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Practicing the Art of Adventure :: Featuring Kristin Pederson

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?


Today, I have the delight of sharing with you the words of my friend Kristin! She just (as in 2 week ago!) gave birth to her second daughter. I am astonished that she even took up my offer to be featured here on the blog with all the newness and change surrounding her at the moment! I know that many of you will be encouraged by her simple heart and wisdom to trust God with her normal, everyday life as a mom. She is proof that indeed sometimes God calls us on an adventure that requires us to go but many times He calls us to stay. Stay in His presence…stay in our home…stay in our season…stay with our children…to stay and be with Him until He reveals the next step.

If you need a reminder today to simply trust in God, to bravely stay with Him in your season right now, and to take what may seem like a small step out of your comfort zone, then join us for a few minutes as we peek into the everyday life of my sweet friend Kristin! 

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 Ladies! My name is Kristin! Recently, our family just grew from three to four…my husband Shawn and I now have TWO wonderful daughters, Zailya (2 years) and Kaylana (2 weeks).  Plus our dog named Spike (Miniature Pinscher).  Before the birth of Kaylana I was a working in sales at my family’s business.  Now a normal day looks like getting up early to spend time by myself and with God, then time with my husband while we make his lunch and coffee, then time with my daughter getting her ready for daycare and eating breakfast.

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

With our first born my husband stayed home until she was 6 months old.  I returned to work after 6 weeks.  I’ve always felt that I need to work.  My job is very steady and reliable; while my husband works in construction which has many ups and downs. God is providing abundant work and financial provision and my husband works so hard completing jobs efficiently and on time.

Currently my husband is encouraging me to stay home, at least part time, with our daughters.  Even though that is a dream of mine, I’m still hesitant to see it through. My biggest stumbling block to trusting God right now is this: truly believing that He will provide for our family.

 

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?

With the birth of our second daughter, the past 2 weeks have felt like entirely unknown territory for me.  Especially with the new challenge of my 2 year old- she started throwing fits about “everything.”  I prayed and prayed for God to change her attitude. Well, thankfully she is improving!  But also, as you’d guess, God has changed my approach.  I started out fearing her tantrums and reacting to them.  Now I am giving  discipline to teach her what is expected. In the future I hope it will help her be able to follow God’s direction without hesitation. A friend of mine encouraged me with this new discipline, but I know God is the one who laid it on her heart and I am thankful!

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!}

The big step out of my comfort zone will be requesting to reduce to part-time hours when I return from maternity leave.  I have reservations about being a stay- at- home mom.  At the same time I know it will be something I will not regret! 

But I will need God’s strength AND I need to put my pride aside so that I can commit to making this change.  Oh and not too mention, all the help & wisdom I will need everyday single day as a mother. From the cooking and the cleaning, to the teaching and the playing, being a mom has definitely been one of my biggest challenges!

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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 love to meet with God in the living room, first thing in the morning.

Surrendering my day to Him sets the pace. 

Since we are a family with two children, one under 2 weeks, I am rarely the first one awake.  Although, I can still surrender my day, I’m finding that I need to be more creative about when I can dive in to the Word.

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?

My biggest fear is trusting God financially. Through the years, I’ve learned to depend more on myself than on Him.  It’s humbling to admit that I have a mentality where I am responsible for myself and handle things on my own.

But I’m beginning to realize that I need to choose daily to admit that I am powerless, and realize that God is all powerful. I know that saying YES to His adventures for me means that I must rely and become completely dependent on Him for all my needs, trusting that He is good and He is in control.

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

The truth of God’s word is helping me to face my fears and move forward into the adventure God has for me. I keep coming back to…

-2 Timothy 1:7… “I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.”

-1 Timothy 6:8… “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”

Not only am I taking steps to trust God in new ways, but also my husband. I want him to know everyday that I believe in him and that I am thankful for his hard work and commitment to provide for our family. 

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

Simply put, a life of adventure with God looks like stepping out in faith as often as possible! By trusting Him, taking risks, & trying new things I will be able to testify to who He is and that His promises are indeed true!

 


Please leave a comment of encouragement for Kristin as she embarks on this new season & adventure with the Lord!

You can also connect with Kristin on Facebook!

For a glimpse into the life of some more 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
Lavi Buz