Tell us a little bit about yourself and what God has called you to do? My name is Jamie Ivey and God keeps asking me to do some big things that are super fun and super hard at the same time! Almost three years ago I launched my podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, and just recently I turned in a whole lot of words that other people will help me make into a book that releases in January of 2018!
Where do you live and have you lived anywhere else? I live in Austin, Texas with my man and our four kids. We've been here eight years and before that we spent five years in Murfreesboro, TN, which is just outside of Nashville. We lived in Sugar Land, Texas (outside of Houston) previous to that where we met and were married!
How do you carve out time with God everyday? I usually do this right after the kids go to school, or if my day immediately starts when they leave, then I will carve out time in the middle of my day when I take a breather for lunch.
What is your best organizational/planning tip? Hire an assistant! Just kidding. Kinda.
What is your family’s favorite go-to easy meal? Well, since I don't do hardly any cooking around this house (I know, luckiest woman alive, right??!?!?) I actually only have about 2 things that I ever cook. One being spaghetti and I only make that when my husband is not home because he hates spaghetti. Two is a meal that my friend Amanda told me about that is the easiest thing in the world, plus my kids LOVE it! You take some small potatoes and cut them in chunks, add some green beans, some sausage, and some butter. Cover with foil and cook away! I actually talked about it on the show once, so I put the recipe on my blog: http://jamieivey.com/sausage-links-potatoes-string-beans.
Tell us your favorite God story (in your own life)? I have come a long way with my struggle with fear. It's still there for sure, but it's not as gripping as it used to be. My fear would overcome me in movie theaters, or large groups with my kids. In previous times in my life I have been convinced that my husband was going to die on every trip he took. I have to actually fight it all the time. I have seen God help me fight it, and not just remove it from me. I wish I never struggled with this, but my fight keeps me close to Him.
What are your 3 favorite books, other than the Bible of course? I love lots of books, and you'll hardly ever hear me say a book is bad because I value the work that anyone puts into writing. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson & Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd changed my worldview forever. I have talked about these books since the day I finished the last page, and I think they are a must read for everyone in 2017. I also read a book a few years ago that I thought as I was reading that every Christ follower should read and it was called 10 Who Changed the World by Daniel Akin. I believe that stories change the world, and reading the stories of those that have gone before us with such excitement for the gospel was impactful on my life.
What is your favorite Bible Verse? Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
We are dying to know . . . if you could have anyone on your show, who would it be? Well the people I mention all the time that I want to join me are Kathie Lee Gifford and George W. Bush. I know it seems odd, but I think Kathie Lee is hilarious, and I know she loves Jesus and George W Bush has always intrigued me and I think he would be hilarious as well. They would also make my "imaginary dinner party list" as well!