How I dress now after my encounter with Jesus

 

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Around this time I was a professing Christian and going to church faithfully!

When I look at old pictures of myself I just can not believe how unseemly I carried myself as a woman claiming to be like Jesus. We, as in Christian women are so entangled in this world that now we’re dressing up vanity as Modesty which has nothing to do with apparel. We are being taught that being modest means throwing on a “cute” dress with some heels and some jewelry! But true modesty is about character. It’s about humility which yes, can be seen in the way we carry ourselves but it does not stem from how we dress. 

“I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” (1 Timothy 2:9-10)

You see a woman who is truly modest will most likely go unnoticed because she isn’t trying to draw vain glory to herself, not even through her clothing. And I know that some of you may think that God isn’t that concerned about the outward appearance but in context, that is not true either. We are to glorify God  (not our flesh!) in our bodies and our spirit.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor 6:19-20)

I have been led to cover my body with long, loose fitting skirts and dresses because it is not God’s will that we be objectified or stumbling blocks to other people. 

Now just for the record, I don’t think that it’s sin for a woman to wear pants. Are there pants that are inappropriate and completely demonic!?? YES. But in a general sense I believe that the scripture being referred to here is really just condemning homosexuality and cross dressing. But then again, I am not God so my opinion doesn’t even matter. You have to make sure that you are being led by His spirit.

So with that being said, I encourage you to seek the Lord concerning the way you dress because there is no godliness or modesty in emulating celebrities or other worldly women on Instagram (or Pinterest!). I’m just sayin’…

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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If you’re interested, I also blogged on How to Choose Modest Apparel.

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Being a Vegetarian: My advice to those of you being called to a plant based diet

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April 2016, When my journey first began

Let me just start off by saying that I have been a vegetarian for quite some time now but I can not front like I haven’t been back and forth on this for YEARS now! It has literally taken me 3 years to accept the fact that I have been called to a plant based diet.

 A lot of us are being led to change our diets so being a vegetarian I just want to encourage those of you who are on how to get started.

First, and foremost! Make sure that you are being led by God.

Selfish ambition is not only demonic (James 3:14-16)  but vanity in the eyes of God. And if God isn’t leading you to change your diet you will end up in bondage. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH EATING MEAT..

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

(1 Timothy 4:4-5)

The problem is is that God did not create what most of you are eating! If you want to eat well, just stop eating factory farmed animals and things being created by man!

Be discreet

Now i’m not saying that you have to hide the fact that you’re a vegan or a vegetarian. What i’m saying is, is that you don’t have to boast or make an idol out of it either. Trust me, no one cares. And the majority of professing Christians lack discipline so they just think you’re being extra, or weird. For instance, my family thinks that I’m crazy because I don’t eat meat when they’re the ones medically overweight or suffering from multiple diseases! This world is SO deceived. Just do yourself a favor and protect the way you eat.

Remember why you started

You will be tempted to AT LEAST reminisce about eating meat so if you end up eating a piece of a piece of chicken don’t tear yourself down about it. We should not be consumed with our every day lives so when you find yourself struggling (or giving up!) just remember why you started.

Eat what YOU like

You do not need to eat like fully raw Kristina. Of Course you should try new things (and have a well balanced diet!) but you can start with what you already enjoy eating. Don’t over think it. Focus on learning how to cook or you will end up just plain HUNGRY, stuffing your face with junk. Also, make sure that you meal prep because eating out limits your options and will have you meditating on “restrictions”.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it. Being a vegetarian has many benefits. Health wise it’s obvious but spiritually I am learning how to discipline my flesh and how to live as a minimalist. Now I don’t know exactly why or how long I can’t eat meat but honestly,  I don’t need to know. I just need to follow the Lord’s leading. If you would like to know what I typically eat in a day, just let me know and i’ll make a part 2 to this post.

Your sister,

Brandi

Being Humbled: My Head covering experience

Funny how we’ll jump head first (no pun intended) into anything that this world suggests but when it comes to this bible we claim to believe, every little thing is questioned. Now even though I am not here to debate head coverings because the scriptures are very clear on whether or not Christian women should cover their heads..

“But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.” (1 Corinthians 11:16)

I just want to encourage my sisters who want to grow in the Lord to learn how to submit to something other than their feelings. The truth is, is that only a woman who is ignorant and carnal or vain would have a problem covering her head in public when its time to pray because we sure don’t have a problem tying our hair up in scarves to make fashion statements! 

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(I’ll use myself as an example!)

I started covering my head about a year ago but to be honest, it was mainly because I had cut all of my damaged hair off. I thought that my intentions were pure but as my hair grew, my confidence too and my true motives were exposed.

Now even though my head covering journey started off completely in vain, I have grown from covering my head in so many ways. First of all, it is humbling. Like I said, wearing a head covering quickly exposed the pride and vanity in my heart. And even though a woman choosing to shave her head (to feel empowered or liberated)  is shameful I believe that God allowed it to bring me low. It forced me to deal with my insecurities and now I am starting to embrace myself without validation from other people.  

Wearing a head covering has also been a blessing to my marriage. 

2017-11-29-12-10-17 (1)-1Through it the holy Spirit has taught me so much about submission and my position as a woman. Not only have I become passionate about honoring men and their GOD GIVEN authority over women, but I have learned how to “help” instead of hindering them with my physical appearance. I am softer (as in gentle) and quieter than I’ve ever been before and even though meekness is generally frowned upon, it is admirable to God.

“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;  While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

(1 Peter 3:1-4)

Now as far as my prayer life goes, all I know is that I have had a desire to pray more but there are some amazing testimonies out there from other sisters who can confirm becoming more effective concerning spiritual warfare. If you’re one, I would love to hear your story so please share and may the Lord bless us all in pursuing His will 🙂

Much love,

Brandi