Everyone needs to meet my favorite human being, Hannah Solem -- this is one of the most genuinely loving and fiercely passionate lovers of God that I have encountered. Her presence simply refreshes my soul and her kindness is more life-giving than there are words to express. I think very to highly of this dear friend, and think she deserves to be acknowledged as a rare treasure in my life and celebrated, just because!
Hannah and I met on a beautiful adventure we took to Israel, God's holy land! We both stumbled across a seemingly too-good-to-be-true opportunity to go on an adventure through the Holy Land alongside 49 other Christian college students from across the nation...for only $500!!! I was skeptical it was a scam, but took the step of faith in applying, and whattttyaa know, I got to travel through the Holy Land and met my best friend along the way!
(If you are a Christian college-aged young person with a passion in your heart to travel through the holy land affordably and SOON, be bold and apply now: http://www.covenantjourney.org -- your life will never be the same)
The Lord sure knew what He was doing when he placed Hannah, Victoria and I as roomies on this trip.. as we traveled across this breathe-taking and historically rich land of God's people, we stayed up late connecting, laughing, praying for each other and praising our King together. The conversations we had and fellowship we shared marked my heart and gave me hope where hopelessness was creeping in.
So you guys, Hannah is unlike anyone you've met..her humility yet unshakable confidence in the Lord builds up the most broken of people. Being around her, you would never imagine the painful obstacles she's overcome, as her joy in contagious, but it's clear that someone so filled with love and strength is only a product or great, overcoming faith. There are so many reasons to celebrate Hannah as a friend, and my prayer is that everyone gets to have a friend like Hannah at least once in their lives.
If you know me at all, you know my journey hasn't been the easiest..and because of that I have had to run to the Lord with a ton of pain and brokenness. Ever since I gave my life to my Jesus, I've felt this pressure to hide all my deep wounds and just show the world a very put-together, strong Helen .. Rarely did I come across a friend that could handle the sin and deep wounds hidden in my heart, but praise the Lord for sending me this treasured friendship! While I was desperately trying to show everyone on my Israel trip how put-together and strong I was, Hannah gave me a safe place to get real, and she loved through all the mess of it. The healing and breakthrough that took place for me in this past season began with her listening ear and accepting heart. I know I am one of so many that have been impacted by the boundless love that flows from this woman's heart -- I will be the first to buy the many books she writes and to support the ministry God calls her to!
I can rave all day about how incredible this woman is -- I pray God sends you a life-giving friendship and kindred spirit as He has sent me Hannns! 💛🌾