Covering Testimony: Mindy Sue
|Name: Mindy Sue||Age: 29||Location: Georgia, USA||Started Covering: August 2011|
1) Introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Mindy Sue. I am a wife and a stay-at-home mom to two little boys (and another baby coming in March!). I love to sew and create many other crafts from recycled materials although most of my time these days is spent cooking, cleaning and teaching the ABC’s. I look forward to working in the vegetable garden when the weather’s nice and we hope to have livestock soon, too (fresh eggs, yum!). When I’m not pregnant [which isn’t very often:)] I like to help my husband with landscaping and home repairs and anything that will get my hands dirty and work up a good sweat.
2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it.
My family has recently started a local Church of Christ assembly. My husband and I both have been going to Baptist churches for years but since moving to this area and having difficulty finding a good fit in a Baptist Church we decided to try a Church of Christ. Although there are a few theological differences we appreciate their exegetical teaching and their commitment to adhere to God’s word. As far as I can tell, I am the only one who wears a head covering.
3) What led you to start covering?
My husband talked to me about it before we were married. He wanted me to wear one and so we studied the scriptures together and I talked to other people in my life whom I trusted. Most people were opposed and thought I shouldn’t, or didn’t need to cover but at the end of the day I felt that I had to mold my life to the Scriptures and not the Scriptures to my life and I thought that it was clear that women should cover their heads.
4) What was that first Sunday like when you showed up in a covering?
It was also my first Sunday back since getting married so there were a lot of people approaching me. I was so self conscious. I picked a pretty silk scarf to wear and it kept slipping off my head. I’m sure no one else really noticed but I was embarrassed. A woman who I was sitting by heard me talking to my husband about it and she helped me pin it down better. Later she asked if it was a head covering and was very supportive about it.
5) What counsel can you give to women that do not cover out of fear?
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise” Psalm 111:10
“The fear of man brings a snare but he who fears the LORD will be exalted.” Proverbs 29:25
We cannot allow the world to coerce us into being more carnal rather than being more Godly. Or even other Christians that may lead us, with good intentions, to think that living like everyone else will make us more relevant and give us more opportunity for sharing the Gospel. A city on a hill cannot be hidden! We must adhere to the scriptures regardless of the world’s response and our reward will be given in heaven.
5) What would you say is the best and the most difficult aspect about head covering?
The best is definitely knowing that my obedience honors God and honors my husband. The most difficult is letting go of that part of me that loved the world through trendy hairstyles. That sounds silly but I often miss having a cute cut and style that would get compliments or long flowing locks that I could toss around to get attention. On a more practical note it is quite frustrating when I can’t find a covering that matches an outfit that I want to wear or because I have very fine hair I often have difficulty getting them to stay on my head!
6) What kind of covering(s) do you use? Where did you get them?
I bought a few of my first coverings from a retail store and used them as a pattern to make a few of my own. Some I sewed with fabrics and others I crocheted. I recently just bought a bunch of stretchy bands from the store that would be easier to just throw on and wear around the house. I tried headbands but they don’t stay on my head and they hurt my head.