Funny how we’ll jump head first (no pun intended) into anything that this world suggests but when it comes to this bible we claim to believe, every little thing is questioned. Now even though I am not here to debate head coverings because the scriptures are very clear on whether or not Christian women should cover their heads..
“But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.” (1 Corinthians 11:16)
I just want to encourage my sisters who want to grow in the Lord to learn how to submit to something other than their feelings. Because the truth is, only a woman who is ignorant or carnal (and vain!) would have a problem covering her head in public when its time to pray because we sure don’t have a problem tying our hair up in scarves to make fashion statements!
See I started covering my head a couple years ago but to be honest, it was mainly because I had cut all of my damaged hair off. I thought that my intentions were pure but as my hair grew, my confidence did too and my true motives were exposed.
Now even though my head covering journey started off completely in vain, I have grown from covering my head in so many ways. First of all, it is humbling. Like I said, wearing a head covering quickly exposed the pride and vanity in my heart. And even though a woman choosing to shave her head (to feel empowered or liberated) is shameful I believe that God allowed it to bring me low. It forced me to deal with my insecurities and now I am starting to embrace myself without validation from other people.
Wearing a head covering has also been a blessing to my marriage.
Through it the holy Spirit has taught me so much about submission and my position as a woman. Not only have I become passionate about honoring men and their GOD GIVEN authority over women, but I have learned how to “help” instead of hindering them with my physical appearance. I am softer (as in gentle) and quieter than I’ve ever been before and even though meekness is generally frowned upon, it is admirable to God.
“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
(1 Peter 3:1-4)
Now as far as spiritual warfare goes, I’ve noticed that night terrors and all manner of demonic dreams have ceased. So I began to cover my head more often than necessary. Many of us have chosen to cover our heads “full time” but you don’t have to. The bible specifically says when we come together to pray and prophesy. If you wear a headcovering, I would love to hear about your journey. It’s a beautiful thing when it’s done in the right spirit.