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What Do Our Hearts Know?

18

Jul 2016

What Do Our Hearts Know?

By: Tekoa Manning “If our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God” 1 John 3:21. What do our hearts know? “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 KJV. Yahweh searches the hearts of men to see whats inside them. He knows. Simple. Short. To the point. Can you remember a time in...

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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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02

Jun 2016

He Makes You Fly

By: Juliandra Durkin A Kite. Up there, bight and high. The tails streamlining behind like ribbons in little girls hair flowing when they run. The colors draw the eyes of people from miles around. All are staring up at the beautiful Kite floating gracefully. The Kite dips and twirls as the wind moves it from here to there, like a ballerina dipping and twirling in...

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27

May 2016

Learning to Own My Story

By: Lauren Goderwis “What happened?” Hearing that question sends my stomach through the floor. Every. Single. Time. It yanks me back to the shame and embarrassment, the confusion and darkness, that I walked through not too long ago. It punches me with the pain, the hurt, the hopelessness, and the loneliness I thought I’d never escape. I freeze. “It’s a long story.” Why is it...

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10

May 2016

Now What?

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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02

May 2016

{WM Spotlight} Shayla Tonge

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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18

Apr 2016

{WM Spotlight} Sisterhood Soap

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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24

Mar 2016

More Than Reflections

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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23

Mar 2016

Three Reasons to Celebrate Easter

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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09

Nov 2015

He is Perfect Love

When the day bird sings and the trees clap their hands When the ocean foams along the shore When the sun kisses your face and the breeze ripples your hair When you can’t feel a thing because perfect love cast out fear. And perfect love is obsolete For you went looking for it on the street In people, places, and muddy waters So fear is...

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23

Oct 2015

The Gift of Vulnerability

By: Bri Deutsch I love walking.  It’s during my walks that I connect with God on a deeper level.  And that day was no different — it was a rainy, fall day and I was taking a walk on a grainy path trail that was littered with multi-colored leaves and overhanging trees. As the rain began to pelt, I felt compelled to keep walking –...

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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Apr 2015

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

by: Erin Weidemann Did you sing this song as a kid? I did. I sang it in church. Not every week, but I sang it enough times to remember part of it. I don’t know all the words, but I know the beginning: What a friend we have in Jesus All our sins and griefs to bear What a privilege to carry Everything to God...

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30

Oct 2012

“I AM” is Here

by Christina Stolaas Note from Anne: We don’t normally post several times a day on Know Your Value, but in light of the catastrophic damages that hit the east coast yesterday when Hurricane Sandy arrived, it seemed necessary to add in a bit of extra encouragement. I love the verse from Isaiah that our guest blogger, Christina Stolaas, writes about in this post. I hope...

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29

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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17

Sep 2012

Surrendering

by Laura Gonzalez My life was a wild entanglement of self-destruction. I was in my second year of college and things were getting progressively worse. Though I had been dealing with it for a while, I finally admitted to myself that I had an eating disorder. Even with the truth out in the open, it only continued to escalate. I hated myself for everything I...

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09

Jul 2012

Not Defined By The Past

by Natalie Lynn Borton [photo credit] Friend, you are worth so much more than what you’ve done. Whatever is in the past is behind—unchangeable. Yes, there may be some shame you need to overcome. Yes, you might need to dig deep and learn something from your personal history. But be defined by it, like a name tag on your sweater? No way. Our mistakes help...

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03

Jul 2012

Sharing Our Fears: Seeking Community in our Struggles

by Anne Taylor [photo credit] The summer before my freshman year in college, I went on a 12-day backpacking trip with my school. It was the middle of hot and sticky August in upstate New York, and I had never been camping for more than one measly night. Part of the course requirement was a two-day, two-night solo in the wilderness. Let me tell you,...

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17

Apr 2012

Life or Death

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Below is a personal testimony from Christie, a beloved Wonderfully Made Executive Team member. It is raw, honest, powerful and true, and intended to provide perspective. To learn more about Christie’s story and the freedom she’s experienced from her past, please watch her HerStory film here. [photo credit] I had two abortions at Planned Parenthood. One when I was 15 and...

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15

Mar 2012

Freedom from Captivity

by Gennean Woodall [photo credit] As young women, I believe we often feel the need to look a certain way, act a certain way, and be a certain way. The pressure that society places on our shoulders is insurmountable and ridiculous; highly desired and yet relatively unachievable. I’m not referring to the physical expectations, as prevalent as they are, but more so the behavioral expectations...

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14

Mar 2012

Dear High School Body

by Kristie Vosper NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: The letter you are about to read is a personal reflection from Kristie, from her high school soul to her high school body. As you read, try to think about how you can relate to her feelings and reflections. When you’re finished, we encourage you to write your own letter to your younger self—it can be very therapeutic!...

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