Shalom Aleichem! These were the words of our risen Messiah when He entered the room ~ Peace Be Unto You!
My name is Hannah and I am the eldest daughter of Tom and Annie Washburn. I am twenty-five and have six younger siblings; two brothers and four sisters. I feel very blessed to have what would be considered “so many” siblings and I am thankful to my parents for their efforts to raise us in righteousness.
We currently live in rural Tennessee. I am a homeschool graduate … my siblings and I have been homeschooled from the beginning. Some of my interests include the Scriptures, reading, writing, history, geography, photography, web design, housekeeping, praise music, praise dancing, sewing, cooking and much more!!
I help to run Happy Hill Pups, which is our family’s dog-breeding business. We raise four different breeds of puppies and I love being a part of that. I have had the privilege of starting a small home businesses, Hannah’s Headcoverings, where we sell scarves and Israeli tichels, as well as being a consultant for Lilla Rose Flexi Clips and Young Living essential oils. You can find me blogging regularly on Radical Femininity.
We believe in YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Creator of heaven and earth. We believe that He sent His only begotten Son, Yeshua (Jesus), to earth 2,000 years ago to live a perfect life, die a sacrificial death, to be raised from the dead after 3 days, and He now has ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of His Father. We believe that it is only through repentance and faith in Him that we have the gift of eternal life.
Our family believes in walking in obedience to our Heavenly Fathers instructions/commandments; those found in the Tanach (Old Covenant), as well as the Brit Chadasha (New Covenant). We observe the Biblical feasts spoken of in Leviticus 23, the dietary laws of Leviticus 11 and the seventh-day Sabbath. We also prefer to use the Hebrew Names – YHWH and Yeshua. We do not believe it is a sin to use God, LORD and Jesus, but have made the family decision to use the Hebrew Names.
Romans 11:17-24 and Ephesians 2:11-13, among other passages, speak of those who were gentiles and have now become born again. These new creations have been grafted into the olive tree of Israel and are instructed to no longer live as gentiles. Jeremiah 31:31-34 defines what the New Covenant is; one of the main points being that our Heavenly Father does not do away with His commandments, but He writes them on our hearts. This is reiterated in the 8th chapter of Hebrews. Because of these Scriptures, we came to the understanding that through our belief in the Messiah and acceptance of His sacrifice for our sins, we are part of Israel and should be following the Almighty’s commands/instructions/teachings to Israel.
With our minds being transformed (and our hearts being changed), “keeping the law” is no longer a burden, but a joy and delight. It is not that we have to do this in order to gain salvation (there is nothing we can do except to receive His gift) but it is something that we do because our loving Heavenly Father has provided salvation to us. Simply put, we have found that it is how children should walk in obedience to their Father. Because He first loved us, it is the way that we show that we love Him. As my father has said, “It is no longer a mindset of that I HAVE TO … but that I GET TO”.
Disclaimer: the doctrinal beliefs and convictions of our family do not necessarily reflect the views of the magazine authors and readers. The magazine audience comes from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds and we choose to not let doctrinal differences divide us, but rather to unite in encouraging each other in love.
Serving YHWH, hearing His voice and being sure that we are in His will … these are the only things that matter in this life. That is our desire as a family and we encourage others to press toward that goal as well.