This week I (Jenne) am answering the question “Why style and revival?”
The backstory to my answer is long and nuanced. I’ll sum it up in this, up until about 8 months ago when an encounter with God’s love set the course of my revival journey,I don’t remember a time when there wasn’t shame surrounding my affinity for pretty things, the process of styling myself, or my body in general.
Christian “modesty” culture had shaped my thinking concerning my body and clothing choices. And if I’m being honest, it has done a lot of damage.
You see I realized then for the first time, that what the church has been putting out there for most of my life was not God’s heart for women. He created our bodies and said “it was good”. And ever since we’ve been getting the mixed signals that it’s so “good” that we have to hide it and cover it up to protect our Christian brothers from the “inevitable”. The end of that road is shame and judgement about our bodies and those around us.
Rachel Held Evans says in her article, Modesty: I Don’t Think it Means What You Think it Means “It doesn’t take long for a woman to realize that no matter what she wears, the curves of her body remain visible and will occasionally attract the notice of men. If this reality is met only with shame, if the female form is treated as inherently seductive and problematic, then women will inevitably feel ashamed of their bodies.”
God is already working to break these chains off of His beautiful daughters while simultaneously empowering His sons to be who He created them to be. As image bearers of God there is no inherent problem with them either. It is NOT inevitable that a man looks at a beautiful woman and lusts after her. Instead, I think as was Jesus’ example, men can look at women and see their created value. That women are image bearers, daughters, mothers, world changers, powerful, loving, worthy of respect, human beings.
Knowing that maybe 5 men will ever read any of our style related content, our main goal in talking about Style + Revival is to empower women. But we want to make it clear that it is not at the cost of the value of men. And we recognize that there are many men that are following Jesus’ example of lifting up women. (You are greatly appreciated!)
Women need to know their identity in Christ, their inherent worth, created-value, and God-given influence to shift the culture around them. We are far more than our clothing choices day in and day out so let’s get creative and have fun with it! There is no shame in the beautiful body that God has given you. Let’s silence those voices in our minds that tell us otherwise together.We are far more than our clothing choices day in and day out so let’s get creative and have fun with it! Click To Tweet
3 Reasons for Style + Revival
1. “The joy of dressing is an art.” – John Galliano
The Bible talks about the way women dress far less than one would think (as you can see in this article mentioned above). Just like with any other art form, let’s have fun with it! It didn’t take me long in my revival journey to be awakened to the creativity of God and His affinity for beautiful things/people (and I am not just talking about societal standards of beauty).
2. “Do not let your adornment be merely outward…” 1 Peter 3:3a
It was NEVER my heart to be solely focused on my outward appearance. I don’t believe that that is any woman’s heart. But I do know a lot of women who likely feel as I did, a certain hopelessness about any progress on our inner selves. The Revival aspect shows us that God is in the business of transforming lives. That we are new creations in Christ and therefore able to be who He has called us to be. That we have an inner Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Women who know who they are will change the world.Women who know who they are will change the world.Click To Tweet
3. Dress for and create the life you want.
I’ve been reading a lot about declaring or prophesying God’s promises over ourselves prior to them becoming a reality. In this message from Steve and Wendy Backlund, she said that God revealed to her, “You cannot become what you don’t believe you are”. So she went on to call herself an author even though she hadn’t yet written a book.
Silly as it may sound, I believe we can do this in the way that we dress ourselves as well. And I’m not the only one that thinks so. People have been suggesting this for years with fitness and shows like “What Not to Wear” as noted in this article on the Huffington Post. The “baby step” of putting on your workout clothes can be the “catalyst for the mindset shift” required to actually workout.
Lacking confidence after having two kids back to back and wearing yoga pants for 3 years? (That may or may not have been me.) Start dressing as the confident women you see your future self to be.
Envision your future self as a chic New Yorker? (Also, may or may not be me.) Start dressing the part. (Chic on a budget, obviously.)
Simple changes in the way you dress yourself could be the ticket to lifting your morale and going after your God-sized dreams. It doesn’t even have to be as drastic as any of those examples. You might just feel like you can better handle the many demands of home and mom life when dressed in a way that pleases you.Simple changes in the way you dress yourself could be the ticket to lifting your morale and going after your God-sized dreams.Click To Tweet
What do you think?
Tell us, how did this help you? Can you see our hearts in sharing about Style + Revival?