DressemberDay2_And in His Name, all oppression shall cease.

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Lyric of the Day: And in His Name, All Oppression Shall Cease. 

“O Holy Night”Lyrics by French Poet, Placide Cappeau

Dressember Day #2:

Dress: Scrapbook Originals

Coat by BB Dakota

Scarf homemade by my Mommy ūüôā

Shoes by Gap

Purse by Steve Madden

Earlier this evening, I got to¬†attend a special Christmas event which officially makes it the Christmas season in my opinion.¬†Sipping apple cider, buying homemade Christmas cookies and listening to Christmas Carols sung by a group dressed in Charles Dickens’ era attire¬†is¬†my kinda party!

While the carolers sang one of my most beloved songs, O Holy Night, even though I’ve heard that song a thousand times before (and probably at least 4 times on the radio today alone), I was especially struck by the following lyric: “And in His name, all oppression shall cease.” One of the most interesting parts of my Dressember¬†challenge so far (and it’s only day two) is how my awareness and perspective on so many things, even lyrics I’ve heard a thousand times,¬†has drastically changed.

When I was in college, I was very involved in the campaign to “Save Darfur”, a country which at the time was experiencing one of the worst genocides of the 21st century. In all my efforts and work¬†in spreading awareness about the situation in Darfur,¬†one of the tag lines for our campaign was “What happens in Darfur, happens to us”. In fact, I even have a safety pin of that tagline pinned to a purse I use¬†all the time as a reminder of a truth that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote so eloquently¬†in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”{1963}

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea.”

In the fight against modern-day-slavery¬†and for international justice around the world, this wisdom is as true as ever. What happens to the 13-year-old sex slave in a brothel in Cambodia, is happening to us here in our suburban homes in Southern California. Although it may seem like an indirect correlation, the root cause is the same. The objectification of women anywhere, leads to the oppression of women everywhere. The women I see in an eating disorder treatment center in Los Angeles, are oppressed by the same objectification as the “sex tourism slaves”¬†commissioned to “tour” tourists around ¬†Sao Paolo, Brazil. Despite my efforts for this daunting task of helping to fight against slavery in our world, the most important lesson is the truth is that the residual effects of this oppression, which may or may not be eliminated completely in our lifetime despite our greatest hopes or worst fears, on an individual can only be solved with one name, and that name is not Obama, and that name is not United Nations¬†International Court of Justice. That name is Jesus. And He has called us to be set free, it’s the desire of His heart: “You were called to be set free”- Galatians 5:13. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. Mentally. “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,”- Isaiah 61:1

And what strikes me the most is that this Jesus, whose birth we celebrate this Dressember, requires us two things that we can do to help set free every physical, spiritual and emotional chain and restore any broken life, no matter where it is on this earth:

1. Act Justly (Micah 6:8)

2. Love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31)

The injustice is overwhelming. And although the reality is that we cannot do everything, we can do something.

May we think globally this Dressember. May we pray. May our hearts break and our tears flow. May our tears make a change.¬†May we echo Martin Luther King Jr.’s sentiment and replace our names, our addresses, and throw our lives behind this statement:

“I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham.”

I cannot sit idly by in ____ and not be concerned about what happens around the world.

dressember day 1__My Grown-Up Christmas List

Lyric of the day: grown-up-list

Happy Dressember!¬†This December, as I type these words my heart is broken by the truth that millions of girls will wake up on December 25th as a part of a chilling statistic of people who are part of the sex trade growing rampant throughout our world, instead of twirling around in their Christmas dresses waiting for Santa to deliver them the gifts their innocent and pure hearts deserve. Dressember, a movement established in 2009 in which women, like myself, advocate, by raising awareness and funds to support the abolition of modern day slavery which is a reality for so many of our sisters around the world. ¬†Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity.¬†I will be advocating for the inherent dignity of all women by taking on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December because¬†I believe God created us to be free in every way. I believe that it is God’s will to restore physical, emotional and spiritual freedom to millions of women around this world who have been stripped of their dignity. I believe it is God’s will to restore His princesses. That they will be “clothed with strength and dignity” and restored to their proper place, replacing their role in a statistic, their false identities as a “sex slave” and trading that in for daughter, princess, woman,¬†beautiful. ¬† I know my voice matters, and that I can help change the world that millions of abused women and girls wake up to every morning. Your voice matters, too, and our voices are louder together. Let’s yell, let’s run, let’s dress for the restoration of dignity for all women.

Dressember Day 1

Dressember Day #1:

{Dress by Free People,

Sweater/Jacket by Michael Kors,

 Boots by Michael Kors,

Purse by Marc by Marc Jacobs}

William Wilberforce, the 18th century English Parliament member and leader of the abolitionist movement in his country ended his presentation of the Abolitionist Bill, which included a 3-hour account of the horrific details of slavery, before the English Parliament with the following words:

having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.

When it comes to the epidemic of modern slavery, ignorance is no longer an excuse. We cannot say we do not know. We must learn to handle this truth in order to put an end to it:

  • There are more people in slavery today than at any other time in human history.
  • Researchers estimate this number is somewhere between 21-36 million people in slavery today.
  • Although there are several different types of slavery and injustice occurring in our world today, statistics show that an estimated 80% of this number of trafficked individuals are used and abused as sexual slaves.
  • The International Labour Organization reported in 2013 that trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.

This is my grown up Christmas list: I ask that as we celebrate this month and the Gift we have been given, Joy, Peace and Love , you would find it in your heart to allow these truths to stir you to action. I ask you to partner with me to help me reach my goal and create real change in this world. As Edmund Burke once said,¬†‚ÄúThe only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.‚ÄĚ

Please consider and pray about donating and supporting this world-changing organization on my page through this link: https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/checkout/donation?fcid=372170 and following my blog as I share my heart during this journey.

Donating is safe, secure and easy. You can also partner with me by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!

Thank you in advance for offering your helping hand as I¬†twirl in my dresses on behalf of those who can’t, fighting¬†for the inherent dignity and beauty of my sisters around the world, obeying the Biblical Proverb to “speak up for who cannot speak for themselves {and work to} ensure justice for those being crushed”- Proverbs 31:8.

Donating is safe, secure and easy. You can also partner with me by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!

Thank you in advance for offering your helping hand as I¬†twirl in my dresses on behalf of those who can’t, fighting¬†for the inherent dignity and beauty of my sisters around the world, obeying the Biblical Proverb to “speak up for who cannot speak for themselves {and wore justice for those being crushed”- Proverbs 31:8.