Wow, It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 2 months since I first wrote about what I’ve learned about the practice of Christian head covering for women and had felt convicted to do so myself. As I’d left off my original post about it a little unsure on what it meant for me, I thought I would write an update.
First, let me start off by saying that head covering isn’t a salvation issue. We’re saved by Christ’s blood, not by anything we do. I don’t even think that not wearing a covering, in general, is a sin.
However, disobedience to God is a sin. If someone feels that God is specifically asking them to do something, such as wear a covering, and they don’t, that would be sinful.
I decided to wear a covering most of the time. I’ve basically been wearing one all day, every day, unless I just forgot to put one on. I know that the Scripture says it is to be worn when in prayer or prophesy and when studying it I gathered that it is also talking about corporate prayer, but there is also the verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, that says to pray without ceasing. While I don’t believe that I need to wear a covering in order for God to hear or acknowledge my prayers I thought that having a physical reminder on my head might remind me to pray more often. There used to be a time when I would pray almost continuously throughout the day, whenever something came to mind. It’s been a long time since my prayer life has been that natural and frequent and I am trying to get back into the habit of just talking to God throughout the day more.
Also, I’m lazy. It’s just easier to put a covering on in the morning and have it on, instead of putting one on, taking it off, putting it on, taking it off.
I’ve also noticed that in general, I’m more aware and careful about my actions and words during the day when I’m wearing a covering. There are definitely times when I don’t act properly. I get grouchy, I lose my patience, I complain. But having the covering on is helping. Like a friend worded it, I don’t feel that wearing a covering makes me a better Christian but it helps me to be a better Christian (and mom and wife.)
Again, this is talking about myself. I’m not trying to say that you would be a better Christian if you wore a head covering. That’s between you and God.
I have been nervous about being questioned about it. so far really, no one has mentioned anything. I’ve been wearing mostly wide/extendable headbands that I’ve made using this pattern from Etsy (she also sells the pattern for adult size only, if you don’t want the child sized pattern as well.)
I like that they are cheap and easy to make and that they can be worn different ways (folded up as more of a headband, or pulled out as a wider head covering.) I’ve made my daughter one but she hasn’t been too interested in wearing it. I’m ok with that. Like I said, it’s a personal choice. If she decides to wear a head cover when she’s older, that will be her choice. I want it to be personal for her, not something that she does because someone else told her to.
I’m sure that I’m forgetting some other things that I wanted to say so I expect there will be another post on the topic in the future.
Do you, or have you ever, worn a head covering? Please share your thoughts and experiences; I’d love to hear about it.