Lara Casey Post

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Practicing the Art of Adventure :: Lara Casey

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

Every Friday we feature 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?



Lara Casey Post

Today I am so excited to be featuring Lara Casey! This woman is an incredible example to me of what it means to step out of my comfort zone- make a mess- and love Jesus, my husband, and my kids with all my heart. If you don’t already know her, you should:) I devoured her book in a few days {and bought 10 more to share with others!} and have used her Powersheets {an intentional, faith-centeted goal setting tool} each year to help keep me focused on what matters most.

Lara so graciously said yes to being featured on the blog today, offering us her heart and glimpse into her real life. Take a minute to be encouraged by how Lara is practicing the art of adventure in her daily life, as she shares her biggest fear, her latest step out of her comfort zone, and how she hears God’s voice most clearly. We’re also giving away a free print from her shop today as well as a 40 day adventure journal!

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! I’m Lara Casey Isaacson. I am a mom of two and run a business with five other wonderful ladies from my little home office. My days are a bit chaotic, but I am blessed in the mess! I love living in Chapel Hill, NC, exploring local farms, and talking about faith with my husband, in fact that might be my favorite thing ever because of our story and how God has changed us!

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

Right now I’m trying to figure out how to love everyone under this roof well each day: my children, my husband, and the women I work alongside. We recently welcomed a new baby, and balancing life and business with two has been challenging!

I am nursing full time and trying to write a book and lead a staff and wrangle a four year old. It’s a lot. Some days I literally just have to get on my knees and surrender. I’m learning that I can’t do it all and that’s okay.

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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?

Oh so many times! He is so faithful! I was just talking to my husband about this.

The first thing that comes to mind is with our upcoming adoption. There are days (like today) where my plate is full and I find myself a bit terrified about adding another child to our family. But! I could write volumes about how God has been faithful in the unknown.

A few examples: God opening my husband’s eyes to believe in Him after praying for years and going through a horrible period in our marriage, having a baby after having a painful miscarriage, every step forward I’ve taken in business that has been rooted in building His kingdom instead of my own—so many things! God is faithful always and His plans are better than mine. I am resting in that promise with our adoption. See, even just typing this out and remembering, I feel better!

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

Our adoption is the biggest leap of faith. It’s something we have zero control over at this point as we wait to match with an expectant mama. It’s all in His hands and our job is to prayerfully say YES when He says so, no matter how we feel about it or what the circumstances are!

How do you hear God’s voice most clearly? Is it a time of day, a place you go, a thing you do…anything!

It’s always in stillness.

In gratitude.

In joy.

Those three things go hand-in-hand for me. When I hush the hustle and let His voice speak louder than all the noise, I hear Him clearly. He is always there; I just have to listen well.

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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?

And how do you overcome it?

My need for control holds me back from trusting Him. Surrendering to His plans though always brings freedom.

What helps me is daily time in the Word, singing praise to Him (literally singing!), and looking my children in the eyes to tell them how special they are to God and to me! That helps me to trust and let go.

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

Oh, I love this question! A life of adventure with God is a life of total contentment. It’s a life filled with loving others right where I am and spending all my energy for the gospel. What a glorious pursuit!


Lara is currently writing her second book due out early next year, you won’t want to miss it!

But in the meantime, please do yourself a big favor and purchase a copy of her first book, Make it Happen, or check out her shop & blog for some simple, beautiful resources to empower us as women to spend our lives on what matters most! Did I mention she is also the publisher and editor-in-chief of Southern Weddings Magazine!


You can also connect with Lara on:

Instagram at: /laracasey or /laracaseyshop

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{GIVEAWAY!}

Lara is giving away one print from her shop today! And with that you also get an adventure journal from our shop.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling us one area where you feel God nudging you out of your comfort zone this year.

—Winner announced Monday—

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Comments (16)

  1. This summer we’ll be moving overseas into a very multinational community. That is way outside my comfort zone! I’m excited to find out what God has planned for us – why He’s putting us there.

  2. I am learning right now that even when I think I have a lot of faith I am often tested in that. Jesus made it real clear where to do a teen mom ministry and to take in one whose even living w us…also to serve in youth at our church. Now we have 29 days to move and he’s calling me to Be Still & wait and Trust Him for the next place..also I wait I got a call on a place to move however it’s a different city and I heard him say this past weekend be willing to go when He says. After all whenever I think of anything being “my” work He reminds me that it bis all His. I’m nervous worried and trying to keep focused everyday on His Truth and not the lies. One day at a time is my adventure right now so I will live in today…..

  3. Loved this interview – thanks for hosting it Charissa!

    One thing that God is prompting me to do this year to step out of my comfort zone is to accept a job after law school graduation in May that will take me to a new city away from my family and friends. There are still so many unknowns in my future as graduation nears, but I’m just trying to listen to His voice and to trust and obey (even it is a bit terrifying at times!).

  4. An area that God is wanting me to get out of my comfort zone would be deepening friendships with other women in my life which is completely scary to me to put myself out there. I will also start homeschooling this year, and feel completely out of my element, but I know God has called me to do it. Lara Casey has been such a blessing. I am so glad I made the jump and invested in the powersheets. Thanks for interviewing her. She is very real and doesn’t hide behind a computer, or abbreviated names, she lets us into her life.

  5. I believe God is nudging me to expand the Card Ministry and Share Package Ministry for college students at my church. These ministries truly use my gifts to spread God’s Love. I feel nudged/pushed to take these ministries to a whole new level.

  6. Awesome blog!!! One area God has nudged me out of my comfort zone is to embrace the here and now and have faith that all will work out as needed. I always feel like I need to be in control and have a plan which in return always stresses me out when I don’t. This year has been about acceptance and being open to where God wants me to be in this season of my life.

  7. Oh my heavens! To pick just one area I feel like God is nudging me in or out of is easy. He is nudging me out of EVERYTHING that is comfortable. Currently, however, the most nudging I am feeling is opening up a shop for my blog & writing not only 1 book, but 2 & a devotional as well. He is challenging me to follow his steps & walk in HIS plan. Do things in HIS time, not mine. Every time I start to think I am unqualified for this call & nudge (sometimes it feels more than a shove, lol) he finds a way to remind me that it isn’t about what makes me comfortable, it’s about intentionally & actively participating in the plan he has for me.

  8. I have a newborn and God is teaching me right now that He is in control. He has shown me that control is my idol and that I need to trust him in this season. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but God is refining me each day. This whole experience is out of my comfort zone – ha!

    I love Lara Casey, her heart for God, her willingness to share her story, her book, and her PowerSheets!

  9. This year, I fell God nudging me out my comfort zone by asking me to surrender. I also use PowerSheets and “surrender” is my word for 2016. Very similar to Lara Casey, I like feeling in control! I like planning things out, making my own decisions, and knowing what to expect. I have to really work to sit back and listen to what it is God wants for me. This year, I am going out of my comfort zone by giving up my own plans for God’s plans. It has already proven extremely difficult (especially when God says “no” to something I want to say “yes” to), but I know it will be worth it! God’s plans are better than mine!

  10. One area that God is calling me to do is to say “Yes, Lord!” to whatever He has in store for me, including starting on a theological Master degree which I have postponing and saying yes to my children more often instead of no to fun things (I’m a far too serious mom).

  11. I love the format you use to encourage your”adventurers” to share. Surrender is a word that can be totally subjective. But the scripture spells out the clear meaning! What is means in family, work ,relationship with our Father. You and Lara help define it with REAL but positive struggles and successes. Thank you

  12. What a wonderful and uplifting post! I love Lara and her heart for the Lord. I feel like God is nudging me out of my comfort zone to talk more to the students I work with about Him and my own struggles. Every time I open the Bible I seem to be hearing from God that my gifts need to be shared, even if I don’t feel ready.

  13. I absolutely love everything that Lara writes, I cannot wait for the new book! I think God has been nudging me out of my comfort zone in the area of making new friends and getting to know people better. I need to lean on God more and surrender my anxiety and worry in these situations. Thanks for highlighting such an inspiring woman!

  14. My adventure began because our 22 year old son decided to go on a big adventure. He just left for the World Race, a Christian mission trip that goes to 11 countries in 11 months. I have to decide daily to surrender our son to God and his big plan and that God will keep our son safe and loves him more than we ever could. God is Big God? is amazing!

  15. Love this post, Charissa! I’ve enjoyed The Make It Happen book as well and Laura is just a true gem! I think God is nudging me out of my comfort zone right now in the area of starting a family. I struggle with wanting to be in control and there are so many aspects of starting a family that will require me to let go of that control, surrender to God and step out of my comfort zones. Thanks again for this post and highlighting women who are practicing the art of adventure! Be well, Kristin