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To: High School Girls Re: Your Homecoming Dresses

I’m not much of a Facebook person. I have a profile and that’s about it. But a lot of my friends are on Facebook and recently one of them shared with me some of the homecoming pictures posted by families in our area.


I’m not going to lie. I was surprised by what I saw. Let’s just say today’s homecoming style leaves little to the imagination.


For any teenage girl who may stumble upon this blog post (or whose friend or relative may forward it to them), here is what I want you to know:


You are beautiful.

God made you perfect.

Your femininity is a gift.

And your body is sacred.


Don’t believe the lies the world is telling you. Dressing like Miley Cyrus does not empower you; it robs you of your dignity.


Sure, it might help you get attention from the boys at your school. But is that the type of attention you really want?


I think you deserve more. I think you deserve a boy that doesn’t just look at you with lust, but one that looks at you with love. A boy that gives you his attention because he sees your purity, your generosity, your kindness, your sense of humor, your intelligence and your faith in God.


I’m not saying you need to wear a floor-length, long-sleeve turtleneck dress to homecoming. But I am saying that you can be extremely fashionable and attractive without dressing like Ariana Grande.


Look, I know it’s not easy. I was in high school too once. The images you see in magazines, on TV and in stores certainly don’t scream purity. And I know how it feels to want to fit in with your friends. Not to mention, what it’s like to have a crush on a boy and wanting to capture his attention.


So I will be praying for you.


I will be praying that you dress yourself not as a sex symbol, but as a beautiful daughter of God, full of dignity and worthy of authentic love.

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