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Trends [Blogtember Challenge: Day 4]

Today's Blogtember Challenge Prompt

Pick a fashion trend you love and a fashion trend you hate.

This one is too easy. I love fashion. It's a form of artful expression, if you ask me. So let's get into it.

My favorite fashion trend at the moment is oversized sweaters with leggings. It's not quite cold enough here yet to pull this off, and my huge baby bump would get in the way of any oversized sweater I attempted to put on, making me look like a balloon of some sort, but the leggings, yes. I wear leggings almost every day. I know there's a huge "debate" over whether leggings count as pants or not, and my vote is a resounding, albeit conditional, 'yes'. The condition? You must wear a tunic, or long tank, or sweater, or shirt dress, or whatever, that will cover your butt. 

All of these are from Pinterest:

My least favorite fashion trend is crop tops, which are coming back, for some reason. Hopefully I won't see so much of them anymore since it's starting to cool down a bit, but... ugh. Even if you have a cute, perfect body, a crop top is not for you.

Okay, well that was deep.

Let's talk about the best outfit in our closets though, ladies. 

Since you are all set apart by God, made holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a holy way of life: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Col. 3:12 (VOICE)

This is my absolute all-time favorite bit of imagery. If only each of these "pieces" were in my closet at the same time, though. I feel like even throughout the same day, I might be only "wearing" one virtue at a time. It's like I'm walking out the door with pants, but no shirt; or I'm wearing a belt, but not pants; or I'm forgetting to wear shoes, or... underwear!

I've been reading The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter, and she says this:

True Christian virtues are not something we can slap on ourselves like cutout clothes for paper dolls. They come as a result of heart change that is accomplished through the supernatural love of Jesus.

I understood the virtues outlined in Scripture as prerequisites for God’s favor, things I needed to try hard at so I could be chosen, holy, and loved. Without knowing it, I was trying to live up to the virtues so I could somehow obtain these blessings I already had in Christ, not the other way around. My thought process went something like "If I can have more humility, God might choose and bless me. If I can forgive more thoroughly, surely this will count for some additional holiness. And if I can just manage to be more compassionate and kind, God’s love might find me more worthy." But Colossians 3:12 turns all of this around. It’s not “Therefore, since you are a compassionate, kind, and humble person, you now get to be holy, loved, and chosen by God.” Instead, it’s quite the opposite. Through Christ, we as believers are made holy before we are patient and loving. We are chosen before we are kind and forgiving. We are loved before we learn how to be gentle and compassionate. It’s more like, since we are chosen, holy, and loved, we get to dress like what we already are.

So, sisters, let's not forget when we're getting dressed in the morning into our favorite top or our favorite dress or what-have-you, to also "put on" the virtues that will shine Jesus' light. Let's show the world what true beauty is.

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