body image


Why You Don’t Need to Post Swimsuit or Lingerie Photos to be Body-Positive

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Jul 2018

Why You Don’t Need to Post Swimsuit or Lingerie Photos to be Body-Positive

There’s quite a body-positive movement on social media these days. Girls and women of all shapes, sizes and colors are posting swimsuit or lingerie photos of themselves and in the captions, sharing about their relationship with their body image in the name of body-positivity. It is a beautiful sight to see a woman accepting her figure, dimples and curves and often inspires me to do...

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Finding Confidence in a Bigger Story

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Oct 2016

Finding Confidence in a Bigger Story

By: Jennifer Spoelma Like many women, body image insecurities have played a major part in my story. My sophomore year of college, I started recognizing how my obsession with my body, and all the things I thought were wrong with it, was inhibiting my life. When I spent time with girlfriends I was only half there because my mind was consumed with comparing myself and...

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God Doesn’t Do Flaws

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Oct 2016

God Doesn’t Do Flaws

By: Alle Roley I started questioning for the first time why God made me the way He did when I was in sixth grade. I was one of the tallest girls in my class [I haven’t grown an inch since middle school] and I was also what a mild-mannered person might call a lil’ chunky. I didn’t see anything wrong with the way I was...

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My Mirror vs God’s Truth

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Aug 2016

My Mirror vs God’s Truth

“You’re so stupid.” “I guess I look okay.” “Why did I eat all of that? No wonder I’m fat.” “I should have worked out harder.” “I’m such an idiot for forgetting that!” “No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be on time.” Talk, talk talk. Negative self talk. You know what I’m talking about? Sometimes it’s so subtle we don’t even realize we’re doing...

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Jul 2016

How to Have a Healthy Body Image This Summer

By: Rachel Brown Though we’re a few months into the summer season already, there’s still plenty of time for fun summery activities—weekends at the lake, afternoons at the pool, evenings spent hosting backyard barbecues. Throughout all of this goodness, it’s easier than we’d like to admit for body image worries to infiltrate our minds. While we know that we have been fearfully and wonderfully made,...

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28

Jun 2016

Bikini Bod and Freedom

By: Charmaine Porter Y’all modesty is frustrating! This is the one TRUTH that everyone seems to skip over when they talk about how great modesty is and why we should strive for it. I work for a purity ministry and we believe in modesty because it’s important to God, but very rarely will anyone say this – modesty ain’t no joke! It’s tough! And it’s...

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7 Best Resources for Eating Disorder Recovery

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Jun 2016

7 Best Resources for Eating Disorder Recovery

By Allie Marie Smith If you’re like me and have struggled with food and body image issues, you realize that it’s a journey. Sometimes we take two steps toward freedom only to take one step back. The important thing is that we don’t lose hope in our recovery and that we press forward toward greater freedom, health and wholeness. Since I have personally taken quite...

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Jun 2016

5 Modesty Myths and Cute Summer Styles

By: Danielle Kingsley “I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothing. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.” I Timothy 2:9-10 (NLT) I...

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Feb 2016

The Link Between Self Worth and Sweatshops

By: Abigail Driscoll In 2006, people were buying a third more clothes than they were in 2002, according to a Cambridge University study. That same study discovered that four times as much clothing fill women’s closets now than in 1980. Where there used to be just four main collections of clothing released by brands each year, one for each season, labels now average about 18...

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Jan 2016

Creating Health Related Goals

By: Rachel Brown As we settle into life in 2016, we are constantly seeking ways to live out our New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Many of those may revolve around health, about carving out more time for exercise and finding ways to eat a little lighter after enjoying the delicious treats that the holiday season has to offer. But how do we find balance between...

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Aug 2015

{WM Spotlight} Verity Varee

Know Your Value is a women’s blog devoted to encouraging and bringing hope to women in many areas of life. Beauty is one area that can be a struggle for women of all ages and walks of life. God calls us beautiful no matter the color of our skin, what style of clothes we wear, or how messy we look when we wake up in...

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May 2015

May: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

by: Juliandra Durkin We live in a sedentary world that revolves around computers, watching TV, studying at desks, working in cubicles, and eating and drinking at restaurants and coffee shops. None of these things are bad in and of themselves; some of these activities are necessary. But I would like to gently point out how generally our culture moves from one chair to the next...

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Oct 2012

Andrea’s Battle with Breast Cancer – Part 2

by Andrea Popkes Note from Allie:  Today we are featuring Part 2 of Andrea’s battle with and recovery from breast cancer. To read Part 1, click here. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be a great opportunity to invite my friend Andrea Popkes to share about her battle with breast cancer. She was diagnosed at just 31. Andrea and I met back...

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Oct 2012

Andrea’s Battle with Breast Cancer – Part 1

by Andrea Popkes Note from Allie:  Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be a great opportunity to invite my friend Andrea Popkes to share about her battle with breast cancer. She was diagnosed at just 31. Andrea and I met back in 2007 through work and we had the chance to explore the North Island of New Zealand together when...

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Jul 2012

Girl, Redeemed: Dotsie Bausch’s Story

by Natalie Lynn Borton As soon as I learned about Olympic cyclist Dotsie Bausch’s story, I knew I wanted to write about it during this first week of the Olympics. Then yesterday, while perusing on Hello Giggles, I came across this article, saying pretty much exactly everything I would have. Since there is no need to reinvent the wheel here, I’ll let you read the...

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30

Jul 2012

Getting Healthy: Oh, Taste and See

by Ashley Perez NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Ashley has been a regular guest blogger for some time now, and we’ve just officially added her to our Wonderfully Made Contributor Team! Read more about her in her bio here. Photo credit: thatkindofwoman.tumblr.com The decision to get healthy is simple; one day you say to yourself “I want to be healthy.” There, done. The follow-through however, not...

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Jul 2012

WM Spotlight: Allison McLeod

by Rachel Johnson The only way to preface this Spotlight is to warn you that you’re never going to believe that Allison McLeod has just graduated from high school – her wisdom and insight are far beyond her years. Allison uses her experiences and thoughts to shape the minds and hearts of young girls at Kanakuk Kamps, where she is a counselor this summer. Read...

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Jul 2012

Dear Body, Thanks For Being On My Side

by Ashley Perez NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: The following is an article our contributor Ashley Perez had published on The Conversation, which we thought the readers of Know Your Value would also enjoy. You can read it in full below, or check it out over there. Photo credit: Philippe Halsman As a young girl, I spent most of my childhood fascinated by my body, stunned...

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May 2012

Do We Really Want To Be Seen As An Object?

by Allie Marie Smith [photo credit] I stumbled across this article about a study that which found that “men view half-naked women as objects” and thought it contained some valuable food for thought. I hate that the title of the article makes men sound like total jerks; that’s not true or fair for many reasons, regardless of the findings. I just think for us girls,...

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May 2012

WM Spotlight: Katie Farrell (Part Two)

by Rachel Johnson We’re back with our Spotlight on Katie Farrell! In the first part of her interview, we learned about Dashing Dish and the inspiration behind the recipes she shares. In the second part of her interview, Katie discusses the spiritual side of Dashing Dish. Q: To top it off, you have a spiritual component to your work – you offer a 30-day devotional...

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