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Covering Testimony: Stephanie Wiseley

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Name: Stephanie WiseleyAge: 38Location: Illinois, USAStarted Covering: Feb 2014 (2nd time)

Covering Testimony: Stephanie Wiseley

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

I am 38 yrs old and married to my high school sweetheart. We have been married 17+ years and have a 16 yr old son. I love nature, simple living, gardening, canning, walking nature trails, sewing, baking, sitting on the porch listening to the wildlife here in the country, and even target shooting with my husband.

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

I attend a church called New Beginnings Church of God. It is a church of over 900 people. We have been going there for 13 yrs now. It is a pretty laid back church dress wise. People can wear jeans and shorts, etc. It is mission oriented. I have been on several mission trips with my favorite being to Venezuela.

3) What led you to start covering?

I am a covering Christian that does not come from an Anabaptist background. I was convicted to cover full-time about 6 yrs ago after discovering and wrestling with 1 Corinthians 11 and did for a year or so. At first I thought our hair was the covering and wrestled back and forth on it until I realized that didn’t make sense. If the hair was the covering, then all men who prayed should be bald. During that time I made my covering and cape dress and visited a Mennonite friend’s church. I did not attend her church permanently, but continued in my home church (church of God). I was the only one who covered there. It was a very hard time. Lots of people talked about me behind my back, etc. I gave up the covering and cape dresses. My pastor told me it was just a cultural thing.

Fast forward to this year. I am in a heart change stage where I am becoming more aware of my sin (pride, fear, control, disrespect of husband) and I am in a deep process of change. I am learning again about submissiveness, respect, kindness, trust, etc. I stopped wearing jeans and sweaters and returned to skirts only (so freeing). I was drawn again to 1 Cor 11 and felt inclined to study it again. I researched several articles on the internet (including the ones from The Headcovering Movement), concordances, and topical studies. In my studies, the scales were dropped and I was able to see that it is in fact NOT a cultural thing and is timeless. So after discussion with my husband, I have returned to covering during prayer. He doesn’t want me to cover full-time, so I just cover when I pray. It is a joy to do and not feel legalistic about it or that God won’t hear my prayers if I lay in bed and pray at night uncovered.

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

I am again the only one in our church of over 900 that covers. I was quite anxious to start covering again at the same church where everyone talked about me, but God has given me the courage to lay aside my fear of man. This past Sunday was my first Sunday back at church covering and during our prayer time, the pastor had the light turned off. 🙂 It tickled me that it seemed like God allowed me to ease back in to covering without anyone really seeing me do it. I was able to have one Sunday to get used to covering again before all the chatter begins. 🙂

5) You recently wrote a post called “Courage to Cover“. What counsel can you give to women who are lacking courage to take this step of faith?

You may very well be afraid and anxious at first thinking about what others may say or think. That’s normal. But, I encourage you to picture the whole congregation invisible and picture just you, God, and the angels there while you worship. Try not to think about what the people behind you are thinking, but only what God is thinking about your obedience to Him. Don’t let fear of man overcome you. Have courage! He gives us not a spirit of fear…:)

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

I use a mantilla style covering as that is what I prefer and feel represents the translated word “covering” best. It is very comfortable, feminine, and soft. I got it from http://veilsandmantillas.com.

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

Comments

Sara June Thompson
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God bless you for having the courage to start covering again. That must have been very hard when in the past people talked negatively about you obeying God’s Word in this. I love your mantilla. I love the picture of not thinking of people but of just you, God and the angels in your worship.

Mary Silverberg
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Some say you cannot replace the
words cover and covering with hair and have the passage make sense, because it
would follow that men would have to be bald, but if the passage is teaching that the
covering is long hair (v. 15), and if you replace the words cover and covering
with long hair (or long-haired for the verb) it makes perfect sense.

Michael Jammer Pond
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If you say its long hair then it doesnt make since either because to put on long hair only when praying or prophesying???
So you would cover with your long hair while praying then take it off after youre done praying ….you see it doesnt make sence. …also the greek/hebrew words used used for covering with a vail type or a hair type covering as writtened in 1st cor. Are two different word and meanings….so it is to be an actual clothing/cloth type veil .

Mary Silverberg
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Why would you ever take the head covering off? You are making an assumption. It does make sense when you understand we are to pray always (in our beds, in the shower, everywhere) and always be prepared to give an account of the hope that lies within us. As to your second objection, Yes, there is indeed a difference in the Greek between cover and covering. One is a verb, meaning: to cover, and the other is a noun, meaning: a covering. I myself have questioned, Why are there two different root words used for cover and covering? Why not use the same Greek root word? Maybe there is a difference that I’m not seeing. I began to wonder if I could find another example of two words in the English Bible with the same root word in English, but two different parts of speech that basically held the same meaning, but that translated from two completely different words in the Greek. In the space of 20 minutes I found three. One is 1 Cor. 15:47. “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.” In this verse earth (a noun) and earthy (an adjective) come from two different words in the Greek, yet in the English they have the same root word, and the same meaning, just used as different parts of speech. So, I do not believe your second objection is valid. Let’s look to the Scripture for another example of a head covering. Isaiah 6:2 “Above it (the throne of God) stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.” Okay, they use two wings to fly. Two wings to cover their faces … God is holy, holy, holy, and they must cover their faces. Why two wings to cover their feet? In R.C. Sproul’s “The Holiness of God” tape series he gives one possible explanation. The angels’ feet represent their creature-ly-ness. When I heard this, it clicked. Of course, angels would not cover their physical head, because just like man, Christ is their figurative head. Angels do not reproduce like mankind. They do not have a female counterpart made in their image, that if they were to cover, would cover all angel-kind. By covering their feet, their creature-ly-ness or angel-ness is covered, and only Christ is seen. Angels are hid, Christ is seen. Please note the seraphims have wings (a natural covering), not socks or shoes or a cloth veil for their feet. I’ll close with two questions for you. Was the headship of Christ (Christ over mankind and the man over the woman) in place and the visible symbol of the head covering in place at the creation of man? Remember, Adam & Eve were both naked in the garden before they sinned. If not, when was the extra cloth covering that you speak of established as a command? I do not believe it can be immediately after the fall, because God made Adam and Eve coats of animal skins. There is not extra head covering at this point. So, when did it (an extra cloth covering) begin and why? I contend the head covering was established at creation and it is a culturally transcending ordinance.

Sara June Thompson
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You mentioned covering for prayer. I assume that mean you cover every time you pray. Does that include private prayer, prayer with your dh, a prayer meeting with others? I tried covering every time I prayed for a while, even with fabric headbands, but haven’t really felt a conviction on that. Sometimes I do cover for “out of church” prayer, often I don’t. Do you always carry with your mantilla on you in case you need it? One thing I have felt convicted about is wearing a hat each time I leave my house, so I do always have something with me.

Avdra
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The answer for #5 is the answer to so many more questions than just that one. I will copy and paste that to look at from time to time just so you know.

I am new to head covering. So new in fact that I don’t do it……yet. The thought and desire didn’t come about until late September 2015. There was a death in my family, and I had an urge to cover my head. I don’t know why, but the day after as I was getting ready for work, I felt incomplete and not fully dressed, almost like I still had my house shoes on instead of my work shoes. I knew exactly what I wanted and as I thought for a moment about what I could use I remembered something I have had for over 15 years. I went straight to it, worked on my hair and attached the covering the best I could. I immediately felt comforted. And when a few people from work and church asked me why, all I knew to say was it was a symbol of God’s comfort over me, a reminder He is here covering me. I wore it for a week and have been searching for reasons to wear it now.

I know this post is a couple of years old, but I was hoping to find if people talk, if it’s negative, what they might be saying, and how to overcome it. I also attend a pretty laid back COG church with a variety of people, about half the size of the one mentioned, and I’m one of the very few who doesn’t eat pork, shellfish, ect, and it gets tiresome explaining that we don’t eat those things, that we only want a chilli dog at the hot dog lunch or that we brought our own hotdogs to eat. I also don’t celebrate Halloween, Santa, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, ect. That’s also difficult to fight with to explain to people every year for the past 14 years. People want to know if we are Muslim, Jehova witness, or just ask what religion we are. I don’t want to say I don’t mind it, bc to a point obviously I do or I wouldn’t be writing this book in the comment section, but it’s not going to change, I’m not going to all of a sudden give my 14 yo and my soon to be 10 yo presents from Santa this Christmas. I have thought about it for split seconds in the past though, tbh.

I guess basicly I’m just wanting to be sure I’m not adding something else to our little world that makes us different, that makes us “weird”, that makes us have to explain ourselves, our religious beliefs, and why it’s okay that the Easter bunny just doesn’t come to our house, but that the kids still got some awesome candy and Bibles in their baskets this year.

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