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What’s Your Story Blog Interview Series #6: Meet Kerry

Ready for Interview #6 in our What’s Your Story Blog Interview Series? It’s bound to be a good one!

 

The purpose of this series is two-fold:

 

First, to provide you with a sneak peek into the lives of others, and

 

Second, to encourage you to discover the stories of the people that surround you in your everyday life–to ask questions, to listen, to care, to connect at a deeper level, if only for a moment.

 

Choosing to connect in brief, but meaningful, ways with family, friends, neighbors, strangers will make a positive difference in our lives.

 

It feels good to connect with others, even if we never meet them in person.

 

I’ll let Kerry introduce herself below. Enjoy this brief glimpse into her life, leave a comment below, and feel free to reach out to her at the blog link provided at the end of the post.

 

INTRODUCTION

Bio: Hi! My name is Kerry. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. I’m a Jesus loving girl, married to a Jesus loving guy. I am also blessed to be mom to two small kiddies, a boy and a girl. They are the BEST of friends. I blog over at aboutthesethings.com where I share those things that God is showing me as I pursue those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and honorable. Some random facts about me: My guilty pleasure is watching guinea pig videos. They’re awesome. I met my husband at the church we both served at. He’s dreamy 🙂 We’ve been married nearly 12 years. I like to eat peanut butter out of the jar. I drink way too much coffee!

 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

1) What is your favorite color?

I love fresh neutrals and soft pinks.

 

2) What is your favorite food?

It’s a toss-up between Thai and Pizza

 

3) Are you an introvert or extrovert?

I’m somewhere in the middle, but do lean towards being an introvert.

 

4) Are you a dreamer or a go-getter?

I’m definitely a dreamer. My head is always in the future. Luckily my husband is an action man or nothing would get done.

 

5) What are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about hearing and sharing other people’s stories. Our stories are powerful in the hand of God.

 

6) Name a book that has influenced you the most:

I recently read Steve Carters “This Invitational Life” and it deeply impacted the way I engage with those God has placed in front of me and challenged me to live a life that invites others to “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

 

7) What do you do to relax at the end of a long week?

At the end of a long week, we make family time a priority. We watch movies, read books and snuggle.

8) Share your favorite motivational quote:

“Your past does not define your future.”

I used to believe the lie that my past disqualified me from the future I desired. So thankful that through God’s grace and love I came to believe the truth that we are all loved, chosen, highly favored and forgiven.

 

9) What trial have you overcome or are in the process of overcoming?

I was adopted as a baby. Whilst it was an incredible gift to be rescued from the situation I was in, I struggled for years with feelings of rejection, unworthiness and shame as I wrestled through the circumstances around my adoption. Thankfully God redeemed my story and I am able to encourage others who struggle with their identity and worth. I go into more detail about my testimony on my blog.

 

10) Do you enjoy your job? Why, or why not?

I LOVE my job. I love that I get to love people and share the heart of God week in and week out.

11) What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

We left a safe, secure job and home to move to another city to plant a church with four other couples. Our friends and family thought we were crazy! Its been a wild journey, but so worth it!

 

12) Share a life-changing event you have experienced:

Becoming a mother. Through parenting and loving my own children I was able to understand the father heart of God.

 

 

 

 

13) What do people constantly misunderstand about you?

That being fun, positive and choosing humility doesn’t mean that I’m shallow or lack intelligence.

 

14) Do you ever feel lonely? Explain.

 

Yes. Whilst leading and serving others is an incredible privilege and joy, it can also be a lonely space.

 

15) What is your preferred way of connecting with others in meaningful ways?

 

Coffee dates and dinners. I prefer the intimacy of one-on-one time.

 

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16) Do you have a favorite place in the world? Where is it?

Home is my favorite place.

 

17) What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Passionate, Relational, Encouraging

 

18) Who has been a role model to you? How?

Working in full-time ministry has meant that I have had the privilege of interacting with countless brave and courageous Jesus loving women. Each one of these ladies has revealed an aspect of Gods heart for His people and has inspired me in my own Christian walk.


19) Who is the person with whom you can talk about anything?

My Husband. He is my biggest fan.

20) What three words best describes your family?

 

Generous, Loving and Creative.
21) What is your favorite scripture?

Ephesians 1:5 “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will”

 

22) What message would you like to share with the rest of the world?

Don’t discount your value based on your past. God sees you as whole and capable of the tasks He has called you to. He will equip you as you step out in faith and obedience.

 

23) If you could go back five years in your life, what advice would you give yourself?

Do what you feel called to even if you have to do it afraid.

 

 

Kerry would love to hear from you! Contact her at the link below:

 

EVERYONE HAS A SHARE: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Interested in participating in our What’s Your Story Blog Interview Series? Submit your information here to be considered for future posts.

 

CHALLENGE: Ask someone you know little about questions about their life. Discover something that you have in common.

 

 

What’s Your Story Blog Interview Series #7: COMING SOON!

 

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8 Comments

  • Jen

    This is such an inspiring series! I often remember the quote that there isn’t a person we couldn’t love if we only knew their story – and I find that so true with these women! Thank you!

  • Tabatha

    Loved reading about Kerry’s story today! Reading about the faith of others definitely has a way of spurring us on in our own. That’s awesome that she and her husband were faithful to follow God’s leading to move to another city to plant a church! I can only imagine what an adjustment that must have been. Thankful for God’s goodness, guidance, and the sweet peace He offers us when we choose to simply trust Him <3

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