“Church” Clothes

I told her she was NOT going to church in her pajamas again.

She’s 4. She’s putting on a dress or she’s NOT going…

But then I stopped. I decided I was making a BAD decision.

What was I telling her? Why?

What was I teaching her? What was she going to learn?

Why does it have to be a fancy, “church” dress? Who cares? Do I, really?

Do I need to “win” this issue? Is it even an issue? And what would I really be winning?

I’m pretty sure that our Heavenly Father would rather her be present in church in Pikachu pajamas, comfortable, happy, ready to open her heart for a lesson in His word than for her to be broken down, forced into a dress, mad, and closed off from any instruction in love and grace that could’ve been extended to her.

We arrived in this world naked and unashamed. Wasn’t it sin that told us that was a problem? Doesn’t God love our hearts? Our souls? Our INside?

So…here she is in all her glory. She walked in with her head held high, proud, willing, holding the door for her sisters, happy with the world. I’m just letting the issue go for now. Part of me is hoping that she will one day care about how she presents herself, but partly praying that she never cares what others think about her choice of style…as long as her heart is pure and loving.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

God, please help me to prepare my heart to ALWAYS be an example of what YOU find worthy and NEVER worry myself with what others may think.

Help me to choose my battles, always continuing to fight the ones against judgment and hate. I pray that I NEVER teach my kids to conform to anything other than the Word of God.

It is my deepest wish for her and her sisters to always ignore society’s idea of what is normal and acceptable. I want them to follow the direction of our Father’s love. If that happens, I will ultimately WIN…we both will ❤

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