Monday, October 21, 2013

Demons & Headcoverings...

In I Cor. 11:1-16 - there is a mystery verse - a verse that seems to be a bit unclear as to its meaning.  That verse? - verse 11...

   For this cause ought the woman to have power
                on her head because of the angels.

Often this verse is explained as 'there are heavenly angels present in our church services - and in respect to them (or something similar) - we need to have our heads covered so they can minister to us.'  Maybe...  But angels are present everywhere - not just in church services.  And then there are fallen angels... demons as we've come to call them.   And they are a very real entity too!
May I suggest that wearing a headcovering somehow speaks to the angels in the spirit world - both heavenly and demonic.  (Keep in mind that angels are not omniscient!) I know of several real life instances where evil certainly seemed to be thwarted as a result of a woman wearing a head covering.  Here is one...

This story involves a native young lady in Costa Rica (shared by my brother who lives and ministers there.)  She was a new believer - struggling with her new way of  life and tempted by her old.  But she was wearing her head covering (yes, in daily life).  Her and a nonChristian friend were at odds over a boyfriend.  In a weak moment - she went to 'have it out' with her friend and things got ugly.  The other girl put up her fists with the intent of an all out girl 'cat fight'.  With her fists raised and ready to 'strike' - she screamed at the young believer to take off that 'rag on her head' (referring to her head covering) so that she could fight her.  Of course the young lady didn't - and the fist fight never ensued.  But interestingly - as the new believer retold the story - it was as though there was a physical force keeping that friend from delivering those blows.

Is there 'power' on our head when we wear a headcoving?  This one story would suggest 'yes'!

I'm sure this raises lots of questions and I'll try to share more tidbits on this topic in future posts... (trying to keep them short for you!)

Be Blessed in Jesus ~ Joyce

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sports Running Skirts and More...

I continue to be of the mind that if there is an activity 
that we can't do modestly - perhaps we should rethink 
if we really need to be doing that activity.   
The Christian life is, after all, a day-to-day dying to our own whims and desires.
   That said - I also believe there are many modest outfit 
options for seeing us through an assortment of sporting activities.  
Take a peek at this sport company's approach to modesty...

I'm thinking a full light knit skirt with leggings
 underneath should get us through most activities!  
And it's a cute look to boot!
Shipping to the USA is not a great-looking option - 
but this would not be a hard look to recreate.
Be encouraged!  ~Joyce
Linking to Modest Monday

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mending For Modesty & Putting Elastic in Sleeves...

Years ago - mending was more of a 'thing' than it seems 
to be today.  Thrift stores did not abound to keep our 
closets full of nice clothing at budget prices....
 so we mended what we had!  
Well recently - I did some mending of my own -
 but for a different reason.
I find modest and dressy shirts hard to find. 
I've had this white one a number of years and love it!  
The drawstring neck can be tied to a level I'm comfortable with.
  However, we have a new puppy who has some
 challenging behavior issues.  
We've learned she's very 'dominant' and training has been hard work - ahhhh!!!  
One of her issues is jumping and biting - at the same time!   
She 'play bites' (as they call it) hard and fast! 
(Picture bruised legs, arms and tattered clothing...a naughty puppy!)  
When she put a big tear in the sleeve of this shirt - 
I was determined it wasn't going in the trash.
Thankfully - she tore the sleeves near the bottom of their 
 original 3/4 length.  I cut that part off - 
and now the sleeves are a little shorter. 
The original shirt...(I like it with this vest apparently.)
To put elastic in sleeves... simply turn sleeves under and stitch a casing 
the width of your elastic.  Allow an opening and feed elastic through
 with a safety pin on the end...having measured the elastic to what is
 comfortable for your arm. 
Stitch the elastic closed - then finish stitching the casing closed.  
It it easy!
All for Jesus ~Joyce