in faith, grace, scripture

Tit for Tat – Pay Me Back

16 May 2016

By: Katie Messer “The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Have you even been blown away by the generosity of another? Maybe you are in college and instant soup is on the menu multiple times a week. Perhaps you are working multiple jobs, but still not getting ahead financially. Maybe you are financially contributing to some family obligations and do...

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in faith, freedom

Now What?

10 May 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin Many of our readers are past the awkward teen years, but have realized that college isn’t much better when it comes to awkward. You know what I’m talking about- moving home for summer, you don’t feel quite like the daughter that grew up in your parents home, you’re kind of an adult, but then you kind of still depend on them to...

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in beauty, fun, Seasonal

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

05 May 2016

By: Rachel Brown Mother’s Day is just hours away and if you haven’t scored the perfect gift for your mama yet, don’t panic! We’ve rounded up some great, quick options that are both beautiful and thoughtful. Check out our list below and enjoy this weekend with the special women in your lives! A Homemade Bouquet There is no better way to spruce up a space...

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in freedom, WM spotlight

{WM Spotlight} Shayla Tonge

02 May 2016

Your family of four set out to venture the world and volunteer in orphanages in India, Africa and Central America. What led up to this wild journey and how do you go about it? In 8th grade, I checked out a book from my school library called 360 Degrees Longitude, a true story about a family who traveled the world together for a whole year....

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in featured cause

{WM Spotlight} Wipe Every Tear

25 Apr 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin April is sexual assault awareness month and highlighting Wipe Every Tear is one way that WM can partner with women who are oppressed, in hopes of shedding light on the issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Wipe Every Tear is a faith based organization that rescues girls trapped in sex trafficking in the Philippines and Thailand, where they have safe houses...

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in identity, scripture, worth

Follow Me, Memes, and Me Me

21 Apr 2016

By: Tekoa Manning A few months ago, I took the first steps, like a crack addict or an alcoholic breathing in a bag, I admitted I was addicted to Facebook. A couple days ago I hit delete and let the DT’s begin. I started realizing that I was carrying my phone with me like I would a 3-month-old baby and not getting much accomplished with...

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in featured cause, freedom, WM spotlight

{WM Spotlight} Sisterhood Soap

18 Apr 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin Hey ladies! Mother’s Day is coming up next month and if you’re anything like me, a planner and dreamer, then perhaps you are racking your brain for ideas to get your special Mother for her special day, that she can cherish, and that fits into your price budget. Wonderfully Made came across a beautiful organization called Sisterhood Soap that might make a...

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in quotes, scripture, women of the bible

Biblical Leadership

14 Apr 2016

By: Rachel Brown Often when we’re looking to hone our leadership skills, we forget that there are so many prime examples of strong female leaders right in front of us within the pages of the Bible. Join us as we take a look at some of the inspiring women in the Bible and how their actions and choices can influence us as we strive to...

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in beauty, Guest Bloggers, quotes, scripture

I Want to be Beautiful

11 Apr 2016

By: Lauren Goderwis “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body,“ (1 Corinthians 6:19- 20). This verse popped up earlier this week. At first, I didn’t really think too much about what it...

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in faith, love, scripture

It’s Better to Give Than to Receive

07 Apr 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin “She wants me to use my gas money, to drive the opposite direction, to pick her up then drive back to the park two blocks from me, just because she doesn’t feel like driving tonight?!” I stared at my phone aghast at my friend’s request for a ride to the park where we decided to go walking that evening. Stomping to the...

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in faith, prayer, scripture

Hurdles, Mountains, and the Valley of Achor

04 Apr 2016

By: Katie Messer “On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3 (NASB) Have you ever felt as though one challenging situation kept following another within your life? Perhaps you even wondered if there was something you could do to make the difficulties stop. Allow this to be refreshment to your heart and soul as...

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in freedom, Guest Bloggers, identity

More Than Reflections

24 Mar 2016

By: Alyssa Spang “What would you do if they developed houses on this land?” I recently asked my sister. “I don’t know—have a protest or something.” Beside my parents’ house, there is an innocuous patchwork of cornfields and a rugged central Pennsylvania farm path. In middle and high-school, I used to walk the path ruminating and reciting poetry—Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott.” Sometimes, I would...

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in freedom, identity, Seasonal

Three Reasons to Celebrate Easter

23 Mar 2016

By: Abigail Driscoll Let’s be honest: it’s easy to forget. With all of life’s obligations, full schedules, the rush of getting everything done, and your do-to list hanging over our shoulder, holidays have a tendency to sneak up on us. We’re so caught off guard that we scramble to remember why we even celebrate them in the first place. This Easter, let’s take a break...

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in Seasonal

Springtime Again!

22 Mar 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin Springtime is full of birds coming out of hiding, bursts of color, and flowers that permeate the air with sweet scent. It is time to get outside and enjoy the earth that is a gift and mystery! Check out this list of fun springtime activities to do solo or to bring friends closer together. Whatever you do this spring, enjoy the way...

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in faith

Ascending Love: An Easter Story

20 Mar 2016

By: Katie Messer “He was right.” Thomas recalled to himself. Still staring up into the sky, with the remaining ten disciples. Thomas continued, “I will forever sing Your praises, Jesus. Thank you.” Jesus of Nazareth had ascended into heaven after conquering death on a cross, just as the prophecies said of the Messiah (Psalm 16:10, Isaiah 52:13-Isaiah 53:12, Daniel 7:13-14, John 14:1-4, John 16:16, John 16:25-28)....

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in Uncategorized

Tips For Effective Time Management

11 Mar 2016

By: Rachel Brown In this fast-paced day and age we live in, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But instead of succumbing to the “busy” trap, we can create effective ways to manage our time, applying them to all areas of our lives: work, relationships, health, everyday tasks, and passion projects. Here are some time management tips (most revolving...

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in Emotional Health, faith

The Beauty of Repentance

10 Mar 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin What does Christ’s death on the cross really mean for us? If we grew up in the church, then we know the story… Jesus grew up in Nazareth and at the Lord’s timing was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. At that point, God the Father sent a dove and spoke from the Heaven’s to say, “This is my...

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in book review, WM spotlight, women of the bible

{WM Spotlight} Bible Belles by Erin Weidemann

09 Mar 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin   Tell us about Bible Belles. Bible Belles is a series designed to help girls battle back against what the world tells them they need to be in order to beautiful. The series is based on five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah. Together, their stories represent the journey a girl can take to discover the true definition...

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in grace, scripture

Weakness is a Blessing

07 Mar 2016

By: Tekoa Manning Can I ask you to think about your greatest weakness for a moment? Now, can I invite you to look at some things Jesus, Yeshua, did that I find mesmerizing, that might be encouraging to you? There was a man in the book of John, who was born blind. He sat and begged daily for money. As Jesus and some of his...

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in dating and relationships, faith, scripture

Father Knows Best

24 Feb 2016

For too long I’ve been concerned about the desire to be in a relationship. When I start to think about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, quite quickly, my mood can flip, on the verge of becoming completely obsessed with the idea. So why is it bad for me to make these things at the forefront of my mind? Why is it...

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in faith, identity, quotes, scripture

A Shrub to an Oak

22 Feb 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin Have you ever started a book that just seemed to take forever to get through? One that you started and stopped, picked up and put down, brought with you to read during appointments and then kept on your shelf for months? There is a particular book that I started last summer and what with the ups and downs with life, other books,...

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