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Covering Testimony: Mindy Sue

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Mindy SueAge: 29Location: Georgia, USAStarted Covering: August 2011

Covering Testimony: Mindy Sue Freeman

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.

Would you like to share your story of how you came to believe in head covering? Tell us about it here.

Comments

Sara June Thompson
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God bless you as you obey God and cover. Glad your first Sunday someone was there to be supportive.

clarinetlaj
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LOVED it!!!

mrsyowler
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Great testimony. I still have people in my church that think I want to be Amish. My head coverings don’t even resemble their style. Yesterday, one of the elders told me he was reading 1 Corinthians Chapter 11 and understood why I was covering.

Lee and Alison Price
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I enjoyed reading your testimony. I have thin hair also. I have found that wearing one made out of t shirt material stays on better. I actually usually wear two, one like an undershirt…. The t shirt one on the bottom and a silk scarf on top (;

Stephanie
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Hi,
I have currently been looking into this scripture too. I have thought about it for about two years now and I have read about it years before when there were people trying to tell me I was sinning unless i was wearing a skirt or a dress. At that time I did not see it as a physical head covering but only by what they were talking about which was long hair. Point being I and my fiance are Christian and are getting married Next month. So far I am pretty convinced this is something Christians are suppose to be doing (just like dressing modestly and being kind) and I am interesting in more info if someone could point the way? Also what would be considered appropriate head coverings for a Christian? when people talk about head coverings usually the first image that comes to mind are the scarves that many muslims wear but in google pictures i have seen alot of “headcoverings” being used.

Stephanie
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question. what has most theologians came to one whether this is suppose to be all the time or just in public or church? or if you only sit down to pray? I know for me, i was leaning towards all the time as it cannot hurt to do anyway but now i am curious. I understand the I praise you I praise you not phrases and what it indicates but are their other pointers to it being only church related or all the time related?

Lee and Alison Price
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I cover all the time.

Lee and Alison Price

Oops, I wasn’t finished…
The reason I always cover is Revelations 19:10 says….the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, so anytime you are speaking about Jesus, you are prophesying. The Bible also says we should pray without ceasing, and it would seem difficult to put your covering on and off each time you were going to pray.

Jeremy Gardiner
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Most bible commentators say it’s for public worship. For pastors, there’s no way to gauge it as it will depend on their theological tradition and location. For example, those in the Mennonite tradition will often cover outside of church. However, those in the Reformed Presbyterian or Reformed Baptist tradition will likely only cover in church.

I think there’s more women on this site that cover all the time as opposed to just in church. At least with those that comment.

You are correct that it won’t hurt to do it all the time.

We gave our thoughts on this topic here: http://www.headcoveringmovement.com/articles/where-are-head-coverings-to-practiced-in-church-or-everywhere

Kinuko H
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Hi, Mindy Sue

“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.” Amen to that! I have also heard from people
that we should wear and behave like other people for the sake of evangelism but
as you said, “A city on a hill cannot be hidden!” May God bless you, your
husband and your children including your baby inside. Kinuko

Diana Johnston
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Thank you for sharing, Mindy Sue! Awesome!!

For the record, Jeremy, I practice full-time covering as well. 🙂

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