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Practicing the Art of Adventure ::: Special Guest!

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’s special guest is a woman who is practicing the art of adventure by following Jesus to the country of Africa! I met her a few years ago, as we were both at a week-long training getting prepared for our trek overseas. God doesn’t always lead us to leave our country, but sometimes He does! There is nothing greater than saying “yes” to His adventures. My friend is such an example of someone who is trusting God even in the midst of her fears and worries. I am thankful that she gets to share her a bit of her story with us because I know it will inspire you to take a step of faith with Jesus today.

Take a minute to read her interview and as you do be reminded that following Jesus is the most fulfilling adventure you could ever take. Even though this adventures comes with great risk and challenges, we gain a knowledge of God that is deep and intimate!  

**I cannot share pictures, her name, or the name of the country due to security reasons

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!}

Hello!  I am the wife of my best friend, the mother of a beautiful – I mean, we’re talking gorgeous – baby girl, and a church planter in an Islamic context.  Due to security reasons, I cannot tell you my name nor specific location. Although we were both raised in the upper Midwest of the U.S. , my husband and I are now living on the continent of Africa.  My “normal” days consist of caring for our baby, attending team meetings with fellow church planters, occasionally visiting with local friends, and sometimes grocery shopping (which takes most of the day here, and my wonderful husband often volunteers to do it for me). One of my favorite places to be is outdoors, particularly in the woods, near mountains, or by the ocean.

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

I entered the ranks of motherhood only a few months ago.  It is completely new territory.  Being a mother overseas brings even more new territory.  I sometimes have difficulties trusting God with my daughter’s health.

The clinic we use for check-ups and such is a plane flight away, and I occasionally catch myself worrying about what to do if there was an emergency and she needed medical attention right away.  Then I have to remind myself that God is our Healer and our Protector.

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?

At the end of 2013, we said tearful goodbyes to our parents and siblings, crammed eight large pieces of luggage into a rented SUV, and drove through the late night/early morning to the airport.  It was Christmas night.  And we were beginning the trek to Africa.  The great unknown seemingly hung over us as we had no idea what the future would hold but knew that Jesus would be faithful to us, just as we were endeavoring to be faithful to His call.  

Thus began one of the hardest transitions for me.  I always liked to think that I handle change well, but I’ve realized that the reality is I don’t.  Changing location, culture, language, dress, and many other aspects of life is – in my opinion – one of the most difficult things a person can do. I struggled that first year.  

Sometimes I still struggle from the culture shock and the homesickness.  But the beauty of this life is the promise of our Lord, that He will never leave us.  As we have gone on living life in this country and this oppressive context, what brings great encouragement to my heart is the knowledge that God is right here.  In the times I’ve cried or complained or questioned or yearned to retreat, His presence came.  And that’s how He met me. As I walked into the unknown by moving to Africa, He simply stayed near me.  Even to the ends of the earth, He promised, even there will I be with you.

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!}

Our commitment time here is coming to an end in a few short months, and we have been sensing a change for us. We don’t know where God will lead us next but we are currently pursuing some options elsewhere on this continent. At the end of this year, we will take a step of faith and attend a meeting about some of those options, knowing that one of them could be our next step.  

As I look at the possibility of another transition, I am completely out of my comfort zone.  Even though this moving thing is hard for me, I want to trust God in the midst of it.

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 often have to quiet my mind and focus before I can hear God’s voice. For me, that usually means spending some time in worship, particularly through music.  It helps me transition my focus from the demands of the day to God, and only after that shift in focus can I hear God clearly. God also speaks to me often as I journal or through the outdoors.

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?

The fear that God will not provide – not just finances and material things, although that is part of it – but also friendships, health, the ability to learn language, an outlet for my passions, etc.  Will God provide in all the details of life?  That is one of my biggest fears. 

When I fear that God will not provide I do two things:

1.  Read scripture.  Scriptures about His goodness, His provision, and His faithfulness.  Scriptures commanding me to be bold and courageous.

2.  Reminding myself of all the times He has provided for us in the past.  Seriously, we have some awesome stories of His provision!  I have to remind myself of these.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He has done it before, and He will do it again.

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

A life of adventure with God looks like hearing Him and obeying.  That’s it. It’s obedience in the ordinary, everyday life.  Because let’s be real, even after that overseas move or dream job, you will still find yourself living in the ordinary, the glorious ordinary.

I think that’s where God dwells.  We just have to open our ears to hear and our hearts to obey, and we’ll begin to look at ordinary in a completely different way.

 

Although I cannot give her name, she will see this post!

Please leave encouragement and questions for her in the comments!
I know she’d hear from you!


For a glimpse into the life of some more Modern Day Adventurers check out the links below… 


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