church, failed attempts at family pictures, and a tirade.

this was indeed as good as it got.  church fared much better.

today the pastor did a sermon on 1 corinthians 11.  the joys of expository preaching, you take what you get and you don’t throw a fit!  so head coverings?  for reals.  awesomeness.  it turned into a great sermon on the glory of submission.  the passage is controversial because we don’t have anything definitive to go by as to what a head covering was.  …who was wearing them when, what they looked like, and more importantly, where we can get one.  but if you skip over that you still get the impression that women in the church were attempting to blur the lines between masculine and feminine.  both women and men were granted prayers and prophesying, but the men had leadership.  so perhaps the dames were thinking if they ditched the ponchos they would be more “equal.”

every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.  but every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved.

paul wrote them a letter and essentially said, don’t be idiots.  not only are you dishonoring your “heads,” those in authority over you, but you’re also dishonoring yourself.  why?  because our glory is in our submission.  joel compared this passage with the disciples asking jesus to show them the father.  jesus was just a humble man, poor, lowly in birth, and face it, not much to look at.  they wanted to cut to the chase and get the man upstairs.  jesus answered them, “don’t you know?  if you have seen me, you have seen the father.”  if you’re looking for god, don’t look up.  the glory of god is his ability to humble himself, humility to the point of death.  that is what will amaze us through all eternity.  not his “bigness,” but his willingness to make himself small.  and as a church we should be striving to radiate this glory to the world, not to annihilate it.  our god is a god who raises the dead and gives grace to the humble.  and as women, we are in the front lines modeling this grace.

so pushing it a little further, god has placed all things under authority and honoring authority honors god.  and as women we are called to evidence this submission in the way we submit to our husbands.  whatever the head covering was to the corinthians, we can safely say it was two things; public and discriminatory between male and female.  roman garments were more on the “one size fits all” side of things, so it was the veil that set apart the female.  which makes me ask, what is peculiar to the woman today?  not much.  fortunately for the fashion industry, androgyny can sell sex just as well flattering femininity.  it just has to be tight enough.  the opposite team has known for quite some time that beautiful femininity is god honoring.  which is why fashion models looks like concentration camp victims who learned make-up artistry from their stint in the circus.  just google patrick mohr and tell me if you don’t think you’ve died and gone to hell.  as far as i can say, when you wear a dress, when you look like a woman, you’re delivering satan a solid kick in the junk.  i’m not saying you can’t wear jeans and look like a lady.  i’m sure you can.  but as far as i can tell, you’re still riding the fashion industry’s train to who knows where – just a few cars back.  i think, as christian women, it behooves us to ditch public transportation and get a luxury sedan.  i mean, buses have their own potties for heaven’s sake.  we can do better.

now, i don’t mean we ditch the train for the covered wagon.  i’m saying get a jaguar, so don’t cry about it. and this is the main reason i don’t like doily’s or bun jock straps.  (what do they call those anyways?)  submission is not a drudgery, it’s a glory.  and if push came to shove, i’d have to take paris hilton over ugly betty.  even though everywhere betty goes she at least convicts people of one thing, their lack of submission.  their rebellion.  we should do the same thing, but we should do it in such a way that not only convicts them, but makes them jealous.  we have the best thing.  i’m all for having cake and eating it too.  truth and beauty, it’s like pie and ice cream.

so how can i publicly show honor to my husband and drive the world crazy?  i think it’s the glory of the feminine.  true femininity is submissive and it is also beautiful.  as my father has always said, “there is nothing prettier than a girl in a dress.”  you can try and make your distressed denim say you’re a lady, but you’re just competing with the calvin klein billboards that say you’re a slut.  the consistent message of jeans is ease, availability, and androgyny.  now a vintage tea dress.  that’s another story.

it says, “where you all going lemmings?  cuz i ain’t.”  and that’s really all i suggest.  get off the bus with the mobile potty and make a stand.  throw a little meaning into your wardrobe other than, “oh look, this is sparkly!  i think i’ll buy it.”  i’ve been wearing dresses consistently ever since rahab was born.  for me, i can throw on a skirt in the morning, man the dishwasher, home-school, and disinfect – all while looking like a woman.  doing the same thing in pants i look like the maintenance man.  dress up the pants and you just look like beyonce.  i really fail to see the fascination.  some women would rather die than give up their jeans.  and yes, i’ll just come out of the closet now and say i’m a legalist.  only in the sense that i think everything you do should have a reason.  god has crafted the world in such a way that everything has meaning.  i can set my table to the glory of god just as well as you can sing “shine, jesus shine,” to hopefully the same effect.  god is a god of the little things.    god is a god of everything.  so which god is in your closet?

and i suppose i have to say, “wearing jeans is not a sin.”  *yawn*  but i’m not in the market for what is and isn’t a sin or what is or isn’t against the law.  i’m after glory.  i’m playing for keeps.  i’m not holding down the fort, i’m after yours.  “for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the lord as the waters cover the sea.”  so what is the most effective for radiating the glory of submission in a world that is in rebellion against god and his distinctives?  perhaps it’s just a plain and simple dress.  “let not your adornment be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of god.”  we don’t have to knuckle down and choose between goods, we get them all.  next time you go to winco, go in a dress and a right spirit.  adorn yourself, honor your head.  speak softly to your children, have six of them following behind you with their hair combed, and watch the casualties fall.  it’s like waterloo.  i’m telling you, satan cries himself  to sleep on grocery day.  pony up.

13 Responses to “church, failed attempts at family pictures, and a tirade.”

  1. 1 tiffany October 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    love love love love

  2. 3 texasnorth October 17, 2011 at 5:44 am

    We had a similar sermon recently… about the new book iParent… and specifically about how the merging of genders has stripped away the beauty and power God created in our differences. How much silent strength we as woman had as the family matriarch! How balanced our personal relationships could be with our husbands when we weren’t trying to equalize everything. When men pursued and and women answered (or, as it were, didn’t).

    That’s an incredible simplification, but it’s good stuff. Good stuff, I say.

  3. 4 Meredith October 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Love this! But…. Nursing in a dress. Do tell me how. I would love love love to wear them more often, but the baby demands the boob. Skirts are good, but nursing tops, not so much. Hm….

  4. 5 mavis October 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

    i know, the wardrobe tyranny of the boob! but mine only nurses breakfast, lunch, dinner, and goodnight. so i just zip home after church and slip into easy access for lunch. otherwise i would not have much to choose from, you are right.

  5. 6 Grandad October 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    This one I used most often. “Would you rather see pretty girls in ugly dresses, or ugly girls in pretty dresses?”
    Pants only look good on a girl if she has a nice shape. Then they are just provocative. I heard about a lady (in the church no less) who had some old pervert (it wasn’t me!) grab her butt. Amazingly, she still wears pants to church! Ever since then when my wife is wearing pants to town or whatever, I say, “Someone is going to grab your butt!!! If they don’t I will!!!
    I remember when I first came to S. Idaho, Weiser if I remember right. I think it was 1969. I will never forget. It was on the news. The little town of Vale Oregon was the last public school in the nation to require girls to wear dresses to school!
    Abraham Lincoln noticed it was starting in his day with the onslaught of the industrial revolution, when he said, “Our progress in degeneracy appears to be quite rapid.”

  6. 7 Kate Yappel Board October 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Ok, you are JUST ABOUT the cutest person I know. And by “know”, I mean stalk…errr, FOLLOW….your blog. I only skimmed this post because I have 3 kids ages 4 and under hanging all over me. But from what I gather, I love. Looking forward to reading it in depth when I get the chance. If anything, I’m thinking it’ll give me a GREAT excuse to shop for some new dresses. Ok, ok…and more importantly go after glory.

    Thanks for the post!!


  7. 8 ungiebugs October 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Your simple grace is so wonderful to behold Miranda Germain. Queen of the home. Thanks Mavis for the advice. Dawny

  8. 9 Mackenzie October 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Yummy, dresses. As for the nursing, rebel. Unzip, pop off one shoulder. No one cares if you’ve got a nice, lightweight blanket. And can I say a good word for leggings and tights? Here in north Idaho I have to give up the skirt for winter without them.

  9. 10 Banana November 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Great words on the beauty of dresses. I love wearing dresses, more importantly, my husband LOVES to see me in dresses and (I think without realizing it) he is much sweeter to me when I wear them. 🙂 That’s enough of a reason for me, but your words about how they glorify God are quite compelling and certainly sweeten the deal!
    I have two questions though: My problem with dresses is I’m VERY cold natured, so I resort to jeans in the winter. How do you wear dresses in the winter without looking like a layered-up bag lady?? And, do you dress your little girls in just dresses too?
    Also (for the earlier commenter), after four kids I have totally mastered the “how do I nurse in a dress?”. My answer was to go to Ross and pick out several cute knit dresses with low necks or wrap styles that could be pulled aside easily, and then wear them over cheap camis with slits cut in them (I had a whole set of different colored ones). They are wonderfully comfortable, easy to clean, and the set is VERY modest because you never have to expose your shoulder, back, or stomach when you nurse. Dresses with buttons up the front are perfect too.

  10. 11 mavis November 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    banana – actually jael started it. she would get all indignant whenever i put her in a pair of pants. “what? i’m not a boy! this is not beautiful!” after months of that i started looking in the mirror and saying to myself, “what, i’m not a boy!” i’ve always preferred dresses anyways. only now i don’t have to look for an occasion to be “beautiful.” every day is good enough. and yes, i like the idea especially for children. if i want my boys to treat my girls like ladies, i figure it would only help if they looked like them. as for being cold, i vote tights and leg warmers. it helps that they are making very neat ones lately, and leggings too.

    and i’m seriously thinking of buying this dress and having a tailor turn it into a pattern for me. and presumably sewing a whole slog of them:

    it’s petite, vintage, i could nurse in it, and it could be winter/summer depending on the fabric. at $150 i call that a steal.

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