Covering Testimony: Jess W.
Name: Jess W. | Age: 25 | Location: Hagerstown, Maryland | Starting Covering: Aug 2014
1) Introduce yourself to our readers.
1) Introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi I’m Jess! I have been happily married for 7 years. The Lord has blessed us with two lovely children so far. We are a homeschooling family living on a farm in beautiful western Maryland. In January 2009 I was drawn into saving union with Jesus Christ and since that time I have sought by God’s grace, to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The Bible became my guide in every area of life and I seek to please the Lord in all I do and say.
2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice headcovering there?
We are currently attending a PCA Presbyterian Church in the area and hope to pursue membership soon! At the time I began covering my husband and I were also in the process of finding a church family. We began attending conservative Brethren and Mennonite churches (where the women cover) for the past two years but just recently found that the Lord is leading us elsewhere due to differences in doctrinal beliefs. We have been praying that the Lord will direct our steps and believe we have finally found a local church we can call home. Currently I am the only woman there who practices head covering. It used to bother me at first, but I know the Lord in His mercy and grace has the power to convict others just like He did to me. Jesus Christ is Who saves us, not our outward appearance. When we get too focused on outward appearance sometimes we tend to forget that head covering, although very biblical, is not about salvation or how holy and righteous we are. I do believe a true Christian will want to study out scripture though and it’s not something to be easily dismissed.
3) What led you to start covering?
We hired a Mennonite midwife in 2011 when our first child was born and it was the first time I befriended anyone who practiced head covering. My husband and I had been Christians for about 3 years at that point but had never studied 1 Corinthians 11. Our midwife briefly shared her testimony on head covering but didn’t pressure me to look into it. It was 3 years later when the Lord revealed to me the truths in scripture regarding head covering. I started to become fascinated and studied it constantly. I looked at both sides and every single argument there is against the covering. The arguments against it only solidified the case for a physical cloth covering.
I was finally convinced after lots of study and prayer that a physical covering is definitely still for today. I asked my husband if I could start covering and he agreed. Currently we differ on opinions for when the covering is needed to be worn, but he has given me permission to do whatever I am led to and I greatly respect and admire my husband for that. The reactions of family and friends on my conviction to start head covering has been interesting to say the least. I remember a conversation I had with my mother the first time she saw me in a covering. Most of our family is still Catholic and she mentioned to me she remembers when she was a girl wearing a covering during mass but then the pope said it was no longer required. I remember hearing that and thought to myself “but the Word of God never changes. Why have so many stopped practicing such a biblical and historical truth? And why aren’t pastors preaching on this anymore?!”.
4) What was that first Sunday like when you showed up in a covering?
I had already been practicing head covering when we first visited the church we attend so everyone is used to seeing me in one. However on our search for a church home there was always anticipation on Sunday morning to see if others were going to be covering there! Typically I am the only one covering, but I have peace because I know what I am doing is biblical and is part of God’s will for my life.
5) When do you use your covering?
I wear my head covering almost all the time. I always have it for corporate worship and bible studies with other believers. The time and place to cover has been something my husband and I have been studying and praying about together lately.
6) What counsel can you give to women that do not cover out of fear?
I strongly believe we as Christians should be more afraid of disobeying and offending God than of what others will think of us. Our time here on earth is a vapor, so we must do everything for the glory and honor of the Lord. It is much better to be in line with God’s word than to have the approval of men. What the Bible teaches is so different from the modern culture, so it’s no surprise there is a great number of people that reject the head covering or have a misunderstanding of it. Today’s cultural and social norms have even crept into the church, so I just encourage women to continue to pray and be obedient to what the Bible instructs us to do. Don’t be afraid to be obedient to God and His word on the matter of head covering, even though many disregard it. Read blogs and testimonies of others. Listen to sermons on it. And most importantly continue to meditate on the scriptures and constantly be in communication with our Father.
7) What would you say is the best and the most difficult aspect about head covering?
The best part of practicing head covering is knowing that it is pleasing God. It is another constant reminder to me that I am God’s child and living for Him. There are lots of difficulties that get in the way too. I remember when I first started covering and people who knew me before I covered thought it was bizarre. I pressed on despite the stares or curious questions. It can be discouraging when there are so few who practice head covering around me. It’s disappointing that so many in the church today don’t take head covering seriously or even think about it. It has been an interesting journey but I have been richly blessed by practicing head covering and I encourage more to look with an open heart and mind in the Word on this subject and know you are not alone!
8) What kind of covering(s) do you use? Where did you get them?
I wear a variety of styles. Mostly large head bands with my hair tied in a bun or clip, infinity scarves, and tichel type coverings. You can find them for cheap at many stores. Some of my favorite coverings are from Garlands of Grace. My goal is to start sewing my own and I have found many patterns available for sale on Etsy. I believe that God leaves the style and color choice up to the individual.