Hey Lovelies! Blessed Sunday to you all! So since we’re besties and all, tell me something, what do you look forward to? I’m sure as guys might have guessed by today’s blogpost title, something I always look forward to are Sundays. If you’re a regular visitor here, I’m quite sure that you’ve heard my rants about Sunday being my favorite day of the week! Church, rest, relaxation, reflection, and adventures make for a great Sunday.
I grew up attending church, religiously every week (basically had no choice) which allowed me to get all dressed up and fancy. Honestly, as odd as this may sound, I’m pretty grateful for the man upstairs because from a young age, I developed a liking for dressy and fancy clothes. Now, I’m not saying that Jesus is/has been responsible for my weekly church attendance, but it would be remiss if I didn’t admit that I eagerly awaited wearing a Sunday Best look almost every week!
As a small girl, I was quite “particular” and wore the frilly dresses, lace/ruffled socks (sometimes with tights), bows/ribbon in my hair, and patent-leather Mary Jane shoes! I often times look back at those pictures and think, “what in the world was my mom thinking?” LOL! But, thanks to her, at a young age I knew what it meant to get all dressed up!
I think it’s quite intriguing how time evolves and as we fast-forward a few decades, Sunday Best attire rarely exists. Most churches have developed an open door policy, welcoming individuals to attend church regardless of what they are wearing. BEST THING EVER! I can only imagine how many people might not have been in attendance on Sunday morning based off of not having what they though they needed to wear.
Thankfully, the bible tells us, “come as you are,” and although as seen in Joel 2:32, where the prophet is declaring the terrible judgments of the Day of the Lord, God’s offer of deliverance is open to “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord.” I think HE literally means, come to him no matter what circumstance, what you look like, what you’ve done, what you’re going through, and/or what you will go through. In Isaiah 1:18, God offers the invitation to come, though your sins are as scarlet, and He will make them white as snow. Revelation 22:17 is an open invitation: “Come! Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” In these and other verses, the clear implication is that, even though we are sinners, God desires us to come to Him as we are, so that He can cleanse us.
I still enjoy dressing up from time to time and looking forward to wearing my Sunday Best, but the irony is, I now sorta stick out like a sore thumb if I attend church in a dress like this ASOS one pictured. When I observe the audience at the church I attend, the attire is extremely casual, so I now challenge myself each Sunday to wear a piece from my God Is My Source line and to figure out ways how to dress up t-shirts and dad hats! Boy oh boy, have times changed… No, I haven’t allowed the opinions of others to change who I am, but I realize more and more that God solely seeks for us to commune in HIS house, to worship and praise HIM, receive HIS message, and apply it to our lives. The reality is, at the end of the day none of these clothes matter to him and once we reunite with him, none of this will have even mattered anyway!
Not gonna lie, still love me some fancy dresses every now and again…..! BUT, more importantly, super grateful that God loves me for me and not what Sunday attire I choose to wear in his house!
Peace and Forever Blessings,