Covering Testimony: Melissa Walker

Name: Melissa WalkerAge: 26Location: Colorado Springs, COStarted Covering: June 30 2013

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello, my name is Melissa. I am a help-meet to my wonderful husband Jason and mother of 4 blessings; Jamie Lynn 6, Michael 4, Elizabeth 2, and Abigail 6 months. I have been married 9 years come September 2013 and look forward to many more Lord willing. My husband is a medic in the US Army so we have moved a lot but call Colorado our home right now. I homeschool our children and love the closeness it brings to our family.

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it.

We attend Grace Baptist Church Pastored by Matt Miller. Pastor Miller and his wife welcomed us with open arms and hearts. I am the first to cover in our church but hope more will start soon!

3) What led you to start covering?

My husband and I came across the issue of covering years ago but being unsaved we could not fully understand God’s will in the matter. Now with the help of the Holy Spirit we see how to put this into practice and hope to help others do the same.

4) You said that you had covered previously when you were unsaved but just started covering again last week. We’d love to know what it was that caused you to stop and then start again.

When I covered the first time I would cover at all times. I stopped covering because I thought that having long hair was all the cover I needed. I have never heard about covering only during prayer/church. After finding the Head Covering Movement and reading the scripture again with clear eyes I see how God intended covering to be done.

5) Have your children asked why you’re covering your head? What did you tell them?

My three younger children haven’t asked about me covering (yet), but my oldest has. I have shown her the scripture and asked her what she thinks it is talking about. I asked her what she thinks God would want for us to do. She understands that God sakes us to follow his word even if we don’t fully understand why. Jamie has already trusted in Christ as her Savior and Jason and I have decided that if she is ready to do that then she is ready to cover as well.

6) What was that first Sunday like when you showed up in a covering?

My first Sunday covering was odd. My cover felt like it was made of lead! It seemed like every eye was on me. I know that as time goes on it will be come a part of me.

7) What counsel can you give to women that do not cover out of fear?

My advice for other women is to just take that step of faith and pray for comfort. It is best to have a supportive husband or father at your side. Don’t forget that it is not for praise of man but for the glory of God that all things (including covering) should be done.

8) What kind of covering(s) do you use? Where did you get them?

For church I use a fabric headband because it is easy to put on and can be made wider or thinner as needed. At home I have shawls that I can just place over my head when needed.

Would you like to share your story of how you came to practice head coverings? Tell us about it here.
  • Bernice Copenhaver

    Good for you! It’s refreshing to hear someone who did not grow up practicing it, reading the scripture and obeying Christ call.

  • Karen Gattis Smith

    i did not grow up practicing this either and i have been covering for 13 years. it truly will become a part of you. I encourage you to keep praying for others also God Bless

  • http://servingwithjoy.wordpress.com/ Rhoda Newton

    Great to hear your story! I’m really encouraged :)

  • Garrett Martin

    Melissa God bless you for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and acting upon it. May the testimony of your courage and commitment bring God great glory.

  • http://abidingwoman.com/ Stacey Blevins

    I loved reading this… so encouraging as I’m just learning this and definitely will be a first at my church as well.

  • Jason Valentine

    I am certainly glad you have finally corrected yourself to the Way of the Righteous. I also certainly hope that your husband approved of your posting here. I am certain he would have chosen a picture that shows you, as you should be, in humility before God and your husbands authority instead of the vainglorious display that makes the head covering you wear look like a fashion statement in Good Housekeeping. I am not certain that wearing make up that matches your head covering is what is meant in the Bible. I will pray that the Lord takes away your vanity before it destroys your marriage.

  • Melissa Bishop

    Melissa, my name is also, Melissa and I too live in Colorado Springs and I cover. I’d love to visit with you sometime. You may reach me through my blog;
    http://duchessofcoloradosprings.blogspot.com/

  • Sara June Thompson

    I have just started a few weeks ago and am experimenting with what will work. I actually have ordered a few wide headbands from someone, as well as hats (so far so good but it’s winter) and scarves (that did not work well for me). I was thinking the headbands might work better in summer or perhaps summer hats. Question, how large does a headband have to be in order for it to “count” do you think.