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Ep. 66 // WHO Are You and What Do You Place Your Identity In? How to Reflect God’s Glory...

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

A topic of conversation that the Lord has been having with me is about IDENTITY and the importance of knowing who we are in these times we are living.

This is the only way we can respond RIGHT is if we can SEE rightly…so I want to initiate this conversation with you today.

Did you know that today, March 16th is Purim? …this is a holiday or feast day found in the Bible.

I believe that there is beauty and significance in remembering and celebrating the feasts of the Bible, but unlike Passover…Purim may be something you haven’t heard about before?

Basically, it’s all about the story of Esther…which is why I love this Biblical holiday so much and want to form some of our podcast conversation around this inspiring story this week!

If you’ve been feeling OVERWHELMED by the chaos in the world,

If you’ve been feeling beat down by the challenges in YOUR world,

If you’ve been wavering and floundering inside trying to navigate all the unknowns,

Let’s get RE ROOTED in our identity in Christ so that we can stand firm and courageous NOW and in the days to come.

This conversation is LOADED and heartfelt and I believe timely!. So pray for wisdom to open up your ears to whatever the Lord wants to speak to you and push PLAY on today’s podcast episode.

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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.

I just want to read a new review on the podcast. This is from Camera Crazay. Thank you so much. She just says "Wow, one episode in and blown away. The podcast options these days can be a bit overwhelming. I was folding laundry and looking for something new and I'm glad I stumbled upon The Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast. So many golden nuggets for Kingdom-driven Mom bosses and even non-business owner Moms alike. Thank you Michelle for sharing your heart with us!"

Listen, I am so honored to be here with you. I am honored to have this opportunity to talk with you and to just pour out my heart to you so thank you so much for listening and for the reviews and just for giving me your feedback. It means so much. Alright, let's get into today's conversation.

Hey, guys, so this past weekend, we had a family movie night and we watched the movie called Overcomer. It's not a new movie. So many of you may have seen it before. But I wanted to share one particular scene with you just to start out because I think it is so powerful, and it really encompasses this conversation that I love to have with you today. So to give a little bit of backstory, there was a guy named John and he has a basketball team. He's like the head of their athletic program in a big way. And he has had a rough season but this next year is his year. He's got the right seniors, the right players, everything is just set up for him to have his best season yet. But what ends up happening is they shut down the main factory of the town and so so many people have lost their jobs families are moving away and one after the next he's losing his basketball team players. People are moving from the school he's just trying to navigate a lot of uncertainty, a lot of chaos, a lot of unknowns, so much disappointment, everything that he thought things were gonna look like and be we're gonna be are just crumbling before his eyes and he's just having a hard time so what ends up happening is he's with a pastor and he's serving in the way of hospital visitation. So he goes with the pastor of the hospital to visit somebody who's sick, and he ends up on his own and accidentally going into the wrong hospital room.

So he meets this guy and there ends up developing a relationship with Him. The guy's name was Tim. And Tim was interesting because he lived his life like hell like he had a really bad life. He made a lot of poor choices and really messed up the majority of his life. And as a consequence, or just where he ended up as he ended up losing everything. He lost his health, and because of his health conditions, ended up losing his sight. But what he said I think was laying in the hospital bed. He's like, You know what? I had to lose my sight so that I could actually see I had to lose everything. I had to lose at all. I had to lose my very own vision so that I could actually find faith and see God. And so he's a man who lived a rough life. But he's a man of strong faith as he's laying in hospital bed. pretty lonely and in a place where God is all that I have. Now, John, he is like the typical good American Christian guy. He's got the wife, he's got the kids. He's lived a good all of his life. He tries to do the right thing. He's got like the white picket fence, American Dream kind of situation. So he's like kind of the good Christian that's just been faithful and kind of just doing his thing. So this is their background of their conversation. And what ends up happening is John, he stumbled into this hospital room starts building the relationship with this guy in the bed, Tim and they end up having this conversation.

So I'm literally going to just read this conversation to you. And I'll just put myself in the position of Tim who is the man that is sick in the hospital bed as I so that you can follow along with the dialogue. All right.

So Tim says "John, if I asked you who you are, what is the first thing that comes to mind?"

John says, "Well, I'm a basketball coach."

"And if that stripped away?"

John says, "I'm also a history teacher."

And Tim says "okay, we take that away. Who are you?"

John says, "Well, I'm a husband and a father."

"And if God forbid, that should ever change.?"

John starts getting frustrated. He's like, "I don't understand this game. I don't know. He's like, I'm a white American male, and he's like, I don't know what you're trying to ask or what you're trying to do."

John's like, "Well, I'm a Christian."

And Tim says, "and what does that mean? How important is that to you?"

John says, "Well, it means I'm a follower of Christ and it's very important."

Tim's response is "Wow, it's interesting. Interesting how far down on your list that was."

John's getting a little bit defensive, but the point of it is and this is what 10 responses and this is so powerful, and he just says, "Your identity will be tied to whatever you give your heart to."

It didn't sound like the Lord had first place in John's life. Being a Christian or being a follower of Christ. It was so far down in his list. And in the movie when John lost his basketball team when the things that he was clinging to for his identity and his success and his future and his worthiness. When those things started falling away. It didn't just disappoint him. It devastated him. And that spoke a lot of where he was really placing his trust and where his heart was.

So today, I want to ask you, who are you and what have you allowed to define you? Something or someone is going to have first place in your heart, but when you find your identity in the One who created you, it will change your whole perspective. Like they said in the movie, your identity, when you give your heart to and I think this conversation is so important right now because we're living in some wild and crazy times to put it kindly and we need to check in with our heart. Now, sometimes we don't even realize the things that we're giving our heart to until we lose that thing. So let's cross this bridge now in our heart and in our mind so that we can begin testing where we're placing our identity in things that may not be eternal or may not be of the highest value in the eyes of the Lord. So what are you identifying with? And most importantly, how does God see it?

There's a verse in 1 Corinthians 3:12 it says,

"Anyone who builds on that foundation.. (so they're talking about the foundation of Jesus Christ..We're building upon the foundation of Jesus Christ, like we're doing a good thing.) But it says, "anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials, gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay or straw. But on the judgemnent day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person's work has any value. If the work survived, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames."

I don't know about you, but I believe that God is not just waiting for eternity to test our lives to look at everything on that judgment day and see, hey, this was a great reward. This was gold. It was good. And you know what all of this thing that you did and built, it was actually hay, and it's getting burned up and it doesn't even matter. It had no weight on eternity. It had no impact from a kingdom perspective. I believe that God's not just waiting for judgment day to do that. I believe he's testing us now. And he's wanting us right now. To really take all the pieces of our life, what we're doing, who we're becoming what we're giving our heart to our affect