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Practicing the Art of Adventure :: Featuring Lavinia Buz

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 spent four and a half wonderful years living and serving Jesus in the city of Vienna. These years still hold some of the most dear and difficult memories for me. I was challenged on every front in my personal and spiritual life but at the same time lived those years to the fullest without any regrets! I made life long friends and encountered people who changed my life forever. It was during that time, I met my sweet friend Lavi. And today you get to see a glimpse into her heart and life as well. She has a spunk and zest for life that is contagious & she is always up for a God-adventure! It is with such joy that I get to introduce you to her today as our Practicing the Art of Adventure feature, where you get to meet women who are trusting and traveling with God everyday of their life!

Sneak away for a minute today and be inspired by Lavi’s current step out of her comfort zone, how she is trusting God, what she’s learned lately, and how she is choosing to see adventure in her midst!

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! My name is Lavinia and I’m Romanian, living in Vienna, Austria. I’m the girl with a big smile on my face, always ordering a tall glass of ice-cold Coke wherever I go.  I’m also a book lover (I never leave my house without my beloved kindle in my bag!) ergo, my decision to study English and American Studies in college was a no-brainer. I love collecting quotes in English and exploring the world by traveling to new countries. I’m a people person through and through and I’ve been blessed to meet people from all over the world and call them my friends.

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

Currently, I’m looking for a job that I can love and be passionate about. It is so easy for me to feel discouraged and under qualified when I go through job ads, and simply want to give up.

There are days when it’s hard to believe that God can actually open doors for me, but I try to remember all the things that seemed impossible to me in the past and how God came through then.

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?

Moving to Austria has been such an adventure into the unknown. I thought the reason for this move was so that I could study in Vienna. Silly me!

God called me to this country so that I could get to know Him better and fall in love with Him again. Moving away from the comfort of all I knew my entire life, I learned that Jesus can become my absolute best friend.

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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!}

I’ve always wanted to be a part of a ministry that serves people outside the church’s walls. And last fall, I’ve been invited to join a ministry called Point of Hope International, which assists victims of human trafficking in Vienna.

Walking through the doors of a few brothels has been one of the most humbling experiences for me. It was definitely a step out of my comfort zone (far away from my nice, safe Christian bubble!) to meet these girls who lead lives that couldn’t be more different from my own, and befriend them.

More than anything, it has made opened my eyes to the many blessings in my life.

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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!

God speaks to me so much through prayer, and especially through His Word. And this comes in different ways. Sometimes, it comes through following a simple reading plan of the Bible. And, even though it might sound funny, sometimes it happens through reading Christian fiction. I felt many times that through different verses that authors highlighted in their books, God has changed my heart and mind in some way.

It still amazes me that it doesn’t matter how many times I read through the Bible, there’s always something new that God reveals to me!

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?

The fear of failure is quite possible the biggest fear I have. There are so many things that I see others doing, things I have yet to accomplish that it makes me feel that I failed in some way and until I can cross those things off my list, I can’t seem to move on.

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What are a few things that help you face your specific fears?

Remembering that God has a different plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11) and, in a world of perfect social media pictures, comparison is the thief of joy.

God knows what He’s doing and, as long as He’s in control of my life, I have found my safe harbor.

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

Loving the magic of ordinary days. Life isn’t always about going on a fun trip or doing interesting things. It mostly consists of routine and ordinary things. Lately, it’s been my experience that I can find adventure right here at home and nearly always enjoy my life if I make up my mind firmly that I will and allow myself  to take Paul’s words to heart “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Phil 4:11)

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Lavi would love to connect with you
on Instagram or Facebook!

For a glimpse into the life of other Modern Day Adventurers check out the links below! 

Gretchen Saffles
Terrica Joy
Rhoda Baty
Sophie Oliver
Kim McKinney
Julie McKevitt
Krishana Kraft
Valentine Ross
Mindy Westfall

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