About Me

Hi there. I’m Amanda.



And honestly? I’m just me. I love Jesus, first and foremost. His joy fills my soul and He is the only reason I am who I am and I do what I do.

I’m a writer, a thinker, a dreamer, an adventurer.

I love music – singing, playing guitar, ukulele, and piano, and blasting music in my headphones.

I like books. I like knowledge. I like accomplishment, and perseverance, and goals.

I’m a coffee drinker, a chocolate lover, and I’m rather fond of pizza.

I’m a student, a sister, a daughter, a friend, and sometimes just that blonde girl you’ll meet who wants to exchange soul-stories with you, and hear what God is doing in your life.

I’m a highly extroverted introvert, I love people, and I want to give people hope — that same hope that’s treated as nonexistent by the fallen world we live in.

And what I get to do here, on this blog, it absolutely floors me.

I love being able to use my words to encourage, to inspire, to lift people up, to share a little slice of my soul. To help others understand the grace that impacts my life so prevalently on a day-to-day basis, the love of Jesus that gives me a reason to live, to write, to sing.

There are many layers to who I am. I’m serious, I’m ridiculous, I’m emotional, I’m passionate, I’m visionary. But I want you to know that I care about you.

No matter what you’re going through, no matter what messy battles you’re fighting right now, I want you to know that you’re not alone. I want you to know that Christ is the One who makes you good enough. I want you to know that you can have so much joy, right where you are, because of this Jesus who died for YOU.

I originally thought this blog would be all about me. But it isn’t, and I don’t want it to be.

This blog is about all of us, what we face, and the One who has overcome all of it.

It’s about how we can live the Christian life in freedom, and grace, and radical joy.

It’s about hope, and developing a deep friendship with God and allowing Him to work in our lives because of what He’s done for us.

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

aj 2


99 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Great first entry, Amanda! May God continue to bless you with insight in His Word and opportunities to share the good news with many others…Blessings in Christ, Dennis Clough

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  2. Hey Amanda,
    Love your blog and even more so your heart in sharing your faith. You are the present and future church. In a couple of months I’ll be at the Cape speaking this message… “Your Walk is Your Witness.” In your case it is in fact a powerful witness. Not to mention your witness has [eternal consequences].

    Be a Blessing As You are a Blessing, Tom

    Tom Lovig
    PTL Speaker
    “Your walk is your witness… to a world in need of Jesus.”

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  3. By the way if you ever want to talk to someone who writes professionally for churches and pastors you just let me know. She can take a sermon series and turn it into a book and or workshop. Then promote it all over the country. She’s my daughter, Mindy, and in the world of writing, she has worked for some of the biggest ministries and names in Christian evangelism. Including the White House,,, but not the current administration as they have issues with Christianity.

    Be good… and always remember, “Your walk is your witness.”

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  4. Yay, I’ve found ANOTHER Christian teen blogger. This just gets better and better. I think I saw you like to play and write songs. Do you play guitar, or what instrument?
    also I have a friend from church who runs a surf shop on the beach near where I live 😛 How long have you been surfing?
    It’s so cool to find this blog *follows*

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    1. That’s awesome! Are you a Christian teen blogger too?
      Yep, I play guitar, piano, and ukulele, and sing.
      I’ve been surfing for…hmm. 3 or 4 years now? I love it. It’s absolutely exhilarating.
      How did you find my blog? Just curious.


      1. I am so sorry I never replied, for some reason it never notified me 😦
        I am a Christian teen blogger, but I post more poetry than anything else, unlike this blog. I’ve got to say, this blog has continued to be amazing more and more with each post. God is certainly working through you, and we really need more teens like that in this confusing and very secular world.
        That’s cool, how long have you been playing guitar? I am learning how to play classical, which is so beautiful sounding. Surfing is fun (When I can actually do it, which I really can’t) but my sister’s friend loves it a lot. 🙂
        I found your blog through Emily’s at forthebookish.com. I saw your reply to one of her posts, and of course I had to click to see what your blog was about! I’ve decided to call all of us Christian Teen Bloggers: The Christian Homeschooled Writers Web (unless you’re not homeschooled I have no clue haha but most of us are xD)


      2. It’s okay!
        That’s fun. Blogging is a joy. Thanks so much for your encouragement!
        I’m self-taught on guitar and started playing, oh, three years ago? It’s more of a hobby than anything. Wow! Classical guitar really is beautiful. 🙂
        That’s so cool! Emily’s blog is great. And yep, I’m homeschooled too. Have been my whole life. 😉 Thanks for coming back by my blog again!

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  5. Another Christian blogger!!! Yay! 😀 Wow — you surf? Just wondering (you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to), what state do you live in? I used to live in California, so surfing was pretty commonplace at most beaches.


      1. Oh wow — Massachusetts? That’s so cool! And nah, I don’t surf, but I knew lots of people back in Cali who did! 🙂


      2. I think you were mentioned on another blog (I don’t remember which one). So I clicked the link and here I am! 🙂


      1. I found you on Goodreads! I just joined the Rebelution group, and you replied to Leah Sinnamon’s comment. Do you know Leah Sinnamon? I am her friend! And I think you know Leah E. Good…I don’t know her personally, but I have friends who know Leah Good really well!


      2. I am from Connecticut! I am homeschooled, and I used to go to the same church as the Sinnamons! I knew the van Achterbergs through a homeschool co-op! Are you from Maine? 😀


  6. I just read this again and…this paragraph:

    “I’m an introvert, but one with passion. I care about people, even if it seems I’m only on the sidelines. I don’t want to talk about nothing in order to fill time, I want to get to know you. I want to have real conversations, and be able to talk about faith and theology, and your dreams and desires. I want to know what makes you tick, not what the latest trends are.”

    YES YES YES. Me too! 🙂


  7. Amanda, your blog has been such an encouragement. Your posts are always so insightful and wise. It was such a blessing to find you; I can’t wait to read more! 🙂


  8. I’m not actually sure . . . I think that it was through Tricia Mingerink’s author blog. She had listed some blogs she liked and yours was one of them. 🙂

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  9. Oh! I love JJ Heller and Twenty One Pilots too!
    Have you heard of Mindy Gledhill? SHE IS AWESOME! And I also love Lauren Daigle!


  10. I love your ‘about me’ page! It’s very you 🙂 I followed you a while back but I’m just now taking the time to really look around. I see I have missed some good stuff! Time to catch up 😀


  11. Hey there Amanda! You may or may not recognize me from your Camp NaNo cabin, but I thought I’d drop by and say “hello”! You have a beautiful blog, and beautiful spirit, and a beautiful mind! Praise God for being willing to stand up for what you believe is right in a world that doesn’t like His will. I’m definitely going to hang around and read your posts!
    I’m planning on doing the Purposeful Pages link-up, but my post won’t be published until this next Monday. Have a wonderful day! Probably talk to you at the cabin soon. 😉


    1. Hey Rebekah! Of course I recognize you! 😉 Aww, thank you so much, girl! That means so much to me.
      EEK, that sounds awesome. 😀 Monday is a good day, that’s totally fine. Thanks for taking the time to stop by & comment! Can’t wait to talk to you more soon. 😉


  12. Hello… 🙂 My name is Olivia and my brother told me I should check out your blog so here I am. I can so relate to not being or feeling normal. Reading theology, thinking about theology, and writing about theology is what I love to do most. I’m also homeschooled. I don’t know anything about martial arts though. Me and sports do not go well together… I’m much better at music.


    1. Hi Olivia! Welcome to Scattered Journal Pages. 🙂 It’s wonderful to hear that you’re so much like me – and I love music as well. (I’m not the sportiest person ever, haha.) Thanks for stopping by! Who’s your brother, by the way?


  13. Hi! My name’s Abigail,
    I am new to this blog, I found it by following a link on my friends blog – It looks amazing!!!
    I am so looking forward to reading all of the posts and enjoying the Christian influence it has!!!


  14. Hi, Amanda! It is so great to find fellow Christian-teen writers. I am SOO excited to start reading more posts. (Ps, I also LOVE chocolate) what’s your favorite kind of chocolate? (Mine is dark chocolate! 😉


  15. Hi Amanda! I know I’m really late (the first comment dates back to 2015), but your words carry the same impact today, in 2017, as they did two years ago, when you first posted this. I think this thing that you’re doing is amazing. The world needs more people like you (and me)…who want to bring people joy and inspiration through the Hope that we carry.
    I’m glad I stumbled across your blog…I look forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂


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