Interview with Chrystal Evans Hurst
Keeping faith through trials can be a difficult task, especially when you are young and finding your way. In She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You, Chrystal Evans Hurst details her journey through life’s challenges and offers advice to young women for keeping faith and focus on God during these difficult times.
Hope for Women: Chrystal, thank you for sharing your heart in She's Still There. What was the hardest part of your story to share? Why did you feel it was important to go ahead and share it?
Chrystal Evans Hurst: I’d definitely have to say the story of my teenage pregnancy. While anyone can do the math and know that I had my first child at the age of 19 or 20, I shared the emotional journey of that experience in a transparent and honest way which left me feeling a little naked. I decided to go ahead and share because [I want] the woman who reads this to know that she is not alone. That journey wasn’t easy but it was definitely worth it.
HFW: You talk about us losing our way and forgetting that girl inside. For readers with daughters, what encouragement can you give them to help their daughters stay tuned in to the woman God created them to be?
CEH: We all need something bigger than ourselves as a focal point for moving forward. Our relationship with God, the purposes He has for us, and the dreams and hopes that we have for our future are key — especially for young girls — in living a focused life.
HFW: You also talk about the hidden years: when a woman feels as if she is doing what God has called her to, but it’s far from glamorous. What encouragement can you give to someone currently in that place?
CEH: Know that in the quiet, still places, deep roots grow. You will never realize what God can cultivate in the hidden years until you look back with hindsight 20/20 vision and see how He has woven all things together for your good and for His glory. So your goal should be to live well in the current season that you are in. Tell yourself — even if you have to speak it out loud — that God wastes nothing and will use the time you invest in difficult seasons. Serve Him well.
HFW:In She’s Still There you talk about taking your thoughts captive. It’s not easy! How can someone do this in real and practical ways?
CEH: Examine each thought, particularly the negative, hurtful or destructive ones in the light of God’s Word. Search the Word (or use Google if you need help) to find where certain topics are covered in the Bible. If your thinking does not line up with God’s Word, start making the intentional effort to rehearse what God says in place of your natural train of thought until His thoughts become your thoughts.
HFW: How has writing this book shifted the course you’ve been on? Or has it?
CEH: It hasn’t really. I am still blogging, podcasting, and speaking, as well as fixing dinner for my family, doing laundry, and grading my kid’s math.
HFW: Where are you finding your HOPE these days?
CEH: In settling back in to regular life post book-launch and having a bit more time to walk around my neighborhood, getting some sun, talking to Jesus, and really hearing the beat of my own heart.