1. I completely agree. A TRUE Titus 2 older woman is someone who speaks what the Spirit calls her to speak WHEN the Spirit calls her to speak. And she does it with those with whom she has a relationship that gives her the RIGHT to speak. Then it comes from a heart understanding her need and her struggles and not just because of a list of Dos and Don’ts.

    Thanks for sharing this, sweetie!

  2. Loved this post. Life is a study in relationship building. If you haven’t built a relationship, you probably don’t have a place to say anything. In addition, we have to address our own motives and insecurities when deciding whether to say something. Are we just scared our own husband is going to gawk, stumble, etc. or are we truly concerned for what that type of dress says about the heart of that woman?

  3. Good post. You’re so right. So often it seems like the “right” thing to do is to go around telling people what they’re doing wrong, but that’s not the case.

  4. I just told a young woman today when she questioned me about how to dress for church. I told her to wear what she has and that will be good enough.

    Blessings to you!

  5. Hi Jolene – such wise words. I think God has to lead us to speak to someone and sometimes being an example is words enough. If they open the door and ask, then by all means. i know people mean well sometimes, but sometimes it causes more harm than good! Great post
    God bless

  6. Thank you Jolene for sharing this! I have been interested in what others say about modesty as there are many opinions on the issue. I admire the way you go about addressing it. So many people fight over what is and isn’t okay to wear that it can get confusing for anyone who is trying to be modest. Now, I do believe that we should have some standards as far as how we dress but it is not our place to judge others who simply may not know what is modest or do not hold the same views. I like how you say that modesty begins with the heart and motives. What a Great way to think about it! I think there would be a lot less debate if we started looking at it this way.

  7. LOVE this post!! I am a single gal, but I frequently visit your blog. Though I am not yet married, I probably will be some day- never too early to start learning. Plus, I can tweak most of what I learn and apply it other relationships… I know you write specifically for married women, but I would LOVE if you ever did posts to us single girls who are trying to prepare ourselves, especially those of us who have quite a tainted past, but have since fallen in love with Jesus! Thank you for all you do!

    Lee Ann

    1. Dearest sweet Lee Ann,
      First, thank you for blessing me with your sweet comment. Second, I am smiling as I type this because the Lord has been prompting me to write to the single gals as well. 🙂 Isn’t God good like that? I just need to set it up on this blog and then I’ll get to writing the posts. LOVE to hear that you have fallen in love with our sweet Jesus!

    2. Oh Jolene, I am SO excited. God is pretty amazing like that!!! Recently, He has just knocked my socks off with his goodness… I cannot wait to read what you write. Thank you for taking the time to allow God to work through you. It isn’t always easy being the willing vessel, but oh how I pray that I am!

      Lee Ann

  8. Hello, I just found you over at Allume. Thanks for your words, it’s a great reminder that sometimes there is a need to speak up but always it is important to be an example. Blessings!

  9. What a great reminder to be full of grace. How often we forget what drives motives to dress a certain way. Thank you for sharing this perspective and challenging us to be Christ-like! Blessings, Kristin

  10. I personally have some anger issues that I am working on, and when I see young ladies in my church (many of which are my peers and age group) dressing provocatively it makes me ANGRY. I am angry that my husband sees them (maybe some jealousy issues too…definitely) and I am angry that I have to see them! Some of them are even on stage! I just don’t know how to approach it, but you make some very good points. Thank you for your thoughts.

    Nicole at Working Kansas Homemaker

    1. I hear you Nicole. I think it is something that we need to daily lay at His feet while asking Him to give us His heart that He has towards His daughters.

  11. This is an excellent post about this sensitive issue. If we can first dress ourselves in love, God’s discernment will, like your example at the beginning, show us what to say.
    Visiting from Wise Woman

  12. stopping by from Ann’s…you did a lovely job here…I was one of those ignorant girls too…it took a work of God to open my eyes and see the truth…it was painful. Now that I have 3 sons my heart breaks for them…I know their desires…I know how they long to remain pure…and how hard it is when girls around them choose to continue to dress without much regard for them. I also have 2 daughters…First my heart has to be changed…and than I could teach and model a different way for my daughters. Sometimes girls want to “claim” innocence…my oldest daughter took it upon herself to read every young mans battle…this solidified what i was telling her.
    and yes…the most important way to dress is…God’s Dress Code
    Put on tender mercies.
    Put on kindness.
    Put on humility.
    Put on meekness.
    Put on love.
    my that be what I am clothed in…thanks for this…blessings to you~

  13. Wow – I was completely the “Modesty Police” for years – in my heart. I was too shy to say anything in person though I harbored those ill feelings for quite some time. Now I struggle with dressing for my husband. He feels I dress TOO modestly and it is so difficult to find clothing that fits my short frame and this season of life with little ones and a nurseling. It’s either ultra-modest or far too revealing.

    Such a good reminder to check out hearts and to extend grace. Thank you.

  14. yep…to all of it.
    So thankful for the Allume link up so I knew to visit!

    I’m all about getting to the heart of things. not the thread of things. No matter how you dress, it’s your heart I want to see and help guide to the Lord. He’ll take care of the other details 😉

  15. Ooh that’s a tough one. I think I would pray about it and if I had a role in her life where I could speak truth in love into her life and felt like after prayer it was appropriate than yes I would talk to her because it would ultimately help her. We started teaching our daughter modesty at a young age and she was modeling what she learned when she helped me in my sunday school room… nothing more precious than that!

  16. Beautifully written. It’s a sensitive subject but your questions are important to ask ourselves. I’ve seen God speak to a young sister’s heart without me saying a word. They can point back to God’s leading, unlike when we preach our own preferences. I’ll be quoting you on this one!

  17. Such an important post, not only in the area of modesty, but every Christian value. I look back at some of the things I wore/did as a new Christian and cringe, but God was truly working in my heart and I had so much to learn I just couldn’t learn it all at once. But I’m grateful for women who helped me along in the process without harshness or judgement. Thanks for sharing this gracious post.

  18. Wow! This is the best article I have EVER read on modesty! So full of grace and truth.
    I am 100% behind you and my heart leaps for joy a bit reading this. At our last college student retreat some ladies from church helped cook. They didn’t know we had many non-believers and students struggling with porn, self-hate, orgies, same sex attraction… you name it. Well, at the retreat I overheard a lady tell another lady these girls need to have a bible study on modesty and my heart just broke. If she only knew what they were facing, the pain they were experiencing… modesty would be the least of her concerns. It seems like when we stay on the outside of peoples lives it is so easy to judge. Thank you for bringing this to light!!!

  19. This post really makes me think about the condition of my heart. So often I have been the “Modesty Police” in my mind, never saying anything out loud. I think that I look at things differently because God has been dealing with me. It is not my job to worry about what people wear. If we can just get people to church God will make changes on the inside and then changes will become evident on the outside. I want to share this article with some of my sisters at church.

  20. Loved this post. If only more women would put on the garment of grace, humility and kindness, before “correcting” a sister in Christ. Maybe the church would be known for their love instead of their judgement. sigh

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