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Practicing the Art of Adventure :: Elisa Pulliam

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?


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Today we’re featuring, Elisa Pulliam– a wife, mom, life coach, mentor, conference leader, speaker, and just recently the author of Meet the New You!

I first met Elisa when I signed up for her More2Be Mentoring Training, and then she also trained me to be a certified christian life coach. She is a woman of wisdom and grace, and I am so privileged to call her a friend and mentor. In every conversation I’ve had with her I walk away with renewed excitement to pursue Jesus and be the woman He’s called me to be- living in fullness and freedom…and I pray you will feel the same after you read her words today!

In this heart-to-heart chat she shares some of her current steps into the unknown, her biggest fear, how’s she’s learning to trust God right now, and tells us more about her new bookPLUS a chance to win a copy!

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!}

I keep hoping to discover “normal” in my days, but with four children and a head full of ideas, nothing is ever normal in my routine. Just when I get rhythm, our schedule changes or I take on a big project. Because I work from home as a life coach, coach instructor, ministry leader, conference organizer, and author (yes, that’s a lot of hats but they all overlap), I have the flexibility to pick up and put down most of my work responsibilities and meet the needs of my family.

One big adjustment in our not-so-normal life is that our family recently moved from a boarding school in New York to Pennsylvania where my husband took on teaching position at a day school. What does that mean? Well, I’ve got to fix our meals and chauffeur the kids around instead of them walking out the front door to connect with friends or having us all head up to the dining room for dinner. Yes, it’s been a shock to the system. Praise the Lord, our four children (ages 16, 14, and 10 x 2) have adjusted quite well and I’m getting accustomed to the new balancing act!

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

My current season of life reflects the biggest faith walk I’ve experienced as of yet. Trusting God to provide for our family financially, especially as first-time homeowners, is insanely hard. My income is now a necessary part of our budget, and that’s terrifying, since it’s irregular and secondary to caring for our family’s practical needs. Yet, my husband continues to remind me that the Lord is faithful, so together we’re seeking to be wise stewards and trust God for His provisions.

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?

Well, the past isn’t that long ago. In February of 2015, the Lord answered a prayer I prayed in desperation and submission. I cried out to Him, asking for fresh vision for us to continue serving where He had placed us or absolutely clear direction that it was time to move on.

I praised the Lord for the way He made my husband loyal, faithful, strong, and determined to press on, while also asking Him to have mercy on Stephen if it was time to go by having the opportunity come straight to us. Well, the next day, that opportunity arrived in my husband’s inbox. Three weeks later, we said yes to it. Three months later we moved. God literally met all of our needs and provided more than a bazillion pieces of confirmation that this was His plan for us.

We’d love to hear what step(s) out of your comfort zone you have taken recently or will take soon.

Moving was indeed “stepping outside of my comfort zone.”  We left the place where we fell in love, got married, had our babies, and lived for 19 years together, which also happened to be my hometown. We left our closest friends and my family, who were a huge support to us in every practical way. And we did all of this in the middle of working on my first traditionally published book, which was already a step outside of my comfort zone. Signing with an agent, writing a book proposal, having it rejected, writing a new one, and signing a contract pushed me to the edge of my fears of being criticized. I feel like I’m standing naked before the world, now that the book is on shelves!

And yet, I’ve discovered that I’d rather risk failing and experience God’s work in my life in unexpected ways, rather than play it safe and not get to enjoy the journey life has to offer.

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 feel like God speaks to me in many different ways, but it’s the most profound when I’m shutting out the noise of life to hear Him clearly. I like to linger in my morning quiet time and invite Him to speak to me. Often, in a slew of thoughts, I hear His voice and see it confirmed with Scripture passages. Then, in the days that follow, God confirms what He’s saying to me through sermons, podcasts, worship songs, or something someone says.

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?

Definitely, it’s the fear of getting hurt. I think that it is a generational fear that’s marred my family, keeping us from being risk takers.

And how do you overcome it?

As I write about in Meet the New You, the way I trump fear or anything else that is not of God, is by using the Trap & Transform Principle built off 1 Corinthians 10:5 and Romans 12:2. Essentially, I try to be really aware of my thought process and seek to line it up with the Truth as it’s found in the Word of God.

We’re all curious about your new book, Meet The New You …can you tell us a bit more about your heart & the message behind the book and how the Lord led you to write it?

Meet the New You: A 21-Day Plan for Embracing Fresh Attitudes and Focused Habits is an invitation for a fresh encounter with God. The 21 short chapters are steeped in biblical principles and a life-coaching approach using thought-provoking questions and exercises to help women discover where they are at, where they want to go, what’s standing in their way, and what solutions are best for them.

This book is really an overflow of the lessons I’ve learned in the trenches – it’s the book I always wanted to write, even though the idea came from my agent – and I pray it is a tool that equips women to experience authentic life change and go forth to impact the next generation for the glory of God.

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

A life adventure with God is looking more and more unscripted. It means giving up my ideas and embracing His opportunities as I learn to savor this moment and not worry about the next.

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Elisa would love to connect more with you! 

Check out her beautiful website filled with free resources & encouragement!
Or find her on…
facebook: /elisa.pulliam
instagram: @elisapulliam


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{GIVEAWAY!}

Elisa is so generously giving away a copy of Meet the New You to one of you today!

All you have to do is leave a comment: share where you’d like to go with God this year & you’ll be entered to win {giveaway ends Sunday!}

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  1. This book sounds really interesting! I think I’m too late for the giveaway, but I’ll comment anyway. 🙂 Where do I want to go with God this year? Deeper! More of Him and less of me. I feel at the moment that my life is mostly about me. I say I want it to be all about Him, but I retain control. I would like that to change. I pray that His glory would indeed be seen through me.