But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine."
~ Isaiah 43:1 ~
Isaiah 43 is a very beautiful and powerful chapter in scripture. Full of love, hope, reassurance, and the promise that we are called by our name from the Creator of the world. It promises that God will be with us through the difficult times. It tells us not to fear even if we face the rising waters, the fire, or the storm. God has called each of us for a purpose and even in the hard times, He will be there to walk with us through it.
Hannah Johnson has been called to her purpose as a Christian music artist, Messianic worship leader, and singer-songwriter.
From an early age, Hannah chose to become a servant of God. Not knowing what direction that would take her life, she knew in her heart she wanted to follow and serve Him.
Growing up on her family’s cattle ranch at the end of a long dirt road, in a small southwestern Colorado town, Hannah found music at the age of nine when her mom signed her and her siblings up for music lessons at a local music store. Soon the whole family was involved and they were a touring family bluegrass gospel band, complete with a bus and a hound dog. A couple years later, Hannah’s family started a small Messianic congregation in her hometown and the family began the new adventure of working and serving in the ministry. From cleaning the toilets, to working with the children, to creating a dance team, to set up and tear down, to serving food, to leading worship music, the family led the congregation in worship, studies, and serving. Hannah learned that serving in the ministry doesn’t mean you get to choose what you want to do, you just get in and do it.
Worship music all started with one song. Hannah remembers the first time they played music as a “praise team” it was her on guitar, with her sister and some friends singing, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, by Paul Baloche. Soon, the praise team included all five siblings and a few more friends. Time changed things, the ministry grew, and members came and went, but the siblings went on to record an all original Christian album, “Heart of Fire”. As time went on, Hannah continued to play on the praise team and work in the ministry, graduated college with honors, and designed her own violin school. But after the loss of a loved one, and a series of broken relationships, she began to struggle with depression and anxiety. During this time, Hannah was able to visit the Holy Land three times; each time she went through a deeper transformation of healing. And on the last time, she connected with her future husband. Hannah began to realize that she wasn’t completely surrendering her life to God, she was fighting for control. She realized that she needed to look inward and let go; trusting God in everything, the good and the bad.
God doesn’t promise us that everything will always be easy, but He does promise us, as in Isaiah 43, that He will walk with us through the storms. Each one of us has faced difficult times, but with Messiah, we have been granted healing from our past, so we can let go and fully receive what God has in store for our future. God has called us to live a victorious life.
The message in Hannah’s music is to promote God's unfailing love by writing worship music completely inspired by scripture. She brings unique sounds, including folk, gospel, and Hebrew, all of which incorporate her heritage and story into her music. It is her hope that it will promote love and compassion in our world, and bring us all closer to God
God is Our Hope
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and to not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."