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Covering Testimony: Laura I.

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Name: Laura I.Age: 30Location: Vancouver, WAStarted Covering: February 2012

Covering Testimony: Laura I.

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

My husband and I grew up as home missionary/pastor’s kids. My father has a Deaf church (although there are no Deaf in my family) and I gleaned much from his Bible knowledge throughout the years. I became a Christian at age 6 and started praying and reading the Bible on my own as a teen. Everyone who knows me agrees I am fully a “Type B” personality. This means that I have a mild personality, tend to go with the flow, and am very much a follower. I must give all the credit to God for empowering me go against the norm on head coverings.

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

We attend Evergreen Bible Church. There are three worship services of 100 to 200 members attending each. I am a part of the Deaf ministry by interpreting for the sermon twice a month. When I interpret, I’m on stage in front of everyone and they all know me as the young lady who wears hats and interprets.

3) What led you to start covering?

In February of 2012, I came across a fascinating blog written by a married woman in her 40’s about why she had chosen as an adult to wear a veil to church. As I read her reasons, I was stunned to finally hear the other side of 1 Corinthians 11 for the first time. I’d only heard one story before: that the whole thing was just written for women in the first century for cultural reasons, and it has nothing to do with us today.

I sat down and really looked at the passage myself. I was convicted so much on that Saturday morning that the next day I wore hat to church. I figured I’d have time to do more research later. When I had the chance, I studied the culture and the original Greek, and I read as many commentaries as I could find. Those for head coverings used every verse in the passage to prove their point, while those against only used bits and pieces then ignored the rest. God proved faithful in providing these resources so I could live by His Word even more boldly.

It’s fascinating to me how many times I had read 1 Corinthians 11 and every time I always thought it really sounded like women are supposed to cover our heads when we pray in church. Yet everyone who discussed the passage acted so certain that it can’t possibly apply to us.

I started studying history of women wearing head coverings throughout church history. It made me frustrated that no one had ever pointed out to me the fact that Christian women have always covered their heads (not to mention Jewish women before Christianity). They knew what 1 Corinthians 11 taught, and they followed it. I started searching for images of women throughout the Dark Ages, Medieval Times, Renaissance, early America, and so on. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I used to think the only reason women wore veils, bonnets, and hats was to cover up their hair. After all, they didn’t have modern shampoos with which to wash. Rather, they were really honoring the Lord and men.

In my church of several hundred, I’m the only woman who covers. I now enjoy prayer at church and Bible study in a totally new way–under the authority which God has established and with an obedient heart that has lead to other wonderful changes in my life.

4) What’s it like being the only person in church who covers? Has there been any comments or conversations about your covering?

My most deep emotion is a sense of longing for every woman to wear coverings so they can experience joy from God in this area. I do end up feeling a little isolated, but I don’t notice it much anymore. It didn’t take too long to figure out that everyone seems to assume I wear hats and scarves for fashion’s sake. There have been plenty of comments on how cute my hats are (they’re really nothing fancy), but no one has ever asked why. I also wear hats to the small Bible study group we attend, and again, no questions. As much as I want to share, God has not brought up that opportunity yet. The only place where God has opened the door for conversation was with some individuals at a camp.

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

God is so incredibly faithful that if you obey him, He will bless you. It helps to remember you have the greatest Helper in the universe with you now. Christ gave His life for us, so giving up a little comfort in order to obey is a wonderful way to live for Him.

Also, since there’s no fashion advice in 1 Corinthians for what you must use to cover, you may consider wearing something that doesn’t stand out.

7) You changed your mind on head covering in just one day and then the next day you were practicing. With that in mind, what was the conversation with your husband like?

My sudden change of mind is related to an experience years ago. There was a passage of scripture that I had been told could not be taken literally for a number of reasons. Every time I read that passage, I always thought it sounded like God did want us to take it literally. When I finally discovered apologetics, I felt like Mary near the tomb when she realized that she wasn’t talking to a gardener, but Jesus to himself. I’m also reminded of Peter, James and John who dropped their fishing nets to follow Jesus. It’s like suddenly God opens your eyes.

The same sort of experience changed me with 1 Corinthians 11. I was told there was no way head coverings could possibly apply to us today. Once I learned why we must take it literally and its modern application, it felt much like before. As I studied further, I ended up feeling frustrated that no one had told me this interpretation. I was disappointed looking back on all those years without covering.

My middle-aged friend who had just recently decided to cover had sent several friends the email about head coverings. I was encouraged when she told me one of her friends showed up at church the next day with a hat on just as I did. I confess that a month later, I was beginning to waver and I skipped a week. I sat down and read 1 Corinthians 11 again, and I have stayed strong in my conviction since.

As for my husband’s reaction, his first response was concern that people would think he was an oppressive husband. I do understand how this could affect his reputation in ministry. He wants to make sure that if anyone knows I’m wearing a covering for the sake of 1 Corinthians 11, I was the first to have the conviction.

His second response was genuine respect that I had discovered this truth. He had never been taught women should wear head coverings.  After I explained what I had studied, he agreed with my findings and continues to support me. I do remind him that wearing a covering is partially to honor him.

8) You said that head covering has changed the way you worship at church in a “totally new way” and that it’s led to other “wonderful changes” in your life. Can you explain more fully what’s changed and why you feel that covering was the catalyst?

My prayer at church changed because now I am worshipping through prayer with an outward symbol and reminder of submission to God and to my husband. The devil makes it tempting not to submit to either, but when I wear the symbol of authority, I can’t help but remember and be humbled. This attitude of trusting and obeying to wear head coverings has grown my faith in other areas of my life where I needed to let go and trust.

Also, I started looking back historically at why the act of covering almost disappeared—because of the feminist movement. I studied the progression of women gaining independence and its damage to the Church, marriages, children, and for us as women. Covering has led me to dig deeper into God’s will for Christian woman and wives. For example, Proverbs 31 and studying the many examples of wives in the Bible show me how a godly wife should live each day.

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

I have accumulated quite a variety of coverings—mostly all are from Goodwill Outlet. In the winter, I wear crocheted hats, modern hats, and some styles from the 1950s. During the summer, I wear mostly small sun hats and scarves.

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

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

  • clarinetlaj

    very cool!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  • Bernice Copenhaver

    This is awesome! It’s great to see you trusting God in the way you did! God will bless you for your obedience!

  • Karen Gattis Smith

    wonderful interview, Praise God for you and your love for obeying God’s word….

  • Ellie Rae

    This was great.

    • lizbeth

      yes. I believe in head covering but yet if we cut/trim our hair isn’t that important too. I see many people do head covering and continue to practice the fleshly trend of layering and cropping there hair real short. that is totally confussing people. Moreover, Make up and jewelry..where does that stand according to your biblical knowledge??

      • Laura I.

        You can’t really tell from my photo, but yes, I have do have long hair for Biblical reasons. I even go a step further to always wear it pinned back or somehow hide its “glory” in public.

      • Kay

        I have struggled with this some. I have never worn much make-up, or jewelry, but I do now and then. As modesty, length of hair, etc., is a relative thing (what seems modest to one person is not to another). I believe it’s the spirit of intent. Look at your own purpose in how you present yourself. I don’t think there is a “rule” to go by here. Modesty in the NT generally refers to a presence of quietness, not seeking attention (in conduct or dress), but it isn’t about following a rule of dress, at least not in my understanding. You can wear a cape dress, covering, and no make-up or jewelry, and be belligerent, loud, prideful, etc., and it’s this hypocrisy that many hate about those who cover. I’ve seen it, I’ve felt pride for the same reasons, and we need to be careful. Lord be with you!

      • Sara June Thompson

        I don’t have a problem with makeup or jewelry, as long as it is not loud and call attention to itself. I wear a cross necklace and earrings, my wedding and engagement ring and a watch usually. And usually mascara, light blush and pink lip gloss, a little concealer. My hair is layered and several inches past my shoulders. Used to be longer but when you have to cover the grey you can’t grow it too long before it fries. I understand that some churches teach against cutting hear or wearing jewelry or makeup, and if that is what your church teaches it’s probably a good idea to follow it, but that is not the case in my church. Sometimes my pastor preaches in blue jeans, totally casual. (not that I like it, but that’s the way it is).

  • Amanda S.

    Wow! Thank you! It’s so good to finally feel like I’m not alone! As far as I know I am also the only one in my 3,000 + congregation who covers. I esp. liked the way you checked the commentaries and Greek, and Christian History. And how you obeyed overnight! That was very bold! It took me 17 years to come around! But my research findings were the same as yours. The fact that Christian covering ceased with the feminist movement really cemented the deal for me! 🙂 And I find I have so much more joy as well, friend!

    • Kay

      Hi Amanda,

      I am also impressed at the obedience without hesitation that many women seem to have. I really fought it. The historical context regarding the feminist movement was key for me too, as well as the man’s admonition to *not cover, and how that has been practiced over the centuries.

      • Amanda S.

        Hi, Kay, what do you mean about man’s admonition not to cover? Do you mean when the preachers started saying our hair is our covering?

        • Kay

          I was referring to the same passage in 1 Cor. Men are not to cover while praying or prophesying.

          • Sara June Thompson

            And that has stayed in our culture up to the last few years, even 10 years ago I saw men take their hats off upon entering church or if there was a prayer somewhere.

          • Kay

            I have not witnessed this being set aside myself (men removing hats) but I am not surprised by it.

  • Brenda

    http://www.joycelongcoverings.com
    Didn’t know if this is something that you would be interested in.

  • Smifette

    Been covering my head when I pray on my own for a few months now. Not sure I’m brave enough yet for anything else. ‘Feels’ right with God though and beginning to think about the fact that I talk to God throughout the day when I’m not alone and yet have my head uncovered. Not sure. All a bit new for me.

    • Keveda Voight

      It took me a long time to cover in public, but I was encouraged when I explained it to the young adult group I was with. I was afraid people would start arguing with me or look at me funny, but everyone was cool with it 🙂 I now attend a very young and very small church, I know some of them are Russian and grew up with women covering but now disagree with it, they are fine with me doing it and we are all open to discussing our different beliefs, (I wrap scarfs around my head, lol) Once I for got it in my car so I put someones jacket on my head! hahaha good times, G-d will reveal his will to people at the right time just remember to respect peoples view and to not argue, we are all on different levels and G-d will meet us where we are at <3

  • Sara June Thompson

    Good for you. I also have been feeling led in this direction the last few months and “took the plunge” the first of the year. I feel closer to God and more obedient when I do. I am still experimenting with the “what” but so far wearing actual hats seems to be working the best for me. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sara June Thompson

    Sad part it, as I am now observing in churches, I see more men with hats on in church than women. Along with the tradition of women covering in church dying out, the practice of men removing their hats in church as respect for God also seems to have died out. Sad.

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