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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)

TITLE: Our Birth Suit
By Lady-Jessica Rapalo


I look back and can see how my preference of attire has changed over the years. The way I clothed myself has never really been something I felt I needed to maintain a particular level of significance.

As a child, I was the biggest tomboy on my street. I loved playing in the ditches with the boys that were catching frogs and snakes. My mother found it rather ironic that I acted more like a little boy with my first name being,Lady. I have to admit, that is why I always went by my middle name instead. Clearly, I was never dressed to impress.

My clothes and I did not grow into my first name until I got out of high school. Slowly towards the end of my teenage years, I became rather fond of dressing like a woman. When I began working in an office and there was no option, I quickly found a strong passion for skirts and heels. I enjoyed dressing up for work, but still had the preference for cut-off jeans and t-shirts. I grew to have an appreciation for dressy clothes, but it was never a main concern for me.

I could never really understand how some of my dearest friends felt like their clothes were what formed their significance. It was almost like their clothes defined who they were inside. They would never even think of coming with me to the thrift store to see what deals I could find around town. I became aware that the friends I had that based their identity on their appearance were always the ones that were depressed all the time. Ironically they had great parents, beautiful facial features, amazing hair and complexion, and perfect bodies.

The truth is that the best outfit anyone could put on every day is the full armor of God. Recognizing that God has covered me with His armor allows me to define my clothes rather than entertaining the thought of clothes defining me. The full armor of God is the outfit that attracts people to you simply because God is able to shine his light through you to the rest of the world.

One thing that I had not been aware of is that I was clothed with this outfit before I was even put into my motherís womb. What would be amazing is for each and every person on this planet to come to the realization God has placed this outfit on each and every one of us before we were born.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/10/12
I enjoyed this reflection. I smiled as I read it and could relate in many different ways. You had a nice beginning that gave me insight right away about the MC's personality.

I did notice some tiny things like a comma after the word being (it would be similar to writing she ran, fast.) The other thing I noticed was that some of your sentences were repetitive. For example, in the penultimate paragraph I reworded it just a bit to show you what I mean about tightening up your sentences:
Actually, we are called to dress in the full armor of God. Recognizing this allows me to define my clothes rather than entertaining the thought that my clothes define me.

You covered the topic for sure while delivering an important message that most people will be able to relate to. I think you did a fine job of bringing the devotion full circle. I always enjoy message that help the reader understand in modern terms what the God is trying to communicate to us through His word. You did a fine job with this piece; it was a pleasure to read.
Randy Foncree11/10/12
I liked the thoughts on the full armor of God...thanks for sharing and keep honing your writing skills...God bless you..
Myrna Noyes11/14/12
I really enjoyed reading your thoughts in this piece, and I appreciated the message about the armor of God and about what our clothes say--or don't say!--about us. :) Good job!