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Alive to Her Own Adventure: Greer Oharah

On Fridays we feature a woman who is coming alive to her own adventure! A woman who is practicing the rhythms of stepping into the unknown, taking tiny risks, trusting God, and loving extravagantly in her season. It is our desire that through their lives and unique stories of adventure you will be inspired & challenged to say YES to all of God’s gentle invitations for you to follow Him, and in doing so you will come alive to your own adventure! 


Today I get to introduce you to Greer! Although we have yet to meet in person, Greer’s way of blending her love for words, life, and Jesus is inspiring to me. I am honored to share some her story with you all today because I know you will be able to relate! So, curl up for a second in a comfy chair and be encouraged to get out of your comfort zone 😉

In this interview Greer tells us a simple way she’s making this current season of life an adventure, the risk she’s been trying to take everyday, her fear of change and three practical things that help her to embrace it with joy, and some deep, life-giving truth for all of us to remember when we feel stuck. Happy Friday!

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FIRST, INTRODUCE YOURSELF {TELL US WHERE YOU ARE FROM, WHAT YOU DO, YOUR MOST MEMORABLE/SCARY/BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE, & ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE US TO KNOW ABOUT YOU!}

I’m Greer Oharah – writer, musician, avid coffee drinker, and Jesus follower. My husband and I have been married almost four years and this marriage thing has been the greatest blessings and grandest adventure. We live in Buena Vista, Colorado – a small town in the Rocky Mountains. We’ve been here for two-and-a-half years running the choir and drama department at the local middle school and high school (he’s actually in charge, I just come to play the piano and keep him from losing his sanity.)

I’m in my mid-twenties (26 is still mid, right?) and nanny for cute children several days a week and teach piano lessons in the evening. I’ve been dreaming of being a writer since I was a small child. I hope to one day call it a career, but for now I do it on the side as a hobby (and as personal therapy).

WHAT DOES THIS CURRENT SEASON OF YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE & HOW DO YOU DEFINE A LIFE OF ADVENTURE RIGHT NOW, WHERE YOU’RE AT?

We are in this unique season of being married with no children, mortgage, pets, or debt. I have the privilege of a flexible work schedule that allows me to help my husband at school, say yes to the jobs I love, practice and hone my writing craft, and watch Gilmore Girls and read novels on a regular basis.

I am excited for what might be next – kids, our own home, career shifts – but for now I am learning to truly embrace the gifts of the present. I think that is what adventure looks like for me in this season – keeping my hands and heart open for where God may take us, while investing wholeheartedly into our current day-to-day life.

SHARE WITH US A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF HOW AND WHEN GOD HAS MET YOU WHEN YOU’VE WALKED INTO THE UNKNOWN WITH HIM?

My husband and I have the craziest love story. I remember sitting him down to tell him that I didn’t know if he felt the same connection or recognized the chemistry that I was seeing, but if he decided to be available I could see us having an incredible life together. It was different than my preconceived idea of how the perfect relationship would start, but I sensed that God had stirred something between us and I wasn’t willing to miss out on it. We sang Great is Thy Faithfulness at our wedding because our gracious Lord met us every step of the journey and continues to guide us forward in beautiful ways.

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WE’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT TINY RISK(S) YOU HAVE TAKEN RECENTLY OR WILL TAKE SOON?

Every time I sit down to write something, whether for my blog, a guest post, or future book ideas, I’m taking a risk. I am naturally a private and reserved person, and sharing honestly from my heart is not something that comes easily for me. I wonder if anyone will read it, if anyone actually cares, if I will ever make it as a writer, what my mom will think of it.

It would be simpler not to write anything, not to put myself in such a vulnerable position, and I’ve considered doing so many times. But I continue to come back to it – trusting that God can use my words in some way for his kingdom.

HOW DO YOU HEAR GOD’S VOICE MOST CLEARLY? IS IT A TIME OF DAY, A PLACE YOU GO, A THING YOU DO…ANYTHING!

I believe that an active and healthy relationship is always in flux. There are seasons that I have encountered God best late at night, commentaries and Greek lexicons and theology texts spread across my bed. There are seasons I’ve met him at the piano, hearing his beauty and truth running through the notes I play. Sometimes it’s through heart-to-hearts with kindred spirit friends and sometimes it’s in heartache and confusion as I cling to him. Lately it has been in the dark of the pre-dawn morning, coffee in hand and the Message translation of the Bible open. I’ve recently been reminded of the sheer wonder it is that we have access to the very heart of God within the words of Scripture and my heart has been thirsty to see these familiar passages with a new perspective. 

SO MUCH OF WALKING WITH GOD ON THIS ADVENTURE IS ABOUT FACING OUR FEARS, EMBRACING CHANGE, AND TRUSTING HIM…WHAT IS *ONE* OF YOUR BIGGEST FEARS THAT KEEPS YOUR PARALYZED FROM SAYING YES TO GOD’S ADVENTURES FOR YOU?

Because this current season of life is so sweet I get nervous that if something were to change (a job, the addition of children, a move, etc.) we would find ourselves somewhere less good.

Life is working well for us, why rock the boat? Why move from this established routine, manageable lifestyle, and sense of security that we are enjoying?

AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THAT SPECIFIC FEAR?

One thing I cling to when this fear arises is the spiritual disciplines. My life has shifted dramatically over the years, but in each season I have kept prayer, Bible study, and the practice of sitting before Jesus’ feet a priority. It has proven to keep me stable and plugged into the life supply that Christ offers despite the external chaos.

I also rely heavily on the writings of Christians who have gone before me and their wisdom offered to marriage, parenting, writing, and just living life. Among my favorite authors are Ann Voskamp, Emily Freeman, Erin Loechner, Shauna Niequist, Donald Miller, Bob Goff, and C.S. Lewis.

One final resource that has come to me unexpectedly this year is Jamie Ivey’s podcast The Happy Hour. She brings in delightful guests and converses with them regarding their current season of life and what how God is working where they are. It is inspiring and encouraging for me to hear so many women’s thoughts on life as a Jesus follower – especially as many of them are further along this journey than myself.

WHAT WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT + TRUTH DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE HUNGRY FOR AN ADVENTURE WITH GOD, BUT FOR VARIOUS REASONS (FEELING STUCK, CONFUSED, FEARFUL, TOO BUSY, ETC) DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY CAN EVER HAVE THAT IN THEIR LIFE?

I think one of the biggest lies we believe as contemporary evangelical Christians is that our life with Jesus is meant to be big and exciting. We want to be bold, daring, courageous Christ followers, and think that in order to do that we need to be doing big things and lots of them. Don’t let yourself go here.

Your life with Jesus can be an adventure whether you’re smuggling Bibles into foreign countries or making spaghetti at home. Let’s not worry so much about doing big things, and instead dream of the big things God can do in our small lives.

And lastly, we’d love to hear about your blog, Ordinary Epiphanies. How did it start, what is your heart/mission behind it, and how has writing changed you as a person?

After graduating from college and no longer having papers due every week, I was hungry for a place to write. I started a blog three years ago, mostly to process my own thoughts into well crafted words. After a year of haphazardly writing whenever I felt like it, I began to take more seriously the opportunity I had to use my words to reach others. This type of writing has made me a better observer of life as I look for moments to write about. It is my desire that the way I reflect on my life and the way I express what I’m thinking about and learning will compel my readers to pay attention to their own lives and the ways that God is revealing Himself to them in the ordinary moments of their day-to-day routine. 


IMG_8051We love encouraging you to come alive to your own adventure with God…so where is He asking you to take His hand and trust Him, or what fears are holding you back right now? 

Share with us in the comments below!

Have Greer’s words inspired you in some way today? She’d love to hear from you!
You can follow along with her adventures in encountering God in sacred dailiness at her blog
greeroharah.com or IG @greeroharah

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