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Covering Testimony: Bernice Copenhaver

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Name: Bernice CopenhaverAge: 27Location: Lebanon, PennsylvaniaStarted Covering: 1993

Covering Testimony: Bernice Copenhaver

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Bernice Copenhaver and I’m 27 years old. I’ve been married to my amazing husband Darin for almost 6 years. We have 2 beautiful children; Kaylie (3 years) and Clayton (11 months). I’m a stay at home mom, and I love it! I enjoy cooking, gardening and people! God has put an excitement in my heart for the head covering that I feel He wants me to share. I’m excited to see what the Lord has for me next.

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

I attend White Oak Church of the Brethren. The women who are members there, all wear head coverings. We are encouraged to also wear them outside of church, during the week which I agree with.

3) What led you to start covering?

I was raised in a Mennonite home so I was taught that that was expected when you become a Christian. I have been wearing one for 20 years. It is something that I had struggled with a few times in those years but still somehow held onto it. One day my husband’s cousin who wasn’t taught about the head covering  (and also doesn’t wear one) asked me why I wear one. I explained to her why I wear it and why it’s important to me. Mainly it was things that I would have heard the preacher speak on. Then I was given a book called “Head Coverings” by K.P.Yohannan. It blew me away how important the head covering is, and what all it symbolizes. I think it’s so awesome to be so involved with the angels and the spiritual realm! God has given me a new excitement for it and I just want to spread it!

4) You mentioned that you had struggled a few times with head coverings in the past. What kind of struggles did you have?

There were times when I was young and struggling with the idea. I would take off my covering when I got to school and then put it back on to go home. I was the only one in my school covering, so I was made fun of. I’m so thankful God gave me strength to continue covering.  It’s been a blessing. Now people ask me about it, and it gives me an opportunity to share the Gospel with them.

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

If you are not covering because you’re afraid of what people will say, ask God for strength and just do it. Try it first around the house, then venture out for groceries or to the park. God will grant you what you need if you’re doing what He has called you to do. Instead of being fearful, turn that into excitement!!!!

6) What kind of covering(s) do you use? Where did you get them?
I wear a round white veil that I pin on with bobby pins. I get them from Joyce’s Coverings and Veils.

Would you like to share your story of how you came to believe in head covering? Tell us about it here.

Comments

christi
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love it! so true about struggle with fear. a good question to ask is, who is this fear coming from? God or Satan? its so easy to be deceived or to convince ourselves OUT of following Gods word. He longs to pursue us and to have us know Him and His beautiful heart in return. blessings =) 2 Tim 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Karen Gattis Smith
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cHRISTI what a blessing you are to me, I grew up Catholic and was not talk even about salvation,
when I truly gave me heart to God, he spoke to me through the covering. btw. Joyce is a dear friend of mine. 🙂

Karen Gattis Smith
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Bernice, thank you for sharing your story, I was deeply blessed

Brenda Hershey
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Awesome! Thank you for sharing your heart. I agree!

clarinetlaj
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What a lovely share and such a lovely young lady. Thank you for giving us encouragement.

Diana Johnston
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Love it! Thanks for sharing! I agree!

LeonMoyer
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Great–I read the link also entitled “head covering”. All these teachings fail to acknowledge one simple Biblical word–it is a “head” covering, not on the top of the head, not only on the back or the sides, but to cover the “head” is to cover everything from the neck up! So where are the believers who are practicing this teaching, using a veil much like Muslims?

Kevin Seguin
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You’ve never actually read 1 Corinthians have you…

Marina Doshkevich
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Then wouldn’t they have to wear a bag over their entire head including the face by that logic? Sorry, but isn’t your face also a part of the head? Surely, the Bible doesn’t think women should walk around blind.

LeonMoyer
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Yes, I have read first Cor. 11 in English, German, and the Greek interlinear. To Marina Doshkevich, while a bag may indeed cover the head, the Muslim style veiling covers without suffocating or blocking vision looking out, but men can not readily see the beauty of a woman’s face. Ever hear the expression “sexy eyes”? God does not want women to be distracting men with beauty while in a worship service, and Godly women will not seek to use their feminine beauty at any time to allure other men than their husband. And apparently the Angels can be tempted by physical beauty of women also, that is one the things we seem to not understand in totality. So the entire head is meant to be covered, otherwise a woman might as well cut her hair and style it any way she wishes to entice men with her sexual attributes. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity saith the preacher! Amen.

Rhoda Newton
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Great hearing a range of testimonies, thanks Bernice!

Bernice Copenhaver
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the Bible does not say what type, size or shape or color of covering should be worn. But it does say it should be worn as a symbol. I’m simply trying to do what God has convicted me to do. I did not post this for a debate, just to encourage.

David Pendleton
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Hi Bernice,

Would you say that head covering a matter of Christian liberty or is it a command that is binding on all Christians? In other words do you believe that women who do not cover are being disobedient to the Word of God?

Judy
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I was blessed by this website. I have a question. What is the symbol, the covered head or the covering itself

Jeremy Gardiner
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Interesting question, I’ve never thought of separating them before. I’d say either the “covered head” or the covering itself once it’s on your head (meaning it takes on special meaning once it’s on your head in the context of corporate worship). If the covering itself is not on your head, it wouldn’t be a symbol. It may be akin to wine/bread in the Lord’s supper. Bread & wine are not symbols in and of themselves, but only at particular times do they take on special meaning.

Zade
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Thank you for your testimony! I am grateful for your sharing and hope the negative comments will not discourage you. It is a blessing for other covering women to see you and hear your story.

Julie
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Thanks for sharing Bernice! It’s a blessing to hear your story! 🙂

dianalee
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Thank you for sharing encouragement, Bernice! I live in nearby Robesonia, and have been covering for years at home, but no one in our church covers. My husband has asked me to cover for worship, and I have begun slowly, with a wide head-band, but please pray for me to continue to do what I feel God is calling me to do, as well as to be a good and obedient example to our three daughters. Thanks, again, for sharing! God bless!!

Sara June Thompson
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I’m sorry some people made some rude comments. Good for you returning to your spiritual roots and covering in the way your church practices. I don’t think it matters what type of covering, there are many. Yours is very beautiful. Some of the rest of us are experimenting with the scarves and hats that are already something we might wear and that’s fine too. God bless you.

JLR
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This was a beautiful testimony. I am married to my husband for almost 11 years now. His grandparents attend White Oak as well and they set the tone for the family. I am not from here (I am from Michigan) so joining the family was a little intimidating. I started attending Middle Creek COB with my husband and his parents and felt my growth in the Lord. Last year, I took the walk with Christ and was baptized. I struggled with wearing a covering for a year now. I felt that it was something that I wanted to do but was not ready. About a month ago, I decided to try it. I had felt the push from the Lord and finally put my fears aside. I am so glad that I did. Not only do I feel much closer on a spiritual level, but I find myself striving to really be a better Christian and to live the way HE wants me to live. I wear a small, black lace covering. It is what I feel comfortable in. I thought I would try just wearing it around the house, but found that I was actually more comfortable wearing it in everyday life. It has also made me think more about my appearance. Bless you and thank you for the courage to stand up for what you believe in!

Bernice Copenhaver
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Your welcome to find me on Facebook JLR! I’d love to chat! And get to know you!

closetatheist
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uh, okay. Your suggestion that i make a public fool of myself by wandering around a place where i dont belong with doilies attached to my head has nothing to do with the point. You’re pretending that since this kind of behavior might get someone a few weird looks then that means it *must* be something God would be proud of. And thats ridiculous. Everyone’s patting people on the back while not even thinking this through: doilies on one’s hair fail to fullfill any biblical precept whatsoever, both the hair and the head are left uncovered. Its pointless.

Kay
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She’s getting attention (here, anyway) for practicing, within her own understanding, something that has been set aside by most of modern Christianity. Whether you agree with it or not, it isn’t an easy step to take.

This teaching (covering or not covering) has been considered by many an unnecessary topic. I believe any time the Word of God is brought forth for discussion, there are valuable aspects to ponder.

For some here, this is just a great venue to toss out ridicule. For many others, it stimulates further study and growth.

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