Modesty at the Beach
Most of you who have been following me on my blog Facebook page know that we are traveling across country. When we found out we were going to be moving, I asked my husband his thoughts about me planning a trip traveling down the west coast and then east. He was all for it! I have always wanted to do this and thankfully it all worked out. God is really good and we are so incredibly blessed to be able to do this. If you missed last weeks post, Part 1 of Traveling and Modesty, you can read it HERE.
One of the stops we made along our trip was at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. I was very impressed with the base from the hotel to the MCX to pretty much everything the base had to offer. We arrived on a Saturday evening and decided to take a day of rest on Sunday. We had been hitting up the tourist attractions pretty hard. Many of you know my oldest is an Aspy kid who, surprisingly, travels extremely well, but exhaustion can trigger some epic meltdowns. We decided to take the day of rest as a way to stay one step ahead of the epic meltdown, but, also, because God did command it :). Our plan of relaxation worked and the day of rest was exactly what the doctor ordered.
On our day of rest, we visited the beach. We wanted the kids to enjoy more of God’s beautiful creation in the oceans and waves. So what exactly does all this have to do with modesty? Well, it seems that as the outside temperatures rise, women decide to wear less clothing.
Ladies, I know there are many cute swimsuits out there and it is so easy to get sucked into the world with it. However, we have to remember modesty. You can read my stance and views on swimsuits HERE. The link also provides a HUGE list of modest swimsuits you can look at. There is really no need to wear skimpy suits that show your goods to everyone. I also can tell you first hand that less doesn’t always mean more. When we first got to the beach I had on a skirt and shirt. I will post pictures of the outfit in a second, but then I changed into my swim dress and you would think I would be hot. I truly was not hot at all. In fact, I was actually cooler in my swim dress then I was in regular clothing.
Being modest while at the beach is important because:
1. We do not want to cause a brother to stumble
2. We should be a Godly example to others. We should keep in mind we may be the only Bible others will read. That means that even our wardrobe choices may serve as a witness and example, including our beach wardrobe.
3. Reserving our bodies for our spouse (or future spouse if not married) is important and dressing modest at the beach preserves this. Saving our bodies is more than just restraining from physical intimacy. If we are giving someone a “free show,” what do they have to look forward to? If you are married, you are sharing something private and sacred with other men who may be looking. Now I know some men will lust regardless, but that doesn’t mean we should not do our part to protect ourselves, them, and our bodies.
4. God values modesty. He says that women are to adorn themselves in modest apparel. Why would it be less important at the beach? We should carry the lessons we learn from our Bible study into our daily activities. Modesty is important and we should keep that in mind.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1 Timothy 2:9
The beach was beautiful and we had a wonderful time, I didn’t have to worry if anything was falling out and I honestly could swim just fine! Respect your fellow brothers by dressing modest at the beach; respect and set an example for your sisters; respect yourself; most importantly respect your heavenly Father.
This swim dress is from Dainty Jewells. I LOVE it so much!