My Headcovering Journey

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.




5 thoughts on “My Headcovering Journey

  1. Hi,
    Thank you for the kind words that you left on my blog.
    Very good head covering post. I think our hair is our covering but it symbolizes headship, that of Christ and our husbands. So I think whether we wear them or grow them, it is up to each like you said, you made some good points!
    have a great day!


  2. Thanks for sharing your headcovering testimony. I pray that both our testimonies will be an encouragment to any woman searching her heart and wondering if covering is right for her. I also hope other women who do practice headcoverings will share their testimony on their blogs. I would love to read them.


  3. I really enjoyed reading your “Headcovering Journey” I have one of my own, I hope to post sometime soon, my journey starts from a different side of the coin then yours, but ends up amazingly simular. 🙂


  4. Interesting. What kind of head covering are you wearing these days? I notice in your picture, you have on a hat. I understand how it could be a reminder to be submissive and I am all for doing what the Word says and I am up to doing a closer study on it. I would probably reject a covering that made me look similar to a Muslim as I want to be known as a Christian. I have a wonderful Christian friend whose rebellious daughter married a Muslim and converted. I saw her at a baby shower last week at our church (surprised she would step foot in it) and she had her head covered with a scarf. My husband and my pastor were offended by her and her scarf because of what it stood for – her rebellion to her parents and God. If I were Amish, I could wear a covering and it would be understood. I am wondering how a modern Christian wears a covering without being misunderstood or do you not care because it is between you and God?


  5. Humpty,
    I wear different coverings. I have some bandana’s I tie in a triangle, and I have some coverings I’ve purchased from Wendy’s modest dress and some other places. I have a couple that are nothing more than an ovalish piece of fabric with trim that I use clippies to hold on over a bun. I really like snoods, I have bought some, made some and I have some crocheted snoods that I like to wear when I don’t want to be overly conspicuous. I do like to wear hats and will wear them quite often too.


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