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Covering Testimony: Bonnie Larsen

Head Covering Testimonies

Name: Bonnie Jean Larsen | Age: 39 | Location: Cloquet, Minnesota | Starting Covering: Spring 2013


Covering Testimony: Bonnie Larsen

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

I am a home school mom to two brilliant teenage boys. I am married to an amazing man who is a wonderful leader and makes me smile everyday. We share our home with two reptiles, a corn snake and a Russian tortoise, and two Great Danes. (And, yes, that means a lot of hair and dog drool.) I enjoy creating art, crocheting, making soap, and playing the harp. I absolutely love doing anything together with my family whether it’s playing games, watching movies, or running K5’s.

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice headcovering there?

I attend River of Life, a small non-denominational church. No one there practices head covering other than me; however, the pastor feels that it is biblically based and allows freedom of conscience in the matter.

3) What led you to start covering?

It all started when one day I was reading through First Corinthians, and as I read chapter 11 this time, I heard that quiet but persistent voice, the one I have learned to listen to very closely. The internal conversation sounded a bit like this:

Me: I’m glad this isn’t something I have to do in today’s age, since it’s just a cultural thing.

Holy Spirit: Is it really?

Me: Oh, I’m surprised You didn’t know. Well, once You understand the history of Paul, the place, and the people of the time period, You’ll see why it is considered a culture thing…after all, You don’t see Beth Moore covering, do you?

Holy Spirit: Will you do what I tell you?

Me: Of course, anything!

Holy Spirit: I want you to do it.

Me: What?! Wear a head covering! Surely, you jest!

Holy Spirit: I never jest.

Me: But You don’t understand. It isn’t politically correct – not even close! How can I be a witness for You; they’ll hate You! How can I protect Your reputation?

Holy Spirit: I do not require your protection. I require your obedience.

I wish I could say that from that moment on I wore a head covering, but I spent the next three months doing intensive research on the subject. I read and listened to dozens and dozens of commentaries, sermons, and lectures from both sides. Then I delved into the Greek and translations of the Greek. What all of this confirmed was that Paul did give reasons for head covering: because of the creation order and because of the angels. Neither reason was a cultural reason, and the only way I could make it a cultural issue was to ignore the reasons given in Scripture and add a reason based on my own understanding of the time period. Obviously, adding or subtracting from the Bible was not an option. My husband gladly supported me in wearing a head covering as long as I remembered that this was not related to my salvation.

Since I made the decision to obey the Lord on this subject, I can say that I feel blessed and honored to wear a head covering. I have learned our Lord views symbols as important and meaningful. I believe He loves symbolic acts such as baptism, communion, and head covering (or uncovering when is comes to men). My head covering is a symbol of my obedience to the Lord and my submission to my husband. Although, both of these clash strongly against today’s culture, I believe they are precious and beautiful to the Lord.

4) What was that first Sunday like when you showed up in a covering?

I actually don’t remember that first Sunday. I think it helps that I live in Minnesota; “Minnesota-nice” means that I could go to church wearing bunny ears, and people would work hard not to stare (funny, but true). Because it means so much to us, I believe we are much more aware of the covering than other people are.

5) When do you use your covering?

At first I was considering covering just for church services, but as I talked about it with my husband he brought up 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “pray without ceasing.” Considering that, I decided to wear a head covering as a normal part of everyday life. Having covered everyday since, I can safely say it has never felt like a burden.

6) What counsel can you give to women that do not cover out of fear?

Romans 8:31 states, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Our God is a big God, and He can be trusted with every aspect of our lives. He knows our fears and will not ask us to do something that we cannot do. In fact, I have fear about doing this – sharing my story. Will I say the wrong thing? Will I accidentally offend someone? Will someone become angry with me? These are very real fears that I have, but I feel that this is something that the Lord wants me to do, so I’m stepping out in faith. You can do it too.

7) What would you say is the best and the most difficult aspect about head covering?

Like I mentioned earlier, I feel both blessed and honored to wear a head covering. Having the Lord pursue me on the topic of head covering, fills me with the sense of His great love for me. That is the absolute best. The most difficult aspect about head covering is that I personally know no one else who covers, and that can be a bit lonesome at times. I have several close Christian girlfriends who love the Lord, but none of them want to talk about head covering. I had no idea of how taboo the subject can be even in evangelical circles.

8) What kind of covering(s) do you use? Where did you get them?

Since the Bible is not specific in regard to a style of head covering, I remain flexible. I most often use a kerchief or a scarf tied like a wide headband. I find Hobby Lobby has a nice assortment that is well-priced. One thing I try to keep in mind when shopping for head coverings is that this is not a fashion accessory but a symbol that is important to the Lord.

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Comments

Katy A
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A nice testimony! I cover only at church/worship…I believe doing otherwise is a misunderstanding of scripture. In 1 Corin. it says that it is a shame for men to cover their heads…but yet, men still wear hats and such around daily. It can’t be that women should always cover their heads because we are to pray unceasingly and that men should never wear a hat because they are praying unceasingly. That just wouldn’t make sense. I think we must be super careful not to get overly obsessive about outward signs. I do think obedience is necessary…..but over-doing it benefits no one. 🙂 It’s always nice to read other testimonies! Thank you!

Bonnie
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Hi Katy, thank you for reading my testimony. I appreciate the feedback. I apologize; I did not intend to imply that Paul commanded women to cover all of the time. I merely wished to convey how I made my decision of when to cover. Because Paul did not give times when covering would be inappropriate, I just assumed it was a personal choice. I am new at sharing my story and was unaware that I may give the impression of being obsessive.
I am so sorry if I caused offense; please know it was not my intent.
God bless you bunches!

Becca
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I go to a church where most of the women do practice head covering and it’s one of the core views in the area of gender roles and church function. Paul was specifically addressing when we pray and prophesy in public. I think it’s totally allowed to wear one when you’re not doing those two things, but it’s not required. If I’m praying for someone or prophesying to the church or if I’m praying out loud in front of others, I cover my head. If I am praying or prophesying and I am at home along, then I don’t have to according to the bible.

Bonnie
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Greetings Becca, it was nice hearing from you! I am so glad you have the opportunity to be surrounded by other women who share your desire to cover. That must be very encouraging. You are right; Paul was most likely referring to public services, and I totally and completely respect that view. In many areas Paul was incredibly clear and direct, but in other areas Paul was a little more subtle. Like you, I prefer to be covered when I pray out loud in front of others. However, I often break out in prayer during normal, everyday conversations with others. It’s easier for me not to worry about covering and uncovering throughout the day and just start the day covered – I’m also slightly forgetful. 😉 That’s just me; it’s not for everyone. I want to bless, uplift, and encourage women, no matter when they chose to cover. I’m so delighted to have found this site and other kindred spirits. Thank you for sharing with me, and I pray you have a merry Christmas!

Becca

That’s cool! I always have a head covering with me. Haven’t forgotten yet to out it on before I pray. It gets weird though if your out evangelising. It’s like…”can I pray for you?!” Oh wait…gotta get my head covering…” ????????????

Katy A
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Oh my…you didn’t cause ANY offense at all! I appreciated reading your story! Thank you for sharing! I pray your week is Christ exalting and joy-filled! 🙂

Bonnie
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Thank you; I am very relieved! I certainly did not want anyone to feel I was stepping on their toes. I am thankful to have had the opportunity of chatting with you, Katy. Hearing other’s perspectives is always enlightening. I just wish I could meet with you and the other ladies over a cup of hot tea. 🙂

Katy A

I apologize ~ after reading my comment again, I can see how I sounded as though I was saying you are obsessive. I didn’t mean that at all….I’m sorry it came out that way! I think your personal decisions are wonderful! 🙂 I, too, would love to meet you as well! 🙂 You can find me on my blog at countryblossom.blogspot.com if you would like to visit! 🙂 Have a great week ahead!

Bonnie

No worries! Thank you for inviting me to visit your blog – I love it! Visiting your blog was like enjoying a cup of tea right there in your country kitchen. I even left with an amazing looking recipe for pecan pie muffins! Thanks again! 🙂

Karen Lightfoot-Betts
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For myself, covering full tim helps me to remain prayerful, and helps me to tame my tounge when I feel the covering on my head. In this current world structure, it is easy to ruin our testimony by allowing ourselves to speak incorrectly (gossip, cursing, crude comments or distasteful jokes). When I feel the scarf on my neck every time I turn my head, I am reminded of my extensive Bible study on the power of the lounge. It brings me temperance and humility.

Gretchen
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Bonnie! I am a Minnesota girl, too! I agree that with ‘Minnesota nice’ being a standard I have gotten a few weird looks but mostly complete avoidance. 😉 I have a similar testimony and eventually began to cover full time. It feels so comforting and protected to take a few minutes in the morning and put on my covering. It is a lovely reminder to pray more often. Thank you for your testimony! 🙂

Bonnie
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Hello, Gretchen and fellow Minnesotan! I think that living in northern Minnesota makes it easier to remember to cover as it also helps prevent hypothermia. 😉 Thank you for your encouraging comments. You have blessed me greatly! Hugs!

Digger
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The author says that the Bible is not specific in regard to the style of head covering, but I think it is quite specific–right in the verses she refers to. 1 Cor 11:14, 15 tell us that her hair is given to her as a covering. I take it that a wife’s hair ought to be longer than her husbands. I am in no way opposed to anyone wearing a head covering other than her hair; and I’m not trying to argue against the author; as I believe she has researched this more than I have. I wonder how verse 15 plays into a woman’s decision to wear a kerchief. (“An argument determines WHO is right; a discussion determines WHAT is right.”)

Kinuko H
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Dear Bonnie, what a wonderful testimony! Thank you for your sharing. Reading your comment messages, I felt your gentle and kind spirit. May God bless you and your family abundantly.
from Kinuko (p.s. I am a full-time headcovering sister, too. I agree that God commands us to cover during the public worship but I also understand why some sisters are guided to cover full-time. It (=full-time covering) has been such a great blessing to me personally and I am grateful that He gives us freedom to cover full-time or non full-time!)

Bonnie
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Thank you so very much, Kinuko! You have encouraged me more than you could know. These last several months I have been focusing on 1 Peter 3:3-4. Some days I epically fail at maintaining a gentle and quiet spirit, but it is something I desperately want. I am thankful the Lord is so patient and continues to work on me. Thank you for your kind words. Bunches of hugs and blessings!

Nikki lake
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Love this post. I got kicked out of court once for wearing a crochet hat. I thought it was very stupid because women of other religions and cultures wear head covering and Christians wear hats in church. I wanted to say it was for my beliefs but did not because I really had not done my research but now I see that it was the right response to have. Thank you so much for sharing.

Bonnie
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Hi, Nikki! Before now I had never considered that there are places where head coverings are generally not allowed. Thank you for bringing it up. I am so sorry you experienced that situation; it must have been very uncomfortable. I am glad you have found this site where you can be surrounded by sisters in Christ where you can be encouraged and blessed. Hugs! 🙂

Viejachula1
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I went to jury duty wearing a pashmina turbin wrap, and the judge did not say a thing. I even went thru the metal detector and the officer said I would only have to remove it if it set off the metal detector, which it didn’t.

Lisa Thibodeau
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Thank you for your testimony Bonnie. I started wearing a covering for Sunday worship and our mixed Bible study in June. I appreciate your statement about remembering it is a symbol that is important to the Lord and not a fashion accessory. I have already faced that while trying to find coverings. I am drawn to pretty things. And I feel that in the last century that is what the head covering has become, a fashion accessory. It lost it’s significance.

Karen Lightfoot-Betts
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Bonnie Jean, so happy to hear that the Holy Spirit has convicted and convinced you to cover daily! I agree that with the verse in 1 Thessalonians, you never know when the urge to pray will hit you, and we always need to be ready! I have covered every day since 4 September 2014 & have never regreted a minute of it. I am the only one that covers in my Lutheran church, but am not ashamed of the gospel. I consider it a silent witness. Keep up the good work!

Susan Lattin
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Bonnie, we’re on the North Shore and would like to talk with you…is that possible? Susan and Daughters

Celia
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Dear Bonnie,
Your testimony sounds just like reading a script of my life including the Holy Spirit parts, the taboo feelings and hoping it does not offend anyone. Thankyou for your enouraging words.
God bless you.
I started covering 2 weeks ago, I am excited to see what God has in store. His eternal word is true and good. Every word!
Blessings to all!
Celia (Switzerland)

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