I know it's from God, because He's been working on my husband's heart, too.
My hubby and I have three beautiful daughters (and a wonderful son)!
The older they get, the more my heart is burdened for young girls. The more my desire is for them to grow up as modest, respectable young ladies.
Something else has happened in my heart though... There's an even greater desire to embrace how God created us! Today, boys want to be girls. Girls want to be boys. Boys "claim" to be girls and vice versa. I think it's time that we take a stand and embrace how God created us! Man. Female. Boy. Girl.
Now, before anyone takes offense, remember I'm only talking about me and my family. You've got to do what you feel God wants for you and yours!
The more that I think and pray about it, the more I feel it's important for a girl to look like a girl. And no, I'm not saying that you can't look like a girl in pants, I just feel that you can look more like a girl in a skirt. And yes, I realize that sometimes pants are more modest than a skirt. Especially if the skirt is tight or short.
I've really had to examine my heart and after much talking to my husband, we've came to the conclusion that the girls and I should wear skirts more. We're not saying that we'll wear skirts/dresses 100% of the time, though I feel that it will be more often than not. We're simply saying that for our family we want to look/dress like a girl and we can do that by dressing in skirts/dresses.
Now, I know modesty varies from people to people. I'm aware that some of you will look at the first picture of my daughters and consider it not modest because they are wearing sleeveless. A few of you will not understand this whole skirt topic and think I'm extreme. I'm okay with that! It's not about you, your mom, or your best friend. It's about me and my family.
My husband provided me with the following verses one day- out of the blue. He said he had been thinking about our modesty conversations lately and well, he being the wonderful preacher he is, provided me with a mini-sermon! You'll notice they all start with the letter "A", too! LOL All verses are KJV.
What are the areas of separation that I should apply in my life?
The first is our affections.
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:1-2
The second is our appearance.
"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." 1 Timothy 2:9-10
"Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" 1 Corinthians 11:14
"The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God." Deuteronomy 22:5
You can see in the above verses that women should dress in modest apparel and that it shouldn't be her hair, gold, pearls, or costly array that sets her apart. Instead it should be her good works. The Bible is very clear throughout that women should look like women and men should look like men.
The third is our appetites.
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." 1 Timothy 6:10-11
"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." 2 Timothy 2:22
"Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:2-3
The best way to curb an appetite is to push away from the table. The best way to curb my appetite for the world is to push it away. The farther that we get from the world, the less appetizing it becomes.
The last is our actions.
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:17
"And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing." 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
You'll notice that nowhere above does it lay out specifics. It does point out that your affections should be on things above, and that you should look like you were created, and that you should give thanks in everything you do!
Ultimately, we prefer skirts to come down to the knee and as we buy new items of clothing we'll make sure that it does, meanwhile, we wear what we've been blessed with- even if the skirt isn't quite long enough, but paired with tights looks decent (to us). We aren't crazy about spaghetti straps and will strive at pairing them with a wider tank top or a shrug. It's a journey, a one step at a time walk.
And yes, you will still see us in pants. At least occasionally. At least for now.
And in case you were wondering, I'm Baptist. Skirt wearing is not preached on, nor is it part of our doctrine. Again, for us, it's more about looking like a girl than a deep rooted religious belief. It's all about being a girl!!!
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2