God and High Heels

What does God think about High Heels?

This was the question I was asking myself this morning whilst thinking about something I learnt in Sunday School. (For you American readers I don’t mean the adult bible study kind of Sunday School – I mean the English, kids songs, kids games and messy craft “for children” type of Sunday School – cos I’m that kind of girl!).

I led a session on “Shoes of Peace” the other week and I will admit at first that I had no idea what to teach them – so I quickly tried my best to work out what this meant to me before ending up seriously confusing them.

To me, being peaceful comes from spending time with, thinking about and TRUSTING God. When I do this I find I get an amazing feeling of “preparedness”. Like I can handle almost anything. As if I had a good pair of fit-for-purpose shoes on.

So, this here is what I imagined God’s idea of good shoes to look like….

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Kind of ugly, functional sandals – most probably worn with socks ;).

To be honest they don’t thrill me! I know this is a metaphor for “the armour of God” and maybe I shouldn’t read too much into it, but looking like a soldier doesn’t quite do it for me.

Let me take you back to my Sunday School session – that week we tipped over the edge of madness, we went from fun into the realm where parents start to *ahem* gently question your methods (whoops! Maybe we shouldn’t have created a slip hazard in the middle of the church hall – flour, water + bare feet = bruised bottoms!).

Anyway, another one of my ideas was to do a small obstacle course whilst wearing inappropriate shoes to see how hard it was, we had size 12 trainers on a 5 yr old and a pair of my high heels. To my surprise the heels went down a storm! The usually butch and boisterous boy became a sashaying super model as he deftly moved through the obstacle course.

I was wondering why I couldn’t walk that well in heels and if maybe I had got my thinking wrong about the armour of God.

Maybe for some people our shoes of peace look like this….

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What if in being peaceful and clothing ourselves with the essence of God we start to grow in beauty? What if, in those of us made to be this way, our armour of God shows itself in dignity, elegance, gracefulness and that elusive “WOW factor” most women would LOVE to have.

Here are my verses to prove the point…

Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!” Proverbs 31:25

“Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

We become beautiful by knowing and loving Jesus – yet we can lose our relationship with Him if we rely on our beauty and not completely on God….

“But you trusted in and relied on your own beauty and were unfaithful to God and played the harlot [in idolatry] because of your renown, and you poured out your fornications upon anyone who passed by [as you worshiped the idols of every nation which prevailed over you] and your beauty was his.” Ezekiel 16:15

Here’s how this has changed my world… When I look at magazines I feel rubbish, when I watch TV I feel inadequate, when I compare myself with the world I always come up short (in more ways than one – I am not a tall person!). I am not beautiful in that worldly way. Yet, I am beautiful through Jesus Christ and the peace he gives me. I am more than enough for my husband to-be, because Jesus is my covering and He knows how I am made.

Ladies let’s get our pretty shoes of peace on!

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The Curse of the Ugly Days

The curse of the “Ugly Day” is probably something most women experience. The impatient fussing in a mirror that just won’t show us what we want to see, the shrinking feeling inside as our faults feel lit up, on display, and, sometimes, the concrete hate deep in our stomachs directed at ourselves.

It sounds petty to admit how much I care what I look like, and how unkind words from the past still to this day really affect me, but the truth is I do care and some days I really REALLY care.

When an Ugly Day comes upon me I feel defeated, I feel ashamed and I am not a good advert for following Jesus. What a great plan of the devil to keep me under his control!

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Low self-esteem can destroy so many things in a person’s life. We become jealous of our friends, distant from our husbands (at the moment I’m just guessing!) and causes lack of confidence with new people we meet. Half the things that God would have us do, that we would be perfect at, we are too afraid to do. This is just plain poisonous!

Now unfortunately I don’t have answers which are life changing. I know that focusing on our positives is good, as is taking control of what we think/read/watch on TV – none of this is new or mind blowing stuff. What I think might help though, is to remember that this is a great way for the devil to keep us inactive. Basically, this is an attack which can have devastating results so he uses it a lot.

We can remember that we don’t feel this way because we are ugly, we feel this way because of an attack. You wouldn’t attack something useless, and you wouldn’t attack something that isn’t important. Women are made to be beautiful, and that’s why the devil wants us to feel ugly. Our strength is in our beauty, which actually has very little to do with what we look like; We are beautiful because that’s what God made us to be – if you feel anything else it is simply a lie.

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