Thursday, July 9, 2015

Guest Blog: Faith Rocks-"Dressing Your Temple"

This week I had the privilege of speaking to faith and lifestyle blogger, host, minister, coach and all around great gal, Shea Scott Edwards of Faith Rocks. For @faith_rocks2015 this week was a time to talk about beauty, fashion and faith.  Primped and Prepped by Emjay C just couldn't miss the opportunity to get in on all of the FUN! When we caught up with @faith_rocks2015 we asked a few questions: 1. Is it okay for women of God to wear crop tops? 2.Are we pushing the envelope as believers?  3. How can we determine what is appropriate and what is not? Do we take ourselves and how we look to others too seriously? Faith Rocks helps us understand that its about finding balance, knowing our worth, dressing for the occasion, and having fun.

While on a mission to capture the next best selfie, our sense of self worth and accomplishment is defined by the number of likes or followers we have on social media. But the need for social popularity can result in the self-exploitation of our bodies for the sake of receiving public adoration. As a result, modest women may find difficulty selecting clothing that makes them feel confident and sexy in comparison to the current standards of beauty. Seeking validation from external sources can result in an imbalance between body and spirit, ultimately affecting the way we see ourselves.
Our bodies were created for more than external pleasure and eye candy; they were created to be temples to house our spirit for the purpose of glorifying God and carrying out our earthly purpose.  In the words of Gabourey Sidibe: “Your Body is Your Temple, it’s your Home, and you must decorate it.” What an honor it is to adorn the temple that houses our spirit! Faith Rocks when we find the harmony between honoring God while expressing our personal style through fashion.
 Here are three tips to “Dressing Your Temple”:
1. Know your worth
Knowing our worth begins by knowing how valuable we are to God. After all, God is more concerned with our inner hearts than the outer. Once we realize how valuable we truly are to God, we will innately dress our temples with a healthy confidence.  Having been exploited, neglected or taken advantage of in any way can cause what feels like permanent damage to our innermost parts. God’s love has the power to heal our body and spirit. People with true beauty know their worth and radiate genuine love and self assurance.  When we know our worth, we no longer have a need to bear more than necessary. When you take the time to adorn your temple, you feel your best and when you feel your best you do your best and are better equipped to seize the day and attract opportunity.
2. Dress for the occasion 
The spectrum of classy versus trashy is left up to personal taste. Let the occasion be the barometer. While I’m a firm believer in pushing the limits and even going against the norm, fashion is worn best when it suits the occasion. For example, one would not wear a bathing suit to work nor a business suit to the beach. Use common sense with what is appropriate. If you have to question something, more than likely you aren’t 100% comfortable. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and allow your attire to speak volumes of the love and respect you have for your own temple.
3. Have fun
Does Christendom have a dress code? If so, we do not have to live prisoner to it. Don’t be afraid to play with color and style.  It’s great to have a signature look, but it’s more fun to allow your fashion sense to evolve as your spirit evolves. Dress your temple from the inside out with love, honor and fun. Fashion is the best way to express who we are without saying a word.  Have fun wearing clothing and accessories that accentuate your favorite qualities and your spirit will shine all the more through!
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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