It’s paradoxical to say that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed through a superficial means like fashion.
A couple of days ago we received news that it is too risky for our planned mission to West Africa to happen this spring. The tension, unrest, and terrorism that’s going on is too intense to allow visitors until things settle down. My daughter, Danielle, and I were extremely disappointed and frustrated that we cannot go right now. A string of events and conversations, along with Scripture, convinced us that we must plan this trip to work with young widows and their children, orphans, and a missionary women’s retreat.
On the heels of this huge let-down, I have received several interesting phone calls this week. Three different ladies have called about giving fashion talks. I know what you’re thinking: Come on, Christine. How can you possibly connect the Gospel and fashion? It’s been a joy for me to discover that since women love to feel pretty, we are interested in fashion; ergo, we will go to events that give us fashion tips and ideas. This sets the stage for fashion and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, two completely different things that I love talking about.
Even though we aren’t going to Africa as planned, in the next few months, I will get to bring a topic of interest to women, have fun laughing with them, and tell them the truth that we are all sinners in need of a Savior, and Jesus is that Savior who conquered death and sin for us. He wants us to lay down our lives and agendas to follow Him. We’ll get to invite these women to repent of their sin and enter into a saving relationship with an amazing and holy God. I know that sin and repentance aren’t fun subjects, but I love that God allows such a shallow vehicle as fashion to be used to proclaim His great name.
Here’s the fluffy part of this talk that women may want to check out!
10 items every woman should have in her closet:
1. White button-down shirt
Goes with jeans for everyday classic, trousers for professional look
2. Great fitting pair of jeans.
Emphasis on great-fitting. If you must cut out the size tag, then do it. Just make sure you can grab these as a foundation for an outfit.
3. Suit jacket
Does double-duty, classic worn as a suit, or as a layering piece over t-shirt and jeans
4. Suit pants/trousers
You can hang these separately in your closet, to wear trousers alone with a cardigan & blouse with flats
Layering for cuteness and practicality. Who hasn’t sweat to death outside in summer, only to come inside and feel like you’re in a meat locker?
6. Little black dress
Takes you to a ladies’ tea with your cardigan, pearls and heels goes to a wedding, funeral, or church. Wear with some snappy colored heels and a fun necklace and go out for the evening
7. Good fitting cami
I can’t say enough about this one. It hides the one accessory we don’t want showing-cleavage, and smooths out trouble areas, if you know what I mean!
8. A black t-shirt, and a white one
So versatile, change up your look with pops of color using accessories
9. Classic black skirt
Target has great ones this spring. Super easy to change up your look; wear with ballet flats and t-shirt running errands, or with heels and blouse for dressy look
10. A pretty blouse
This works with jeans, skirt, or trousers. Wear with your suit, too.
Here’s a fun fashion blog that gives you 30 days of outfits using 15 pieces of clothing.