Since beginning to cover my head I have noticed a lot of women here in Phoenix who cover their heads as well! Not just in my own parish, but in various places in the city. I noticed one woman at Denny’s the other day. Her husband looked to be military and they appeared…I use appeared very lightly as I do not know by fact…to be caucasian as well. How wonderful! She was wearing a hijab style scarf I suppose you could call it. She looked so simple but elegant all at the same time. Oh how I find it so wonderful. I also noticed women at malls, even two more today. Who were dressed in what appeared to be complete hijab and their head covering style of choice was more old fashioned I guess where the headcovering went past their elbows I think. I had a really hard time finding a picture to show exactly what I mean for some odd reason lol. So picture any picture of Mother Mary with her head covered and how long her veil was, thats how these wonderful ladies were covered. As I had mentioned before, I do not cover while out with my husband. Well I went to the mall with my sister in law to grab a present for hubbys birthday, and failed to cover my head I felt the guilt when I saw these ladies. Its really hard not covering while out with my husband. Im not sure why yet. As I thought originally I was only being called to cover while away from my husband. I feel closer to the Lord somehow while covered. If any of you ladies reading this have tried covering, Im sure you know what I mean. Maybe its not the covering itself, but the act of submission which does it for me. This has got to be the biggest thing God has asked me to do. No other time has it been an outward submission for everyone to see. I do feel nervous, and wonder what others think. I know I should not and that I do not owe anyone an explanation. I hope one day these feelings will end. I am now thinking about praying about full time headcovering. Although Im still not quite sure the rules for being on a military base and headcovering…and I do not want to cause my darling husband any problems.
But as always the Lord’s will be done. As I think of this, I remember watching the nativity story this weekend. The way they portrayed Mary coming back to town and everyone SEEING her obviously WITH CHILD…and the dream Joseph has about stoning her. Oh my! I never thought about what a social outcast it had made her! Those who didnt know the truth thought her to be an unpure woman! Oh if only they knew! She was in purest form at the time. Carrying the Lord himself. Growing him in her womb! Oh the joy that must have filled her. But can you imagine the knots in her stomach as she endured the long ride back from Elizabeths. All the praying she did? Im sure she was sick to her stomach…maybe even asking herself “Why did I do this? Lord why must you ask ME of this?” But then again maybe God had already given her the strength to face those people. God will never give us more than we can handle. However, he cant give us the strength or the guidance if we do not ask and are receptive. Oh how I want to be receptive to everything he has to offer! The Lord can tell us great and mighty things if only we ask Jeremiah 33:3 My favorite verse! I believe it to be the first verse I memorized as a young child. The Lord has answered my cries, calls, pleads, and prayers numerous times, that I am SO very greatful for! Now, I have a thirst. I want to experience Him and his word full force. Although I do not discipline myself to do so. Do any other ladies out there have the same problem? I am thinking of starting a new challenge the first of the year…Along with continuing the flylady challenge of course…but a religious challenge. I want to learn as much as I can! Anyone want to join me? What do you think God is challenging you to do? Or what would he challenge you to if you were to be receptive? 5 minutes of Bible study in the mornings? 30 minutes? Morning Prayer? Family Bible study? Head covering? Modest clothing? Community Service? Anything else come to mind? Please do share!
God Bless have a wonderful Day!
For the past 3 days I have been covering my head along with dressing modestly whenever I walk out of my house. I actually almost reached for my scarf to cover my head when the doorbell rang yesterday. I didnt but now thinking I probably should have since that was my first instinct.
This is similar to how I wear my scarf but I cover ALL of my hair up as well as my neck.
This is just because I havent learned to wrap it the fabulous way that women who wear hijab do.
One day I will There are wonderful videos on youtube to show you how to wrap the headscarfs. I do not clothe myself completely the hijab way which is only hands,face, and feet not completely covered. But they wear shoes so technically face and hands are shown. I do come close though. Wearing 3/4 sleeves most of the time and then dresses or skirts to the floor. Now I just find this stuff more comfortable and less eye turning. Yes people look at me differently because first off my head is covered which is NOT common in the U.S unfortunately. Secondly, because I am white and my head is covered. In my 3 days I have not received anything really mean or any real questions from strangers. People just seem to go with it even though you can see the curiousity on their faces. Especially people at stores who I come in contact with about once a week. I do notice that I do not get men gawking at me anymore. Which I cannot tell you what a relief that is! I also love how it makes me feel. I feel in check when Im out. I feel like the image is something I need to live up to. This is a God given dress code. I HAVE to conduct myself in a Godly manner. Again as in all of my posts these are my personal feelings. Anyways, today was easier to go out covered. I think because it just becomes another part of getting dressed. Just like putting on sox and shoes. It is very warm, glad its winter here instead of summer lol.
Also, submitting to God has a powerful effect. I could easily decide not to do it since I am so nervous about people and how they view what I am choosing to do. And I never considered myself to be a vain person. However, since choosing to do this God has helped me realize that I do care what others think. I need to stop that and focus on what God thinks and worry about impressing him. Not others in this world. I need to make my heavenly father proud of me first.
Also, Im hoping to be able to tell more and more women how empowering it is to go out covered and modest. If you are married, or better yet single. Wondering why it is you keep getting jerk guys who just use you and treat you like crap. Try dressing modestly and covering and see what kind of guy God brings to you. I read or watched a blog somewhere within the last few days, the lady said that its like men are forced to look at her face and get to know HER. They are not tempted to stare at her body parts reserved only for her future husband. They see a lady not a pleasure object. That was eye opening! Boy if I had only known that years ago eh?! lol However, I am glad that my husband saw potential in me. My husband is my inspiration in all of this as well. Not only am I concerned with pleasing my heavenly father, I am concerned with pleasing my husband. I want to be seen as a wife who honors her husband in every aspect. Even though Josh is not home right now while God is making these changes in me, I believe Josh will love the fact that only he gets to see the unmodest me He gets to see me the way God created me and no one else! How beautiful is that?! Well, Im hoping to get pictures within the next few days of me covered and dressed modestly. Here are some more pics of modest dress and hijab. God bless you. Fell free to comment with any questions.
This is similar to how I dress or I wear jumper dresses with 3/4 sleeve sweater underneath since it is winter lol Then add the head covering.
Now I have not fully converted my wardrobe over to all dresses or skirts. So sometimes I am forced to wear loose jeans with an appropriate shirt. I did this yesterday, did NOT feel modest enough. Hopefully when hubby is home he can take me to find some more modest dresses and skirts! Hope you all enjoyed the post!
Sometimes God leads us in a way that isnt easy. It can be very very difficult to do. However, it needs to be done to be obedient and become a Godly woman. God has called me to begin covering my head while outside of my house. Here is the scripture. In the scripture you will notice it says during prayer and teaching. God has led me to wear this outside of my house and during prayer and teaching. I have also found some modest dresses and skirts. They go to the floor and cover my arms. everything from head to toe is covered. This is my personal conviction. As you all know I am christian and becoming Catholic. This is not a denomination led change this is inspired by the word of God and from prayer. I prayed and researched this on and off about 9 months. I am going to link some articles you might find useful as well. All questions are welcome. Tomorrow I will post about my first day covered as well as my second. This is a personal conviction. If you do not agree it is for you at this time I understand. Please do not criticize me for mine. Thank you God Bless
3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
5But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
6For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
8For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
1 Corinthians 11:3-10
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