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Alive to Her Own Adventure: Ruth Knowles

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! 


Meet Ruth, our feature for today’s Alive to Her Own Adventure interview! Hearing Ruth’s responses to these questions was a breath of fresh air for me. I love her desire to pursue intimacy with Jesus in this season of her life. In this interview she shares about a recent incredibly heartbreaking experience, where she hears God’s voice best, how she’s overcoming her fear of people-pleasing, and a simple ways she is finding adventure in her everyday life! Before you rush into the weekend, take a moment to think about the ways God might be calling you into adventure with Him. 

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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!}

Hi! My name is Ruth. I’m married to the most amazing man (although I may be slightly biased 😉 and we have a 2 year-old daughter who is as stubborn as she is sweet. Growing up as a missionary’s kid has always made the question “where are you from?” a bit challenging to answer. I was born in Texas then raised on the gulf coast of Mexico and southwest China. After graduating high school, I made my way back to the heart of America where my parents are originally from-Kansas. Although I love traveling and exploring new places, I’d have to say my most favorite and scary adventure was falling in love and allowing my now-husband to pursue my heart.

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

I’m a stay-at-home mom and although some days are tough and I start day dreaming of getting a job outside the home so I can escape my toddler, in reality, I am so grateful that I get to spend time investing in her life right now. Emotionally and spiritually, I’m in a season of what I’m calling “abiding”- resting, sitting, and soaking in the presence of Jesus.

I would much rather be going, doing, and staying busy, but having experienced recent heartache and loss, I am forcing myself to be patient with this season knowing when the time is right, God will guide me into the next one.

My life of adventure right now is all about stepping outside my comfort zone and exploring the world alongside my 2 year old. Taking time with her to study fallen leaves and pine cones, looking for birds in the sky, and trying to catch flyaway bubbles. It’s a simple adventure, yet there’s so much hidden treasure waiting to be discovered.

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

Last May, at my 20 week ultrasound, we discovered that there were some serious health problems with our baby. After seeing several doctors, specialists, and undergoing several more ultrasounds, an MRI, and other testing, we were told this baby would need a miracle to live. Talk about heading into the unknown!

We believed God for a miracle and also had friends and family standing with us in faith, yet when our son was born in late September, he lived for several hours before passing onto eternity. I had never before walked through such a confusing and heartbreaking experience, yet there was never a moment throughout my pregnancy or afterwards that I didn’t feel complete, unexplainable peace. It felt like a gentle hug from the Holy Spirit saying, “I’m here. I’m here with you right now.”

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

Because of the birth defects our baby had, which according to doctors happened by chance, I feel uncertain and fearful about getting pregnant again. It feels like a huge risk.  On the other hand, leaving the security and comfort of my own home is a daily risk I face. Sounds funny, but being introverted, I find safety in the predictability of life within these four walls. Exploring the world, whether it be going to the park, grocery store, church, or a friend’s house is a risk, but it always ends up being worth it!

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

Definitely when I am outside- a walk around the block, sitting on the porch, laying out on the beach, or hiking to name a few! When I am outside experiencing nature I am remind of my smallness and God’s greatness. It never fails to pull my attention away from my problems and be reminded there’s more to life than “me, myself, and I”.

It’s from this place of awe and gratitude that I feel like my heart is positioned in a way to hear Him more clearly. He’s always wanting to speak, but I don’t always give Him my attention to do so.

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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 you paralyzed from saying yes to God’s adventure for you in this season?

One of my biggest fears is the fear of what people think of me. I tend to be a people-pleaser and secretly wonder how others perceive me. Many times this fear paralyzes me from simply enjoying life because I’m too worried about what others are thinking of me (but honestly most people are too concerned with their own lives tobe paying attention to mine!) I hate to admit it, but I’ve even found myself being more patient and kind with complete strangers than my own husband because of this fear. In this season of abiding I want to listen intently to God’s voice in my life and be reminded that His opinion of me-not man’s-is what truly matters most.

What are 2 or 3 things that help you most when it comes to facing this specific fear?

Just recently I’ve started making a hot cup of coffee and reading my Bible and devotional before Callie wakes up in the morning. This has totally transformed my attitude and outlook for the day! I don’t worry so much about others’ view of me, because I’ve been reminded of what God says about me through His Word. Also, I’m about to start reading Nothing to Prove by Jenni Allen with some friends. I am so excited to dive into this book about living life fully, free from the need to prove myself worth to God and others, simply because of the work Jesus did on the cross!

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 God has put talents and passions in each of us that make us come alive when we’re doing them. It can be anything from writing, cooking, singing, playing sports, enjoying nature, making things, or helping others. I can’t imagine anything more exciting or fulfilling than inviting God into these passions-what an adventure waiting to happen! Just recently I’ve discovered that I really enjoy calligraphy-who knew! I’m slowly getting better at it. When I do calligraphy, it’s not so much about the end result, but the time spent choosing choosing a scripture and meditating on it as I carefully write it out. This process has become a surprisingly fun and fulfilling way to spend time with the Lord.

An adventure with God doesn’t need to be complicated! It doesn’t need to be something grand you check off a list. Don’t let the packing list overwhelm you for the actual journey-just bring yourself, He will provide the rest.


We 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, what fears are holding you back right now? 

Share with us in the comments below!

Follow along with Ruth on her blog or browse through more women’s stories of discovering adventure here!

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