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Covering Testimony: Jess W.

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Name: Jess W. | Age: 25 | Location: Hagerstown, Maryland | Starting Covering: Aug 2014



Covering Testimony: Jess W

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.

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  • Kathy Zimmerman Kuhns

    Hi Jess! It is great to read your testimony. :)

  • Bonnie

    Jess, thank you so much for sharing your story! It is incredibly encouraging to know we are not alone in our covering convictions. I feel as though you are already a good friend of mine, and we truly need friends who can remind us that covering is not “bizarre” but is beautiful obedience to the Word of God. Thank you again and God bless!

  • Diana Johnston

    Thank you for sharing your testimony! It was very encouraging!!

  • Sara June Thompson

    God bless you for obeying. That is awesome how a Mennonite midwife first led you to covering.

    • Pani Pirhadi

      Yes, knowing someone who practices headcovering is a good way to learn about it and break thru misconceptions.

  • Evan

    Fantastic testimony! You mentioned that most of your family is still Catholic, well, my entire family is either Catholic or atheist, and I was wondering if you had managed to bring Christ to anyone in your family. I haven’t had much success in bringing Jesus to my family, so I was wondering if you had any advice, thanks!

    • Jess

      Hi Evan!
      God bless you as you witness to your family and to the lost.
      First, always remember we are called to preach the gospel to all. But God is the one who does the working of salvation and bringing life to dry, dead bones. Keep sharing the truth and pray pray pray that God will save them!! Prayer is powerful. Never stop praying for them :)
      As you know Catholicism runs deep in many families, for many generations, as is the case with my family. It is a bond that can be difficult to separate. What I have found so far is a sort of respect for my choices to live as a born again Christian even though we are worlds apart as Catholic vs Protestant. Since all of my siblings would not claim to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord I mainly think my folks see it as a positive aspect that their child is actually seeking anything to do with the Lord. Yet still don’t 100% approve because I’m not being “Catholic”. At times I do feel they don’t take me seriously because I’m not in “the real, true church” (sarcasm added) 😉
      I would just encourage you to continue to live for Christ. They are watching you, even when it seems they could care less. They may not acknowledge you for your true faith in Christ, and might avoid it all together like my family….but they will see the good fruit from your life. If you have a family of your own they will see the strong bond with your spouse and children. They will see you are the real deal. That’s my biggest encouragement and advice. Your actions will speak the loudest. Model Christ in your daily living. Hold true to the word of God and biblical truths. And Lord willing if the opportunity arises God will soften their hearts and bring them to salvation. We know He can if it be His will.
      Don’t give up friend!
      Blessings,

      Jess

  • Jess

    Thank you to all who have commented. I pray you were blessed. 💜
    Early on in my head covering journey it was special for me to read others testimonies. We are certainly not alone in believing a literal cloth covering. Early church history, sound theologians and preachers today even understand it! It is a beautiful biblical truth that shows we do acknowledge and obey God’s creation order and practices in worship. This website has been so valuable with the countless resources and articles.

    I also wanted to add a small update from my testimony. We do not attend a PCA church anymore. We have been attending Immanuel Free Reformed Church in Lancaster PA. Sound preaching, and application of biblical truths. It has been the absolute best fit for our family and we are encouraged every service. William Einwechter is elder and preacher. You can listen to his sermons here on the Head Covering Movement website or sermon audio!

  • Liz Mahita

    I appreciate your testimony. In my country, wearing a head cover is mostly considered old fashioned. Girls wearing it face the most criticism coz they are called grannies and sometimes laughed at publicly.
    Praying for courage to withstand all kinds of comments because of following my Jesus.

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