I want to continue my conversation with Hannah Taylor - the girl who’s been living with me for the past 2 months - so that you can grasp more of the heart of hospitality!
This conversation was so special and RICH and we talked about questions like?
What does it look like to stay flexible and adaptable with JOY as you surrender your home to love others well?
How can you feel at home and plant your roots wherever you find yourself living or whatever season you are in?
What does hospitality look like in other countries of the world FIRST HAND?
How can Breaking up our compartmentalized lives allow God to break through to OTHERS and create a lasting impact?
I know this conversation will both CHALLENGE you and BLESS you…and I can’t wait for you to listen!
Together, Let’s be more intentional about cultivating relationships not only with the people IN our home, but bringing in those outside the home.
No matter how you feel, You have so much to offer! You can confidently welcome others as you are and TRUST WHO God is within 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.
Hey friends, so this is part two of our topic, our conversation on hospitality with Hannah Taylor, my sweet friend and the girl that's been living with me for the past few months. You are absolutely going to love this conversation. It is so rich. I feel like the Lord just really breathed on our time together. And I just believe that the words that are spoken are here to challenge you and confront you in the most amazing way because God is calling all of us deeper and higher and I just know that this conversation is going to be something that's going to spur you on and so I'm excited for you to listen, I'm excited for you to grow individually in every capacity as you just seek to have a heart surrender. So I want to continue my conversation here.
First of all, if you have not listened to part one, please go back and listen that you got to hear that just so you have context on this conversation. It is so fun and so good. But today we're going to talk about some more about Hannah's story.
What is her story? Why does she speak on this conversation? Why did I ask her to talk about hospitality? What is the heart of it? What does it look like to stay flexible and adaptable with joy? What does hospitality even look like in other countries around the world firsthand?
Hannah has traveled all over the world. She's had some really neat life experiences. And more than anything, we just talk about God's heart for his family and how we interact in our home how he loves family, desire his family and wants us to cultivate family here on this earth because we are preparing for his return and we are becoming the Bride of Christ and He is forming us and shaping us in beautiful ways through relationships with others. Anyways, there is so much beauty in this conversation. I can't wait for you to listen. And don't forget to send me a message over on the website NourishingMichelle.com send me a voice note with SpeakPipe or leave a comment and let me know what is on your heart. What do you want to hear? How can I serve you? How can I customize these conversations to help respond to what is most burning on your heart?
Hey friends, welcome back to the Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast. This is part two of our conversation on hospitality with my beautiful friend Hannah. So I'm so excited. Thank you for hanging with me a little longer so we can just share so much more of our heart. I'm so glad that we are breaking this conversation into two parts because first of all, I honor your time and I know how it feels to be on the listener aside when you see a podcast and you're like, oh, that's an hour long. Yeah, I don't have time for that. So hopefully this is a little bit more bite sized for you just because it is something to absorb and digest. And so I'm really thankful for Hannah joining me for this conversation and I really want to start out with this. This part with her just sharing her experience on staying flexible and adaptable. And really just sharing her story and what this conversation of hospitality has looked like in her life.
Yeah, so I, I grew up in an amazing home, and my dad was a youth pastor for my entire childhood. And my mom just partnered with him so beautifully in that and so from an early age we had people in our house all the time, like so many young young kids and my siblings and I have three siblings. We were just used to kind of roaming around with like a ton of people in our house. And on top of that we were moving around a lot too because the Lord would have us in a place for a time a couple years or so and then we'd be on the go again. So growing up felt like very nomadic. And people would often say are you military, like is your dad in the military? And I was like, well not like the physical military. The spiritual one yes, yes, indeed. And so the Lord would like take us to so many different places and I was learning from my parents like okay, how do we, how do we do this? Like how do we approve and then plant down and be wholehearted there? And then okay, well, we're on again, we're leaving. We're going somewhere. Else and and then just in my walk with Jesus as he was teaching me as I was taking ownership of really knowing him not just knowing about him, not just mimicking what I've observed from my parents, but actually saying what I want to know you like, I want to have a relationship with you. I want you to lead me, where you want me. And I started to read the Bible and would just spend hours when I was around 14 is when the Lord started to beckon me and just really teach me in secret what it looks like to be surrendered to Him and to really yield my life to Him.
And it's something that humans can't teach you like you can you can to some extent you can learn and you can glean but it has to be the the Holy Spirit of God that teaches you these things and and so I started to read through Acts and I mean, really just just the whole Bible, but the Lord was really showing me an Acts, how he was desiring me to live. And I would then read these missionary biographies like Amy Carmichael and Hudson Taylor and Jim Elliot. And I was seeing like, wow, they see the worth of Jesus in a way that I don't and I can't give any excuse like sometimes I think we can look Acts and we can make these excuses of why we can't live like that. But then when you look at more recent in recent history, people that have lived in such a way that it then makes you responsible, like, Okay, I don't get to make an excuse because they didn't have excuses either. So what are my excuses for not being recklessly abandoned to the Lord and so early on, I started to just wrestle with the Lord like I don't want to waste my life. I I know that there's only so many decades here that I have and I want to I want to live for eternity and I don't want to waste time.
So He started to, to really just just draw me to himself and I realize you're my whole you're you're You're everything to me like you are. You are everything that you say you are and that means if you take me places that are hard to go to or if you bring me around people that are hard to be around if I'm home if I'm at home with you then I'm at home anywhere and and so and my home isn't even this earth, my home is heaven and and I don't have to live to make myself super comfortable on this planet because I'm passing through here. I'm a I'm a pilgrim. And so, so yeah, I mean, the Lord started to really speak to me and draw me and take me certain places and I would just have to really take leaps of faith and say, Okay, what I sent you're leading me here to this country or to this group of people and I would have to wrestle with my parents about it a little bit, and then that's when they started to see and show me this whole new level of yield in this as a parent saying, okay, you know what we believe the Lord is calling you to this to England or to Israel, or wherever the words have me go to and like you said, like they they really do trust the word leadership in my life, and I've gotten to see that in them. And now I get to, I'm so eager to when the Lord gives me children to get to imitate that from what I've seen. So yeah, it's just been it's been a really beautiful journey of getting to be blown with his spirit.
He gave me a dream last year and in the dream, I was in the Old City of Jerusalem. And it was really busy and there was so much commotion and it was beautiful and exciting and like there's so much to do. And I knew he was asking me to go to Gethsemane. He was asking me to leave the Old City and go to Gethsemane and, and I looked at the path to Gethsemane and the further you went down on the path to get to Gethsemane, the more narrow it became. And it was dark and and there could be like wild animals I knew like in the back of my head like, there might be wild animals on this path. Like, but I knew I had to go. And the words just been teaching me from that dream. Like the beauty of a surrendered will, like how Jesus when he was in the garden, he said, "not my will but yours."
And there's so much that we can fill our time with in our lives with and yet he's saying Will you come with me to Gethsemane will you come and like lay your will down and lay your life down and not try and save your life not try and have the best life you possibly can but actually, let me live through you like it's no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me. And so I've just been seeing him like, really let that be the fashion deeper and deeper into me as I walk with him and just what does it mean to really surrender my will and just the joy in it to not just like yes, like Christ sweat blood in the garden and it was agonizing. But then there's also the joy set before Him because He knew okay when I serve when I yield myself in this way to a good father, even if it looks offensive to the onlookers I know he has me like I surrender my myself to him because he's faithful. And so I'm I'm experiencing like the joy and like sometimes the anguish of it. Of Okay, well I don't know what this is going to look I have no clue. I mean, I'm sometimes I feel really alone sometimes I feel elated, but like you are steady, when I feel the most like angsty or like when my soul feels lean. I know Okay, I just need to re surrender because there's that's where the joy is gonna be is just in totally laying myself down.
That is it. This is the joy of surrender lived out truly and we talked about surrender has been probably the underlying theme of every single episode and I think it will forever be the theme of my life because I don't ever want to stop surrendering and re-surrendering. You never want to settle or get stuck as you journey with the Lord and I think it's beautiful just to hear about the joy that you found in it and the mindset of going through a lot of transitions in life because you've been on the move since you were a little girl and continue to be in transitions and from earthly worldly standpoint, unsettled. But your heart has been rooted your heart has been full of joy and I can tell you that was actually the next question. I was going to ask you is like, what are some mindsets or what is the mindset that you have? Because I've watched you just in the short time you've been here you travel, you go here you go there, like you've had your own sense of change and challenges, but you have such a peace and a joy that just just shine so bright from you. It's like where does that come from? How do you do that? Because, you know, for us, and a lot of times as women as moms, we have schedules We're busy. And when anything disrupts that when anything gets in the way when there's transition or unexpected change or welcome change. We take it hard, it's frustrating. It feels like frustration. We don't always often find joy in that. And so what you're saying is just remembering that hey, just like Jesus had the joy set before him. He endured whatever the Father's Will was. He was a man on mission. We can walk in that complete surrender to and find joy in that even when we don't understand what it looks like or even if it feels a certain way our faith can surpass our feelings in that and we'll really find joy with that kind of mindset.
Yeah, absolutely. And I think too, letting yourself be weak before God in secret. Because I have I have found for me when I am just completely vulnerable in the keyword vulnerable before the Lord about like, I have no idea what you're doing. But I trust you and sometimes it takes me a while to even get to that point of saying but I trust you because I have to get all of my like, cares and all of my fears and just because He says,
"Cast your cares on me because I care for you."
So when I let myself be weak before the ward, he has been transferred like converted that before people as strength. And He showed me in the word what I'm saying or I wouldn't be saying it.