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Practicing the Art of Adventure :: Featuring Krishana Kraft

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?


I’ve been looking forward to this day! I get to introduce to my friend, Krishana Kraft! Her story will inspire you to know God intimately and find Him in the most unexpected circumstances. Her adventures with the Lord have led her through an exciting job with Focus on the Family’s Brio Magazine for young girls, to living abroad in Vienna, Austria, to walking through {and defeating!} Follicular Lymphoma.

No matter where you find yourself today, take a moment and get a glimpse into Krishana’s adventure with God. There is no doubt in my mind that you will also want to take the leap {wherever that may be!} and follow Him, even when you don’t know where He’s leading!

 Sit down with me and get to know Krishana! 

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!}

Hey there! I’m Krishana Kraft and I’m originally from southern Indiana, Clarksville, IN to be exact. However, I’ve lived in five different states (IL, KS, CO, SC, TN) and one other country (Vienna, Austria). I revel in the opportunity to go anywhere involving my passport, although surprisingly, I’ve never visited Mexico. Currently, my summertime days are spent freelance writing in the daytime and watching my nephew and friends’ kids play Little League baseball in the evenings.

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

I’m a cancer survivor and am just now stepping out of a season filled with doctor’s appointments, treatments and isolation. I had a stem-cell transplant (another name for a bone-marrow transplant) in June 2013. While two years would seem like a long time to just now be picking up the pieces of life, it has taken that long for my body and immune system to be full-functioning. My former employment/position was as a missionary living in Vienna, Austria. My primary focus there was reaching out to youth and challenging and encouraging them in their relationship with Jesus.

I had to move back to the United States when my cancer relapsed and now I’m trying to figure out why God brought me back to the U.S. and what living and working here looks like. It’s hard to trust God when I’ve tried for nine months to find a job and can’t seem to land a position. I get interviews, sometimes three or four for the same position, and then the door shuts. All I can gather right now is that God doesn’t want me to have these jobs. He wants me to use my time right now to trust Him to provide for me financially and partner with Him to write my story – to eventually be published.

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?

Almost 10 years ago, I took a big jump and left my secure, dream job as an associate editor for a teen girls’ magazine to move overseas and take the skills I had to reach youth in Vienna, Austria. Jumping into the unknown, not knowing what life would look like in Vienna, wasn’t easy! But I’m thankful I didn’t know all of what that journey would look like.

I didn’t know I would be diagnosed with cancer or that leaving my job would cause difficulty in the long-term when I looked for a job after living overseas. However, I know making that jump was exactly what God wanted me to do. He’s been writing a story through my life, experiences that share about who He is: Faithful, Provider, Near, Love, Mighty Warrior, Gracious, Strength, & Help.

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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!}

Right now, I’m taking a vulnerable step in writing my cancer and missions story to share with the world. I love to write and have a journalism degree, but this kind of creative non-fiction writing I’m using to capture my story feels foreign. I need God’s strength, energy, and creativity to tell my story well, rather than simply reporting the events that happened. My dream is for someone to feel as if they walked a day in my shoes, and for those going through difficult circumstances, illness, or loss to feel as if someone understands and can relate to them. 

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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!

I hear His voice most clearly when He repeats things again and again. Lately, the passage that shows up again and again in a devotion, at church, in conversations with friends is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 –

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

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?

One of my biggest fears is fear of failure. I look at a huge task and say, Okay, I’m gonna go for it! I’m going to muster up all the energy, strength and determination I can and run toward the goal until I collapse. Yet, as a cancer survivor, I know now this is never how God intends for me to live. It wears me out and causes my body to be stress-filled and even sick.

He’s not looking at my strength, determination, and capability. He’s looking at my willingness! It’s not about my performance, it’s about willingness and obedience and following Him. He says to me (through Joshua 1:5) I will not fail you or abandon you.

What are a few tactics that help you most when it comes to facing that specific fear?

  • When I speak truth. I need to tell myself again and again, that God says, “I will not fail you or abandon you” (Joshua 1:5).  Reminding myself, if God is for me, who can ever be against me? (Romans 8:31). Speaking truth like, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people”(Colossians 3:23).
  • When I share my fears with others. It’s only when my fears hide out in the darkness that they grow and consume me. When I share my fears with other people I trust, then they don’t seem so big. God brings other believers into my life to remind me how BIG HE is and how small my fears are in light of WHO HE is.11150471_10206755309700857_3828438795830601757_n

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

I always thought a life of adventure with God meant putting another stamp in your passport, but really, it has nothing to do about location and so much more to do with heart and intimacy with Him. He wants a deep relationship with each of us.

Some of my most intimate times with Him weren’t when I was overseas exploring a foreign country, instead they were when I wasn’t sure I’d ever stop vomiting from a cancer treatment I had while in southern Indiana. Those prayers were raw and real and I knew He held me.

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Want to read more honest stories
& beautiful encouragement from Krishana or
learn more about her story…
she’d love to connect with you!

On her blog: Tandem Living

Facebook: @Krishana Kraft

Instagram: @Krishy79

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