Summer Swimwear

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to get make sure you have the perfect swimsuit (if you don’t already have one)!

Finding a flattering swimsuit has proved to be an extremely time-consuming and stressful task for me. It seems like each suit I try on has something wrong with it. Each and every body comes with its own set of particulars – long torso, short legs, large bust, etc. Although, there are millions of options, it can be nearly impossible to find a suit to meet all your particular needs.

Besides my body shape, I have another particular. I believe in modesty and I want to honor God and others in the way I present my body. That is why I choose a one piece over the ever-popular bikini. I want my suit to cover my chest, include a high back, and have a decently cut bottom. That is a tall order in today’s swimsuit market!

For those of us ladies who are committed to honoring God with our bodies AND finding a cute suit, the options are limited. It can be very discouraging when there seems to be no cute modest suit options. However, it IS possible to find a modest suit that isn’t from the 50s (or maybe it is, but it is adorable :)).

If you want to dress modestly even while at the beach, I applaud you. It can be very difficult to go against society. Please know that you are not alone!

I’m not trying to force anyone to dress modestly or proclaim that anyone who doesn’t is bad. Rather, I am trying to encourage the girls who do and offer up something for others to think about. If you think that dressing modestly is ridiculous and is discriminating against women, please watch the video below. It gives an interesting perspective on swimwear and a new reason why you too, may want to try a one piece this summer.

I stumbled upon this video through social media and it has certainly given me some food for thought! I really appreciate Jessica’s message and what she is trying to do. If you want to check out Jessica’s swimwear line here is the link – reyswimwear

Now, for a little fun! If you are in the market for a cute and modest swimsuit here a just a few I found this year!

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Source: Rey Swimwear

I love this suit! It is so adorable and classy!

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Source: Land’s End

This tankini is very similar to one that my cousin has and loves

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Source: Lime Ricki

I love the polka dots on this suit! It’s also very fashionable with the trendy coral color!

One shoulder kelly F 225

Source: Lime Ricki

I love the green color and the ripples at the neck line

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Source: Shabby Apple

This suit has some classy vintage flare!

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Source: Shabby Apple

This is my pick! I love the blue and the extra length from the skirt!

Happy Swimming!! 🙂

* The above swimsuits are only suggestions. You will have to decide if they fit your body and its particulars modestly.

** I realize that this topic is one of controversy, but I welcome and appreciate all comments. However, please keep your comments polite and respectful. I think that one may disagree or give criticism without being nasty or rude. Thank you!

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I hate waiting.

Well, that’s not exactly true. Sometimes, I don’t mind waiting; i.e. in the grocery store  when I’m not in a hurry or in traffic when there is a good song on the radio. However, my patience wears thin in a record amount of time when I have to wait in less  than ideal conditions.

When I have to wait for someone to hurry up when I think that I’ll be late or when I have a headache and I’m just done. That’s when I really hate waiting. When I feel like I’ve been waiting for too long already. When I pray and ask God for help or to resolve a situation and He seems to take forever in His reply. When all I can about is that I’ve been waiting; that’s when things get really sticky. I don’t understand why God couldn’t just make something happen already! It always seems to me that there are a million reasons why God should answer now. But, that is not how God works. He has His own timing and His own agenda. He knows what is best for me and how long I should wait.

I think that the moments in life where we get stuck waiting are some of the most missed opportunities for growth and ,dare I say it, enjoyment. It’s in those moments of hardship and trial, that God can show us that He is all we need. He could help us learn how to live our lives in our less than ideal situation. He could bring us to a place in our lives where we really appreciate the value of life. Often, we don’t even want to see that as an option. We stubbornly persist in our complaining and therefore spoil the happiness and miss out on the peace that God wants to give us. If you run into a trial in life and you can’t ever see past it, you will miss out on all the life that happens while you focus on only one thing: your trial. Similarly, If you are always waiting for the next big thing and saying “I’ll really be living when I … graduate high school, graduate college, get a real job, buy a house, get married, have kids, pay of my  loans…” and the list goes on, you’ll never enjoy the life that is right before you and you will die having never really lived.

I deal with waiting everyday. I know how hard it is to feel like you will never move on from a hard spot in life. I know how it’s so easy to say “I’ll be able to live my life when this is over”, but the reality is that “this” may never be over or it could take years. I’ve come to the conclusion that, although it is extremely difficult at times, the best option is to try to live your life despite your trials and enjoy the good things. God will help you to live in your trial and maybe, someday He will show you why He allowed it in your life. So, my goal is to enjoy the good in each an every moment and ask God to help me to see past the difficult and to help me to live in my trial and not sit around waiting for life to begin!

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