So yesterday I shared a question from a reader on our Facebook page. She was wondering how being modest fit into being married when the competition dressed more provocatively. Was I saying we shouldn’t dress to please our husbands??
The answers and input from readers nailed the question. Be sure to check the comments. 🙂
THANK YOU. 🙂 We have some wise folks contributing, don’t we?
I promised to share with you what my husband had to say in response to what a gal should do if her husband wants her to dress in ways that show off cleavage and the details of her body, curve-wise.
He said, “If he wants his wife to dress like a prostitute, if he wants other men staring at her and thinking sexual thoughts about her, that says a lot about him as a man. He’s got issues.”
So while I work out, watch what I eat, and make effort to stay healthy, I know I do it for my marriage, for myself, for my husband, for my kids – obviously I don’t want the kiddos thinking inappropriate thoughts about women by what I model, either. I encourage you to do likewise. There’s tons of research out there about the positive effects exercise and eating healthy have on you – endorphin release is not the least of these. Freaking out about being super-thin also sends the wrong message. The world doesn’t need more young women obsessed with physical image – and we have to fight against that, even if we’re raising kids in Christian homes.
Honestly, the part of exercise I like the most?
I love the way exercise makes me feel physically, but I also like the benefits to my skin, my brain, my sleep, my level of pain daily, and my energy levels. I run, do aerobics with kick boxing, ride horses (yes, that counts, but not in the cardio department) and do strength training. We have an elliptical that helps me get through the winter, along with a short-term gym membership.
And… the best part about running? The music and time with God. I pray when I run. It’s the best.
And then I get to be done for the day.
With the sweating part, I mean. I’m never done talking and listening to God.
Wish I had better hearing.
What about you? How are you taking care of the temple of the Holy Spirit? Want to join me this Lent in choosing to ADD something for 40 days, giving up COMFORT? I’m choosing two things – adding intentional risk taking in conflict resolution, telling the Truth of confiding where I’m at in a moment (respectfully, of course) and am already seeing benefit in doing so. I’m giving up communicating when angry or emotional to take a break so that I don’t say things I regret later. I’m also giving up comfort by being more intentional about diet and exercise. I won’t bore you with the details. 🙂
So chime in, Titus women! What are YOU doing for the Lenten season this year?
And if you are parenting little people, you should totally follow Leah and Debbie if you have tweens, teens, or twenty-somethings. Like us on Facebook so you can know when Daughters of Sarah becomes available in video format this year, or schedule one of our weekend retreats. I’m also active on Twitter as @NinaRoesner. Come join the discussions!
Love to you,