Hi everyone. I am pleased to introduce Hanha Hobson. This interview truly blessed me and I can't wait for y'all to read it. Be sure to check Hanha out over at her blog and connect with her on social--links are at the end of the interview.
1. Introduction (short 2-3 sentence bio--give snapshot of what your blog/social media page is about)
Hi, my name is Hanha and I am the founder and writer behind Transparency Blog, a faith-based blog helping hundreds of women grow in their faith and uncover their identity in Christ. By sharing real stories and reminding them that they are not alone, I am passionate about encouraging and loving people through written works and events. A few fun facts? I’m addicted to Grey’s Anatomy, I have a special place in my heart for Chickfila, and I love connecting with friends on Instagram. Come say hi!
2. What is the one Bible scripture you live by? Why?
My favorite Bible verse hands down is 2 Corinthians 12:9, "But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
I love this verse because it reminds me that God’s grace is everything I need. I don’t have to have it all together. I don’t have to be perfect. In fact, God encourages the opposite! When I decide to delight in my suffering, God’s strength is made perfect. I can completely depend on Him and He will take care of everything.
3. What is your testimony?
My first year of college was probably one of the hardest years of my life. It was the first time I felt like I didn’t have a community, and everything I found identity in was taken away. I had never felt so alone, and I questioned absolutely everything about my faith.
There was a moment when I remember being on the phone with my mom confused about who I was as a person. But she encouraged me to read the Bible with her from the start of Genesis to the end of Revelation. We emailed scripture back and forth and wherever one stopped, the other would pick up until we had finished the entire Bible.
Growing up in the church, I always knew the Bible stories, but rereading about Moses and the children of Israel was the perfect illustration and parallel to my life at the time. Before truly walking with God, I was broken, insecure, lost, empty, confused, and prideful. I was just like the children of Israel who were trapped in bondage under Pharaoh’s rule. But instead of a king, I was trapped by worldly chains like the opinions of others, idols of success, and the desire to be perfect.
That’s actually how I found God or should I say He found me? It’s almost as if He showed up and poured out His grace, love, and mercy all over me. I was overwhelmed by His faithfulness and how He chose to love me in spite of my brokenness. He pursued me when I didn’t want to be pursued, and accepted me when I couldn’t even accept myself.
So in October of 2012, I made the decision to rededicate my life to Christ and fully surrender myself to Him. I remember standing in church one Sunday morning sobbing because I finally felt whole and loved. It was my first step towards a relationship with Christ, and since then, I have been determined to live solely for Him. I’ve never looked back since.
4. What does your quiet time with God look like? (bible/bible app resources used, time of day, etc.)
My quiet time with God varies. But generally, I like to spend time in the morning reading a short devotional or studying the Bible to set the tone for my day. And in the evenings, I like to spend time in deep prayer or journaling.
When it comes to studying the Bible, I love using a life application study Bible or reading commentary to help me better understand what’s going on in the text. Apps like Blue Study Bible is a helpful tool for this! When it comes to reading devotionals, I’m currently loving Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, but apps like Youversion have great options as well.
My method of studying the Bible involves the SOAP method - scripture, observation, application and prayer. I’ll usually read a passage of scripture and think about a particular verse that stands out to me. Then I’ll take note of what the verse is saying, decide how I can apply it to my daily life, and then pray and ask God to help me with that.
I have a couple of posts that can help you if you’re looking for ways to grow in your study time too:
5. Why have you chosen to use your social media platform to talk about your faith journey?
I chose social media to talk about my faith journey because it was the easiest place to start! As I continued growing in my relationship with Christ, I had this overwhelming urge to just tell everyone about Jesus. I would meet God in my prayer time, and without fail, I would come out literally wanting to shout from the rooftops. I wanted the WHOLE. WIDE. WORLD. to know how good God was, and I remember telling God, “I just want everyone to know you.”
I believe one encounter with God can change someone’s whole life. And I wanted to create a space where people could have that. Whenever someone comes across anything Transparency Blog related whether it be an email, a blog post, or these mini-blog Instagram captions ... I pray that they will feel like they met Jesus, that they will feel just how loved they ACTUALLY are, and get a small glimpse of why I’m so freaking crazy about the Man who saved me from my own self.
6. Any tips/advice for new believers or believers who seemed to have lost their way?
My advice for anyone who is a new believer or has seemed to have lost their way is to first plug yourself into a good church, and then find some ways to spend consistent and quality time with God! Those two things will literally help you grow in your faith.
A good church will provide you with an encouraging and supportive community that can also provide accountability in living a godly life. And spending time with God consistently will just help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ. That in and of itself will just blow you away. You will begin to be so amazed by God’s love and grace that you’ll wonder how you lived your life without Him!
7. Are there any special projects that you are currently working on that you would like people to know about?
Yes, 2 things!
I’m publishing two devotional books that are scheduled to release this fall so that’s super exciting. The first one is called Jesus is Bae, which helps people learn what it means to be in a relationship with Christ and the second one is called #TheConfessionsProject which is a devotional book filled with 52 God-given promises that believers can declare over their life!
And lastly, I’m planning another T-Time event with a friend called Truth or Dare Raleigh, and that’s scheduled for Friday, September 21! Everyone should stay tuned for that. It’s going to be SO fun!
8. Where can people get in touch with you? (social media handles and blog/website)
People can find me blogging over at www.cleartranspareny.com or if they want to connect more, I’m always hanging on Instagram at @transparencyblog or Facebook at Transparency Blog. Or you can email me at email@example.com
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Love, Light, & Peace to you,