I took a challenge offered by a woman whose passion for her Savior I have gotten to know through connecting with her on one of my new favorite websites, cafemom.com, and through reading her blog. She laid down a challenge to try something she calls “Feminine Friday”. As I read more about the concept I was intrigued. The one area in which God seems to be focusing all of my attention is the various roles I fill as a woman – wife, mother, sister, “older woman” (see Titus 2 if you don’t know what I’m talking about), etc. The call to a more “feminine” mode of dress intrigued me and I have committed to not just a Feminine Friday but at least one week of skirts or dresses. It might get me some strange looks although for the three days I’ve been doing this I’ve been surprised by the number of people who tell me how nice I look. And it would likely tick off some of the more militant feminists I know. But it certainly can’t hurt, right?
Truthfully, I felt called to this week-long change. Hubby noticed and we discussed my reasons: 1) I need to do whatever I can to help me remember what I have been called to as a wife. Not to try and correct my husband’s flaws or to be his mother, but to demonstrate respect for him as the head of our household. 2) I need to be reminded of the responsibilities I have for setting an example worth following for the young ladies who live in my home and those I encounter in my community. 3) I need to remember that being made female does not “handicap” me. The fact that I am so drastically different from my husband is a part of God’s design for the human race and I will never be truly content with myself until I learn to fully embrace what God means for a female to be.
Have I learned any heady life-changing lessons? Not really sure just yet. But I will tell you this – I seem to react a little differently when I’m dressed in a slightly more “girly” fashion.
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That was such a powerful heartfelt post!!! That is exactly the reason why I decided to try this. I noticed a change in my inner man when I paid closer attention to my outer man. IT really helped soften my attitude. I'm so glad that you linked up because I really do have a heart for this meme.
Thanks! Hubby was actually the one that commented on the fact that I've been "softer" since I started doing skirts/dresses more often. Right now, with wardrobe limitation and budget limitations, a dress or skirt everyday is sometimes not possible (need some more casual outfits for those days with lots of cleaning and such to do!) but I'm definitely doing skirts more often than not now. It really is having an effect!
loved your post! I think I might try this too. What about having little kids??? I've been wanting to 'dress up' more but I'm afraid the 3 year old will get food on it? I'm also going to get an apron!! Keep the posts coming sister!!!