Monday, July 27, 2009

Blogging Break

News. One of the two publishers who requested the manuscript notified me today that the manuscript doesn't fit within their publishing needs. I'm disappointed, of course, but remember -- a manuscript request doesn't ensure publication. We watch, hope and pray, though. I am still encouraged in the Lord. The other publisher says it may take up to 3 months for them to give a decision. So, now I just wait.

I have been sensing that I need to take a break from blogging, but I have been dragging my feet about it. I love to write and I love to encourage you, ladies, and be refreshed by your love, commitment and faithfulness to God. Natasa, thank you for your warm heart and your encouraging card. You bless me, and I appreciate you! What a blessing to know you all, and I have often found refreshment and encouragement with you when I have found it in very few other places as I walk this covering journey. Thank you!!

I will pop in now and again, and you can always feel free to email me. Also, I'll let you know when I hear back from the other publisher.

One other thing: strive to be holy. Make it your mission to grow in godliness. I have found (and, indeed, am continuing to find) that it makes other Christians uncomfortable when we want to shut off a movie because of the violence and language; when we want to turn down our plates so that we can fast to better hear God's voice; when we want to cover a little more of our skin, or retreat from some of the more worldly endeavors we have pursued. Our indulgence in worldly pursuits and entertainments doesn't bother many Christians at all, but our retreat from them decidedly does. I've observed that far too many of us (me, included) have ushered worldliness into our front doors, and it has taken over the whole house. And not only have we failed to see this truth, but we cringe when others do. Sadly, many have lost the desire to be holy and to let holiness permeate the nooks and crannies of our lives. I love where James says: If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James 1:26-27).

Be encouraged in your covering, ladies. Keep to it. And beware the spirit of compromise.

Love to you all,

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Recommit. Again.

It seems the covering journey requires fresh commitments all the time. There are always those days that you could sneak by without it -- those moments when you think it's not all that necessary. Like today. I am meeting with some girlfriends from church; they always see me covered, so is it really necessary that I cover when attending a movie and dinner with them?

There are those days when you long to feel 'part of the crowd' again. There are certainly times when I think I am somehow more 'accessible' when I don't cover. I think perhaps my friends can relate to me better, or that perhaps I make them feel a tad less uncomfortable -- that I am still the same old Muhala.

But lately I've been thinking that I belong to covering and that covering belongs to me. It's what I've been called to. It's what I know. And, for now, anyway, it's what's right. It's not for others. It's not for me. It's for God. Walking out what we feel called to is not always an easy thing day after day after day. I'm trying to experiment with other covering styles, as I feel a little bored with my current one, and I long for something lighter with less fabric. It's easy to get by covered in the cooler months; wearing a heavier covering is cozy and warm. In the summer there are adjustments to make, but I still want to be covered from hairline to hairline...I just don't want to take 3 yards of fabric to do it in a way that appeals to me. I'm so struggling with that. But in the meantime, I still cover, trying not to let my frustration get the better of me.

Just a word of encouragement, ladies: don't be reluctant to commit afresh to this journey. Beware the spirit of compromise (the thrust of my deleted post) by minimizing the importance of covering and your call to it. Others will always have their opinions and their thoughts. Perhaps they mean no harm, but your covering is not their call to make. Remember how you got to this point. Remembery why you are here. Celebrate the call and walk it out in faithful obedience.

Connecting with a plain, headcovering, African-American sister, has inspired me to tone down flashy colors and patterns. I bought a few shirts from my favorite thrift store that are more simple and plain. And I feel more comfortable in them! I'm not saying that the Lord is calling me to be plain, but I do feel a call to simplicity, and sometimes that may mean more simple attire. Each of us has to determine how God is leading us as we continue to cover and move along in our covering journey. My dear, plain sister is taking lots of heat from her church over her covering. But she is sure. She is standing. And we must stand too.

Enjoy your weekend, beloved...

God's grace,