Fifteen Blog Tour

Hello dear friends! Today, I have the immense honor of hosting a part of Amie Anne Woleslagle’s Blog Tour & Scavenger Hunt for her new poetry book, Fifteen, which releases on October 23rd! I got to interview her about herself and her book, and I am so happy, practically struck by stars, to be able to share this with you.

I’m happy because I need a book like this. I struggle with thoughts in my mind – dark shadows floating and piercing – and poetry is such a beautiful way to shine a light into people’s hearts.

Also, here is the beautiful cover:

Hello Amie Anne! I’m so glad to have you as a guest on my blog! First of all, if you could describe yourself with four words, what would they be? *Also I really love your name, it’s so unique and beautiful.* 

Awe, thank you. I think I would describe myself as loyal, ingenuitive, dedicated, and vivacious.

Also, what’s your favorite flavor of tea, or if you aren’t a tea person, go-to Starbucks drink?

See, I love both tea and Starbucks, so I shall answer both. My favorite flavor of tea is lemon at the moment, though it changes. I also love chai, Irish breakfast, English breakfast, and Earl Grey. 

Can you give us a quick description of your book?

Absolutely! “You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.”

Why did you write this book and what was the process like?

I wrote this book as a project given to me by a friend, and then it snowballed from a freebie for my email list to a book that I’m publishing. Definitely not where I saw it going, but I believe God knew just where it needed to go and who needs to read it. 

What has been the funnest (that’s a word) part of the process?

Definitely connecting with people. It’s been such a wild ride, but it’s been amazing to be able to connect with authors and readers alike.

What has been the hardest part?

Not giving in to the anxiety. I’ve never done all of this, and every step of the way there’s been these crippling fears and moments where I just want to scream because I. Don’t. Know. What. I’m. Doing. But God’s been there, and He’s given me grace and people to help me through this. 

Who/what has been the most influential in the creation of this book?

There are so many life experiences and people who have influenced this book. Each of the poems speaks to a different experience and different lessons learned thanks to different people.

What are your plans/dreams for the future?

*laughs* Well, those don’t really exist once the new year appears, so I guess everyone (including myself!) shall just have to see. 

If this hasn’t gotten you excited, I don’t know what will. I am so thankful to have been part of the tour. I have already gone and pre-ordered the book, and you should too! 

You can pre-order the paperback copy here, and the e-book copy here. If you pre-order it, you can sign up for some beautiful pre-order goodies that will be sent to your doorstep! You can fill out the form for the goodies here

A New Perspective On Today

Dear all, my friend Evelyn Brooks and I did a blog post swap! Here is her encouraging article on rejoicing in today. You can find more of her writing here.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:24

Sometimes, God’s Spirit brings understanding in the most unexpected ways. Like through an egg carton. 

It was a bright morning, and I was making breakfast. As I moved to put away the egg carton, I saw Psalm 118:24 printed on the inside of the top. 

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 ESV)

All of a sudden, it was like a burst of clarity struck me in the face. The day mentioned in the verse wasn’t just some hypothetical 24-hour period to think of on Thanksgiving. This was the day the Lord had made. This one, right here. 

It seemed like I’d been going through a season of hardship where I knew each day would be tainted by some new struggle. Having a fresh perspective by putting this verse into the context of the present transformed the way I saw my day, and hopefully it does the same for you.

In essence, Psalm 118:24  tells us that God has made this day, no matter what comes, and it is something to rejoice in. 

No matter what anxiety you have. 

No matter if you feel like a frazzled mess. 

No matter if you forget to pray.

No matter what mistakes you make and setbacks you experience. 

Our God is the Intentional Creator, which means that if He made this day, then nothing about it is an accident. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (NLT). He has a vision for all our “bad days” and will turn them into something more stunning than we could ever imagine. The Lord knew the challenges you’d face and made today something worth rejoicing in anyway

To be honest, I feel a little fake right now since so much of what I’m talking about are lessons I’m still trying to learn and trust. However, I want to remind both myself and you that this is a process, and you shouldn’t get discouraged when your faith-walk isn’t as picture-perfect as you’d like it to be. Thank God for His abundance of grace. 

In the middle of our messy, stressful, or painful days, God is in control and faithful to walk with us even when we can’t feel His presence. I don’t know about you, but these facts begin changing how I define a good day versus a bad one. Rather than minimizing the struggle, trying to gain God’s vantage point on our days gives a comforting perspective. It’s incredible how many moments begin jumping out at you when you pay attention to the little, simple ways God floods your life with goodness. 

So, no matter what today holds, rejoice because God weaves beauty into even our most mundane, imperfect days, and He is always present in them.