Saturday, July 6, 2013

support: a firm foundation

As I have grown older, I've noticed that "the girls" (my breasts) have needed a little more attention and support than before.

MY HUSBAND: "WHOA!.... Move over!  Excuse me... I'm coming, Baby!!!...."  (Chuck climbs over a few stalking readers with his arms extended... promptly wrestling to be as close to me as possible and ready to accommodate my every need.)

LOL.  Honey, I'm fine.  I'm referring to the new bras and panties I've been shopping for.

MY HUSBAND: "Oh... OK.  Well, I'm right here if you need me!  Really, no trouble at all!"

Thank you, Dear.  Just give me a few more minutes with my readers and then I'm all yours!...

Anyway, as I've gotten older the strangest thing has been happening... "the girls" have... shall we say, enlarged - even though I have been shrinking in size and losing weight.  (I know - weird.)  As such, these days I have been on the hunt for the perfect, most comfortable, well-fitting bra and panties.

Now, I don't know why I don't already know this, but shopping for new undergarments is no small task for us gals.  I have learned that when the specialty lingerie boutique measures my size and proclaims in all certainty that I am a 40DD, it does not insure that every bra out there will fit me correctly.  No, it's more work than that.  In fact, sizing has only given me a baseline to work from.  For no two bras seem to fit the same.  Some, I do better in a 40D, and some a 38DD.  In the end, what is most important is how something fits me, not what their label says.

So, on the search I've been.  I've tried on extremely well-made, and highly priced "investment" bras and panties from Paris and London, and I've sampled the more local microfiber t-shirt wonder-secrets in all styles and colors imaginable. And now that I am closing in on purchasing all the winning combinations of form, fashion, and function to serve my wardrobe, I am amazed to learn that I have been walking around for decades uncomfortable in my undergarments... and it was unnecessary!  No more jabbing in the back.  No more readjusting straps.  No more itchy, unsupportive cups.  No more!  Now, I am comfortable.... and supported correctly.  I have the right foundation to build my outfits and image upon. Furthermore, I feel special and pretty because these new, improved undergarments are also gorgeously constructed with the very best fabrics and laces available.

All this got me thinking today about my beautiful Jesus.  (Yes, my bra and pantie shopping has made me stop and think about the King of kings!)  For He is the best foundation of all.  He is my ultimate support, and with Him, I have true peace and comfort.  Just like a good bra that conforms perfectly to my frame, God wants me to conform myself to His gorgeous image so that I might live structured in His Way.  In turn, He will supply all the support and security I need to then dress myself in His very best... His holiness!

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. (Isaiah 33:6)

No more days allowing Satan access to the ground floor so that he may continue to jab my vulnerable back.  No more years of readjusting my posture to the whims of my own unstable and unsupportive ways.  No more!  I have learned to first dress myself in Jesus!  For in Christ, I am always covered correctly.  He is better.  He fits.  He matches every need with His perfect, incomprehensible love.  A love not to be limited by human measurement, but rather to be put on and worn comfortably, confidently... so that I too, may display His unending grace.  A grace that is much greater than all my sins.  Yes, He is my reinforcement... my only support and deliverer.  Those wanna-be foundations filled with their holes and cracks can't compare to God's gorgeously constructed plans for all eternity.  Hallelujah!  He is a Wonder!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment - to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession - to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:3-14)

Ladies, we have been invited by the King to put on His robe of inheritance... to wear His garment of grace!  We have be offered the surest, richest, and most lavish foundation in Jesus because He alone can stabilize us and unify our whole life through His purpose.  His salvation is our undergarment and assurance.  His love is our dressing.  His Word is our strength and armor.  So seek Him first, for He is the only One who will fit all your needs properly.  Put Him on and build your image upon His glory. Feel special because you are new and improved under His gorgeously constructed love.

Today, conform your image to the Savior's Way and believe that He has full and lavish plans for your future!  For Jesus is your Heavenly Husband!  As such, wear His Name confidently!  He has gone to great lengths to be with you... to be the One closest to your heart.  And He is ready, soooo ready, to accommodate and supply and support you.  Why?  Because He always considers you beautiful and worthy...  He loves you more than His own life!  Yes, He is right here, right now... because He knows you need Him most to LIVE.  So, need Him, Believer!  Love Him in return with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength!  God’s solid foundation stands firm.  His Way is better forever.  Amen!

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.  (Matthew 24:35)



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