Glad you found us! This site has one objective: to help you win the spiritual battle for purity, in every sense of the word. Society encourages us to throw away our virtue; the message sent out by the media is: "everyone's doing it!" We are here to prove that statement wrong! Come in, read some encouraging testimonies, chat with others who strive to remain pure, and reaffirm your belief that purity, sexual and otherwise, is not only possible, but totally worth it!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Think on These Things: I Love This SlimDress!!

Philippians 4:8     Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (NIV).

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So, are you on Summer Vacation yet?  We are, thank the Lord!  I just received the outfit SlimPerfect sent me yesterday, and was so excited about it, that I thought I'd share my thoughts.

I usually hate swimsuit season!  Don't get me wrong, I love to swim, but I don't enjoy wearing a swimsuit.  Even as a youth I felt self-conscious, but at this point, I'd almost rather skip the swimming all together because of my swimsuit phobia.

So, I tried on my SlimDress yesterday and . . . I LOVE IT!  It really does look like a cute, little black dress!  It draws attention upward with its empire waist and pop of color on the top.  It is slimming, which definitely boosts my confidence, and the shorts which come under the skirt are designed to stay in place while you swim.  I'm actually looking forward to swimming with my kids for the first time in years! Here I am, in my SlimDress.  ( I hope you can appreciate what a big deal it is for me to post a picture of myself in swimwear.  This just doesn't happen, folks!)

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Now, I haven't actually tried it out in the pool yet (this being the first day of summer,) but I wanted to share my initial impressions with you and remind you that the offer for 15% off SlimPerfect products ends on May 31st.  Don't forget the promotional code:  AandV2011

I know this style may not be for everyone, but for the Mommies out there, it's a great modest and feminine option.  I can't wait to get out there and play with my children unhindered!  Thanks again, SlimPerfect for your support of the Armed and Virtuous ministry and for creating products that modest women can wear with confidence!

Thanks to all the swimwear companies that provided us with pictures and, most importantly, offer modest options for women of all ages who desire to honor God with their bodies, even while swimming!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The College 411- Elizabeth's Experience, part 2

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Well, here is week two of Elizabeth's interview.  This week we're discussing how to stay strong in your faith, roomate relationships, and scholarships.  I hope you find her story encouraging, and her advice helpful.  For those of you about to head off to college, good luck!  For those of you getting another year closer, it's never too early to begin making plans, (with God's guidance, of course!)  Enjoy!












Thanks again, Elizabeth for your willingness to share.  If you have any questions for Elizabeth, or a concern about college, send an email or leave us a comment and we'll gladly encourage and pray for you! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

The College 411- Mary Lin's Experience

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Hello, all!  Normally, we post a devotional on Mondays, but a dear friend of mine has some wonderful words of advice for all you soon-to-be graduates, and I felt like you needed to hear it while you can.  She wanted to tell you in person, but circumstances have not made that possible at this time.  Be blessed as you read, and stay excited!  College is a wonderful experience!

Mary Lin's Advice for the Armed and Virtuous College Woman:

Three important pieces of advice for college:


1) Get involved in your local BCM/Campus ministry AND (not or) a local church. When I moved 8 hours away from my parents for grad school, it was hard at first. Getting involved in these avenues definitely helped me establish a family away from my family.

I also grew a great deal from being involved in these ministries. It was through the BCM, as well as the ministries that I was involved in at my church that God reminded me of the call He placed on my life to go into missions/ministry way back in the 4th grade at GA camp.

2) Don't use the BCM or even your busy-ness as an excuse not to go to church. There is a running joke that college students often attend "Bedside Baptist" on Sundays because they give in to the temptation not to go to church. Don't do this! Your parents will no longer be there to "make" you go to church every week. You have to go on your own! This was a little scary for me at first, since I am very shy and do not feel comfortable in situations where I don't know a lot of people, but I am so glad that I went! I found a church that is truly my home and I feel like they are family!

Also, don't just "go" to church. Get involved in ministry there! You have been given gifts and talents by God, and He wants to use them! Whether it's working with children, playing in the orchestra or singing in the choir, or something completely different, use your gifts for His glory! This is also one of the reasons my church has become my family-- I am connected to them because I got involved!

3) Establish a regular, consistent time to spend with your Heavenly Father (if you are not already doing so). It is so important, especially in this new situation, that you spend time in the Word and in prayer, on a daily basis! This is an area of my life where I was not always consistent, and there were seasons where I completely neglected this. Those times were some of the most miserable in my life because I was not having fellowship with my Father, and looking back, it was in these times that I was most vulnerable to sin.

Since moving to grad school, I have really improved in this area. I am still not nearly as consistent as I would like to be, but I am getting much better. I have come to treasure this time with the Lord, and I can always tell when I have skipped it. When I do skip this time, this is when Satan always attacks, and I am vulnerable to the biggest temptation that I struggle with, which is worry. When Satan can get me to start worrying instead of focusing on trusting God, I am always miserable. I am learning, though, that when I spend time with my Father before I start my day, I am much more focused on Him and am much less likely to worry about things.

Your temptations may be completely different from mine, but Satan knows exactly what will get you to take your focus off of God. Staying in the Word and consistently praying will help you be much more prepared to combat his attacks.

Anyway, I just want to encourage you to grow in your walk with the Lord as you prepare to enter this new and exciting phase of your life that is college! These are the things that have helped me, and I wanted to pass them along to you! Know that I am praying for you!

-Mary Lin-

Friday, May 20, 2011

Think on These Things- Modest and Sporty Swimwear from Girls4Sport!

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Philippians 4:8     Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (NIV).

This is our fourth and final week of highlighting what's out there in the way of modest swimwear, and this week's company creates a line that gives great coverage, while remaining trendy, fun, and flattering to the female body.  Girls4Sport specializes in athletic swimwear and activewear.  They have a wide variety of tops and bottoms with varying degrees of coverage that are designed to mix and match, creating the outfit that best meets your specific needs.

Here's how they describe their company:  Girls4Sport is designed by women for women. Born in Santa Cruz, California on a bright spring day, the Girls4Sport women asked, why not make innovative athletic clothing specifically designed for the female form? Fresh, fun, feminine clothing for every "girl", no matter her age. . . We've given "utilitarian" a makeover and made it drop dead gorgeous. Go ahead, frisk, frolic, play and splash.  No other athletic wear and sun protection has ever made you look and feel this good! Swim, surf and sail knowing your pretty skin, the only one you've got, is covered by soft we-mean-business fabrics. Our tested fabrics are rated at the maximum of UPF 50+ and block at least 98% of UVA/UVB rays. Do something fun, do something good for you, do something for the girl at heart with Girls4Sport.

According to their mission statement, "Girls4Sport embodies performance, fashion, and lifestyle for active girls of all ages."  They strive to fulfill this mission through their products and actions, such as creating and supporting sports leadership events.  They also use their profits to support vital, relevant charities. 

Here are a few examples of the type of swimwear Girls4Sport has to offer:


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This is an example of their Long Sleeve Top.  In this picture it is paired with swim bottoms, but there are longer options available as well.  This top is a great option for all around, water wear- swimming, surfing, water skiing, wake boarding and most any other sport on water you can dream up. The built-in shelf bra gives light support and an extra modesty layer. A flattering body style with the right length in the torso is designed to not ride up as you move and keep you covered.  It comes in a variety of other patterns as well. 

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This is a picture of their Sports Tank Top combined with mid-length shorts.  A built-in shelf bra offers light support and a hint of modesty. Generous torso length keeps you covered and won't ride up as you move. This one stays put and has the same great fabric, colors and prints as our other rash guard swim tops.  For other pattern choices, click here.


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The SupaDry Sport Zip Top is a unique look, and paired with short, black board shorts in this picture (again, many other options for the bottom.)  This top can be used on land or sea thanks to high-performance, quick-dry fabric. Made to do it all: kayaking, stand-up paddle, volleyball, hiking, yoga, and all the other activities you can dream up! Built-in shelf bra for light support and modesty. The SupaDry line only comes in black/periwinkle, but there are other style options.

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This is their Short Sleeve Top, paired with swim bottoms.  The built-in shelf bra gives light support and an extra modesty layer. Has a flattering body style with the right length in the torso to keep you covered and not ride up as you move.  Again, a wide variety of other prints are available. 


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Their Half Sleeve Top is a great option for all around, water wear as you swim, surf, ski and play. Styled with a design nod to the ringer t-shirt, this top features a built-in shelf bra for light support and an extra modesty layer. It has a flattering body style with the right length in the torso to keep you covered and not ride up as you move. Perfect combo of sun and body protection in a variety of water sports.  For more prints click here.



Just to give you a closer look at the longer options available on bottom, I've included some close-up pics:

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These come in a variety of colors and styles.  To view the complete collection, click here.


They also offer suits for little girls.  Here are a few options:
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Girls4Sport has several items on sale, both for adults and kids.  If you shop their Pink Store, 5% of the sale will go to support breast cancer treatment.  Girls4Sport has been discussed in several press releases over the past few years!  They have testimonials available about their products, as well as a blog and a facebook page.  (By the way, they have a Buddy System Giveaway on facebook that you might want to check out!)

And here's the best part!  If you use the coupon code AAV-15, you will receive 15% off anything on their website!

I hope this gives you a wide array of swimwear choices.  With summer camps, particularly church camps coming up, it's important to have swimwear that meets dress code, without being bulky.  These outfits are great because they're so modest, and yet they're youthful and fun!  Enjoy your browsing, and have a great summer!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The College 411- Elizabeth's experience, part 1

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Here it is, (finally!) another interview with a college friend of mine. This time we're talking to Elizabeth, a recent college graduate who is now working as a nurse.  (You'll see her in scrubs on the video because she just got off work.)  Elizabeth attended a public university that was fairly close to her home, although she still lived on campus. 

Because she's on the other side of college, she'll give you memories of her entire college experience.  You'll get to hear the first half of her interview today, and the rest next Wednesday.  Thank you, Elizabeth for your willingness to share and your candid, but kind information!








Got questions about college?  Got answers?  Leave a comment or send an email and we'll be glad to encourage you and pray!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tread Carefully!

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Proverbs 4:26     Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established (NKJV).


In the past few weeks we've discussed guarding our heart, mouth, eyes, and this week, it's our feet, (so to speak.)  We're learning how to be thoughtful about the path of life we take, and consider the end from the beginning.  As a college student, this is an especially important lesson to master.

What does it mean to ponder the path of your feet?  It means to think about where you're going.  Have you ever taken a trip to a place you've never been?  If so, you probably took a map along with you.  You may have also brought written directions.  At the very least, someone told you where to go, or you plugged the destination into your GPS.  As you started off on that trip, you took care to follow those directions and not take an early exit, right?  If not, you could end up who-knows-where!  You wouldn't be able to do what you planned once you arrived, because you failed to pay attention during the transition.

That's exactly what's going on in college.  You're basically on a trip to the next phase of life, so consider well the direction you take.  Are you taking classes according to your degree plan, or are you just taking what interests you?  While taking classes for fun is perfectly fine, you'll be in college much longer than necessary if you don't stick to your degree plan.  Then there's all the extra-curricular stuff.  We talked about this recently, but think about what occupies your time, is it helping you develop skills necessary for your future career, or are you just wasting time?  Having fun is important, but don't let the quest for fun overtake why you are here.  (As fabulous as the restrooms are at Buc-ee's, I don't think anyone wants to halt their vacation there!) 

Then there's the way you act, speak, and relate to others.  Consider what you're doing and the reputation that those actions are building for you.  Weigh it against God's standards and ask yourself:  Am I proud of what I'm doing and who I'm becoming?  If so, keep moving in that direction.  If not, turn around!  The moment you find yourself disatisfied, you have the ability to change.  Don't just move blindly forward, hoping for something different.  Ask God's help, change your circumstances, friends, or location and go a different way. 

The next part of this verse says:  . . . let all your ways be established.  In other words, truly be who you present yourself to be, at all times.  If you are a Christian, then live like one!  If you believe in sexual purity until marriage, then behave like a modest, chaste, young woman.  Don't hang all over guys, spend time alone with them, and encourage them to lust after you.  If you are a truthful person, don't fall into the habit of telling lies.  Be who you are, and faithfully represent your Heavenly Father.  Everyone makes mistakes, so be willing to forgive yourself if you trip up, but don't stay on the path of sin if you find yourself there.  Instead, repent, ask forgiveness of others, if necessary, and get back on the path of a Godly reputation.  A woman of integrity either establishes or tears down her reputation with her every word and action.  Keep this in mind, and you will find yourself steadily making progress to the destination you desire.

Again, ladies, we don't need to be afraid of mistakes, but we do need to walk with purpose and with forethought.  Just like you can't take a trip to Disney World without much pre-planning (believe me, I know!), you can't take off down the road to your future without thinking ahead.  Give your future to the Lord, ask Him to guide your steps, and stay plugged into your Spiritual GPS as you travel.  God's Word will convict you if you're getting off track.  He'll help you examine your motives, and prevent you from doing any major "recalculating." 




Are you worried about the future?  Do you have dreams, but don't have a plan of action?  Drop us a line or leave a comment and our prayer partners will be happy to pray for you!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Think on These Things- Modest and Slimming Swimwear/Activewear from Slim Perfect!

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Philippians 4:8     Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (NIV).


Welcome to week three of exploring modest swimwear solutions.  Can you believe how many options are out there?  I'm so excited about this week's discovery!  Slim Perfect is a line of swimwear that also doubles as active wear.  In other words, you can wear this clothing to swim, play tennis and work out at the gym!  It also is slimming and flattering to the figure.  Their products are designed for comfort, confidence and sophistication.  Their sizes range from sizes 8 to 20, so Slim Perfect works for women of all body types!

Here is a little more about Slim Perfect, from their website:  SlimPerfect Swimwear & Activewear creates an option for the active, yet chic woman who loves to workout but wants to look great doing it and then move straight out to poolside for a dip while still looking feminine.  All SlimPerfect Swimwear & Activewear provides more coverage and "tames" the bulges without moving them to other areas like other leading brands and was made to create the illusion of an hourglass figure. SlimPerfect Swimwear & Activewear solves poolside anxiety and creates a feeling of confidence in the gym or on the tennis court for ALL BODY TYPES.



The Slim Perfect line includes Tankini tops, with and without sleeves, Slim Skorts, Slim Skirts, and Slimming Capris, as well as Slim Dresses in a variety of colors.  Here are a few of the options available:
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Solid Black SlimDress

It just looks like a cute, little black dress, doesn't it?  This SlimDress is available in sizes 8-18 and features sewn in bike shorts for additional taming and coverage instead of a brief under the dress.  It features removable, molded gel-filled bra cups with pockets.  It also includes a tummy tamer panel lined with powernet mesh for added control.  The longer length provides more coverage. The distance from shoulder to hem on an average size 14 is Approx 33”.  The length is a little shorter per size down. It's made of Brazilian fabric, Nylon/Spandex.

All the SlimDresses come with the same basic design and slimming support features.  Here are some other style options, which range from sizes 8-18, depending on the particular item:

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More style options are available on the website.  A few of these items are on closeout, and are therefore on sale!  The Sleeved SlimDress is currently sold out, but is expected to be restocked in June. 

Then there are the Tankini tops, which can be worn with Slim Skorts, Skirts, or Capris.  These are available in sizes 6-20, depending on the item.  Again, more options are available on the website,  but here are a few examples:
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This is an example of the Tankini top with SlimCapris.  The SlimCapri provides maximum coverage and control for the tummy, buttock and thigh area, and come in sizes 6 to 20. It is lightweight and is designed to make you look longer and leaner.  The front tummy tamer panel lined with powernet mesh for added control, the buttock and thigh tamer is approx. 15” in length from the waist to smooth out trouble spots. This feature under the Capri is similar to a lightweight bike short. It tames and smooths the bulges without moving them to another area of the body.  At the moment, this item is on backorder, but will be shipped to customers between May 25 and May 31. 


Lots of customers have wonderful things to say about Slim Perfect Swimwear/Activewear!  To check out their reviews, follow this link.  There have also been several press releases about Slim Perfect, most impressive of which was a listing in O, the Oprah magazine, declaring Slim Perfect to be one of the "best brands" for "sizes 12 and up" and "to take inches off." 

Their garments run slightly on the small side, so take a look at the size chart before ordering.  Along with coordinating measurements, it gives instructions for how to properly measure for the best fit.  The website includes a questionnaire to determine which style best suits you,  and offers before and after photos of real women in their products.

Finally, here's the best news:  Slim Perfect is offering 15% off  if you use the code:  AandV2011 when you order!  This offer is good through May 31st!

So, check them out!  As many of you, I have struggled for years to find a swimsuit I felt comfortable wearing in public.  I'll be getting a SlimDress of my own to try out soon, and I'll let you know how it works for me.  If I feel brave enough, I might even post a picture! (No promises, though!) 







What other "things" would you like to see highlighted on our weekend posts?  Drop us a line or leave a comment, and we'll discuss the things that interest you!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The College 411- part 3

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First of all, I'm sorry that you haven't heard another college student's interview by now.  I fully intend to post an interview next Wednesday, so please accept my apology and bear with me.

Hopefully a few more words of my own will suffice for today :-)  The topic we're discussing today is one of the experiences just about everyone encounters during their college years:  the opportunity to determine who you truly are and what you truly believe. 

Up till now, you have likely been raised with a certain set of values, and your identity has been defined largely by your family, church and school.  Your parents believe certain things about God, life, politics, right and wrong, money, work ethic, etc.  As your parents, they did their best to raise you, and part of that process involved imparting their beliefs to you.  Some of you might not have been raised in a God-fearing home, but your parents, nonetheless, raised you according to their value system.  Your church also instilled values in you, if you attend church.  Your school taught you a few things, both formally and informally as well, and your fellow classmates likely taught you a thing or two about where you fit in the social "pecking order." 

When you go to college, much of these pillars of your identity and existence fade away.  The opinions of your peers definitely do, and this is usually a blessing!  As you begin attending school at a different location, on a higher level and among different people you will discover opinions of your new peers and professors to be vastly different from the safe, black-and-white beliefs you've always held.  This will lead you to the stage of life we all reach where you separate what you truly believe from what you've always been told.

Don't be afraid, this is a natural part of life, and can be a very good thing!  God doesn't want us to believe "because that's how Mom and Dad believe,"  He wants us to believe because we have studied and found something to be true.

In my own life, I was raised with a particular church background, and upon arriving on the college scene, I thought I had most aspects of doctrine figured out and nicely put in their place.  When I got to college, my faith was tested in many areas. 

I was quickly made aware that no one was checking up on me, and I alone determined whether or not I would live according to my principles.  That was a shock, but it made me stronger because it caused me to impose limitations on myself.  No longer could I get out of something by saying "My parents won't let me," instead I had to say "I don't do that," and stand on my own faith.  It also encouraged me to be cautious in choosing friends.  People might be accepting of me, but if their activities went against my values, I had to limit our acquaintance, or not associate with them at all. 

Then there was the area of my faith, itself.  I had very strong opinions in one particular area, based on my background, and I always assumed that the man I'd marry would either hold those opinions as well, or "change to my beliefs."  (Don't know if I actually said those things out loud, but they were in the back of my mind).  God, Himself, challenged my faith by bringing my future hubby into my life during my college years.  He was a man of God and had an intimate walk with Him, but Jason's convictions in one particular area differed greatly from mine!  This caused me great distress, because I believed God was leading us to marriage eventually, but we had what I perceived to be a major roadblock in the way.

Ironically, what I saw as a problem, God saw as a tremendous solution.  Because neither Jason nor I would "conform" to the other person's beliefs on this subject, we were forced to study God's word for ourselves.  We had to set aside what people always told us, read the Bible, and allow God to teach us the truth directly.  Eventually, we began determining our own, personal convictions, ones that might not line up exactly with the way our parents believed.  It brought us through the roadblock, strengthened our faith, and drew us closer to God.  When we married, our differences no longer were the massive impasse they were when we first met.  We also discovered the strength of each other's faith.  Neither of us, as much as we cared for each other, were willing to change our spiritual convictions simply to be received by the other; we loved God most, and that has been the backbone of our relationship ever since.

The challenges that come to your faith and value system will be different than mine.  They could come from a doubting professor who questions your belief.  It could come from one of the many groups you get involved in, or a goal you wish to meet that has unexpected consequences.  Regardless, the challenge will come.  Expect it, but don't be afraid.  God will never give you more than you can bear.  He will use the challenge to strengthen your faith, if you allow Him.  He will also give you an escape from any potentially harmful situation, and I mean harmful to you physically, emotionally or spiritually.  On the other side of the experience, if your faith has stood the test, you will be proud of who you have become! 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Stay On Target!

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Proverbs 4:25     Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you (NKJV).

Well, we've guarded our heart, then our mouth, and this week, in an effort to make it through college without regrets, we're guarding our eyes.  In other words, doing what it takes to stay focused on the goal and not being overcome by what's on the sidelines. 

Guarding your eyes can take on so many meanings in relation to the college experience.  First of all, there's the obvious meaning:  keep your eyes focused on Christ and avoid the temptations that seem so attractive, but will drive you far from Him and leave you with regrets.  The opportunities to drink, do drugs, have sex, and abandon your values are plentiful in college.  They often take on the appearance of being fun, socially acceptable and "not a big deal," but all too soon they can consume you.  Instead of working toward the goal of  your degree, you'll find yourself looking for the next party, the next guy, or the next high.  So, let your eyes look straight ahead, don't get distracted by the college side-show, it's not the good time they claim it to be!

There are other things that can distract you in the college world, and they seem more innocent, more worthy, but can still get you off track.  Before you step foot on your college campus, I challenge you to do some personal inventory:  Why am I going to college?  What are my goals in life?  What degree do I wish to obtain?  What career do I want based on my degree?  Once you have the answer to these questions, with God's direction, of course, this becomes the goal of your college years.  Make graduation with the highest possible GPA your focus, and don't allow the numerous activities, groups, organizations and causes overtake your primary goal. 

What do I mean by this?  You'll hear this echoed in upcoming interviews, but there are many on-campus organizations that would love your involvement.  Yes, this includes social fraternities and sororities, but it can also include service organizations, professional organizations, clubs, performing groups, and just about anything else you can imagine.  These groups all have formally stated causes, almost all of which are noble.  Some will be related to your field of study, and might be important enrichment experiences for you, but choose with caution. 

Have you ever heard someone joke about being on the "decade-plan" in college?  This meant they took several more years to complete their degree than was necessary.  This could happen because they partied too much, had unexpected difficulties or because they were overly involved in activities that weren't essential to their degree.  Again, some experiences are worth the investment, but some distract.  Choose carefully, and choose with God's direction.  I was involved in many worthy organizations, but I also determined throughout my college years, that some organizations took up too much time, and I let them go.  If an experience will help you be a better person in your chosen field, then get involved.  If it will look good on a resume' then consider involvement, but don't allow the auxiliary activities to take away from your study time, or prevent you from taking a full class load each semester.  Employers are looking for well rounded educations, but they are also looking for people who are driven to complete a goal. 

Bottom line?  We need to keep our eyes on our Master and Savior.  We need to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).  What is God's perfect will for our college experience?  What does He want us to pursue?  Pursue those things with all your heart!  Be driven toward excellence, and keep focused on the long run, not consumed with short-term entertainment.  Be a young woman who is consumed with becoming everything God wants her to be! 






Any college ladies out there who can "Amen" me on this?  Any high school girls who have related questions?  Leave a comment or send an email and we'll keep the discussion going!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Think on These Things: Simply Modest- A Pure and Pretty Swimwear Solution

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Philippians 4:8     Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (NIV).

Welcome back to week two of discovering just how much is out there in the way of modest swimwear.  This week we're highlighting a company that produces even more modest outfits than last week, in hopes of providing a wide spectrum of options. 

I was delighted to discover Simply Modest Swimwear!  This company is truly home-grown and God inspired.  They describe themselves and their mission as follows:

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  Growing up in a family of four daughters, modesty has always been a hot topic! We wanted to be able to enjoy water sports unhindered, and still be dressed in a way that would be honoring to the Lord and the men around us. We were tired of piecing things together and layering shorts or t-shirts over a swimsuit which ended up feeling bulky and unattractive. . . We saw a great need for modest swimwear, a swimsuit that would be safe in the water and also beautiful and stylish!

We created this design for our own personal use, but when many ladies began asking where they could buy these swimsuits for themselves, we decided to offer our design to others who were seeking an alternative. . . It is my prayer that many people would be blessed by this design. May God be glorified by the way we dress!

According to Crystal, the interest in their swimwear came just as she graduated from homeschool high school.  Her mother encouraged her to begin her own business, and the rest is history! 

Simply Modest Swimwear offers swimsuits, swimshirts, leggings, patterns (if you care to make your own), fabric, and swimmer's care products.

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This is an example of their swimshirts.  They are available in women's sizes Extra Small to Extra Large.  Depending on the size, they have varieties of pre-made shirts, and they also custom make swimshirts for a more precise fit.  These have been designed for modesty, comfort and flexibility.  They cover well, even during active swimming, and don't hinder your movement while in or out of the water.  The bodice is lined, so there is a double layer of lycra fabric covering the entire bodice. They can be worn with your favorite pair of swim shorts or leggings!  To read reviews of the swimshirts, click here.

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The swimsuits come in a variety of colors and prints, depending on size.  They are also designed for modesty, comfort and flexibility, and made of lightweight spandex swimwear fabric. The leggings are not attached to the suit, so they are easy to take on and off, while making them more comfortable for swimming. These swimsuits have the look of a one-piece swimsuit, yet the comfort and flexibility of a two-piece!  Once again, you can get one custom made, if you so desire.  You can read product reviews of her swimsuits by clicking here.

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In addition to womens' swimwear, Simply Modest also makes suits for children sizes 4-7, and girls sizes 8-14.  They come in a variety of colors and prints, and are made from the same high quality, lightweight material.  To read product reviews on the children's swimsuits, click here.


Crystal is bold and unashamed about her passion for modesty.  On her website, she has a page titled Why Modesty?  On this page, she explains her reasons for dressing with modesty (which I find inspiring!)  What I appreciate and respect most about her philosophy, is that she understands modesty to be a personal choice, something to prayerfully consider with God, and that the Bible doesn't lay out hard and fast rules about clothing.

Simply Modest Swimwear is catching on!  They currently have 4,015 fans on facebook, which, by the way, is another great place to read testimonials about their products.  Although this swimsuit style is not for everyone, it's a great option for those who wish greater coverage for modesty reasons and sun protection.  I hope you'll check them out, and support this young woman of God as she pursues her business/ministry!

I'd like to leave you with a great quote that Crystal has on her website:

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"Unaffected modesty is
the sweetest charm of female excellence,
the richest gem in the diadem of her honor."
~Webster's Dictionary 1828








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