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Alive to Her Own Adventure: Jenneth Graser

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 a woman who I met while we lived in Muizenberg, South Africa. Jenneth was a gentle, kind friend to me when I needed it most. I am thrilled that I get to share bits of her wisdom and experiences with you today. She is definitely a woman who daily comes alive to God’s adventure for her life and inspires us to do the same!

Take a moment to read her interview today where she shares with us how she’s learning to trust God in this specific season of her life, her biggest fear + how she practically walks through it, and a few ways she’s stepping out of her comfort zone lately. Read all the way to find out how you can get a free kindle copy of her beautiful devotional, which I re-read over and over again!

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!}

Hi there! My name is Jenneth Graser and I am South African born, but have also lived in Canada. My family immigrated to British Columbia in the 80’s for a few years, and I lived in Toronto as well, but for most of my life – Cape Town! I live in the sea-side valley village of Hout Bay with my husband Karl, and three daughters.  I’m a Homeschool Mom to Abigail -8 years, Sophia-6 and Joelle who is keen for everything (aged 4).   I love to spend time with my family and friends, be in nature, write poetry, play piano and sing, our contemplative evening Free Flow, being creative, reading (I just LOVE books), and travel.

One of my most memorable adventures was on honeymoon with Karl in Malaysia.  We travelled across to Langkawi Island a day before the tsunami of 2004.  The next day we found ourselves running away from the approaching tsunami, up onto a bridge.  We watched as the water surged across the road through people’s homes and under the bridge, upriver like a flood moving in the wrong direction.  The island did not suffer loss of human life as far as we knew, but there was a lot of damage and it felt surreal to be there at that time.  It only really hit us when we got home and saw the news footage, how close we were to a major disaster and how many, many lives were lost.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT SEASON OF LIFE RIGHT NOW & WHERE ARE YOU HAVING DIFFICULTIES TRUSTING GOD?

Currently, we are in a season of transition and sabbatical rest. We feel like it is also a time of preparation for what is to come.  My difficulties in trusting God at the moment are in believing that things will open up for us in the area of our life dreams after experiencing some disappointments this year.

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

There was a time I was working as a volunteer at a School of Ministry in Toronto and I came home for a short holiday. I flew from Cape Town to London and on the verge of boarding the man told me, “Sorry you don’t have a visa and your voluntary worker’s permit is not going to get you into Canada.”  I went over to the ticket desk and was told, you are going to have to go into London to sort this out.  After bursting into tears, she started clicking away on her computer and said, “Seeing as you have a US visa, I’ve changed your flight to Newark and you can get a train into Canada from there with your permit, no problem.”  I then sat next to such a lovely lady, Mary-Ellen on the flight to Newark.  She waited for me to have my passport checked and as we walked over to luggage collection, my two pieces were approaching me simultaneously as I walked over to the conveyer belt where I just had to pick them up and keep walking!  Mary Ellen then offered to have me, a complete stranger, over at her house even though she was just back from a business trip and heading home to her baby and husband.  And they got up at 5am in the morning to get me to New York city train station to send me safely on my way.  I felt the hand of God as a gentle Father in such a tangible way like never before!

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT STEP(S) OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE YOU HAVE TAKEN RECENTLY OR WILL TAKE SOON.

In April this year I entered my first Poem-a-thon with Tiferet Journal. This was a turning point for me!

Thereafter, my husband encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, by entering a poetry competition for the first time and not do it for the outcome, but rather for the experience of taking a risk and not holding back.

Becoming a Homeschool Mom at the beginning of 2015 has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone, and we are all growing through the joys and challenges of it together as a family.  I feel so happy teaching and sharing the learning experience with my girls and look forward to the ongoing adventure.   I also took part in the October Write 31 Days hosted by Christina Hubbard this year, which was a wonderful creative space to share with others.  I decided to keep flowing with it and write poetry more often at my blog Prayers on the Wing!

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

The ways I hear God are when I have a space of alone time, to journal and listen to Him and through people. I read scripture or inspiring books or blogs.  I also take time out for soaking meditation when I rest with quiet music and receive God’s love and healing.  I feel God in nature very much and especially when I am writing poetry and playing piano. I try to also be intentional about noticing pictures he wants to share in my imagination, and then waiting on the interpretation.  Dreams are a time He also speaks… when I am able to remember them!

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?

And how do you overcome that specific fear?

One of my biggest fears is the fear of being out of control.

Learning to listen more to my body and the messages it gives me around this fear, is a learning process.  I take time to meditate with God, breathe and listen to music.  I really enjoy the practice of Lectio Divina , which is simply reading one or two scriptures in a prayerful and receptive way.

My husband and close family and friends help me to gain perspective and I find journaling helps me to process!  Our Free Flow contemplative evening where we get together in our home and chat, pray and have spontaneous times of worship and rest, really helps too.

WHAT DOES A LIFE OF ADVENTURE WITH GOD LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

A life of adventure with God for me looks like learning to submit and trust Him completely with everything! It looks like travel, being in nature, playing healing music over people, singing, writing, homeschooling, being creative, having fun with my family and friends, and meeting together with people who are seeking God.

A life of adventure with God is learning to live more in the present moment with gratitude and awareness of the Holy Spirit’s intentions, and growing in love for God, myself, and others.

AND BEFORE YOU GO…WE’D LOVE TO HEAR HOW GOD LED YOU TO write the “catching the light” devotional.

I wrote Catching the Light out of a space of real brokenness and searching. I was in a healing time of my life after a burn out, and my counsellor gave me such wise advice, to trust the process.

So often we want a quick fix. We feel like a failure if we can’t seem to get back onto our feet again in a flash, capable and strong.

For me, it was through this process of gradual healing that I came into a more spacious place and found purpose and forward momentum once again.  I wrote this devotional inspired by the stages of my recovery, and it explores different areas from a place of brokenness through to restoration and healing, into the new.

Each of the 51 devotions is accompanied by scripture and a poem for reflection and may be lingered over.  It is available as a Kindle e-book and partly available as an audiobook at Noisetrade.  You can find out more at my website!


Free Catching the Light E-Book!

Jenneth so graciously set up a FREE download just for us today through Sunday on Amazon…all you need is a kindle or the kindle app to get it. Go here to start your download!

“Catching the Light is a devotional embracing the process of reflection and spiritual growth. It incorporates poetry combined with scripture readings and thoughts for the day to open up times of prayer and meditation. This journey will help you through the areas of brokenness you have experienced as you walk with hope into new beginnings.”

Jenneth would love to hear from you! You can leave her a comment/question today or follow along with her adventures:

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  1. Such a treat to get to know my dear friend Jenneth even more! Jenneth you are such a treasure to me and to so many others. You are continually teaching us what a humble, courageous life in love with the Lord looks like. Thank you my friend!

  2. Ah Charissa, What a wonderful interview! Jenneth is a dear friend and is so encouraging to me in the ups and downs of my journey. I know she seeks the Presence of God and to live it out in your life. Anyone would be blessed to read or listen to what the Lord has given her! Blessings. Shannon (in Muiz SA)

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