we are called to walk in holiness before God and warns us not to defraud others by stirring up lust. The Lord takes this issue seriously. Why is that?

  • First of all, we have been called to holiness.  We are to be holy as God is holy.  Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20).  God expects us to take this seriously and to be a temple for His glory through which His holiness can be seen in the world.  This requires cleanness and purity.
  • Secondly, immorality is extremely serious in God’s eyes.  The Bible tells us to flee from it (2 Tim. 2:22).  To flee means to run in the opposite direction.  Defrauding, on the hand, is getting close to it. Defrauding in itself may seem harmless, but it is the attitude behind immorality.  It is a selfish “getting” attitude.
  • Thirdly, as the Body of Christ, we are called to encourage and build one another up.  If we defraud a fellow believer, we are doing just the opposite—we are a stumbling block and tearing others down.

Some girls use the argument “It’s the guy’s problem if he can’t control his thoughts—it’s not my responsibility.”  But remember, we are one body in Christ; when one member suffers, we all suffer.  As girls, we should do everything in our power to help our brothers in Christ, and we certainly shouldn’t do anything that would cause them to stumble!  When we dress immodestly out of our own desire for attention and cause a young man to notice us, we are stirring up desires in him that we cannot righteously fulfill.  This is defrauding, it is selfish, and it is the opposite of true love.

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#4: Honor Your Father (Eph. 6:2-3)—Some girls see clothing as a ‘little’ area in which they don’t need to honor their parents.  But Scripture doesn’t make a distinction between ‘big’ or ‘little’ things; it simply says to honor them.  Jesus said that those who are faithful in little are faithful in much.  It will matter for eternity if we seek to please the Lord by honoring our parents, but in the long run it really won’t matter if we please our friends.  Listen to your parents, especially your dad, regarding your clothing choices.  They want to protect you, and your dad can give you a guy’s perspective one whether something is truly modest or not.

#5: Remember that You are Representing Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:20)—In everything that we do, our goal must not be to please ourselves, but to honor Christ and represent Him well.  Scripture tells us that we are ambassadors of Christ.  We communicate a significant message by our smile, bright countenance, posture, confidence, manners, and clothing.  The next time you go shopping, remember that you are actually purchasing clothing for Christ’s ambassador.  By His grace, let’s represent Him as well as we can!

#6: Dress Femininely (Mark 10:6)—We see evidence of Satan’s attempt to pervert our God-given roles even in the way he influences fads and fashions.  He wants men to look like women, and women to look like men.  As young ladies, we can be feminine through our actions, words, appearance, and godly attributes of womanhood.  As we apply the principle of femininity to dress, it’s not wrong to wear clothing that is similar to a man’s (i.e. modest pants). However, there are special benefits to wearing clothing that is specifically feminine!  It shows the world that we are not ashamed to embrace our calling as women.

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#7: Draw Attention to Your Countenance (Dan. 12:3)—It’s amazing how the light of Christ can shine through our lives and countenances even when we do not speak a word.  What do we want people to notice about us?  As Christians, our desire is that anyone who sees us would see Christ. This will only happen if we allow the joy and love of Christ to shine through us in our smile, attitudes, words, and actions.  We need to keep this in mind as we decide what to wear.  We should dress and act in a way which will draw attention to our joyful countenance, and ultimately to the Lord.

#8: Don’t Judge Others by Their Outward Appearance (Matt. 7:1-5, 1 Sam 16:7)—Others will probably judge us by the way we dress, but we should not judge others by their outward appearance. We want to follow Jesus’ example of being sensitive and responding to the “inside,” not the “outside.”  Be careful not to jump to conclusions based on outward appearances.  When we see immodesty in others, we should give grace to those who do not share the same convictions as we have.  As we show them love, we may be able to lead and encourage them in the right direction.

The world is going in such a wrong direction in the area of clothing.  It’s time for us to take a stand for the Lord.  The world is pushing girls to dress immodestly, to attract attention in a wrong way, and to just go with the flow.  Instead of getting as close as we can to worldly ways, let’s strive to set an example of modesty, discretion, maturity, femininity, and beauty as we represent the King of kings!  Ask the Lord to give you a heart that desires to honor Him in the area of clothing, and to give you the courage to be different from the world.  Talk with your parents about your family’s standards for modesty and how you can honor the Lord in the way you dress.

For our activity time, we divided into teams.  Each team was tasked to create a princess dress out of brown packing paper.  It was a fun activity that helped to remind us that we, as daughters of the King, should dress in a way that brings Him glory and honor.