In this day in age, I sometimes think it's so tough being a woman. Women tend to dress without any regard to modesty or self respect. When I was younger I wanted to be a mom so badly that when people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, that's what I told them. I wanted to be married, have kids, and that was my goal. When I had Alaina Pat and I talked about how important it was to teach her modesty and self respect. I truly believe that much of the problem is that women aren't told enough how special, beautiful, and important they are. This morning I watched the VeggieTales Sweet Pea Beauty with Alaina. It teaches girls that beauty is not only what's on the outside, but what's in your heart that is important. How you treat others is much more important than what clothes you wear or how you "fix" yourself on the outside. I posted a song on my facebook page, but I will post it on here as well. This song is by Nichole Nordeman and is called Beautiful for Me. More importantly, the verse mentioned in that particular Veggie Tales is Proverbs 31:30 but I find the entire section to be important:
Hymn to a Good Wife
10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
Our goal is to teach our kids self respect, respect for others and modesty. I hope that this is helpful to others as it was/is to me!
Here is the song
When you don't feel like you quite measure up, just remember this verse:
1 Samuel 16:7b
7b God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart."(MSG)