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You might be surprised to find out I don’t lead a very adventurous life by the standard and definition ...
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You might be surprised to find out I don’t lead a very adventurous life by the standard and definition of the world at least. For the most part my adventures with God consist of this inward, soul type. And to me, these adventures are the most precious. (Though not the easiest or the most dreamy.) ... You might be surprised to find out I don’t lead a very adventurous life by the standard and definition of the world at least. For the most part my adventures with God consist of this inward, soul type. And to me, these adventures are the most precious. (Though not the easiest or the most dreamy.) They are where God and I experience some of the most breathtaking beauty together.

How do you and I happily trudge down these humble paths where deep transformation occurs beyond the lens of a camera and the watchful eyes of our onlookers? Today, over at the Art of Adventure blog, I'm sharing a few thoughts for you to ponder as you learn to let your soul travel deeper into a wild God, and refuse to believe the lie that your life is boring.
Join me there if your curious to read more!
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I love sharing resources for your adventure here in this space. One of the most soul-stirring, yet ...
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I love sharing resources for your adventure here in this space. One of the most soul-stirring, yet sweetly challenging voices along my adventure has been the messages of @emilypfreeman. Her books and podcast are the sort you will want to keep with you + re-read + highlight over and over again. One ... I love sharing resources for your adventure here in this space. One of the most soul-stirring, yet sweetly challenging voices along my adventure has been the messages of @emilypfreeman. Her books and podcast are the sort you will want to keep with you + re-read + highlight over and over again.

One of the things I particularly love is the fact every podcast can be printed out as a transcript, written all over, and tucked away in my journal!

Her recent Episode no.29, Remember the Real Art, launched me out into the deep waters with the Lord + got me to face some of the questions and thoughts I've been afraid to face lately.

Here's a quote that begged to pondered, "But what good is a dream if it doesn't grow with us? We want our dreams to be living....true art isn't the thing we can point to, the shop, the barn, the book, the song. The truest art is listening to a living God and relating to people as the person we most deeply are."
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Hi Friends! I'm curious, what's your biggest hindrance when it comes to trusting God? Please share ...
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Hi Friends! I'm curious, what's your biggest hindrance when it comes to trusting God? Please share below in the comments! I know these past few months I've had MILLIONS of tiny opportunities to trust Him in simple, often tiny ways, and yet it can be such a struggle for me. But here's the thing, ... Hi Friends! I'm curious, what's your biggest hindrance when it comes to trusting God? Please share below in the comments!

I know these past few months I've had MILLIONS of tiny opportunities to trust Him in simple, often tiny ways, and yet it can be such a struggle for me. But here's the thing, I don't think it has to be. *We were made for surrender!* Contrary to what it feels like, we actually flourish in this space of laying it ALL down at his feet and walking in the flow of His Spirit. Trusting Him unviels layer upon layer of His ever unfolding goodness.

Friend, wherever God is inviting you to trust Him, may you choose sweet surrender instead of struggle this month.
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PS: I'll be sending out April's adventure letter this week. It's one of my favorite ways to write to you! Link in profile if you wanted it slipped into your inbox❤️
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Who knew it would be difficult to spend a week in Maui with my best friend with NOTHING on the calendar ...
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Who knew it would be difficult to spend a week in Maui with my best friend with NOTHING on the calendar but enjoying time together, snorkeling with colorful fish, reading books on the beach for sheer delight, watching sunsets on purpose, getting sand between our toes and letting it stay there, ... Who knew it would be difficult to spend a week in Maui with my best friend with NOTHING on the calendar but enjoying time together, snorkeling with colorful fish, reading books on the beach for sheer delight, watching sunsets on purpose, getting sand between our toes and letting it stay there, listening to the soothing rhythm of the waves, and going on drives with no destination.
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There's nothing like being away from our normal, head-down routines to reveal our obsession to do only the things we think "count" or "matter."
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A new post is up today on doing what doesn't count + letting go of always needing a definite destination. I know God wants us to explore His heart more in these areas and I hope this opens up some conversations with Him.

With love and expectation,
Charissa ❤️
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This post is dangerous for me to write because I have slight, okay, rather large bent, towards pessimism. ...
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This post is dangerous for me to write because I have slight, okay, rather large bent, towards pessimism. In just writing this, I feel like I need to now watch my back. . . Today, on the blog "For When You Think Something Bad Is About To Happen {When A Pessimist Imagines God's Goodness} . . Revealing ... This post is dangerous for me to write because I have slight, okay, rather large bent, towards pessimism. In just writing this, I feel like I need to now watch my back.
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Today, on the blog "For When You Think Something Bad Is About To Happen {When A Pessimist Imagines God's Goodness}
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Revealing an honest struggle of mine in hopes that ALL of us can start to wander more into the wonder of His heart and discover just how GOOD He really is!
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*Also, this photo shows you a peek into the new "Sacred Adventures: A Travel Journal For Your Soul"! I'm so excited to release these into your hands + for you to awaken to new adventures with the Lord in this season! They'll be in the Shop beginning of April... Stay Tuned!
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Mary Oliver writes, "It must be a great disappointment to God, if we are not dazzled at least ten times ...
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Mary Oliver writes, "It must be a great disappointment to God, if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day." Imagine being someone who greets each day with a hello in anticipation of encountering His presence or carrying with you an unending hunch that God really is that good... . . Let's ... Mary Oliver writes, "It must be a great disappointment to God, if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day." Imagine being someone who greets each day with a hello in anticipation of encountering His presence or carrying with you an unending hunch that God really is that good...
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Let's be those women who stare down disappointment with the light of His truth until it stops dimming our days.

Today on the blog // Don't We All Want To Live Dazzled

Hop on over if this stirs your heart!❤️
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In a world hung up on hustle and go-getters and goal keepers, how can we discover our playful side ...
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In a world hung up on hustle and go-getters and goal keepers, how can we discover our playful side again, you wonder? In neighborhoods, churches, and workplaces stifling creativity, erasing wild colors, and building boring structures and placing systems over every free, open space, how ... In a world hung up on hustle and go-getters and goal keepers, how can we discover our playful side again, you wonder? In neighborhoods, churches, and workplaces stifling creativity, erasing wild colors, and building boring structures and placing systems over every free, open space, how can we be the ones to restore the rhythms of play?
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Today, I'm continuing some thoughts on play from last week and sharing 5 simple, yet forgotten ways to put play back into our days.
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I mention things like poetry, my puppy-like husband, + breaking our own rules. I'd love for you to join me on the blog! Link in profile
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When it hurts to hope and you feel disappointed, confused, or frustrated with the way things are...it ...
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When it hurts to hope and you feel disappointed, confused, or frustrated with the way things are...it helps to look at what IS blooming in your life. Even if it's just one thing, one simple flower in the garden of your heart (or your actual garden!). . . We serve a God who works behind the scenes, ... When it hurts to hope and you feel disappointed, confused, or frustrated with the way things are...it helps to look at what IS blooming in your life. Even if it's just one thing, one simple flower in the garden of your heart (or your actual garden!).
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We serve a God who works behind the scenes, in mysterious and obvious ways, quietly, swiftly, and slowly all at once. I watched all day yesterday as this first daffodil gracefully opened up it's yellow face towards the sun. With no effort of it's own, it bloomed.
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Although we can not figure God out, nor should we try, we can take front row seats to His miraculous movement in our ordinary lives.
Things are blooming friends, stop + take notice today. And then, keep on hoping.
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God is doing something ladies! I think many of us, in our undistracted moments, feel a similar, undeniable ...
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God is doing something ladies! I think many of us, in our undistracted moments, feel a similar, undeniable tug...into the backcountry(or at least that's what I've been calling it in my own life!). . . We are hungry, curious, desperate to explore the untamed beauty of God, to walk on paths ... God is doing something ladies! I think many of us, in our undistracted moments, feel a similar, undeniable tug...into the backcountry(or at least that's what I've been calling it in my own life!).
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We are hungry, curious, desperate to explore the untamed beauty of God, to walk on paths that this world would call too risky, too scary, or too difficult. In our own quietly courageous way we are ready to discover more of Him, and even willing to part ways with ourselves and our version of success.

These words from Henri Nouwen sum up what I'm trying to say: "Be sure to never let your life go flat. Always know that God is calling you to ever greater things."
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Does this resonate with you?! I know I'm not alone...Art of Adventure is moving into the backcountry + we would LOVE to have you join us! I'm sending out the details in today's monthly letter. DM me your email or leave it below + I'll send it over to you today 🏞️
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Morning friends! May your Saturday be like these moist, gluten-free, almond flour chocolate chip ...
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Morning friends! May your Saturday be like these moist, gluten-free, almond flour chocolate chip pumpkin muffins...cozy, delicious, + totally satisfying. On Monday I'll be sending out the March Adventure Letter! The theme of this letter will be on living (+loving) a back country adventure ... Morning friends! May your Saturday be like these moist, gluten-free, almond flour chocolate chip pumpkin muffins...cozy, delicious, + totally satisfying.

On Monday I'll be sending out the March Adventure Letter! The theme of this letter will be on living (+loving) a back country adventure with God! An invitation + encouragement to quietly walk into the undiscovered parts of God's heart and yours too.

Links to the recipe and the monthly letter in my profile ❤️
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"What if the bees filled your walls with honey and all you needed to do was ask them and they would fill ...
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"What if the bees filled your walls with honey and all you needed to do was ask them and they would fill the bowl? What if you painted a picture of a tree, and the leaves began to rustle, and a bird cheerfully sang from its painted branches?" Mary Oliver, in her poem How Would You Live Then We don't ... "What if the bees filled your walls with honey and all you needed to do was ask them and they would fill the bowl? What if you painted a picture of a tree, and the leaves began to rustle, and a bird cheerfully sang from its painted branches?" Mary Oliver, in her poem How Would You Live Then

We don't have a TV, but seeing the muted headlines in the news today at the gym was enough to make me start crying right there on the treadmill. In that moment, I felt my wonder for life drain out instantly. A world bent on destruction, war, and violence is so ugly. But it is here we've been placed, not to run or hide or ignore, but be the ones who see the wonder and respond to God's beauty. As children of God let's not forget the new sight we've been given. It's called wonder. Like seeing birds singing from painted branches, wonder can't help but see the love letters from heaven hidden all around even the darkest days. Tearing them open with giddy excitement, we read the secrets of His heart and we're reminded He is good and it is good to be alive. How would you live then? ❤️My Beloved:30 Days of Love letters available in the shop for $10...a place to practice living in wonder of His great love.
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I think we've forgotten how to play...Could it be that for more years that we care to realize, we’ve ...
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I think we've forgotten how to play...Could it be that for more years that we care to realize, we’ve been taught that faith is like a classroom, a place where we are graded, where the rules are many, and where sitting still, listening, and obeying make us the best student? Listen close. The ... I think we've forgotten how to play...Could it be that for more years that we care to realize, we’ve been taught that faith is like a classroom, a place where we are graded, where the rules are many, and where sitting still, listening, and obeying make us the best student?

Listen close. The loss of play in our lives was not an innocent act. The fingerprints of the enemy are all over it.

I've been noticing it more and more as my husband + I desire to take steps of faith in this more "adult season" of our lives. I feel confused + scared to say yes to adventure because what if it doesn't work out and we lose everything or fail miserably? I want to KNOW the whole plan and have a "vision" or feel a "strong calling" before we do something so risky, especially with kids in the mix. Anyone else start to freak out when you are sensing God is bringing change?

Perhaps all this unrest in our soul when it comes to adventure is because we've forgotten how to play... And actually, I'm realizing we've been brought up to take life way too seriously. It's KILLING our wild trust and our heart for adventure with Him.

A new post on the blog if this resonates with you!❤️
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