Covering Testimony: Hannah Falanga
|Name: Hannah Falanga||Age: 24||Location: New Mexico, USA||Started Covering: 4 or 5 years ago|
1) Introduce yourself to our readers.
I am a homemaker. I feel the Lord has called me to be this, as an example of someone who can, Lord willing, live well in such a setting—not trapped, not unfulfilled, not even unsuccessful, but rather someone who is following the Lord’s extremely personal calling for her life. I am a young lady in search of the set-apart life, living in hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus, governed by my Lord Jesus, living my life for the Lord by being an artist, fiber artist (crocheting and knitting), cook and baker, writer and blogger.
2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it.
I go to church at my local Calvary Chapel. It is a Bible upholding, traditional marriage teaching, pro-life loving, God fearing church which I am blessed to be a part of. The teaching there is not only sound, but challenging and in-depth. I am currently the only lady (or nearly the only—the other woman may be in another service) to wear a headcovering.
3) What led you to start covering?
Before I started to cover, I had seen some ladies wear a headcovering, but I had always assumed it was one of those things that was either too old-fashioned for the present day or perhaps only for married women. Though it is vain, I also never liked the styles that I normally saw. But after a while, I began to wonder what it was all about, and I asked my mom (who normally does not cover, but is very interested in the whole concept) what she could tell me. She helped me to understand it and encouraged me to research it for myself, and so I did. As far as the passage is concerned, and going back the original Greek, I find it to be a fairly straightforward concept. I am to cover while praying or prophesying, in respect for the order which God has created us, Man, Woman, and Child—no one of these being of greater or lesser value, but all equal in the sight of God. As far as I can tell, it’s not for married women only—I am not married—but is rather for just women in general. To be honest, it’s very exciting to get back to what God wanted for us to do, as a witness to the world that we are a set-apart people.
4) What was that first Sunday like when you showed up in a covering?
I can’t exactly remember the first Sunday. I think it was pretty normal—I was the only awkward one. But the Lord got me through the awkward stuff!
5) What would you say is the best and the most difficult aspect about head covering?
What’s kind of hard for me is that I all too often wear the headcovering out of habit, like it was just another bit of clothing. After a few years, it’s easy to ignore or forget the whole set apart thing. I haven’t had any problems with people finding my headcovering strange or bad or anything. My problem is forgetting why I’m doing it. If I am following Colossians 3:23 in my life, then that is the best part of headcovering. Doing everything for God rather than for Man—that really is the best part!
6) What kind of covering(s) do you use? Where did you get them?
I started off with the tichel style, but now I also wear my scarves as headbands and I wear hats too. The scarves I mostly get from Walmart, although I would really love to get some from the Tznius site and others tichel sites, and I crochet my own hats.