First of all: it was my blog’s birthday at the beginning of this week! It didn’t quite fit into my schedule to do anything to celebrate, so go eat some ice cream for me tonight. That’ll be celebration enough. 😛

 

Anniversaries aside, I’m excited to be part of a blog tour today! Oh Beloved One is a magazine for Christian girls, all about encouraging fellow hope-seekers to be passionate and active in pursing God, being real in struggles, and remembering that we are loved.

I adore the message of this, and it’s always encouraging to meet people who have such a passionate and creative vision.

 

Also giveaways. I love doing giveaways so stay tuned for that at the end! 😏

 

Before I dive into the interview questions, let me tell you a little bit about Amanda Brown. And you can also check out the post in the tour before me @ Rosalie Valentine!

 

Amanda Brown is the dreamer behind Oh Beloved One. More than anything, she wants to be a help to those who feel stuck, brokenhearted, or purposeless. Through her honest but witty and entertaining blog posts, Amanda hopes to help girls draw near to the God whose steadfast love is never failing.

She loves Emily Dickinson poems, happily ever afters, and the color yellow. She’s also the type of person that brings three bags of pens with her to school everyday.

 

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Hey Amanda! I’m so excited to have you here today. I’d love to start off with what’s probably a fairly generic question, but I’m curious nonetheless! What is your vision and goal for Oh Beloved One?

Thanks so much for having me, Jane! My ultimate vision is for Oh Beloved One to be a ministry girls know they can go to for visually beautiful, art-based content that helps them grow in their spiritual walk. Instead of being just a magazine and blog, I would love to publish devotionals and books plus other fun paper goods, as well as sell faith-based items like clothing and accessories to proudly publish your faith. I’d also love to eventually have seminars where girls from around the country come to talk about God and learn about studying the Bible better.

 

I love that vision! It’s so cool to see how passionate you are about this topic. 💕

A little over a year ago, you really tightened the message of Oh Beloved One to focus on encouraging and supporting Christian girls in their journey. Is there a verse, song, or story behind why you started this new vision for Oh Beloved One?

Yes, actually! I was sitting in a service and the minister had an invitation for people to go into the ministry. For the majority of my life, whenever I heard that, I immediately thought of being a pastor/missionary’s wife and wrote it off because I just didn’t feel called to that. But, right there, I felt so obviously called to use the talents God has given me (speaking, writing, and art) in a ministry setting. When I left the service, I thought of my already set-up magazine and blog and knew that was the perfect platform to start my launch into the world of ministry. It was such a God-thing and, two months later, I’d renamed and refocused the whole brand!

 

Wow, that’s an incredible story! I love seeing how God has worked in and through you.

Is there anyone who continually inspires you and encourages you to keep pursuing your vision through the times when you just want to give up?

I’d say two people: number one is my mom. She is the strongest woman I know and the hidden cheerleader behind every project I’ve started. She was actually diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago but her good attitude has so inspired me to never lose focus of our real goal despite problems, health or otherwise. My second inspiration is my best friend, Julia Ryan. She has been such a light in my life. She is wise beyond her years and the complete opposite of me so she always has a good perspective that I never would’ve thought of.

 

Your mum sounds amazing! And Julia Ryan is the greatest. 😊

What is a bible verse you cling to in hard times?

Right now I’m really loving Psalm 84. It talks about an intense desire to love God and be in His presence regardless of what is going on. The verse then talks about how we walk through valleys and they are rendered places of springs of early rains, going from strength to strength in God’s power. It such a gorgeous picture of our Christian walk: yes, there is pain. But keep your eyes on God, be in His presence, and you’ll see your valleys filled with pools that satiate your thirst for hope.

 

That was so inspiring and encouraging, Amanda. Soo good to remember that.

Do you have a favourite inspiring quote other than that (above)?

Something that really hit me this summer was a quote that is just six words long: “There are no odds with God.” It rhymes, it’s short, it’s memorable. I remind myself of that quote on a daily basis.

 

What. a. quote. I’ve never heard that before but that’s so cool!

What’s something you’ve learned (either from your team, or just a lesson from your life experiences) in the past year from your part in Oh Beloved One?

It’s not always about the results. I feel like this parallels life so much. Sometimes you’ll put in all the effort in a workout after workout but you’ll still be at the same weight. Sometimes you’ll try to love on a person so much and show them Jesus, but they’ll still be hateful. And sometimes you’ll put a lot of time into your life project and you won’t see the numbers you necessarily want. Oh Beloved One is a huge time commitment, but I feel called to keep on going. And when I get that email from a fan that says my post was just what they needed, it’s all worth it. I may not reach the thousands, but just the one will do.

 

So, so true! And so something I need to remember more often.

Do you have any funny ‘behind the scenes’ stories from your time as the founder and editor of Oh Beloved One?

Most of my OBO “work” involves me sitting in my room by myself on my computer haha so not really. Something cool this summer was that one of my blog readers was in my cabin this summer (she had about a one in fifty chance). It was so cool referencing blog posts and she’d perk up and be like “Oh yeah I printed out that printable” or “yeah, you posted about that just a few weeks ago right?” It was such a blessing.

 

Aw, so cool! Love that.

And to finish on another fun note, since we’re on the cusp of a new season: what’s your favourite time of year?

Ah, this one is so hard! I love the coziness of fall but I’m a Christmas addict (I just love the whole recipe: vintage Christmas music, lights, wreathes, yummy food, hugs, family, warm drinks). I think I’d have to go with winter despite my constant whining about the cold.

 

Thank you so much for having me, Jane! And thanks to each and every one of you who read this blog post. I hope to see you around OBO and that you never forget that you are beloved by the King of the Universe!

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Giveaway

Time for our little giveaway!! This is a chance to win a pdf copy of Amanda Brown’s devotional: Ice Cream Devos. It has five short and sweet devotionals that help jumpstart a devotional life. Open internationally!

 

To Enter:

  • Just comment on this post and say you’d like to enter! (You can also comment if you don’t want to enter, but just say that you don’t want me to count you in)

 

Extra Entries:
(one extra point per action)

And let me know what you’ve done in the comments, so I can count it to your score!

 

Details:

  • Giveaway closes @ midnight, Thursday 12th
  • There’ll be TWO winners!
  • Once drawn, the winners will be emailed their pdf devotional as soon as we can! 😀

 

[Congratulations to the winners: Emma Starr and Vera S!]

 

I don’t know about you, but even just doing that interview and reading Amanda’s answers was pretty encouraging. It’s so easy to lose focus in the everyday of life. 😅

I hope this encouraged you too!

 

Let’s hang! Do you have a favourite inspiring quote? Who’s someone who always encourages you when you’re down?

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