Sassy Girls interviews author Jen Irvig, who chats a bit about her book As My Mind Unwinds.
SG: Jen, tell readers a littel about yourself.
Jen: I’m a pastor, life coach and author of As My Mind Unwinds, an unconventional but powerful devotional aimed to point the unwindings of your mind toward Jesus. Although often a grammar nazi, I tend to write as I speak in order to be relatable. I live in Lake Stevens, Wa (30 minutes north of Seattle) with my husband and two boys. We share our home with a man cub of a schnoodle named Mowgli. I love to laugh and my vacation home is Disneyland.
Q: Have you ever tried something you were afraid to try because it mattered so much to you?
A: Yep! And my book is it! It is very scary putting yourself out there for the world to see, but I believe God has called me to write and to speak and it was time to be obedient and start somewhere.
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Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: I carve out time to write on my next book on Wednesdays and I write for my blog as well as womendevotions.com on Fridays.
Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: My life! Fo REALZ. My next devotional will focus on anxiety which is something I’ve always struggled with. I also have plans to write a book on grief called, “The Day My Brother Died”
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: When I’m not writing, I love working at my church or trying to get my butt to Disneyland! I also like to paint with watercolor!
Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A: I have written just the one but I also contributed to Under One Umbrella: Facing Life’s Relationship Storms One Blog at Time
Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: Yes! I love hearing from my readers. I am always delightfully surprised to hear how something I wrote touched them or blessed them! And I’m especially thrilled if I make them laugh with my writing!
About the book:
Introductory thoughts: What better way to start a book of devotionals than with the thought of rehab? Isn’t that the reason many of us decide we need to maybe dedicate a month to daily devotionals? Because it’s time for rehabilitation and recalibration? While you read this entry and contemplate the following coaching questions, I pray that God will recalibrate your efforts, remove that which damages, and your giftings will soar.
Read: Romans 12:2; Proverbs 17:22; Phillippians 4:8
Why do people enter rehab? Rehab is defined as “the action of restoring someone to health or normal life through training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness.” Why would YOU enter rehab if you should need to?
Do you need to be restored to health and a normal life after imprisonment, addiction or illness? I know I have.
Seven years ago I had to leave “a family” of sorts that I’d been a part of for 15 years. There were some unhealthy things happening there that were poison to my soul…and the souls of others. I had no power to change it so I had to leave and it was heartbreaking.
When I left I knew I needed spiritual and emotional rehabilitation and recalibration. This is how I went about restoring my health and a normal life…if there is such a thing! Ha! Check it out:
I had to put goodness and truth in me to reverse the effects of what I’d experienced; and by doing this, I would be able to “test and approve what God’s will is” and hopefully prevent myself from being in a similar environment for too long in the future.
READ the word every day! Memorize and “chew on” a new verse every week! It will renew your mind, strengthen your resolve and protect your heart.
*A fun way to memorize scripture if you have kids is to say one together every time you enter the car. My kids and I do ours on the way to school. They have several verses memorized!
Finding a New Tribe:
I surrounded myself with new people that love and serve God like crazy! People that make me laugh and make my heart happy. These people are not perfect, but they’re also not toxic. They have humble hearts, open minds, and a love for all things Jesus. I pray you let those three qualities be your standard for who gets the bulk of your time.
I Focused on What God Has for Me:
I focused on my giftings and passions. I pursued them relentlessly. I practiced singing, piano and writing to improve the arts I’ve been blessed with. This brought me purpose and health because doing what you’re meant to do and doing it well always does.
What area of your life needs restored to health and how can you rehabilitate and recalibrate to make it happen?
Jen’s Coaching Questions
- You may not need to separate yourself from anything negative like I did to recalibrate, but what area of your life do find needs rehab?
- Why do you need rehab in this area?
- What does rehab look like for you?
- What long lasting negative impacts can we experience if we don’t get the rehab we need?
- How can delaying rehab inhibit your use of your natural and spiritual gifts?
- What is your plan to enter rehab and recalibrate your efforts to see your gifts soar in your life for God’s glory?