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Practicing the Art of Adventure Feature: Jamie Johnson {& Giveaway}

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

On Fridays we feature a woman who is Practicing the Art of Adventure- trusting in and traveling with God in her everyday life. It is our desire that through their lives and stories of adventure you will be inspired & challenged to say YES to all God’s invitations for you to follow Him daily!

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


I’m so delighted to give you a glimpse into my friend Jamie’s life today. She is a fellow shop owner, writer, and mama to four little ones. Curl up in a cozy chair for just a moment and let yourself be inspired to follow Jesus out into a unique adventure as we hear from Jamie! In this interview, Jamie shares with us about what she learned through a recent + traumatic stay in the ER, one of her biggest fears, and what stepping out of her comfort zone looks like in this season.  AND be sure to read to the end to enter a giveaway for one of her beautiful prints! 

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!}

Hello, sweet friends! My name is Jamie Johnson and I’m a wife and mother snatching every moment I can to live out the divine purposes I feel the Lord has called me to. I spend my days mothering & nurturing my children, writing the words the Lord puts on my heart through my blog & Instagram, and hand-lettering inspirational prints, cards, and journals for my Etsy shop. My family lives in a small town of Utah and we will soon be moving to several acres out in the countryside!


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

This season of life is filled with all kinds of adventure and plenty of the unknown. Our fourth little baby was born in July, we are building our dream house on our little plot of farmland (due to be completed early this winter). And if these two crazy adventures aren’t enough, I have felt inspired to begin a journey of homeschooling my children this fall.

With all these changes, I feel more than a little bit of trepidation and apprehension in the midst of this uncertainty, but I can’t deny how our Heavenly Father has delivered us in the past. While there are moments when worry fills my mind, my heart just keeps reminding me of how faithful our God is and how He will guide us on this path step by step. I know there are long, dark days looming ahead, but there are also sunset vistas and blue skies as well.

The most important thing I have learned is that no matter what, He works everything for our good as we live in faithfulness to Him!

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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?

Lying there in the cold, sterile room of the Emergency Room, just days after my newest baby boy was born, my life came to a complete halt. With the scare of a possible blood clot in my lung and that pain in my chest, each breath felt like a knife stabbing right in the center of my back.

Perhaps most disconcerting of all was the slow thrum of my heart – as if giant hands were holding it tight and each beat was trying desperately to break free. All I wanted was to be healed so I could go home and hold my precious family once more. Nothing else mattered. Life felt altogether so overwhelmingly beautiful and so achingly fragile.

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That fateful night in the ER I asked my husband to read the beautiful words of scripture. As I listened, I could feel the tension leave my body. The beautiful words drifted through my mind and I clung to each one like a lifeline tossed out to a drowning sailor. I silently prayed that my life would be spared and that I might have the opportunity to continue to raise my three precious children and my new baby boy. I pleaded that the Lord would allow me to stay. I just wasn’t ready to go Home yet. As I prayed, a calm washed over me like a gentle summer wave. I finally felt a semblance of peace. It was going to be okay.

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

When the doctor gave me the diagnosis of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, I had never heard of it. It’s a rare form of heart failure induced by pregnancy. My symptoms of pitting edema, chest pain, stabbing back pain, and shortness of breath all checked out with the results from the scan. My heart was slightly enlarged and there was fluid around my lungs and heart. In effect, my heart was backed up with all the exertion of trying to eliminate the excess fluid. But it couldn’t keep up and had subsequently slowed down.

My healing has been gradual, but the lessons I’ve learned are incomparable. Our hearts break many times as we journey through life. I know mine has. And I don’t know what you are facing in your life story right now. I don’t know how your heart is breaking – may it be physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. But I know without a doubt there is a purpose, and it will all be sorted out in the end.

Perhaps you will learn, like me, that slowing down and savoring each moment is the vital ingredient to a life well lived. That loving others is the only way to true health and happiness. That faith and family are all that really matter. But whatever heart lessons you learn, I can promise you this. When your heart finally heals, it will be even stronger than before, because it will be stitched back together with the threads of grace by the Master Healer.

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 love to retreat to a sacred place of worship whenever I need to hear God’s voice. There in the quiet holiness of God’s house, I receive answers to the deep questions of my heart. In the stillness of the early morning or late evening when all my house is hushed to listen to the whisperings of God in my heart. As I ponder in the quiet, He always whispers guidance and direction. I also enjoy walking out among God’s creations; I am able to hear His voice so clearly. Nature is His masterpiece and there are lessons I can only learn from the fresh air, swaying pines, and radiant flowers.

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?

I’m not exactly sure when it surfaced, but I have frequently been plagued with the fear that “I’m not good enough.”

Sometimes I find myself questioning my ability, my chance for success, and the promptings I’ve received. For many years the doubts and discouragement overpowered my mind and left me paralyzed to adventure and joy.

And how do you overcome that specific fear?

When the “I’m not good enoughs” start playing in my mind I immediately replace them with thoughts of truth. Phrases such as “I am good enough just the way I am because of my Savior’s grace” truly help me dissipate the doubts.

In addition, I read a file of scriptures I have been collecting over the past few years to remind me what my Heavenly Father sees in me. These simple actions bolster my confidence and give me the courage to continue traveling on this adventure!

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What does a life of adventure with God look like for you?

To me, a life of adventure with God is simple. It’s reaching out to Him, asking Him where He would like me to travel, and saying “yes” to the answer I receive. It’s then taking His hand and walking the path He has called me – over the hills and rough rocks, through the raging waters and peaceful meadows. A life of adventure with God is simply following this pattern over and over again all through our lives. It’s a continual journey of hardship and joy. Our whole lives can be a series of adventures with God if we choose to see it that way and embrace the missions He gives us.

And lastly, can you tell us a bit more about the heart behind your blog & shop, Writing in the Stillness?

Writing has been part of me since I was a very young girl, and growing up to be an author was all I ever wanted to do. But as life progressed and reality set in, I pursued the education field in college so I would be ready with a full-time career if necessary. Although I took a creative writing class, I soon tucked away all the notebooks and ideas and became a mother.

For seven years I embraced motherhood and kept pushing aside writing because I didn’t feel like I had the time. But through months of deep heart stirrings, God finally called me to change the world – or even just one person – through the words He placed in my heart. It was then that “Writing in the Stillness” was born- my little place of stillness where I write to my readers.

My shop sprung up last year as a way for me to blossom my creativity and offer beautiful phrases and words of scripture for others to use as home décor and gifts. When I see my calligraphy prints gracing the walls and desks of my clients, it brings me such joy! I will be expanding my shop in the coming months to include even more products as well as digital downloads.

My desire is to offer words of encouragement and peace, helping others discover and embrace the story they are meant to live. It is my firm belief that as we travel through our adventures – arms linked together – we can truly work miracles and be a force for good.


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{GIVEAWAY!}

 I just loved this print from Jamie’s shop- I can so resonate with the words. Today, she is so graciously giving one away! {Giveaway ends Sunday night PST}
Just leave a comment below telling us one difficult road or one beautiful destination you’ve experienced along this adventure. 

You can find Jamie on…

Instagram sharing beautiful pictures

or read her inspiring words over at  Writing In The Stillness

 or check out her beautiful cards + prints at her Etsy shop!

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  1. I had a difficult road recently with some health issues. Boy was it a struggle, but it forced me to lean into my faith like never before, which was a huge blessing. I am thankful every day for that difficult road!

  2. I kind of had the same scare as within 1 year my sweet family had 3 life flights… with all3of those lives in those helicopters we were told the very worst. Through indpiration from above we began praying and fasting. Those were some of my hardest days and darkest hours. Through our prayers and fasting our prayers were answered for a better outcome. ❤️