Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Praying or Prophesying?

I recently shared with you some of my journey regarding headcoverings for women.

I loved this in depth study on Headcoverings by 119 Ministries. It is a topic I have studied a few times and at different points in my life, my understanding has changed. I once believed that my hair was my headcovering given to ...

Since then I have worn my headcovering periodically.  Most especially for the Sabbaths, special occasions, and sometimes when going to town.  Coming from generations of women who did not wear headcoverings has made this a longer journey.  How does one coif their hair properly, what colors would be acceptable for a wife and mother of my age and stature, How do you keep it on your head while going about your duties?  It is quite a learning curve for me.

I came across this excellent teaching that challenged me further.

I realized that much of my reasoning, was in fact a form of arguing and rationalizing why I did not need to follow the words written.

"I am a child of God."
"I am equal to any man in the eyes of God."
"I can go to God directly anytime I want to."
"I will be accepted by God no matter what."

I realized that my thinking did not just toss aside the man's headship over me, but also the Messiah's headship, as I strode headlong to the throne, ignoring this simple request.

"But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.  13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her[a] for a covering."  1 Corinthians 11:3-15

It raises such questions!!  Is the woman's long hair a covering or is it made FOR a covering to go over it?"  If a woman is to cover, how much should she cover, what should she cover with, and where and when should it be covered?

But instead of these questions... again.... they lead to arguing and rationalizing the rejection of the request....

Is it a HARDSHIP for me to cover my head while praying and prophesying?

First.... The scriptures tell us to "Pray continually."  And.... well.... actually I do.
I pray all day long.  I walk down the hall and say a little prayer.  I sort the laundry and say a little prayer.  I tromp outside to check the gardens or the animals and say a little prayer.  I pray about what to make for dinner.  I pray how to fix things that go wrong or get broken or people and animals that get sick or injured.  I pray while I wash the dishes.  I pray all the time.  I even pray in my dreams, all the time.

Sooooooo to cover my head while I am praying and prophesying.... it means I will have to cover all the time.

Now a couple times in my day, these may be a hardship.  When I am showering... and when I am sleeping.  But the rest of the time.....  Not a hardship.  Pretty easy to do.  And... well.... since I am actually figuring out these scarves, I find they are quite comfortable.  It keeps all my hot, hot hair off my neck and back on hot days.  It keeps all my itchy, crazy hair out of my face, which I can't stand.

I don't think I could really get a covering to stay on my head well, while I slept.  So I will leave my covering on until I am done with my evening prayers, and go to sleep.  If I dream that I am praying... my dream self will have to wear a scarf too. :)

And, I thought I was rather clever to think, that while in the shower I could use my hands to cover my head if I needed to say a prayer.  Surprisingly, to me, this need was already considered, by the generations of women who DID wear headcoverings.  It is traditional to keep a clean washcloth in the shower for just this purpose. LOL

Here is a blog that shows many wonderful ways of tying your scarves to make your headcovering comfortable and beautiful.  She includes many tutorial videos and photos.  I love the variety of color.

And here is a company that sells some beautiful headcoverings, and other modest clothing as well.  They use a volumizer under their headcoverings.... I can see that it makes a big difference in the shape of the covering and, to me, makes it quite attractive.  While that would not be practical for daily use, perhaps for special occasions.  I also love how they mix and match colors, patterns and fabrics to make such delightful coverings.  Again.... this is going on my sewing to do list!

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