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Practicing the Art of Adventure :: Jessica Graber

Jessica Graber

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

On Fridays we feature a woman who is Practicing the Art of Adventure in her daily life by stepping into the unknown, embracing change, trusting God, leaving fear, and loving extravagantly, and traveling deeper into His heart. It is our desire that through their lives and stories of adventure you will be inspired & challenged to say YES to all God’s invitations for you to follow Him in your everyday life. 

We’d love for you to join us here each week!

So…what adventures is God inviting you to say YES to today?

Today’s Practicing the Art of Adventure featured woman is my fun friend Jessica! We first met when I picked her up at the train station in Vienna, Austria over 10 years ago. This would be the beginning of one of her craziest adventures, as she shares below!

In this interview Jessica shares with us how God mysteriously blessed her through a challenging season in her life, her current step out of her comfort zone, and how she seeks to live a life of adventure each day.

First, introduce yourself {tell us where you are from, what you do, your most memorable/scary/beautiful adventure, & anything else you’d like us to know about you!}

Hi friends! My name is Jessica Graber.  I originally come from Canada and Switzerland (my mom is Swiss, my dad is Canadian and I spent large parts of my childhood in both countries).

My craziest adventure probably was that time I moved to Vienna, Austria, for what was going to be a year, and then I never left!

Eleven years later, I still live in Austria, but now in a town called Amstetten, which is where my husband is from.

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

I am currently working full-time at a job that I absolutely love. My husband and I have also started building our absolute dream-house in a small town nearby. God continues to show me over and over again that his plan for me is worth waiting for and worth stepping out for!

I struggle in that I am very quick to tell God that He is holding out on me. I begin to believe He doesn’t have my best in mind. I forget that Jesus already gave it ALL up for me and that is enough!

Share with us a specific example of how and when God has met you when you’ve walked into the unknown with Him?

My husband and I met at a wedding. He was the best man, I was the maid of honor (RIGHT? So romantic!). He lived in Amstetten and I lived in Vienna, about an hour and half drive away from each other. The distance wasn’t a problem until we realized that one of us would have to make quite the change so that we could spend our future together. After a lot of prayer, I decided that I would move to Amstetten. My life changed quickly. In fact during our first few months of marriage, I felt like a complete train wreck. I had nightmares and would wake up screaming at least once a night; I cried almost constantly for weeks. I kept getting lost whenever I left our apartment, and being shy made it really hard for me to find friends.


On top of this, having quit my job to move, I had to find a new one. While I was job-hunting I found out that my Canadian high school diploma didn’t count for anything in Austria (because I was missing one single science class!) It took me an entire year and a half to find a job, which was incredibly frustrating! I worked so hard at applications and took classes to further my education, and most companies I applied to didn’t write back or just rejected me without even inviting me for an interview. One of the advisers at the unemployment agency even told me that I should just give up and work in fast food.

There were many times that I just felt like God had hung me out to dry, but looking back, this was his way of blessing me! I had an entire year and a half where I got to focus on just being a wife! I could focus on getting to know this town and the small-town culture that comes with it. I got to just… be. And in the very end I got a job that I actually really love!

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

As I said earlier, we have undertaken a big project- building our house!

There’s so much to think about. WE are the ones who decide where doors and windows go, what our floors should look like, what light switches, taps, sinks, cabinets. {If I hate my kitchen, I will have no one to blame but myself, because I picked everything out!} All the decisions just seem so big and so final… and so expensive!


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 usually when I’m able to listen to music and be alone with my thoughts, for instance on my way to work, or when I am baking or cleaning.  I feel like God doesn’t mind answering my questions or talking about things that I’m dealing with.  I like to think that he’s sitting with me on the bus or helping me with my chores- that we’re hanging out together. 

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?

I’m scared that I’m not good enough and that I will mess my life up as a result.  I am afraid that there is a storm around the corner and I will not survive.

And how do you overcome your specific fears?

First, I remind myself of all the good things God has done in my life.  I count every single blessing I can think of.

Second, I remind myself of Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  God doesn’t work for the good of those that are good enough, but those who love Him. 

What does a life of adventure with God look like for you?

To me, a life of adventure is surprising people with kindness.

I feel like I should strive to not only to be a decent human being, but be somebody that attempts to make those around me smile.  This isn’t always easy for me, because I’m actually quite shy, but sometimes all it involves is making goofy faces at babies in the grocery store, or giving somebody a sincere compliment. Other times it involves me going out of my way for someone else. I’d like to think that Jesus was this type of person too.


You can follow Jessica’s adventures on IG or Facebook

Feel free to leave her a comment today, she’d love to hear from you!

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