Regina made an entry regarding someone's comment about her headcovering. Rather than leave a lenthy comment on her blog, I thought I'd comment here.
I had never really thought about headcovering before. If a sermon mentioned 1 Corinthians 11, they attributed the headcovering to being for that culture in that time only. But about 11 years ago, we met a lady that covered. I listened to a tape from Charity Gospel Fellowship, but it didn't touch me. I thought, I'd be nice if there was something I could do to remind me to be submissive, but never came up with something that was satisfactory. (You know, like a bracelet, necklace kind of thing, nothing that would be as radical as a headcovering) After a few months I fogot about it.
About 4-5 years ago, I was reading through Elizabeth George's book “A Woman After God's Own Heart” (which I highly recommend, btw) and something, somewhere in the book convicted me that I should be dressing more feminine. Dresses/skirts were more feminine than what I had been wearing and I decided that I should be wearing them more often. Didn't really think about the modesty issue–but after talking with a friend of mine that wears skirts, I was convinced that skirts/dresses are more modest too. Shane has actually always liked me better in a skirt, but this was one of those things he allowed God to work on instead of telling me himself.
Then about 3 years ago, I ran across some different information on headcovering, this time my heart was listening. I also talked to Shane about it and we studied it together this time. I pulled out the old Charity tapes and absorbed every bit of material I could find on the issue. He got out his Greek and commentaries and we both went to work. I remember clearly telling God this wasn't something I wanted to do, but if He wanted me to do it I would. I do remember making the decision that my hair would not be cut again (except for a trim or bangs). But a headcovering? I didn't want to be weird–wasn't wearing skirts enough? Apparently it wasn't–because I was convicted and I've been covering now for about 2 1/2 years. I covered daily for about 1 1/2 years but don't cover all the time now. If I'm anticipating that a day will be particularly difficult or just feel the need to cover, then I do. I do cover for church, Bible study and Christian conferences that I might attend. Over the last several weeks, I've been covering more than I have for some time– just feels like I need to be doing it.
I also need to say that we do not feel the headcovering is a salvation issue. We feel that it is up to each individual, husband and wife to decide what the scripture says to them about this issue. We do not know why I am called to wear one while others may not be. I think it may be because I was in the world, and grew up with the feminist mantra preached at me– and for many years bought into much of it. Maybe it's because I did care so much about how to dress, and how to look. I have had issues with submission in the past, still do at times, but God is working in me and I am learning.
So, for what it's worth, there's my headcovering story.