Testimony from Jeni
I struggled with this issue for several years and even stopped wearing pants for a while because I felt that was expected of me. Because i was using someone else's conviction and hadn't really searched and talked to God about it myself it didn't last that time. I finally decided to "study to show thyself approved unto God" for myself and God really spoke to me. My dh did not have this conviction when I first began but said he supported anything that I felt the Lord was telling me to do. Now, he prefers dresses and even finds me more beautiful than before. I really feel that this is the Lord working in his heart because this was his way and will. Cris has a wonderful section on her web page that explains this issue the best I have ever read and I also love the book Your Clothes Say It For You by Elizabeth Rice Handford. Some of the verses that really spoke to me are:
"The woman shallnot wear that which pertaineth to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God"
No matter how you make it, even if it is made of camouflage material, we all know a man is NOT supposed to wear a dress. Doesn't that make it women's apparel?? Why then as women do we have such a problem going the other way with pants?
II Timothy 2:9
"...that women adorn themselves in modest apparel..."
The word apparel actually meant loose, long flowing garment. You can look it up in an old Oxford English Dictionary. For me it is not only about modesty but also about identity. When someone sees me far off or in a crowd, there is no question as to whether I am a man or a woman just by my attire. That is not easily said about everyone in our society these days.
I hope this helped some...I know this is a touchy subject with many people but if the Bible says it, I believe it, end of story. I pray that God will speak to your heart and give you the answers you seek.
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