Battling the Push-Up Bra


If you lean in real close, I’ll tell you something that crinkles my feathers.

I pop open my email today and there it is, Victoria’s Secret: “The push-ups of summer have arrived.” Now, I’m not saying I don’t buy the unmentionables at our girlfriend Victoria’s from time to time, and I’m not saying it isn’t lady-like to browse. What I am saying is that I’m tired of society telling me I need big boobs! Whoever thought it a good idea to misrepresent ourselves by making our chests look double the size, anyway?

Whoever it was, I have some string and a shovel. Anyone want to help?

Suddenly Proverbs 11:3 comes to mind on this topic: “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.” Upright, crookedness, bras…

Anyhoo…

I got the pink, shiny gift card recently. My four year old and I took a gander one afternoon amongst the satin and lace. Before I knew it, Miss Thang had an orange panty necklace and a double “d” push-up wonder belt. The color crimson stained my face as the sales associate asked, “Can I ring her up?”

Y’all… really?

The humiliation sunk way down deep to the depths of my mismatched undergarments. But being a determined mama, this would be a teachable moment…even if it did take place on Victoria’s turf.

I love the verse found in 1 Samuel 16:7:

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Seemingly, Victoria and the rest of the world focus on cup size and outward appearance. I’d like to let Victoria in on our secret: God focuses on what people look like on the inside, period. No amount of silky satin thigh highs will ever change that.

The question presents itself.

Are God-fearing women placing more time and effort into being pretty on the outside or the inside? As we get older, we will meet women who spend more time trying to find the perfect outfit, get the perfect tan, find the perfect lip gloss, and have the perfect body. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look pretty, we need to make sure it’s in balance.

Since this conversation is just between us, I’ll say one last thing. I think the God of the Universe would much rather see our hearts increase in size rather than our cups.

And they all said, Amen!

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LOL – too cute, my friend, and so true!
Debbie Dillon recently posted..DiscernmentMy Profile

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05.29.12

OK this is hilarious! I love that we are letting Victoria in on our little secret! Last week i went in and the “bra master”-I called her my “bra-ista” (get it?) had her way with me and I left with a rhinestone encrusted D cup bra! It took about 10.5 minutes after leaving the store to realize what had happened and I returned them the next day for a nice little beige number (cup size decreased also)! God cares about our hearts-I love that reminder! Thanks sweet Kelli!

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05.29.12

I have to admit I love Victoria Secret my husband loves going in there shopping for me but when it comes to bras they don’t carry my size and even after I got measured to show this woman I am a much bigger size she suggested I purchase one of those straps to add to your bra now I was offended that she would suggest a thing she wasn’t concern about it being comfortable she just wanted me to buy her bra’s in there…So needless to say I can purchase anything else except the bras. Everything else they have I like…some one need to tell them that not every woman is a size 38 there are some larger size woman..I am not a big woman but let’s just say God blessed me in that area….Great post sis
Desiray recently posted..God sees "YOU" in a CROWDMy Profile

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05.29.12

I just love that you addressed this issue Kelli! The world will measure our worth by our outward appearance, and it is a battle not to get sucked in. But just because we are in the world doesn’t mean we have to be of the world! As women, I think we need to remind ourselves daily that…charm is deceitful and beauty is passing but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Awesome Kelli!
Love
Laura

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05.29.12

Amen!!! Love, love, love this post my beautiful friend… love you too!

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05.29.12

Oh Kelli! You made me smile and lol! But I am giving you a big ole AMEN!
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I love this post and the truth that oozes from it! I have to add that I have always hated how that store advertises though I enjoy their bras and undies. I don’t like to walk near it with my 13 year old son, and about a year ago I realized it is equally as damaging to my young daughters. His purity is attacked and their self image is jeopardized. Could those window pics get any bigger? They make me blush. Shame on Victoria…
BelovedBomber recently posted..Worth Interrupting?My Profile

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05.29.12

Major department stores that are upscale, have a bra measuring service from employees, that is very discreet & serious for women to find the best bra, and fit. This service also includes specific recommendations such as the best push up bra. Sometimes you can ask to have your recommendations impromptu, but it is better to make an appointment. Alot of baby boomers and the now generation, were not shown how to measure their own bra size, nor know their correct size bra. The advantages of a sales persons help in all matters bra, can be helpful for a lifetime! Dont be afraid to ask for sales help for actual bra dilemmas! If your store sales agent does not know how to measure for bra size for you, or does not do that service, call some shops in your area, but be serious and make an appointment. Hope this helps!
Katherine recently posted..Hot Tub PartsMy Profile

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05.29.12

Haha! Good thoughts, Kelli. You know there are benefits with getting to the point where you don’t give a hoot whether they are pushed up or not…I won’t go into the details but let’s just say I like the freedom of being small! 😉
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