Thank you for the wide variety of head veiling styles. I look forward to
receiving my order.
My story of being led to the conviciton of head coverings begins at the
Feast of Tabernacles (Sucoth) in 1997. I met a lady that put a covering on
when she spoke in front of the assembly (a comment only). I know others
who wore covering, but she impressed me as I got to know her with her
eagerness to study the Word and obey. I had grown up being taught that 1
Corintians 11 only referred to length of hair. Looking back, verses, 1-13
were never explained . . . the minister always jumped to verses 14 and 15.
After the feast and during the following year, I read 1 Corinthians 11
MANY times but without understanding. A few weeks before the feast of
tabernacles 1998 I read it again and this time, I was given understanding.
I studied it for about a week and was convicted that it was the right
thing to do. I also studied Old Testament references. My husband had asked
if my face neede to be veiled also, and we determined "no"
because Tamar was thought to be a harlot because her face was covered
(Genesis 38:11-15). We also decided that the covering should be more than
a ribbon or a small cap but covering most of the hair as nature itself was
teaching (1 Corinthians 11:14-15). I did have concerns about how my
extended family would receive it as my father had strongly objected to my
sister when she asked what he thought about veilings. I also prayed that I
not be self conscious about wearing a covering. The Sabbath (Shabat)
before the Feast of Tabernacles I wore a covering for the first time.
Later in the day when we were home, I took it off. When my two year old
son woke up from his nap the first words out of his mouth were,
"Mommy, put your headcovering back on." I immediately did and
have worn it during the day at home and in public since. I feel that Ha
Shem (God the Father) was telling me through my son that I needed to
continue in the direction I had started in.
My concerns about family have basically come to nought although I know
they can't understand why I do it. My sister is now also wearing a veiling
and looking VERY BEAUTIFUL. I have found that most people I know give it a
second look and then ignore it. A few have asked questions .. . Maybe a
year later they will understand also. :)
Keely A. Salisbury
My Reasons for Covering
Welcome! You had asked for our understandings of the covering...why we
cover. Another sister ... had asked me that by private email, and so I
have copied and pasted my response to her here to answer your request
also. I hope that it comes out how I mean it...I judge NO ONE. This is MY
walk with the Lord, and I mean no judgement WHATSOEVER by my posting, 'k
all? I love you all SO MUCH! This is just *my* take on 1 Cor 11.
I wear a covering because I cannot for the life of me find a way to
interpret 1 Cor 11 as meaning anything BUT a piece of cloth OVER the hair
(believe me, I TRIED! *wink*), and I believe that the Bible is true, and I
want to obey.
Now, all that said, here are some of my "takes" on 1 Cor 11. For
me, at this point in my walk with Christ (meaning I realize this could
change if He were to open my eyes to something I'm missing here), the
*most* important part of the covering is the symbolism of it. We are to
cover when we prophesy and pray, according to 1 Cor, but the women of
Bible times covered all the time. When Paul wrote that it would be wrong
for a woman to pray and prophesy uncovered, I don't think he was insuating
that a woman could be uncovered at other times...*I* think that he was
making a comment
on the covering as a whole, all the time, as was the custom of that day,
and he was using prophecy and prayer as the ultimate no-no if she was
uncovered. Again, *my* understanding...no judgement here toward others at
all. It would be kinda like a pastor from a very conservative
church--those who preach dresses all the time, for instance--speaking on
the subject of women in his church wearing shorts and a halter top on a
regular basis (the uncovered head of a woman in Bible times was
shameful--shocking, even), saying "Is it right for a woman to pray
and speak of God in this attire??!" I think Paul is saying how can a
woman of God go without a covering??
Also, the fact that it is later in the chapter that he addresses the
gathering of the saints...I just absolutely understand Paul's instruction
regarding the headcovering as for all the time. Like I say, that doesn't
mean that I look at others who don't and gasp in disbelief and
dismay...that is THIER walk, this is mine. I have great big logs in my
eyes...I don't attempt to remove splinters from anyone else's.
As for the symbolism behind the headcovering, this is the part that my
heart emphasizes to me. Not just that I'm covered when I pray, but that I
am under my husband's headship all the time...I do not wear a covering to
bed, and in fact, I often take it off and let down my hair for the late
evening hours here at home. I do this because my husband does not have the
same understanding that I do on the issue, and it is my hope that this
blesses him some.
At one point I took off my covering altogether for nine days. I thought,
if this is a symbol of my submission to my husband and he doesn't even
think I need to wear it, what am I doing with it on?? But I was absolutely
miserable. My husband had given me permission to wear it, but I knew in my
heart it was not his choice. I was confused and uncomfortable and just not
at peace at all. As I prayed on that tenth day, I heard the Lord say to
me, "We've already covered the head covering...let's move on to other
things." He was saying, "Look, you've gotten Chris's permission,
he's come to the point where he really doesn't even notice it anymore, now
let this go, because I have some other issues we need to deal with in your
life!" I put a covering on that morning and have ever since.
I became convicted of the covering a couple of years ago. Since Chris did
not agree, I let it go. I eventually began wearing one just during my own
quiet times (with his permission). Finally, I presented to him my
"evidence" (Bible verses, teaching, a personal revelation that
the Lord had given me from Genesis --when Rebekah veiled her head because
she was about to meet the man she was submitting to...and she wasn't in
Church at the time or even praying!), and he grudgingly gave his
I have to say, OF COURSE it would be easier if my husband agreed. It would
LOTS easier if we went to a church that believed and taught this way too.
But the Lord has, for whatever reason (it's not really any of my business
why...after all, He's GOD, ya know?), directed me to move in areas of
obedience that the people I love and fellowship with, both family and
friends, do not have the same understanding of. Doesn't mean their wrong
and I'm right, (I am aren't I? *just kidding*), but that here I am in my
walk, and there they are in theirs. I know for a fact that my pastor
spends a LOT more time in the Word and prayer than I do. He's got a great
walk with the Lord, and he doesn't have his family follow the principles I
follow. I cannot look to man...we are told that to compare ourselves among
ourselves is foolishness. We can ONLY use the standard of the Word as our
guide, and allow the HolySpirit to lead us accordingly.
For now, as of November 12, 1999, (who knows what new thing He may show me
tomorrow on this) the Lord is leading Bethann Mathews to cover during
daytime hours, to wear a covering that does not look like I took it off
the end table and popped it on my head (husband's one request), and to
just live this out quietly in front of my family and friends. And it
BETTER make a difference...that is, I BETTER be a better person, wife,
mother, servant because of it, 'cause if I'm not, I have no testimony, and
this in vain...I hope it makes sense....so I hope it is cohesive enough to
make sense. . . .You know, ... I really needed this question this morning.
It has served to help me examine the reason myself, and to solidify that,
hey, I DID hear from God on this one...it WASN'T the voice of the devil
like some have said in the past to me (past pastors)...and I need to just
sweetly obey my Daddy. God said so, that needs to be enough for me.
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