11.10.2016

what are you doing TODAY?

Perfect Love casts out fear.

I know it doesn't seem like perfect Love exists or can help right now. I know fear and hurt seem stronger than love and healing right now. I know a lot of people are worried, even terrified, for their futures and the future of our country and of our world, and I am too--people of every background, race, gender, economic status, and nationality.

If you don't know anyone who is scared or hurting right now, look harder.

Tell people that you will love them. Tell them that you accept them, that you will stand by them, that you will protect them if they feel endangered, respect them if they feel silenced, judged, or disrespected, love them when they feel unloved and unwanted, accept them when it feels like the world is against them, and counteract hate against them if anyone creates an environment where they are devalued, oppressed, or hated.

Stand for humanity, never violence, oppression, or fear-mongering.
Tell people that you will work to change this world.

We have to respect the current political climate. This is our country, and the decision has been made. We have to respect our leaders and pray for them, even if we don't like them and are afraid of what they'll decide about our lives. But that doesn't mean we have to accept hatred and fear. Subvert the system, change it in whatever way you can. Bring light to a world that seems to be falling into darkness. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -MLK

If you don't like something, don't complain about it and stand idly by, waiting for someone else to effect change. If you don't like something, do something about it.

One of my friends shared this on Facebook: "This is your country. Keep it. No country is safe if America is not. You have a passport and money--not everyone does. Don't abandon your countrymen...People are not bad, they were fooled. We don't always get to choose our duty, but at least we know what it is now."

If you want change, if you want to subvert hatred and bitterness and intolerance, then DO SOMETHING about it. Campaign, write letters, start movements.

Get out into the world and cause change. Cause love, cause acceptance, cause respect and understanding.

Live a life of love--sometimes it seems like that is the only thing you can do--so DO IT.

Don't fall prey to the idea that you can't do anything to change the world. You can, and you will.

I know a lot of people, including myself, are very scared right now. But we can't stop there.
Change the system. If you don't like the system, then help to make a new one.

We live in a generation where many people stand by. People tweet and post, but never get out and cause change.

So I challenge you--cause change. Start a revolution. What are you doing in your life TODAY to counteract hate, phobias, and -isms?

5.02.2016

Why I'm a Feminist

I am a feminist. 
It's been a long journey of discovery. I do not say this blithely or without extensive research. (I'll include a list of books at the end that I found interesting or inspiring. And as always please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments. I need something to do instead of studying for finals :P) While this essay does have my personal opinion, I have done my best to add logical argumentation that is backed with Biblical and textual evidence from the books I will list. 

I use the words "complementarian" and "egalitarian" in this essay. Complementarians believe that God created men and women differently because they are designed for different roles in society, family, and the church. Essentially, Complementarians believe in a "soft patriarchy" where men are the God-ordained leaders and heads of the house and church, and women are the followers, responders, and supporters (but not leaders). On the other hand, Egalitarians believe that men and women are different facets of humanity, but that they are created to function equally as a team, not as a leader-follower--that there is nothing about women which disqualifies them from leadership. Thus, they believe that women ought to be equal to men in society, family, and the church. My last definitions are feminism and patriarchy. Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Patriarchy is control by men of a disproportionately large share of power. 
1. I am a feminist because I believe that patriarchy is not God's design for humanity. 

When God punished Adam and Eve in the Fall, he cursed Adam with toil and strife, and He cursed Eve to be domineered by her husband and to have pain in childbirth (Genesis 3). Male authority and the power struggle for women to gain an equal voice without being domineered seems to stem from the Fall rather than a created order. The Fall began the discord between men and women--Adam blamed Eve, the two were no longer in perfect harmony, and the perfect world was lost. Patriarchy, then, was a result of the fall, not a part of Creation. The Fall created a power struggle where there was supposed to be harmony and equality. 

Before the Fall, Man and Woman were in perfect harmony. Genesis says God saw that "it was not good for man to be alone." It doesn't say "God saw it was not good for man to not have someone to lead," or "God saw it was not good for man to be without an assistant." No, it says it wasn't good for him to be alone. So God created woman, not as an assistant or a less important helper to the man, but for partnership and companionship with the man. The word used in Genesis to describe woman is ezer kenegdo. This word is the same word used to describe God as a strong friend-warrior-helper. (Another topic entirely, but because of the manuscripts it used, the KJV translates this word incorrectly to mean "helpmate" or "helper" when it means much more and a different connotation than that.)  
God created man and woman to be in perfect harmony, to be an equal, supportive, perfect partnership--there is no such thing as "God-given male authority" over women. 
Secondly, at its core, no matter which way you slice it, patriarchy is about male power, and power over others is not what Christ's example (Philippians 2) calls us to. Tony Evans, a prominent evangelical speaker, pastor, and pillar of the Promise Keepers, shows this power-focused side of patriarchy in a common complementarian argument
"The first thing you do is sit down with your wife and say...'I’ve given you my role [of] leading this family...Now I must reclaim this role.’ Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. I’m not suggesting that you ask for your role back. I’m urging you to take it back...Your wife's concerns may be justified. Unfortunately, there can be no compromise here. If you're going to lead, you must lead!” 
Evans' focus is on power. This "soft" patriarchy argues that feminism has emasculated men and robbed them of the authority and power that God gave them. Thus, they are urged to take back this power. The notable thing about this is that the decision is made without consideration of others' (women's) feelings, concerns, or responsibilities. Evans and others on the complementarian side (ex: John Piper, Mark Driscoll, etc.) urge that men reclaim their authority. But power is not God's call for men or women. And to forcibly take what you think is yours based on a shaky ideology is not an action based in the love that Jesus calls us to. I'm not going to go into detail refuting things these men have said in favor of complementarianism. Much of it has to do with a cultural view of gender roles, or what "femininity and masculinity" are, or in Driscoll's case, American machismo. These are beyond the scope of my essay. The point is that I disagree.

So much of the complementarian argument comes from a cultural view of gender roles, not a biblical one. This view sees man as the provider and protector and woman as the homemaker, supporter, and nurturer. This view sees women who lead as rebellious, and men who let their wives lead things, or work, as emasculated, as if the fact that they aren't the primary breadwinner or the benevolent dictator of their home is somehow something to be ashamed of, a sign of their lack of leadership. This stems from the belief that men want respect and women want love. Complementarians claim that women have a greater desire to be loved and led, while men have an innately greater desire for respect, authority, and ambition. But isn't this just a nice way of bolstering male egos? Of gaining power over others (women) by claiming that they are inherently unequal, inherently weaker, inherently incapable of achieving the goals that men themselves aim for? This view relegates women to a submissive role that necessitates weakness.

I agree in principle with the complementarian idea that men and women are different--I don't think that sex is dismissable. However, I think that many perceived differences are culturally ingrained. For example, many people don't think women can achieve CEO positions, or advance in the workplace. Many think that mothers shouldn't work but should stay home with children. Women in our culture are held to an impossible standard. This isn't a Biblical view, but a cultural one. To what extent do we allow culture to dictate our morals and values? (A notable example is the issue of gossip--we openly and freely talk about others in the same vein as our culture.) Ultimately, Christians are called to unite beyond their differences (Galatians 3). There is too much oppression of women in our culture--just look at the media--and the church should be radically different. I believe that God's design for humanity was perfect equality, neither sex exercising authority over the other, but each joined in love and humility to the other. 
2. I am a feminist because women are oppressed and abused around the world and at home.
Girls are selectively aborted in many countries. Women are raped and murdered--in the U.S. a sexual assault happens every 107 seconds. Issues like genital mutilation, female health in developing countries, rates of death in childbirth, and quality of life for women necessitate Christian involvement. Women face discrimination in education, in economic opportunities, in jobs, in the wages they receive for doing the same job as men. Girls in developing countries cannot receive the education they need--and schools are the most common places they face sexual violence. Women face objectification--by the media, by fashion, by men, by other women. Women face stereotypes of femininity (the same that men face stereotypes of masculinity). Women are trafficked and prostituted and enslaved simply because they are women. Women face violence, prejudice, and injustice around the globe and at home.  
So ultimately, I am a feminist because I believe that women are human. And every human being, male or female, deserves to feel safe, to be loved, and to be given the opportunity to survive. 
Sarah Bessey says: 
“One needn't identify as a feminist to participate in the redemptive movement of God for women in the world, The gospel is more than enough. Of course it is! But as long as I know how important maternal health is to Haiti's future, and as long as I know that women are being abused and raped, as long as I know girls are being denied life itself through selective abortion, abandonment, and abuse, as long as brave little girls in Afghanistan are attacked with acid for the crime of going to school, and until being a Christian is synonymous with doing something about these things, you can also call me a feminist.” 
3. I am a feminist because I do not believe that leadership and submission are Biblically mandated or actually work in a relationship. 

Marriage, in its fullest, most spiritual definition, is the perfect partnership based on mutual love, respect, trust, sacrifice, and humility. If you have to decide who is the "leader" in your marriage, something about your marriage is wrong. In no way can my definition of marriage justify one person having authority over the other. This is the concept of mutual submission (for more info, see my resources). Husband and wife ought to be "one flesh." "What makes the New Testament household codes radical is that they take a step toward mutuality by directing all members of the household—those with power and those who are powerless—to emulate the humility of Jesus Christ in their relationships" (Rachel Held Evans). (See Galatians 3:28, Philippians 2, Ephesians 5:21, etc.) Complementarian arguments for submission overlook the fact that the Apostles argue for overarching submission of all Christians in humility. 

For textual evidence in the New Testament codes, see the resources I provide at the bottom of this essay. They delve into Greek translations and scholarly study more deeply than I can do here. Much has to do with historical context and audience, especially related to women's roles at the time. Many Christian women married pagan men. The Greco-Roman household codes mandated submission and women weren't people under the law--thus the Bible works within the system to bring men to Christ where they will experience freedom and then mutual submission as Christians--through wives following the lawsWe have free will, and we mess things up, but God works within our fallen human societies to cause gradual and lasting change. 

Sarah Bessey says that when people question her and her husband's egalitarian marriage, they ask questions like, "Then who leads your family?" She answers, "We do." Again they ask, "But when it really comes down to it, who makes the tough decisions?" Again she answers. "We do." They try again, "Who is the spiritual leader of your home?" She silences any opposition: "Only Jesus. Only ever our Jesus." This is an inspiration to me.

I can't envision any marriage where a "headship/submission" model would even be necessary. Any big decisions should be made together. Parenting--together. Taking care of your home that you both own--together. Working--together. Spiritually leading your children--together. Spiritually leading and encouraging each other--together. Headship-submission doesn't work. It promotes the idea of men as the sole breadwinner, women as the homemaker; this is not a Bible-based gender role--the Bible has numerous examples of women who work in roles outside of the home and family; nowhere does it mandate that pattern. (Not to say that some women don't have to work because of their finances and can stay home if they choose.)  
Thus, no matter what ideology you hold to, to promote a headship-submission model naturally forces you to promote gender roles based on a cultural pattern, not on a Biblical mandate. 
My parents are a marvelous example to me. Though I believe they still have a complementarian mentality (we're working on that), they don't act that way at all (yet another obvious inconsistency in complementarianism?). They have a loving, supportive, strong marriage on both sides. I have never seen my dad "lead" my mom more than she reciprocates "leading" him. When they see something in the other that bothers them, they address it. My dad can keep my mom in check when she is emotional or angry, but she does the same for him. When big decisions are made, they talk it out and come to a conclusion. Sometimes he compromises. Sometimes she does. They both have led family devotionals in the past (not just him.) She's not submitting to his leadership any more than he is submitting to hers. I have never seen my parents argue about something and then my dad just decide "because he's the man." This is one reason why I cannot fathom the complementarian argument--it doesn't play out in practice like people claim it does.  
When is this "headship" over one party necessary? If you don't actually practice headship and submission then why would you call it that? That's just holding onto an empty ideology for no reason. This complementarian claim of male headship seems like an empty ideology--a dogma--just a status symbol or a way to bolster male ego. And this is a big problem with complementarianism--1) it's inconsistent, and 2) in its basic form, it resigns women to being submissive responders who can't really make their own decisions but need a man over them (whether that be a father or a husband--this is patriarchy). 

4. I am a feminist because I do not believe that women should be barred from ministry. 
One of my main considerations against the complementarian argument is the rigidity with which it interprets Biblical passages and the inconsistency with which it is able to enforce them. Not only is it dogmatic and unyielding, but those who argue for this view often do so ungraciously, without love, and with an appallingly sexist tone which should never be acceptable to Christians. Real Life Example: why is it okay for a Chinese Christian woman to be a pastor because she is the only one there who knows enough to teach, but it's not okay for a highly qualified Western woman to be a pastor? According to Complementarian ideology, this woman should not be allowed to be a pastor, even though she is the only one who can be. This is a double standard with no rhyme or reason. Without this woman's leadership and pastoring, disciples wouldn't be made. People wouldn't be hearing the Gospel like they are. And yet, ideologically, according to Complementarians, she would be usurping her God-given role. This is plainly inconsistent. And at what age must women stop teaching boys or men? What is the age of maturity? 18? 21? In the days of Timothy it was early teens-- 13? 15? There is no defined answer--what are we supposed to practice? Complementarians cannot resolve these inconsistencies with legalistic interpretations. 
I cannot justify in my mind why God would want half of his children to be incapacitated to spread the Kingdom. I cannot understand how the restraint of half of the church could possibly contribute to the spread of the Spirit.  
Women in the world have made such strides from just a century ago. We couldn't even vote 100 years ago. We were viewed basically as property under the law. It was a man's world. But thanks to many notable feminists throughout the years, women have become more equal with men in the workplace and in society. This equality is a good thing! Why is the bulk of the Church lagging so far behind? Why still cling to a first-century patriarchy? Gordon Fee argues:
“In our present case, it is to argue that the atonement of Christ has overturned all the affects of the fall, including the blighting curse on both men and women pronounced in Genesis 3. This does not mean a denying of male and female distinctiveness—that is a part of creation and the image of God—but it does mean a restoration of their lost joint mandate both to the image God (now in a fallen world) and to serve together in having dominion over the  earth. It is hard to imagine under any circumstances how the denial of one half the human race to minister to the other half brings glory to the gospel, which intends to break down such barriers and bring redemption to the whole body. The third and related factor is the clincher for me: To deny women to minister and teach in the church is to deny the clear gifts of God himself.”
One book that I read asked it this way: What quality do women possess that men do not, that should completely disqualify them in any and all circumstances from leadership in the church? There is clear evidence that women were involved greatly in the leadership of the early church. In contrast to cultural norms, the early church liberated and involved women. (see Gordon Fee and my own research paper). 
I am a strong woman. I'm independent and ambitious, and I know that God created me that way. I firmly believe that my sisters and I were created to be partners with men in both the work of the world and the work of the Kingdom. I want to follow Christ, I want his kingdom to come. And I don't think the way it will advance is through my sisters and I trying to shrink ourselves down in attempts to placate patriarchal structures:“If we minimize our gifts, hush our voice, and stay small in a misguided attempt to fit a weak and culturally conditioned standard of femininity, we cannot give our brothers the partner they require in God’s mission for the world.” (Sarah Bessey) We were created to work together.
I am a feminist. 
Because  I believe that patriarchy is a part of the Fall, not a part of Creation, because I believe in the inherent value of all women, because girls around the world are still being denied life, education, safety, and self-determination, because I believe marriage is about love, not about conflict, because I believe the Kingdom of God is at hand and the harvest is ripe for workers of every gender, and because I am a Christian--I cannot help but call myself a feminist.
I hope I have conveyed what I believe with love and compassion, as well as with persuasive logic and reason. I don't have the space to include every textual evidence here. You don't have to agree with me, but if you have any questions on my views, resources to check out, or anything related to this topic, please don't hesitate to contact me through comments or through email. :)
Resources: Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey // Half the Church, Carolyn Custis James // Why Not Women?, Loren Cunningham // How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership: Compelling Stories from Prominent Evangelicals // "The Great Watershed-Intentionality & Particularity/Eternity: 1 Timothy 2 as a Test Case", Gordon Fee // A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Rachel Held Evans // When Women Were Priests, Karen Jo Torjesen // I Suffer Not a Woman, Richard Kroeger // Women in the Church, Andreas Kostenberger // Check out Half the Sky and International Justice Mission as well as Sarah Bessey and Rachel Held Evans' blogs. Relevant Magazine has also published articles on Evangelical Feminism that can be accessed at relevantmagazine.com. I also have a research paper that I wrote (fully footnoted ;)) on the role of early Christian women in the church that I can share upon request.

    9.27.2015

    open letter to enemies

    to my past:
    to the ultimate Enemy:
    to Fear:

    You do not define me.
    You never have, and you never will.
    That power belongs only to my Savior and to me, through him.

    You cannot tell me that who I know, or who I love, or who loves me, is what makes me who I am. I am worth more than the affections or opinions of others. I am worth more than the acceptance, or lack of it, you tell me to give myself. My value does not depend on others.

    I am the only one responsible for my actions. I am the only one in charge of my joy.

    You do not dictate my future. My destiny does not belong to you.
    Not you, not the scars you cling to, not doubt.
    Not fear.

    You cannot hold my scars over my head and try to prove my weakness, my worth, or my inability to live, love, and grow.

    My faults, flaws, and mistakes are mine and mine alone. They are not for you to use against me. I can reclaim them as signs of victory. Signs that a wound closed, that a wound is healing. Scars are not proof of weakness; they are proof of strength. They are proof that a gaping hole has closed and healed, they are proof that emptiness can be filled, that healing is possible.

    They are also a constant reminder that bars me from moving forward.

    Scars are proof of strength. And that strength that sustains me now will carry me forward when every weight tries to drown me. You can't stop me.

    So dear past, dear Enemy of mine, dear fear, dear traps and snares and roadblocks, all you need to know is this:

    I am not yours. I never was. And I never will be.


    4.22.2015

    Doubts and Questions

    I haven't posted in a while, so here's a little update. I've struggled lately a lot with who God is, his existence and goodness, who I am and why I face what I face, what I'm supposed to think, be, and do. I don't like going to church, or what I see in a lot of the Church at large. In life, I feel like a top spinning on the edge of a table, careening faster and faster, closer and closer to the edge, about to fall off. And I don't think any amount of information about God or church is going to change that.

    I used to think that any doubt, question, or anger, or feeling depressed or angry or asking desperate questions or attempting to understand, was wrong. God surely wasn't powerful enough to deal with raw emotions and feelings towards Him or others... But I was wrong about that. If we just suppress our feelings and angers at someone, eventually they come out another way, like lashing out at those around us. I think we owe Him the dignity of expressing and struggling through what we feel, instead of trying to hide it (like He wouldn't know). It's absolutely ridiculous to not let Him see our basest emotions. I think we get a lot of hints that we can wrestle with God. I think it's alright to question and doubt because it keeps us moving, away from complacence and resignation. It feels pretty crappy. It feels like we beat our heads against the wall over and over again, but the Person on the other side can't hear us.

    I don't know which option is worse--Him being there and not caring, or Him not being there at all. But I feel instinctively that true Love does not betray, dismay, or enslave. Even when it hurts and I think God doesn't even exist, or that if he does, he doesn't care about us a lick.  Madeleine L'Engle says, "All I know is that God is a God of love, and it is not in the nature of love to create and then abandon or annihilate." So if He is there, then He is Love. There is no alternative--He's either there and He loves us, or He isn't there at all. I just don't know which one yet.

    I'm not interested in a quick fix or "encouragement." I know what the Bible says. I can recite verses, or catechism, and debate the sovereignty of God or predestination or the various methods of baptism, I can reason you through a Christian worldview and cultural issues, I can literary analyze a book of the Bible, I could write you a treatise on theology and doctrine. But to me, that is all a waste.  Knowledge will not help me to feel better or to fix my problems. For so long I've operated under the guise that faith equals knowledge or correctness, but it doesn't. Knowledge and correctness are completely worthless when you're faced with the actuality of life--with the messy, imperfect, joyful, painful, grief of living.

    11.06.2014

    Dressember

    **nota bene 12/3/14:
    Why dresses? Well, dresses are generally worn by women, and since we are trying to raise awareness for IJM's work against human trafficking and sex slavery, which generally involves women, wearing dresses is a good way to do it (as a "celebration of femininity".) Also, Dressember rolls off the tongue more than "Jeancember" or something else :). I've also heard of Skirtember, which is the month of September.**

    I participated in something called Dressember last year, and I'm doing it again this year! Keep reading to hear more about the amazing philosophy and practice of Dressember!

    My Dressember Experience

    I had never heard of Dressember before November of 2013, when I was trying to get out of a style rut. (I was bored with what I was wearing every day. I had seen something called "Skirtember," a fashion challenge where one wore a skirt every day of September, but it was already November. So, as I researched "fashion challenges," I came across something called "Dressember.") Basically, you wear a dress every day in the month of December as a way of fighting with International Justice Mission against slavery and violent oppression. Through participating, I found that Dressember was so much deeper and more moving than just a frivolous style challenge.

    There are always viral things that try to raise awareness for causes... but they end up becoming more of a fad and a popularity plea rather than a lasting mentality. Dressember became, for me, a cause that was important and real. My mindset about giving and praying increased. For the first time, I gave to a cause because I truly, deeply supported it. I also had lasting awareness, compassion, and advocacy for victims of violent oppression. I kept up with IJM on Facebook and I cheered inside every time they posted an update. Dressember encouraged me to actually do something about injustice.

    About Dressember

    Dressember uses fashion to advocate for exploited people, and specifically for women and girls in sex trafficking and slavery--women who have been exploited just because they are women. In Dressember, I wear a dress every day to embrace my freedoms to life and femininity, and to intercede for those who don't have those freedoms. Dressember isn't only about the dress, or even about being a woman. The heart of Dressember is freedom for all people--men, women, and children--and the belief that humans have value, dignity, and the right to life.

    In wearing a dress, I celebrate my femininity, and I help to rescue and restore thousands of girls around the world who have been exploited for the very thing I'm celebrating.

    The practical way that I'll do this is by setting up a campaign page for International Justice Mission. I commit to wearing dresses, and people who feel so called will donate money to the cause through my page. It isn't about me or what I wear, but about supporting the work that IJM is doing, and ultimately, helping rescue the violently oppressed. To that end, I'll also be praying for this work and for everyone involved. Please consider joining me, whether through prayer, donation, or participating in Dressember!

    About IJM

    According to the UN, over 4 million people do not have legal protection. This means that their public justice systems are so corrupt and dysfunctional that there is nothing to shield them from violence and oppression. International Justice Mission is working to combat violent oppression and injustice throughout the developing world by partnering with local law enforcement and courts for justice and reform. The specific areas that IJM works in are slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence, police brutality, property grabbing, and citizen rights abuse.
    rejoicing to get their land back!

    Their method:
    1. Rescue victims by getting them out of the places they are in danger. 
    2. Bring slave-owners, traffickers, rapists, and criminals to justice in court. 
    3. Restore survivors by giving them the tools and support they need to heal and thrive. 
    4. Strengthen local justice systems to stop violence before it starts. 
    And they are seeing lasting results. IJM monitors and evaluates results and continues to support their local government partners. So far, they've rescued over 18,000 people from violence and oppression. Their justice work is helping to protect over 21 million people globally. IJM doesn't just swoop in and leave. They are invested in the countries they station in. Partnering with local justice, they take steps to maximum impact, long-term change. They partner with local law enforcement to rescue victims of a specific crime, bring criminals to justice, and restore survivors. They attempt reform through intense, collaborative projects that aim to dramatically improve the justice system’s response to crime.

    But not only is IJM doing immensely needed work to combat violence and oppression, they are also coming from a practical, Godly worldview. They consider spiritual slavery and oppression as well. Most importantly, they want lasting results for the respect and acknowledgement of the God-given dignity and value of all human beings.

    How to Get Involved

    Dressember has typically supported IJM with funds and with awareness campaigns. I am choosing to support IJM again, and I'll link to my campaign page at the bottom of this post. If you want to participate in Dressember, please get involved! It's not difficult or time-consuming, and it is a good cause.

    Here are the guidelines! They aren't difficult. Please prayerfully consider participating in what way you can!
    1. Commit to wearing a dress every day for the entire month of December--and carry it out.
    2. Create a campaign page on the IJM website under "Get Involved: Fundraise." Call the page "Dressember for IJM."
    3. Tell your friends what you're doing and why, and invite them to sponsor you! 
    Helpful tips:
    1. You can and should repeat dresses (get creative!) 
    2. You can wear pants when you're working out, cleaning, sleeping, or if you have a job that requires you to wear pants 
    3. You can wear skirts, but only over dresses
    4. You can wear pants, but only under dresses
    5. If you're instagramming, use the hashtags #Dressember and #youcandoanythinginadress
    Please visit My Campaign Page to donate to my personal campaign! And then, create your own! I'm trying to fundraise $400, a considerable increase from last year's $30. Please prayerfully consider partnering with me and with IJM!