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All the Pretty Things

A friend on Pinterest (and a pen-pal matter-o-fact) pinned a pin (not dreamed a dream) that had some beautiful lyrics.  This is that pin:

These lyrics are absolutely beautiful and so true. <3

I asked what the lyrics were from and she informed me they were from Tenth Avenue North’s song “All the Pretty Things”. I now  love this song, and it really hits deep.

I was going to try to add a video of it, but I’m having some technical difficulties, so I’m afraid I can’t post the song. But look it up! It’s beautiful

 

“All the Pretty Things” by Tenth Avenue North

We are, we are, we’re caught in the in-between
Of who we already are and who we’re yet to be
We’re looking for love but finding we’re still in need
It’s only what we have lost will we be allowed to keep
And we’re waiting but our eyes are wandering to
All this earth holds dear

Look at all the pretty things
That steal my heart away
I can feel I’m fading
‘Cause Lord, I love so many things
That keep me from your face
Come and save me

And we run, we run, to finally be set free
But we’re fighting for what we already have received
So we’re waiting but our eyes are wandering to
All this earth holds dear

Look at all the pretty things
That steal my heart away
I can feel I’m fading
‘Cause Lord, I love so many things
That keep me from your face
Come and save me

We are, we are, we’re caught in the in-between
But we’re fighting for what we already have received
We are, we are, we’re caught in the in-between
But we’re fighting for what we already have received

Look at all the pretty things
That steal my heart away
I can feel I’m fading
‘Cause Lord I love so many things
That keep me from your face
Come and save me

 

How true is that? For me, there ARE a lot of things that keep me away from Him – so many distraction. The computer and reading are big ones for me. When I get up, I want to do what I want to do – not what He wants. But I don’t want that any more. I need Him to come and save me.

 

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Broken Girl

I was on author, Katie Ganshert’s blog (author of “A Beautiful Kind of Broken” that I recently reviewed), and was looking at some of the songs that inspired her book “A Beautiful Kind of Broken”.
I fell in love with the following song/video and did shed a few tears during it. It’s just…gorgeous. I don’t have many other words than that.

Broken Girl by Matthew West

It DOES remind me a lot of the main character, Ivy, of Katie Ganshert’s book, but it also makes me think of all the girls out there that have been abused in any kind of way. It makes me think of the girls I hope to one day serve in missions.
And it reminds me of myself in a little way. We’re all hungry for wholeness, I think. We all want that love that is freely given, but maybe we don’t accept. The part that ‘gets me’ in the song is the line “Those damaged goods you see, in your reflection: Love sees them differently, Love sees perfection
No matter our flaws – Jesus’ blood has washed those away and God sees perfection – because of Jesus. When He looks at me, He doesn’t see all my failings – He sees Jesus’ perfection in me. =)
Can you find yourself in this song? I think everyone has a form of brokenness inside. It doesn’t necessarily come from abuse – there are so many things that cause us to have broken pieces. But God binds up our wounds and heals our broken hearts.

We’re all that broken girl. Because we live in a broken world. But there is a Healer. A Comforter. A Love that cannot be taken from us! Hallelujah!

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Modesty is More…

Modesty is SO much more than just covering up.  The topic of modesty has come up a lot lately, and I think many people are misled about what all modesty really is.

Many people scoff at modesty. Some associate it with dressing frumpy. Many view it as a bad thing.  And you know, I understand that from how many untrue representations of modesty there are out there.

In truth, modesty is beautiful. It is respectful and honouring. It doesn’t mean dressing in a bag. It means respecting your body as the Lord has commanded.

“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 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV)

And actually, for a minute, throw off the idea that modesty is about clothing. Because that is not all it is about. I think how we dress is the fruit of modesty, not the tree. Modesty is an attitude. It is really an out-pouring of respect – for God, for ourselves, and for others. It’s how we act, how we speak – what words we choose to use that reflects us, (or more importantly, reflect God), and how we choose to live our daily lives. It sets us apart. Which is what God asks of us – to be set apart, not like the world.

I, personally, don’t think dressing modestly means you have to wear straight jean skirts, or only dresses, or always wearing sleeves. You have to dress to the level of conviction the Holy Spirit has placed on your heart – not what the world says modesty is. Dressing modestly does not have to be dull and terrible.  We need to change our perspective about it, to think of it as a good thing, a way of honouring the Lord with our bodies. I disagree about following some ‘code’ of modesty, that there is only one standard for how modest something is(for example: “modesty is only wearing dresses” “modesty is never wearing jeans” “modesty is only wearing floor-length skirts” etc.). Let the Lord convict your heart. For me, I don’t feel I am over-stepping modesty boundaries when wearing a medium length skirt and a T-shirt. Having said that, I want to also say that we do have our own free-wills, and that means we do have to make a choice to dress respectfully. Though I don’t think there is a set-description for modesty, I do believe that you shouldn’t push the line, in otherwords  choosing not to wear a skirt that is quite a bit above the knees is a good choice to not cause stumbling for others.  Also, tight skirts seem to kind of defeat the purpose of being modest.  Just because it’s a skirt, doesn’t mean you are, without a doubt, dressing modestly.  I’ve seen many people wear very immodest skirts, calling themselves modest.    Yes, we need the Holy Spirit’s conviction. But we also need to make the choice to follow that conviction.

This world is lacking in modesty, even among Christians. I see so many Christian singers/bands/speakers etc. that are not displaying their bodies in a way that would bring glory to God. They are not being set-apart. It’s also very prevalent in Christian music videos. I’ve had quite a few people send me videos of their favourite Christian groups, and I have a hard time watching most of them, because of how the girls/women act. Even if they are sufficiently ‘covered up’, their actions do not speak Christ. Please look for that, please want to be set apart. Modesty is not just about clothing. It’s about us. How we live. I want Christ to shine through me, and that requires a level of modesty as well.

The point is:  Modesty isn’t  simply about us and our clothing – it is about our heart motive – our attitudes towards God.  It’s about pleasing Him, not us.  What I ask is that each individual takes time to pray about what modesty means. That they seek God to give them the standards He desires.  I pray that He will turn modesty into something beautiful for each of us.