30 Days of Head Covering-Day 4

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Dinner with the in-laws tonight. I wore my pink and orange Two in One and teal Shimmery, both from Wrapunzel. Orange lace headband from Hobby Lobby, beaded headband from Cover Candy and Lilla Rise Flexi-clip from http://www.lillarose.biz/hisgrace4ourglory
Oh and I’m wearing my Wrapunzel volumizer and No-slip velvet headband, of course.

Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

30 Days of Head Covering – Day 3

Today’s covering is Walk in the Garden in yellow from Wrapunzel. Essential “undergarments” are the No-Slip Velvet Headband and the Oomphtastic Scrunchie (both from Wrapunzel). Accent pieces are a Tropical Headband in pink (Wrapunzel) and the gorgeous Lilla Rose June Flexi of the Month from my website http://www.lillarose.biz/hisgrace4ourglory.

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Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

30 Days of Head Covering – Day 2

Today we are going to a birthday party and I’m wearing almost the same wrap as yesterday. I wasn’t too happy with the pitifully tiny bun I got with just the Wrapunzel Oomphtastic Scrunchie yesterday. Sometimes it’s perfect but with my sari scarf I like some volume. Rather than just wear my Wrapunzel Volumizer (which I love), I took this as an opportunity to try my hand at making a loofah volumizer. So here is my sari scarf with the Super Duper loofamizer I made today.

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Personally, I think it’s too much. I will probably reduce the size but I didn’t have time so…yes, yes I did wear this to my cousins 16th birthday party. 🙂 My uncle said “It looks like your going to fall over from the weight of your head.” I just laughed and said “I’m sure it does look like that.” 🙂

Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

Praying for a Return to Modesty

I want to ask you beautiful ladies to join me in praying daily for and about modesty. I know that I am surely not the only one who sees displays of immodesty within the body of believers. It is on an almost daily basis. I submit that we who YHVH has called (and know that He has called you because you are here! Praise Yah!) must begin to pray diligently for a revival of modesty within the body. So many do not see this as an issue. So many think it isn’t relevant to believers today. My friends it IS so very relevant! It is a stumbling block for so many when we are dressed immodestly. “Oh but the Lord knows my heart” you say? And so He does. What IS your heart on this matter? Have you put fashion before the soul of another? Do you love Yeshua (Jesus) more than you love the latest styles? You say “Oh but I never intended to cause lust.” I would ask you to really prayerfully consider whether you are bringing glory to YHVH when your appearance contributes in any way to men struggling to be faithful to their wives. Our size does not excuse us either. We don’t get a pass on modesty because we are well endowed. I don’t believe YHVH will say “Oh it’s ok. You had cleavage pouring out of your blouse and it did contribute to a few marriages ending in unfaithfulness and divorce but I created you with an ample bust size so it’s all good. No worries.” As followers of the one true God we are supposed to be known by our love. Putting our own comfort and love of fashion above everything else is not love.

Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

30 Days of Head Covering

A lot of people have asked me to share more about how and why I cover my hair. But sometimes people say that it isn’t very modest to cover because it makes you stand out. Or it seems immodest to wear any jewelry or accessories with the headcovering. Or maybe they think it is immodest to post photos or videos of yourself on the internet. This was becoming a concern to me.

So I began praying for Yah’s guidance. And my answer seems to be that I need to remember my purpose. I am covering not to make myself ugly or unattractive but to signal to the world that I belong to Yah and to my husband and no one else. My purpose in covering doesn’t change because I look pleasant, pretty, attractive or even beautiful. I still belong to Yah and my husband alone. No one else is allowed to share in that.
My purpose in sharing photos and videos is to inspire and encourage other women that they can do this! Not that they must. But that they can. So towards that end I am going to attempt to do a 30 day series of head covering photos and maybe even some videos, too. It’s very easy to forget to take a photo and then at the end of the day I procrastinate. I tell myself things like “Oh it was just a bandana. What’s special about that?” Or “One scarf, big deal. No one will care to see that.” So for the next 30 days I am posting photos of my actual coverings that I wear. This way it will be real. Hopefully, it will inspire or help someone out.

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Shalom!

Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

Children…Blessing? Or Burden?

There was a post going around social media a while back that showed a receipt from a restaurant that gives a discount to families with well behaved children. The post asked “What do you think of this?” Some of the comments were downright ridiculous. Some claimed that it was rude and unfair to parents of special needs children.
Well, I tend to think it is quite rude to assume that special needs children are always completely incapable of good behavior. Furthermore children misbehaving (special needs or otherwise) does not mean that when someone else’s children are well behaved no one should dare to commend that child and his/her parents for fear of being perceived as rude towards the misbehaving child and his/her parents. And frankly I see a lot of parents who don’t even correct misbehavior that is destructive of other people’s property, not to mention disruptive of a peaceful and calm environment.

On the other hand, I noticed someone else say that there shouldn’t even be children at this restaurant because it’s high end and she might like to go on a child free date with her husband. She went on to say that parents who would choose to take their child there are self-entitled, selfish parents and that they seem to think that their children are entitled to be anywhere just because. Well, since the restaurant welcomes children, they ARE entitled to be there. And if you think otherwise I believe YOU are the one who is selfish and self-entitled. You seem to think that you are entitled to a child free environment just because you chose to leave your own children at home. And you are entitled to do so. But you are not entitled to dictate everyone around you to have a child free night on the same night as yourself. If you want that then you should choose a restaurant that advertises no children allowed. Period.

Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

Thunder Thighs? Or Daughter of the King?

I just noticed the tag on the swimsuit I recently bought. I am a little embarrassed. A little amused. A bit shocked and a LOT sad that this marketing actually works! And I am ANGRY that the world continues to lie to us and we women continue to fall for it! And yes. I’m also grateful and relieved that I didn’t read the tag until after I bought the suit. If I had, I might have given in to the lies and while it would not have changed anything in my outward appearance, it most certainly could have changed something inwardly.
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I could have believed the lie that I have to cover up because I have “thunder thighs.” I could have believed that I must cover up my less than model perfect body because it is unattractive. I could have fallen for the lie that I am not beautiful. These are lies that I have always believed and I still struggle to not believe them. I still often forget to look at myself through YHVH’s eyes. So today I am moving forward and asking Him to teach me to look at the whole world (yes, even myself) with His eyes. And yes, I will still cover up. I will cover up because I am beautiful, because I belong to YHVH and my husband. And those two relationships are precious! Like rubies. And we guard and protect treasured things so why would we not guard and protect treasured relationships?
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When we share something special with one special person, it is beautiful! When we begin sharing that treasured thing with everyone, it becomes common and ordinary. I don’t want my relationship with my Elohim (God) or with my husband to be common and ordinary. Both are truly set apart and holy and should be treated as such. And maybe, just maybe I will begin to see myself as YHVH sees me, as a beautiful daughter of the Most High.

Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

Hedges of Protection

I read and shared this article on my facebook wall yesterday.
The Reason Every Kid Should Talk Back to Their Parents
There were several very good points made regarding the article.
Here are my thoughts. First, I really despise the title of this article. It just makes my blood boil. Moving on.

Why on earth would the mother allow her daughter to play with his new birthday presents without asking? I think my friend Anne is right, the author is exasperating her son.

I do think the inability to say no, to set and respect boundaries IS a problem and a big one. However, I think it is possible to teach our children to set and respect boundaries without encouraging disrespect and defiance. Which by the way, both disrespect and defiance are also boundary issues. They are just the other side of the coin that the author fears.

I do not believe we should live our lives according to others “forceful shoulds” but we also shouldn’t live according to the “whispered, passionate wants of our own hearts” either. Jeremiah 17:9 says ” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” As believers we should seek to live according to YHVH’s ways. We should seek Him in all things. We should never seek to “be the author of our own lives” YHVH is the author of our lives.

When we truly give our lives to Him we will never lose our voice. Because we voice our anxieties, fears, concerns and even the desires of our own hearts to the very Creator of the Universe, the King of Kings. And He is faithful!

When we begin to seek Him and His Ways in all things we begin to learn how to not be used by the world and how to be useful to our King.

If our hearts desire is to walk in His ways, we will be much less likely to “cave in to pressure” and do any of the things mentioned because all of those things result from idolatry, putting someone or something above YHVH.

On the other hand, “pourous boundaries” are a real problem today. Children absolutely do need to learn to say no to others. For example, they need to know that it’s ok to say no when a touch makes them uncomfortable. How will they be comfortable saying no to inappropriate touch if they are never allowed to say “No thank you” to Aunt or Grammy’s kisses? How will they have the courage to say “No, I won’t ride in a car alone with you because it is inappropriate and against family rules” if they have never had to explain or defend the family rule of removing shoes at the door to their friends? How will they learn to say “No, my sweet child, I can not allow you to do this thing you so desire because it offends our Elohim”? How will they ever gain the strength to say to dear friends “If you choose to wear clothes that reveal cleavage, midriff, and/or thighs (even if it is a swimming suit) around my family I will have no choice but to ask you to leave. YHVH and my family come first.”? They may never be able to. Or they may find themselves 40 something with a family of their own and YHVH will ask them to take a stand. And they will feel inadequate. And Yah will be their strength. And He will lead them to walk in His ways. He will show them, one step at a time, to take the ancient paths. He will take them by the hand and guide them. He will teach them how to wait on Him. He will send His Ruach to remind them that if they are not sure of where He is leading, it means just “Be still and know that I am YHVH Elohim.” They will remember Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” And then they will remember Ruth 1:16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.”

Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

Have You Heard the News?

There is a new online magazine for Torah Observant women! It is very exciting! It’s called Daughters of Israel. Here is a link to my article http://daughtersofisrael.net/category/natural-living/beauty/ . Enjoy all the wonderful authors!

There is also a new social media site for Torah Observant Women. It’s called Messianic Inspiration. There’s even a huge giveaway going on right now! Check it out! http://www.messianicinspiration.com

Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela

My Experience at a Wrapunzel Workshop

What a blessed Mother’s Day I have had! My wonderful aunt sent me flowers on Friday. My kids showered me with their cards and gifts Sunday morning. We went to visit and share a meal with my mom and sisters and their families Sunday afternoon. It was a wonderful relaxing Sunday.

Sunday night, on the other hand, was so exciting! I went to a Wrapunzel Workshop at U City Shul with my daughter and my non-covering friend. It was amazing!!! I learned some things about hair care that I will share in another post. I enjoyed great fellowship. I was blessed by a very sweet new friend! She was asked to share her covering story and it was beautiful! She really expressed it so eloquently. I wonder if I can convince her to share her story here? She also blessed me by buying me a beautiful Sari Scarf tichel. I’m sure she has no idea how much that simple gesture blessed me. Maybe I will write more about that at another time.

Meeting Andrea Grinberg and Rivka Malka Perlman was incredible! They are so warm and welcoming that you instantly feel like you’re among family.

The drive home was a blessing because my non-covering friend and I had lots of time to chat. (I want to clarify that I really don’t typically classify my friends as covering vs non-covering. I actually have never, ever done that or even thought about it that way. They are just my friends. But this was so interesting the way that YHVH orchestrated everything to have her there. I didn’t ask her to go because she doesn’t cover. But she had lent me her car the day before because our van is btroke down. We have been driving a 5 seater vehicle with 10 people in the household for about 4 or 5 months. It means we don’t go very many places as a family and when we do we make 2 or 3 trips to get everyone there and repeat the process when we go home. So after making 2 trips to our Shabbat gathering at my friends house which is about a 30 minute drive, she told us just take my car and I will come get it tomorrow. So I did. Which, by the way, is the only reason we were able to go see my mom on Mother’s Day. Anyway, my friend came to pick up her car as I was about to walk out the door to go to the Wrapunzelution Workshop. I don’t remember exactly what was said. Only things like, “You should come!” and “I would love to but I need a babysitter.” My teenage daughter was ecstatic to babysit. So next there was a flurry of borrowing clothes and shoes and me changing my headcover at the last minute to rush out the door and arrive in U City in perfect time. The changing my head cover was because my sweet friend blessed me with a beautiful scarf that belonged to her Grandmother! So special! I feel honored and humbled, as if Hashem has smiled on me today. Pictures and more to come later.
Todah for reading and Shalom,
Angela