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Ep. 64 // Part 1: Open Up Your Heart to Hospitality with Hannah Taylor! The Backstory and BTS

When I say the word HOSPITALITY

or when someone asks if you would host an event

or there’s the need or expectation to have someone over for dinner

or someone spontaneously wants to stop by….

how does that make you feel?

I’m not sure how these situations may trigger you, but I can say that in the past I have been very BURNT OUT on hospitality when it comes to others visiting or staying with me or even hosting dinners. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Today’s conversion MATTERS because your HOME matters.

The culture you create matters and the lives you touch IN and THROUGH your home MATTER. There is a bigger vision than the “world” you are consumed with (meaning all the things that make up your personal life and take up your calendar)

I get it - more than you know- the challenge with finding the capacity to invite others into your life when you already feel FULL to the brim.

HOWEVER, this past year has been a huge change for me as I’ve opened up my heart to gathering with others FACE to FACE on a weekly and intentional basis.

I’ve not only been learning the VALUE and BLESSING of hospitality, but things went to a whole new level when I ended up having an unexpected guest live with me for the past 2 months.

Romans 12:13 "When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality."

Well, I had that house guest, my sweet friend Hannah, on the podcast with me this week to talk about how this came about; what this experience has been like, and what we’ve been learning when it comes to hospitality.

If you desire greater influence and impact and to really be the change you wish to see in the world from a Biblical perspective…open up your heart to this conversation today and see what the Lord may want to speak to you.

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Full Episode Transcription:

Welcome back to The Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast, where we get encouraged and empowered as we pursue our greatest potential within the walls of our home. Hey Mama, my name is Michelle Hiatt, and I'm so thankful you're here. Do you feel like your life is good, but something in you feels unfulfilled? Do you feel stuck in the trenches of motherhood, exhausted and working so hard, but feeling like you're getting nowhere? Do you have big dreams you hold in your heart, but you've been living small? Are you motivated for more, but don't have the clarity or the courage to do anything about it? Do you want to discover God's best and see if it's really possible to be an excellent wife, an intentional mother, and be successful in business, all for the glory of God? As a wife of 16 years, a homeschooling mom of five, and an entrepreneur, I know exactly how you feel. Every bit of it. I truly believe that the most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home and that there is purpose in every season. If you are a fellow business-minded mama, with a heart for home and a love for Jesus, let's process this journey and grow together.


Also, I want to remind you to get in touch with me go to the website nursing Michelle calm and send me a voice message, a SpeakPipe voice note or a comment.

Let me know your questions.

First of all, I would love to hear your feedback after you hear these conversations. But I want to know what's on your heart? What's on your mind? What questions do you have, even around this topic of hospitality or whatever is just weighing on your mind and on your heart right now. I would love to respond to you more specifically on the podcast. I would need to hear from you in order to do that. So I opening up the communication lines. So let me know how I can serve you best.

Michelle Hiatt

And don't forget to take a second to scroll down to the bottom of this podcast right now to click the five stars to rate this episode and just say thank you for this beautiful conversation that's about to happen and to share it with all of the women in your life that would love some encouragement when it comes to cultivating a heart of hospitality in their home and making a greater difference in this world that we're living in the trenches.

Michelle Hiatt

Hey guys, welcome back to the Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast and today, I'm not here alone. I've got my sweet friend Hannah with me. Not just in the house, but on the mic. We're actually sharing the podcast. I thought we would do a zoom but yeah, no, we're just like sitting here in the living room on the same mic. So this is really fun and special and a first for us here. But listen, why? Why is she here with me today? Well, Hannah has been living in our home for the past two months and I'm so excited for you to get to know her her heart her experience when it comes to this conversation of hospitality. Really living in a deeply flexible place of surrender while remaining joyful in the process. And also prioritizing face to face relationships and so much more. We just have so much we want to share with you so I'm really excited for this time together. Thank you so much for carving out time from your schedule to sit with me today and welcome.

Hannah Taylor

Thank you so much. It's my honor. Totally.

Michelle Hiatt

Alright, so tell us just real quick, a little bit about you and where you're at.

Hannah Taylor

Yeah, so my name is Hannah. I am 27 years old. I am photo journalists and moved to Florida two and a half years ago and just have a heart for Jesus and want to know Him and follow Him and live for him. So that has brought me to Orlando for the time being and, here I am.

Michelle Hiatt

So I was praying about it. And I was like, wow, well, Hannah's living here. I want to have a conversation with her and this is the truth guys like we could literally talk for 15 million hours we could talk all day every day about so many things. It's insane. But I was like being what is the one thing that I feel called to ask her to talk about that would be on your heart Lord and the topic was on hospitality because this has been something new to me in this sense to have somebody living in my home. So just to provide some context. I just want to start out and share with you guys. I'm going to kind of take over the mic for a few minutes and tell you a little bit about my story and my testimony when it comes to this word hospitality and really how I was completely burnout and even even bitter towards it. Really. You know, I've always been told that I was good at hospitality. And when I look back, I always thought that I thought I was but then I got to the place where I was like, no actually I hated to do it. I couldn't because it was one of those things. It wasn't because I was choosing it. It was because I had to and I was kind of forced in those situations. And what happened was we moved away our family moved to Nashville, Tennessee area a little bit in North Carolina.

Michelle Hiatt

So during that time that we were gone, we had a lot of change and transition. We were moving a lot and you know I've had a lot of babies and so there was just a lot of transition. But on top of that, because we lived away we had continual company. It felt I was always cleaning up after somebody had left or preparing for somebody to come. And it was just this continual cycle of hosting guests of accommodating people of just putting your best face forward. And it just was really, really exhausting. And things kind of peaked when we took a little season North Carolina where we actually were living in the same home with another family for a time because of circumstances and in that season. I literally felt like I lived in a fishbowl. It was just people all the time. A lot of boundaries were crossing there wasn't a lot of the wisdom and just the grace and the understanding back then that I know now and so all of that just played a toll on me. And when we ended up moving back to Florida, I cannot tell you how excited I was to not have to host anybody anymore. We live near family now at this point. And we didn't have an extra room in our house and I just literally remember feeling like I'm so happy. I don't have to have any buddy over for dinner. I don't have to have anybody stay here like my family is all mine. My house is all mine and I'm so happy to close up my doors and just do my life and stop feeling like I have to be on everybody else's schedule. So there was that and then I healed up from that season and had that time to rest and really just cherish my family which is again it's a good and a healthy thing. It's just that my heart was not open it was really closed off and frustrated and burnt out and bitter asbestos where I was and then from there life just got busy. As a work from home homeschooling mom of five I mean, we were just full to the brim. There was no space, there was no capacity. There was no margin for posting people and having people over and even getting together. You know how it is I could oh my gosh, if I could just say that amount of times where mom is like hey, let's get coffee.. Yeah, I would love to get coffee with you but when where how is this gonna fit so challenging? I know you get this. It is a miracle it seems when you can actually get two moms together for some quality one on one time because there's so many things that just pull us away from that face to face connection.

Michelle Hiatt

So, after that life was just busy. It wasn't that I was against it necessarily. There just wasn't room for it. And as you guys know, this past year has been a deep journey of surrender. And part of my journey has been slowing down and opening up my heart in new ways. And that's like opening up my home. And so really valuing people face to face and those relationships and really seeking to do life with the family of believers that God has called us to that has been new and challenging in its own way. But the thing is that we've been aligning our lives to really give ourselves to that way to really give ourselves the time and the capacity for those relationships because it doesn't just happen I'm gonna say upfront, you will never have time for this kind of thing. You will never you have to make the time you have to prioritize it. So that's just the truth of the matter. So even though I've stopped our lives to have people over and to get together with other people and really cultivate these relationships.

Michelle Hiatt

Things went to a whole other level just the last couple months when I had the opportunity for Hannah to live and are home. And so I will just tell you straight up this is nothing that ever ever crossed my mind. It wasn't in the plan. I had no idea. So what happened was I met Hannah through church. I didn't know her that well or that much and we ended up one day having a conversation. You're like, Hey, can we talk and I was like, Sure. Well, okay, back up for a second. I knew that she was in a situation where she was needing to, to figure out housing. She was in a house with some other ladies and things were changing and they were all needing to kind of relocate. And I knew that that was the situation I knew she needed a place to live. But being the good Christian that I am, like, like we all are like sure I will be praying. I will pray that the Lord will provide a place no problem. You have my prayers. Never in a million years that it crossed my mind that like hey, I actually have a home and we couldn't make room never crossed my mind.

Michelle Hiatt

So one day, Hannah asked to talk we got on a zoom together and I'm just giving you guys like the real Cliff's Notes version. But she was like, "you know, I'm not saying "thus saith the Lord," but I really want to be obedient and I really feel led to ask you if you would pray about me living with you guys?"

Michelle Hiatt

And immediately I was kind of like, I wasn't expecting that I was taking a little bit off guard. And I was like yeah, well, I can tell you upfront, it's not that I'm unwilling. I just don't know if we can if we can afford to and there was a million reasons why. It just in my mind wasn't going to work. We didn't have an extra room, timing was bad. We might be in transition ourselves, possibly moving like there was a million reasons why. It just wasn't going to work. It didn't make sense. And yeah, probably know, my heart is good, but not gonna happen. Anyhow, I got off the phone with her and I promise I was like, Yes, I will pray about it. So I went and talked to my husband, thinking immediately that he would be probably not in favor considering all of the reasons that I was already thinking about. He was immediately in favor. He immediately was on board and supportive. And I was like, wait, what? And so I won't get into all the details but it is really neat that you know, the Lord had spoken to m