New Voices: Jessica Thompson

Jessica ThompsonBy Trillia Newbell

Jessica Thompson once considered herself a good girl, but God intervened and revealed her true nature. Now the ex-good girl spends her time teaching others through writing and speaking about the gospel and practical application of God’s word.

Thompson, of Poway, California–a suburb of San Diego, has been writing for the past three years. When she isn’t writing, she is homeschooling her three children (ages 14, 12, and 9), speaking occasionally at conferences, and assisting her mother and author, Elyse Fitzpatrick. Thompson has been married to her high school sweetheart, Cody, for 17 years.

Learn more about Thompson, her upcoming projects, and thoughts for other writers in this Q&A:

Q: When did you discover you enjoyed writing?

Thompson: I enjoy writing when I know that I have something important to say. The enjoyment comes from knowing I am being used by God.

Q:  Why do you write?

Thompson:  I write because I want families to know the joy and freedom that comes from the gospel. I want the message of free grace to be pushed into every area of our lives.

Q:  People always want to know how moms write. When do you find time?

Thompson:  I get up pretty early in the morning. God has given me an internal alarm clock that goes off before the sun comes up. I use the time in the morning, before my kids wake up to study and write.

Q:  If you were to sit down with a blogger who desires to write a book, what is one piece of advice you’d give them?

Thompson: I would tell them not to try and make a name for themselves, be about Jesus. If you have a book in you that God wants to get published it will get published. There are practical things you can do. I haven’t had to go about getting published in the conventional way. I have had opportunities given to me that are pretty uncommon. I would just warn though that it is easy to get caught up in having a popular blog and being on the cutting edge. Make yourself nothing and make Jesus everything. Social media is a great tool, but it can also be consuming. Don’t let your happiness live and die with each “retweet” or “like” find your reputation in Christ alone.

Q:  What project are you currently working on?

Thompson: I am currently finishing up a devotional for kids ages 5-10. I am taking every day situation that a child that age might encounter and I am showing them how  the life, death, resurrection, and ascension, and on-going reign of Jesus Christ might be applied to it.

Q:  Why is this topic important to you?

Thompson: I want kids and parents to have concrete help in working through difficult issues. I want parents to know how to give their kids real hope in a real gospel. I want children to know how to connect the truth of the gospel to their lives. Crossway is my publisher and I believe it is coming out sometime in 2014.

Q:  Briefly tell us your testimony.

Thompson: I grew up in a very strong Christian home. I have a long lineage of devout believers in my family. I knew I wasn’t a true believer but I lived a life of good deeds. I went on missions trips in high school, and was the Jr. High youth leader in our church. After graduating I immediately enrolled in Bible College. I did this so that I would receive accolades from my family and other church members. I was so content with my reputation before others I didn’t care about any sort of relationship with God. Part of Bible College was having to go to prayer before our classes. I would commonly use this time to nap or day-dream, I would never pray. One day in prayer the Holy Spirit came crashing through my benign thoughts and brought me to my knees. I saw that I was a sinner and needed a savior. I saw that my reliance on reputation was nothing before a Holy God. He chased me down in my self-righteous-good-deed-doing-sweet-Christian-girl-being and showed me my foolishness. He broke my hard heart and gave me a healing balm all within a few minutes. I don’t have a bad girl gone good story, I have a “good” girl seen she was actually a bad girl story. I am grateful for it.

Q:  When you aren’t writing, what is your favorite leisure activity?

Thompson:  I love watching baseball, specifically my San Diego Padres. They are a constant reminder that my hope is not in anything here on this earth. Since we have such beautiful weather, I love doing anything outside (hiking, going to the beach, lying in the sun)

Q:  When you get discouraged (by sin, life, whatever it may be) is there a favorite Scripture you turn to? Or what is your favorite passage in the Bible?

Thompson:  Romans 8, Romans 8 and Romans 8. I have been studying the book Romans for the entire year and have found such hope and encouragement, it has changed me. Romans 8 fills me with joy and awe and I pray that it does so for the rest of my life. Martin Luther said that “The 8th chapter of Romans is the masterpiece of the New Testament.”

give them graceQ:  Where can we find your writing?

Thompson: I blog occasionally for Faithlife Women, Crossway, and Liberate. I also have done a series of blogs on parenting on my own website www.givethemgrace.com

 

Thompson is the co-author along with her mother, Elyse Fitzpatrick, of the book Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus (Crossway, May 2011).

 

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4 Comments to “New Voices: Jessica Thompson”

  1. Katy Sammons says:

    So thankful for your advice to bloggers! Just what I needed to hear today!

  2. Praise God! It’s exactly what I need to hear pretty much every day. 🙂

  3. Kim Shay says:

    Really thankful for the exhortation to be careful about social media. As with all good tools, social media can be a horrible thing as well. I really appreciated the encouragement not to let it consume us.

  4. Aimee Byrd says:

    Me too, much needed godly advice.