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Practicing the Art of Adventure :: Bailey Kuert

What does it look like to practice the art of adventure?

Every Friday we are featuring a woman who is Practicing the Art of Adventure in her daily life-stepping into the unknown, embracing change, trusting Him, leaving fear, and loving extravagantly, all the while, traveling deeper into God’s heart. It is our desire that through their lives and stories of adventure you will be inspired & challenged to say YES to God’s invitation to follow Him. No matter what season of life you find yourself in, may you see that everyday is an opportunity to practice the art of adventure as you abide with Jesus.

We’d love for you to join us here each week!

So…what adventures is God leading you into?

How can you practice the art of adventure in your everyday life?


Grab a cup of something yummy and take a moment to read our Practicing the Art of Adventure feature today! I met this girl while we were preparing to move to the Netherlands about three years ago. Although brief, our hearts connected and I’ve had the privilege of following her adventures over the past few years. She bubbles over with joy and life!

You will be surprised to hear some of her story today. She shares openly of some of her unexpected setbacks this year, her biggest fear and how she conquers it, and three questions she ponders throughout her everyday life with the Lord. After reading her interview, I’m challenged once again to see the adventure of loving people right where I’m at, and be thankful for the sometimes unwelcomed detours God takes us on…I know you will draw courage from her story today as well!

First, introduce yourself {tell us where you are from, your favorite place to go or favorite thing to do, and what a “normal” day looks like for you!}

Hi there! My name is Bailey Kuert. I have auburn hair, I snort when I laugh and I love people, dark coffee, and most importantly Jesus. I am from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but I’m currently living in multiple places so I get confused as to where I’m from quite easily- haha! I stole my last name from my handsome husband Stephen, who often freezes when he’s asked where he’s from too. He was born and raised as a missionary and has lived all over East Africa and I joined in on his missionary adventures. I do love to travel and I love meeting new people and seeing new places. By nature I’m a planner and one who loves routine, but right now everyday is new and varies from the previous one so the only “normal” variable is embracing change and loving people wherever I find myself.

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What is your current season of life right now & where are you having difficulties trusting God?

Stephen and I most recently closed up the house we were renting in Madagascar where we were serving as missionaries. I’ve had some significant health challenges following a car accident, several illnesses, and other setbacks that have required us to be back in the USA for this season. Being here is certainly not what I’d like to be doing or anticipated happening. I’m an avid planner and I strongly dislike last minute changes and chaos.

This season of instability is a huge stretch for me on many levels as we’ve had numerous moves both internationally and across the USA in our short 3 years of marriage. The most difficult area for me to trust God right now is in His plan and for healing in my body.  Sickness has begun to feel like it’s my identity. When people ask how I am, it’s usually in relationship to my health instead of some risk-taking event I long to be doing or about a solidified plan we’re executing. This has made God’s perspective and His truth my best companion. Daily I’m growing in my trust in God and His plan even when I can’t always see where tomorrow will lead.

Share with us a specific example {from the past} of how and when God has met you when you’ve walked into the unknown with Him?

I remember God speaking to me so clearly while I was sitting on the beach right after I graduated from High School and was about to enter college. I heard Him ask, “Are you going to do what you want to do or what I have for you”? I froze and wondered if the question was rhetorical or if I should answer. I knew that question meant that what He had for me was to go to Bible School instead of the University I wanted to attend.

I stepped out not having a clue how I could do that financially, logistically, or what would be required of me. Although, I pondered about what I would be missing out on by not going to the university I’d dreamed of attending, it turned out to be an incredible journey. Those 2 years are where I became solidified in my identity and calling, which paved the way for many other unknown steps.

 

We’d love to hear what step(s) out of your comfort zone you have taken recently or will take soon. {Big or small! It all counts as a step!}

Hand me a microphone and I’m far from shy, but if you take away my possessions or place me in a country where I don’t speak the languages and I catch stage fright. When Stephen and I moved to Madagascar, he had already lived there a year on top of growing up in the region and he spoke both French and Malagasy (the native language).

I’m doing well to speak English most days and it was frustrating to not be able to do what I love, which is communicating with others. On top of all of this, we downsized our life, took few possessions with us, and through the medical journey that would develop, we lived out of a suitcase for over a year! I’ve learned to appreciate the stretching that comes by leaving my comfort zones behind.

I find it funny how God has a way of challenging us no matter our personalities or gift sets. I’m thankful He lovingly causes me to rely on Him more completely and doesn’t leave me comfortable and complacent, but rather invites me to journey with Him into the unknown.

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Giraffe Feeding in Kenya!

 

How do you hear God’s voice most clearly? Is it a time of day, a place you go, a thing you do…anything!

My husband is definitely a morning person and while I wish I could be, I’m certainly not! If I could wake up before the dawn and have beautiful prayer times and be bright-eyed by the time my day needed to start, it’d be great. Instead I feel like God speaks to me the most at night when I’m the most alert and the surrounding world is still.  I try to actively listen for His voice through the day by continually engaging Him and His heart.

For instance I’ll ask within, “God what are Your priorities today?” or “What are you teaching me about this? How can I partner with Your heart on____”. It is often in my questions throughout the day and my reflections at the end of my day where I hear Him most clearly.

There’s something about driving a car alone or being in the shower that seems to draw His voice out clearly in my life too. I laugh because I can’t really write down anything in those moments. It’s as if He waits until he has my undivided attention to speak love, light, and truth to my heart.

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 adventure for you? And how do you overcome it?

I’d say that my biggest fear is stepping out and failing. A fear of failure definitely paralyzes me from doing things that require God’s assistance, I’d much rather know where I’m going and that my feet will land firmly!

What helps me to trust God the most is imagining myself in Peter’s shoes (or as the case might be lack thereof) when he walked on water. In his bare feet or with sandals, we see Peter step out onto the water after Jesus called out to him. He takes a few steps but then he sinks, or as I’ve often thought, “he failed”. I used to read Jesus’ rebuke of Peter’s faith in a negative light, as I might a parent scolding a child. Not anymore. I see it as an encouragement in faith. Peter stepped out in faith and each step caused him to grow in faith.

What I have learned from my own failed steps is that I learn more about my faith from testing than from succeeding, so I keep stepping out and facing the waves and fears.

And lastly, what does a life of adventure with God look like for you?

I didn’t realize how empty, void, and boring my life was before coming to know Jesus and joining in this great adventure of faith. Now, even on my darkest days now I have the Spirit of God in me and I feel alive and full of purpose. I’ve traveled all over the world quite literally and have met some of the most incredible people doing so!

I love the adventure of sharing in God’s heart with Him! I’ve laughed with great joy and cried with depths I didn’t know I could reach, as I’ve experienced His heart both over my life and those around the world. The fact that I, a mere woman from Oklahoma could grow up and carry God’s heart both near and far amazes me. For me, everyday is an adventure no matter if the day brings only mundane tasks or exciting endeavors.  To know that I can hear from and experience the love of the living God is to me the greatest adventure.

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HGTV Filming with the Lemurs!

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