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Why I’ve Chosen To Wear a Head Covering (Almost) All The Time…

Why I’ve Chosen To Wear a Head Covering (Almost) All The Time...

[Guest Author: This article was written by Amanda Gardiner. If you’re interested in guest writing for the Head Covering Movement please contact us.]

Amanda Gardiner

Amanda Gardiner is married to Jeremy, the founder of the Head Covering Movement. She’s the proud mama of four little chickens (two chickadee girls and two rooster boys). She is passionate about biblical manhood and womanhood and the importance of headcoverings in maintaining that belief in our fallen world. She’s a health nut, singer, homeschool teacher and sells Norwex on the side 🙂 On any given day you might catch her watching Magic School Bus with her chickens, baking some kind of healthy treat or leaving the library with two more bags of books.

Ladies, I’m not sure how to describe my feelings about writing this. My heart is on my sleeve here (or rather, on top of my head) so please bare with me as I attempt to get my scattered thoughts down on paper. I’m no writer….unless you count one sentence Facebook posts about my kids “writing” and I’m no theologian either so I hope this comes across coherently.

Before I begin, let me start by saying that I believe that head covering is required for local church gatherings, not all the time. If you are unsure of what to make of this I recommend this article. The reasons why I now wear my covering more often are NOT based on new Scriptural discoveries, the convincing witness of church history, or the request of my husband. Nope. They are almost all “feels”. I FEEL this way. It makes me THINK such and such. etc. This means that this article is NOT meant to be ammo for you ladies to use against your reluctant husbands ( of course none of you are here looking for that….right?) or to convince your nay sayin’ bff how wrong she is. This is MY thoughts lived out in MY life. I hope it provides clarity into the mind of someone like me.

So here are three reasons why I’ve chosen to wear a head covering (mostly) full time:

  1. It’s a constant reminder: I am super forgetful. If my husband asks for a sandwich he knows he needs to follow up with me after the first half hour or so because i usually forget around four times before its done. Wearing a covering forces you to remember things….some of which we might rather not. This forces me to think on my subjection to my husband. It is a constant glaring reminder of who I am SUPPOSED to be. My mind stops me when I want to roll my eyes, and put my hands on my hips, because he asked for a bowl of Ramen noodles when i just finished cleaning the kitchen. I am constantly faced with a visual reminder that I am to be living a life submitted to my husband “as unto the Lord” (no small order) and this causes me to be more cautious and patient in my replies to him and others as well.
  2. It’s like wearing a Christian T-shirt. All. The. Time: talk about humbling. That awkward moment when you’re at the local Walmart and everyone that glances your way has their eyes bounce from your face, to the top of your head, then back to your face. Most will know instantly that I am a Christian, and those that don’t, will most certainly know I am “religious”. When they see me out driving, speaking to my family at McDonalds (if we ate fast food…..which we totally don’t do…..every Sunday) and just living life, people are forming opinions of Christianity by seeing me. It is a silent witness. This accomplishes two things:
    a) It means that I am more conscientious in living out my faith in public when stress would otherwise get the best of me. You are certainly less likely to let your tongue lash out at your bickering children when wearing a giant “I LOVE SERVING JESUS” shirt and head covering is just the same.
    b) It is an awesome conversation starter!! Though Christian T-shirts are optional, some people wear thought provoking ones daily in the hopes of evangelizing. I am hoping that covering will lead to many conversations as well! I hope to show unbelievers (especially false converts) that Christianity is a radically different faith with a radically different way of life! Wearing a visual symbol of one of Gods more “unpopular” doctrines really puts it all out there. Also, I hope to have conversations about this neglected doctrine with other Christians. I want to show other Christians that not everyone that covers is a frumpy legalist who doesn’t believe in the internet. Some of us are just normal folks who serve a radically amazing Saviour.
  3. Because I have a weak conscience: yup you read that right. Some people think that those who wear a head covering all the time are more spiritual and holy. While some women ARE convinced by a different understanding of the location demands of the text, a great many of us are simply those that WANT to cover all the time. It is a choice we have made, often for many of the same reasons listed here. Sometimes our conscience can convict us of something that the Scripture does not expressly command or forbid.  There is just something in the pit of my stomach that feels “off” when my head is uncovered when we pray over the meal or petition the Lord for his mercies.  I just have an unexplainable desire to veil myself first.

    “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord.” (Rom 14:1-6 NIV)

    Imagine two sisters in Christ. One believes she is given the freedom to enjoy wine and loves to have a glass over dinner with her husband. The other believes she CAN enjoy it biblically, but her conscience is pricked each time she sees the bottle on the table with feelings of guilt. The Bible says that “whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” (Rom 14:23). This means that the dear sister who feels guilty drinking wine ought to abstain from it in obedience to conscience. However, I DO want to point out one problem that I see all the time. Many of us with weaker consciences that abstain from certain things tend to “look down our noses” at those who partake freely (as though our lack of participation makes us more godly). Scripture actually says the opposite! The Bible says that the one who is overly scrupulous is the one with the WEAKER conscience. It never says the weaker person is right OR wrong for doing the “harder” thing, but it DOES say that we should allow that person the freedom to follow their conscience in obedience to Christ because that is who they will answer to.

So that’s it friends. That’s why I’ve decided to cover my head “full time”. I hope that God will use my “veil” as a silent witness as I live my life. My conscience is tender and my mind quick to forget so I have chosen to cover (almost) all the time. For a succinct little summary of reasons that mirror my own (by someone MUCH smarter than me) click this link here and fast forward to the 41:00 mark. I don’t look down on those who cover only for corporate gatherings (in fact I believe their biblical case is stronger) and all I ask is the same respect towards me; the freedom to follow my conscience in obedience to my Master.


Deborah F.

i loved this article, I’m totally with you!! =) I find great value especially in it being a “constant reminder”!

Benita Bylicki Marzion

I feel the same way, and have the same experiences in Walmart. It seems like now with the high feelings about the Muslim faith, that people forget that there are Christians who also wear a head covering. To me it is a outward visible sign of my faith, of the inward desire of my heart to follow Christ. It is the angels, and the protection they give. It is a reminder, it is a symbol of the peace I feel when I put it on, and a sign of submission to Christ and to my husband.

Elaine Mingus

These points are great. And even though you aren’t “a writer” I’m pretty sure that you should be!

Kinuko H

Dear Amanda, wonderful post!! You expressed our hearts so well. I thank God for this post. with love, Kinuko

Diana Johnston

Thank you for sharing! I loved what you had to say!

Dianne Plourde

Thank you for this testimony. Very encouraging about the ‘conscience’. I share your views and I thank you for articulating them – very well! :o)


I’ve been looking for reasons to cover as a Christian. I lost a family member a little over a month ago. I felt a stong need to cover my head, almost an urgency. I began to search for something I could use, and found a black knitted triangular shaped head covering I’ve had for at least 15+ years. I’m not sure why I have this, but I pulled my hair into a ponytail and covered the back of my head. I immediately felt a comfort come over me. I wore it for a week, and I believe it helped me get through that week at work. When asked why I was wearing it, the best I could explain was it was a symbol of God’s comfort and it helped to remind me He was with me. I know He is always with me, but sometimes we lose focus on that and I needed to remember.


It brings me comfort too – reminds of God’s love for me and that I have a ‘place.’ I’m glad it’s done the same for you during this difficult time. God bless.


In I Corinthians 11:6 where it says, “let her be covered”, the verb tense in Greek implies a continuous state or remaining covered. A number of ministers take this to mean that the women were covered, but were taking off the veil at church, then Paul was telling them to continue veiling.

6 . . . but if it be a
shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

Pastor King

No, it is not necessary to wear Head coverings all the time in the New Testament, as it was not commanded to be done n the Old. But the writer gives practical reasons why she does. The head covering traditions signified the passing of the old, from the Mosaic law to the Gospel of liberty (2 Corinthians 3:7); Paul was taught about these traditions from Christ; he had been proclaiming these traditions everywhere he went. And who would ever need a long hair/short hair Apostolic tradition teaching, for even the heathen understand these sort of things (1 Corinthians 5:1ff), for they are the laws of nature (that men have short hair, that women have long hair). How could that be the “Gospel” that Jesus taught Paul in His revelation-that Paul was commissioned to preach to all the Churches of Christendom the Gospel that was clearly revealed in nature? By no means may we relegate this heavenly Gospel to a mortal realm. And even though the law was glorious and holy, it too had its’ day, including the glory of the mortal ink and tables of stone which God used to write the Law with His own hands; they too were mortal (2 Corinthians 3:3). This is the point Paul is arguing in these verses; he is arguing from the earthly to the heavenly; if it is proper in the earthly realms and Church to obey the laws of nature, so much more in Church to honor His glory alone, for even the stars in the heavenly realm are not pure in His sight Job 25:4-6), so much more can her earthly glory compete with His glory, for “all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible…all things were created by Him, and for him”. The mountains quake before His presence and the hills melt away (Nahum 1:5). Her mortal, earthly glory given to her by God must not compete with His eternal glory, for Colossians 2:9 declares, “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,” or Job 4:1 declares, ‘Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his maker? And 1 Peter 1:24 declares, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.” Are we now to worship the mortal creature (Romans 1:26), her glory, her mortal hair, more than the glory of the creator? Thus if it is shameful for a man to have long hair in Church, so much more if women do not wear a head covering in Church, so that, as 2 Corinthians 4:11 declares, “…the life…of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”

Sofija Safiri

Sister 😍 I also cover full time and I know the exact same stares and situations and feelings. But in Germany, where I live, I am immediately judged as an muslima … you can’t see my hair just a bit of he beginning so like just a bit of my haircolor. Headscarf for me also have to do with innocence and modesty, so I make sure to do it proper but with 6 crosses round my neck and also cross earrings and so I can make sure no one judges me for a Muslim xD I would love to have contact to other women who cover full time … I feel so lonely but the text warmed my heart a little bit ❤️

Alicia Shortt

Don’t worry about what others think just trust and obey😊.
Also having crosses is not correct since it was stake or tree he was hung on.Plus we are not to make idols out of the thing he was crucified on.
Just let the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit speak for itself.
Testify of Yahwehs love for others and what he did for them.
Trust in that and not the cross accessories to show your faith in Christ Yahshua!
Praise Yahshua for truth!


I am all for head covering whilst praying. That’s how I found this site, as I’m looking into it. How disappointing to come here to read this passage from your 1st point that I’ll copy and paste below. This is not what we are called to do as Christians. We are not to be out husbands slaves like this. This is not asked for. This is misinterpretation somehow. Sadly I can’t be part of this movement after reading this, but I will continue to explore headcovering. Quote – “If my husband asks for a sandwich he knows he needs to follow up with me after the first half hour or so because i usually forget around four times before its done. Wearing a covering forces you to remember things….some of which we might rather not. This forces me to think on my subjection to my husband. It is a constant glaring reminder of who I am SUPPOSED to be. My mind stops me when I want to roll my eyes, and put my hands on my hips, because he asked for a bowl of Ramen noodles when i just finished cleaning the kitchen”

Angela Free

Thank you SO much! I have been studying the Christian headcovering for more than a year now. I’ve read 1 Corinthians 11 countless times, listened to your husband’s videos and teachings, listened to sermons on both sides of the coin (cover or not to cover). I’ve even listened to sermons by the Old Order German Baptist church in hope of learning more. I was not raised around anyone who covered their head, either in worship or otherwise. The first I remember of seeing headcovering was as an adult and they were Amish. So, I’ve had many questions and concerns about not being legalistic. However, after this more-than-a-year of deep study, I must admit that everything in Scripture seems to point to the woman of God covering her head in worship. I cannot deny that. I am fascinated by the part about the glory of God — women covering to conceal humanity’s glory; men uncovering to reveal God’s glory. That part, if nothing else matters tremendously to me, because I always want the glory of God to be preeminent. I have started covering during worship gatherings and in our house church on Sunday afternoons. Sometimes I still feel awkward, asking myself, “Does it really matter?” But I want to honor God, so I continue to cover at those times. Thank you for your article. It has helped me see your heart and given me great perspective! Angela Free


Angela, I as well have been studying this and have come to the same conclusions. I am grateful you have decided to cover even if others aren’t. I didn’t think I would ever have the courage, but God has really helped me. I am thankful that God’s glory is the reason this is so important to you. There was s no better reason than that!


Hi, this testimony (which I can understand and relate to) seems to contradict a bit the other testimony you wrote. Did you cover all the time, then stop, and then go back to covering for the reasons listed here? I understand the wavering. I, too, started covering at church and then began wearing it home and when I went out. I tried later to stop but found it very difficult. I really enjoy it and it seems to remind me of my place under my husband’s authority. At the same time, I don’t want to lessen its meaning and importance in the church service by wearing it all the time or send the message to all of the young ladies around me that you must wear it all the time. Must I go around explaining that I wear it out of conviction at church ,but according to preference outside of the church? Hmmmm. I want to glorify the Lord. I don’t want to confuse and complicate what is truly stated in God’s word. This is why I am wondering whether I should only wear it at church. It would be a difficult thing for me. I truly want to do God’s will in this matter.

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