{ Gem Dress-Up }

  • She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong
  • She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet
  • Her clothing is fine linen and purple
  • Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

From Proverbs 31

©  Lisa M. Luciano 😊



{ For Ketchup & For King }

bkhatLike other lucky 1980’s Burger King employees, I sported a brown polyester, two-pieced uniform with red and yellow accents.  The accents were a true ketchup red and a confirmed mustard yellow. One can only assume that the brown fabric was supposed to represent the charbroiled all-beef patty.

Later that decade, I made a career move to Bridgeman’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant. They upscaled me to a print, pinafore-like dress. It was feminine and kinda pretty. But the required hairnet and sensible white nurse’s shoes made me look seriously frumpy.

Oh, well. The tips (and the malts) were good.

Fast-forward to now.  What’s my current occupation? What costume am I wearing? I’m a wife-mom-cook-teacher-laundress-gardener.

I am also a princess.

Looking at me, you’d never guess. But, as a princess, I wear special clothing.

My Dad, the King, made sure from day one (I was adopted) that I was lovingly covered with sufficient garments. I try to seek and wear modest apparel that reflects the holy kingdom of my royal Father.

I want to look unique.

Mysteriously simple, yet humbly regal.

Beautifully odd.

Modestly gentle and boldly meek.

Like a special uniform, everything I wear should clearly proclaim my heritage: I’m a member of the Kingdom.

©  Lisa M. Luciano 😊

 “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. – 1 Timothy 2:9-10

“May His beauty rest upon me, as I seek the lost to win, and may they forget the channel, seeing only him.”— from the hymn: May the Mind of Christ, My Savior


{ Ring in a Pig’s Snout }

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“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” ~ Proverbs 11:22

Apparently, brassy (the word prompt of the day) means:

  • tastelessly showy 
  • loud in appearance or manner
  • lacking discretion

It takes practice to have discretion, and I don’t think it’s natural in this culture.

I am learning it, little by little…

A few years ago, I went to a ladies gathering with friends from church. I spotted my friend wearing a red gingham jumper.  I recognized this jumper, because I had recently donated it to the local thrift shop.  This thrift shop was also a favorite of hers.

I spoke without thinking: “Oh! That looks like the dress I just gave away!  Did you get it at The Corner Thrift Shop?”

She was quietly gracious.

Discretion, self-control, and a quiet and gentle spirit. These are adornments I want to wear every day.

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” ~ Proverbs 11:22

©  Lisa M. Luciano 😊


{ Overflowing Portion }

IMG_20170605_185626_534My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.– Psalm 73:26

This is a verse that I have read many times.

“Portion” jumps out at me.

The word makes me think of a beggar—picture Oliver Twist— holding out a bowl, asking for another helping of gruel.

When we come to the cross for salvation, we hold out our grubby life to God, lifting it up with dirty hands. We are clothed in rags of hopeful good deeds, full of pride and sin.

Then the Lord happily lavishes sustenance on us – the spiritually famished.

It is not a skimpy serving.  When God gives, our bowls are full…and overflowing.

He is the strong, satisfying, abundant portion of those who are His.

©  Lisa M. Luciano 😊