Today we are featuring an exclusive interview with author Kristen Strong about her new release, Girl Meets Change. This interview is part of Vyrso’s author recommendation series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.
Tell us a little bit about your blog, Chasing Blue Skies, and what inspired you to create this refreshing site.
I’ve loved journaling and writing stories since I was very young. Blogging became an easy, natural forum for me to practice the art and discipline of regular writing.
As a nature lover who can’t get enough sky gazing, I liked the idea of creating an online space that reflected this. Hence Chasing Blue Skies was born, and it truly is a natural fit for my style, personality, and interests.
Through the years as you’ve grown in your faith, what are some specific authors and books have been influential on you and your writing?
- Many of Beth Moore’s books, including To Live is Christ and Feathers from My Nest
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together
- Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts
- Jennifer Dukes Lee’s Love Idol
- Gary Thomas’ Sacred Pathways
- Holley Gerth’s You’re Already Amazing
- Emily P. Freeman’s A Million Little Ways
In what ways have you been influenced by these authors and books?
I am drawn to authors who help me see myself—my place, purpose and value in this world—as Jesus does. Within the pages of each book mentioned above, I am able to see myself in a more accurate light as I find myself in their stories.
Each author referenced is a master at showing how the Bible is alive and relevant to my life. Each lives (or lived) authentically in the freedom Jesus offers as well as makes a relationship with Him look so attractive, it’s something I naturally want too.
Tell us about your new release Girl Meets Change.
Girl Meets Change is a book written to help women see their difficult life change in a new hopeful light. It is a place that meets women at the crossroads of their anxiety about change and God’s purpose found in it. Inside its pages are not only my story of change, but also the stories of other women and stories from Scripture.
What are few healthy ways to navigate negative change?
1. Make an intentional choice to regularly enter into the presence of Christ.
We all know spending time with Jesus benefits us, but we don’t always realize how much Jesus truly enjoys our presence too. [Click to Tweet!]
He delights in us. Once we start to get a taste of that, we want to spend more time with him. And the more we spend time with him, the more we know the hardship brought on by change is still very much within the care and concern of Christ. Therefore, we are better able to live by faith that God intends to use the difficult change in our lives to bless us.
We better see the change in our lives not as the end of our story but a part of it. Our change is never the end. God’s grace and goodness are. [Click to Tweet!]
2. Make your questions surrounding the change work for you.
I’m a big question asker, so when change lands in my lap, questions want to tag-a-long with it. I haven’t always directed those questions in a “for me” way.
For example, when my husband and I couldn’t easily start a family, my questions sounded like Why can’t I get pregnant? Doesn’t God think I would be a good mom?Instead of asking questions that focused on the outcomes of my circumstances, I needed to reframe them to focus on the purpose of my circumstances.
So better questions for me to ask here What else does God want to give me? What else is he working out in me through this situation? Then I could dwell on healthy, truth-based answers rather than answers based on my topsy-turvy feelings.
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Today we are featuring an exclusive interview with author Kristen Strong about her new release, Girl Meets Change. This interview is part of Vyrso’s author recommendation series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ. Tell us a little bit about your blog, Chasing Blue Skies, […]